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Bell's now entirely family owned

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by kzoobrew, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. kzoobrew

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    That is awesome! Good for Larry and crew!
     
  3. ChefHopMeister

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    I recently met Larry Bell. Class act who makes great beer and a Cubs fan too!
     
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    More reason to love Bells.
     
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    This made my night. So glad to see Bell's stay in the family!
     
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    I met Larry 6 years ago at a neighborhood pub in Chicago called The Charleston. He came in on a Saturday afternoon, to chat with the bar owner and see how his beer was being served. It was quite the honor to speak with him over a Two-Hearted ale. Genuinely good guy. Cheers to the Bell family!
     
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    im not that bright.

    does this mean ny distro is happening or no?

    cheers...
     
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    Alexsergio:
    We are having preliminary meetings with prospective NY wholsalers next week. Stay tuned.
     
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    Investing in a canning line! SWEET! I wouldn't be surprised to see Oberon in cans this year. I'm sure this is old news to everyone but me...
     
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    Dude. You're Larry Bell! :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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    this post makes me happy
     
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    Neat, and not just because Larry Bell is in da house.
     
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    Big congrats! I will lift up a Two Hearted Ale for the Bell family as I watch a Cubs spring training game out here in Arizona.
     
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    Maybe we can get some California distro while your at it. Thanks for jumping in the mix, Larry and congrats
     
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    Larry Bell! Please send more Black Note to Ohio!
     
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    Any chance for Nj? I'd love to save the $5 toll money and skip having to go into PA.

    Love your brews!
     
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    Glad they got everything worked out. I am still waiting for Hopslam Tallboys though.;)
     
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    Anyword on Tx?
     
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    Good stuff. Good for them.

    Obligatory "MA distribution please!" comment.
     
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    Most exciting bit for me was the canning line. Damn do I want a can of two hearted.
     
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    Was the existence of minority shareholders tying their hands in some way? The article implies that it was causing a problem, but it doesn't address the issue directly. IOW, what is the practical affect of this change?
     
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    Glad to hear this and hope for the best. I really love Bells.


    Caveat - the skeptic in me also says "this would make any disposition of the company or "financing" from a multinational brewer much easier". I hope the skeptic in me is wrong.
     
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    IIRC, they had some controversy over their recent expansion because Bell wanted to use cash flow to finance the expansion and the minority shareholders wanted some of the profits distributed back to them. Its a common problem with S-corps and LLCs. Not unique to them at all.

    Bell has been trying to buy them out for a while, but some wouldnt sell at the price he was offering. I guess he finally succeeded.

    Edit: And since he is posting in the thread, no need for me to try to recall what I thought I read in previous articles.
     
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    Bell's is the type of business I like my money going to. Sure they are in the business of making and selling beer, and sure their goal is to make a profit; but they also value other things I find important, like family.

    Kudos to Bell's. I'd buy loads of your stuff (if I could get it.....sigh).

    Keep up the great work.
     
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    Well run company that has all facets of the industry nailed. Truly a model brewery. Love how they do silent releases for their Special release brews. Larry Bell's daughter was actually pouring the special release/brewery only beers at Winter Beer Fest and was very nice and eager to inform everyone that had questions about their brews.
     
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    Cheers to Bells! I started with Oberon at the local bars before I knew what craft beer was. Great company, great business to represent my home state.
     
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    Dude, You're Michigan!:eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Awesome. Better for beer, better for everybody (except brokers).
     
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    Just one more notch for Bell's being one of my favorite breweries ever. Congrats for keeping it all in the family. That's quite an accomplishment in this day in age, with a company of Bell's size.

    From reading this article from last year, it sounds like Larry always wanted to keep his brewery family owned, but there were a lot of legal things that needed to be set up...which is sounds like he accomplished. That is great, as from the sounds of it in the article, it appears he even contemplated selling....as there were "many willing buyers."

    http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/04/bells_brewery_inc_to_be_sold_l.html
     
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    Two Hearted cans is what I am (im)patiently waiting for.
     
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    Can't wait for the day when the title says:

    Bell's now...............Distributed anywhere near CT!

    Big shout out to Bell's,love what they do.

    Cheers All........
     
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    That's awesome. I can't wait for that. I know it'll probably be a while before it's finally a reality, but fresh cans Two Hearted on shelves in upstate NY would be just off-the-wall amazing.
     
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    Would VT be considered at some point?
     
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    yes!.................. N.Y. distribution would be awesome! I would drink two hearted every day!.................
     
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    wow, mr. bell, i love your brewery sir. i wish you the best of luck with all future ventures.

    i would be very happy to buy all of your offerings here on long island instead of ordering online!
     
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