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Homebrewer taps into Bell's Brewery

November 5, 2013
| By Pat Evans |
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Homebrewer taps into Bell's Brewery
Homebrewer David Lyman and his wife. Photo via

Twelve finalists were named at Bell’s Brewery’s 4th Annual Homebrew Competition — but only one will brew a beer for the brewery.

Bell’s Brewery said Monday that David Lyman won its homebrew competition and will get to brew a beer at Bell’s, earning a spot on the tap board at its Eccentric Café.

The Kalamazoo native will brew his Citra and Simcoe Pale Ale at the brewery’s original location in downtown Kalamazoo.

“This competition is a nod to our roots, and we love the opportunity to give a little something back to the community that gave us our start,” said Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell.

Nick Rodammer’s Double Rye IPA came in second. Rodammer won the event last year.

A fruity IPA with peaches and mangos won third place for Jay VanBuskirk.

Bell’s Brewery Homebrew Competition 2013, runners up

Jason Stasienko, IPA

Larry Yuhas, Cream Stout, brewed with fresh mint and coffee

Eric Drews, an American-hopped concoction

Aaron Hoffmann, Coffee IPA

Bret Wagner with Beau Preston, Butter Pecan Java Chocolate Stout

Drew Doster, Cafe con Leche Milk Stout

David DalPonte, Pale Ale, with green tea and honey

Shannon Grossman, Vanilla Java Porter

Nathan Widener, Jalapeño Pepper Beer

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