Citra and Simcoe Hopped Pale Ale Takes First Place at Bell’s Homebrew Competition

Bell's Brewery LogoKalamazoo, MI – Twelve homebrews made it to the final round for this year’s Bell’s Homebrew Competition. But only one will go on tap at the Eccentric Café.

David Lyman, of Kalamazoo, will brew his Citra and Simcoe hopped Pale Ale at Bell’s original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo.

Now in its fourth year, Lyman joins a growing list of those who have gotten to see their winning brew’s name listed on the Café’s draft board.

“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 Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

Last year’s winner, Nick Rodammer, took second place for his Double Rye IPA.

Third place went to Jay VanBuskirk for his IPA brewed with fresh hops, peaches and mangos.

Runners up are:

  • 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, Jalape├▒o Pepper Beer

More information about this year’s homebrew winner tapping will be released as it becomes available.


Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 200 people over an 19 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers. For more information, please visit

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