Last year he was squabbling with Northern Brewer over the use of the previously named “Three Hearted Ale” homebrewing kit. This year, he’s discussing a sale.
“Unfortunately with the growth and the size the company has gotten to, the alarms are going off to where we have to figure it out or do something else,” Bell told MLive. “I don’t want to sell, but it’s a great time to sell if I had to. There are many willing buyers.
Bell and his two children (Laura and David) own a majority of the company’s shares. The hope is to keep the brewery a “family business,” but after producing 185,536 barrels last year and projecting nearly 230,000 for 2012, Bell could soon be cashing out.
“We, as a family, have to soon figure out what’s going to happen. Unfortunately, the way this thing is structured, this company is structured, it’s not sustainable. I’m not set up estate-wise to guarantee it can be handed over to the kids. We’ve been trying to work on that,” Bell told MLive.
The company is already $22 million into a planned $52 million expansion. So, what will become of the remaining $30 million to be invested and the Comstock, Mich-based brewery? We’ll just have to ask Bell himself at this week’s CBC.
More on this story once we touch down in San Diego…