Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

Founder(s): Larry Bell

Inception Date: 1985

ABV: 7%

Age: 60

Region of Origin: Kalamazoo, Michigan


Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company (later renamed Bell’s Brewery) in 1983, a small home brewing supply shop.  In September 1985 they began to sell their own beer.  Through high quality beer and consistent values the family-owned company grew substantially.  The Two Hearted Ale was originally released as a winter seasonal but over time became a year-round flagship.


A resounding balance of malty backbone, piney Centennial hops, and the signature fruity esters of Bell’s proprietary yeast.  Some would call this type of IPA “east-coast” in style, though the seasoned imbiber cannot fail to notice its “west-coast” characteristics, notably from the Centennial hops.


Characterized by floral, fruity, citrus-like, piney or resinous American-variety hop character, the IPA beer style is all about hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness.  This has been the most-entered category at the Great American Beer Festival for more than a decade, and is the top-selling craft beer style in supermarkets and liquor stores across the U.S.