Bell’s Celebrates 20 Years of Service by Introducting John Mallett Scholarship

Label for a special Bell's release: Malletizer.

John Mallett is a well-known name in the craft beer world. His influence and contributions will soon help pave the way for the next generation of brewers.

The John Mallett Scholarship will debut in 2022 to an individual looking to further their study through one of the courses offered by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

This new scholarship is one of the ways Bell’s celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Vice President of Operations’ first day at the brewery. A special, limited beer was also unveiled.  

Bell’s Malletizer is an IPA brewed with Buddha’s Hand puree and special malt from Briess Malting in Chilton, Wisconsin, a long-time partner of Bell’s. The malt used for this special brew was from the very last kiln run at the maltster’s iconic Chilton malthouse this past summer. Mallett was invited to be on site for that last run, 120 years in the making.

“I was very surprised by the sheer generosity and time that my fellow co-workers put into celebrating this milestone. To be able to help educate future brewers, is just something that is beyond words. It’s really something very special,” Mallett said.

“The beer is fantastic and brewed with an ingredient I’ve always wanted to experiment with,” Mallett added.

Bell’s Brewery will fund this new scholarship for the first three years, covering registration and travel to provide a barrier-free opportunity. Founder Larry Bell will donate $125,000 to the fund directly at the close of the sale of Bell’s to the parent company of New Belgium Brewing Co. in an effort to permanently endow the scholarship.

“John has made incredible contributions to Bell’s, to what Two Hearted is today, and to the industry. Mallett has influenced so many; if there are others who want to contribute to this cause, they are certainly welcome as well,” Larry Bell, Founder and President of Bell’s said. 

Mallett was recognized earlier this year by the Brewers Association. The trade group’s Recognition Award is awarded annually “to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm, and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement.”

The first scholarship will be awarded in 2022. Additional details will be announced by the Master Brewers Association as they become available.

Bottles of Malletizer (6% Alc. By Vol.) are available exclusively at the Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo. Supplies for this one-time brew are very limited.

Dry-hopped with Motueka hops, Malletizer offers amazing notes of fresh citrus zest and lime.

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