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Kalamazoo Wants To Be Beer City USA 2013


 KALAMAZOO, MI  (WKZO) -- Voting continues for Beer City USA 2013.  It seems that Kalamazoo has a much richer history with beer that predates Larry Bell by more than a century.

Ferral Howe with at the Kalamazoo Public Library says this isn’t the first time Kalamazoo was dotted by small breweries and brew pubs..

The first golden age of beer in Kalamazoo ran from the civil war to the 1890’s when a number of breweries dotted the downtown But as the end of the century came, The Kalamazoo Brewery was the last one standing and the temperance movement was taking a toll.

In 1915, the town voted to go dry and the Kalamazoo Brewery became the Kalamazoo Creamery on Portage road. It was demolished just last year.

   She says the big breweries in Milwaukee, Detroit and St. Louis would dominate after Prohibition, until Larry Bell found a big soup kettle and borrowed $200 from his mother.

But she says just like back then, a number of other local breweries have sprung up in Kalamazoo since. Its history repeating itself in a way...

   Go to Votekalamazoo.org if you haven’t already voted in .