Bell’s Brewery, one of the most iconic craft brewers in the U.S., is being acquired by a unit of global beverage conglomerate Kirin Group, adding to the long list of beer-industry consolidation in recent years.

Founder Larry Bell, who started the brewery in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1985, is retiring and said Wednesday he is selling the company to Australia-based Lion Little World Beverages , which is owned by Japan’s Kirin JP:2503 . The move will put Bell’s under the same corporate umbrella as Colorado-based New Belgium Brewery,…

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