Bell's beer event roundup: Hopsoulution, This one goes to 11 screenings, Winter White and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

WinterWhite_Label.tif.pngBelow is a look at our events this week in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona, Minnesota, Ohio and Georgia.


Nov. 5

Hail to Kale Dinner: JK O'Donnell's in Fort Wayne at 6:30 p.m. Take a look at the menu here.

Nov. 6

Hopsoulution Tapping: Beer Geeks in Highland at 5 p.m.

Nov. 8

Jazz Beer Event: Club Soda in Fort Wayne at 5:30 p.m.  – Our Jazz Series beers, Black Note and a live jazz band

Nov. 9

CASA 10th Annual Holiday Festival: Biomet Hangar in Warsaw from 6-10 p.m. – various Bell’s beers and food to benefit disadvantaged children in the community


Nov. 5

Bell's Beer Dinner: Old Town Social in Chicago at 7 p.m. Five courses – take a look at the menu.

Nov. 6

This one goes to 11 Tapping: Rocking Horse in Chicago

This one goes to 11 Tapping: Delilah's in Chicago at 7 p.m. – We’ll also be showing “This is Spinal Tap.”

Nov. 9-10

Beer Hoptacular: Riverfront Theater in Chicago (1-4:30 p.m. & 6-9:30 p.m.)


Nov. 7

Bell's Beer Dinner: Terry B's in Dexter – six course meal featuring Christmas Ale, Smoked Vienna Lager and more. Find the menu here.

Nov. 8

Music Series Night: Conor O'Neill's in Ann Arbor at 6:30 p.m. - beers from our Jazz Series, This one goes to 11, Best Brown, Two Hearted and Midwestern Pale Ale

Nov. 9

Winter White Release Party/Tap Takeover: Paint Creek Tavern in Rochester - wear your whitest whites to help us create a Winter White Out. Winter White Ale, Two-Hearted, Special Double Cream Stout and a few other special beers will be on tap.


Nov. 7

Bell's Beer Dinner: Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg at 7 p.m. featuring Winter White Ale, Hell Hath No Fury, a flight of stouts and more. Full menu here.


Nov. 7

Bell's Night: Country Boy Brewing in Lexington at 4 p.m. – eight beers on draft including The Oracle and Hopsoulution


Nov. 7

Bell's Night: Papago Brewing Co. in Tempe at 6 p.m. - Hell Hath No Fury Ale, This one goes to 11, Two Hearted, Porter, Oberon, Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale and Double Cream Stout

Nov. 8

12 Bell's Night: 1702 Pizza in Tucson from 6-8 p.m. – Porter, Winter White, Double Cream Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Oberon, Amber, Two Hearted, Java Stout, Christmas Ale, Expedition Stout and Sparkling Ale

Nov. 9

Mini-Tap Takeover: Whole Foods in Scottsdale from 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Rye Stout (tapped at 5:30 p.m.), Two Hearted and Porter


Nov. 8

Darkened Glass Night: Boulder Tap House in St. Cloud at 5 p.m. - Black Note, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Batch 9,000, Expedition Stout, Java Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, 2011 Cherry Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Rye Stout, Hell Hath No Fury and Kalamazoo Stout

Nov. 9

This one goes to 11 Tapping: Sweeney's in St. Paul at 6 p.m.


Nov. 9

Movie Night: The Moerlein Lager House in Cincinnati from 6-9 p.m. - This one goes to 11, Hopsoulution and a firkin of Best Brown, plus a screening of "This is Spinal Tap." Appetizer plate and one beer are included with admission. Seating is limited. Please call 513-421-2337 for reservations.


Nov. 10-11

The Grand Fermentables - Beer & Cheese: Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomasville – two beer dinners, a meet and greet and a tap takeover. Go here for more information.

Looking ahead

Join us for dinner, a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cherry Stout tapping, a night of Imperials and more. Take a look at our full calendar here.

Winners of Bell’s 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition announced

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

2012HomebrewWinner.jpgOne hundred and twenty six entries were submitted for the 3rd Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition and Nick Rodammer, pictured at right, took first prize with his Belgian black IPA.

All of the winners were announced during All Stouts Day on Nov. 4 at the Eccentric Café.

Rodammer will get to brew his recipe with Specialty Brewer Zeke Bogan at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo to then go on tap at the Café.

This is the same brewery where many of our smaller batches are brewed including The Wild One, the Jazz Series, Roundhouse IRA, Kal-Haven Ale, Harvest Ale, a number of specialty stouts and more.

Overall, judges were very impressed with the caliber of entries this year, noting lots of experimentation and a lot of hops.

There was also a good presence of beers made with wild yeast and bacteria, said David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Manager and coordinator for the competition.

Last year’s winner, A Bit of Heat, from Geoff Groff was brewed with paradise seeds, rose hips and habaneros.

Look for details for the 4th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition to come in 2013.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

1st place: Nick Rodammer, Belgian black IPA

2nd place: Jay VonBuskirk, hoppy beer brewed with mango

3rd place: Adam and Britani Wisniewski, brown ale brewed with smoked malt


Sam Mirto, coffee porter

Jerry Pardeik, citrusy IPA

Richard Dueweke, weissbier

Matt Holley, black IPA

Brad Wyant, coconut cream stout

Chris Carr, a beer fermented with lactobacillus and aged on oak and brettanomyces

Alex Mantakounis, chocolate peanut butter cup porter

Scott Fitzsimmons, citrusy pale ale

Sam Bailey and Kyle Smith, tropical IPA

17 stouts, special menu on tap for All Stouts Day 2012

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

AllStoutsSampler.jpgKALAMAZOO – On Sunday (Nov. 4), our taps will go dark once again for the 4th Annual All Stouts Day at the Eccentric Café.

Seventeen different stouts will be on tap, a variety of special menu items will be available and at 3 p.m., we will announce the winner of our 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition.

Also, just in case the list below feels a little overwhelming, samplers are an option as well (six 5-ounce beers of your choice).


  • Kalamazoo Stout
  • Special Double Cream Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Expedition Stout
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Rye Stout
  • Milk Stout
  • Trumpeter’s Stout
  • Harry Magill's Spiced Stout
  • Smoked Stout
  • Dagger Stout
  • Sweet Potato Stout
  • Black Note
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cherry Stout
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Batch 9,000
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kalamazoo Stout on nitrogen
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kalamazoo Stout firkin


  • All stout stew (made with every one of our stouts)
  • Seafood stew
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Vegetarian meatloaf with mashed potatoes and Trumpeter’s Stout gravy
  • Pot roast with mashed potatoes
  • Brisket sliders with a Cherry Stout reduction
  • Special Double Cream Stout beer marinated tempeh burger (vegetarian)
  • Beer cheese soup made with Milk Stout (vegetarian)
  • Jambalaya
  • Appetizers from our regular menu

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