Complete list: Bell's events for Kalamazoo Beer Week 2013
This year’s Kalamazoo Beer Week is shaping up to be another one for the record books with more than 80 events as of this posting.
We have 12 planned at various locations in downtown Kalamazoo, not to mention our regularly scheduled tours at both of our breweries.
There is even one additional event – a special vintage tasting on Jan. 19 (because we just couldn't fit everything we wanted to do in just one week). Take a look below for details and keep an eye on our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) for updates as well.
Bell’s Snow Jog Adventure Race and Challenge
Teams of two will compete to finish our downtown race course with stops and challenges at University Roadhouse, Up & Under, Harvey's, Shakespeare's Pub, The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, The Union and Green Top. Those who complete more than half of the challenges will receive a special commemorative prize. Those who complete all of them will be entered into a grand prize drawing as well. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eccentric Cafe. Awards and prizes will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Please keep in mind you must be present to win. Cookies and fruit will also be available for post race fuel.
Bring canned food or other nonperishable items to donate as a portion of the proceeds from the event (along with donated items) will go to a local charity.
Cost: $25 per team
Sunday Beer Brunch
Join us for brunch in The Back Room at the Cafe from noon to 3 p.m. We'll have a variety of foods to choose from (menu to come) along with black velvets (stout + champagne), bloody beer, mimosas, sangria, Java Stout, Oatmeal Stout and Sweet Potato Stout. Pajamas are encouraged. Members of Who Hit John? will also perform.
Cost: $15 per person
Beer Trivia Night
In honor of the third annual Kalamazoo Beer Week, all questions at this week's Trivia Night, from 6-8 p.m., will be beer related.
Cost: Admission, as always, is free.
Homebrew Demo with the Bell's General Store
Our General Store staff will walk you through the steps to brew your first batch of beer from 6-8 p.m. at Food Dance. Specialty beers will include Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Hopslam and Roundhouse. There will also be discounts for participants at the General Store, Bell's swag and raffle prizes. Reserve your spot online or call 269-382-1888 for more information.
Cost: $38 per person, which includes beer samples and appetizers.
Zazio's Chef's Table & Post Dinner Black Note Tasting
We are teaming up with the talented folks at Zazio's and Mattawan Artisan Creamery for this multi-course dinner. Our very own Laura Bell will be at the bar afterward for post dinner Black Note (this portion is open to everyone). Contact Zazio's for reservations or go here for the menu.
Happy hour (for the dinner) is at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m.
Brewer's Happy Hour & Brew and View
This is a rare opportunity to meet the people who make Bell’s beer in The Back Room at the Cafe from 5 to 7 p.m. for some informal beer discussion. Snacks will be provided and be sure to stick around afterward for a special beer themed Brew & View (free admission).
Bring your questions and your friends - all skill levels welcome from 6-9 p.m. at the Café.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer, Smoked Meats and Cheese Tasting
Along with various smoked meats and cheeses, the Café will be serving up bourbon barrel aged versions of Cherry Stout, Batch 9,000, Kalamazoo Stout (also a firkin) and Expedition Stout from 5-9 p.m. Black Note will also be on tap. Order a flight and get a sidecar of Lager of the Lakes as well.
Minute To Win It Party
Join us for our "Beat the Brewer" edition - 4 rounds of challenges at Shakespeare’s Pub beginning at 7 p.m. Raspberry Ale, Two Hearted, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Amber Ale and Winter White will be on tap.
Jazz Series Tasting with special musical guests Big Organ Trio
Big Organ Trio and our Jazz Series - Le Pianiste, Le Contrabassiste and Le Batteur - will come together for a perfect pairing of great beer and live jazz music starting at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover for the music.
Bell's Beer Dinner
Join us for our second annual Kalamazoo Beer Week dinner at The Park Club hosted by Larry Bell. It will feature the area’s only tapping of 2011 Cherry Stout among others. Reservations are required. Happy hour is at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Take a look at the menu.
Vintage Beer Tasting
Yes, we know Kalamazoo Beer Week officially ended on Jan. 18, but we are taking things to 11 with a special vintage beer festival and bottle release from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A silent auction to benefit Fair Food Matters will include vintage Bell's gear and beer.
Cost: $10 admission includes 4 drink tickets and a commemorative tasting glass. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each with most samples ranging in price from $1 to $2 (each sample is two to three ounces). Bottles will be priced accordingly.
- 2007 Cherry Stout - Batch 8201
- 2010 Expedition Stout - Batch 9931
- 2007 Third Coast Old Ale - Batch 8211
- 2008 Eccentric Ale
- Batch 7000 (2005)
- 2011 Black Note
Note: These beers will be available on their own or part of a sampler.
- 2008 Eccentric Ale
- 2003 Eccentric Ale
- 2004 Eccentric Ale
- 2005 Eccentric Ale
- 2001 Eccentric Ale
- 1999 Eccentric Ale
- Third Coast Old Ale - Batch 8723 (2008)
- Third Coast Old Ale - Batch 8863 (2008)
- Third Coast Old Ale - Batch 8943 (2009)
- Expedition Stout - Batch 8183 (2007)
- Expedition Stout - Batch 8728 (2008)
- Expedition Stout - Batch 8944 (2009)
- Cherry Stout - Batch 8730 (2008)
- Cherry Stout - Batch 8957 (2009)
- Cherry Stout - Batch 9434 (2009)
A behind the scenes look: Prepping the menu for Eccentric Day
Wild boar, bison, squid, smoked lamb bacon, emu, quail, antelope, duck … these are just a few of the items you will see offered on Eccentric Day this year.
But how does a menu like this come together?
The planning starts early.
For Melissa Bont, the Eccentric Café’s Kitchen Manager, that planning began in early October.
And then there is the prep work.
Deliveries started late last week. And since then, cases of food have been arriving almost daily.
Most of the caviar, smoked salmon and other delicacies won’t actually arrive until the day before Eccentric Day though.
But during the week leading up to the event and especially the day before, there is still plenty of chopping, slicing, stirring and tasting to make sure everything possible is ready to go.
The entire kitchen staff, including a few dedicated “retired” kitchen staff members - who have since gone on to other positions at the Café - put in some long and late hours to make everything happen.
There is also a fair amount of improvising as well – adding chorizo to the alligator gumbo for example.
Being incredibly organized is also helpful, Bont said.
On Eccentric Day, that same team will set up, do any last minute cooking and restock two buffet style tables in both the front and back bars of the Café before opening at 9 a.m. until around 10 p.m. (depending on how fast all the food goes).
Even the menu is still being tweaked a bit this week as some items are a little harder to come by than originally planned.
Sorry, no organs (sweet breads) this year.
But bugs have been added (scorpion suckers, crickets and larvae - fried with spices) in addition to emu. And Bell’s beer will also be used in a few of the dishes.
The idea of getting a pig uterus was even pitched, but that won’t happen this year.
Not to say they didn’t try.
There will also be plenty for vegetarian appetites as well including a vegetarian turducken, stuffed jalapenos and smoky tofu bites. Bont said she recognizes the need to have something for all tastes.
“It’s a great tradition. We’re busy and there is a lot to do, but we make it fun and we get to experiment with different foods. It’s nice to be able to offer people things they wouldn't normally get to try,” Bont said.
2012 Eccentric food numbers:
20 lbs. of alligator
10 lbs. of shepherd’s pie
About 100 squid (stuffed with bison cornbread)
10 lbs. of antelope
2 wild boar legs (10-12 lbs. each)
20 lbs. of shrimp
12 lbs. of elk
12 lbs. of bison
24 duck breasts
12 lbs. of venison to make sausage
About 80 lbs. of cheese in 20 different varieties
Bell's beer event roundup: Dinners, ugly sweater contests, Christmas Ale and more
Below is a look at our events this week in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Indiana.
Specialty Night: Jerry's Sandwich's in Chicago - Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, This one goes to 11, Special Double Cream Stout, Christmas Ale, Winter White and Two Hearted
Specialty Night: Jerry's Sandwich's (Andersonville) in Chicago - Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, This one goes to 11, Expedition Stout, Third Coast Old Ale and Special Double Cream Stout
Tap Event: Buffalo Wild Wings in Brighton at 7 p.m. – Trivia, This one goes to 11 (tapped at 8 p.m.), Black Note, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Two Hearted Ale and Winter White
Tap Takeover: Detroit Prime in Farmington Hills from 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Half-off appetizers plus Winter White, Two Hearted Ale, Amber Ale, Porter, Smoked Vienna Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Sparkling Ale and This one goes to 11 Ale
Bell's Holiday Party: Oak Café in Wyandotte at 7 p.m. - Batch 10,000 (a special treat from Oak Cafe's cellar), Best Brown Ale, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Midwestern Pale Ale, Sparkling Ale, Two Hearted, Golden Rye, Kal-Haven Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000. $20 tasting ticket available. For more details, go here.
Tap Takeover: Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester Hills at 7 p.m. - Black Note (tapped at 8 p.m.), Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Midwestern Pale Ale, Two Hearted Ale, Winter White Ale and This one goes to 11 Ale
Tasting: Bacchus Wine & Spirits in Kalamazoo from 4-6 p.m.
13 Bell's of Christmas: Lynch's in Port Huron at 4:30 p.m. - Batch 9,000, Best Brown Ale, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Hopsoulution, Kalamazoo Stout, Rye Stout, The Oracle, Two Hearted Ale, Winter White Ale, This one goes to 11 Ale, Smoked Vienna Lager, Kal-Haven Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000
Nov. 29 & Dec. 1
Happy Hour Tasting: Bottoms Up in Kalamazoo from 4-6 p.m.
Tap Takeover: Reno's Sports Bar East in East Lansing starting at 6 p.m. – 14 beers on tap - Black Note (6 p.m.),This one goes to 11 (7 p.m.) Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 (8 p.m.), Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, 2011 Cherry Stout, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Java Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Third Coast Old Ale, Two Hearted Ale, Winter White Ale and Smoked Vienna Lager
Christmas Ale Tasting: Horrock's Farm Market in Lansing from 2-5 p.m.
Ugly Sweater Party: The Grotto at Capone's in Kalamazoo starting at 11 a.m. – prizes for the best ugly sweater, free food from 8-10 p.m. plus 12 Bell’s beers on tap
Bell's Night: Bar 209 in Bemidji at 6 p.m. - Golden Rye, Roundhouse IRA and Le Contrebassiste
Bell's Beer Dinner: Skal Bar & Grill in Vergas at 6 p.m. - Christmas Ale, Le Pianiste, Oatmeal Stout, Debs' Red, and Two Hearted Ale. Seating is limited. Please call 218-342-7525 for reservations.
Multi-Tap Night: Grizzly's Canal Park in Duluth at 4 p.m. - Two Hearted, Best Brown, Golden Rye, Oatmeal Stout, The Oracle, This one goes to 11, Debs' Red, Le Contrebassiste, and Le Pianiste
Collaborative Beer Dinner: Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. – Five course beer dinner featuring Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Le Contrebassiste Ale, Midwestern Pale Ale, Two Hearted Ale and others. Please call 216-621-4000 for reservations.
Bell's Tasting: St. John Wine & Spirits in St. John from 6-8 p.m. - Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, Expedition Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Special Double Cream Stout, Third Coast Beer, Two Hearted Ale and Winter White Ale
Join us for a beer dinner in Brainerd, 12 Bell’s of Christmas in Chelsea, Michigan, pint night in Asheville and more. Take a look at our full calendar here.