Kalamazoo Bike Week events include a Bell's to Bell's ride and special screening of 'Rising from Ashes'

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Bells2BellsPoster-01.jpgKalamazoo Bike Week kicks-off on May 9 and to celebrate, we have two events planned at the Eccentric Café.

The first is also part of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival and will feature a screening of “Rising from Ashes.”

The synopsis:

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

Admission is $5 and it will be shown at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (for those 21 and up) on May 14.

Money raised from ticket sales will go to Team Rwanda (cash or check please). Check out the trailer.

The other event – a Bell’s to Bell’s Bike Ride – will be held on Saturday, May 18. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and at 1 p.m., we’ll ride from the Café to our Comstock Brewery for a tour.

We’ll then head back to the pub for drinks, a raffle and socializing.

Suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT) extension.

Be sure to bring your ID, a bike lock and a helmet.

Kalamazoo Bike Week aims to raise cycling awareness, promote the use of cycling as a means of transportation and explore the possibilities cycling has to offer in terms of enjoyment, health, fitness, and social and environmental benefits.

For more on Kalamazoo Bike Week 2013, go here.


Bell’s will be arriving at Grand Rapids airport this summer

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

GRAND RAPIDS – Bell’s is bringing the look and feel of the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

While the beer list is still being determined, a selection of year round, seasonal and specialty Bell’s beers will be offered along with a food menu that will focus on local ingredients and reflect the taste of the Eccentric Cafe.

“We think it will be a great opportunity to share Michigan’s beer culture and passion with visitors to our state,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Marketing Director.

The new Bell’s Bar will be located in the airport’s pre-security area, currently Home Turf, so visitors will be able to visit without purchasing a ticket.

We are working on the design process now and a tentative opening is scheduled for late summer, Bell said.

Bell’s is working with Maryland-based HMSHost, who received the contract for the renovation of the airport’s main hall as well as concourse retail, food and beverage options.

Bell’s beer will also be served in the Great Lakes Tap Room planned for Concourse B.

Under the Radar Michigan film crew stops by the Eccentric Cafe

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

SarkozyFilming.jpgThe crew from Under the Radar Michigan dropped by the Eccentric Cafe last week to interview our own Laura Bell and film for an upcoming episode that will debut later this summer.

The thirty-minute show, now in its third season, explores the best of Michigan and airs on PBS outlets in the Great Lakes region.

Episode 323 will also feature locations in Milford along with those here in Kalamazoo.

Other locations visited for the Kalamazoo portion of the episode include Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast, Food Dance and others.

Photo caption: UTR host Tom Daldin talks with Judy Sarkozy.


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