Bell's beer event roundup: Debs' Red, blues, BBQ and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
07.22.2013

BillsBeerGarden_BellsNight-01.jpgBelow is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Michigan

July 23

Taking Back the Town ... at Old Town: Ann Arbor, 6 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Wedding Ale, Roundhouse IRA, Debs' Red, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Le Pianiste, Sweet Potato, Oberon, Two Hearted, Amber, Special Double Cream Stout and Third Coast Old Ale

July 24

Michigan Craft Beer Gala Event: Karl's Cabin, Plymouth, 6-8 p.m.  - Black Note, Wedding Ale and Roundhouse along with a Chef's buffet. Tickets can be purchased in person, via their website or on Facebook. Call 734-455-8450 for more information

Multi-Tap Event: Bill's Beer Garden, Ann Arbor, 5:30 p.m. - Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Oberon, Oarsman, Amber and Quinnanan Falls Special Lager (flyer at right)

July 25

Michigan Summer Beer Festival Palate Preparation Party: Red Rock, Ypsilanti, 11 a.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted, Amber, Oarsman, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Special Double Cream Stout, Le Pianiste, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 (6:30 p.m.), Oatmeal Stout (7 p.m.) and Wedding Ale (7:30 p.m.)

July 26-27

16th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival: Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, 5-9 p.m. (Friday) & 1-6 p.m. (Saturday)

Indiana

July 23

Trivia Night: Sahm's Place, Indianapolis - Two Hearted, Oarsman, Roundhouse IRA and Sparkleberry

July 24

Debs' Red Tapping: Sonka's Irish Pub, Terre Haute, 6 p.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted and Oarsman Ale will also be on tap

July 27

SWIRCA Brew and Barbecue: Bosse Field, Evansville, 6 p.m. (VIP), 7-10 p.m.  - Oberon Ale, Two Hearted, Sparkleberry and Roundhouse on tap at The House of Hops trailer

Ohio

July 24

Bell's Night: The Village Idiot, Maumee, 7 p.m. - Le Contrebassiste, Le Pianiste, Debs' Red, Two Hearted and Oberon

July 27

9th Annual Lock 3 Blues & Brews

Blues 'N Brews Afterparty: The Lockview, Akron - Oarsman, Oberon, Midwestern Pale Ale and Third Coast Beer

Wisconsin

Through July 31

Tap Takeover: Milwaukee Burger Company, Eau Claire  - Amber, Two Hearted, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oberon, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Third Coast Old Ale, Expedition Stout and Special Double Cream Stout along with a few specialty releases and special food parings

Pennsylvania

July 25-26

Pittsburgh Summer Beer Fest: Oberon, Porter, Two Hearted, Debs' Red and Quinannan Falls Special Lager

July 27

6th Annual Beer on the Bay: Burger King Amphitheater, Erie - Kalamazoo Stout (VIP), Oberon and Two Hearted

Looking ahead

We’re tapping Debs’ Red in Terre Haute, tapping more than 10 beers in Birmingham (Alabama) taking over the taps in Newport (Kentucky) and more. Find our full calendar here.


Bell's beer event roundup: Bayview Mackinac Race, Indiana Microbrewers Festival and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
07.15.2013

IMG_5814.JPGBelow is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Michigan

July 15-20

Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week: The Beer Exchange, Kalamazoo - ON THE MENU: First course - Oarsman Ale paired with butter lettuce boat with tri colored quinoa, dried cherries, pistachio and a sangria balsamic reduction; Second course - Two Hearted paired with baked lake trout with a lemon caper butter, roasted ratatouille and douphinoise potato; Third course - Kalamazoo Stout paired espresso marscapone crepe with wild berries and crème anglaise

July 16

Port Huron Boat Week - Bell's and Bocce: Casey's, 5:30 p.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted, Oarsman, Quinnanan Falls Special Lager and Wedding Ale

Jul 17

Port Huron Boat Week - Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Party: Fuel Wood-fire Grill, 4 p.m. - Oberon, Roundhouse IRA, Smoked Lager, Uberon, Wedding Ale, Harry Magill's Spiced Stout, Raspberry Ale, a Two Hearted firkin and a Third Coast Beer firkin (for when the Two Hearted is gone)

Port Huron Boat Week - Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Party: Lynch's Tavern, 4 p.m.  - Oberon, Two Hearted, Oatmeal Stout, Third Coast Beer, Uberon, Raspberry Ale, Q-Falls, Wedding Ale, Debs' Red and Roundhouse IRA

July 19

Tap Takeover: Bubba O' Malley's, Burton, 6 p.m.  - Two Hearted, Oberon, Q Falls, Bell's Lager Beer (Lager of the Lakes), Special Double Cream Stout, Hell Hath No Fury ... Ale, Roundhouse IRA and Black Note

July 20

2013 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race: This year marks the 89th sailing of the prestigious Bell's Bayview Mackinac Race. Known as the “Great Race on the Great Lakes,” the race has become one of the most highly publicized sailing events in the nation.

Indiana

July 16

Craft Beer Tasting: Whole Foods Market, Mishawaka, 6-9 p.m.  

July 17

Summer Multi-Tap: Fiddler's Hearth, South Bend, 5 p.m. – Uberon and more

July 19

Indiana Microbrewers Festival Pre-Party: The Sinking Ship, Broadripple, 8 p.m.  - Celebrate the night before the Fest, by joining Veronica from Bell’s and Cameron from Victory as we bring a few special brews to The Ship for the night including Expedition Stout, Oarsman Ale and Raspberry Ale plus Two Hearted bottles

July 20

18th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival: Optimist Park, Broadripple - Uberon, Oarsman Ale, Sparkleberry, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Debs’ Red, Black Note and Oberon plus Roundhouse & Two Hearted( in the WCB Hopapolooza Trailer) along with a firkin of Third Coast Beer in the Cask Ale Tent

Ohio

July 18

Debs' Red Tappings: Winking Lizard locations (Lakewood, Copley, Independence, Macedonia, Crosswoods, Mentor), 4 p.m. Oberon will also be available.

Pennsylvania

July 20

Mad Brew Fiesta: Mad Mex Robinson, Pittsburgh, 1-5 p.m.  

Wisconsin

Through July 31

Tap Takeover: Milwaukee Burger Company, Eau Claire  - Amber, Two Hearted, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oberon, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Third Coast Old Ale, Expedition Stout and Special Double Cream Stout along with a few specialty releases and special food parings

Looking ahead

Look for our tap list for this year’s Michigan Summer Beer Festival soon. We’ll also be tapping Debs’ Red in Terre Haute, celebrating Bell’s Night in Maumee and more. Find our full calendar here.


Composting allows Bell's Eccentric Cafe to reduce waste stream by 200 pounds of kitchen scraps a week

Laura Potter | Bell's Brewery, Inc.
07.15.2013

Composters.JPGReducing our waste stream is part of our ongoing sustainability efforts here at Bell’s.

And with a new partnership this summer, we will be able to divert kitchen waste from our pub, the Eccentric Café, to active composters inside the Common Ground Community Garden, also located here in Kalamazoo.

The Common Ground garden is a collaboration between Fair Food Matters, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Kalamazoo County MSU Extension/Master Gardeners and the Kalamazoo Nature Center

The program is designed to support community garden projects throughout Kalamazoo County, with a special emphasis on those that serve low-income and food-insecure residents. 

By utilizing the space at Common Grounds, we will be able to transfer approximately 200 pounds of kitchen scraps per week, and after about two weeks of turning the compost it will be ready to add to the soil.

Anyone, whether you live in a house or apartment, can compost. It’s easy!

The type of food scraps that can go into a compost pile are fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, and even shredded newspaper and lawn waste, like grass clippings or leaves.

You will want to avoid any sort of meat products, fish, oil, peanut butter or pet waste.

The process can be as simple as you want it to be. Regular turning, or aeration, ample water, and the right ratio of carbon to nitrogen, will speed up the process for usable compost.  With aeration just once a month or even once a summer, you can compost with very little effort. Whichever method you choose, composting is a great way to reduce waste while creating amendments for your soil.

For those interested in learning more, Common Ground plans to eventually add composting classes for the public.


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