Homebrewing guide, Eccentric Café chili recipe now available to download

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

IMG_2240.JPG The General Store's David Curtis and Ryan Kramer recently led a homebrewing demonstration as part of Kalamazoo Beer Week at the Eccentric Café.

A five gallon batch of amber ale was brewed in honor of Bell’s flagship beer, Amber Ale.

We had a great turnout and want to thank everyone who joined us.

If you would like a copy of the handout from the event, you can download a PDF version (also includes basic steps to your first bottling day) here: BellsHomebrewNotes.pdf

The Eccentric Café also participated in the 2012 Downtown Kalamazoo Chili Cook-off. If you were unable to get a sample or simply want another taste at home, you can download the smoked buffalo and black bean chili recipe here as well: SmokedBuffaloChili.pdf

Bell's beer event roundup: Black Note, Hopslam, a frozen golf outing and more this week

Bell's Brewery Inc.

Here is a look at Bell’s beer events coming up this week in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Kentucky.


Jan. 24

Hopslam release party
Northdown Café and Taproom in Chicago will tap their keg at 6 p.m. Oarsman Ale will be on tap and other Bell’s bottles will be featured as well. Call 773-697-7578 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            773-697-7578      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Jan. 25

Bell's beer dinner
A five beer, four course dinner at Branch 27 in Chicago will start at 7:30 p.m.  Space is limited. Call 312-850-2700 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            312-850-2700      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Black Note tapping
Tribes Alehouse in Mokena will feature this rare and elusive beer along with Hell Hath No Fury … Ale at 4 p.m. Call 815-464-0248 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            815-464-0248      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.


Jan. 25

Hopslam and Black Note tasting
Join us for a special tapping at The Malthouse in Madison of this year's Hopslam along with Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, a special blend of Special Double Cream Stout and Expedition Stout aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels, starting at 7 p.m.

Jan. 26

Hopslam and Black Note release party
Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse will tap these two beers at 7 p.m. Call 608-782-0677 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            608-782-0677      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Jan. 28

Bell's Waterfront Frozen Golf Outing
Registration starts at noon for this event at Waterfront Bar and Grill in Menomonie - six holes, four person teams, one golf club and tennis balls. Call 715-235-6541 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            715-235-6541      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.


Jan. 25

Hopslam firkin, Black Note tapping
Sample Black Note and a firkin of Hopslam at 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City starting at 7 p.m. Call 231-421-8410 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            231-421-8410      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.


Jan. 24

Festival of Hops
Muddy Pig's Festival of Hops will include a rare tapping of Hopslam in St. Paul. Call 651-254-1030 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            651-254-1030      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Jan. 26

Hopslam cask tapping in Minneapolis
The Bulldog Northeast will tap a cask of Hopslam at 5 p.m. Call 612-378-2855 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            612-378-2855      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Jan. 27

Hopslam cask in downtown Minneapolis
Grumpy's Bar & Grill will tap a cask at noon and offer a small appetizer pairing as well. Call 612-340-9738 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            612-340-9738      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Jan. 28

Bell's at The Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler
Join Jason Gillum for a number of rare Bell's beers including Raspberry Ale, Le Pianist, Le Battuer, and Sparkling Ale at the St. Paul Farmers Market from 4-8 p.m.


Jan. 28

Bell's multi-tap event
This tap takeover at Beer Engine in Danville will feature nine Bell’s beers on tap starting at 4 p.m. including Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Hopslam, The Oracle, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Expedition Stout, Winter White, Amber Ale, Kalamazoo Stout and Pale Ale. Call 859-209-4211 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            859-209-4211      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Jan. 29

Bell's beer dinner
This five course meal at Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington will be paired with Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, Cherry Stout, Bell's Lager Beer, Oarsman Ale and Two Hearted starting at 6 p.m. Call 859-255-5125 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            859-255-5125      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Still looking for Hopslam?

For more Hopslam events in your area coming up, take a look at our previous blog post.

Looking ahead

Next week Bell’s will be at ChurchKey, hosting a Super Bell’s party in Indianapolis, tapping a Hopslam firkin in St. Louis and more. Take a look at our calendar for more.

Complete list: Bell’s Brewery events for Kalamazoo Beer Week, Jan. 14-21

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

MinutetoWinIt.jpgThe second Kalamazoo Beer Week kicks-off Jan. 14 and runs through Jan. 21. More than 90 events are scheduled throughout the week. Here is a list of Bell's events at the Eccentric Café as well as a few other locations in Kalamazoo.

Jan. 14

Brewery tours: Start Kalamazoo Beer Week with a free tour of our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo. More details about our weekend tours can be found here.

Jan. 15

Aged beers and smoked meats: Join us for a tasting of selected aged beers and meats from our house smoker all day.

Brewery tours: We have added two additional tours of our original brewery at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., in addition to our regularly scheduled tours at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 16

Beer and cheese throw down: Bell’s will kick-off this four night event at Food Dance in downtown Kalamazoo with three beers paired with three different cheeses. What did we choose? You’ll have to stop by and vote for your favorite. More details can be found here.

333132_204545126293845_199350326813325_465276_256651186_o.jpgJan. 17

Movies and Bell’s beer: Relax in front of the big screen with showings of “Strange Brew” and “Beerfest,” plus a special keg of Bell’s beer starting at 7 p.m.

Jan. 18

Learn to homebrew: In honor of Bell’s flagship beer, the General Store’s homebrew experts, David Curtis and Ryan Kramer, will brew five gallons of amber ale. They will guide you through the entire process and answer all of your questions. This demonstration will start at 6 p.m. All skill levels are welcome for this casual event.

Minute to Win It at Shakespeare’s Pub: At 9 p.m., we’ll kick-off five rounds of 60-second games and beer related trivia along with five featured Bell’s beers including a special keg of Golden Rye. For more information, go here. Take a look at photos from our previous "Minute" event here.

Jan. 19

Bell’s beer dinner: The Park Club of Kalamazoo will open its doors for this special event hosted by our very own, Laura Bell. Reservations are required and space is limited. Social hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Call 269-381-0876 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            269-381-0876      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Bell’s throwback night: Back in the day, ping pong was the company sport and rounds of passionate, intense play were a fixture in what is now the Café’s mezzanine.  We’re bringing it back starting at 6 p.m.  We’re also going to throw “Balls of Fury” up on the screen for inspiration along with a repeat screening of “Strange Brew.”

Also: Wear your favorite Bell’s t-shirt and get a $1 off your beer – game point.

Jan. 20

UPDATED TIME - Beer tasting at Salut Fine Wine & Spirits: Sample Bell’s beers and food and ask questions from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

At the Café: Big Dudee Roo will perform at 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 21

Chili cook-off: The Eccentric Café will be an official stop on this year's Big Chill Chili Cook Off. Stop by and see what eccentric creation our kitchen has come up with. And don’t forget to vote! For more on the cook-off, go here.

Brewery tours: You can also tour our original brewery at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

At the Cafe: The Verve Pipe will perform in the Back Room at 9:30 p.m.

Photo caption: File photo from our previous Minute to Win It event at Shakespeare's Pub.

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