Eccentric Day 2014: More than 60 beers on tap, full menu

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

61 beers are on the tap list for this year’s 13th Annual Eccentric Day at the Eccentric Cafe.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and we will be 21+ all day. You must be dressed eccentrically. Please note, not all beers will be on tap at the same time and supplies are limited.

Eccentric Ale 2013, which has been fermenting since last year, will also be released on Friday, both on tap at the Café as well as in bottles at the Bell’s General Store located adjacent to the Café. It was brewed with help from Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, California.

Brynildson brought wild sage, pink peppercorns and a pinot noir grape reduction syrup for his contributions to this year’s brew.

The beer list

Amber Ale

Bear Hug Imperial Stout

Beer Michigan (barleywine brewed for this year’s American Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids – made with 100% Michigan barley and hops)

Best Brown Ale

Boon Companion

Brett Stout

Bright Size Life

Bull in a China Shop

Cherry Stout

Christmas Ale


Cinnamon Sunrise Stout

Coffee Consecrator Doppelbock

Dagger Stout

Double Cream Stout

Double Cream Stout - Nitro

Eccentric Ale 2013

Expedition Stout

Experimental Hop 2014-5

Harry Magill's Spiced Stout

Harvest Ale

Honey Hearted

Java Stout

Java Stout Toasted Coconut Espresso

Kal-Haven Ale

Kalamazoo IPA

Kalamazoo Stout

Bourbon Barrel Aged Kalamazoo Stout

Lager of the Lakes

Maillard's Odyssey (Sierra Nevada Beer Camp)

Mars DIPA – The Bringer of War

Midwestern Pale Ale

Milk Stout

Mocha Porter

Morning Mary Ale

Mr. Castries Vilnius Baltic Porter


Oat Ale

Oatmeal Stout

The Oracle DIPA

Pecan Pie Porter


Quadruple Belgian-Style Ale

Quince Third Coast Old Ale

Quince Love

Red Nose ESB

Raspberry Ale

Roundhouse IRA

Rye Stout

Smoked Stout

Sparkling Ale

Sweet Potato Stout

Third Coast Beer

Third Coast Old Ale

Third Coast Old Ale Traverse City Cherry

Third Coast Old Ale Toasted Coconut Espresso

Third Coast Old Ale Reserve

Tripel Belgian-Style Ale

Trumpeter's Stout

Venus: The Bringer of Peace (blonde ale brewed with vanilla, cardamom and honey)

Winter White Ale

The menu

Don’t let the Draft Board or the outfits overshadow what our kitchen staff has also prepared for Eccentric Day. They spend months planning, ordering and preparing foods that are fit to be served on this annual brewery holiday.

Here is this year’s Eccentric Day menu … while supplies last, of course:

Tons of cheeses

Various charcuterie meats

Pickled eggs

Pickled pigs feet

Cow and pig tongue

Chicken liver pate

Venison osso bucco

Buffalo shepherd’s pie

Alligator gumbo

Elk stew

Rabbit stew

Bison cornbread stuffing

Ostrich stuffed peppers

Buffalo curry

Wild boar chili

Antelope stir fry

Pork confit mac & cheese

Buffalo kabobs

Smoked wild boar legs

Smoked leg of lamb

Smoked turkey legs

House made sausages

Smoked duck with apricot mint spread

Jerk smoked quail legs

Quail & chorizo scotch eggs

Lamb meatloaf with mint chimichurri

Smoked whitefish mousse

Super spicy chicken wings

Lamb fries

Chicken & waffle kabobs

Cream cheese smoked jalapenos

Smoked tomato salsa

Beef cheek spring rolls

Fried shrimp & grits balls




Smoked salmon

Got facial hair? Help us raise money for the West Michigan Cancer Center

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Competition_Poster_v5_leftalign.jpgEarlier this month we shaved for a cause.

This week, we're combining two of our favorite things to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

Our Beers with Beards party is Wednesday at the Eccentric Café in partnership with The Proper Possible Movement (Proper) and other Kalamazoo area businesses.

Coinciding with No-Shave November, we are calling out all the beards and mustaches out there for a friendly little competition.

Prizes will range from an Urban Modern Hair package to gift certificates to Henderson Castle.

There will also be a DJ, dancing, “after” photos from Victor Vague Photography and of course, plenty of Bell’s beer starting at 8 p.m.

There is a $5 suggested donation for admission. All proceeds will go to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

The competition categories are:


• Most likely to be asked: “Did you draw that thing on?”

• Most likely to give Magnum PI a run for his money


• Most likely to be called Patch Adams

• Most likely to get those digits

• Most likely to make people question if you cheated and grew before November 1st

• Most likely to be Called “Peachy”

Head Start (for those who did not join us at our Shave the Date Party)

• Most likely to be mistaken for Santa Claus

• Most likely to be mistaken for a Brewer at Bell’s

• Most likely to be mistaken for ZZ Top

Best of Show

Properest Beard or Mustache


Spiegelau collaborates with Bell’s Brewery to create a custom glass for wheat beers

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

WheatGlassGraphic.jpgIn partnership with renowned Austrian glassware manufacturer Spiegelau, we are extremely proud to announce the launch of the American Wheat-Witbier Glass.

Designed to elevate the experience of drinking Bell’s Oberon Ale, Winter White and Oarsman Ale, the glass is poised to become the new standard for enjoying all wheat beers.

The Bell’s Wheat Glass is now available to purchase online at online as well as at the Bell’s General Store located adjacent to the Eccentric Café, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., in downtown Kalamazoo.

After previously collaborating with Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada for an IPA-specific glass and Left Hand Brewing and Rogue Ales for a stout-specific glass, Spiegelau recognized the need to develop better drinking vessels for one the world’s most popular beer varieties – wheat –and began talking with Bell’s about a possible collaboration.

This new glass was developed over a series of design workshops and tasting panels led by Riedel Owner Georg Riedel and Spiegelau Vice President Matthew Rutkowski. 

Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell, Director of Operations John Mallet and additional brewery experts, tested a selection of Bell’s wheat beers against 50 glasses pulled from Spiegelau’s glassware archive. The selection was then narrowed down to 12 and finally to one. The ultimate challenge was to find a glass shape that had the most profound effect on the aromas and flavor profiles of both American and German style wheat beers. 

“As with previous workshops, we challenged conventional thinking and presumption of what a wheat beer glass should look like. … The new glass works to bring faint aromas into sharp focus,” Rutkowski said. 

 “The chance to work with Spiegelau was an exciting opportunity for us,” Bell said.

“John and I met with Georg and Matt in Portland to taste wheat beers from a variety of different glasses, discussing pros and cons of each. To be involved in a project that enhances our three core wheat beers - Oberon, Winter White and Oarsman - was a tremendous experience. This glass will allow craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy well crafted, very drinkable, but also complex beers on another level,” she said.

A wheat glass release party will be held on Nov. 18 at Bell’s Eccentric Café starting at 7 p.m.

The first 25 guests will be able to take their wheat glass home for free.

Glasses will also be available to purchase for $9 and those who purchase it can enjoy their first 16 oz. pour of Winter White for $1.

All guests can enjoy pours of Winter White for $2 all night.

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