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B1 Beer: Get to Know L'Appel Du Vide - Dry-Hopped Session Ale

This post is part of an occasional series looking at the beers we develop at our original brewery, or B1.

Tasting Notes: Bright, vibrant, dry-hopped ale; sour and funky 

Dry-Hopped with 9 different hops from both the U.S. and Australia this wood-aged, vibrant beer is a sessionable, sour ale. 

This beer was fermented inside a more than 30 year-old oak foeder (wooden fermentation vessel), where wild yeast imparted the sour and funky flavors. 

The wild yeast fermentation comes from Brettanomyces or "Brett" yeast that grow naturally within the wood vessels. Although many breweries strive to keep this yeast out of their tanks, we embrace its presence in our foeders. 

This beer, and many like it that come out of both our original brewhouse and Comstock Brewery, illustrate our commitment to artisanship and innovation. 

Check out our Tap Cam to see if this beer is available at the Eccentric Cafe, or take a look at our Events Calendar to see if an event near you will be featuring it. 


B1 is how we affectionately refer to our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo, located adjacent to our pub, the Eccentric Cafe. This is where we got our start and where we still develop new recipes, experiment with new varieties of hops and brew small batches of specialty beers like The Wild One and Mango Habanero Oberon today. Most of the beers brewed there are typically only available on draught at the Cafe, but from time to time they do make their way to special events.



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