Bell's beer event roundup: Great Taste, Twin Cities Beer Festival, a Florida tasting & more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

MaduroBlog.jpgA look at our beer events this week in Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota.


August 8

Buckets of Bell's: Mixer on the Mall After-Party
Only a few more chances to attend this weekly event at The Wine Loft in Kalamazoo. See you at 7 p.m.


August 9

Bell’s Tasting
Join us at ABC Liquor on N. Dale Mabry Blvd. in Tampa for samples of Amber, Oberon and Two Hearted from 6-8 p.m.


August 10

Pre-Great Taste Tap Takeover
Maduro Cigar Bar in Madison will have 18 Bell’s beers on tap, plus a firkin starting at noon – a great way to celebrate this year’s Great Taste of the Midwest whether you are going to the festival or not.

August 11

Great Taste of the Midwest
We will be pouring 18 different beers plus two firkins. For more, check out our Great Taste blog post from last week.


August 11

Twin Cities Beer Festival
Join us in Bloomington for a variety of beers including Amber Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Oberon, Two Hearted and more from 3-7 p.m.

Looking ahead

Join us for the Ore to Shore After Party in Marquette, a Michigan tap takeover in Mokena, an Oracle tapping in Bloomington and more. Take a look at our full calendar here.

Bell's beer event roundup: Black Note, blues festivals, tap takeovers and more

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Sagebrush_menu-01.jpgA look at Bell’s beer events this week in Indiana, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, Kentucky, North Dakota, Ohio and Illinois.


July 25

Tap Event
6 Bell's beers will be featured on draft including Black Note, Oberon, Two Hearted and more at Fat Tomato in Elkhart.


July 25

Bell's Brewery Night
Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint in Harrisonburg will host a Pint Nite featuring Black Note, Lager Beer, Pale Ale, Oarsman Ale, Oberon, Two Hearted Ale and burgers starting at 5 p.m.


July 23-29

Kalamazoo Restaurant Week
Celebrate Kalamazoo Restaurant Week at The Beer Exchange with a three course menu paired with Bell's beers for only $25.

ON THE MENU: First course - Amber Ale paired with fresh gazpacho, goat cheese croutons and vodka; Second course - Two Hearted paired with red wine and horseradish flank steak, bleu cheese mashed potatoes and bacon collards; Third course - Oarsman Ale paired with strawberry gelato in a dark chocolate tart shell with candied sugar.

July 24

Multi-tap Event
SageBrush Cantina in Lake Orion will feature Third Coast Beer, Oberon, Two Hearted Ale, a Two Hearted firkin, Amber, Pale, Lager, Cherry Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Wedding Ale (6:30 p.m. tapping) and Black Note (8 p.m. tapping).

July 25

Mixer on the Mall After Party
Buckets of Amber Ale, Lager Beer, Oarsman Ale, Oberon, Porter, Third Coast Beer and Two Hearted Ale will be featured again this week at The Wine Loft in downtown Kalamazoo starting at 7 p.m. For more information on this year's Mixer on the Mall season, go here.

Tap Takeover
Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Fraser's Pub and 15 years of the Michigan Brewer's Guild. We will tap a firkin of Third Coast Beer at 6 p.m. and Black Note at 7:30 p.m. Also on tap will be Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, Cherry Stout, Pale Ale, Oberon, Third Coast Beer, Two Hearted Ale (firkin and draft) and Wedding Ale starting at 6 p.m.

Bell's Night on the Big Deck
Oberon and Two Hearted will be flowing at Boone's Long Lake Inn in Traverse City. CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

July 26

Tap Takeover
We're celebrating the Summer Beer Festival and the Michigan Brewer's Guild 15th Anniversary a little early at Red Rock BBQ in Ypsilanti with some amazing food and phenomenal beer.  We will tap a Third Coast Beer firkin at 6 p.m. and Black Note at 7:30 p.m. Don't miss out on any of our other tasty offerings like Cherry Stout and Porter which pair wonderfully with BBQ. Wedding Ale will also be available at this event.

July 27-28

15th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival
Here is what we will be tapping in Ypsilanti this year:

  • Oberon
  • Two Hearted
  • Oarsman
  • Amber
  • Lager of the Lakes
  • Best Brown
  • Le Batteur Biere de Garde
  • Third Coast Beer
  • Pale Ale
  • Black Note
  • Wedding Ale
  • Hopsoulution
  • Roundhouse
  • Michigan Brewers Guild 15th Anniversary Ale

North Carolina

July 24

Bell's Tasting: Peabody's Wine and Beer, Boone
Peabody's Wine and Beer will host a tasting in Boone at 5 p.m. Come out and enjoy the cool mountain air and learn about some Bell's beers including Amber Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Lager Beer, Pale Ale, Oarsman Ale, Oberon and Two Hearted.

July 26

Two Hearted Cask Tasting
Bell's and The Salty Caper in Mooresville are teaming up for a Two Hearted cask tasting. Bell's glassware will also be available, while supplies last.


July 26

Two Hearted Pint Night
Enjoy a pint of Bell's Two Hearted and keep the logo'd glass at Cock and Bull Public House in Covington starting at 5 p.m.

North Dakota

July 26

Cask Ale Night
We will tap a special cask of Third Coast Beer at The Ho-Do Lounge in Fargo at 5 p.m.

July 27-28

Fargo Blues Festival
We are sponsoring this year's Fargo Blues Festival at Newman Field and pouring Two Hearted, Oberon and Amber Ale. There will also be sample stations as well.


July 28

Lock 3 Blues & Brews Festival
Come out and enjoy some blues and brews in downtown Akron and be sure to stop by the Bell's booth. We'll be pouring Amber, Oarsman, Oberon and Two Hearted from noon to 6 p.m.


July 26

Hot dog and beer tasting
Sheffield's in Chicago will offer a special menu pairing mini-hot dogs with Bell's beer atarting at 7 p.m. The lineup is below and each costs $12. Sorry, but no mix and match.

Group A: Guacamole Dog - Chipotle Aioli, guacamole, pico de gallo, and queso fresco paired with Third Coast Ale & Banh MI Dog - Sriracha Aioli, Carrots, Cucumbers, and Cilantro paired with Bell's Pale Ale.

Group B: Greek Dog - Tzatziki sauce, cucumbers, and olives paired with Bell's Porter & Chicago Dog - Classic Chicago dog with pickle, celery salt, yellow mustard, sport peppers, neon relish, diced onions, and tomatoes paired with Bell's Amber.

Group C: BBQ Dog - Sheffield's own Texas BBQ sauce, pulled pork, and coleslaw paired with Bell's Lager & German Dog - German Mustard, sauerkraut, and crumbled pretzels paired with Bell's Oberon.

Looking ahead

Check out our full calendar and see what's coming up in August and beyond here.

A Bit of Heat to debut July 21 at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

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IMG_5436.JPGKALAMAZOO  - The Draft Board is about to get a little spicier – and we’re not talking about hops.

A Bit of Heat, the homebrew from Geoff Groff that won our second annual homebrew competition back in September will be tapped at 3 p.m. July 21 at the Eccentric Café.

Brewed with paradise seeds, rose hips and habaneros at our original brewery located next to the Cafe, this dry habanero-ed IPA or Strong Pale Ale comes in at 6.4% ABV.

Groff, who is originally from Troy and now lives in Climax, has been homebrewing off and on since about 1999. Although he points out that he has brewed a lot more since joining the Kalamazoo Libation Organization of Brewers (KLOB), a local homebrewing club based in Kalamazoo, a couple of years ago.

He decided the day before picking up his Bell’s wort to experiment with peppers, something he had wanted to do for a short while. He used habaneros that he grew.

But don’t let the pepper factor scare you away. There’s just the right amount of heat, hence the name.

“It is well balanced and is not as spicy as people may think. The spice is enough to recognize that's it in there and that it is peppery,” Groff said.

It comes out a bit more in the finish, he said.

Groff, along with Brewery Manager Andy Farrell and Specialty Brewer Zeke Bogan brewed about 10 barrels of A Bit of Heat in June on our 15-barrel system. This is also where we brew experimental and small batch beers like The Wild One and an ongoing series of beers that use experimental hops directly from growers’ trial plots among others.

I enjoyed being with Andy and Zeke, to watch them brew on a larger system, and seeing how different it is from brewing on a homebrew scale, he said.

“The fact that you can brew 10 barrels in not more than a few hours longer then it might take a homebrewer to make five to ten gallons is quite cool,” Groff said.

Groff is a substitute teacher in Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties and hopes to start brewing professionally, perhaps even open his own brewery, someday.

Our 3rd Annual Homebrew Expo and Competition Kick-off will be held on Sept. 8. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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