Winners of Bell’s 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition announced

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

2012HomebrewWinner.jpgOne hundred and twenty six entries were submitted for the 3rd Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition and Nick Rodammer, pictured at right, took first prize with his Belgian black IPA.

All of the winners were announced during All Stouts Day on Nov. 4 at the Eccentric Café.

Rodammer will get to brew his recipe with Specialty Brewer Zeke Bogan at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo to then go on tap at the Café.

This is the same brewery where many of our smaller batches are brewed including The Wild One, the Jazz Series, Roundhouse IRA, Kal-Haven Ale, Harvest Ale, a number of specialty stouts and more.

Overall, judges were very impressed with the caliber of entries this year, noting lots of experimentation and a lot of hops.

There was also a good presence of beers made with wild yeast and bacteria, said David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Manager and coordinator for the competition.

Last year’s winner, A Bit of Heat, from Geoff Groff was brewed with paradise seeds, rose hips and habaneros.

Look for details for the 4th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition to come in 2013.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

1st place: Nick Rodammer, Belgian black IPA

2nd place: Jay VonBuskirk, hoppy beer brewed with mango

3rd place: Adam and Britani Wisniewski, brown ale brewed with smoked malt


Sam Mirto, coffee porter

Jerry Pardeik, citrusy IPA

Richard Dueweke, weissbier

Matt Holley, black IPA

Brad Wyant, coconut cream stout

Chris Carr, a beer fermented with lactobacillus and aged on oak and brettanomyces

Alex Mantakounis, chocolate peanut butter cup porter

Scott Fitzsimmons, citrusy pale ale

Sam Bailey and Kyle Smith, tropical IPA

17 stouts, special menu on tap for All Stouts Day 2012

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

AllStoutsSampler.jpgKALAMAZOO – On Sunday (Nov. 4), our taps will go dark once again for the 4th Annual All Stouts Day at the Eccentric Café.

Seventeen different stouts will be on tap, a variety of special menu items will be available and at 3 p.m., we will announce the winner of our 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition.

Also, just in case the list below feels a little overwhelming, samplers are an option as well (six 5-ounce beers of your choice).


  • Kalamazoo Stout
  • Special Double Cream Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Expedition Stout
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Rye Stout
  • Milk Stout
  • Trumpeter’s Stout
  • Harry Magill's Spiced Stout
  • Smoked Stout
  • Dagger Stout
  • Sweet Potato Stout
  • Black Note
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cherry Stout
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Batch 9,000
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kalamazoo Stout on nitrogen
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kalamazoo Stout firkin


  • All stout stew (made with every one of our stouts)
  • Seafood stew
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Vegetarian meatloaf with mashed potatoes and Trumpeter’s Stout gravy
  • Pot roast with mashed potatoes
  • Brisket sliders with a Cherry Stout reduction
  • Special Double Cream Stout beer marinated tempeh burger (vegetarian)
  • Beer cheese soup made with Milk Stout (vegetarian)
  • Jambalaya
  • Appetizers from our regular menu

Bell's beer event roundup: All Stouts Day, Iceman Cometh, tap takeover in Fargo and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

ClarkstonUnion.jpgBelow is a look at our events this week in Indiana, Michigan, Florida, North Dakota, North Carolina and Illinois.


Nov. 1

Goshen Art Tour & Bell's Tasting: Springer Design in Goshen from 5-9 p.m.

This One Goes to 11 Tapping: Constant Spring in Goshen at 4 p.m.

Nov. 5

Hail to Kale Dinner: JK O'Donnell's in Fort Wayne at 6:30 p.m. Check out the menu here.


Oct. 29

Bell's Beer Dinner: One Eyed Betty's in Ferndale  at 7 p.m. Take a look at the menu.

Oct. 30

Split Personality: The Clarkston Union & Union Woodshop in Clarkston – dark beer downstairs and light beers upstairs.

Nov. 1

Happy Hour Tasting: Salut Fine Wine & Spirits in Kalamazoo from 4-6 p.m. – new and seasonal brews, free swag

Tap Night: Logan's Alley in Grand Rapids at 5 p.m. - Black Note, Cherry Stout, Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, The Oracle DIPA and This one goes to 11 Ale.

Nov.  3

23rd Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge: Get more details here.

2012 Sunset on the Season Party (official Iceman post race party): State Street Grill in Traverse City at 9 p.m.  - Amber, Kalamazoo Stout, Two Hearted, Best Brown, Winter White, Hell Hath No Fury, Christmas Ale, Oarsman, Black Note, Sparkling Ale, Debs' Red, Golden Rye, Oracle, Midwestern Pale Ale and Roundhouse IRA will be on tap

Nov. 4

All Stouts Day: 16 different stouts on tap beginning at noon in Kalamazoo at the Eccentric Cafe.


Nov. 1

ABC Liquor Tasting: Tampa from 6-8 p.m. - Amber, Oberon and Two Hearted

North Dakota

Nov. 1

Bell's "Inundated:" JL Beers-Downtown Fargo at 4 p.m.  - 21 different beers - Hopsoulution, Black Note, Christmas Ale, The Oracle, Consecrator Doppelbock, Chery Stout 2011, Sparkling Ale, Raspberry Ale, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Batch 9,000, Double Cream Stout, Expedition Stout, Third Coast Old Ale, Java Stout, Smoked Vienna Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Wedding Ale, Rye Stout, Le Pianiste, Le Contrebassiste, Debs' Red and Hell Hath No Fury

Nov. 2

Keep the Pint Night: The Moat in Oviedo from 8-10 p.m. - Oberon and Two Hearted on draft. Purchase a pint and receive a Bell's glass to take home.

North Carolina

Nov. 3

Bell's Tasting: Eastfield Bar & Grill in Charlotte - Best Brown, Winter White, Two Hearted, Porter, Smoked Vienna Lager, Midwestern Pale Ale, Amber and Java Stout. An additional tasting from 3-4 p.m. will also feature Special Double Cream Stout, Hell Hath No Fury and Oarsman.


Nov. 5

Beer Dinner: Old Town Social in Chicago at 7 p.m. - four courses paired with Kalamazoo Stout, Sparkling Ale, The Oracle and Third Coast Beer. Call 312-266-2277 or go here for more information or to make reservations.

Looking ahead

Join us for multiple beer dinners, some jazz, a dark glass night and more. Take a look at our full calendar.

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