Photos: 2013 Bell's Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery


The 24th Bell's Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge was held this past weekend from Kalkaska to Traverse City, Michigan.

Thousands of riders competed in the annual 29 mile point-to-point race and once again, plenty of Bell's beer was flowing. Team Bell's was also well represented. We had four riders compete in the Iceman and one in the Slush Cup.

Take a look at the photos we shot during the Expo the day before and at Timber Ridge during the race.

Cheers and congratulations to everyone who participated, volunteered and organized this year's event!

Winners for Bell's 4th Annual Homebrew Competition announced

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

4thAnnualHomebrewWinner.jpgTwelve homebrews made it to the final round for this year’s Bell’s Homebrew Competition.

But only one will go on tap at the Eccentric Café.

David Lyman of Kalamazoo (pictured at right with his wife), will brew his Citra and Simcoe hopped Pale Ale at Bell’s original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo.

Now in its fourth year, Lyman joins a growing list of those who have gotten to see their winning brew’s name listed on the Café’s draft board.

“This competition is a nod to our roots and we love the opportunity to give a little something back to the community that gave us our start,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

Last year’s winner, Nick Rodammer, took second place for his Double Rye IPA.

Third place went to Jay VanBuskirk for his IPA brewed with fresh hops, peaches and mangos.

Runners up are:

  • Jason Stasienko, IPA
  • Larry Yuhas, Cream Stout brewed with fresh mint and coffee
  • Eric Drews, an American hopped concoction
  • Aaron Hoffmann, Coffee IPA
  • Bret Wagner with Beau Preston, Butter Pecan Java Chocolate Stout
  • Drew Doster, Cafe con Leche Milk Stout
  • David DalPonte, Pale Ale with green tea and honey
  • Shannon Grossman, Vanilla Java Porter
  • Nathan Widener, Jalapeño Pepper Beer

More information about this year’s homebrew winner tapping will be released as it becomes available. Judges' comments for the winners above are available for pickup at the Bell's General Store.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

2013 All Stouts Day Tap list, specials menu

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery


Our fifth annual All Stouts Day is Nov. 3 at the Eccentric Café. Twenty different stouts will be on tap.

Tickets are not required.

We will also announce the winners of this year’s Homebrew Competition at 3 p.m.

The winner will get to brew their recipe at our downtown Kalamazoo brewery to go on tap at the Café.

The tap list

Bourbon Barrel Aged Brett Stout

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dagger Stout

Black Note

Breakfast Blend Double Cream Stout

Chocolate Cherry Double Cream Stout

Special Double Cream Stout

Cherry Stout

Bear Hug Stout

Dagger Stout

Expedition Stout

Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout

Java Stout

Toasted Coconut Espresso Java Stout

Kalamazoo Stout

Oatmeal Stout

Sweet Potato Stout

Rye Stout

Milk Stout

Trumpeter’s Stout

Smoked Stout

And Trumpeter’s Stout on Nitro

From the kitchen (while supplies last)

Stout cheese bisque

Seafood stew

Pot roast with mashed potatoes and mushroom shallot-stout gravy

Lamb shepherd’s pie

Smoked turkey Leg with a stout glaze

Smoked Ribs with a Cherry Stout reduction

Veggie lentil loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy


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