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Bell's beer event roundup: An early peek at Christmas Ale, a Halloween Beer Dinner, HopFest and more
Here is a look at events featuring Bell’s beer this week in Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Washington DC and Alabama. Friday is also the deadline to enter Bell’s 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition.
Bell’s Beer Dinner in Plainwell
This five course dinner will also feature an early release of Bell’s seasonal Christmas Ale at Four Roses Cafe. Space is limited and reservations are required. Below is the menu:
- Smoked salmon mousse paired with Bell’s Oarsman Ale.
- Alsacienne sauerkraut soup paired with Third Coast Beer.
- Braised beef with sage polenta paired with Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury … Ale.
- Maple mustard baby back ribs paired with Bell’s Christmas Ale.
- Baked apple with caramel sauce paired with Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale.
Call 269-685-1077 for more information.
Bell’s Halloween Beer Dinner
This one of a kind event will feature darker beers at Patrick Henry Pub in Richmond. If you wear a costume, you can save $5 on admission. Call 804-644-4242 for more information. Be sure to check out the menu (download it here).
Clark St. Ale House in Chicago has been saving some of our hoppier beers just for this occasion. Sample Oracle, vintage Hopslam, Hopsoulution and more. Because of limited supplies, make sure to get there early. Call 312-642-9253 for more information.
Be one of the first to sample Bell’s Hopsoulution at Birch & Barley/ChurchKey. Best Brown Ale, Cherry Stout, Expedition Stout, Java Stout, Special Double Cream Stout and Two Hearted Ale will also be featured. Call 202-567-2576 for more information.
Taste of Mobile
This annual event will not only feature more than 40 booths and the opportunity to sample some of the finest cuisine the area has to offer, but also the debut of Bell’s Best Brown Ale in the coastal region. Amber Ale will also be available to sample as well. For more information, go here.
Coming up next week: The release of Christmas Ale, A beer dinner at Francesca's Amici in Elmhurst, IL; All Stouts Day at the Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo, Mich.; Beer Hoptacular, Iceman Cometh Challenge and more.
Bell’s beer event roundup: Join us for Detroit Beer Week, Cleveland Beer Week, the Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Stout Night and more
Here is a look at events featuring Bell’s beer this week in Michigan, Ohio, North Dakota and Virginia.
Detroit Beer Week, Detroit Fall Beer Festival
A multi-course beer dinner at the Rattlesnake Club will kick-off a series of Bell’s events leading up to the 3rd Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market (go here to see what we’ll be pouring). Other events include a special tapping of Raspberry Ale among others and the Four O’s of Bell’s at Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub. For more on Detroit Beer Week, go here.
Cleveland Beer Week
There will be no shortage of Bell’s beer on hand for the third annual Cleveland Beer Week. See how things are done at the Eccentric Café when we take over the taps at the Buckeye Beer Engine then follow that with Bell’s Pint Night at Parnell’s Pub, a beer dinner with Larry Bell, three stops on the Red Carpet Ride, a Premiere Beer and Cheese Pairing, a Bell’s tap takeover, a special tapping of Quinannan Falls, a Bell’s Beer Tour and the Brewzilla After Party. For more on Cleveland Beer Week, go here.
Bell’s Stout Night
Enjoy special tappings of Kalamazoo Stout, Java Stout, Cherry Stout, Double Cream Stout and Expedition Stout with Jason Gillum starting at 6 p.m. at JL Beers-Downtown in Fargo. For more information, go here.
This event will feature more than 40 of the world’s best breweries, delicious food and live entertainment over two days. For more information, go here.
Next week you can look forward to a Bell's beer dinner in Plainwell, Michigan, Bell's HopFest and more.
150,000 cups from Bell’s Eccentric Café are headed to the compost pile instead of a landfill
KALAMAZOO – About 150,000 plastic cups will not make their way to a landfill because of Bell’s Brewery’s commitment to the environment.
The 100-percent compostable Greenware Cups used at Bell’s Eccentric Café are made of Polylactic Acid, a starch based polymer derived from corn. They will be fed to a Tub Grinder, a machine that will literally beat the cups into pieces roughly the size of a quarter.
The plastic shreds will then be mixed in with other yard waste and compost by The Leaf Man, a Kalamazoo-based company that is under a trial contract to take over composting services for the city of Kalamazoo.
A lot of people use them, but they don’t compost them, said Evan Meffert, Bell’s Sustainability Coordinator.
“It’s all about being green and environmentally friendly. In the past we have used petroleum cups and despite the additional cost, they (Greenware Cups) are definitely worth it,” said Jason Reicherts, Retail and Pub Manager for Bell’s Eccentric Café.
The cups are made locally by Kalamazoo based Fabri-Kal from plant sources that are domestically-grown and annually renewable.
“It’s best to get them out of the waste stream entirely. That takes partnerships, which we have with Leaf Man and Fabri-Kal,” Meffert said.
“We cut solid waste by about 70-percent just by using these cups,” he said.
Bourbon barrels once used for beer conditioning are outfitted with recycled PVC pipes to collect the cups and make sure they are kept separate from other garbage.