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And the winners of Bell’s 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition are …
KALAMAZOO – The wait is over.
The winners of Bell’s 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition were announced during All Stouts Day at Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo this past Sunday.
Out of 129 entries, first place went to Geoff Groff for his IPA brewed with a touch of smoked malt and spiced with paradise seeds, with rose hips added. A Habanero pepper was also used for “A Bit of Heat.”
Groff will get to brew his beer with brewer Andy Farrell at Bell’s downtown Kalamazoo brewery to go on tap at the Eccentric Café.
Second place went to Jeff Frein for his saison brewed with orange blossom honey and coriander.
Third place went to Pat Tkacz for his “marriage between a stout and an IPA with a chocolate and hop taste.”
Honorable mentions also went to Andrew Hudson (carrot cake ale spiced with vanilla, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, brown sugar and Bourbon soaked raisins), Clayton MacDonald (ginger strawberry hopped ale), Steven D. Cooper (raspberry zerbert - light blonde ale), Adam Majka and Chris Elston (dry-hopped “BIG” beer brewed with Michigan honey and homegrown hops), Nelson Tansey (dry-hopped ale brewed with some brown sugar) and Ron Brady (IPA brewed with three different hops).
Congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you to all who competed.
CAPTION: Bell's marketing director Laura Bell announces the winner of the 2nd Annual Bell's Homebrew Competition. Geoff Groff will get to brew his beer at Bell's downtown Kalamazoo brewery to go on tap at the Eccentric Cafe.
Full list: Bell's 3rd annual All Stouts Day will feature 14 stouts and special menu items
KALAMAZOO - On Sunday (Nov. 6), the taps at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe will be turned over to the stouts.
Bell’s third annual All Stouts Day will begin at noon with 14 different stouts on tap including Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, The Dagger Extra Stout Ale and Sweet Potato Stout (the full list is below).
Those who stop by on Sunday can also order from a special menu that will feature many items made with help from a brand new smoker. Smoked meats and tofu, stout and cheddar soup, jambalaya and many others will be on the menu (the full list is also below).
Later in the afternoon, the winner of our 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition will be announced. The homebrewer who takes first place will get to brew their recipe on our brew system in downtown Kalamazoo to go on tap at the Café.
Here is the full list of beers and special menu items that will be available Sunday.
• The Dagger Extra Stout Ale
• Kalamazoo Stout
• Special Double Cream Stout
• Java Stout
• Cherry Stout
• Expedition Stout
• Oatmeal Stout
• Rye Stout
• Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
• Milk Stout
• Smoked Stout
• Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout
• Sweet Potato Stout
• Trumpeter’s Stout
• Shrimp cocktail
• Smoked whitefish spread
• Beef stew
• Chicken and sausage jambalaya
• Stout and cheddar soup
• Pulled pork sandwich with Cherry Stout reduction BBQ sauce and cole slaw
• Smoked chicken sandwich with bacon and leek relish
• Beef brisket with grilled sweet onions
• Smoked tofu with Cherry Stout reduction BBQ sauce and cole slaw
• Balsamic tempeh wrap with cucumber sauce
• Spicy catfish sandwich
• ½ smoked chicken with corn bread and baked beans
• ½ slab baby-back ribs with corn bread and baked beans
Raising a glass to all involved: Bell’s beer will be ready before and after Iceman Cometh Challenge in Traverse City
Bell’s Brewery is proud to be the title sponsor of this year’s 22nd annual Iceman Cometh Challenge on Saturday (Nov. 5) right here in Michigan. To help celebrate everyone’s accomplishments, multiple Bell’s beers will be on tap.
Before hitting the trail, sample Best Brown, Amber, Oarsman and Two Hearted Friday at the event’s kick-off, the Ice Cycle Expo at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
And as soon as you cross the finish line on Saturday, we’ll be ready to pour Amber Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Two Hearted Ale, Best Brown Ale, Winter White, Oarsman Ale, Q-Falls and Sparkling Ale.
Later that night, those same beers along with Hell Hath No Fury ... Ale and Christmas Ale will be on tap at The Loading Dock in Traverse City for the Bell’s Sunset on the Season (after) Party starting at 8:30 p.m. Detroit rockers The Orbitsuns will perform and help celebrate another great year.
Athletes from 38 different states, ranging in ages from two to 72-years-old, will compete in one of the largest single day races in the country. An estimated 7,500 people will line the course to cheer the competitors on.
The Bell's Beer Iceman course will take participants from Kalkaska to Timber Ridge Resort, near Traverse City through the hardwood forests, meadows, and cross country ski trails of the Pere Marquette State Forest. Among them will be five of Bell’s own.
Gary Nicholas and Evan Meffert will compete in the 29-mile Iceman while Laura Bell, John Mallett and Nathan Schroeder will take part in the half-frozen eight-mile Slush Cup.
Good luck and a safe ride to all of this year’s participants!
For more on Iceman, go here.