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Bell’s Eccentric Day is Dec. 9: Here are the details
Bell’s 13th annual Eccentric Day is one week from today. Here is what you need to know.
• Doors will open at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9.
• Eccentric attire is required – come as you aren’t. If you are not dressed for the occasion, you will be turned away at the door.
• There is no cover.
• There will be eccentric food.
• DJ Bowser will provide the tunes.
• Both the front and back bar will be open.
35 beers will be on tap plus a firkin of Special Double Cream Stout. Here’s the lineup:
• Two Hearted Ale
• Kalamazoo Stout
• Special Double Cream Stout
• Amber Ale
• Java Stout
• Pale Ale
• Cherry Stout
• Winter White Ale
• Expedition Stout
• Christmas Ale
• Rye Stout
• Best Brown Ale
• Oatmeal Stout
• Third Coast Beer
• Smoked Stout
• Third Coast Old Ale
• Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout
• Oarsman Ale
• Sweet Potato Stout
• Bell's Lager Beer
• Trumpeters Stout
• Hell Hath No Fury … Ale
• Milk Stout
• Sparkling Ale
• Dagger Stout
• The Oracle DIPA
• Black Note Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout
• Eccentric Ale (bottles will also be available for sale at the Bell's General Store)
• Golden Rye
• Exp Hop 2011-1 (an IPA brewed with experimental hops)
• Rye-ghteous Ale
• Harvest Ale
• Raspberry Ale
Bell's beer event roundup: Tasting events, a holiday party, pub Olympics and more
Here is a look at Bell’s beer events this week in Michigan, Virginia and Illinois.
Main St. Pub Olympics in Kalamazoo
Try your skills at darts, Golden Tee, pinball and more while enjoying $3 pints of Amber, Two Hearted and Winter White starting at 8:30 p.m.
Pajama party at University Roadhouse
Take a break from finals and enjoy a free midnight breakfast buffet, Wedding Ale (tapped at 9 p.m.) and other Bell’s favorites in your PJs. Call 269-345-7990 for more information.
20 beers of cheers!
This holiday party at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor will feature many hard to find Bell’s beers including Oracle, Sparkling Ale, Raspberry Ale and many others. For the full list and special tapping times, go here.
Beer and cheese tasting
This free event will feature Amber Ale, Christmas Ale, Special Double Cream Stout and Winter White at Bacchus Wine & Spirits in Kalamazoo from 2-4 p.m. Call 269-344-0168 for more information.
Sample some of Bell’s big, rare and standby favorites for free at Once Upon A Vine-North in Richmond from 5-8 p.m. Call 804-864-9463 for more information.
Winter beer sampling
Get a taste of Bell’s winter seasonals including some of our stouts at Vrai Amour in Chicago. Call 773-549-9740 for more information.
Before it was Bell's, it was a service station
Before it was a brewery, a General Store or Bell's Eccentric Cafe, the building at 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., in downtown Kalamazoo, was a plumbing supply warehouse.
In 1944, it was home to Cities Service Station.
The streets were paved with brick and the railroad cut through what is now a parking lot and the Bell's Beer Garden. The photo below (shown with a current photograph) was taken by Ward Morgan (1907-1997) and is shared here courtesy of Western Michigan University's Archives and Regional History Collection.