Meet the author of ‘Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse’ Sunday

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Mallett_Malt_Book.jpegTo celebrate the release of “Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse,” we're hosting a book signing this Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Eccentric Café.

It will be held in the Café’s Back Room from noon until 2 p.m. Books will be available to purchase both at the bar and at the Bell’s General Store right next to the Cafe.

Written by John Mallett, Director of Production here at Bell’s, this book is the fourth entry in the Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series.

Delving into the intricacies of this key ingredient, Malt provides a comprehensive overview with a primary focus on barley from the field through the malting process.

Mallett offers readers primers on history, agricultural development and physiology of the barley kernel, leading readers through the enzymatic conversion that takes place during the malting process. A detailed discussion of enzymes, the Maillard reaction, and specialty malts follows.

Quality and analysis, malt selection and storage and handling are also explained making this book a valuable resource for all brewers.

Mallett has been with Bell’s Brewery since 2001. As Director of Operations he is responsible for logistics, brewing, packaging and brewery capital projects.

John serves on many brewing Technical Committees and Boards including Master Brewers Association of the Americas, the Brewer’s Association, the American Malting Barley Association and the Hop Quality Group.

He has lectured and written extensively and has been a member of the Extended Faculty of Siebel Institute of Technology since 1995. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Institute for Brewing Studies Russell Schehrer Award for brewing innovation.

For more information about this book, please go here.

Eccentric Day 2014: More than 60 beers on tap, full menu

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

61 beers are on the tap list for this year’s 13th Annual Eccentric Day at the Eccentric Cafe.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and we will be 21+ all day. You must be dressed eccentrically. Please note, not all beers will be on tap at the same time and supplies are limited.

Eccentric Ale 2013, which has been fermenting since last year, will also be released on Friday, both on tap at the Café as well as in bottles at the Bell’s General Store located adjacent to the Café. It was brewed with help from Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, California.

Brynildson brought wild sage, pink peppercorns and a pinot noir grape reduction syrup for his contributions to this year’s brew.

The beer list

Amber Ale

Bear Hug Imperial Stout

Beer Michigan (barleywine brewed for this year’s American Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids – made with 100% Michigan barley and hops)

Best Brown Ale

Boon Companion

Brett Stout

Bright Size Life

Bull in a China Shop

Cherry Stout

Christmas Ale


Cinnamon Sunrise Stout

Coffee Consecrator Doppelbock

Dagger Stout

Double Cream Stout

Double Cream Stout - Nitro

Eccentric Ale 2013

Expedition Stout

Experimental Hop 2014-5

Harry Magill's Spiced Stout

Harvest Ale

Honey Hearted

Java Stout

Java Stout Toasted Coconut Espresso

Kal-Haven Ale

Kalamazoo IPA

Kalamazoo Stout

Bourbon Barrel Aged Kalamazoo Stout

Lager of the Lakes

Maillard's Odyssey (Sierra Nevada Beer Camp)

Mars DIPA – The Bringer of War

Midwestern Pale Ale

Milk Stout

Mocha Porter

Morning Mary Ale

Mr. Castries Vilnius Baltic Porter


Oat Ale

Oatmeal Stout

The Oracle DIPA

Pecan Pie Porter


Quadruple Belgian-Style Ale

Quince Third Coast Old Ale

Quince Love

Red Nose ESB

Raspberry Ale

Roundhouse IRA

Rye Stout

Smoked Stout

Sparkling Ale

Sweet Potato Stout

Third Coast Beer

Third Coast Old Ale

Third Coast Old Ale Traverse City Cherry

Third Coast Old Ale Toasted Coconut Espresso

Third Coast Old Ale Reserve

Tripel Belgian-Style Ale

Trumpeter's Stout

Venus: The Bringer of Peace (blonde ale brewed with vanilla, cardamom and honey)

Winter White Ale

The menu

Don’t let the Draft Board or the outfits overshadow what our kitchen staff has also prepared for Eccentric Day. They spend months planning, ordering and preparing foods that are fit to be served on this annual brewery holiday.

Here is this year’s Eccentric Day menu … while supplies last, of course:

Tons of cheeses

Various charcuterie meats

Pickled eggs

Pickled pigs feet

Cow and pig tongue

Chicken liver pate

Venison osso bucco

Buffalo shepherd’s pie

Alligator gumbo

Elk stew

Rabbit stew

Bison cornbread stuffing

Ostrich stuffed peppers

Buffalo curry

Wild boar chili

Antelope stir fry

Pork confit mac & cheese

Buffalo kabobs

Smoked wild boar legs

Smoked leg of lamb

Smoked turkey legs

House made sausages

Smoked duck with apricot mint spread

Jerk smoked quail legs

Quail & chorizo scotch eggs

Lamb meatloaf with mint chimichurri

Smoked whitefish mousse

Super spicy chicken wings

Lamb fries

Chicken & waffle kabobs

Cream cheese smoked jalapenos

Smoked tomato salsa

Beef cheek spring rolls

Fried shrimp & grits balls




Smoked salmon

Got facial hair? Help us raise money for the West Michigan Cancer Center

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Competition_Poster_v5_leftalign.jpgEarlier this month we shaved for a cause.

This week, we're combining two of our favorite things to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

Our Beers with Beards party is Wednesday at the Eccentric Café in partnership with The Proper Possible Movement (Proper) and other Kalamazoo area businesses.

Coinciding with No-Shave November, we are calling out all the beards and mustaches out there for a friendly little competition.

Prizes will range from an Urban Modern Hair package to gift certificates to Henderson Castle.

There will also be a DJ, dancing, “after” photos from Victor Vague Photography and of course, plenty of Bell’s beer starting at 8 p.m.

There is a $5 suggested donation for admission. All proceeds will go to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

The competition categories are:


• Most likely to be asked: “Did you draw that thing on?”

• Most likely to give Magnum PI a run for his money


• Most likely to be called Patch Adams

• Most likely to get those digits

• Most likely to make people question if you cheated and grew before November 1st

• Most likely to be Called “Peachy”

Head Start (for those who did not join us at our Shave the Date Party)

• Most likely to be mistaken for Santa Claus

• Most likely to be mistaken for a Brewer at Bell’s

• Most likely to be mistaken for ZZ Top

Best of Show

Properest Beard or Mustache


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