We’re Rolling Out the Barrel for the Third Year in a Row

Aaron Steinmann | Bell's Brewery

What happens when you take some of your favorite brews and age them in a barrel? You end up with an eclectic list of beers truly deserving of Bell’s Eccentric Café. 

On Sunday. Oct 4 at 11 a.m., we’ll be rolling out over 20 barrel-aged beers at the Café for our Third Annual Roll Out the Barrel Celebration. Tickets are not required for this event, but quantities of these specialty brews are limited.


We'll have both new and old barrel aged favorites, including:

Le Pianiste (5.6%)

Rustic Amber Ale w/Brettanomyces , Funky, bright tart finish

Le Contrebassiste (7.0%)

Brown Ale w/Brettanomyces, funky, fruity, light tart finish

Wild One (6.1%)

Tart, fragrant, vinous, wild fermented brown ale

Tawny Port Baltic Porter (9.9%)

Smooth chocolate, grape and complex dried berry notes

Sherry Barrel BIACS (10.0%)

Nutty w/ herbal hops. Barleywine aged in sherry barrels

Mrs Castries (7.7%)

Tart Brown ale aged in rum barrels. Molasses and caramel

Heaven Hills BBA Expo Stout (12.5%)

Expedition Stout aged in Heaven Hills Whiskey Barrels

Two James BBA Expo Stout (12.8%)

Expedition Stout aged in Two James Whiskey Barrels

Larry's Magical Ale (13.7%)

Strong dark ale, aged in a bourbon barrel for 5 years

Le Bretteur (6.3%)

Bright, citrus zest, vinous

Uberon (9.7%)

Whiskey character, spicy, toffee, strong, warming

T.C Whiskey BBL Porter (11.7%)   

Vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, whiskey, warming

Pecan Pie Porter (6.6%)

Nutty, mild wood notes, chocolate, sweet

Wildberry Rye (10.2%)

Berry, tart, dry, vinous, tannic, barrel aged

Sauternes Mead (11.1%)

Ripe white grapes and stone fruit aromas, bright honey flavors

Tequila Barrel-aged Mead (12.5%)

Honey, oaky vanilla, citrus and agave notes 

Mr Castries Vilnius (11.3%)

Baltic Porter aged in Jamacian rum barrels

T.C. Cherry Third Coast Old Ale (12.6%)

Warming, Oaky, Light Vanilla, Maraschino Cherry.

Smoked Applewood Porter (7.1%)

Light smoke, Chocolate, Woody, Subtle Vanilla

2010 Third Coast Old Ale Reserve (10.9%)

Aged in bourbon barrels for 2 years 

L'Appel Du Vide- Saskatoon (3.6%)

Session Sour w/Saskatoon Berries

Download Best Brown wallpapers for your phone, tablet and computer

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

2015_BBA_tabletWP.jpgAdd some fall to your favorite glowing rectangle.

Based on this year’s seasonal theme, below are some Best Brown wallpapers that you can download for free for your tablet, your computer and/or your phone.

Don’t forget to check-in to Best Brown on Untappd to unlock this year’s badge, available until Oct. 21. And check out our Fall Bucket List as inspiration for our Best Brown Photo Challenge.

Cheers to autumn!

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Books and beer: Booktoberfest returns for another round

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

KPLBooktoberfest2015Logo.pngKalamazoo Public Library’s 2nd Annual Booktoberfest features three different sessions lead by two of our staff.

John Mallett, Director of Operations here at Bell’s and author of “Malt: A Practical Guide From Field to Brewhouse,” along with David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Manager, will both lead homebrew related sessions.

Mallett will speak on Sept. 29 about how to select the right ingredients while keeping both quality and cost in mind at the Oshtemo Branch Library.

Curtis will lead two workshops in October at KPL’s Central Branch (downtown):

Getting Started Homebrewing (equipment, the brewing process, plus tips and tricks to get started): Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.

Choosing Homebrewing Equipment (equipment choices and upgrades for any budget): Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Other programs include a session with Jeff and Bonnie Steinmann of Hop Head Farms (their hops are used in a few different Bell’s beers including our Christmas Ale) and another with Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing Co. and author of Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy.

There are also special beers from Kalamazoo’s One Well Brewing and Tibbs Brewing. All programs will offer raffle prizes and giveaways.

For more info, go here.

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