Bell's beer event roundup: Dinners, ugly sweater contests, Christmas Ale and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
11.26.2012

MarketGardenFlyer.jpgBelow is a look at our events this week in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Indiana.

Illinois

Nov. 26

Specialty Night: Jerry's Sandwich's in Chicago - Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, This one goes to 11, Special Double Cream Stout, Christmas Ale, Winter White and Two Hearted

Nov. 27

Specialty Night: Jerry's Sandwich's (Andersonville) in Chicago - Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, This one goes to 11, Expedition Stout, Third Coast Old Ale and Special Double Cream Stout

Michigan

Nov. 27

Tap Event: Buffalo Wild Wings in Brighton at 7 p.m. – Trivia, This one goes to 11 (tapped at 8 p.m.), Black Note, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Two Hearted Ale and Winter White

Nov. 28

Tap Takeover: Detroit Prime in Farmington Hills from 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Half-off appetizers plus Winter White, Two Hearted Ale, Amber Ale, Porter, Smoked Vienna Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Sparkling Ale and This one goes to 11 Ale

Bell's Holiday Party: Oak Café in Wyandotte at 7 p.m. - Batch 10,000 (a special treat from Oak Cafe's cellar), Best Brown Ale, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Midwestern Pale Ale, Sparkling Ale, Two Hearted, Golden Rye, Kal-Haven Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000. $20 tasting ticket available. For more details, go here.

Nov. 29

Tap Takeover: Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester Hills at 7 p.m. - Black Note (tapped at 8 p.m.), Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Midwestern Pale Ale, Two Hearted Ale, Winter White Ale and This one goes to 11 Ale

Tasting: Bacchus Wine & Spirits in Kalamazoo from 4-6 p.m.

13 Bell's of Christmas: Lynch's in Port Huron at 4:30 p.m. - Batch 9,000, Best Brown Ale, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Hopsoulution, Kalamazoo Stout, Rye Stout, The Oracle, Two Hearted Ale, Winter White Ale, This one goes to 11 Ale, Smoked Vienna Lager, Kal-Haven Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000

Nov. 29 & Dec. 1

2-day event: Zazios Birmingham – For details, go here.

Nov. 30

Happy Hour Tasting: Bottoms Up in Kalamazoo from 4-6 p.m.

Dec. 1

Tap Takeover: Reno's Sports Bar East in East Lansing starting at 6 p.m.  – 14 beers on tap - Black Note (6 p.m.),This one goes to 11 (7 p.m.) Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 (8 p.m.), Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, 2011 Cherry Stout, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Java Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Third Coast Old Ale, Two Hearted Ale, Winter White Ale and Smoked Vienna Lager

Christmas Ale Tasting: Horrock's Farm Market in Lansing from 2-5 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Party: The Grotto at Capone's in Kalamazoo starting at 11 a.m. – prizes for the best ugly sweater, free food from 8-10 p.m. plus 12 Bell’s beers on tap

Minnesota

Nov. 27

Bell's Night: Bar 209 in Bemidji at 6 p.m. - Golden Rye, Roundhouse IRA and Le Contrebassiste

Nov. 28

Bell's Beer Dinner: Skal Bar & Grill in Vergas at 6 p.m. - Christmas Ale, Le Pianiste, Oatmeal Stout, Debs' Red, and Two Hearted Ale. Seating is limited. Please call 218-342-7525 for reservations.

Nov. 29

Multi-Tap Night: Grizzly's Canal Park in Duluth at 4 p.m. - Two Hearted, Best Brown, Golden Rye, Oatmeal Stout, The Oracle, This one goes to 11, Debs' Red, Le Contrebassiste, and Le Pianiste

Ohio

Nov. 28

Collaborative Beer Dinner: Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland at 6:30 p.m.  – Five course beer dinner featuring Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, Le Contrebassiste Ale, Midwestern Pale Ale, Two Hearted Ale and others. Please call 216-621-4000 for reservations.

Indiana

Nov. 30

Bell's Tasting: St. John Wine & Spirits in St. John from 6-8 p.m. - Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, Expedition Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Special Double Cream Stout, Third Coast Beer, Two Hearted Ale and Winter White Ale

Looking ahead

Join us for a beer dinner in Brainerd, 12 Bell’s of Christmas in Chelsea, Michigan, pint night in Asheville and more. Take a look at our full calendar here.


Bell's beer event roundup: Beers we are thankful for, tastings, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
11.19.2012

BBA9K-01.pngBelow is a look at Bell’s beer events this week in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and Kentucky.

Illinois

Nov. 19

Specialty Beer Night/Tap Takeover: Beer Bistro in Chicago

Nov. 20

Stout Blowout Night: Small Bar in Chicago – enjoy a rare taping of 2011 Cherry Stout

Nov. 26

Specialty Night: Jerry's Sandwich's in Chicago

Indiana

Nov. 19

Bell's Night: The Aristocrat in Indianapolis  - multiple taps including The Oracle, Wedding Ale, Le Batteur and more

Minnesota

Nov. 19

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer Tappings: Buster's on 28th in Minneapolis at 11 a.m. - Black Note, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Batch 9,000 and Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout

Burnt: Republic in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. - 11 different beers including Java Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Double Cream Stout, Expedition Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Rye Stout, Harry Magill's Spiced Stout, Black Note, Hell Hath No Fury and Oatmeal Stout

Michigan

Nov. 20

Beer Dinner: Casey's in Walled Lake at 6 p.m. – take a look at the menu.

Beer Tasting: Harding's on West Main St. in Kalamazoo from 4-6 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Contest & Great Beer: Fuel Woodfire Grill in Port Huron at 6 p.m. – prizes for the ugliest sweater, great food, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury, This one goes to 11 and more

Beers We're Thankful For: Ashley's in Westland starting at 2 p.m. (staggered tappings) - Two Hearted, Winter White, Best Brown, Third Coast Beer, Midwestern Pale Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Double Cream Stout, Hopsoulution, Hell Hath No Fury, Sparkling Ale, Vienna Smoked Lager, Christmas Ale, Le Pianiste, Oatmeal Stout, Golden Rye, This One Goes to 11, Kal-Haven Ale, 2011 Cherry Stout, Black Note and bottles of Java Stout and Expedition Stout, plus beer infused cuisine

Nov. 21  

Beer Tasting: Harding's on Centre St in Portage from 4-6 p.m.

North Carolina

Nov. 21

Holiday Tasting: Whole Foods South Park in Charlotte at 5 p.m. - Best Brown Ale, Christmas Ale and Winter White Ale

North Dakota

Nov. 21

This one goes to 11 Tapping: The Walrus in Bismarck at 5 p.m.

Ohio

Nov. 23

Black Note Tapping: Moelein Lager House in Cincinnati at noon.

Kentucky

Nov. 21

This one goes to 11 Tapping: Nach Bar in Louisville at 11 p.m.

Nov. 23

Black Friday Black Out: Nach bar in Louisville - Expedition Stout will be on tap all day. Black Note will be tapped at 8 p.m.

Looking ahead

Join us for holiday parties, tap takeovers, beer dinners and more. Take a look at our full calendar here.


Winners of Bell’s 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition announced

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
11.05.2012

2012HomebrewWinner.jpgOne hundred and twenty six entries were submitted for the 3rd Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition and Nick Rodammer, pictured at right, took first prize with his Belgian black IPA.

All of the winners were announced during All Stouts Day on Nov. 4 at the Eccentric Café.

Rodammer will get to brew his recipe with Specialty Brewer Zeke Bogan at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo to then go on tap at the Café.

This is the same brewery where many of our smaller batches are brewed including The Wild One, the Jazz Series, Roundhouse IRA, Kal-Haven Ale, Harvest Ale, a number of specialty stouts and more.

Overall, judges were very impressed with the caliber of entries this year, noting lots of experimentation and a lot of hops.

There was also a good presence of beers made with wild yeast and bacteria, said David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Manager and coordinator for the competition.

Last year’s winner, A Bit of Heat, from Geoff Groff was brewed with paradise seeds, rose hips and habaneros.

Look for details for the 4th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition to come in 2013.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

1st place: Nick Rodammer, Belgian black IPA

2nd place: Jay VonBuskirk, hoppy beer brewed with mango

3rd place: Adam and Britani Wisniewski, brown ale brewed with smoked malt

Runners-up

Sam Mirto, coffee porter

Jerry Pardeik, citrusy IPA

Richard Dueweke, weissbier

Matt Holley, black IPA

Brad Wyant, coconut cream stout

Chris Carr, a beer fermented with lactobacillus and aged on oak and brettanomyces

Alex Mantakounis, chocolate peanut butter cup porter

Scott Fitzsimmons, citrusy pale ale

Sam Bailey and Kyle Smith, tropical IPA


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