Monday, December 01, 2014

Eccentric Day 2014 will feature more than 60 beers, eccentric food and dress

Written by  Paul Starr
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Bell’s 13th Annual Eccentric Day is this Friday, Dec. 5 at Bell’s Eccentric Café, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., in downtown Kalamazoo.
More than 60 different beers will be tapped throughout the day starting at 9 a.m.

The theme, as always, is “come as you aren’t.” There is no cover, but everyone must dress eccentrically.

“You don’t have to spend months and months planning your outfit, although quite a few do and we always look forward to seeing how people interpret that,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

Some of the best dressed are put together from your own closet, she said.

Aside from the beer and eccentric dress, the food menu is always another highlight, which is free.

“Our kitchen team spends quite a bit of time, seeking out, prepping and serving a large assortment of food for Eccentric Day,” Bell said.

It’s always impressive and this year is no different, she said.

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.

Eccentric Ale 2014 will be brewed the day before with guest brewer Bill Morgan of Champaign, Illinois.

Everyone must also be 21 or older on Eccentric Day.

Friday’s 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
  • Cider
  • 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
  • Oarsman
  • Oat Ale
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • The Oracle DIPA
  • Pecan Pie Porter
  • 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:
  • 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
  • Caviar
  • Crab
  • Oysters
  • Smoked salmon
ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY, INC.

Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we've grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 290 people over a 20 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.