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Bell's beer event roundup: Multiple beer dinners, tacos, Black Note and more
Here is a look at Bell’s beer events this week in Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia.
Pauly's beer dinner
Flat River Grill will host a five course beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Lowell. The menu:
First course: Amber Ale with tomato terrine, pistachio biscotti, 25 year balsamic, extra virgin olive oil, stuffed cherry tomato garnie
Second course: Winter White with dried fruit and peach salad dressed with roasted radish vinaigrette and Haarsma Apiaries honey
Third course: Two Hearted IPA with salmon gravlax over braised cabbage and herbed truffle vinaigrette
Fourth course: Consecrator Doppelbock with roasted pork belly with pan jus over baby herbed marbled potatoes
Fifth course: Cherry Stout with white chocolate terrine with dried cherry sauce and Jack Daniels ice cream
Bell's beer dinner
Terry B's in Dexter will host their five course beer dinner starting at 6 p.m. On the menu:
Reception Beers: Amber & Lager Beer
First course: Oberon Ale paired with potato chip crusted mahi mahi, fried green tomatoes, orange thyme mustard and sambuca greens
Second course: Two Hearted IPA paired with spicy corn bisque, pickled peppers, smoked salmon and laughing bird shrimp
Intermezzo: Oarsman Ale sorbet
Third course: Consecrator Doppelbock paired with braised pork belly, caramelized onions, beluga lentils, pistachio and Consecrator Doppelbock puree, natural reduction
Fourth course: Hell Hath No Fury paired with Culver Farms Duck “ham,” golden raisin bread pudding, braised wild ramps, hedgehog mushrooms, plum jus
Fifth course: Bell’s Porter “Rolo” cheesecake, Guernsy Dairy coffee ice cream, saskatoon beery chocolate “shot,” black lava sea salt and smoked cashews.
Quatro de Mayo
Foran's Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit will feature 7 Bell's beers on tap plus a firkin of Hopslam: Consecrator Doppelbock, Cherry Stout, Oberon, Hell Hath No Fury ... Ale, The Oracle, Oarsman and Two Hearted.
Beer Social: Bottom Lounge, Chicago
Join us for 6 Bell's beers (including Black Note, Oarsman, Oberon, Sparkling Ale and Debs' Red) paired with 4 sausages starting at 7 p.m. After 9 p.m., the party will continue with a summer patio kick-off party featuring Oberon. For more information, go here.
Super Focused No Bull Sh*t Beer and Spirits Festival
This event is 21 and over and a valid ID is required for entry. Other participating breweries include Dogfish Head, Firestone, Walker, Founders Brewing Co., Great Lakes, New Belgium, New Holland Brewing Co., Three Floyds, Stone and more.
Bells Night: Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, Charlotte
Amber Ale, Black Note, Consecrator Doppelbock, Expedition Stout, Lager Beer, Oarsman Ale, Oberon, Porter, Two Hearted Ale, Harvest Ale and a Two Hearted Firkin will be on tap starting at 5 p.m.
Bell’s and tacos
Join us at high noon for some very rare Bell's beers and house made tacos from Chef Rian Tittle. More than ten different Bell's beers plus a few rarities will be featured including Harvest Ale and Black Note at Brickstore Pub in Decatur.
Upcoming events include a beer dinner in Midland, Mich. and a day at the (Bell’s) Circus in Wisconsin. Take a look at our full calendar for more information.
Bell's beer event roundup: Pittsburgh Beer Week, a 4-course beer dinner, Golden Rye and more
Here’s a look at Bell’s beer events coming up this week in Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Pittsburgh Beer Week
Harris Grill and Bell's will celebrate Pittsburgh Beer Week with a variety of Bell's beers on tap including the very rare Black Note Stout! Add the fact that it's also Bacon Night and you have no more excuses. Event starts at 6 p.m. Call 412-362-5273 for more information.
Enjoy some of the only kegs of Golden Rye, Harvest Ale and Debs’ Red in North Dakota starting at 5 p.m. at The Walrus in Bismarck. Call 701-250-0020 for more information.
Bell's beer dinner
Gun Lake Casino in Wayland will host a four course beer dinner starting at 7 p.m. Here’s the menu:
Appetizer: Infused chicken wings served with a yogurt carrot and celery slaw paired with Pale Ale
Soup and salad: Sharp cheddar Oarsman Ale soup and a wedge salad with a Chardonnay vinaigrette paired with Oarsman Ale
Entree: Two seared medallions of beer tenderloin with grilled asparagus and an Oberon reduction glaze paired with Oberon Ale
Dessert: Rosemary infused flourless chocolate torte with a raspberry coulis and sweet whipped cream paired with Kalamazoo Stout.
Call 269-792-7609 for more information.
Join us for Oberon, Harvest Ale and Black Note at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse starting at 7 p.m. Call 608-782-0677 for more information.
Between The Bluffs Beer Fest
We'll be pouring Oberon, Two Hearted and a firkin of Hopslam. For tickets and more information, visit www.betweenthebluffsbeerfest.com/
Join us for a beer dinner in Lowell (Michigan), a beer social in Chicago, Bell’s night in Charlotte (North Carolina) and more. View our complete calendar here.
Sustainability at Bell's: Celebrating Earth Day every day
We kicked off Earth Week on Monday with a look at how we approach sustainability here at Bell’s. We have also shared some of the many ways in which we practice this philosophy via our social media sites throughout the week.
To celebrate Earth Day, here is a more comprehensive look. For more information on all of our sustainability efforts, please visit our Sustainability page.
Land + Agriculture
Our farm in Shepherd, Michigan uses no-till farming practices that support surrounding ecosystems by minimizing erosion and the use of water-contaminating fertilizers, while improving soil quality. Barley grown at our farm is used for Bell's seasonals Christmas Ale along with Michigan-grown hops.
Harvest Ale: The malt comes from barley grown in Michigan specifically for Bell’s, much of it also comes from our own farm near Shepherd, while the whole-cone hops were plucked from bines across Michigan.
What do we do with the approximately 50,000 pounds of spent grain produced daily from our brewing processes? A local farmer picks it up twice a day and uses it to feed his dairy cows.
We recycle all cardboard, paper, stretch wrap, green plastic banding, keg caps, wood, electronics, batteries, copper, stainless steel and black iron from our production process.
We consistently monitor water use with the goal of decreasing water intensity. Sub-meters track water use in the brewhouse, cellar and on both the bottling and kegging lines. Engineering and procedural changes have also helped reduce water usage.
A new Filler Vacuum Pump design reduced water that goes to drain from 15 gallons per minute to 2 gpm, saving about 20 million pints of water annually on our filling operation.
Energy + Air
A modular, extensive sedum green roof above our conditioning warehouse increases insulation efficiency and extends the life of a waterproofing membrane.
Five “Big Ass Fans” reduce the need for air conditioning and heating at our Production Facility and Logistics Center (photo at right).
An 85-ton geothermal field, roughly the size of half a football field, controls the temperature for our entire production facility.
Installation of a new 400 horsepower process boiler with an 84-percent overall efficiency rating will allow us to conserve and recycle energy for steam production. Steam is used for all process heating, mashing, boiling, keg cleaning and sterilization and more.
Light tubes in our production facility, original brewery, corporate office and logistics center offer daylight harvesting and occupancy controls.
Sponsorships + Wellness + Community
Our involvement in the community we sell our beer in is very important to us. The Iceman Cometh Challenge in Traverse City, the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race and The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival are just a few examples of events we sponsor. We also donate to and sponsor other organizations as well including Glowing Embers Girl Scout Council, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Comstock Community Center, K’Aces Disc Golf Club and many others.
Our employees also participate in events that give back and promote wellness, including bike workshops like the one pictured above. Just yesterday, Bell’s employees participated in the Walk about Talk about Autism fundraiser in Portage. Look for them in the Kalamazoo Humane Society Dog Walk May 5 in Vicksburg and the Kalamazoo 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes (just to name a few).
With the Adopt a Highway program, employees of Bell’s Brewery pick up roughly 50 bags of trash along M-96 three times a year (this past Friday being the most recent). To date, our employees have picked up more than 450 bags since Bell’s started sponsoring this program in Comstock.
Pub (Eccentric Café)
Greenware cups, used at Bell's Eccentric Cafe and manufactured in Kalamazoo by Fabri-Kal, are made from polylactic acid, a plant starch-based polymer resin. The cups are composted with other yard waste from the city of Kalamazoo.
The General Store (online and in downtown Kalamazoo) offers a large selection of local products – everything from homebrewing equipment to soap made with Bell’s beer. The Barley Crusher (Allenton), The Brew Hauler (Plainwell) and StirStarter (southwest Michigan) are just a few examples.
We compost food waste from the Eccentric Café’s kitchen with sawdust from carpentry contractors and spent grain from our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo.