Bell’s brings out cellared beers for vintage crowd
By Andrew McLean on January 22, 2013 :: posted in Events, West
KALAMAZOO — They say good things come to those who wait.
Saturday’s Vintage Beer Tasting at Bell’s Eccentric Café was a perfect example. With 20 beers available, the most vintage dating back all the way to the last millennium, it was a very unique event. And with just a $10 entry fee — which included a commemorative tasting snifter and four drink tickets — it was a great value. Additional tickets were available for just a dollar apiece.
Upon entry to the back room, attendees were immediately greeted with a large rectangle of tables, showcasing vintage beers poured from the bottle.
Starting with the 1999 Eccentric Ale, selections were sorted chronologically and included additional vintages of Eccentric Ale, as well as a great selection of past years’ Third Coast Old Ales, Expedition Stouts and Cherry Stouts. If all that wasn’t enough, Bell’s had a tap selection that included Black Note, Batch 7000 and an additional vintage of both Cherry Stout and Expedition Stout not available by the bottle.
The most rare offerings of the day were available as part of a silent auction to benefit Kalamazoo’s own Fair Food Matters. Items up for auction included 3-liter bottles of both Oracle and Black Note, a pair of four-packs of 1995 Expedition Stout and six-packs of 2001 Cherry Stout Reserve, Batch 6000 and 2004 Third Coast Old Ale.