Kalamazoo Beer Exchange to host the Kalamazoo Winter Craft Beer Celebration

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By: Eric Strader
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Earlier this week, Kalamazoo Beer Week organizer Anne Drummond told me that the total number of events had grown to 243. Unfortunately, I did not make it to any of them this year.  

However, I did get a chance to talk to several people who attended several events, including some buddies from Goshen. Goshen Brewing Co. owner Jesse Sensenig, Chris May from DIY Coffee and Ale Supply and a couple of other friends, Richard and Devon, took the opportunity to take in some of Kalamazoo Beer Week yesterday.

Their other mission was to get some fresh Hopslam. This was successful after two stops where Hopslam had already sold out, including Bell’s General Store. They were finally able to enjoy it on tap at the Eccentric Cafe, along with some other treats including Dagger Stout (imperial stout, 10.5 percent ABV, basically the same recipe as Bell’s Batch 7,000) and Cherry Stout 2013 (7 percent ABV, in my opinion best with some age on it).

After Bell’s, they made another stop at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, where Paw Paw Brewing was being paired with chocolate. Free Range Sour Stout (6 percent ABV) is one of my favorite Paw Paw beers, and knowing Jesse’s love for sour beers, I bet that he enjoyed it as well.

On the second to last day of the week-long festival, The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange will host a tap takeover with Epic Brewing Co. of Salt Lake City. From open to close on Friday, Jan. 16, all taps will feature Epic, including:

The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange will also be wrapping up Kalamazoo Beer Week with the Kalamazoo Winter Craft Beer Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Jessica Oliver of the Beer Exchange explained to me that “they wanted to create an event that really showcased the great things that come from Kalamazoo.”  Eight Kalamazoo breweries will be pouring their beer including Tibbs Brewing Co., Arcadia AlesGonzo’s Biggdogg Brewing, One Well Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Latitude 42 Brewing Company, Rupert’s Brew House and Boatyard Brewing Company.

In addition, every three hours starting at noon, they will be releasing a special barrel aged beer with a Ratebeer rating of 95 or higher including Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial Stout (12 percent ABV), Short’s Anniversary Ale Part Deux Grapefruit Version (imperial IPA, 9 percent ABV), Left Hand Wake Up The Dead Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout (10.2 percent ABV, IBUs 45) and Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout (6.9 percent ABV, IBUs 14).

The event will run from noon to midnight in a heated tent in the KBE parking lot at 211 E. Water St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Food vendors and live music will also be on hand.

For more details about this event, visit the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange Facebook page.

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