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Bell's Brewery collaborating with Kalamazoo Coffee Co.

Bell’s Brewery produces an amazing number of amazing stouts. Many of these will be on tap at this year’s seventh All Stouts Day starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

Last year’s tap list included more than 20 stouts:  

  • Kalamazoo Stout
  • Rye Stout
  • Experimental Hop 2014-5
  • Sweet Potato Stout
  • Expedition Stout
  • Bear Hug Imperial Stout
  • Dagger Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Cherry Stout
  • Special Double Cream Stout
  • Smoked Stout
  • Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Trumpeter’s Stout
  • Milk Stout
  • Brett Stout
  • Toasted Coconut Espresso Java Stout
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Kalamazoo Stout
  • Breakfast Blend Double Cream Stout
  • X-Slam
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Dagger
  • Cinnamon Sunrise Stout

Recently, I purchased some bags of coffee at Sawall Health Foods that were roasted by Kalamazoo Coffee Co., and just today, I learned Bell’s is collaborating with them on a new coffee stout. Bell’s Milchkaffee (5.5 percent ABV) is a sweet milk stout brewed with a blend of two coffee beans — Pressed for Success, a medium roasted Nicaraguan coffee and Killer Beanz, a dark roasted Papua New Guinea coffee. Both of these are roasted at Kalamazoo Coffee Co., just a three minute walk from Bell’s original brewery and Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

Founded in 2008, Kalamazoo Coffee Company’s goal is to provide quality roasted coffee. Its coffee is sourced from around the world, then hand-roasted on its pair of Probat roasters. Its award winning coffee shop, Black Owl Cafe, is at the same location.

“It’s exciting to work with another local Kalamazoo business and create something new that combines both of our passions,” said Bell’s Vice President, Laura Bell.  “This collaboration is another great example of what makes our hometown special and unique.” 

Milchkaffee is a German phrase which translates to “milk coffee” and refers to a drink similar to a café au lait.

The coffee used in the brewing process was made using a cold brewing technique which extracts the coffee aroma and flavor without any acidic or acrid notes. Combined with lactose, this technique gives the beer a smooth, gentle coffee character. Lactose also lends a silky, slightly sweet note to Milchkaffee.

“We are proud to work with Bell’s. There is nothing better than to have local businesses working together to create something special for their community, that in itself is what helps create community,” said Garrett Krugh, owner of the Kalamazoo Coffee Co. 

Only available on draught, this beer will be part of a special celebration at Bell’s Eccentric Café on Nov. 11 featuring live performances from Kalamazoo’s Ghost Bunnies and Saxsquatch & Bridge Band. Coffee samples from the beans used to brew this stout will also be available to taste alongside the beer.

A limited amount of this collaborative beer will also head to some events outside of Kalamazoo later this year. The tap list for All Stouts Day has not been released yet, but I have confirmed that there will be at least 20 stouts on tap.  For any further details, check their website and social media pages.

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