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

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 visitbellsbeer.com.