Quick poll: Would you attend an all-grain homebrewing demo on a Saturday?

While our monthly homebrew demonstrations are typically held during the week, we have been mulling over the possibility of offering an all-grain demo on a Saturday at the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo.

Would you attend?


Help us choose the Bell’s General Store’s next hop variety (poll)

We have an open spot for a new hop variety at the Bell’s General Store and we want you to help us choose which one to offer.

Below are the descriptions for each, along with a poll to vote for your favorite.

Voting will close on Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m.

MILLENNIUM: A triploid, high alpha acid variety with Nugget as the mother with a mild herbal aroma. Used for ales, stouts and barley wines.

ZYTHOS™: A proprietary hop blend created to embody the powerful tradition and aroma you expect from your finest ales and IPA brews. With a targeted brewing value of 11.9% alpha and 5.0% beta, ZYTHOS™ is an IPA style blend created to optimize and exceed the aroma characteristics you require.  ZYTHOS™ is not a replacement for proprietary varieties, but rather a premium pellet blend that will compliment your current IPA and Pale Ale brews.

This hop was also used in our Experimental Hop Series at the Eccentric Cafe.

MOTEUKA: An excellent hop in many applications from first kettle additions through to late gift. This hop offers a unique aroma and flavor making it suitable for producing bigger, more traditional style Lagers, especially a Bohemian Pilsener. Excellent when employed in multiple additions from a single hop bill and sits well on the palate to balance specialty malt sweetness. An excellent variety for Belgian Ales and gives a real edge to Cask Bitter.

PACIFIC JADE: Suited for use as a bittering hop with some excellent results also seen in dual purpose applications, with a soft bitterness attributable to the low cohumulone. The citrus aroma and flavor notes work well to temper malt sweetness in “fullish” Ales especially when used moderately as a finishing hop. Pacific Jade is also well suited to balance dryer Lager styles when employed as an “up-front” kettle addition to showcase its bittering qualities.

STYRIAN AURORA: Moderate-alpha with powerful hoppy aroma, very versatile - try in US, Belgian or English ales.