It is a very exciting time for beer in the US for many reasons, not the least of which is the ever-growing popularity of homebrewing (One word, or two? No one knows yet!). As homebrewing supplies are now readily available, as well as information on the process, people everywhere are trying their hand at brewing beer, and finding out that it is much more difficult than they thought. Homebrewing is celebrated all over the US, but one particular place that holds annual competitions is Bell’s Eccentric Café at 355 E. Kalamazoo Avenue, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The café is the public face of Bell’s Brewery, which is next door.
November 2014 sees the fifth annual such competition from Bell’s. 162 homebrewers entered, and twelve of them earned a placing. But the first place award went to Matt VanNatter with his California Common style beer brewed with coffee. The California Common style describes a lager that is warm-brewed and highly carbonated.
As the winner, Mr. VanNatter will be allowed to brew his beer at Bell’s Brewery, and sell it on tap at the café. Perhaps an even better award is that he will be able to enter the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver and compete with a Bell’s brewer in the Pro-Am Competition. Everything On Tap congratulates Mr. VanNatter, and we wish him the best in his future brewing endeavors. The more people who try their hand at homebrewing, the more chances of great beer being produced!