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January 2015 YOUR ENTERTAINMENT SOURCE Smash Magazine SIXTEEN BREWERIES IN FIVE DAYS Rusted Root Cloud Nothings Generationals Free Entertainment Guide for Greater Kalamazoo, Battle Creek & Marshall
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SMASH Magazine P.O. Box 1376 Battle Creek, MI 49016 smashmag@live.com SmashmagS.com Publisher/Graphic Designer Robin Cunningham Writers Todd Cope Harry Dunne Colin Smith Carrie White Advertising Robin Cunningham 269-986-3912 smashmag@live.com 2015 is going to be an exciting year for southwest Michigan and Smash Magazine. Kalamazoo is coming into its own and out of the shadows of Grand Rapids! We have better music, more fun and the best Beer!! There is no other city like it. In this issue we traveled to 16 breweries in 5 days. Every brewery and brew pub that lies within our distribution area, from Paw Paw to Marshall and all the way to Hastings, we sampled some exceptional brews, tasted amazing food and met some incredibly interesting people. All right here in our neighborhood and after doing so we definitely think THIS is the best craft brew community around. Kalamazoo Beer week is this month and there is no better time to get out and experience some local craft beers for yourself. Once you get inside the beer will warm you up, I promise. Festivus is only 5 weeks away so you better start collecting your cardboard and see who can win the trophy this year!! I think it will be the Smash em up derby car personally but we’ll see. Happy New Year Smashers Events and Shows Submit listings to SmashmagS.com smashmag@live.com Disclaimer SMASH Magazine is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and musicians to promote and display their work. Because they have a unique way of expressing themselves it is important for people who pick up the magazine to understand you might not always like what you see. There are also articles that may contain sarcasm and adult content. This publication is intended for a mature audience. Go to SmashmagS.com and sign up for our Email subscription so you can always keep up with whats up!
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Its all about balance!!!!! Have you ever wondered what it takes to maintain and grow a name in the brewing industry? Well Bell’s has not only grown the name but maintained the quality and eccentric style that made them who they are today. 2015 marks the 30 year anniversary for the oldest brewery in the area and the Café is finally of legal at 21. These milestones are almost unheard of in the retail restaurant market. Bell’s combination of distribution, maintaining their specialty market and expanding in the hometown that made them who they are is key to their longevity. Bell’s began brewing in the current downtown Kalamazoo location in 1992 and has not looked back, opening brewing facilities locally in Comstock in 2003 with a 50 barrel system and expanding in 2012 with a 200 barrel system where the 8 standard core brands are produced as well as the Planet series beers. Plans are already in the works for expansion #7 of a new packaging facility. The current downtown location brews the “Café Brands”, beers you don’t see on the market as well as the specialty brands that are distributed to festivals around the state. The downtown Kalamazoo facility is no stranger to expansion and plans have been drafted to turn the old original 30 barrel facility into a new 120 seat restaurant. That location is currently used as storage. You will be able to move through the bells area into the new restaurant which has been raised 3’ to be at the same floor level as the original building. Once the restaurant has been completed there are plans in the works to create a new sports bar in the annex building behind the café. All of this expansion is expected to garner over 100 new jobs in 2015. With over 35 beers on tap currently and having as many as 52 offerings available at any given time, makes Bell’s the biggest brewpub in the state. With so many offerings, you can imagine that there was not time to sample each one, although that would have been a challenge, we opted to sample an overview of some of the newer offerings. Meade – made with 100% Michigan honey, not a beer because it has no SmashmagS.com malt…water honey and yeast, seasonal – becomes a more approachable drinking experience for those that aren’t really into beer Roundhouse IRA - possesses substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions & dry-hopping, yielding a heady blend of fruit-like aromas such as pineapple, peach, and the citrus family. These notes continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted & caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate. Rather, the malt body lends a slight caramel undertone to the beer, creating a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together. Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe Bearhug - a hop forward Imperial Stout. It is also bittersweet so that may be where the maple/honey notes are coming through for some. The idea was to create a beer with malt depth without burnt or astringent roast character and showcase hop aromas. Harvest ale – directly reflect our interest in local agriculture and tradition. The malt comes from barley grown in Michigan specifically for Bell’s, much of it on our own farm near Shepherd MI, while the whole-cone hops were plucked from bins across Michigan. The home-grown malt has a distinctive candied apple character that pairs well with the mixture of grassy & fruity hop aroma, yielding a very drinkable celebration of the harvest. Dagger – Imperial Stout, originated from a batch series, higher alcohol content, full bodied – Malt beverage brewed with brewer’s licorice. Molasses and aged in oak bourbon barrels Planet series – Inspired by Gustav Holst’s seven-movement orchestral suite, “The Planets.” Released in the order of Holst’s piece, Mars to Neptune. Beginning in August 2014 and ending in July 2015. Mercury is the current planet showcased, released in December 2014 - Jupiter comes out in February. You can check out all the earlier releases and the music associated with them at bellsbeer.com There is a plethora of activities planned for Kalamazoo Beer Week at Bell’s Brewery; Saturday January 10th – 3rd annual Kalamazoo Beer Week Snow Jog Adventure Race & Challenge - Your team of 2 will have 3 ½ hours to complete the challenges at each stop before returning back to the Eccentric Café for prizes! Want to beat the packet pick-up rush? Join us at Up & Under from 5:30-7:30pm on Friday, January 9th’! Money raised will go to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes. Sunday January 11th – noon to 3pm – BRUNCH, $15/All you can eat with music by Who Hit John? Monday January 12th – Free – Pinball & Pints; Beat the Brewer Tuesday January 13th – Priced to Order – Meat, Cheese and Rare Beer – Meat, Cheese and Beer Pairings. Wednesday January 14th – 8pm – FREE – 2nd annual Jortslam with Live Band Karaoke Saturday January 17th – 11am to 3pm - Crafternoon, with Happy Hour Art, button making, bottle painting and more! To sign up for this event go to: happyourart.com
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Hop Rocket - which will be released this January second for all those hop heads out there to enjoy! Both locations have an excellent menu but do not serve the same things, while the Kalamazoo location serves a mean smoked BBQ with upscale but down home comfort food, Battle Creek has a little more eccentric flare serving things like Garden & Goat Quesadilla and Lamb Roll. They also have the best pizza around. The second oldest brewery in the area Arcadia now has 2 locations, one in Battle Creek and the new one in Kalamazoo. Serving up the same great beer they both have a different feel and menu but are equally as impressive. For our adventure we stopped at the original Arcadia in Battle Creek where we always run into a few friends. The locals have been calling this place home since 1996, before the craft brew craze that we know today. When Tim Surprise was just beginning to realize his dream and all the hard work it was going to take to get there. Now with the new brewing facility Arcadia is distributing all over and is becoming a house hold name with Ale’s like Whitsun one of my personal favorites. Brewed in the style of a mid-19th century English Festival Ale, this unfiltered wheat beer displays a translucent orange color topped with a creamy, white head. Wheat enhances the mouthfeel of the beer and produces pleasant bread-like notes while Michigan honey provides a caramelized sweetness in the flavor profile. This beer is spiced with orange peel and coriander and small amounts of three hop varieties pleasantly counterbalances the sweetness. Some more Arcadia favorites are: Sky High Rye – A west coast style pale ale made with rye and bright piney fruity American hops. this beer offers a gorgeous garnet color joined by the aroma of ripe plums and freshly-baked biscuits. Anglers Ale – It is medium-bodied, crisp and well-balanced with a flavor profile featuring subtle notes of caramel, toffee and toasted malt, counterbalanced by the ideal level of hop bitterness. Of course there are also lots of specialty and seasonal brews that are available throughout the year. One of the most popular is the Nut Brown - This English-style brown ale has an alluring mahogany color and is capped by a rich foam head. London Porter - This 18th Century-style Smoked Porter has subtle accent of peat-like Bamberg smoked malt, which is apparent in both the aroma and flavor. January 10th - Mega Bev on West Main for tastings on from 2 to 4 pm. January 11th - Keg and Egg brunch at Old Burdicks Bar and Grill downtown Kalamazoo with Arcadia Beer inspired brunch items. January 12th - Zazio’s for an interactive beer dinner featuring Chef Sean Kelly from Arcadia Brewing Company. We will be featuring a three course dinner with beer and food paired for $45 plus tax and gratuity. Zazio’s features a unique stadium style seating section right in front of the chef. Representatives from Arcadia Brewing Company will also be at Zazio’s to answer all your questions about their awesome beers! January 13th - Drakes Party Center on from 6 to 8pm - Steve from Arcadia Ales will be there to lead a FREE tasting of some fine English-style ales. January 13th - Central City Tap House from 6 to 8 to mix up craft cocktails using a variety of Arcadia beer. Come and meet the Arcadia rep while trying their beers in a whole new way! Friday 16th you can come down to O’Duffy’s Pub for Firkin Friday. You will have a chance to try beer the old fashion way, from a firkin. There will be 4 beers in Firkin’s for you to sample. So come out and she what “real” ale is all about SmashmagS.com Loch Down Scottish Ale - Our tribute to the Scottish Highlands, For Kalamazoo Beer Week you can join Arcadia for several amazing events Cocoa Loco - This triple chocolate stout is a unique interpretation of the style, combining three different chocolate malts, cacao nibs and 63 percent semi-sweet chocolate; creating a sinfully delicious brew. January 2015 6
Hop Rocket - which will be released this January second for all those hop heads out there to enjoy  Both locations have an...
SmashmagS.com Well, what do you say about Dark Horse that has not already been said? Nothing!!! I found the best words came straight from the Dark Horses Mouth” “A brewer slowly climbed from the lowest points of business life with a sore ass, as he ascended to a new level. Hark! The horse of the dark nature holds the scales where the wheat and barley feedeth, not taketh from the mouths of man. A non-filtered view of hard work, careful perseverance of expansion, sticking to what is believed to be the right way and the only way to stay true to high quality, and also, the vague understandings of possible humor; blurring his family’s, employees’ and customers’ drinking experience and vision between a no-bullshit approach to brewing big, outstanding beers and selling nonsensical imagery and haberdashery…Proven to the masses as a Darkhorse trademark for the man behind the reigns. Can true patrons of quality, time and devotion deal with the inner workings of a mad-man’s psyche as he speaks of visions of smacking Umpa Lumpas with snow shovels, or allows the obscure drawings of lawn jarts and tinker toys to be hung on the walls of his establishment? They seem to…A madman’s passion for brewing comes out in strange ways indeed; where his employees and fellow brew house boys may know not how to deal with his tongue twisted ramblings and contortions of the face at first; where the same can definitely scare away newcomers. True patrons know how to accept the obscure humor. Some have lent a hand in some way or another. They know what “pour to the line” means; they have been to every annual crawfish boil and some find the passion within themselves to put the Darkhorse name to skin…still they barely understand the immature drawings created in the brewery… True patrons know the hard work the brewers put in to create and keep the Darkhorse name in the lead. Some things in life are easily read and some things keep you guessing. Should we take turns consuming garage sale items and vomiting them on the walls or should we follow the square, straight and narrow? Slip into the pub and look around. Go out and buy a six-pack, and read the holder the beer comes in. Read the back of your growler. When you’re done, you’ll either get it or you won’t. No matter, as you’re drinking some of the best f*ckin’ beer made in the great state of Michigan. Period!” Crooked Tree IPA - Inspired by West Coast I.P.A.’s, but brewed with Michigan style. The Crooked Tree is heavily dry hopped to give it a big aroma of pine and citrus. The flavors are big, yet very balanced between fresh hops and malt. Often described as “grapefruit” our hops give this beer an excellent fruit flavor that finishes dry, crisp, and clean. It will pour a nice deep copper color with a bit of haziness. Because of our almost patented “Intense Transfer Methods” Raspberry Ale - A lot of people have asked “why are there Bee’s on the label?” Well, we don’t really have an answer for you other than they just look cool. This is a light bodied easy drinking ale. We only use real raspberries so the flavor is very mild fruit and balanced, not what you would expect from a “fruit” beer. The way we see it is we’re brewers so lets make good beer, not some fruity carbonated malt beverage. Oh yeah, our motto…”beer first, fruit second”. December Release - Tres Blueberry Stout - Number Three – A full bodied stout made with all malted barley and blueberry. Flavors of chocolate, roast malt and light blueberry make up the palate with lots of fruity blueberry aroma. January Release - Fore Smoked Stout - Number Four – Brewed with all malted barley and peat malt (smoked malt). This beer is full bodied with chocolate, roasted barley flavors, and a smoky almost BBQ finish. February release - Plead the 5th Imperial Stout - 750ml Bottle Only – It’s big and full bodied with lots of roasted malts and balanced with heavy hops to put this imperial in a league of its own. September release every year - 4 Elf Winter Warmer - A spiced Winter Warmer brewed with nutmeg, clove, allspice and other holiday flavors. After all of that, we had to mention the mug club. Open once a year at a special event to new members, If you missed it, well you gotta wait til next year to have your mug hanging in the hallowed halls of the Dark Horse Tap House. A few notable items that may be in your best interest not to miss? Crawfish Boil, go suck the heads of the mud bugs and drink beer, 4 Elf Release Party, go dressed as your favorite elf and drink beer, Summer outdoor music, listen to live music and drink beer!!! I think you get the picture Oh and if you love good food and love to drink beer well this is a no brainer. Their breads are hand made at Schuler’s using the leftover mash, so obviously some of their best menu items are bread related and what goes best with bread??? Beer of course So if you have not heard of Dark Horse, been to Dark Horse or at least know someone that has been, then get out from under your rock, wipe the sleep from your eyes and head to where the bad ass beer is made in Marshall, Michigan!!
SmashmagS.com  Well, what do you say about Dark Horse that has not already been said  Nothing    I found the best words ca...
808 S. Westnedge So, if you haven’t already heard, Regular Fucked Up People and Boring People are playing a show on January 2nd to build up hype for their 7” release that will be available for on January 7th. The release is jointly through Already Dead Records & Tapes and Satellite Records. The band Temporary Arrangement will also be playing that night. This night is going to be incredible. The music performed by each band is going to leave an impact on the audience. They all bring something new and different to the table and broaden the viewers horizons of what not only makes music these days, but what makes great music. What’s amazing about each band is that they can be thrown on any show and it will make the evening exponentially better and the fact that they’re all playing together is legendary. The audience is going to leave knowing that they were part of history in the making. Wanna know what you could be getting into? Regular Fucked Up People - Chicago, IL Boring People - Kalamazoo, MI Do you or have you ever liked Weezer? What about Pavement? What about any indie rock from the 90’s? Do you ever catch yourself singing along to a song? Do you enjoy that experience? Have you ever heard a song and thought, “Hey, that was awesome, I bet I could do that,” but then you try and the song winds up being really difficult and you form a new respect for the band? Do you like being happy? Do you like searching for the greater meaning of your existence by breaking down lyrics? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you will like Boring People. Boring People started as a project of the lead singer, Wallace Luckas. Through the years, the project formed into an awe-inspiring band with Wallace on the guitar and vocals, Peter Cook on the guitar, Rory Svekric on the bass, and Robbie Carter on the drums. “We’ve been trying to get this thing pressed for nearly a year and finally came up with the funding to do it,” Said Peter when asked about the release. “(We) are really excited to get it into peoples’ hands and onto their turntables.” Hell yeah, Boring People. Hell yeah. Temporary Arrangement - Kalamazoo, MI Temporary Arrangement is a group comprised of Will Benoit, Joe Billian, and Alex Ehrnstorm. Though the group hasn’t released any music online yet, they describe themselves as proto grave-wave, sophistocountry, MMORP garage, discotrono techno, Nu K-Pop, bysantine bop, 4th world music. Holy banana’s that’s a description and it certainly keeps the mystery alive. Though words may not be said for personal experiences of seeing this group live or hearing their music, it’s hard to imagine how your curiosity isn’t peaked by now. The event will be held at Satellite Records on January 2nd. The show should start at 9 pm and donations for traveling acts are always accepted. This show is going to be killer. Don’t miss out. SmashmagS.com Don’t even get me started on Regular Fucked Up People, the totally rad three-piece from Chicago. The group is comprised of three members: Anthony, Dina, and Dillon. Together they creates a fusion of sound that’s melodic and chaotic. It’s experimental, noisy, charismatic, insane, and kind of beautiful. The name of the band pretty is a pretty good description of their sound. I first heard about Regular Fucked Up People because I watched a video released through the DIT Sessions. It revolutionized my idea of what ambient noises through a guitar could do for a rock song. Their music was bluesy, and grungy, and harmonious; all things that I thought couldn’t be combined consecutively. How naive I was. Shortly there after, I joined onto the sessions and met Anthony, the singer of Regular Fucked Up People. I recognized him from his previous performance, but he was with his other group, The New Diet. Once again, I was completely floored by how great the musicianship was. Because of this occurrence, I pretty much became a creepy, super fan and listened to all of the recordings that had been posted online on both bands website. Both bands played at the 2014 Already Dead Family Reunion and kept the audience entranced by raining down upon them a storm of complete awesomeness. If you missed out then, don’t miss out now. January 2015 Written By: Katy May Kalamazoo, Mi 49008 8
808 S. Westnedge  So, if you haven   t already heard, Regular Fucked Up People and Boring People are playing a show on Jan...
Nestled on the corner of East Michigan Ave and Portage Street in a building constructed in 1874, Olde Peninsula is the oldest brew pub in Kalamazoo opening to the public in 1996 in the historic downtown location originally known as the Peninsula Restaurant. Olde Peninsula Brewpub and Restaurant invites you to enjoy their relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, hand crafted ales, and large menu selection. Their menu features everything from salads and burgers to pasta and steaks. In addition to their regular menu and five permanent tapped beers, they also feature rotating seasonal menus and beers. You’re sure to find something perfect for each visit! Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Olde Peninsula is the perfect place for your business luncheon, relaxing dinner with family or friends, or any special event! Brewmaster Dan Kiplinger has been brewing at Olde Peninsula for 15 years and has perfected his craft and branding the tastes that are Olde Peninsula. From wood-aged offerings to his unique brewing style, Dan has made Olde Peninsula a mainstay in locally handcrafted brews. We had a chance to taste the local favorites as well as a few specialty brews in Dan’s repertoire. Haymarket Cream Ale – American Cream Ale is straw in color and mildly hopped for a smooth deliciously light taste SmashmagS.com OP IPA – very flavorful dry hopped with a generous amount of hops from start to finish Sunset Red – semi sweet amber ale with hints of caramel malts and just enough hops to make this a downtown favorite Rockin’ Razberry Wheat – a blend of barley and wheat malts gives it a rich golden color, mildly hopped with a soft raspberry finish Midnight stout – brewed when the night is young, this blend of roasted barleys and chocolate malts gives this ale a chocolaty coffee like flavor. Stout Chocula – Aromas of bittersweet chocolate & coffee with hints of vanilla settling nicely with a rich stout backdrop. One thing that stood out to us as we discussed the offerings was the Organic Twilight at the Summit – the 21st installment of our whole-lotta-hops series, this IPA is brewed with all organic malt and Michigan hops. It boasts an intense hoppy, dry flavor that has hints of citrus & grapefruit along with earthy, herbal and peppery notes. Olde Peninsula recycles all the remaining mash by sending it to the local farmers and the grain remains are processed at MacKenzie’s Bakery to make the bread used for their menu favorite sandwiches at OP. If you enjoy the brews at OP, they make it easy to take home a serving or two in a Howler (32oz) or a Growler (64oz), so come in and enjoy the food and brews or order it to go and partake in the comfort of your own home, either way you get the OP flavor.
Nestled on the corner of East Michigan Ave and Portage Street in a building constructed in 1874, Olde Peninsula is the old...
brewing operation to the Stadium Drive location. Owner John Hindman doubles as the Brewmaster and has created offerings worthy of the craft. Bilbo’s has no intentions of future distribution, keeping their offerings for their patrons, including the sales of their 64oz growler. Duff – A favorite lager of our friend Homer because of its light copper color and touch of chocolate Thunderbird IPA – Bilbo’s unfiltered IPA is highly flavored and dry hopped for a nice hop kick on the finish Sledgehammer – Ale made in the English tradition featuring a blend of grains that yield a toasty flavor, mildly hopped with a full body and a slightly higher alcohol content. The finish is without bitterness or aftertaste Wizard Wheat – A Traditional Mild Lager Made from mild wheat grain, lightly hopped with low density, a nice distinct flavor and a smooth finish Bilbo’s Pizza & Brew Started in 1976 by John Hindman and Charlie Konett who had been friends in college and often discussed going into some kind of business together. Bilbo’s grew out of our interest in and love for the famous Tolkien trilogy chronicling the adventures of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, and all manner of interesting characters. We chose the name Bilbo’s because of the enduring nature of the character by that name and the tree logo because of the singular and unusual ( to Hobbits) existence of the Mallorn tree in Hobbiton that became the centerpiece for the grand birthday party that Bilbo threw for himself that signaled the beginning of the adventure of the War of the Ring. Add to the amazing amount of time Bilbo’s has been in business, then look back 15 years to the beginning of the 3rd oldest Brewery in Kalamazoo. Bilbo’s began brewing at their original location in Campus Pointe, but after losing their lease of 30 years they moved the January 2015 Dragon Red Ale – Top fermenting ale features a subtle sweetness and a coppery red coloring. The grain combination along with the sweetness produces a satisfying flavor to compliment any taste Bilbo’s entry into Kalamazoo Beer Week is simple and to the point - $2.50 pints of handcrafted beers all week, with some random nightly specials. SmashmagS.com Through the years literally all of the members of our families have worked at Bilbo’s, from our wives to John’s six children and Charlie’s four! We have been privileged to meet and get to know many people and have seen a number who met at Bilbo’s and eventually married and had families of their own. One of our driving forces from the beginning was the intention for ourselves to have a pleasant and indeed fun environment in which to work and make a living. It has been our approach that others would share that wish and that we could have relationships with employees that would not be just the stereotypical idea of business. Indeed over the years we have made many friends of folks who have worked for us, shared holidays and always lots of laughs. It’s been 35 years now and we shake our heads in wonder that time has passed so quickly. 10
brewing operation to the Stadium Drive location. Owner John Hindman doubles as the Brewmaster and has created offerings wo...
CLOUD NOTHINGS SmashmagS.com Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a breathtaking ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. When an opportunity presented itself to open a small show in Brooklyn, Baldi abandoned a still-in-progress final project to be there. The gamble paid off — he’s been touring ever since, using every available break to write and record more. In 2010, Carpark unveiled Turning On, a retrospective introduction that combined early 7? singles and the full-length debut (a limited release on cassette and vinyl) from which it took its name. The following year, Cloud Nothings made its proper Carpark debut with a thrilling self-titled LP that found Baldi in a studio for the first time, shedding the many layers of hiss and distortion that had once obscured (or enhanced) his every sugary hook. What followed was an unexpected breakthrough, 2012?s Attack on Memory, an album that very loudly (with the help of producer Steve Albini) announced the arrival of Cloud Nothings as the sound of more than just Baldi: Caustic and gargantuan, it marked the first time our young hero wrote with and for his longtime touring band, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and since departed guitarist Joe Boyer. Touring intensified, rock critics slobbered, and the ceiling was raised considerably. Enter yet another first: the highly-anticipated follow-up. Here and Nowhere Else is the sound of Baldi further realizing his potential not just as a collaborative bandleader but a singer as well. The sometimes frightening interplay that galvanized its predecessor is refined here, Baldi’s cyclonic guitar parts and Gerycz’s seismic drumwork more tightly clenched and nuanced than they’ve ever been before. It’s an album every bit as ferocious as what we’ve recently come to expect — only smarter. “Cloud Nothings is an undeniably astute and modern take on the kind of hook-filled, hard, fuzzy punk rock that began with Nirvana. We are proud to bring this kind of music to Kalamazoo, a town with a long history of rock n’ roll and the guitars that make the sound possible.” said Andy Catlin, Talent Buyer for Bell’s Brewery. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Cover is just $15 at the door. Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased online, at the Bell’s General Store and Satellite Records in Kalamazoo
CLOUD NOTHINGS  SmashmagS.com  Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan ...
7th Annual Festivus Cardboard Sled Competition Home Made Chili Cook Off geocaching scavenger hunt Horse-drawn sleigh rides Febru-hairy 7th from 11am to 4pm Leila Arboritum Battle Creek bcmams.com SmashmagS.com Ugly Sweater contest facebook.com/festivus.bcmams January 2015 12
7th Annual Festivus Cardboard Sled Competition Home Made Chili Cook Off geocaching scavenger hunt Horse-drawn sleigh rides...
Mike has gone away from the standard mug club and created The Pub Club for a $60 life time membership fee, you can drink out of a pub club style mug but most importantly you get sneak peeks of new brews, discounted food and beer, special member events. With over 2000 members, it is one of the largest in the area. With an award winning list of great standards and some amazing seasonal offerings – Walldorff has it all!! Bistro Blonde – 2006 World Expo of beer Silver Medal Winner Great entry level craft beer or crossover from Domestic Beers, made with all malted barley and a bit of wheat with just enough Williamette hops to balance Nestled in the up and coming hip town of Hastings is the Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro. Owner Mike Barnaart opened the Brewpub in 2006, in the vacant Walldorff Family Furniture store. After 5 generations and 105 years in business, The Walldorff Family Furniture store ended their operations and the building sat vacant for 8 years before it was transformed. SmashmagS.com Growing up near Hastings, Mike knew the significance and history of this location so after moving into the house his wife grew up in he opened the Walldorff. Mike wanted to keep the history and character alive so he went to the Walldorff family and asked to use the name. Of course the family was flattered and today we have one of the most established breweries in the area, with a name that speaks to the history of Hastings. Adding to the mystique of the Walldorff, there is a ballroom upstairs that seats 200 for special events, and mike hosts a comedy showcase every 3 months which always packs the house. Mike started his career as a chef in many locations in the area, most notably as the executive sous chef at Schuler’s in Marshall as well as head chef at Arcadia in Battle Creek when they first opened. Being a chef made the transition to owner easier as Mike knew what it took to make customers return. Mike enlisted the help of long time Founder’s Brewmaster Sam Sherwood who worked his magic for the first 5 years of operation before deciding to move on. During that time, Sam had an attentive assistant in Brett Hammond who took the reins after Sam’s departure and has continued the tradition and flavor of the Walldorff product. Adding to the continued quality of the beers, Mike brought on a kitchen staff that have been there since they opened and created a menu focused on the food people in the area want and has made sure that the flavor and quality is top notch. With the added bonus of feature flavors that appeal to the more adventurous palates who crave the variety of chef created tastes. The Walldorff brand focuses on brewing in a way that is original and unique to the area with a focus on American Style Ales, utilizing local products in the process and Hops from Hop Head Farms in Hickory Corners. The 7 barrel brew house produces 800 barrels a year, which is a significant amount for the size of the facility. All the brews are served at the Waldorf and there are no plans to distribute outside of the area. Patrons can enjoy the quality products in the brewpub or they can purchase take-out products in growlers or in individually hand bottled and packaged 4 and 6 packs. Amber Waves - Our first session ale, this amber is a great expression of balance in beer. Nice malt characters and perfect hopping, make this a very drinkable ale. Our best offering in a session with friends or family. It also pairs well with most of the fare on the menu. Caramel and Munich malts with a touch of roasted barley finished with the right amount of Perle and Williamette hops Hopnoxxxious IPA - This bad boy is our American IPA, brewed with 100% local hops from hop head farms, A big malty backbone of blended English caramel malts and a healthy dose of hops give this ale a bright and citrusy floral nose. Seven hop additions are the key, we use leaf hops in the mash tun, 2 additions of hops for bittering and 3 more additions of hops in the boil kettle. For good measure we dry hop it with a final dose of leaf hops. Bee Sting Honey Rye - This local favorite gets its big malt flavor from a combination of Munich, Pale, Honey and Flaked Rye Malts, an addition of local honey gives bee sting a slightly sweet and smooth finish with just a hint of hops. Local patrons David Gladyness and Jeff Smith find this offering to be the their favorite and with a mix of the Blonde and Bee Sting – you get a local favorite called Anaphylactic. State Street Stout - A nitro charged stout is black as night with a creamy dense head. Brewed with malted barley, black and roasted malts for a complex and rich toasty flavor. A generous addition of hops gives balance with the sweet roasted malt notes. Cobain’s Double Dark IPA – Cobain’s Double Dark IPA was originally collaboration with Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, which won the 2010 World Expo of Beer (Gold Medal Winner & Best of Show) Named after Sam’s 3 legged dog Cobain. Our biggest offering, also featuring a generous addition of Hop Head Farms hops, a rich bold black IPA striking a great balance of dark roasty malts and aromatic floral hop notes. Heavily dry hopped with leaf hops There are also several seasonal and special award wining offerings, from the Strawberry Rhubarb Cream, to the Black Berry Lambic that are sure tempt your taste buds.
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Chef’s Amber ale – A crisp and uniquely bright flavor with a hoppy finish Malts: Pale, Borelander, Munich, Caramel, & Chocolate Hops: Liberty, Cluster, & Hallertau Intellectual IPA - An in depth flavor combination of layered caramel, lemon, orange peel, pepper and licorice Malts: Pale, Caramel Pilsner, Caramel, Munich, and Cara Amber Hops: Columbus, Centennial Owned and operated by brother’s Terry and Shawn Hagen, who are both professionally trained in the culinary arts, BraVo! Restaurant is recognized as one of the finest restaurants in Southwest Michigan dining. Adding to the outstanding dining experience is the fact that BraVo! is locally-owned, 27 years in existence in the same location and provides the personal attention and service that is as much a BraVo! Tradition as the superb cuisine. Gourmet cuisine, is naturally enhanced by nice glass of wine, but BraVo! Has added their handcrafted beer to their fine dining pairings. It is brewed in small batches using all-natural ingredients by brewer Nick Chard. Making just one keg at a time which assures their beer to be of the highest quality. Slow fermentation creates the natural malt flavors of high-quality beers. Their beers and ales are refreshing and crisp allowing you to enjoy them without being weighed down while you enjoy your gourmet meal. January 2015 Holiday Ale – Brewed with fresh ginger, orange zest and cinnamon sticks, for a holiday delight. This beer is sure to keep you warm on the coldest of days. Malts: Pale, Caramel Pilsner, caramel & roasted Hops: Columbus & Galaxy If you have not already tried BraVo!, Kalamazoo Beer Week (January 10th – 17th) is a great time to pay homage to the amazing food beer pairings they have to offer. Each day they will be pairing 4 of their handcrafted beers with 4 appetizer bites for a modest $17.00. Each day will include: Chef’s Ale (Amber) Paired with grilled bratwurst bite and fried leeks Intellectual IPA (American IPA) paired with Beer Cheese Spread with Horseradish on Crisp Celery The Dry Irishman (Dry Stout) paired with Grilled Coffee Rubbed Beef Tenderloin Bites Holiday Ale (Spice Ale) Paired with Beer Battered Shrimp with Orange Marmalade. Don’t miss out on the fine dining paired with a great handcrafted beer offerings! SmashmagS.com Where else can you find a talented chef who will teach you his trade? BraVo! That’s where, you can Join award winning Chef/Owner Shawn Hagen for cooking classes that are light-hearted, hands on, and entertaining. Geared for anyone from the novice cook to the experienced chef, Chef Shawn will guide you to create wonderful meals as he shares some of the tricks of the trade. You’ll benefit from their chef’s years of experience, taste all of the recipes, and receive a recipe packet to take home! The Dry Irishman Stout - Creamy dark ale with strong flavors of coffee, chocolate and mild undertones of raisin. Brew style of a Dublin classic. Malts: Pale, Flacked Barely, Black, Chocolate, and caramel Hops: Northern Brewer 14
Chef   s Amber ale     A crisp and uniquely bright flavor with a hoppy finish Malts  Pale, Borelander, Munich, Caramel,   ...
December Music Board Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269-781-7091 Crime Funk Friday 30th, 8:30pm Brian Lorente Friday 9th, 9:30pm The Appleseed Collective wsg Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys Saturday 31st, 8pm Big Smo Friday 16th 6pm The Dock@Bayview Dani Vitani & Ten Hands Tall Friday 23rd 9:30pm Bell’s Eccentric Caf e 355 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-382-2332 After Funk wsg Honeydew Squeeze Friday 2nd, 8pm Tyvek, Inflatable Best Friend, Legendary Wings Saturday 3rd, 8:30pm Vox Vidorra, Moxieville Thursday 8th, 8pm SmashmagS.com Deep Fried Pickle Project wsg Charlie King Friday 9th, 8pm That 1 Guy, DJ Feels Goodman Saturday 10th, 8pm Cloud Nothings Thursday 15th, 8pm Rusted Root wsg Slim Gypsy Baggage Friday 16th, 7:30pm Generationals wsg Jamaican Queen, ELEL Saturday 17th, 8:30 Luke Lenhart Friday 30th, 6:30pm London Grill 214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo 269-381-9212 Brook Farms Friday 5th 12504 E. D Ave Richland 269-731-4911 David Lloyd Friday 12th TYPO Fri. 2nd & Sat. 3rd Whiskey Before Breakfast Friday 19st DJ TA Friday 9th David Lloyd Friday 26th Chameleon Saturday 10th DROP 35 Fri. 16th & Sat. 17th Tony Fields & Doug Decker Saturday 24th The Shelagh Brown Band Saturday 31st Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N Rose St Kalamazoo 269-373-7990 Dixon’s Violin Friday 9th, 6pm Louie’s T rophy House Grill 440 East North St. Kalamazoo 269-385-9359 (A/K) Skinny Hodge Friday 2nd Fossil Eyes, Youth Funeral, The Shortlife, Shoto Thursday 8th Jeremey Porter & The Tucos, Drop Dead Suits, The Straight Story Friday 9th Tyler Roy Band Friday 16th Chuck Whiting and The Tip Rail Ramblers wsg Moxieville Friday 30th, 7pm Tall Tales, Lake Effect, No Breaks, Turncoat Saturday 17th Koff Klutch ee THe Hex Bombs, Squared off Friday 23rd 2 W Michigan Ave Galesburg 269-665-5282 Pro Con Pro, The Means Saturday 24th Jimmy Martin Friday 9th, 6:30 Lasso, Heaters, The Uncanny, Boring People Thursday 22nd, 8pm Joel Coburn Friday 16th, 6:30pm Sango wsg Atu, Savon Friday 23rd, 8:30pm Erik & Robin Peterson Friday 23rd, 6:30pm Mechele Peters Album Release wsg Silphium Blooms Saturday 31st Dan Agne & Rod Benson Saturday 31st Mangia Mangia 209 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo 269-226-3333 Elden Kelly & Carolyn Koebel Jazz/World Fusion Saturday 24th,6:30pm Nob Hill 4218 S S prinkle Rd Kalamazoo 269-349-2965 Plain Jayne Fri. 2nd & Sat. 3rd Shocking Truth Fri. 9th & Sat. 10th Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co. 3112 S. 9th Street Kalamazoo 269-372-4600 Steve Kramerling Thursday 4th, 7pm Susan Harrison Thursday 11th, 6:30 Noah and the Erl Kings Thursday 18th, 6:30 Maude’s T aphouse 117 E Allegan St Otsego 269-692-3377 The Breakout Band Fri. 16th & Sat. 17th Double Wide Ride Fri. 23rd & Sat. 24th Typo Fri. 30th & Sat. 31st The Music F actory 191 Angell St. Battle Creek 269-962-2121 Another Lost Year, Brothers Grey, Drugs Delaney Friday 2nd, 6pm Lukas Pederson Saturday 3rd Dead Horse Trauma Friday 9th, 7pm Schlitz Creek Thursday 8th Era 9, Two Hand Touch Saturday 10th, 7pm Moxieville Friday 9th Underground Fight Club, Red Burn Friday 16th, 7pm The Bog Road Saturday 10th Bruce Matthews Friday 16th Cleveland & Vandenberg Saturday 17th OFB Trio Friday 23rd Gabrial James Saturday 24th The Hired Hands Band Friday 30th Drop 35 Friday 23rd, 7pm 6 Prong Paw Saturday 24th, 7pm Emperors & Elephants, I-Exist Friday 30th, 7pm Kaleido Saturday 31st, 6pm
December Music Board Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269-781-7091  Crime Funk Friday 30th, 8 30pm  Brian Lo...
December Music Board Steve Pesch Thursday 29th, 9pm Old Dog T avern 402 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-381-5677 Tom Duffield Tuesdays at 5pm Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5-8ppm Every Saturday Blues Jam 6-9pm Every Sunday Sexy Toxins Saturday 31st, 9pm Overtime Pub & Grill 517 E Michigan Battle Creek 269-964-0872 Alter Ego Fri. 9th & Sat. 10th Barefoot Blond Fri. 23rd & Sat. 24th Alter Ego Fri. 30th & Sat. 31st Papa Pete’s Brass Rail 5-8 TBA 9-1 Friday 2nd 502 South Burdick Kalamazoo 269-388-2196 Frizzle Fried Friday 2nd Joe Chamberlin (FlyPaper) & Friends Saturday 3rd, 9pm Double Strung wsg Stuart Shaw Friday 9th, 9pm Wissaal & Boheme Tribal Belly Dancer Troupe Saturday 10th, 9pm Mike Fish Band Saturday 3rd Rupert’s Brew House 773 W Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo 269-337-9911 James-Ciejka Funk Connection Saturday 3rd Dr. Sex and The Naughty Nurses Friday 16th Joy Elizabeth and friends Steely James Friday 23rd Honey Dew Squeeze, King Median, Slice of Lime Saturday 24th King Median Friday 30th Ty Beat Thursday 8th Brandon Mann singer song writer night Saturday 31st Pleasant Drive Friday 9th Satelite Records The Union Cabertet & Grill 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazo 269-384-6756 M89 S ports Bar & Grill Jazz Mix Every Wednesday 8PM 129 E Allegan St, Otsego 269-694-6970 Big Boss Blues Friday 2nd, 9pm Los Banditas Saturday 3rd, 9pm Bello Spark Tuesday 6th, 8pm Jim Shaneberger Band Friday 9th, 9pm Rumblefish Saturday 10th 9pm Rusty’s BA Band Friday 16th, 9pm That Freak Quincy Tuesday 20th, 8pm Alex Mays Tuesday 27th, 8pm Crossroads Friday 30th, 9pm Violent Vessel Tuesday 13th Regular Fucked Up People, Borring People, Temporary Arrangement Friday 2nd Hired Hands Saturday 31st, 9pm Tropadelic Friday 16th The Straight Story wsg Pogo Ray & Blue Haze Friday 16th, 9pm Shakespears Lower Level Womp Romp Saturday 17th 214 East Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 269-488-3330 1299 Columbia Ave Battle Creek 269-979-9273 Belfast Gin Saturday 17th, 9pm Do you Believe in Magic Saturday 24th Steve Pesch Thursday 22nd, 9pm Filibusta Thursday 29th Honeydew Squeeze, Funky Marbles, Leaving Lifted, King Median, Alex Radloff Saturdayt 10h, 7pm Ziggy & the Bitches Friday 23rd, 9pm House Party Friday 30th Big Mont & The Next Generation Saturday 24th, 9pm Rum’n Diet Saturday 31st Wild Adriatic Wednesday 14th, 9pm Steve Pesch Thursday 15th, 9pm January 2015 Starfarm Saturday 31st, 8pm Warehouse Jordan & Mike - Acoustic Performance & Benefit for local family (The Laxtons) Friday 9th, 9PM Freeburn Music School Live Youth Music Showcase followed by Kit & Paul Saturday 10th kids @ 5, Kit & Paul 8-11pm Tricks Band Fri.2nd & Sat. 3rd Boomtown Fri. 9th & Sat. 10th Hat Trick Fri. 16th & Sat. 17th TYPO Fri. 23rd & Sat. 24th The Dani Jamerson Band Fri. 30th & Sat. 31st Zarzuela 301 E Michigan Ave Marshall 269-789-9180 COW Kjell Croce, Jim Oliver, Bob Wentworth Saturday 3rd Jim Jam with Jim Oliver, and Jim Dyer Saturday 31st SmashmagS.com 808 S Westned Ave ge Kalamazoo 269-381-0218 Lacerations Saturday 10th Big Love Friday 23rd, 9pm Erika Scherry Band Saturday 17th 9pm12am 16
December Music Board Steve Pesch Thursday 29th, 9pm  Old Dog T avern 402 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-381-5677  Tom Duffi...
SmashmagS.com Paw Paw Brewing Company was established in early 2010 by brother-inlaws Ben Fleckestein and Ryan Sylvester, in the small village of Paw Paw on the banks of the Paw Paw River surrounded by beautiful Wilderness. The idea behind Paw Paw Brewing Company was to create a place where the community could gather and connect with one another over a pint of locally hand crafted beer. In early December 2010 the door opened for business with four beers on tap, St. James English Mild, Black River Oatmeal Stout, Paw Paw Wheat and 2Paws IPA. Paw Paw Brewing Company’s grand opening celebration was January 21, 2011. Over the course of the first two years Paw Paw Brewing Company became the community place it was intended to be. Many hours and ingredients have gone into creating Paw Paw Brewing as it has become today but none more important than the community and the Paw Paw Brewing Company team. The process of brewing a great beer begins with a community that supports the endeavor as well as a talented Brewmaster and Trevor Klimek is that person - Trevor has a profound passion for the art of fermentation! After graduating from Big Rapids High School he moved to Los Angles, California where he joined the Young Americans performance organization. In 2008 he graduated from Western Michigan University with a Vocal Music & Dance Arts Degree. While in college he developed his love for craft beer through home brewing which landed him a job at Bell's General Store from 2005-2010 where he continued to hone his brewing skills; eventually winning multiple home brewing awards. Trevor joined the Paw Paw Brewing team in February of 2011 and is now sharing his passion through great beer and education. Trevor is also an avid member of the KLOB & the American Home Brewer's Association, as well as a certified beer serving Cicerone. Paw Paw Brewing operations began in the humble tap house location where the current kitchen is located. This small operation was put to the test the first year where 976 – 12 gallon batches were produced and this led to the inevitable expansion into the current brewing location and plans are in the works for an additional 22,000 sf acquisition that will house the entire operation including a 6,000 sf Pub area. Something really amazing is that Paw Paw Brewing Company distributes to 40+ bars and retailers in the area and their packaging is done by hand, to give you an idea of what that entails, 25,000 bottles were packaged in December alone with the help of the community bottling program initiated by Paw Paw Brewing. This consisted of volunteers who have the passion for beer and wanted to be part of the operation, from bottle washing to labeling and filling to bottle capping. We had the pleasure of sampling the offerings of Paw Paw Brewing Company, some of which are their currently distributed brands: Coconut Porter - This Coconut Porter is brewed with hand toasted coconut offering a smooth creamy characteristic. Caramelized Coconut added to the boil and introduced during fermentation offering a soft coconut sweetness Jakes Vanilla Bean Porter - In memory of the best dog ever, Jakes Vanilla Bean Porter sets out to celebrate a best friend. Deep Chocolate malts surrender themselves to the rich flavor and dark color of this special porter. Hand shaved vanilla bean added to the boil and post fermentation gives a vanilla aroma and flavor that is balanced out with chocolate and crystal malt K.U.A Extra Pale Ale - This American pale ale carries tropical citrus notes and announces itself first with a golden color and a wonderful aroma. Inspired by cyclists nationwide that ride the urban streets, this brew is sure to refresh Saint James English Style Ale - This session brew was crafted to be a true palate pleaser without compromise. English pale and caramel malts surrender their burnished golden hues and soft sweetness to the beer. While German style Munich Malt provides a delightful toasted malt complexity Black River Oatmeal Stout - Very smooth stout with pleasing mild roast and rich bittersweet chocolate notes derived from a complex malt profile. Terrific mouth feel, clean and drying in the finish. For the stout drinker this is a must try. For those making their plans to give their liver a workout for the Kalamazoo Beer Week, you will find that Paw Paw Brewing Company has a plethora of events to partake in Sunday January 11th Alamo Draft House Tap Takeover – 2 or 3 Paw Paw beers on tap with one being a collaborative effort with Green Bush, Right Brain and Paw Paw Brewing Company Monday January 12th Webster’s Tasting – 6pm, Citra and K.U.A. & A surprise Shakespeare’s – 6pm, Release of The Good, Bad & Ugly Drake Party Store Tasting – 7 to 8:30 Tuesday January 13th Tasting with the High Five Threads Guys from Traverse City 5pm to 9pm corner of State St & Kalamazoo Mall Wednesday January 14th Beer and Chocolate Pairings – All Day Kalamazoo Beer Exchange Thursday January 15th Beer and Pizza Pairings Comensoli’s Italian Bistro Friday January 16th Show up, taste & Have Fun – 5pm to 7pm Bacchus
SmashmagS.com  Paw Paw Brewing Company was established in early 2010 by brother-inlaws Ben Fleckestein and Ryan Sylvester,...
We were fortunate enough sample a few of the 20+ brews on tap, but when you are researching 16 breweries in 5 days you sorta have to sample a few. I.P. Eh – Their version of a hoppy bitter IPA. A true classic for hop heads using only the finest hops from the Pacific Northwest. They use centennial, Citra, Simcoe, Columbus and Chinook hops to balance out the smooth malty finish. Lil Sunshine Golden Ale – The perfect introduction to craft beer. This brilliant golden colored ale taste crisp and clean with a well-balanced malt profile and the ideal balance of subtle spiciness and floral notes. Powerline Porter – Smooth robust style porter ale features symmetry between the complex malts and Centennial and Perle hops. A perfect blend of caramel, coffee and chocolate and subtle yet crisp roasted malt flavors finishing clean and slightly dry. Its been a long but prosperous year for Latitude 42, without a doubt one of the most popular new breweries around. You can imagine what it takes to put together a winning combination like L42, but somehow and surely its because of their stellar hand crafted brews and amazing food, they were able to Expanded twice in the last year adding a total of 8 new tanks, in order to increase production to 13000 barrels a year. All of this to maintain the production for distribution state wide plus Ohio and Illinois, Indiana and Germany. Red Beard Red Ale - A cross between a NW Red Ale and an IPA , This dark amber brew uses a variety of Crystal, 2-row and Munich malts with generous additions of Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops. Somewhere in all of this, you have to mention that if it was not for their many awards, their growth may not have been as significant: Poppin’ Pils – Bohemian style Pilsner uses Czech Saaz hops and is lagers for up to 8 weeks. Leaves a clean crisp taste, no prescription needed, use as directed. North American Brewers association awards U.S. Open Beer Championships Silver Medal Lil’ Sunshine (English Summer Ale) World Beer Expo Gold Meadow Powerline Porter TinderBock Poppin’ Pils (Bohemian Style Pilsner) Food is an important part of any brewery experience whether its delivered or served up fresh at the location and Latitude 42 serves theirs up fresh and with a flair. They may all seem like standard restaurant/bar fare, but its all in the preparation that singles out the good from the not so good. Jambalaya – Shredded Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Red beans and rice, tomato ragu and garlic bread Large steak offerings, including a 16oz tomahawk rib eye, 12 oz Delmonico and a 6oz tenderloin Just to name a few and there are so many more. Burgers, Salads, appetizers and Brick Oven Pizzas – round out an amazing selection of bar and specialty favorites as well as a short but satisfying lunch menu sure to please the discriminating tastes With growth comes changes in all areas to include new packaging for some old favorites. Cans, yes I said beer cans have entered the ring in a bottle dominated world of handcrafted beers. Most notable are I.P.Eh, Lil Sunshine Golden Ale, Powerline Porter, Red Beard Red Ale, and School House Honey Amber Ale. So once you have been seated, drank your first pour, and realized that Latitude is one of the best breweries in the area, you can plan for your Kalamazoo beer week trip and enjoy the special pairing dinner and also a hangover brunch the Sunday after beer week with food pairings. 3 course meal with 3 -7oz brews paired January 2015 SmashmagS.com Silver Medal Powerline Porter (Robust Style Porter) Mike’s Camaro (California Common Ale) Beach Cruiser (American Wheat) Bronze Medal TinderBock (German Winter Lager) School House Honey Amber Ale – Our American amber ale features locally harvested Michigan wildflower honey from Schoolhouse Honey Farms in Scotts and Willamette and Nugget hops. Malty, sweet and well rounded. 18
We were fortunate enough sample a few of the 20  brews on tap, but when you are researching 16 breweries in 5 days you sor...
V i n ta ge V iny l Revis i t ed A look back at rock records you never heard, or may have forgotten U.K. charts. "Johnny Blade" throws in some synthesizer along with the classic Sabbath death march, and oddly enough it works. "Junior's Eyes" will scare the boo out of you. With lyrics Ozzy wrote about the recent death of his father, it starts out with an eerie, yet absolutely sexy bass & drum intro which begins quietly and then slowly increases in volume until it crescendos with Iommi's haunting wah wah guitar figure. The intro to this song is one of the best recorded examples of the tone of a Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar, and along with the righteously organic sound of Bill Ward's snare, bass drum and ride cymbal, makes one give thanks to God for the era of analog recording. You couldn't replicate the sound of this album today if your life depended on it. "Shock Wave" is probably the most ambitious track of the bunch, bordering on progressive rock and quite a treat for the ears. "Over to You" is the prototypical grooving Sabbath rocker with some beautiful piano flourishes thrown in. "Swinging the Chain" is a tune the band wrote with Dave Walker during Ozzy's departure. Ozzy refused to sing it, so Bill Ward re-wrote the lyrics and did a fine job singing it in his own soulful voice, which is reminiscent of Don Brewer of Grand Funk "Born in the window, cold Railroad. Never Say Die reached no. 12 in the U.K. and peaked at blooded spoof, raised in number 69 on the Billboard album chart in the USA, with it the prison, you called the finally achieving Gold status in November 1997. SmashmagS.com Ah yes, January. Welcome to it. A new year full of new hope, new beginnings, and where one's thoughts generally turn to death. The Christmas high is over, as we wait out the 26 months of winter before spring appears. If you haven't offed yourself yet, I bring you tidings of good cheer and a positive message from those shiny happy ambassadors of goodwill, Black Sabbath and their 1978 release "Never Say Die". Critics generally dismissed Never Say Die. Fan's reception was lukewarm at best, and even Black Sabbath didn't care much for it. I freaking love this album! In 1978, Sabbath was going through a down period. With vocalist Ozzy Osbourne quitting the band, they were forced to attempt to move on with another singer, Dave Walker, a friend of theirs from Birmingham (U.K.) who had previously worked with Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac. They rehearsed and wrote a few songs with Walker, and even did a local TV appearance with him, but it just didn't feel right and eventually Ozzy said "I'm sorry" and came back to the band. The band chose to record at Sound Interchange Studios in Toronto Canada, mainly due to tax purposes. They basically booked the studio after looking over brochures, and after learning that the Rolling Stones had done work on a live album there. school. Taught young in In the sub-zero cold of January 1978, Sabbath arrived in Sabbath enlisted up and comers Van Halen as the Toronto and discovered the studio to have an absolutely legends, told what to do, I opening act on the Never Say Die tour, which was shaky in horrible dead sound to it, which they remedied by ripping handed my childhood over the beginning, as VH would tend to play Sabbath tunes at up all the carpeting, after getting the okay from the studio to you.." sound check, which was unnerving to Iommi even though owners. (Lyrics from "Over to You" VH was doing it out of respect. Both bands soon became The band all got apartments in the area, and spent the friends though, and Iommi acknowledged that Van Halen from "Never Say Die" dead of winter in Toronto, with their days revolving around was a band that was taking off, whereas Sabbath was sort going to rehearsals in the morning at a bitterly cold theater Black Sabbath - 1978 of becoming "old hat" even though they were only in their they had rented, and then recording what they came up with 30's. Problems with Ozzy arose once again on tour when that evening at the studio. This sort of "fly by the seat of your at a show in Nashville, Ozzy downed an entire bottle of "Night Nurse" cough pants" approach made for sort of a "patchwork" album, according to guitarist medicine, wandered into the wrong hotel room, and passed out for 24 hours, Tony Iommi, since they were never really able to take time to dwell on things, and maybe fix or change parts they had recorded. Personally, I see this type of thus missing the show & causing a riot at the Municipal Auditorium. The band put out all sorts of bulletins looking for Ozzy, including having the local radio approach to recording as refreshing, as spontaneity generally tends to lead to station broadcast "Has anyone seen Ozzy?" Ozzy finally woke up at 6pm the something interesting. next evening & started to get ready for the show that he had missed the night At this point in their careers, the band was basically out of their minds on before. He then phoned Iommi and learned he had slept through the gig. alcohol & weed, and other than rehearsing and recording, had nothing else to Understandably, Tony was not pleased. After the tour concluded, Ozzy was do in Toronto other than hang out at the one local bar at the end of the street finally dismissed by the band, due to his lack of interest and inability to come by where they were staying, or go to the local grocery store to buy food for up with any vocal or lyric ideas for their new material. Sabbath successfully themselves, which they greatly enjoyed since it gave themselves a sense of moved on with Ronnie James Dio as their new vocalist, and Ozzy, through normalcy. the guidance of Sharon Arden (daughter of then Black Sabbath manager Don One night after recording, Tony Iommi staggered home to his hotel and was so high, he walked up too many flights of stairs and entered into a room that he Arden, and who would also later become his wife) went on to a megasuccessful solo career, after young guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads showed up thought was his, but after realizing it was decorated differently and then finding a man & his wife in bed, he realized he was on the wrong floor. The couple filed on the radar and got Ozzy's creative juices flowing again with his innovative style of neo-classical guitar shredding. a complaint with the hotel owner, but Iommi was in the clear after he pointed Never Say Die is a must-listen for audiophiles of all ages. Just dim the lights, out to the owner that his key shouldn't have fit someone else's room. crack open a fresh bottle of Robitussin DM, crank the Curtis Mathis console Never Say Die was the last Black Sabbath studio album to feature the original stereo up to 10 and feel the sonic goodness... lineup of Ozzy, Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward, and was released on the Warner Brothers label on September 28th, 1978. "LOOK BEHIND YOU!!!" Todd Cope is the guitarist for King Kooler (www. reverbnation.com/kingkooler) and is desperately attempting to drown out the The album kicks off with the title track, an uppity rocker drenched in Tony commands of the hamster in the next room, telling him to clean up the riff raff Iommi's signature Norelco razor guitar tone, and was released as a single by WRITTEN BY: Todd Cope the band, the first time they had done so since 1970, and made it to #21 on the element of the trailer park...
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During the summer of 2011, Dan Gilligan and Brian Steele decided to form a brewery that would create exceptional craft beers. From this singular idea, the Boatyard Brewing Company was born and their lives have been changed forever. Since then, Dan and Brian have spent countless hours developing some of the best traditional ale recipes, as well as their own unique offerings. After sharing hundreds of samples and listening to honest reviews, they are now satisfied that they have the craft beer recipes needed to build a successful brewery. So let’s join them on their journey; not just as customers, friends and suppliers, but as members of the BBC family. Come along for the ride, enjoy their craft beers, and help make Michigan the best place to live. January 2015 There is no shortage of drive in the owners of Boatyard Brewing Company as they dive forward into the abyss with a full schedule of events planned for the Kalamazoo Beer Week. Friday January 9th - Art Hop at the BBC starting at 5pm and Robert Feddersen turning up the sound at 8pm. Saturday January 10th - Amy will be doing a Sweetwater’s donut and beer tasting with a flight of beer and complimentary donut pairing. Also all day there will be an event called “The Same Beer Only Different” Profiling the same beer recipe with a different yeast to compare taste profiles. Music by The Pine Lunch starting at 6pm. Monday January 12th - release of Kloberation Oatmeal Stout which was created by the KLOB and brewed at Boatyard at 6pm Tuesday January 13th - Dennis is doing an extract extravaganza with Kalsec of Kalamazoo - one of the world’s leading extract producers for both beer and food. Pitchers of the lighter beers will be available to add extract too and experiment with different flavors. Wednesday January 14th - Webster’s for a beer and food paring. Friday January 16th - Fermenta Michigan Women's Craft Collective. Amy will be creating a pale ale, dry hoped with 6 different hops. With a 40’s style dance party featuring Joe Wang & The Test Pilots from 7pm to 10pm. Saturday January 17th - Brunch at the Boatyard - Beer brunch with the Tamale Guy who will be making chocolate milk stout pancakes, spent grain Belgian waffles and Jimosa’s made with Jim St. Jim and OJ. Mobil bottling demonstration from 10am to 3pm and music by The Big Note Boys from 6pm to 9pm Monday January 19th - KLOB monthly meeting. So everyone plan on a week of amazing handcrafted treats and make sure that Boatyard is on your list!!! SmashmagS.com Every good idea has a starting point and Dan and Brian began with a 10 barrel brewing system that produces 60-65 barrels a month, but that is in no way the limits of their abilities. Plans are in the works to brew upwards of 1,000 barrels a month and expand distribution to all of Michigan and Indiana. Scuttle Butt IPA - This British/American IPA hybrid boasts great color and a vibrant nose. With a single sip you will find solid malt backbone with caramel notes. The hopping brings out a spectrum of citrus and pine flavors that balance well with the malt. This IPA is dry-hopped with Citra hops and the finish it provides is spectacular. Kay-Lips-O Chocolate Milk Stout - To honor all of the lovely “Kays” in their life, Dan and Brian created Kay-Lips-Chocolate Milk Stout. This stout starts with a base malt loaded with chocolate, black and Midnight wheat malts. To complement those rich dark flavors, lactose was added to smooth out the texture and produce a silky mouth feel. The lactose also leaves a little residual sweetness and creates a thick, creamy head. Right after fermentation, the addition of a rich chocolate extract produces great flavor without being overwhelming. This stout is great all alone and made better with a scoop of vanilla gellato. Gimme Shelter - Brewed to benefit Community Homeworks of Kalamazoo for the Furnace Fest 2014, this rich ale was mashed with a hearty grain bill of pale ale, brewers, Munich, dark caramel and roasted barley malts. We tossed in a wee amount of traditional peat-smoked malt right from the Scottish moors. Gimme Shelter was hopped with traditional U.K. varieties, including Fuggles and Goldings. This beer was fermented with one of our UK house yeasts. The result was a big ale that is very malt forward with a light smoke finish. If you are a bourbon drinker, you are going to love this beer. Kalamazoo Cream Ale -This ale was created for those days when you just want a lighthearted, easy drinking ale with a lower alcohol content. We wanted a light beer, but not one void of flavor. Our recipe used over five different malts, including a Munich and Caramel 20. We also mashed in flaked maize and flaked barley to keep the flavor mild, but complex. Lactose was added to produce a great mouth feel and creamy head. The balanced hops profile included both Cascade and Saaz. The result was a light beer with a flavor perfect for hot summer days. *Gingerbread Man Overboard Porter This is a big imperial porter steeped with molasses, brown sugar, and dark malts. The wheat was given a good dose of traditional UK hops and fermented with our happy Irish Ale yeast. Once the yeasts had their way with the sugars, this porter spends time aging on a mound of Danish gingersnaps. Frosted Harbor Dark Raspberry Wheat We have always loved the decadent flavor of raspberry, and so we decided to create a special beer with a big caramel backbone and just the right amount of fruit. To this end, we introduce our Frosted Harbor Dark Raspberry Wheat. With a late chilly autumn night in mind, we composed a mash of pale ale, fortified wheat, caramel and chocolate malts. To achieve a deeper hue, we added a generous amount of a dark Cara crystal wheat. The dark wheat was then boiled with lactose and a collection of British hops. We completed our recipe with an addition of a Kalamazoo produced tart raspberry extract of the highest quality. Once you experience the fine carbonated bubbles of this beer, you will see just how its residual sweetest melds beautifully with the tartness of the fruit. Midnight Star Dark Cream Ale We offer to the world our Midnight Star, a black cream ale that just has to be tried to be believed. The black malt disguises the rich caramel flavors that just burst through on every sip. Combine a hint of rye for spice and lactose for a silky smooth texture and you have an ale that is unbeatable. Don’t be afraid of the dark! Midnight Star will kiss your palate and leave you wanting for more. 20
During the summer of 2011, Dan Gilligan and Brian Steele decided to form a brewery that would create exceptional craft bee...
January SmashmagS.com 2nd - Frizzle Fried 3RD - Dumela Project 8TH - Ty Beat 9TH - Pleasant drive 10TH - Lacerations 13TH - Violent Vessel 14TH - BEER WEEK Open Mic 15TH - College Party 16TH - Tropadelic 17TH - Womp Romp 22ND - Thirsty Thursday 23RD - Private Event 24TH - Do You Believe In Magic 29TH - Filibusta 30TH - House Party 31ST - Rum N’ Diet Every Monday ✧Open decks ✧$2 You-call-it Every Tuesday ✧$2 Tuesday ✧$2 Miller Lite and Bud cans ✧$2 Long Island’s 502 South Burdick Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 388-2196 Open 7 days a week Every Wednesday ✧Open Mic Night ✧$3 You-call-it
January  SmashmagS.com  2nd - Frizzle Fried 3RD - Dumela Project 8TH - Ty Beat 9TH - Pleasant drive 10TH - Lacerations 13T...
What happens when your hobby turns into a career of epic proportions? You get Bigg Dogg Brewing. Well there was a little more to it than just walking into a building and making great beer! Greg “Gonzo” Haney spent many years perfecting his hobby in his home, brewing 10-20 bottles a year. That was just the tip of the iceberg, who knew you could get a degree in Brewpub Operations and Microbrewing? Well you can and it shows! Gonzo has taken the art of handcrafted beers to a new level and it is evident in the quality of the offerings. January 2015 Now, if you find yourself partaking in the Gonzo’s experience on several occasions or for no real reason at all, then you may want to think about joining the Mug Club for $75 this year, you receive a logoed and numbered 17oz mug with your first pint on the house, $1.00 off all pints and 10oz snifter pours, 10% off your food, 10% off Merchandise, Free birthday pint and sneak peeks at all the new releases with early entry when the new releases arrive. A new mug will be issued every year upon renewal and you get to keep your mug. Take in all the great food and beer and prepare yourselves for the Kalamazoo Beer Week festivities with Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewing January 13th - Bigg Dogg Beer Trivia @ Websters January 14th – Kalamadoodle @ Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg – Kalamazoo Institute of Art - 6:30p to 8:30p SmashmagS.com Dogg Days Ale - Crisp & Light. This golden ale emerges from a blend of Vienna malt and crystal malt. A classic year round ale. Vanilla Porter Ale (popular right now) - A benchmark of balance, this chocolate porter boasts a hint of vanilla as well as an unforgettable velvety texture. Geyser Brown Ale (an employee favorite) - This energetic beer Always explodes out of the vessel when it’s made. Rich and nutty with caramel and chocolate undertones. Cloak of Darkness Black IPA - Deftly dodging convention, Cloak of Darkness entices with a suave touch of mild chocolate only to turn the tables, taking a vengeful earthy bitterness. Razzamazoo - Our quaffable wheat ale underwent an infusion of red raspberry tartness to produce, a satisfying fruit beer of extraordinary accessibility. Black Box special (Face Tank), hopped up wheat wine always a limited addition brew, mug club members get first tasting of these special short run offerings. Every good beer deserves to be paired with a good variety of food, so Gonzo has made sure that his menu contains all the classic favorites, but with a few twists that make his board of fare special, with items like: Spent grain bread sticks - Home made pizza dough topped with house made cheese dip and served with a side of pizza sauce. Goat cheese fritters – breaded and fried served with a sweet and spicy white peach habanero sauce. Poutine – A Canadian Classic, Crisp fries served with house smoked pork, Gonzo’s pork gravy and fresh cheddar cheese curds. 22
What happens when your hobby turns into a career of epic proportions  You get Bigg Dogg Brewing. Well there was a little m...
What happens when you take a legendary downtown establishment like the Strutt, combine it with the goodness of fresh made craft beer and live entertainment? You get Rupert’s Brew House! Owner Mark Rupert has transformed the historic downtown location into a craft beer drinker’s paradise. There is no mistaking what is going on at Rupert’s! Beer, handcrafted, professionally tested and approved, Beer. Although there is no food as of yet, there are plans to provide people with food. In the meantime, Mark offers snacks and some frozen pizzas for those late night bar cravings. SmashmagS.com Rupert’s is a casual affair boasting a small stage for bands, a nice fireplace for those casual encounters and a 197lb Great Dane sleeping next to it, yes that would be a dog, not a horse and his name is Captain Stoobey, not Rupert. Mark began his brewing history 11 years ago while working in Los Angeles with a small 5 gallon system. After coming back to Kalamazoo to raise his son and be closer to family, the decision was made to open the brewery and he upgraded to a 1.5 barrel system that will be visible to patrons. Mark also brought in award winning brew master Adam Wiznewski to round out the brew house family. Mark’s current offerings are of his own style and nomenclature, big word but you will understand as you read. Multigrain Mutt Pale ale - with oats and rye, not over whelming in hops Dr Steve’s IPAilment - single IPA citrusy and smooth. Peanut butter porter - now being served on nitrogen smooth and easy to drink with a light nutty finish. Double HighPA - floral grapefruity hoppy higher in alcohol and hop forward. M43 Porter - smooth roasty chocolaty caramel raisin, a classic London porter. Match the Drapes Amber – A deep red colored ale that has a big malty & Caramel flavors. Just enough hops to balance. This beer is all about the malt. B.C.A Britani’s Cream Ale - An easier drinker, a little bit sweeter, Deep In Cider - Spiced Cider with cinnamon and clove As Kalamazoo Beer week approaches, Mark has a special treat for us, there will be several new releases coming out during beer week and for those of you who plan to partake, you will get a first taste of some unique beer flavors, including a breakfast cereal Pale Ale made with crunch Berries, Rice Krispies and Honey Nut Cheerios…now isn’t that the breakfast of champions? Your first taste tempting treat will be the Russian Imperial Stout by itself then one fermented in and aged Oak barrel. He, along with several of the other local breweries are pitching in on a shuttle service that will rotate people safely from one brewery to the next. Now that is what it’s all about. Coming soon to Rupert’s Brew Pub, is a full line distillery and wine making stations. Not only will you be able to get the freshest beer around, but now they will be a self providing bar with all your favorite liquors on hand. As always there is an array of great musicians that come through the stage doors nearly every night of the week - Tuesday is Jazz night, Wednesday is open mic, Thursday open blues, Fri and Sat live bands Sunday is Irish sessions first 3 Sundays 4 to 8 and Comedy on Sundays after 9 and includes a beer special. If all of the sounds appealing to you…and it should…stop down to Rupert’s, Have a pint of great beer and say hello to Captain Stoobey
What happens when you take a legendary downtown establishment like the Strutt, combine it with the goodness of fresh made ...
Rusted Root Carries On Their Spiritual Musical Movement with Shanachie Debut The Movement “The Movement, means a new work ethic to me - it's going from the industrial age to the individual spiritual age. I feel everyone should devote all their actions to all that is love, healing and pragmatic. We’re seeing the growing pains of this right now…the world is split…some people are fearful and fighting it with all their might… Rusted Root is trying to help with this…this is our movement!!” shares Rusted Root founder, front man, songwriter, singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki. Having collaborated with one another for two decades, Rusted Root, has honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape shift their music into their own distinct and undeniable vision. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root, transcends age, generations, cultures and musical styles. Their music has been featured in films like Ice Age, Twister and Matilda, TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed and Chuck as well as recent Enterprise Rent-A-Car commercials. Bassist and vocalist Patrick Norman says, “From the very first time we played music together, I knew we had something special. The music and the enjoyment of creating and playing with one another I feel is the driving force behind this band.” The powerhouse ensemble’s sweat-inducing and hypnotic live performances have allowed them to tour alongside everyone from Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s reunion tour and countless others. The Movement is a tribute to Rusted Root’s fans. “The title itself is a testament to the community surrounding our music,” says vocalist and percussionist Liz Berlin. Rusted Root created the “Fortunate Freaks Unite! We Are Rusted Root” campaign, a fan-funding campaign where fans contributed to the making of the album, while receiving some cool opportunities with the band. Glabicki adds, “Rusted Root is a state of mind shared and explored by many people- we are a community that supports one another.” The Movement transports listeners though an array of emotional and musical terrain, creating one seamless journey. “There is real space on this album, you can hear the room, us breathing, laughing, playing music together,” says Liz. The pulsating, cathartic and uninhibited “Monkey Pants” opens the CD. “I have these little dance moves I do on stage every night,” confesses Liz. “I almost feel like a monkey puppet on a string when we play this song, it's like the January 2015 The camaraderie, sheer love for musical experimentation and a desire to break down musical boundaries comes full circle on “The Movement,” the title track and first single. "Our drummer, Preach Freedom came up with such an interesting drum pattern for the song and along with the tambourines, foot stomps and claps, it’s like nothing I've ever heard before,” exclaims Glabicki. “It was really great having Lucy Stone singing background vocals with us on this one. She came up with a couple harmony ideas that I worked off of to create the vocal arrangement for the song, it feels like exciting new territory for us." Live at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Friday the 16th during KBW SmashmagS.com Rusted Root’s Shanachie debut, The Movement (10/30/12), is an energized and poetic collection of originals that capture the Pittsburgh based unit at their best. Glabicki says, " The Movement is an extremely joyous recording with seriously deep undertones. It is a culmination of everything we have learned, or have tried to learn, over our entire career. It truly is a career record for us." groove pulls my body in very specific ways.” Glabicki adds, “The song embraces our unique human animal- focusing on our ability to spiritualize, sexualize, and dream our own existence.” The album continues to entice with “Cover Me Up,” which begins and ends with gorgeous guitar and percussion interplay and an enchanting Calypso and African vibe. Glabicki shares, “The guitar work on this song is really extraordinary, Colter Harper’s parts are beautifully layered with mine, his many trips to Africa really show through on this song." Glabicki’s and Liz’s vocals tease and slither through the melody as the band crescendosto a bluesy showdown. 24
Rusted Root Carries On Their Spiritual Musical Movement with Shanachie Debut The Movement    The Movement, means a new wor...
Railside Red Ale - A fruity, malty ale with good balance, malt forward and a light hop finish (ABV 5.2) SmashmagS.com The Eesley Milling Company was founded by John F. Eesley. Mr. Eesley was born in Hamilton, Canada on December 11, 1859. He married Kittie Belle Scott and had 3 children. He was an entrepreneur and industrialist who relocated from Birmingham to Plainwell in 1887. He purchased a roller rink built in 1869 and converted the building to become the Sunshine Flour Mill. The building, located at 119 W. Bridge, was divided into two sections, moved to 717 Bridge and combined with the existing Grain Elevator Company. At the time, as the country’s second largest producer of buckwheat flour, Eesley’s mill produced around 60 barrels of flour daily under the Sunshine Brand Flour label. Old Mill is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Owner Scott Zylstra decided to leave his job in pharmaceutical sales to start his own brew pub. It’s located in the historic Eesley Mill in Plainwell, near the popular Plainwell Ice Cream Co. It terms of building atmosphere, the hand hewn beams, grain chutes and rough sawn wood floors are hard to beat. After several months of serving beer from other West Michigan breweries, Old Mill finally tapped its own beer this fall. As an ode to its past, Zylstra’s first beer, released in late October, was the Sunshine Oatmeal Stout. In addition to a fine food menu, Zylstra added more of his own beer offerings and we had the pleasure of tasting them. Sunshine Stout - Bold and smooth with flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate. The flaked oats give the beer a silky body and semisweet ending. (ABV 6.5) Crazy Beaver Cream Ale - Large amount of flaked maize give this beer a light straw color and clean body, which makes for a refreshing, flavorful anytime beer (ABV 4.5) Island City IPA - Dry hopped with Citra and brewed with Columbus and Summit hops, our IPA has a clean, crisp citrus flavor and subtle pine finish with just the right amount of hoppiness (ABV 6.5) Wooden Shoe Wheat - A refreshing, easy drinking pale wheat ale, made with Hefeweizen yeast, which gives the beer a banana aroma (ABV 5.2) Buckwheat Brown Ale - This American Brown Ale has flavors of sweet caramel and chocolate. A light, easy drinking beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Fear Biter Black IPA - An aggressively bitter dry-hopped black IPA with hints of pine and citrus. Old Mill Pumpkin ale - A medium bodied amber ale brewed with real pumpkin and spices makes this beer taste like a slice of pumpkin pie. Jim Dandy Root Beer Old Mill's non-alcoholic option. You have to try the sweet, smooth and creamy goodness of Jim Dandy Root Beer.
Railside Red Ale - A fruity, malty ale with good balance, malt forward and a light hop finish  ABV 5.2   SmashmagS.com  Th...
In a quiet unassuming location on the Kalamazoo Mall in a small corner storefront barely seating 30 people, sits Tibbs Brewing Company. 6 short years ago Kevin embarked on his beer making endeavor but with accolades from his peers, Kevin Tibbs has made his mark in the Kalamazoo Beer scene. One might say we can thank his wife for Kevin’s introduction to brewing since she had six brothers and sisters, and to save money one Christmas it was decided that they would make gifts for each other instead of buying. So Kevin broke out his handy dandy beer brewing kit and made beer for everyone, admittedly it was not his best attempt but the quality of the beer has come a long way since then. Before his beer brewing career, Kevin was an iron worker traveling to where the next job took him and whenever possible his wife would come visit him and they would go check out the local craft breweries. Kevin admits his wife is the beer connoisseur and can tell you every detail about the beer while he can tell you he either likes it or doesn’t. We had the pleasure of tasting several of Tibbs’ offerings and here is our sample. Hell-Jen Belgian Tripel - Their flagship beer has banana and clove up front, a hint of sweetness in the middle and slightly dry finish. Has 2 grains, one yeast and some sugar. January 2015 Kevin hopes to open in the basement of his current location soon which will allow for a bigger system and much more flexibility. Tibbs is offering some great beer week festivities which include: Monday 12th - Beer and BBQ paring with Q- It-up catering with 2 seatings from 6 to 7:30 and then from 8 to 9:30 Get your tickets now at Tibbs they are going fast. Tuesday 13th is beer and cheese paring with Bonnie from Hop Head Farms. This is a first come first serve starting at 6pm. Wednesday 14th is Beer and popcorn paring with Pop City popcorn. This was a huge success last year so they are doing it again. First come first serve starting at 6. Then there will also be some other cool thing going on during the week so be sure to come by any day during beer week. Visit to Tibbs is an amusement park for your taste buds. SmashmagS.com Kevin doesn’t stick to one style of brewing as his tastes vary from English Ales to German Pilsners, so with his 2 barrel system, brewed in a confined area, he spends 3 nights a week brewing. A typical Tibbs brew may boast a higher than normal alcohol content but the recipies are lighter and easier drinking which helps offset the high alcohol concentration. Kevin’s small operation keeps him busy with his goal to keep 5 beers on tap all the time, rotating in his specialties like the Blueberry Pale Ale. Kevin’s modest location boasts a small kitchen which provides a small but taste tempting food menu with munchies like nachos, loaded fries, pretzel bites, chicken wings, chicken pesto pizza and Cupcake Zoo. Each week the Cupcake zoo picks one of the beers and makes a mini cupcake out of it. Kevin has also ventured into making his own homemade soda’s for those who prefer the nonalcoholic libations. Citra Your Ass Down – IPA - Very citrusy up front Amber in color, Citra hops on the nose, slightly sweet in the middle and refreshingly bitter finish. Not your typical IPA, easy to drink. G’morning - Is the same as the G’night but with cold brewed coffee from Something’s brewing coffee shop also located on the Kalamazoo Mall. A full bodied Stout with a huge coffee flavor and aroma. For Richer or Porter - Kevin’s favorite - Has hints of chocolate and coffee with a medium body that helps support its high AVB while keeping it very drinkable. 26
In a quiet unassuming location on the Kalamazoo Mall in a small corner storefront barely seating 30 people, sits Tibbs Bre...
SmashmagS.com Generationals Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008, have been in each others’ faces for most of this century. Natural songwriting partners, they made their first three records at home with the help of mutual friend Daniel Black, and in 2013 they launched straight into their fourth with surprising post-tour energy, but after years of creative brain-melding, the dyad had reached a point of ultra-familiarity and comfort in their work routine that, to them, threatened quicksand. They began to suspect their own productivity of being rut in disguise. Determined to keep things fresh, they sought out a new producer who might be able shake things up, surprise them, and bring something new to the project. How about Richard Swift? they said. He’s the best, he’s the boss, he’s like the John Keating of cool drum sounds–a perfect fit for a pair of poppy throwback tape-lovers like us. The Louisiana duo made their way, yellow brick road-style, to Cottage Grove, Oregon, ready to give their tapes over to Swift’s cultishly venerated magic touch, but the collaboration was hardly the scrap-it-all, start-fromscratch, give-up-the-reins-and-let-the-guru-do-his-thing scenario Ted and Grant had expected—hoped for even—when they began their pilgrimage to Swift’s National Freedom studio in February. Swift deemed the demos album-worthy after all and the original versions were saved at his urging. With a little tightening rather than a vibe transplant, the songs solidified into a cohesive, finished, good-feeling record. “I looked at the demos objectively and really just helped organize the sounds into something that was sonically cohesive,” Swift said. “I knew they spent a lot of time on their own, on their headphones creating these beats and bells and whistles and felt no need to drastically change them.” The final version of Alix materialized as perhaps Generationals’ most confident record yet, full of history and as multiphase as Ted and Grant’s friendship. Built up with layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats, and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince faceoff, Alix is everything T&G like about music: old and new, vinyl and youtube, vocal chord and microkorg, gathered up from everywhen and arranged with great care into a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-ordie mish-mosh of sensibilities and time-warp senselessness, lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element, but undeniably Generationals in taste. As Swift had decreed: ‘tis a good idea to tear down and rebuild, but it’s not always necessary to start from scratch. At Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Saturday the 17th
SmashmagS.com  Generationals Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 20...
Tim Davis and Charles Grantier opened Territorial Brewing Company in Battle Creek after a long history of brewing together as friends. For at least ten years these two locals have been developing a passion for traditional German brewing technique and history. As their ability to get more equipment grew so did their love of German beer and when they decided to open there own brewery it was just natural that would be there style. After four years of planning their vision has finally come to light in the west side of Battle Creek where they have already had a huge crowd of people excited to taste test there impressive brews. TBC is one of the few breweries around that can produce a real lager which requires special equipment that allows you to ferment a little colder and a little longer but it makes for a more traditional German style beer. Along with Hefeweizen, Kölsch and many other German styles of beer, this brewery has a uniqueness that sets them apart from the rest. These are just a few of the beers we tasted at Territorial: January 2015 What pairs better with a traditional German Beer? German style food of course!! That is where Chef Rob Zimmer, from Kalamazoo comes in. Professionally trained in New York and worked all over Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. Rob met Tim and Charles through mutual friends while he was on hiatus working in a bank. Rob had been contemplating his return to the kitchen and the timing could not have been more perfect. Rob pulled some of his inspiration for the menu from the Berlin street food, which is kind of like a New York street food carts. If you have not had traditional German foods like Macaroni & Cheese, made with Spetzel, European Cheeses and Pork Belly, or Schnitzel, Currywurst, and Doner Kabob, you have to make a point to get to Territorial Brewing Company. If you are looking for standard fare that goes well with a good beer, they offer chicken wings, burgers and other favorites. When you find yourself frequenting TBC then the mug club, called the order of the Pheasant, is the ticket. New members will be able to join at an unspecified date in the new year and when the mugs are gone they are gone, for a small $50 membership you get 10% off food, merchandise and of course beer as well as your own Dimple Stein, etched with the Order of the Pheasant Logo. Territorial Brewing Company is a refreshing addition to the great breweries in our area. SmashmagS.com Lyon Helles - Munich Helles Lager Helles, meaning “light” in German, is in reference to the beer’s color only as the strength of this style is substantial. This straw-blonde lager is similar to a Pilsner but is slightly maltier and slightly less hopped. Lyon Helles is easy to drink and extremely refreshing. The name is an homage to Lyon & Healy, a company now known for making harps, that used to manufacture reed organs and pianos on Harmonia Road, a short drive from the brewery. Harmonia – Hefeweizen The most famous ale style of Germany, Hefeweizen translates to “Yeast Wheat.” In Germany the style is called “Weissbier” meaning white beer, due to its yellowish-white tinge derived from the pale wheat malt which makes up 50% of the malt profile. Hefeweizen uses a special, unusual yeast strain that imparts powerful banana and clove-like aromatics to the beer. It is an unfiltered beer and is cloudy from suspended yeast. Custer Kölsch – Kölsch One of few German ales, Kölsch is the local brew of the city of Cologne (Köln in Germany.) It is one of the palest German beers. Fermented with a special ale strain of yeast, it is fermented warmer than lagers but is then cold stored, or lagered, near freezing temperature for several weeks. French Toast Ale A nice cinnamon, nutmeg and syrup flavor, it’s A stronger Amber Ale brewed with Victory malt which gives it that bread like flavor. Nice sweet syrupy flavor definitely reminds me of a big piece of French toast. They definitely succeeded in getting all the flavors of French toast in a glass, a change from the classic holiday ales. Cereal City Champagne - Berliner Weisse Virtually unknown today, Berliner Weisse was once the dominant beer style of Berlin. Refreshingly effervescent and slightly sour, it can be sweetened with a shot of Schuss (flavored syrup) or enjoyed straight up. Either way, you’ll quickly taste why Napoleon proclaimed it “the champagne of the North.” 28
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SmashmagS.com What do you expect to find in a strip mall with an animal shelter and a home lighting shop? A brand new Brewery? Well that is what is there and One Well Brewing stands out amongst the local retailers. At first glance the rustic approach to the décor is comforting and welcoming. The owners did most of the work themselves and what they could not do they enlisted the help of close friends who could, to create the atmosphere they were looking for. Utilizing mostly reclaimed products from old doors, palettes, 100 year old barn wood and 100 year old bricks to create the seating and bar areas. While your Flights of beer are served in slats from old whiskey barrels and the tap handles are hand carved for the ultimate in backwoods, rustic flavor. Take the laid back rustic atmosphere and add to it the laid back friendly attitude of owners TJ and Chris, and some really amazing beers, One Well Brewing makes the experience one to look forward too. TJ and Chris met through mutual friends a couple years ago and with Chris’s brewing experience and TJ’s business and sales background, it was meant to be that One Well Brewing came to life. The official opening day was Black Friday 2014 and we asked the guys why they decided on the Portage location and their response made sense, it’s by the highway and located in an area that needed a good hometown brewery. “We decided on the Portage location because the neighborhood was perfect and it’s thirsty”. The location may have been an old standard in Portage but has become the new standard for great times and amazing beer. There is a full kitchen and TJ and Chris have plans to incorporate a menu but want to take things one step at a time. With beer being the priority, the guys wanted to make sure their dream became a reality before the addition of food. Speaking of beer, lets go over the palate tempting creations available for your enjoyment Opener – Blonde An American style blonde ale with moderate hoppiness, Easy to drink flavorful light brew Bad Adz – brown A Northern English style brown ale. Smooth yet complex brewed with a malt bill that produces a slightly toasty, sweet and nutty flavor. With hints of raisin and caramel. Named after there friends Tim Overhuel’s wood design company. Tim provided a lot of the wood materials, design, and labor for the decor of the tap room. Whoppy Hoppy – A hoppy wheat ale with a golden orange color crisp flavor with hints of passion fruit and grapefruit from the natural flavors of the Citra hops used in brewing. Simcoerillo – IPA An American style Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. The combination of hops offers a beautiful piney aroma with hints of tropical flavors that come through at the finish. As IPA’s go it has a smooth finish that does not overwhelm the palate. Don’t – Porter A Dark Brown Porter, with a medium body and a great mouth feel. A mixture of malts gives it a chocolaty, toasty flavor and smooth finish. Just enough bitter without the lingering aftertaste. Xalapa – Jalapeño Blonde This delicious recipe features the Opener infused with fresh jalapeños. The nose and flavor of Xalapa let you know that you are drinking Jalapeño beer but the lack of intense spice makes this beer unique and very sessionable. Of all the beers we tasted, Xalapa breaks the barrier of the normal fruit infused beers with a taste that while earthy and different is appealing to the senses. Our favorite for sure!!! Like many breweries, One Well Brewing has a Lifetime mug club, which started out with 100 mugs available which sold out in three weeks so they decided that an additional 50 should be added and they are going fast. With your lifetime club membership you get discounts on beer and merchandise plus a free t-shirt for $150 bucks. With Kalamazoo Beer week brewing, you can expect some cool events from One Well Brewing: Sunday 11th - Gorilla Gourmet. Friday 16th - Tap takeover at the Union Cabaret with 4 taps one being a collaboration beer with Final Gravity Brewing Co. in Decatur. Be sure to check out ONE WELL BREWING, you will not regret it!!! 4213 Portage St. - Kalamazoo, MI 49001 - Ph: (269) 459-9240
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