Bell's Eccentric Day 2015

Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by magnumpoppy, Nov 12, 2015.

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  1. ColonelHopslam

    ColonelHopslam Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Michigan

    Great time yesterday, well run as always, and getting what seemed to be endless pours of BA Expo to pair with all the awesome food was heaven. Nice meeting up with @gratefulbeerhead and exchanging some beer. Can't wait for next year.
     
  2. gratefulbeerhead

    gratefulbeerhead Zealot (578) Dec 7, 2009 Indiana

    Great sharing BA expy with @ColonelHopslam as well. Just wish I could have lasted until Larry's Magical was tapped.
     
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  3. bene4

    bene4 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2016 California

    Didn't see a thread for this year's Eccentric Day, so reviving the one from last year. From folks who have attended in the past, how often do they tap beers that are not on the list posted ahead of time? The list for this year refers to potentially adding other offerings beyond what has been posted. I am really hoping to try BA Expo - not sure whether something like this might be added as a surprise.

    Also, is there a general optimal time to be there for the best selection? Currently it looks like I might be able to spend some time there in the afternoon, possibly into the early evening, but probably not too late. Based on this (the 2015) thread, it sounds like predicting when a specific beer will be tapped is difficult. Out of what has been posted, I'm definitely interested in BA 30th - would be great to have a chance to try this one.
     
  4. ColonelHopslam

    ColonelHopslam Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Michigan

    Typically noon is when the heavy hitters start appearing. In past years, there really weren't any surprise beers, they just went off the list they provided.
     
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  5. Redpac

    Redpac Initiate (101) Aug 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Or you could start a new thread, there is a big Post New Thread button just asking you to click on it.
     
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  6. Fargrow

    Fargrow Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Michigan

    If you went in 2015 and are missing a blue robe, it's because I accidentally stole it. I thought it was my shirt. Please contact me for a safe return of your blue robe.
     
  7. gratefulbeerhead

    gratefulbeerhead Zealot (578) Dec 7, 2009 Indiana

    We always get there first thing in the morning, just because we love Eccentric Day and because we can. It can be hit and miss with when beers are tapped. Last year it took awhile before BA Expy got tapped, but had it not too long after breakfast of chocolate covered bacon. Two years ago I started right off with Toasted Coconut Espresso Java Stout and BA Dagger within a few minutes of walking in the door. Looking forward to drinking with @ColonelHopslam again this year.
     
  8. magnumpoppy

    magnumpoppy Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2011 Michigan

    Just had Bourbon Barrel Aged 30th Anniversary and it is excellent! Stick around for that one.
     
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  9. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (397) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    What's the wait like in the late afternoon, early evening. I'm gonna head up to Dark Horse, and then hear back to k-zoo and get a hotel room there while enjoying eccentric day.

    At least that's my plan I don't want to be waiting in line all night.
     
  10. ColonelHopslam

    ColonelHopslam Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Michigan

    other than waiting a couple minutes for a beer you shouldn't have a problem. it gets busier around 4, but still very manageable with the backroom open and the new dining area. the snowstorm might also scare away some people so who knows. just make sure you have some sort of alter ego as they will turn people away if they feel the need to.
     
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  11. sarcastro

    sarcastro Aspirant (222) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan

    He might mean line wait to get in. If that is the case, when I have gone there tends to be a line to get in starting in the early evening. It does get substantial although I have no clue haow fast it moves as I am usually inside.
     
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  12. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,907) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning.

    We missed last year, but will be there this year.
     
  13. sarcastro

    sarcastro Aspirant (222) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan

    Planned on going but Ashley can't go and my wife's schedule didnt work out. :slight_frown:
     
  14. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,907) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    Next year. We guessed wrong on the date last year, and were in Germany. Made sure we had the date right this year.

    I saw Ashley at Schramm's last summer.
     
  15. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (397) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    Yeah, sorry. I should have specified.

    The line to get in to the cafe. On the Facebook they talk about it being 1 in, 1 out.
     
  16. MLovesBeer

    MLovesBeer Initiate (54) Mar 30, 2015 Michigan

    It does eventually become a 1 in, 1 out situation. But that line typically doesn't start until you get close to 6pm. If you come during the day, you should have no problem at all. And if you get there around 1, you should be able to score plenty of food too!
     
  17. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (397) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    It'll definitively be closer to a 7pm situation. FIB that has to work on Friday.
     
  18. gratefulbeerhead

    gratefulbeerhead Zealot (578) Dec 7, 2009 Indiana

    Got here at 4 AM and already about 250 people in line in front of me...oh wait. Was having a bad dream about another brewery.
     
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  19. ColonelHopslam

    ColonelHopslam Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Michigan

    Tap list is insane right now. If you are at dark horse currently, you are doing it wrong
     
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  20. gratefulbeerhead

    gratefulbeerhead Zealot (578) Dec 7, 2009 Indiana

    just wait for the specialty stuff that hasn't been brought out yet!
     
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  21. SpartanMSU03

    SpartanMSU03 Initiate (0) May 30, 2014 Michigan

    This taplist is amazing. Food is great too.
     
  22. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (397) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    How "eccentric" do you have to be to get in I'm leaving from chicago in a few and really don't want to have to go home and put on a Halloween costume to just drink some beer.
     
  23. gratefulbeerhead

    gratefulbeerhead Zealot (578) Dec 7, 2009 Indiana

    Most people put on a pretty good costume. I wouldn't risk getting turned away at the door, especially coming all that way. I've seen it done.
     
  24. gratefulbeerhead

    gratefulbeerhead Zealot (578) Dec 7, 2009 Indiana

    google Eccentric Day images and you'll get an idea
     
  25. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (397) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    Well that was nuts. Definitely feeling the effects of it today.

    Blackbeards Hug is so freaking awesome. I was super excited to see that one when I walked in. It might be the best beer Bells makes.

    Port Expo also out of this world.
     
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  26. schepelz

    schepelz Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2013 Michigan

    Got to dark horse this morning...filled out bottle slip and headed to bell's. Double barrel expo is one of the best beers I have tasted. Unreal
     
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  27. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (479) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    What is double barrel expo?
     
  28. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (397) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    I thought the double expo was too sweet. I couldn't finish it.

    Still great, but 2oz is enough.

    They still had both double expo and port expo on this morning.
     
  29. Boosully

    Boosully Initiate (139) Apr 8, 2014 Michigan
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    We had the same exact game plan. Double Barrel Expo was a definitely good and unique. Ton of flavor!
     
  30. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (479) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    Bueller?.... Bueller?....

    All this talk about DB expo and no one asked what exactly it is? What barrels, etc?
     
  31. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (397) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    I asked the server on Friday night, but she wasn't sure, and with the crowd, I definitely wasn't going to push it.
     
  32. Boosully

    Boosully Initiate (139) Apr 8, 2014 Michigan
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    Not 100% but according to the chalk board at the cafe it is Expedition Stout aged in whiskey then port wine barrels. 15%
     
  33. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (479) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    That sounds yummy. FFF hit some home runs last year with all the DL aged in wine barrels. Glad to see more of this.
     
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