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Brewery collaborates on coffee beer

October 29, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Brewery collaborates on coffee beer
Milchkaffee is a milk stout by Bell’s Brewery and Kalamazoo Coffee Co., with 5.5 percent ABV. Photo via

A brewery and a coffee shop have teamed up for a special brew.

Bell’s Brewery and Kalamazoo Coffee Co. paired up to create Milchkaffee, a 5.5-percent ABV milk stout made with two coffee beans.

Galesburg-based Bell’s said Milchkaffee is a German phrase for milk coffee, a beverage akin to a café au lait.

“It’s exciting to work with another local Kalamazoo business and create something new that combines both of our passions,” said Laura Bell, VP, Bell’s Brewery. “This collaboration is another great example of what makes our hometown special and unique.”

Garrett Krugh, owner of Kalamazoo Coffee Co., said the shop is "proud to work with Bell’s."

“There is nothing better than to have local businesses working together to create something special for their community — that in itself is what helps create a community,” Krugh said.


Kalamazoo Coffee Co.’s Pressed for Success, a medium-roast Nicaraguan coffee, and Killer Beanz, a dark-roast Papua New Guinea coffee, were added to the milk stout.

The coffee was roasted near the original Bell’s Brewery and the Eccentric Café.

The coffee was brewed using cold-brew techniques, which sees the coffee’s aroma and flavor without the acidic notes created in hot brewing.

In the milk stout, the lactose sugar helps sweeten and smooth the beer out and highlight the coffee.


The beer will only be available on draught, with a release on Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

Coffee samples of the beans used in the brew will be available to taste with the beer.

Kalamazoo bands the Ghost Bunnies and Saxsquatch & Bridge Band will perform.

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