2nd Annual KPL Booktoberfest

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Books n’ Brew in Kalamazoo!

It’s back! Last year was so much fun, we called for a second round. This year we will get more technical and bring you expert advice on homebrewing. Learn how to choose the best ingredients and brewing equipment, investigate different types of hops and the flavors they create, explore how to get your degree in homebrewing and much more! Giveaways and raffle prizes, too!

More Hop-tastic Events!

If you are serious about homebrewing, or just a big fan of craft brew, you won’t want to miss any of these hop-tastic events. Salud!

Special Feature!

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Fred Bueltmann, “The Beervangelist”

Stop & Taste with The Beervangelist!


With more than two decades in the Michigan brewing industry, Fred Bueltmann, aka “The Beervangelist” will share his perspective and insights on how craft beer has contributed to a connected lifestyle. You’ll hear about the history of New Holland Brewing, the Michigan Brewer’s Guild and original stories from his book, Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy. Learn more...

2015 Booktoberfest Programs

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Thursday, September 17, 6:30 pm, Central Library

WMU/KVCC Brewing Degree w/ Mike Babb, Ed Martini & Steve Bertman

Kalamazoo Valley Community College Sustainable Brewing Program and Western Michigan University offer several academic opportunities for students interested in a career in the brewing field. The heart of the program is a Sustainable Brewing Certificate offered at the Kalsec® Center for Sustainable Brewing Education located as the new KVCC Bronson Healthy Living Campus. Learn more...

 

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Tuesday, September 22, 6 pm, Washington Square Branch Library

‘The Brew from Kalamazoo’ : Two Centuries of Local Brewing w/ Keith Howard

Kalamazoo’s thriving local brewing trade is rooted in local traditions that date back to the earliest decades of the 19th century. From ‘Old Joe’ and Dorothy Burchnall to George Judge’s Kalamazoo Malt House and George Neumaier’s Cold Stream Brewery, we will explore the history of local brewing from its humble beginnings in the 1830s until Kalamazoo ‘went dry’ in 1915. Learn more...

 

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Tuesday, September 29, 6 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library

How to Select the Right Ingredients w/ John Mallett of Bell’s Brewery

Meet John Mallett, brewery manager for Bell’s Brewery, Inc. and author of Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse (Brewing Elements). Mallett will explain how the right ingredients make all the difference in crafting a quality brew. From hops to malts to barley, learn how to select the highest quality ingredients while still being cost-effective. Learn more...

 

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Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 pm, Shakespeare’s Pub, 241 E. Kalamazoo Ave

Beer Tasting w/ Alex Mantakounis, owner of Tempo Vino Winery

Alex Mantakounis, owner of Tempo Vino Winery, is not only an expert at wine, he is also an accomplished homebrewer and the president of KLOB (Kalamazoo Libation Organization of Brewers). Join Alex as he guides tasters through a series of different styles of beer, and explains the different flavors, textures and notes they should expect. Registration required. Register online today! Learn more...

 

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Tuesday, October 20, 6 pm, Eastwood Branch Library

Hop Head Farms w/ Jeff & Bonnie Steinmann

People are curious about those crazy hop plants that grow 18 feet every season and end up as one of the key flavors of their favorite beers. A lot goes into the cultivating, harvesting, drying and processing of hops. Jeff & Bonnie Steinmann, owners of Hop Head Farms, will take us on a virtual tour of the farm and the processing center that turns out top quality hops for world class brewers around the US. Learn more...

 

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Thursday, October 22, 6:30 pm, Central Library

Getting Started with Homebrewing w/ David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Manager

Calling all homebrew novices! Bell’s Brewery crafts some of the most loved beers in the world. Join David Curtis, manager at Bell’s General Store, to learn about the brewing process, the equipment needed and get plenty of tips and tricks to get started making your own beer at home. Learn more...

 

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Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm, Central Library

Stop & Taste w/ ‘The Beervangelist’ Fred Bueltmann

With more than two decades in the Michigan brewing industry, Fred Bueltmann, aka “The Beervangelist” will share his perspective and insights on how craft beer has contributed to a connected lifestyle. You’ll hear about the history of New Holland Brewing, the Michigan Brewer’s Guild and original stories from his book, Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy. Learn more...

 

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Thursday, October 29, 6:30 pm, Central Library

Choosing Home Brewing Equipment w/ David Curtis from Bell’s General Store

Let the team from Bell’s General Store guide you through your equipment choices and upgrades and help you decide what you need. Whether you are just getting started or looking to expand, there are plenty of options for nearly any budget. Learn more...

 

Booktoberfest Brews & Special Offers

September is Library Card Signup Month! Celebrate with two new local beers brewed specially for KPL’s Booktoberfest and other money saving offers!

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photo: Tibbs Brewing

Tibbs Brewing, 402 S Burdick Street

  • “Overdue Brew” (Belgian chocolate stout)
    (adj.: o·ver·due, “having been needed for some time”)

    Special offer: All beer on Thursdays during the month of September will be $1 off when patrons show their KPL library card.

One Well Brewing, 4213 Portage Street

  • “Literary Liquid” (Double IPA)
    (adj.: lit·er·ary, “considered to be very good and to have lasting importance”)

    Special offer: $1 off first pint of Literary Liquid or $1 off a flight with proof of library card during the month of September.

West Michigan Beer Tours

  • Special offer: In honor of National Library Card Sign-up Month, West Michigan Beer Tours is offering a 5% discount on all purchases. Use promo code KPL2015 at checkout. Good through December 31!

 

Booktoberfest Sponsors

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