KPL Combines Books & Brew with Booktoberfest!

Aug 29, 2014 12:16:17 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Kalamazoo shook up the beer world by winning second place in the Beer City, USA competition in 2013. With several new breweries joining well-loved establishments like Bell’s in the last year, it’s clear that Kalamazoo loves its brew! Based on Kalamazoo Public Library’s 2013 record-breaking circulation numbers, Kalamazoo also loves books! So, KPL decided to combine the two for the first annual Booktoberfest!

Join us for several hop-tastic events with some of your favorite breweries including: Bell’s Brewery, Arcadia Ales, Tibbs Brewing, Bilbo’s Pizza, Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewery, and more! Learn about the history of brewing in Kalamazoo. Find out what it takes to cultivate your own beer with some of Kalamazoo’s brewers, and join us for lively discussion of two books that you can enjoy with a great local beer!

Booktoberfest Events

  • Tuesday, September 16, 7 pm @Central Library, The Brew from Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo’s thriving local brewing trade is rooted in 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. Plus, the Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Club will be on hand with a display of early Kalamazoo bottles and collectible glassware.

  • Wednesday, September 24, 7 pm @Central Library, Home Brewing with Bell’s Brewery:Bell’s Brewery crafts some of the most loved beers in the world. David Curtis, manager of Bell’s General Store, is actively involved with the KLOB (Kalamazoo Libation Organization of Brewers), and is an award-winning home brewer. Learn how to brew your own beer at home the Bell’s way. Whether you have brewed a few beers, or are a novice, participants will hear tricks and secrets to help your next batch.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm @Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Screening of The Michigan Beer Film: Filmed by Kalamazoo’s Rhino Media, The Michigan Beer Film is a documentary about the amazing craft brew scene in the Great Lakes State. Watch not only the process of beer making, but also the great stories behind the brewmasters. Discover why Michigan is quickly becoming a beer lover’s destination. This is a free event. Space is limited and tickets are required. Free tickets will be available at Central Library two weeks prior to the event.

  • Wednesday, October 1, 7 pm @Central Library, Beer and Food Pairings with Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewery: We all know that beer is a great complement to most meals, but do you know which brews go best with certain foods? Discover the most fabulous beer/food pairings from the team at Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewery. Greg “Gonzo” Haner and Brian Hill opened Kalamazoo’s newest brew pub in 2013. Gonzo is considered one of Kalamazoo’s original brewers.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 6 pm @Eastwood Branch Library, Meet the Brewmasters with Arcadia Ales:Arcadia Brewing Company was established in 1996 as a microbrewery specializing in handcrafted, British-style ales. Their methods originated in England, which allows this style of beer to reflect over 250 years of world-class brewing heritage. This year, Arcadia opened a new facility in the River’s Edge area of Kalamazoo, which is, ironically, the exact spot where Kalamazoo’s most famous distillery once stood, more than 150 years ago. Learn not only about their unique brewing methods, but also the story of the brewery. 
  • Tuesday, October 28, 6 pm @Washington Square Branch Library, Local Brewery Panel Discussion: This year Kalamazoo was named by U.S. News & World Report one of the most underrated beer cities in the country. Hear the stories of four of Kalamazoo’s best breweries in a discussion moderated by MLive’s John Liberty and West Michigan Beer Tours. Learn what it takes to open and operate a brewery in one of the fastest growing beer cities in Michigan. Sponsored by West Michigan Beer Tours.

Booktoberfest Book Discussions

  • Monday, October 6, 6 pm @Bilbo’s Pizza, Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks: A hilarious travel adventure in the tradition of Bill Bryson with a dash of Dave Barry, and an international bestseller. Tony Hawks's ready sense of the absurd, his self-deprecatory charm, and his warm appreciation of the Irish and their traditionally immoderate characteristics combine to make this a resoundingly good read, offering a tantalizing glimpse of grassroots Ireland captured in a wonderful blend of perception and humor.

  • Tuesday, October 14, 6 pm @Arcadia Ales, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers: A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive. With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

Booktoberfest Brews

Enjoy two new local beers brewed specially for KPL’s Booktoberfest!

  • Tibbs Brewing: “Overdue Brew” Belgian chocolate stout: All beer on Thursday’s during the month of September will be $1 off when patrons show their KPL library card. 

  • Bilbo’s Pizza & Brewing Company: “Legend of Pumpkin Hollow” pumpkin ale: $1 off a pint of Legend of Pumpkin Hollow during the month of October for patrons who show their KPL library card. 

For more information, contact Farrell Howe, or visit

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