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Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week:" Bell's Kalamazoo Royal Amber Ale

By Chuck Sudo in Food on May 15, 2008 6:00PM

2008_05_botw20.jpgA conversation we had with our downstairs neighbor and good friend last night as we were preparing to clean out Sam's Wine and Spirits out of what was left of their closeout sale:

Her: Have you tried this beer yet?

Chicagoist: What is it?

Her: Kalamazoo Royal Amber Ale.

Chicagoist: I have.

Her: What does it taste like?

Chicagoist: Bell's Amber.

Her: Why do you say that?

Chicagoist: Because that's what it is.

You really have to give the propers to Larry Bell. While other companies repackage the same stuff under a different name, he went out and essentially announced that he would and was applauded for his efforts (now is as good a time as any to remind you to re-read Karl's interview with Larry Bell).

Bell's or Kalamazoo, a pint of this warmed us upon our return from New Glarus over the weekend at Skylark. One sip reminded us of the sweet malt, rich amber hue, and bitter finish we missed last spring in that time frame when Bell's was unavailable in Illinois. It was the perfect complement to a medium rare Skylark burger.

So, for being reminded of the simple things in life and for Larry Bell's chutzpah, we're naming Kalamazoo Royal Amber Ale Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week."