Bell’s Brewery and the Kalamazoo Coffee Co. have come together to create a brand new specialty stout.

Bell’s Milchkaffee
Photo: Bell's Brewery. Used by permission.

Bell’s Milchkaffee (5.5% ABV) is a sweet, milk stout brewed with a blend of two coffee beans, Pressed for Success, a medium roasted Nicaraguan coffee and Killer Beanz, a dark roasted Papua New Guinea coffee, roasted just a block away from Bell’s original brewery, next to the Eccentric Café, in downtown Kalamazoo.

In a press release, Bell’s Vice President, Laura Bell said “it’s exciting to work with another local Kalamazoo business and create something new that combines both of our passions,”

Milchkaffee is a German phrase which translates to “milk coffee” and refers to a drink similar to a Café au lait.

The coffee used in the brewing process was made using a cold brewing technique which extracts the coffee aroma and flavor without any acidic or acrid notes. Combined with lactose, this technique gives the beer a smooth, gentle coffee character. Lactose also lends a silky, slightly sweet note to Milchkaffee.

“We are 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 community," Garrett Krugh, owner of the Kalamazoo Coffee Co. said, in the same release.

The beer is only available on draught, and only for a limited time.

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