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Battle Creek is known as the Cereal City. And what do you do with all that cereal? The Kellogg Company encrusts cereals with sugars and food coloring to create a breakfast treat more conve- nient than that archaic meal of bacon and eggs. Thanks, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg! The Arcadia Brewing Company transforms prosaic cereals into amber-colored nectar.

In the spirit of these Battle Creek stalwarts, your Poppa Steve will consume three pairings of Arcadia Ale and a Kellogg’s sugar cereal throughout the writing of this column. Hopefully, by the end of this piece, the reader will want to visit this charm- ing burgh known for its quaint downtown and many family friendly excursions. And, this writer will be checking into rehab and dialysis.



e begin with a KELLOGG’S CORN POPS and ARCADIA ANGLER’S ALE. The ale has a nice honey- roasted scent and grassy hop notes, while the Corn Pops are not too sweet with a pleasant margarine-y

yellow hue. True Americana.

You can see where Angler’s Ale is made at ARCADIA BREWING COMPANY (103 West Michigan Ave.). Established in 1996, Arcadia specializes in handcrafted British-style ales like the Scotch Ale and Nut Brown Stout. All of its beers are produced in small batches using authentic British equip- ment like its 25-Barrel Peter Austin Brewery. It uses the finest malted barley from England, hops from the Pacific Northwest and the leg- endary Ringwood yeast. The handcrafted ales are actually drinkable, unlike the bitter swill from the big city to the north. The food was serviceable at the brewery in TC’s Pub. That changed with the hiring of Sean Kelly as executive chef. A certified Chef de Cuisine, Sean ran BiCi Bistro in Battle Creek for seven years. He overhauled the TC Pub menu to include innovative items like Seared Duck Breast, Osso Buco, Kobe Sizzler and Jambalaya. You will go for the two dozen ales brewed on site, but you will stay for the spinach “spaghetti” that contains no pasta and the vegan Balsamic Caviar.

SERIES (summer). Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blan- kets, pillows, sleeping bags and a chiropractor, my pets.

by Steven Geoffrey de Polo

The best way to get to know the city is to participate in the ART WALKS. Held in the spring (May 13) and fall (Oct. 14), the self-guided tours allow visitors to enjoy original art, wine, music and good conversation at a series of artist recep- tions hosted by participating downtown businesses. All the art is available for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the artist. The 2010 Fall into the Arts Art Walk included 37 receptions at locations from Washington to Division, as well as neighboring streets on Capital Avenue SW, McCamly and Calhoun Streets. You will truly be able to “Live it Up” in Battle Creek.


scotch flavors enlivened by slight green apple notes of the beer hold up to the sugary sweet cereal flakes that stay crunchy in the milk. This is what I imagined adulthood tasted like when I was nine years old.

Now that you’ve wet your whistle, take a walk around town. Battle Creek is a walkable city with a lively down- town business district. The city’s festival season includes CEREAL FESTIVAL featuring the WORLD’S LONGEST BREAKFAST TABLE (June), the INTERNATIONAL SUMMERFEST (Aug. 13) and the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (mid-November through December). You might enjoy the POST BAND CONCERT SERIES in Mill Race Park (mid-June to July), the BATTLE CREEK FARMER’S MARKET in Festival Market Square (May through October) and the OUTDOOR MOVIE

As you can see from the name Cereal Killer, Battle Creek doesn’t take itself too seriously. The town’s many sports teams share similar over-the-top names. The BATTLE CREEK BOMBERS baseball team has played in the cozy confines of the C.O. Brown Stadium for five years. The Bombers play in the distinguished Northwoods League that recruits the top collegiate players in the country. Former Northwoods players include: Curtis Granderson, Max Scherzer, Danny Worth and Andre Eithier. They are baseball stars, my peaches. This year, the Bombers games are going to be better than ever with five Saturday Night Firework Shows, numerous giveaways, the Longest Outdoor Bar in Michigan and $1 beers every Thursday. The 2011 team will include Billy Buckner’s son Bobby Buckner (“The Mets win! They win!”), as well as three University of Michigan players.

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