Bell’s Brewery Releases the 2018 Distribution Schedule for Hopslam DIPA

**NOTE** This post covers the 2018 release of Hopslam. Click here if you wish to be redirected to Hopslam’s 2019 Distribution Schedule. **NOTE**

hopslamblanksBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) will kick off the New Year by officially launching the staggered release of Hopslam Ale on January 2.

When you consider that Hopslam boasts “the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire”, it suddenly becomes quite obvious why hopheads all over the country make a mad scramble to secure this limited, annually-released brew each year.  This sizable Double India Pale Ale first receives six different hop varietals in the brew kettle, and it is then dry-hopped with a “massive” addition of Simcoe hops.  For added complexity, body and balance, all of that hoppy goodness rests atop a foundation built with “a generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey.” At 10% ABV, Hopslam Ale is a surprisingly easy-drinking DIPA that possesses “a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes.”

Since this beer is best enjoyed as fresh as possible, Bell’s “will be shipping to different areas (multiple batches) over the next few weeks.”  The 2018 shipping dates and affected areas are as follows:

  • Week of January 2 – Counties in lower Michigan: Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Shiawassee, Van Buren, Washtenaw & Wayne.  Hopslam will also be available at the Eccentric Cafe and Bell’s General Store on January 3
  • Week of January 8 – Remaining counties in Michigan (including the U.P.), Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin & West Virginia
  • Week of January 15 – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Southern California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas & Virginia

Once it arrives in your area, you can expect to find Hopslam available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs (extremely limited), and on draft at select craft beer establishments.  As is the case with every release of Hopslam, this beer will disappear with a quickness once it hits shelves and taps.  If you wish to seek some out, be sure to act quickly and do not be surprised if retailers establish per-person limits.  Good luck and happy hunting out there.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hopslam Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty, January 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
Hops – Six Pacific Northwest varieties, dry-hopped with Simcoe
Added Ingredients – Honey
Shelf Life – 3 months
Suggested Glassware – Snifter 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs & draft
Distribution – See schedule above for shipping dates & affected areas