Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale Earns Some More Hardware in 2018

TCOA_WebPic_736X736Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) is proud to announce that Third Coast Old Ale, a long-standing brewery favorite that has been adorned with four more medals earned at competition in 2018, is officially back for a limited time.

One of the oldest recipes in the Bell’s portfolio, Third Coast Old Ale is an American-style Barleywine that “starts with a rich, caramel base and finishes with a heavy hop bitterness.”  Weighing in at a respectable 10.2% ABV, Third Coast is “sharply intense” when fresh but is more than capable – for those with the patience – to “age gracefully, adding complexity and subtlety the longer it ages.”

Third Coast Old Ale may have debuted three decades ago, but this Specialty offering from Bell’s Brewery continues to prove that it can hold its own with all the youngsters out there by earning four medals at three different craft beer competitions in 2018: fresh Third Coast Old Ale earned gold medals at the Colorado State Fair, the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan and at this year’s Indiana Brewer’s Cup; and a 2015 vintage of Third Coast took Best of Show at the World Expo of Beer in the competition’s aged beer category.

“This is the Cognac of the beer world, and if aged properly, can be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come. It is also a perfect digestif,” said Larry Bell, Bell’s President and Founder said.


“It is incredible that a recipe as old as this, is still setting the bar thirty years after its debut,” Bell said.

The 2018 batch of Third Coast Old Ale officially released in September and is scheduled to last through October.  You can expect to find this Specialty offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Third Coast Old Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty, September – October 2018
Style – American Barleywine
ABV – 10.2%
Fun Fact #1 – “’Third Coast’ refers to the Great Lakes region and the label artwork features a dune landscape reminiscent of the Great Lakes coastline.”
Fun Fact #2 – “With an ABV of 10.2%, Third Coast Old Ale was the muse for Bell’s Expedition Stout. Before Expedition, craft beer fans would travel with Third Coast Old Ale and send pictures of their bottles on travels back to the brewery. Bell later decided to brew a recipe that was better designed for travel and Expedition Stout was born.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “A big beer that will easily overpower most main dishes, [Third Coast Old Ale] pairs well with intensely sweet non-chocolate desserts or even a chocolate hazelnut torte along with cheeses like stilton, Gruyere or cheddar.”
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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