Bell’s Brewery Introduces ‘Leaves of Grass’ Series Inspired by the Work of Walt Whitman

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

– from “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman

Bells SongofMyself 12ozBtl Front PRODBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that its Leaves of Grass Series, a seven-part series inspired by Walt Whitman’s literary classic of the same name, will launch in May 2019 with the release of Song of Myself – German-Inspired American IPA.

Timed so that its first release will coincide with Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, Bell’s Leaves of Grass Series is both a celebration of Walt Whitman and the literary classic that is Leaves of Grass, an inspiring book of poetry that has established itself as “a hallmark of American literature . . . and one of Larry Bell’s favorites.”  Launching in late May 2019 and concluding in May 2020, the Leaves of Grass Series will consist of seven Limited Release offerings that “will be named after and inspired by one of Whitman’s poems, while each recipe will complement the seasonality of when each beer is released.”


  • May 2019: Song of Myself – German-Inspired American IPA (6.5% ABV)
  • July 2019: The Prairie-Grass Dividing – Gose-Style Ale Brewed with Plum, Salt & Coriander (4.5% ABV)
  • September 2019: Oh Captain! My Captain! – TBA
  • November 2019: To a Locomotive in Winter – TBA
  • January 2020: Song of the Open Road – TBA
  • March 2020: Salut Au Monde! – TBA
  • May 2020: Spontaneous Me – TBA

“Over the years, we’ve drawn inspiration from a variety of different sources from music to literature to the Great Lakes,” said Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell’s Brewery. “This series is just the latest example of how the arts have inspired us to create new and innovative recipes.”

Song of Myself – German-Inspired American IPA will roll out in late May 2019 and will be available as long as supplies last.  Song of Myself – as well as all future Limited Release offerings in the Leaves of Grass Series – will have availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution area.  A new offering from the Leaves of Grass Series will release every two months until May 2020.  Prost!