Mini-Kegs of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Return For A Limited Time

2018 Two Hearted Mini Kegs-146A9784A-10Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that 5L mini-kegs of Two Hearted Ale, the brewery’s wildly popular American IPA, will return to store shelves in early November.

Back for the first time since 2012 and just in time for the holidays, mini-kegs of Two Hearted Ale are 1.32 gallons of the award-winning American India Pale Ale that was recently voted “No. 1 Beer in America” for the second year in a row by members of the American Homebrewers Association. These “eccentric” 5L mini-kegs are “perfect for sharing (or not) and make great gifts.”

If you happen to be unfamiliar with this legendary brew, here is the brewery’s official description of Two Hearted Ale:

Two Hearted Ale | American India Pale Ale – Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter. Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.  ABV – 7%

A limited quantity of Two Hearted Ale mini-kegs will be sent out into distribution during the week of November 5 and will be available at the Bell’s General Store in Kalamazoo on November 7. These mini-kegs will be available for a limited time at select craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution area.  Two Hearted Ale is also available Year-Round in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  Prost!

Vital Information for Two Hearted Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Year-Round; mini-kegs will see a limited run in November 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Centennial 
Recommended Glassware – Nonic
Suggested Food Pairings – “Savory: Oysters, BBQ, brisket, cilantro, bleu cheese, coriander, cumin, balsamic, chili | Sweet: Apples, grapefruit, carrot cake, maple syrup, caramel | The Eccentric Way: Curried Vegetable Soup
Availability – Year-Round in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs & 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft. Limited availability in 5L mini-kegs
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

 

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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
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Bell’s Brewery Goes Year-Round with Hopsoulution Ale in Select States

Hopsoulution_Ale-12ozBottleBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has announced that it has officially made Hopsoulution Ale, a Double IPA, a Year-Round offering in five states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Previously only available as a limited, specialty release from Bell’s Brewery, Hopsoulution Ale is a “remarkably drinkable” Double India Pale Ale “brewed with several hop varieties for massive aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and pine.” Balanced with a “mild caramel malt character and dry finish”, Hopsoulution Ale weighs in at 8% ABV.

“Our fans have been asking for a Double IPA to be a part of our year-round portfolio. We’re going to start with the Great Lakes region and re-evaluate other markets in the future.”

 

– Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell’s Brewery 

Beginning in September, Hopsoulution Ale will be available Year-Round in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.  This offering will remain a Specialty Release in the remaining 35 states in Bell’s distribution footprint (plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico) and will return in spring of 2019.  Hopsoulution Ale is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hopsoulution Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Year-Round or Specialty depending on location. Year-Round status begins September 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Recommended Glassware- Snifter
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Flamingo Fruit Fight to be Next Larry’s Latest Offering from Bell’s Brewery

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Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight – Debuting in January 2019. Copyright: Bell’s Brewery

Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Flamingo Fruit Fight will begin hitting craft beer shelves and taps in January of 2019 as the next packaged release in the Larry’s Latest series.

Chosen to be the follow-up to the 2018 debut of Larry’s Latest Sour Ale, Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight (5% ABV) is a Tart Fruit Ale brewed with passionfruit, lime zest and wheat malt.  This combination produces an array of “tropical and citrus aromas and flavors” that comes together to offer “a beautiful acidity that will be appeal to those who enjoy tart beers, but not overwhelm and drive away those who do not.”

“This is a fun beer with a fun name. When it’s released, it’ll be nice little staycation of sorts, a break from the wintery blues January can bring,” Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell’s Brewery said.

Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight will debut in January 2019 and hang around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Specialty offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-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.  Prost!

Vital Information for Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Specialty/Larry’s Latest Series, January 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Passionfruit & Lime Zest
Fun Fact – On the name of this series: “The name Larry’s Latest is a nod to the spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry [Bell] started in 1985 and continues within the brewery to this day.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Bell’s Brewery Plans to Introduce Bell’s Official American Wheat IPA in 2019

Bells_Official_Can_RenderBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that it will add Bell’s Official American Wheat IPA to its Year-Round lineup in February 2019.

Developed with inspiration from “the limited release of Titania and later, Larry’s Latest IPA“, Official is an American Wheat India Pale Ale that “brings pungent American hops and wheat malt together” to produce “a refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers.”  This new offering is double dry-hopped with “a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops” to offer its drinker “notes of peach, stone fruit and tropical hop characteristics with a dry finish and balanced bitterness.”  Coming in at an easy-drinking 6.4% ABV, Bell’s Official has its sights set on becoming the “Official beer of get-togethers, the back yard, after work, nights out (and at home), the journey, a good day, hikes… you name it.”

“We do American IPAs really well. We also do wheat beers very well. Official brings the best of both and combines them in a way that is approachable and enjoyable no matter what you prefer,” said Larry Bell, Bell’s President and Founder.

“The name of the beer is simple, yet it makes a statement. This is our interpretation of what a hoppy wheat beer should taste like,” he said.

Bell’s Official will debut in February 2019 with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s 40-state distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bell’s Official American Wheat IPA from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Year-Round, launches February 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale/Wheat India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.4%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo & El Dorado
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Bell’s Oberon Ale Returns for the Summer

Oberon_WebPic_736X736Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has announced that its wildly-popular Oberon Ale will officially begin its Seasonal return on Monday, March 26.

Meant to embody all that is summer, Oberon is a ridiculously refreshing American Wheat Ale fermented with the brewery’s “signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas” (all present without the use of any spices or fruit in the recipe).  Proudly boasting “the color and scent of a sunny afternoon”, Oberon Ale (5.8% ABV) is rounded off with a “smooth mouthfeel” provided by its wheat malts.

Oberon Ale officially releases on March 26 and will be available through August 2018.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs (coming later this spring), and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Oberon Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Seasonal, late March – August 2018
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.8%
Suggested Food Pairings – “Savory: Ham, duck, sushi, salads, fennel, basil, onions, pickles, tomato, mozzarella, young cheddar; Sweet: Berries, watermelon, peaches, oranges; The Eccentric Way: Orange flan”
Recommended Glassware – Spiegelau American Wheat Beer Glass or Traditional Wheat Beer Glass
Availability – 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

 

Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale to Debut in Cans this Summer

Sparkleberry_can_snifterBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially scheduled Sparkleberry Ale for a limited release this June in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.

Originally brewed in 2013 to recognize Bell’s presenting sponsorship of Kalamazoo Pride, Sparkleberry Ale will be celebrating diversity on a much larger platform in 2018 when it debuts nationally in cans this summer.  Ruby red in color, this inclusive ale is a “slightly tart, dry and spicy” Americanized take on a Belgian Tripel brewed with raspberries.  Guaranteed to help you get your sparkle on, Sparkleberry comes in at 9% ABV.

“Our celebration of diversity is no secret, but this can says it front and center. No matter who you are or who you love, all are welcome at Bell’s.  We want everyone to get their sparkle on and celebrate what makes us all unique and special. Beer has traditionally brought people together and we proudly continue and honor that tradition with this fun beer.”  

 

– Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery 

Sparkleberry Ale will officially release in June and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Specialty Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sparkleberry Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty, June 2018
Style – Tripel
ABV – 9%
Added Ingredients – Raspberries
Suggested Food Pairings – “Savory: Salmon, brie, walnuts, roasted beets; Sweet: Fruit and yogurt parfait, strawberries, cherries, angel food cake, 80% dark chocolate; The Eccentric Way: Aloo Gobi”

Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Fun Fact – Sparkleberry Ale won a Bronze Medal in the Fruit Beer Category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

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

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

Roundhouse India Red Ale Makes Limited Return for Bell’s Brewery

Roundhouse_WebPic_736X736Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Roundhouse India Red Ale is currently back on shelves and taps for a limited time.

Returning once again as a Specialty Release from Bell’s Brewery, Roundhouse India Red Ale is “a variation on the IPA, but with more caramel and toasted malt character and a reddish hue.” To retain its IPA-like qualities, Roundhouse is loaded with “fruity aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus” that have been sourced from “substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry-hopping.” Those hop notes carry over into the flavor but are balanced by “the judicious use of toasted and caramel specialty malts.”  Locally sourced Michigan honey was then added to level everything out and give Roundhouse “a smooth, dry finish.”

Roundhouse India Red Ale is out now and will be available for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can find this Specialty Release at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Roundhouse India Red Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty, arrives late October 2017
Style – India Red Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Added Ingredients – Locally sourced Michigan honey
Shelf Life – 3 months
Recommended Glassware – Nonic
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Bell’s Brewery Unveils 2018 Release Calendar

HopslamMiniKegRender‘Tis the season for brewery release calendars, and Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has come forward with a calendar that is absolutely loaded with good news for craft beer fans in 2018.

In keeping with our established approach to brewery release calendars, we have published Bell’s Brewery’s full 2018 Release Calendar below for you to go over at your own pace.  Bell’s does have quite a few new beers and packaging options planned for next year, so let’s quickly go over a few highlights before we turn you over to that calendar:

  • The Year-Round lineup will remain the same, but the packaging for Lager of the Lakes will transition to 6-packs of 12 oz. cans in 2018.  Lager of the Lakes bottles “will be officially retired as a packaging option. Lager cans will also start shipping in February.”
  • The Seasonal lineup remains mostly the same with the return of Oberon (late-March – August), Best Brown (September – October) and Winter White (November – January). Larry’s Latest Sour Ale (February – March) will be the only new Seasonal, and it will sub in for Smitten Golden Rye Ale (sorry, Smitten fans).  You can click here to read more about Larry’s Latest Sour Ale.
  • Hopslam Double IPA returns in January and will have availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs (that’s right, they are back!), and on draft.
  • To commemorate the 1988 debut of Cherry Stout and further celebrate being Michigan’s oldest craft brewery, Bell’s will release 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve in May.  30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve “will be a special version of one of Bell’s signature stouts made with cherry juice sourced from Michigan’s Traverse City region.”  More details to come.
  • Sparkleberry Ale, a Belgian-style Tripel brewed with raspberries, will see increased availability in 2018.  Look for it in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans in June.
  • Since Hell Hath No Fury – a Belgian-inspired Stout from the brewery’s Specialty line – was always meant to be a part of a trilogy, Bell’s Brewery is focused on finally establishing the “Hell Series” in 2018.  Road to Hell will be released first in July, followed by Hell Hath No Fury in September and then Sympathy for the Devil in November.  More details to come.
  • The Oracle Double India Pale Ale will return in 2018.  Look for it to hit in July with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.

“With seven year-rounds, four seasonals and more than a dozen specialties, it’s going to be another amazing year of Bell’s beer,” Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery, said.

“We will continue to push the boundaries and celebrate what makes Bell’s unique and innovative,” she said.  “As with this year’s release calendar, we still reserve the right to announce a few surprises here and there,” she hinted.

That should cover everything that we wanted to go over, but a quick look at the calendar below will show you that there are still quite a few exciting brews left for you to discover on your own.  Be sure to check it out so that you will be fully prepared for the stellar year of craft beer ahead from Bell’s Brewery. Prost!

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