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.”

LEAVES OF GRASS SERIES AT A GLANCE

  • 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!

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Bell’s Brewery Refreshes Packaging for Kalamazoo Stout and Porter

KStout-12ozBottle6Pack&12ozBottleBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that it will introduce new-look packaging designs for two of its oldest craft beers – Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout and Bell’s Porter – in April 2019.

In an effort to give these two long-standing offerings a bit of a visual update that will allow them to stand out on today’s crowded craft beer shelves, Bell’s Brewery has decided to redesign the packaging and label artwork for its Kalamazoo Stout and Porter.  Although these beers may now look different on the outside, the liquid inside the bottle will remain “the same Bell’s beer fans have loved from the beginning.”

If you happen to be unfamiliar with these two iconic craft brews, here are the full descriptions of Kalamazoo Stout and Porter from the press release issued by Bell’s:

  • Kalamazoo Stout – Named after the city where Bell’s began and still brews to this day, Kalamazoo Stout is one of Bell’s most classic recipes. Originally debuting in 1988, this smooth, full-bodied stout offers a blend of aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee, balanced with a significant hop presence.  ABV – 6.0%
  • Porter – Bell’s award-winning Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and heavily roasted stouts. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley are offset with just a slight hop bitterness. Bell’s Porter is another one of Bell’s darker, roastier offerings that can be enjoyed during the warmer months as well as during the colder months.  ABV – 5.6%

“We’ve been brewing both of these beers since the late ’80s. Along with Amber Ale, these two were some of our first craft beers to hit the market, offering a flavorful alternative to what was pretty much the only option at the time (domestic, light beer).” said Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell’s Brewery.

The new packaging for Kalamazoo Stout and Porter will begin hitting shelves in April 2019.  You can expect to find both of these Year-Round offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

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Bell’s Brewery Launches Official Hazy IPA

146A7058Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Bell’s Official Hazy IPA, the newest addition to the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio, is rolling out now across the brewery’s distribution network.

Combining “two of the styles [Bell’s Brewery is] known for best” (think American IPA | Two Hearted Ale and American Wheat Ale | Oberon Ale), Bell’s Official Hazy IPA is a double dry-hopped India Pale Ale that showcases “pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt.”  Thanks in large part to a hop bill boasting Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops, this Hazy IPA offers “complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness.” Setting itself apart so that it is “not . . . confused with New England IPAs”, Bell’s Official Hazy IPA (6.4% ABV) is “a refined beer for those who love hops AND for those who prefer wheat beers.”

Bell’s Official Hazy IPA is shipping now with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans (Michigan only), and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round brew at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s expansive distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bell’s Official Hazy IPA from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Year-Round, launching March 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.4%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo & El Dorado
Suggested Food Pairings – “Savory: Pizza, garlic bread, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, pickled fruits, grilled vegetables | Sweet: White chocolate | The Eccentric Way: Fennel, orange, and arugula salad with bleu cheese; miso and citrus pork belly; a ginger mango cake with a cream cheese frosting”
Recommended Glassware – Nonic
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans (Michigan only) & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

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Bell’s Brewery Announces 2019 Release Calendar

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Another week brings with it another wave of beer calendars, and this one is kicking off with the 2019 Release Calendar from Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan).

Just as we do with all beer calendars in these parts, we have published Bell’s 2019 Release Calendar in its entirety below for you to thumb through whenever you have the opportunity.  With that said, we feel it is our duty to briefly go over a few important highlights before turning you over to that document.  Let’s get to it:

  • Things get off to a proper start with the annual limited release of Hopslam Ale. Click here to view the 2019 Shipping Schedule for this always highly sought-after brew. 
  • Bell’s Official Hazy IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio in February.  This Hazy India Pale Ale “is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness.”  Official Hazy IPA (6.4% ABV) will be available in 6-packs & 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs & 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.
  • Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight – “a new tart Fruit Ale brewed with passionfruit and lime zest” – is beginning its Seasonal run now and is scheduled to hang around into the month of March 2019.
  • Hopheads will be happy to hear that Double Two Hearted, a Double IPA version of the brewery’s classic Two Hearted Ale, will debut in bottles (4-packs of 12 oz. bottles) for the first time in July.  Double Two Hearted is a Specialty Release that will be available as long as supplies last.
  • After a two year hiatus, Sparkleberry, a Belgian-style Tripel Ale brewed with Raspberries, will return for a limited time in June.
  • Smitten Ale, a Golden Rye Pale Ale, will return in May as a part of Bell’s Brewery’s lineup of Rotating Specialties.
  • Finally, Bell’s will roll out the “Leaves of Grass” Series later this year.  There is not a lot of information available on this series at this time, but here is what Larry Bell had to say about it:

“This is just a preview of coming attractions, though not all of them are ready to share just yet. We still have a few more surprises to come,” Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell’s Brewery said. “A few years ago we debuted The Planets Series, beers inspired by the work of Gustav Holst. This year, we’re going to introduce a new series inspired by the arts, but this time a little closer to home.”

“Our Leaves of Grass series will kick off later this year, we’ll have more to share on that soon,” he added.

That should just about cover everything we wanted to go over for this one, but there is still a good amount of information left for you to uncover on the calendar below.  Be sure to check it out that way you are fully prepared for all the releases headed your way from Bell’s Brewery in 2019.  Prost!

 

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Bell’s Brewery Releases Shipping Schedule for 2019 Hopslam

HopslamcansBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that the 2019 batch of Hopslam Ale will begin its annual limited release during the first week of January.

Released once a year to the delight of adoring hopheads all over the country, Hopslam Ale (10% ABV) is a Double IPA brewed with a hop bill that starts “with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle and [culminates] with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops.”  This abundant hop schedule – “the most complex . . . in the Bell’s repertoire” – offers a “pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes” while a “generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.”

Hopslam will make its first appearance in 2019 at the Eccentric Cafe and Bell’s General Store on Wednesday, January 2.  Staggered distribution will immediately follow the on-site release with the following schedule:

  • January 3 – 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 and Wayne
  • Week of January 7 – Remaining counties in Michigan (including the U.P.), Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee (Roanne, Scott, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Coche, Sevier, Blount, Loudon, Shelby, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, Trousdale, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Bledsoe, Rhea, Seqatchie and Hamilton counties), Vermont and Wisconsin
  • Week of January 14 – Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee (remaining counties), Texas, Virginia, West Virginia

Once it arrives in your area, you can expect to find Hopslam Ale available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs (these may ship at different times than what is indicated above) and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants.

Just as it does each and every year, Hopslam will disappear with a quickness once it hits shelves and taps in your area. With that in mind, make sure you take note of your release week, stay vigilant while out on beer runs this month, and secure your honey-laced hop fix the moment your opportunity arises.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hopslam Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty, January 2019
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
Recommended Food Pairings – “Savory: Macaroni and cheese, sharp cheddar, strong bleu cheese, grilled walleye, grilled asparagus, roasted parsnips, pesto. Sweet: Oranges, baklava, pink lady apples”

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs & draft
Distribution – See schedule above for shipping dates & affected areas
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

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

 

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