Bell’s Brewery Presents 2020 Release Calendar

Lemon Lime Flamingo Fruit Fight_12oz_canBeer calendar season is still alive and well, and this week we are here to offer you a look at the 2020 Release Calendar from Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan).

Just as we do with pretty much every beer calendar around here, we have posted the full 2020 Release Calendar from Bell’s Brewery below for you take in at your own leisure.  With that said, the brewery has plenty of exciting releases in store for all of us and we feel it necessary to quickly go over a few of those highlights. Let’s get to it:

  • Light Hearted IPA officially joined the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in late January.  A Lo-Cal IPA, this member of the Hearted family shares many of the characteristics of Bell’s award-winning Two Hearted Ale. At 3.7% ABV and only 110 calories (per 12 oz. serving), Light Hearted is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. 12-packs of 12 oz. cans will also ship in February in Michigan.
  • Speaking of the Hearted family, Double Two Hearted – a Double American IPA – will return in August for another wide release.
  • This year’s Seasonal lineup will consist of three returning favorites: Bright White | December 2019 – March 2020; Oberon Ale | March – August; and Best Brown | September – November.
  • The Flamingo Fruit Fight Series will continue in 2020 with the return of Flamingo Fruit Fight Passionfruit and Lime Tart Ale in May and the introduction of Lemon Lime Flamingo Fruit Fight in July.
  • Previously only available as a Bell’s General Store Exclusive, Incessant – a Double New England-style IPA – will see a wider release in May.  This Specialty Release will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.
  • Lampshade Party Ale, a Double IPA previously only released in 2018, is scheduled to return as a Specialty Release in November 2020. This offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.
  • The brewery’s Leaves of Grass series, seven beers each inspired by a different Walt Whitman poem, will conclude in 2020 with three remaining offerings. Song of the Open Road, a Winter Warmer Ale, is available now. Salut au Monde will ship in March and Spontaneous Me will conclude the series in May.

“Now, this isn’t all we have lined up for 2020. We always like to keep a few things close to the vest. We’ll have plenty more to share in due time.”

 

– Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery

That should just about cover all the releases we wanted to mention, but there are still quite a few exciting brews left for you to discover on the calendar below. Give it a good look and get ready for lots of good times with Bell’s Brewery in 2020.  Prost!

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Bell’s Brewery Lightens Things Up with Year-Round Release of Light Hearted IPA

BellsLightHearted-12ozCan_GlasswareRenderBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that it will introduce Light Hearted IPA, a low-calorie Session IPA, as its newest Year-Round offering in late January 2020.

Developed to be the more calorie-conscious little brother to Two Hearted IPA, Light Hearted is a Session IPA that is “aromatic, balanced, and incredibly easy-drinking.” Clocking in at just 3.7% ABV and 110 calories, Light Hearted IPA allows you to “enjoy all the benefits of a light beer, with the flavor and quality you would expect from Bell’s.”

Light Hearted IPA is actively rolling out now and will hit the brewery’s full distribution area by February 20, 2020.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans 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!

Vital Information for Light Hearted IPA from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launching late January 2020
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 3.7%
Calories – 110 (per 12 oz. serving)
Carbs – 8.7 grams (per 12 oz. serving)
Protein – 1.3 grams (per 12 oz. serving)
Fat – 0 grams (per 12 oz. serving) 
Recommended Glassware – Nonic
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Release Schedule – January 19:  FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, NV, TX, WY | January 20 – 26: CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NY, OH, SD, WI | February 2 – 20: AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, MN, NV, NY, RA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, WV
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

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Bell’s Brewery Rebrands Winter White Ale as Bright White Ale

Bright White bottling line -08Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that its Winter Seasonal Winter White Ale will return in November 2019 with a new look and a new name – Bright White Ale.

Brewed with the same recipe as the long-standing Winter White Ale and adorned with a refreshed look that is “reminiscent of what fans have seen since 2003,” Bright White Ale is a Belgian-inspired Wit – a.k.a. White Ale – that is “fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, yielding a mix of clove and fruity aromas without the use of any spices.”  Coming in at just 5% ABV, the “stylish and refreshing” Bright White Ale is “the same bright alternative to stouts, porters and other darker beer styles fans have loved over the years.”

“It is easy-drinking and lighter than the long list of stouts traditionally released in the winter months,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery. “Stout should be enjoyed year-round but sometimes, you just need a break.”

 

“We wanted to keep the new name simple and connect it back to the original. And since many of our fans use ‘bright’ to refer to this beer, it just made sense to play to those strengths,” said Bell.

Bright White Ale will begin hitting shelves and taps in November 2019 and is scheduled to hang around through the end of March 2020, while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bright White Ale from Bell’s Brewery 

Release – Seasonal; November 2019 – March 2020
Style – Belgian Wit
ABV – 5%
Calories – 153 (per 12 oz. serving)
Carbs – 13 (per 12 oz. serving)
Fun Fact – “Bright White is inspired by the Belgian Wit (White) style of beer that has been brewed as far back as the Middle Ages. Unlike traditional Wit beers, Bright White includes no spices like coriander seed, orange peel, and sometimes grains of paradise. Bright White has several fruity aromas which all comes from the malt and yeast. This seasonal beer is enjoyable whether your view includes a snow man or a palm tree.”
Availability – 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

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Bell’s Brewery Closes Out Summer with New-Look Packaging for Oberon Ale

146A9639Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Oberon Ale will be temporarily wearing a new limited-edition look for the rest of Summer 2019.

Inspired by the artwork featured on this year’s Oberon mini-kegs, Bell’s Brewery has decided to give Oberon a refreshed look that reflects the subtle shifts that occur throughout the summer season. This new design will be featured on all Oberon packaging: 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles. In addition to being featured on Oberon bottles and cans, this “same beautiful imagery has also inspired some brand-new Bell’s merchandise that can be purchased online and in person from the Bell’s General Store.”

“This is a fun way to celebrate the different parts of the summer season… rest assured, it’s the same beer you’ve grown to know and love,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery.

If you happen to be unfamiliar with this summertime favorite, here’s the full brewery description for Oberon Ale (description sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Oberon Ale – One of Bell’s most popular beers, Oberon is an American Wheat Ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel. A classic summer beer, Oberon is only brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast.  ABV – 5.8% 

Oberon Ale is available beginning in late March through August as a Summer Seasonal in Alabama, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution territory. Florida and Arizona have Year-Round access to Oberon Ale.  Prost!

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Bell’s Brewery Celebrates Pride Month with Return of Sparkleberry Ale

Sparkleberry_can_snifter (1)Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Sparkleberry Ale will be available throughout the month of June in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month.

Originally brewed in 2013 for Kalamazoo Pride and released every year since, Sparkleberry is an “American interpretation of a Belgian Tripel brewed with raspberries.”  Inclusive, accepting and approachable, Sparkleberry (9% ABV) is a true “celebration of diversity” that urges everyone to have the pride and confidence to “sparkle on.”

Sparkleberry Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through the month of June 2019. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly 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 2019
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
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

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