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

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

**NOTE** This post covers the 2018 release of Hopslam. Click here if you wish to be redirected to Hopslam’s 2019 Distribution Schedule. **NOTE**

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

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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Bell’s Brewery Begins 2017 Release of Hopslam Ale

2017hopslamBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has announced that Hopslam Double India Pale Ale has officially begun its yearly, staggered release into distribution as of January 2.

January is upon us and that can only mean one thing: Hopslam Season! For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this incredibly popular brew, Hopslam Ale is a sizable Double India Pale Ale that receives an initial dose of six different hop varietals in the brew kettle and then dry-hopped with a “massive” addition of Simcoe hops.  This bombardment of hops makes for “the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire.” For added complexity and balance, all of this 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 boasting “a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes.”

Due to this beer’s popularity, Bell’s Brewery approaches each year’s arrival of Hopslam Ale with a staggered release across their distribution area.  The release schedule and areas are as follow:

  • Week of January 2 – Lower counties of 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)
  • Week of January 9 – Northern Michigan and the U.P. (Upper Peninsula), Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia & Wisconsin
  • Week of January 16 – Alabama, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, Southern California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee & Virginia

Once this offering arrives in your area, you will be able to find limited amounts of Hopslam Ale in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments.  A word of warning here: this beer never lasts for long once it hits shelves and taps.  Make a note of your area’s release week, stay vigilant, and grab your sixer or pour whenever you see it because odds are that it will not be waiting for you on your next visit. Prost!

Vital Information for Hopslam Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty, staggered release beginning week of January 2
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
Hops – Pacific Northwest varieties, dry-hopped with Simcoe
Shelf Life – 6 months (best enjoyed as fresh as possible)
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder/