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

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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 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 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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