Bell’s Hopslam returns again for 2019 starting today. Below are all the details you’ll need to get your annual hoppy fix.
Starting in 2016, the Comstock, Michigan based brewery started shipping Hopslam in cans for the first time, and dropping Hopslam bottles from the lineup.
This year, the 1.32-gallon mini-kegs, aka the “hangover maker” will also hit shelves in limited quantities.
Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey, easily ranking among one of the brewery’s most popular releases. The Double IPA will start shipping in waves beginning the first week of January to their home state of Michigan, then to the rest of their distribution area.
January 2nd: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe.
Hopslam cans will start shipping on Jan. 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 Jan. 7: Remaining counties in Michigan (including the U.P.), Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusettes, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraksa, 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 Jan. 14: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Deleware, 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,
Bell’s Hopslam is a 12-ounce can, mini-keg, and draft limited release.
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Bell’s Tessie’s Golden Ale will debut in the brewery’s Eccentric Cafe in late-October.
The golden ale is being brewed on Bell’s new pilot system and bottled on a new specialty packaging line. The artwork features brewery founder Larry Bell’s dog Tessie wearing an Oberon collar.
Look for it in 12-ounce bottles and draft in the Cafe before Halloween.
Style: Golden Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late October 2018
Bell’s Sideyard Ale debuts this fall, a fresh-hopped New England style IPA.
This hazy new IPA uses fresh Chinook hops grown next to the Comstock, Michigan production brewery. The 16-ounce 4-pack of cans will feature different artwork depicting the brewery’s beloved Hop Yard.
Bell’s Sideyard Ale will be exclusively available in the brewery’s Eccentric Cafe location in downtown Kalamazoo.
Bell’s Larry’s Latest Fruit Fight will join the brewery founder’s namesake series in January.
It started with Larry’s Latest Sour Ale earlier this year. The brewery moved this kettle sour into the spot in the lineup previously held by Smitten Rye Ale. Now the series will host a new release in the coming new year – Bell’s Bell’s Larry’s Latest Fruit Fight, brewed with passionfruit, lime zest, and wheat. In the dead of winter, Bell himself bills this tropically themed release as a “staycation beer”:
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
Many of the beers in the “Larry’s Latest” series never leave the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. This Fruit Fight will be just the second beer to be distributed in the series. Expect it in 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans, and draft.
Bell’s Official American Wheat IPA joins the brewery’s year-round portfolio in 2019.
You still have to wait around 8 months before you find Bell’s Official on shelves – a wheat beer meets American India pale ale. The brewery combines a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, and El Dorado hops in a wheat heavy beer. Development of this future release started in 2017, alongside Titania and Larry’s Latest IPA.
Beer fans will enjoy notes of peach, stone fruit and tropical hop characteristics with a dry finish and balanced bitterness; a refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers.
The brewery hinted this week that Bell’s Official is the first of a few “innovative” announcements to come to through the end of the year.
Look for Official American Wheat IPA in 16-ounce cans, 12-ounce cans, 12-ounce bottles and draft across the brewery’s 40 state distribution plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico in February 2019.
Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, El Dorado
Availabilty: 12oz Cans, 16oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2019
Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is slated for 16-ounce cans in June 2018.
This fruit-forward release first debuted in 2013 in honor of the Kalamazoo, Michigan Pride Festival. Bell’s Brewery was a presenting sponsor. Since then, the beer has been made more widely available on draft, plus a few 750-milliliter bottles at Bell’s General Store.
This summer, Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is now available in 16-ounce cans for the first time.
The brewery continues to maintain their partnership with Kalamazoo Pride, a fundraiser for OutFront Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Gay-Lesbian Resource Center, OutFront Kalamazoo, continues to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of greater Kalamazoo, its friends, and allies.
“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.”- Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery
Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is now available in 16-ounce cans and draft.
Bell’s Larry’s Latest Sour Ale is a brand new seasonal hitting shelves for the first time.
The base beer for this new release is a dry-hopped kettle soured ale, similar to Oarsman Ale, featuring bold hops like Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, and El Dorado. Various renditions of this beer have been found on tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in the past.
Larry’s Latest Sour Ale offers a refreshing citrus tartness combined with incredible tropical aromas.
This seasonal release will bump Smitten Golden Rye Ale from the late winter/early spring lineup for a while.
Bell’s Larry’s Latest Sour Ale will be available in 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans, and draft starting in February.
Style: Sour Ale
Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, El Dorado
Availability: 16oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2018