Bell’s Hopslam season is upon us once again. The brewery is canning the delicious liquid this week. Here’s the packaging rundown.
Starting in 2016, the Comstock, Michigan based brewery started shipping Hopslam in cans for the first time, dropping bottles from the lineup. Laura Bell, president of Bell’s Brewery in Comstock, Michigan cites construction as the biggest reason you won’t find bottles of the hoppy offering in the near future.
Also dropped from the 2017 lineup are the 1.32 gallon mini-kegs, aka the “hangover maker”. That leaves 12 ounce cans and draft this year.
Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey. The beer easily ranks among one of the brewery’s most popular offerings.
Counties in lower Michigan are starting to get Bell’s Hopslam this week.
Week of Jan. 9: Northern Michigan and the U.P., Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin
Week of Jan. 16: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Southern California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia
Again, Bell’s Hopslam is a 12 ounce can and draft release in 2017.
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Bell’s Oatsmobile Ale, launched in April, will be canned in Spring, 2017. This was the first year-round addition since 2010.
Bell’s Oatsmobile Ale, as the name suggests, is brewed with malted oats. The brewery states that the oat addition lends the beer a body you don’t alway get in a session pale ale. The oats plus a dry-hop bill of Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo makes what Bell’s hopes is a standout low alcohol by volume beer.
“This beer is unique. Aromatics may drive it, but the signature ingredient – oats – are what really makes this beer stand apart and also where the name comes from. It’s approachable and intriguing with a fun personality,” said Bell’s Vice President, Laura Bell.
Bell’s Oatsmobile Ale is currently available in 12 ounce bottles and draft across the brewery’s entire network. 12 ounce cans will be available in the coming spring.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-Round
Debut: April, 2016
Cans: Spring, 2017
In 2014, Bell’s Mars was the first release in a series of beers inspired by composer Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The piece was first conceived in 1913, thanks to his interest in astrology. Mars was the first to be written, with Mercury completed in 1915. (Don’t go looking for Pluto.) The brewery released beers in order of composition. Bell’s Mars was first.
An imperial IPA was chosen to represent Mars, The Bringer of War. The dank, hop bomb was easily one of the most popular in the series.
Mars (The Bringer of War) is a Double IPA inspired by the music of Gustav Holst. An intense hopping regime imparts incredible notes of tropical fruit, citrus and pine, while Munich malt provides balance and a deep red hue.
Bell’s Mars will return to the brewery’s lineup for a limited time in April, 2017. Important to note – the brewery plans to have a little bit more to go around this time.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Latest Return: April, 2017
Bell’s Christmas Ale arrives soon with Christmas/winter seasonal beers gradually hitting shelves now. What sets this Christmas release by Bell’s Brewing apart, is that it is actually brewed without spices, and is intentionally lower alcohol than most winter warmers.
Christmas Ale doesn’t contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus.
Taste: Sessionable Scottish Ale with sweet malts with subtle toffee notes, mixed with earthy herbal hop flavors. Also, roasty with a touch of fruit. Balanced well.
Style: Scottish Ale
Availability: 12oz/6 pks. Draft. Winter Seasonal
Release: November – December 2016
Texas will have a beer brewed just for The Lonestar State when March rolls around. Bell’s Am I Right or Amarillo will help the brewery launch their 31st state of distribution.
This beer marks the first time Bell’s Brewery has ever brewed a beer specifically for a market launch. As the name suggests, the India pale ale is brewed with 100% Amarillo hops.
“I have been telling people for quite some time, that if we ever head to Texas, this beer would be a part of it,” – Larry Bell, Bell’s President and Founder
The brewery has signed more than 14 distribution contracts in order to launch the Texas market. The brewery is currently filling sales positions for the state as well
Bell’s Am I Right or Amarillo will be a 12 ounce bottle and draft release.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
Bell’s Roundhouse IRA has joined the brewery’s can lineup here in September.
The India red Ale has been on draft in the past, and has been a fan favorite. Now, Bell’s Roundhouse IRA is a 12 ounce can offering for the first time. The beer features Michigan honey, and is quite hop forward.
Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry hopping yield a wonderful blend aromas – everything from pineapple to peach and citrus. Hop intensity is kept in check with a balanced and judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts.
Bell’s Roundhouse IRA will be a limited specialty beer, shipping to all of Bell’s distribution states starting in mid-September.
Bell’s Oktoberfest has returned to bottles after a 5 year haitus. Thank the brewery’s much needed brewhouse expansion for that malty glass of festbier you’ve been missing.
We’ve noticed that in the years Oktoberfest hit shelves, it was one of the first in that seasonal style to sell out. New for 2016: the packaging and logo have been refreshed alongside so many in the Bell’s portfolio.
“Octoberfest is a brewery and a fan favorite, one that we get a lot of questions about,” -Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell.
Bell’s Oktoberfest is now available in 12 ounce bottles, in both 6 & 12 packs.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Latest Return: August, 2016