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.
Images via Bell’s Brewery.
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
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
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 Black Note, the brewery’s bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, has made a 2016 return.
Beside’s Hopslam, Bell’s Black Note is one of the brewery’s most sought after beers. The beer blends the best parts of the brewery’s Expedition Stout, with the creamy flavor of Double Cream Stout, plus the added gift of bourbon barrel aging.
The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso and dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel.
Bell’s Black Note is available in 12 ounce bottles. The release is extremely limited. Be nice to your local Bell’s rep.
Image: Community Tap
Bell’s Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer will be the next canned offering from the Comstock, Michigan based brewery.
Inspired by a place that Larry Bell imagined in a dream, neither the beer, nor the waterfall existed outside his imagination. Michigan artist, Kathleen Kalinowski made the vision a reality the next day, and the beer was born.
The lager beer is reminiscent of a German pilsner, brewed with Simcoe hops.
The end result is a dry-hopped lager that possesses a crisp, dry bitterness you would expect from a German pilsner, but the use of highly aromatic Simcoe hops from the Pacific Northwest, evoke the fragrant pine forests that inspired this beer.
Bell’s Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer will be available in 12 ounce cans (6 packs) starting in late June, 2016. Above, the image of the canned waiting to be filled at the Michigan brewery on June 7th.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Release: June, 2016
Image via Bell’s Brewery
Bell’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout