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 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
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
Bell’s Oarsman Ale is transitioning over to 12 ounce cans this month, leaving bottles behind.
The year-round tart wheat beer was introduced in 2010. Oarsman marks the 7th can released by the Michigan based brewery.
“Since this beer is so versatile, canning this beer made a lot of sense and will allow it to be enjoyed in a wider variety of locations. It’s perfect to enjoy outside, but this beer is ideal in any situation and perfect for a wide variety of tastes,” Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President, said.
Bell’s Oarsman Ale is available on draft, and 12oz can/6 packs in all 23 Bell’s states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Style: Berliner Weisse
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Release (Cans): March, 2016