The end of an era. Bell’s Brewing (Kalamazoo, MI) has been releasing the “Batch” series to commemorate their milestones over the brewing years. Here in 2010, Bell’s has announced a massive expansion, new beers, and the last of this series while looking toward the future. This Batch 10,000 is the final release in this commemorative series. Larry Bell – brewer and founder, wanted this beer to be a little extra special. 10,000 is an homage to his and every brewer’s homebrewing roots.
From Bell’s Blog:
The last in our Batch series is being packaged today and tomorrow. While we are excited to free up some brewing space for other creative projects, the end of the Batch series marks a major milestone for us, and is a little bittersweet being the end of an era. Batch 10,000 reflects our homebrewing roots and was inspired by the the last homebrew of the season. Our owner Larry Bell remembers going through his brewing supplies and making the last homebrew out of whatever malts and hops were left from his brewing months. With this being the motivation behind our last commemorative batch series beer, we combed through the catalogs of many malt and hop suppliers to source 100 different malts, grains, and other fermentables. This is balanced by the addition of 60 different hop varietals between the kettle and dry hopping. The resulting beer presents a deep, chocolate brown hue and offers roasted and caramel notes from the malts mixed with an assertive hop character. Feel free to drink it fresh, or vintage age it as you please.
We lift our glass in appreciation to Bell’s drinkers who have helped us reach this moment in our brewery’s history. Cheers to you!
Style: American Strong Ale
Hops: 60 varieties
Availability: 12oz bottles. One time final release
Taste Expectations: Lots to taste here. Dark fruits, smoke, caramel, roasty malts, chocolate, nutty, coffee. Citrus hops, floral hops, earthy hops…
Full Ingredient List –> http://atlantabeermaster.com/?p=4813
Cheers Bell’s Brewing! Looking forward to the future…
P.S. This beer is very limited, and hard to find. It started arriving in Atlanta today, & will hit your fav stores throughout the week.