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Bells Kicks Off New Series Based on Holst’s “The Planets” [UPDATED]

English composer Gustav Holst is best known for his orchestral suite “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.)

Bell’s Brewery is a fan of Holst too, kicking off a new series dedicated to each piece. Mercury being the last composed, but appears fourth in the composition.

This is one of a seven part series inspired by Gustav Holst’s musical composition, “The Planets.” Strap in and embark on a flavor tour of our solar system – in the order of Holst’s piece, Mars To Neptune.

Bell’s Mercury The Winged Messenger Belgian-Style Ale will be available in 12oz bottles.

Style: Belgian-Style Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Arrival: TBA

4.8% ABV

Update 6/6:  6 packs and draft will ship to all of Bell’s states starting in August with  Mercury The Winged Messenger Belgian-Style Ale. The final release will drop in July, 2015. The rundown is as follows:

“Mars, The Bringer of War” – Double IPA (August, 2014)

“Venus, The Bringer of Peace” – A Blonde Ale brewed with honey, apricot, vanilla and cardamom (ETA October, 2014)

“Mercury, The Winged Messenger” – A Belgian Single (ETA December, 2014)

“Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity” – A malt forward Brown Ale (ETA February, 2015)

“Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age” – A Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine (ETA April, 2015)

“Uranus, The Magician” – Black Double IPA (ETA June, 2015)

“Neptune, The Mystic” – A beer inspired by Dr. Bell’s Medicinal Stout, one of Larry Bell’s homebrews that also helped inspire Eccentric Ale. (July, 2015)


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