Bell’s Sideyard Ale debuts this fall, a fresh-hopped New England style IPA.
This hazy new IPA uses fresh Chinook hops grown next to the Comstock, Michigan production brewery. The 16-ounce 4-pack of cans will feature different artwork depicting the brewery’s beloved Hop Yard.
Bell’s Sideyard Ale will be exclusively available in the brewery’s Eccentric Cafe location in downtown Kalamazoo.
Bell’s Larry’s Latest Fruit Fight will join the brewery founder’s namesake series in January.
It started with Larry’s Latest Sour Ale earlier this year. The brewery moved this kettle sour into the spot in the lineup previously held by Smitten Rye Ale. Now the series will host a new release in the coming new year – Bell’s Bell’s Larry’s Latest Fruit Fight, brewed with passionfruit, lime zest, and wheat. In the dead of winter, Bell himself bills this tropically themed release as a “staycation beer”:
This is a fun beer with a fun name. When it’s released, it’ll be nice little staycation of sorts, a break from the wintery blues January can bring.” – Larry Bell
Many of the beers in the “Larry’s Latest” series never leave the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. This Fruit Fight will be just the second beer to be distributed in the series. Expect it in 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans, and draft.
Bell’s Larry’s Latest Sour Ale is a brand new seasonal hitting shelves for the first time.
The base beer for this new release is a dry-hopped kettle soured ale, similar to Oarsman Ale, featuring bold hops like Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, and El Dorado. Various renditions of this beer have been found on tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in the past.
Larry’s Latest Sour Ale offers a refreshing citrus tartness combined with incredible tropical aromas.
This seasonal release will bump Smitten Golden Rye Ale from the late winter/early spring lineup for a while.
Bell’s Larry’s Latest Sour Ale will be available in 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans, and draft starting in February.
Style: Sour Ale
Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, El Dorado
Availability: 16oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2018
Bell’s Roundhouse IRA is back in the brewery’s canned lineup for the second time.
The India Red Ale debuted on draft in Kalamazoo in 2009 and quickly became a fan favorite. So much so, that Bell’s Roundhouse IRA was released as a 12-ounce can offering for the first time in 2016. The beer features Michigan honey and copious amounts of late addition kettle hops and dry hopping.
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 is back in all of Bell’s markets for a limited time in November 2017.
Latest Return: November 2017
Bell’s Christmas Ale is hitting shelves ahead of the 2017 holiday season with an updated recipe.
What sets this Christmas release by Bell’s Brewing apart, is that it is actually brewed without spices, which isn’t always easy to find in winter seasonals. For years this beer has been a standout on shelves among winter warmers and strong stouts.
For the 2017 season, Bell’s has updated the recipe, changing it into a traditional Scotch ale. The brewery describes this new recipe as having “rich and malty with notes of caramel and a warm finish.” The old recipe finished a little over 5% alcohol by volume. The new version is 7.5%.
This traditional Scotch Ale is rich and malty with notes of caramel and a warm finish. Certain to make any occasion festive, or at least a bit more bearable. Enjoy with the company of friends and family.
Bell’s Christmas Ale is available through the end of the year in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Scotch Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Winter Seasonal.
Release: November – December 2017
A new coffee heavy milk stout has is hitting shelves around the U.S. – Bell’s Arabicadabra.
The coffee puns abound in this new seasonal release. Bell’s Brewery chose Grand Rapids, Michigan based roaster Ferris Coffee for the beans. As far as the 2017 seasonal lineup is concerned, Bell’s Arabicadabra will stand in for the longstanding fan favorite, Java Stout.
Arabicadabra uses a cold coffee extract made on site at the brewery, using Nicaraguan and Sumatran coffee beans and a touch of the milk sugar.
Java Stout will always have a special place in our portfolio and isn’t being permanently retired. This year, we are changing things up a bit. Arabicadabra is a different take on a coffee stout and very similar to a local favorite that was released at our pub and at some events. It’s time to share it with an even larger audience.” – Laura Bell, CEO
Bell’s Arabicadabra is now available in 12-ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.
Bell’s Oktoberfest finally returned to bottles after a 5-year hiatus last fall. Thank the brewery’s much-needed brewhouse expansion for that malty glass of festbier you had been missing. The release streak is now two, was Oktoberfest hits shelves once again.
We’ve noticed that in the years Oktoberfest hit shelves, it was one of the first in that seasonal style to sell out. While you are splashing around in the pool, this beer has been lagering for six weeks, just waiting for fall.
With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn.
Bell’s Oktoberfest is now available in 12-ounce bottles, in both 6 & 12 packs and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Latest Return: August 2017
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