Bell’s Hopslam returns again for 2019 starting today. Below are all the details you’ll need to get your annual hoppy fix.
Starting in 2016, the Comstock, Michigan based brewery started shipping Hopslam in cans for the first time, and dropping Hopslam bottles from the lineup.
This year, the 1.32-gallon mini-kegs, aka the “hangover maker” will also hit shelves in limited quantities.
Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey, easily ranking among one of the brewery’s most popular releases. The Double IPA will start shipping in waves beginning the first week of January to their home state of Michigan, then to the rest of their distribution area.
January 2nd: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe.
Hopslam cans will start shipping on Jan. 3: Counties in lower Michigan: Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Shiawassee, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.
Week of Jan. 7: Remaining counties in Michigan (including the U.P.), Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusettes, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraksa, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee (Roanne, Scott, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Coche, Sevier, Blount, Loudon, Shelby, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, Trousdale, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Bledsoe, Rhea, Seqatchie and Hamilton counties), Vermont and Wisconsin
Week of Jan. 14: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Deleware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee (remaining counties), Texas, Virginia, West Virginia,
Bell’s Hopslam is a 12-ounce can, mini-keg, and draft limited release.
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Bell’s Tessie’s Golden Ale will debut in the brewery’s Eccentric Cafe in late-October.
The golden ale is being brewed on Bell’s new pilot system and bottled on a new specialty packaging line. The artwork features brewery founder Larry Bell’s dog Tessie wearing an Oberon collar.
Look for it in 12-ounce bottles and draft in the Cafe before Halloween.
Style: Golden Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late October 2018
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