Bell's beer event roundup: Beers we are thankful for, tastings, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 and more
Below is a look at Bell’s beer events this week in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and Kentucky.
Specialty Beer Night/Tap Takeover: Beer Bistro in Chicago
Stout Blowout Night: Small Bar in Chicago – enjoy a rare taping of 2011 Cherry Stout
Specialty Night: Jerry's Sandwich's in Chicago
Bell's Night: The Aristocrat in Indianapolis - multiple taps including The Oracle, Wedding Ale, Le Batteur and more
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer Tappings: Buster's on 28th in Minneapolis at 11 a.m. - Black Note, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Batch 9,000 and Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout
Burnt: Republic in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. - 11 different beers including Java Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Double Cream Stout, Expedition Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Rye Stout, Harry Magill's Spiced Stout, Black Note, Hell Hath No Fury and Oatmeal Stout
Beer Tasting: Harding's on West Main St. in Kalamazoo from 4-6 p.m.
Ugly Sweater Contest & Great Beer: Fuel Woodfire Grill in Port Huron at 6 p.m. – prizes for the ugliest sweater, great food, Christmas Ale, Hell Hath No Fury, This one goes to 11 and more
Beers We're Thankful For: Ashley's in Westland starting at 2 p.m. (staggered tappings) - Two Hearted, Winter White, Best Brown, Third Coast Beer, Midwestern Pale Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Double Cream Stout, Hopsoulution, Hell Hath No Fury, Sparkling Ale, Vienna Smoked Lager, Christmas Ale, Le Pianiste, Oatmeal Stout, Golden Rye, This One Goes to 11, Kal-Haven Ale, 2011 Cherry Stout, Black Note and bottles of Java Stout and Expedition Stout, plus beer infused cuisine
Beer Tasting: Harding's on Centre St in Portage from 4-6 p.m.
Holiday Tasting: Whole Foods South Park in Charlotte at 5 p.m. - Best Brown Ale, Christmas Ale and Winter White Ale
This one goes to 11 Tapping: The Walrus in Bismarck at 5 p.m.
Black Note Tapping: Moelein Lager House in Cincinnati at noon.
This one goes to 11 Tapping: Nach Bar in Louisville at 11 p.m.
Black Friday Black Out: Nach bar in Louisville - Expedition Stout will be on tap all day. Black Note will be tapped at 8 p.m.
Join us for holiday parties, tap takeovers, beer dinners and more. Take a look at our full calendar here.
Winners of Bell’s 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition announced
One hundred and twenty six entries were submitted for the 3rd Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition and Nick Rodammer, pictured at right, took first prize with his Belgian black IPA.
All of the winners were announced during All Stouts Day on Nov. 4 at the Eccentric Café.
Rodammer will get to brew his recipe with Specialty Brewer Zeke Bogan at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo to then go on tap at the Café.
This is the same brewery where many of our smaller batches are brewed including The Wild One, the Jazz Series, Roundhouse IRA, Kal-Haven Ale, Harvest Ale, a number of specialty stouts and more.
Overall, judges were very impressed with the caliber of entries this year, noting lots of experimentation and a lot of hops.
There was also a good presence of beers made with wild yeast and bacteria, said David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Manager and coordinator for the competition.
Look for details for the 4th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition to come in 2013.
Cheers and congratulations to all!
1st place: Nick Rodammer, Belgian black IPA
2nd place: Jay VonBuskirk, hoppy beer brewed with mango
3rd place: Adam and Britani Wisniewski, brown ale brewed with smoked malt
Sam Mirto, coffee porter
Jerry Pardeik, citrusy IPA
Richard Dueweke, weissbier
Matt Holley, black IPA
Brad Wyant, coconut cream stout
Chris Carr, a beer fermented with lactobacillus and aged on oak and brettanomyces
Alex Mantakounis, chocolate peanut butter cup porter
Scott Fitzsimmons, citrusy pale ale
Sam Bailey and Kyle Smith, tropical IPA
2012 Great American Beer Festival: 5 Bell's beers will be available including Kal-Haven Ale, Roundhouse
If you are going to be at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, be sure to stop by the Bell’s table and say hello.
This year, we’ll be pouring …
Roundhouse IRA: Distinctly hop-forward, Roundhouse IRA possesses substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions & dry-hopping, yielding a heady blend of fruit-like aromas such as pineapple, peach, and the citrus family. These notes continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted & caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate. Rather, the malt body lends a slight caramel undertone to the beer, creating a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together.
Kal-Haven Ale: Combining malted & unmalted rye with a blend of kilned barley malts, Kal-Haven Ale brings a rich, earthy malt body to the glass. The use of Brettanomyces yeast in fermentation lends a degree of depth to the flavors, while pine & citrus notes from a blend of Pacific Northwest hops keep it from becoming heavy.
Smoked Vienna Lager: A balanced addition of smoked malts results in a subtle, smoky aroma that defines our Smoked Vienna Lager. Vienna & Munich malts lend toasty notes, while the presence of a blend of European hops complement the whole with a crisp bitterness and slightly drying finish.
Two Hearted Ale: Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of our house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.
Porter: One of our many award-winning beers, Porter emphasizes the darker, roasted aspects of malt. Hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee provide the focus, while hops remain in the background. Not as full-bodied as a stout, Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and our more heavily roasted stouts.