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Q&A: Hopslam 2013 release info and availability at the Eccentric Cafe
Below are a few answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about this year’s Hopslam release.
Q: Is there more Hopslam this year?
A: Yes, we were able to brew more this year, but availability will still vary from area to area.
Q: When/where will it be available?
A: Hopslam will start shipping to areas in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio the week of Jan. 7.
It will begin shipping to Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri and Arizona the week of Jan. 14.
It will then start shipping to Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Kentucky and Pennsylvania the week of Jan. 21.
Keep in mind, availability will also depend on delivery and trucking schedules, so please be patient with your local bars, restaurants and retailers.
Q: Will there be mini-kegs this year?
A: Unfortunately, no. We want to spread as much of this popular winter seasonal to as many of our fans as possible.
A: Friday, Jan. 4
Bell's beer event roundup: Burgers, the darkest day of the year, This one goes to 11 and more
Below is a look at our events this week in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.
Bell's Sampling: Dublin Square Irish Pub in La Crosse from 6-9 p.m. - Two Hearted, Amber, Best Brown and Winter White
Bell's Tasting: Ale Jail in St. Paul from 5-7 p.m. - fall/winter seasonals plus some specialty stouts and more
Bell's & Burgers Beer Dinner & Tap Takeover: The Buck Burgers & Brew in Saint Joseph at 5 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Kal-Haven Ale, our Jazz Series, Roundhouse IRA, Rye Stout, Debs' Red, Midwestern Pale Ale, Two Hearted, Winter White, Christmas Ale, an a la carte beer dinner and Bell's swag!
Hop Head Heaven: Hermann's Ole Town Grille in Plymouth at 6 p.m. - Hopsoulution DIPA, The Oracle DIPA, Two Hearted, This one goes to 11 Ale and Christmas Ale (for the non hop heads)
The Darkest Day of the Year: The Beer Exchange in Kalamazoo - Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Black Note, Rye Stout, Sweet Potato Stout, Java Stout, Expedition Stout, Kalamazoo Stout and Porter
Bell's Tasting: Bottle & Keg in Roanoke from 5-7 p.m.
Bell’s Stout Night: Corner Wine Bar in Indianapolis at 5 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Rye Stout, Java Stout, Double Cream Stout, Two Hearted and more
Beer Tasting: Plymouth Party Pack in Plymouth from 5-7 p.m.
Beer Tasting: Blarney Stone Wine & Spirits in South Bend from 5-7 p.m.
Bell's Night: Village Tap in Chicago at 5 p.m. - This One Goes to 11 Ale, Expedition Stout, 2011 Cherry Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Rye Stout, Winter White and Two Hearted
Looking ahead to 2013
Join us for beer dinners in Owosso and Grand Rapids, Michigan – plus, Hopslam’s return in January.
Photos: Brewing Eccentric Ale with Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eccentric Day 2012
We were joined by a very special guest in our Kalamazoo brewhouse on Eccentric Day Eve.
Jamie Floyd, owner and founding brewer of Ninkasi Brewing Co. in Eugene, Oregon, stopped by to help brew next year’s batch of Eccentric Ale.
Traditionally, our guest brewers bring an ingredient or two to contribute to the recipe and Jamie did not disappoint. He brought honey and a combination of pureed squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes - ingredients all local to the Eugene area - along with him.
That batch of Eccentric Ale, which will be released in December 2013, was also brewed with ginger, Michigan maple syrup and a variety of spices.
Below are a few more photos from our brew with Jamie.
Also, If you haven’t already, be sure to take a look at our post about how this year’s eccentric menu came together as well.
A huge thank you to Jamie for everything - cheers!