New Bell’s seasonal, Smitten Golden Rye Ale, debuts in February
With a new year comes to a new addition to the Bell’s seasonal spring lineup.
In early February, Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale will be released on draft and in six-packs - just in time to help transition into warmer days.
Coming in at 6% ABV, Smitten pours a hazy gold appearance.
“This is the perfect beer to help brighten those gray winter days and help warm your heart,” said Laura Bell, Marketing Director for Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Drawn from one of Larry Bell’s oldest recipes, Smitten began as part of a series of rye beers at the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo, where a variety of new and old favorites are still brewed right next door at Bell’s original location.
That series also included Black Rye, Rye Stout and Kal-Haven Ale.
A combination of sharp citrus and resinous flavors from the Pacific Northwest hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt yield an interesting and refreshing take on the American Pale Ale.
Formerly called Golden Rye Ale, Smitten is the first new regular bottle release since Oarsman Ale debuted as a year round offering in 2010.
For more information on where to find Smitten as well as other Bell’s beers, please visit the Bell’s Beer Finder online or contact your local retailer.
Complete list: Bell's events for Kalamazoo Beer Week 2013
This year’s Kalamazoo Beer Week is shaping up to be another one for the record books with more than 80 events as of this posting.
We have 12 planned at various locations in downtown Kalamazoo, not to mention our regularly scheduled tours at both of our breweries.
There is even one additional event – a special vintage tasting on Jan. 19 (because we just couldn't fit everything we wanted to do in just one week). Take a look below for details and keep an eye on our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) for updates as well.
Bell’s Snow Jog Adventure Race and Challenge
Teams of two will compete to finish our downtown race course with stops and challenges at University Roadhouse, Up & Under, Harvey's, Shakespeare's Pub, The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, The Union and Green Top. Those who complete more than half of the challenges will receive a special commemorative prize. Those who complete all of them will be entered into a grand prize drawing as well. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eccentric Cafe. Awards and prizes will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Please keep in mind you must be present to win. Cookies and fruit will also be available for post race fuel.
Bring canned food or other nonperishable items to donate as a portion of the proceeds from the event (along with donated items) will go to a local charity.
Cost: $25 per team
Sunday Beer Brunch
Join us for brunch in The Back Room at the Cafe from noon to 3 p.m. We'll have a variety of foods to choose from (menu to come) along with black velvets (stout + champagne), bloody beer, mimosas, sangria, Java Stout, Oatmeal Stout and Sweet Potato Stout. Pajamas are encouraged. Members of Who Hit John? will also perform.
Cost: $15 per person
Beer Trivia Night
In honor of the third annual Kalamazoo Beer Week, all questions at this week's Trivia Night, from 6-8 p.m., will be beer related.
Cost: Admission, as always, is free.
Homebrew Demo with the Bell's General Store
Our General Store staff will walk you through the steps to brew your first batch of beer from 6-8 p.m. at Food Dance. Specialty beers will include Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Hopslam and Roundhouse. There will also be discounts for participants at the General Store, Bell's swag and raffle prizes. Reserve your spot online or call 269-382-1888 for more information.
Cost: $38 per person, which includes beer samples and appetizers.
Zazio's Chef's Table & Post Dinner Black Note Tasting
We are teaming up with the talented folks at Zazio's and Mattawan Artisan Creamery for this multi-course dinner. Our very own Laura Bell will be at the bar afterward for post dinner Black Note (this portion is open to everyone). Contact Zazio's for reservations or go here for the menu.
Happy hour (for the dinner) is at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m.
Brewer's Happy Hour & Brew and View
This is a rare opportunity to meet the people who make Bell’s beer in The Back Room at the Cafe from 5 to 7 p.m. for some informal beer discussion. Snacks will be provided and be sure to stick around afterward for a special beer themed Brew & View (free admission).
Bring your questions and your friends - all skill levels welcome from 6-9 p.m. at the Café.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer, Smoked Meats and Cheese Tasting
Along with various smoked meats and cheeses, the Café will be serving up bourbon barrel aged versions of Cherry Stout, Batch 9,000, Kalamazoo Stout (also a firkin) and Expedition Stout from 5-9 p.m. Black Note will also be on tap. Order a flight and get a sidecar of Lager of the Lakes as well.
Minute To Win It Party
Join us for our "Beat the Brewer" edition - 4 rounds of challenges at Shakespeare’s Pub beginning at 7 p.m. Raspberry Ale, Two Hearted, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Amber Ale and Winter White will be on tap.
Jazz Series Tasting with special musical guests Big Organ Trio
Big Organ Trio and our Jazz Series - Le Pianiste, Le Contrabassiste and Le Batteur - will come together for a perfect pairing of great beer and live jazz music starting at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover for the music.
Bell's Beer Dinner
Join us for our second annual Kalamazoo Beer Week dinner at The Park Club hosted by Larry Bell. It will feature the area’s only tapping of 2011 Cherry Stout among others. Reservations are required. Happy hour is at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Take a look at the menu.
Vintage Beer Tasting
Yes, we know Kalamazoo Beer Week officially ended on Jan. 18, but we are taking things to 11 with a special vintage beer festival and bottle release from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A silent auction to benefit Fair Food Matters will include vintage Bell's gear and beer.
Cost: $10 admission includes 4 drink tickets and a commemorative tasting glass. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each with most samples ranging in price from $1 to $2 (each sample is two to three ounces). Bottles will be priced accordingly.
- 2007 Cherry Stout - Batch 8201
- 2010 Expedition Stout - Batch 9931
- 2007 Third Coast Old Ale - Batch 8211
- 2008 Eccentric Ale
- Batch 7000 (2005)
- 2011 Black Note
Note: These beers will be available on their own or part of a sampler.
- 2008 Eccentric Ale
- 2003 Eccentric Ale
- 2004 Eccentric Ale
- 2005 Eccentric Ale
- 2001 Eccentric Ale
- 1999 Eccentric Ale
- Third Coast Old Ale - Batch 8723 (2008)
- Third Coast Old Ale - Batch 8863 (2008)
- Third Coast Old Ale - Batch 8943 (2009)
- Expedition Stout - Batch 8183 (2007)
- Expedition Stout - Batch 8728 (2008)
- Expedition Stout - Batch 8944 (2009)
- Cherry Stout - Batch 8730 (2008)
- Cherry Stout - Batch 8957 (2009)
- Cherry Stout - Batch 9434 (2009)
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