Bell's beer event roundup: Kalamazoo Beer Week continues, Hopslam, sliders and more
Below is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, South Carolina and Florida.
Kalamazoo Beer Week: Zazio's Chef's Table with Mattawan Artisan Creamery in Kalamazoo at 5:30 p.m. (happy hour) at 6 p.m. (dinner). Take a look at the menu (vegetarian options are available).
Kalamazoo Beer Week: Brewer's Happy Hour & Brew and View at the Eccentric Cafe. 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).
Hopslam and Sliders: Green Dot Stables in Detroit from 5-9 p.m. Mix and match from an extensive menu.
“I Love Beer Mini Tour:” Old Chicago in Portage at 4 p.m. (this special will continue through Feb. 3) - Hopslam, Two Hearted and Captain Spontaneous on draft. Bottle options will also be available.
Kalamazoo Beer Week: Homebrew Demonstration at the Eccentric Cafe from 6-9 p.m. Bring your questions and your friends - all skill levels welcome.
Kalamazoo Beer Week: Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer, Smoked Meats and Cheese Tasting from 5-9 p.m. - Along with various smoked meats and cheeses, the Eccentric Café will be serving up bourbon barrel aged versions of Cherry Stout, Batch 9,000, Kalamazoo Stout (also a firkin) and Expedition Stout. Black Note will also be on tap. Order a flight and get a sidecar of Lager of the Lakes as well.
Kalamazoo Beer Week: Minute To Win It Party at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo at 7 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Raspberry Ale, Two Hearted, Amber and Winter White. Challenge the Bell’s team (and others) to four rounds of short challenges similar to the TV show “A Minute To Win It” and compete for prizes.
This Tap Takeover Goes to 11: Stardust in Saginaw at 6 p.m. - Black Note, Sparkling Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, This one goes to 11, Midwestern Pale Ale, Best Brown, Two Hearted, Porter, Captain Spontaneous, Kalamazoo Stout and Hopslam.
Hopslam Release Party: Shamrock Pub in Utica at 6 p.m. - Amber, Porter, Winter White and Two Hearted will also be on tap.
Kalamazoo Beer Week: Jazz Series Tasting with special musical guests Big Organ Trio at the Eccentric Cafe starting at 9:30 p.m. 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.
Kalamazoo Beer Week - 2nd Annual Bell's Beer Dinner hosted by Larry Bell: The Park Club in Kalamazoo at 6:30 p.m. (happy hour) and 7 p.m. (dinner). Take a look at the menu (vegetarian options are available). For reservations, please call 269-381-0876.
Tap Takeover: The Red Baron in Burton/Flint - Sweet Potato Stout, Sparkling Ale, Black Note, Hell Hath No Fury, Midwestern Pale Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Two Hearted, Captain Spontaneous, Kalamazoo Stout, Winter White, Lager of the Lakes and HOPSLAM.
4th Annual Beer & Boards: Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire at 3 p.m. - Winter White, Best Brown, Hopslam and Porter
Kalamazoo Beer Week: Vintage Bell's Beer Tasting at the Eccentric Cafe from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A silent auction for charity will include vintage Bell's gear and beer. $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.
Hopslam Tapping Party: Chumley's in Lafayette from 6-10 p.m. Two Hearted will also be on tap.
Hopslam Release Party (plus firkin): Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend at 5 p.m. - Rednose ESB, Harvest Ale, Roundhouse IRA, Two Hearted, Midwestern Pale Ale and Golden Rye will also be on tap
Hopslam Release Party: Tilted Kilt in Granger at 5 p.m.
Hopslam Firkin Tapping: Beer Geeks in Highland at 7 p.m.
Hopslam Tapping: The Comet in Cincinnati at 5 p.m.
Hopslam Tapping: Vintage Estates in Boardman at 7 p.m.
Barrel Aged Beer Festival: Jungle Jim's in Fairfield from 7-9 p.m. – Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout
Bell's Stout Night: Whistle Binkies in Rochester at 6 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Black Note and Harry Magill's Spiced Stout
Bell's Cask Ale Night: Patrick's in St. Peter at 6 p.m. – Two Hearted
The Biggest Little Beerfest: Barley's Tap Room in Greenville from 2-6 p.m.
Bell's Meet & Greet: The Little House in Boynton Beach starting at 6 p.m. Raffles and giveaways plus Amber, Best Brown, Oberon, Special Double Cream Stout and Two Hearted.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 Tapping: World of Beer - Tampa Palms at 7 p.m. - Amber, Oberon, and Two Hearted will also be on tap.
Bacon Night in Pittsburgh, a Hopslam firkin tapping in Kalamazoo, Stout Night in Fargo and more on our calendar for next week. Take a look at our full calendar here.
Bell's beer event roundup: Hopslam, stouts, Kalamazoo Beer Week and more
Below is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Ohio.
Hopslam Release Party: Ashley's Ann Arbor at 6 p.m. The author of the best toast will get to purchase the first pint of the year and have their words read aloud to start the season off right. To enter, email your best toast to Hopslam to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hail to the Hops: Fraser's Pub in Ann Arbor. Beginning at 5 p.m., we will tap Hopslam and a Two Hearted firkin. We will also feature some other heavy hop hitters: Hopsoulution, This one goes to 11, Captain Spontaneous and Two Hearted.
Hopslam Release Party: One Eyed Betty's in Ferndale at 6 p.m.
Hopslam Release Party: Karl's Cabin in Plymouth from 6-11 p.m. Special musical guest The Flutter & Wow will keep the party "hopping." Amber Ale, Two Hearted and Winter White will also be available. Reservations are recommended. Please call ahead -734-455-8450.
Bell's Black Party: Crunchy's in East Lansing at 6 p.m. Celebrate the dark side of beer with tappings of Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Smoked Vienna Lager, Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Harry Magill's Spiced Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Kal-Haven Ale and Hell Hath No Fury. Hopslam and Two Hearted will also be available.
Hopslam Tap Explosion: 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City at 5 p.m. Celebrate Hopslam's return with 2011 Third Coast Old Ale, 2012 Third Coast Old Ale, Captain Spontaneous, Java Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Sparkling Ale, Best Brown, Two Hearted, This one goes to 11, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout and Hell Hath No Fury.
Hopslam Release Party: Ashley's Westland at 6 p.m. The wheel of prizes will also be in attendance.
Bell's Tap Takeover: Olivera's Pizzeria in Ionia from 5 p.m. to close. We’re taking over all of the taps with 8 different Bell's beers including Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 & Cherry Stout plus Hopslam!
Hopslam Poetry Slam: The Tap Room in Ypsilanti at 5 p.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for your best Hopslam poems! On tap: Hopslam (of course), This one goes to 11, Best Brown and Captain Spontaneous.
Bell's Beer Class: Westside Liquor in Willmar from 6-7:30 p.m. Jason Gillum will talk about our brewery and brand history. He will also lead a sampling of a number of Bell's offerings and discuss style, history and how each made it into the Bell's portfolio.
Hopslam Release Party: The Ale Emporium in Indianapolis starting at 5 p.m. Christmas Ale, Two Hearted, Best Brown, Winter White, The Oracle and Captain Spontaneous will also be featured on draft in addition to bottles of This one goes to 11, Hell Hath No Fury and Kalamazoo Stout.
South Bend BrewFest: Century Center Great Hall from 1-5 p.m. Come and check out the Bell's table at this years festival! Tickets are $35 and include a commemorative glass, program and food coupon. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 and include a food coupon and unlimited soda/water. Tickets are available online.
Hopslam Kick-off: Tremont TapHouse in Cleveland at 3:30 p.m. Come early for brunch and stay for the Hopslam.
Kalamazoo Beer Week gets into full gear, more Hopslam, Stout Night in Minnesota and much more. Take a look at our full calendar here.
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.