2013 Michigan Winter Beer Festival tap list, pre-festival event details here

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

FestFlags.jpgWe’ll have 20 different beers on tap at this year’s Michigan Winter Beer Festival in Comstock Park including Black Note, Raspberry Wild One, Debs’ Red, Hopslam, our entire Jazz Series, This one goes to 11 and more.

And if you weren't able to get a ticket, don’t worry because we have three pre-parties planned at Derby Station and The Meanwhile, not to mention this year’s Jammie awards, which we are co-sponsoring at The Intersection.

Expedition Stout and Smitten will also be featured at The B.O.B. as part of their Beer City Craft Beer Dinner on Feb. 21.

Tap lists and other details are below. We’ll see you in Grand Rapids Feb. 21-24!

Feb. 21

Pre-Winter Michigan Beer Festival Party

Where: Derby Station

On tap: Black Note, Roundhouse IRA, Best Brown, Oarsman and Sweet Potato Stout plus a firkin of Hopslam

Feb. 22

WYCE Jammies XIV

Where/when: The Intersection at 5:30 p.m.

Details: Bring a non perishable food item or gently used clothing donation. Admission is free for this all ages show. We'll have This one goes to 11, Hell Hath No Fury, Black Note, Best Brown, Two Hearted and Hopslam on tap.

Pre-Winter Michigan Beer Festival Tap Takeover

Where/when: The Meanwhile starting at 4 p.m.

On tap: Kal-Haven Ale, Smoked Vienna Lager, Raspberry Ale, This one goes to 11, Hell Hath No Fury, Black Note, Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Debs' Red, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Amber Ale, Midwestern Pale Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Two Hearted, Hopslam and Lager of the Lakes

Feb. 23

2013 Michigan Winter Beer Festival

Where: Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park (sold out)

The tap list:

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 (2 p.m.)
  • Kal-Haven Ale
  • Raspberry Ale
  • This one goes to 11 Ale
  • Hell Hath No Fury ... Ale
  • Black Note (noon and 4 p.m.)
  • Third Coast Old Ale
  • Debs' Red
  • Le Pianiste
  • Le Batteur
  • Batch 9,000
  • Le Contrebassiste
  • Two Hearted
  • Quinannan Falls Special Lager
  • Raspberry Wild One (1 p.m.)
  • Hopslam
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout (3 p.m.)
  • Harry Magill's Spiced Stout
  • Sweet Potato Stout
  • Red Nose ESB

Bell's beer event roundup: Tap takeovers, Hopslam tappings, Ashley's 30th Anniversary and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

SamsQuik_Winterfest.jpgBelow is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.


Through Feb. 3

“I Love Beer Mini Tour:” Old Chicago in Portage - Hopslam, Two Hearted and Captain Spontaneous on draft. Bottle options are also available.

Jan. 30

Tap Takeover: Twisted Rooster in Chesterfield at 7 p.m. - Hopslam, Winter White, Two Hearted, Rednose ESB, Sparkling Ale and Harry Magill's Spiced Stout

Jan. 31

Tap Takeover: Little Joe's in Grand Blanc at 6 p.m. - Two Hearted, Winter White, Smitten, Hopslam, Sparkling Ale, This one goes to 11, Captain Spontaneous, Best Brown, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Midwestern Pale Ale and Lager of the Lakes

Feb. 1

Smitten at The Mitten Release Party: Ludington at 5 p.m.

Ashley's 30th Anniversary Release: Ashley's Ann Arbor at 3 p.m.  – Join us for the celebratory tapping of our special beer brewed to commemorate this very special occasion.


Jan. 28

Hopslam Firkin Tapping: Flying Saucer in Kansas City at 7 p.m.

Jan. 29

Bell's Beer Dinner: Sycamore in Columbia – Call 573-874-8090 for more information.

Jan. 30

Hopslam Firkin Tapping: iTap Soulard in St. Louis at 6 p.m.


Jan. 28

Hopslam Tapping: The Muddy Pig in St. Paul at 6 p.m.

Hopslam Tapping: Bulldog Lowerton in St. Paul at 4 p.m.

Hopslam Tapping: Blue Door Pub in St. Paul (tapped at 11 a.m.)

Hopslam Pub Crawl Stop #1: DB Searle's in St. Cloud at 5 p.m. - This event is part of a progressive pub crawl over three nights, Jan. 28-30. Visit all three locations (which also includes Boulder Tap House and Old Capitol Tavern - see below). Get your card punched when you purchase a Hopslam. Turn in the card at Old Capitol Tavern on Jan. 30 for a chance to win a prize or better yet, the grand prize. Drawing will be held at 8 p.m. and you must be present to win.

Hopslam Tapping: 3 Squares in Maple Grove at 6 p.m.

Hopslam Tapping: Bulldog Downtown in Minneapolis at 4 p.m.

Jan. 29

Hopslam Pub Crawl Stop #2: Boulder Tap House in St. Cloud at 5 p.m. - don't forget to get your card stamped (see above, below)

Tappin' Tuesday: The Butcher & The Boar in Minneapolis at 6 p.m. - Hopslam, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout

Jan. 30

Hopslam Pub Crawl Stop #3 (final night): Old Capitol Tavern in Sauk Rapids from 5-8 p.m.  - Te final night of our progressive pub crawl which started Jan. 28.  Don't forget to turn in your completed card for a chance to win. Drawing will be held at 8 p.m. and you must be present. We'll also be featuring Black Note, Third Coast Old Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 and Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout.

Jan. 31

Bell's IPA Night: Ginger Hop in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. - Two Hearted, Roundhouse and Hosplam

Feb. 1

"Inundated"....A Night of 21 Bell's Beers: Patrick's in St. Peter at 6 p.m. - Two Hearted, Rye Stout, Debs' Red, Smitten, our entire Jazz Series, Smoked Vienna Lager, Black Note, Sparkling Ale, Roundhouse, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, BBA Cherry Stout, Harry Magill's Spiced Stout, 2011 Cherry Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Raspberry Ale, Wedding Ale, Expedition Stout, Third Coast Old Ale, and Hopslam

Hopslam Cask Tapping: Bulldog NE in Minneapolis at 5 p.m.

Feb. 2

Best Brown Cask Tapping: JL Beers Moorehead at noon


Jan. 29

PGH Brewmasters: Bado's Pizza Grill & Ale House in Mt. Lebanon at 7 p.m. - Best Brown Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Two Hearted Ale and Winter White Ale. More details here.

Jan. 31

Bell's Beer Dinner: BZ's Bar & Grill in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. - Hopslam, Amber Ale, Oarsman, Special Double Cream Stout and Smitten. Go here for more information.


Jan. 29

Hopslam Firkin Tapping: Tribes Alehouse in Mokena

Jan. 31

Hopslam Firkin Tapping: Global Brew Tap House & Lounge in O'Fallon

Feb. 1

Hopslam Firkin Tapping: SmallBar - Logan Square in Chicago at 7 p.m. – Smitten, Hopslam (draught) and Two Hearted will also be on tap.


Jan. 31

Bell's Tasting: The Woods in Orlando starting at 6 p.m. - limited release beers including two bourbon barrel aged favorites

North Carolina

Feb. 1

Winterfest: Sam's Quick Shop in Durham at 4:30 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, This one goes to 11, Harry Magill's Spiced Stout, Roundhouse, Java Stout and 2011 Cherry Stout (see image)


Feb. 2

Bell's Beer Dinner: The Rooster's Beak in Augusta – Call 706-364-2260 for more information.


Jan. 31

Hopslam Tappings: Cock and Bull Public House in Glendale and Cincinnati at 5 p.m. - keep the Bell's snifter afterward


Jan. 31

Hopslam Tapping: Cock and Bull Public House in Convington at 5 p.m. - keep the Bell's snifter afterward


Feb. 1

Two Hearted Firkin Tapping: Deer Park Pub in Fort Wayne at 6 p.m. - Smitten will also be on tap.

Looking ahead

Join us for 33 beers on tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, a tap takeover in Bedford Heights, Ohio, Hopslam cask tappings and more. Check out our full calendar here.

Manden Med Leen will be the next Bell’s homebrew competition winner to be tapped at the Eccentric Cafe

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

IMG_8666.jpgKALAMAZOO – The winner of Bell’s Third Annual Homebrew Competition will be tapped at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

Nick Rodammer’s, Manden Med Leen (Danish for grim reaper), is a black IPA brewed with Belgian yeast, barley from the Bell’s Farm in Shepherd, Michigan and a blend of other U.S. and European malts.

It was dry hopped three separate times with Amarillo, Galaxy and Zeus hops. These same hops were also used in the kettle along with Michigan grown Chinook hops.

The first things people should notice is a lot of hop aroma and flavor, Rodammer said.

The beer has a rich tropical fruit aroma with a subtle dark malt character and an ABV of 6.95%.

“I wanted to brew something a little outside the box for this competition,” Rodammer said.

After putting together a few different ideas he settled on merging three IPA styles - Black, Rye and Belgian.

“I wanted it to be black in color but not roasty, for the rye and Belgian character to really be background notes and I wanted to make sure there was a good malt backbone to it as well,” he said.

“With so much going on I didn't want to overshadow the hops, but I think it really melded together quite well.”

The Grand Rapids resident has been homebrewing for about a year. His first two batches were pre-packaged kits. He went all grain after those and has designed all of his recipes since then. 

“I hope this shows that you don't have to have been homebrewing for years to make good beer.  Anyone who is passionate about brewing and takes the time to learn about the art and science of the craft can apply what they learn and brew beer they are proud to share with others,” Rodammer said.

For more about the Third Annual Bell's Homebrew Competition, go here.

CAPTION: Nick Rodammer helps brew his winning recipe at Bell's original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo.

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