Hopslam 2015: Shipping dates, events and other answers

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

HopslamBottlingLine2015.jpgJanuary may be cold, but we have something to help warm you up on the inside - HOPSLAM!

Below are a few answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about our limited double IPA.

Q: Is there more this year?

A: We try to brew more every year, although it will still be limited.

Q: When/where will Hopslam be available?

A: As with all of our beers, that too will also depend on when our distributors from each area are able to pick it up at our brewery, then deliver it to its final destination. Hopslam will make its way to all states we currently distribute to including southern California (but only in Imperial and San Diego counties this year).

Here is how shipping schedules breakdown by state (please note, this is when shipping begins).

Week of Jan. 12: Michigan and Missouri

Week of Jan. 19: Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and California

Week of Jan. 26: Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Puerto Rico and Arizona

Week of Feb. 2: Minnesota, North Dakota and Indiana

Other ways to get this year’s Hopslam -  

• Check our website’s Event Calendar for Hopslam events (we will be adding them as details are finalized).

• Our Beer Finder: Please keep in mind, the beer will have to travel first to our distributors and then make its way to bars, restaurants and retailers. Please be patient when checking with your local establishment and remember to call ahead before heading out the door.

Q: When will it be available at the Eccentric Café/Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo?

A: You can keep an eye on our Draft Cam as well as the Café’s Facebook page.

Q: Will there be Hopslam mini-kegs?

A: Sorry, no mini-kegs this year.  

Q: Can I buy a keg for my home bar/kegerator?

A: (Again) Sorry, no. As in past years, all kegs are reserved for bars and restaurants. We want to be able to spread as much of this beer to as many people as possible.

Q: Can I save or cellar this beer for later/when a friend from out of town visits/other special occasion?

A: There are some beers that we brew that are meant to be cellared, Expedition Stout and Third Coast Old Ale for instance. Hopslam is not one of those.

Hopslam is meant to be enjoyed as fresh as possible. Please drink it.

Kalamazoo Beer Week 2015: Special tours, event details, live music

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Kzoo_Beer_Week_2015_Poster.jpgThe fifth annual Kalamazoo Beer Week will be held on Jan. 10 – 17.

Per tradition, we will be kicking off the week-long celebration with our annual Snow Jog Adventure (Leisure) Race & Challenge, now in its third year.

Details are below for events at the Eccentric Café and elsewhere in Kalamazoo along with special brewery tours and live music.  Most events are free to attend. Stop back here for updates or keep in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+.


Jan. 10

SOLD OUT - 3rd Annual Bell’s Snow Jog Adventure (Leisure) Race and Challenge – Teams of two will make their way around downtown Kalamazoo in a leisurely, 3 ½ hour “race” with 9 stops in all, including a water station. Complete challenges at 6 of the stops to get our prize. Complete all 9 to be entered into the grand prize drawing.

NEW THIS YEAR: Early packet pick-up for Snow Jog will be at Up & Under on Jan. 9 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Of course, you can also pick it up the day of the race beginning at 10 a.m.

Space is limited.

For more details or to register, go here.

Jan. 11

Beer Brunch returns to the Café from noon until 3 p.m. (or until we run out of food). $15 covers all you can eat while enjoying live music from Kalamazoo’s Who Hit John?.

Later that night, we'll be at the Alamo Drafthouse for a 3-course beer dinner featuring hop brownies, Hawaiian pizza and coconut shrimp with pina colada sauce paired with a screening of Pineapple Express. Reserve your seat(s) here.

Jan. 12

Pinball & Pints – Beat the Brewer Edition starts at 6 p.m. at the Café. Pinball not your thing? We’ll have plenty more to do as well. No cover.

You can also join us at Salut for a free beer tasting from 5-7 p.m.

Jan. 13

Meat, Cheese and Rare Beer Pairingat the Eccentric Cafe – all items will be priced to order.

Beer list: 2013 Cherry Stout, Mallard's Odyssey, Mocha Porter, Morning Mary Ale, Toasted Coconut Espresso Third Coast Old Ale, and Traverse City Cherry Third Coast Old Ale

We will also be at Mega-Bev for a tasting from 4-6 p.m. (free).

Jan. 14

Our 2nd Annual Jortslam featuring Live Band Karaoke will begin at 8 p.m. Jorts are not required, but strongly encouraged. And just in case, there will be a jort-making station for your convenience. No cover.

Plan ahead - check out their song selection.

At Zazios, we’ll be hosting a 3-course beer dinner featuring Kalamazoo IPA, Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout and Kal-Haven Rye Ale at the Chef’s Table with host Andy Farrell, our Brewing Manager. Along with dinner, we’ll also be brewing a batch of beer.

At The Union, we’ll be hosting a tap event featuring 12 different beers from 7-9 p.m. Live jazz starts at 8 p.m. No cover.

Jan. 15

Two tastings – one at Bacchus from 5 until 7 p.m. and another at Drake Party Store from 6 until 8 p.m. Both are free.

Jan. 16

Join us for a Bell’s Beer Dinner at The Park Club. Cost is $50 and reservations can be made by calling 269-381-0876. Menu can be found here.

Jan. 17

Spend the afternoon crafting with Happy Hour Art (sign-up here), a button making station, screen printing with Too Koi Designs and more from noon until 3 p.m. at the Eccentric Café. There is a fee for Happy Hour Art, but other craft options are free.

Later that night, we’ll close out Kalamazoo Beer Week with a Tappening featuring 12 different beers at Old Burdick’s downtown from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m.

Brewery tours

We are excited to offer a few additional opportunities to tour our original brewery as well as our Comstock Brewery during Kalamazoo Beer Week. As always, our tours are free.

Join us at the Café and see where Larry Bell got his start and where we now currently brew experimental as well as small, specialty batches.

Meet in the atrium at the time listed below, but please let us know if you are coming, so we can plan accordingly.

• Monday, January 12th at 5 p.m. [FULL]

• Wednesday, January 14th at 5 p.m. [Register]

• Friday, January 16th at 5:30 p.m. [Register]

They are back: Normal downtown tour hours will also be offered on weekends beginning Jan. 10.

Saturdays: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Sundays: 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Our From Grain to Glass Tour at our Comstock Brewery will offer an in-depth look at all of the ingredients and processes involved in crafting our Inspired Beers. Both tours will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Please meet our tour guide at the main entrance.

• Monday, January 12th [Register]

• Friday, January 16th [Register]

If neither of these times work, normal tour hours are held on Saturdays at noon and 4 p.m. every weekend.

Live music

Plenty of options: That 1 Guy, Cloud Nothings, Rusted Root and Generationals will be here during Kalamazoo Beer Week! More details can be found here. You can also buy tickets for all shows here.

Bell’s issues automatic, voluntary recall for bottles of Mercury purchased in specific Michigan counties


Today, we are issuing an automatic, voluntary recall on specific bottles of Mercury: The Winged Messenger which may contain a slight glass defect on the outside lip that could result in small pieces to become dislodged from the bottle.

This recall only applies to bottles purchased in specific counties in Michigan (listed below), not the entire packaging run. It does not affect purchases made in any other state or those purchased at the Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo.

This recall was initiated after a customer contacted Bell’s directly about an issue when removing the crown. No one was injured. An internal investigative process was immediately initiated which traced this potential defect to a single pallet of glass bottles received by Bell’s.

Bell’s does not manufacture its bottles and has been working with its supplier to further protect the safety of its customers.

“We have zero tolerance for any glass defects and while the chances are small that this could come up again, we are doing everything we can to address this situation and making sure all bottles are immediately pulled from store shelves and distributor warehouses,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

If anyone has purchased Mercury in the counties listed below and still has unopened bottles, they should not drink the beer.

Customers should also not attempt to return the beer to the store it was purchased at.

Those in possession of these Mercury bottles should contact us via this form.

Customers in the Kalamazoo area can also return it to the Bell’s General Store for an exchange, based on availability.

“We will do everything in our power to try and make this right. Quality is first and foremost in all areas. We will work to ensure this does not happen again,” Bell said.

Anyone who has consumed beer from an affected bottle and becomes ill, or shows signs of complications, should see a physician immediately.

Michigan counties:












Grand Traverse



























St. Joseph

Van Buren




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