Bell's takes bronze medal at 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
10.14.2013

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A relatively new beer brought home a medal this past weekend from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Sparkleberry Ale - a blend of our Raspberry Ale (made with Michigan raspberries) and Sparkling Ale - was awarded a bronze medal in the fruit beer category.

The beer was introduced at this year's Kalamazoo Pride, of which Bell's was a presenting sponsor. It is a specialty beer and only available on draft.

Per the GABF website:

The Great American Beer Festival awards gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 75 beer-style categories but does not necessarily award medals to the top three finishers in a particular category.

When judges decide a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they award gold, silver and bronze medals for the first, second and third place beers, respectively.

This is the latest medal Bell's has been awarded at GABF. In 2011, a sixteen-year-old Expedition Stout was awarded a gold medal in the aged beer category.


Bell's beer event roundup: Great Taste of the Midwest, Beer 101-201 and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
08.06.2013

Below is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Michigan

Aug. 6

Oberon Happy Hour (with Bell's inspired cocktails): Bar Louie, Novi , 5-7 p.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted and Double Cream Stout will be on tap. As a special treat for the evening, Bell's beer infused cocktails will also be featured (Double Cream Chocolate Milk: Bell's Double Cream Stout, Kahlua, Rumchata and pure cane syrup; Keep Calm and Ober-on: Bell's Oberon, Grand Marnier, orange and lemon juice, pure cane syrup with cinnamon; Naranja Ardiente: Bell's Oberon, Fireball, Grand Marnier and pure cane syrup).

Aug. 8

Beer 101: Old Burdick's Downtown, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m.  - One of two beer workshops, this session will focus on Amber, Two Hearted, Lager of the Lakes and Midwestern Pale Ale.

Beer 201: Old Burdick's Downtown, Kalamazoo, 7:30 p.m. - This more advanced beer workshop will focus on Oarsman, Black Note and Sparkling Ale.  

Bell's Beer Dinner: Alexander J's Smokehouse, Flint, 6 p.m. - ON THE MENU: First Course: Summer Citrus Salad paired with Oberon; Second Course: Jumbo Shrimp & Baked Wings paired with Two Hearted; Third Course: 7 oz. Strip Steak, Baked Chicken and Green Beans paired with Amber Ale; Fourth Course: Dessert paired with a secret Bell's Beer. Limited seating. Tickets are on sale now.

Multi-Tap Event: Hatchy's Sports Bar and Grill, Utica, 6 p.m.  - Black Note, Roundhouse India Red Ale, Quinnanan Falls, Oberon, Two Hearted and Amber and a firkin of Two Hearted.

Aug. 10

Post Ore to Shore Tap Explosion: The Blue Lounge, Marquette, 8 p.m.  

Indiana

Aug. 8

Patio Party: La Margarita, Indianapolis, 7 p.m. - A firkin of Third Coast Beer, Amber Ale, Expedition Stout, Oberon, Third Coast Beer, Two Hearted, Le Pianiste and Wedding Ale

Wisconsin

Aug. 9

Pre-Great Taste of the Midwest Party: Maduro, Madison, 11 a.m.  - Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Debs' Red, Uberon, Smoked Lager, The Wild One, Le Contrebassiste, Le Pianiste, Amber, Black Note, Quinanan Falls Special Lager, Oarsman, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Two Hearted, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oberon, Sparkleberry, Wedding Ale, Third Coast Beer and a firkin of Two Hearted

Aug. 10

Great Taste of the Midwest: Olin-Turville Park, Madison - Oberon, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Uberon, Le Batteur, Le Contrebassiste, Le Pianiste, Wedding Ale, The Wild One, Debs' Red, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Sparkleberry, Smoked Lager, Amber, Midwestern Pale Ale, Third Coast Beer, Two Hearted, Oarsman, Kalamazoo Stout and Porter

Looking ahead

Join us for DC Beer Week, Knollwood Country Club Brewfest, Columbus Summer BeerFest and more. Find our complete calendar here.


Bell's beer event roundup: Beer cocktails, tap takeovers, Brew Haven and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
07.30.2013

BellsCocktails.jpegBelow is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Michigan

July 30

Oberon Happy Hour: Bar Louie, Rochester, 5-7 p.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted and Double Cream Stout will be on tap & Bell's beer infused cocktails will also be featured (Double Cream Chocolate Milk: Bell's Double Cream Stout, Kahlua, Rumchata and pure cane syrup; Keep Calm and Ober-on: Bell's Oberon, Grand Marnier, orange and lemon juice, pure cane syrup with cinnamon; Naranja Ardiente: Bell's Oberon, Fireball, Grand Marnier and pure cane syrup).

July 31

Oberon Party: The Dog House, Marquette, 8 p.m.

August  1

Tap Takeover: Fitzgerald's Restaurant, Eagle River, 6 p.m.  - Third Coast Beer, Oberon, Amber, Porter, Two Hearted, Sparkling Ale, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout, Le Pianiste and a firkin of Third Coast Beer

Alabama

July 30

Ring My Bell('s) Night: World of Beer Five Points, Birmingham, 6 p.m.  

Indiana

August 3

Brew Haven 2013: Trion Tavern, New Haven, 1-6 p.m.

Kentucky

July 30

Tap Takeover: Arnie's on the Levee, Newport, 6 p.m. - Two Hearted, Oberon, Midwestern Pale Ale and Debs' Red

Wisconsin

Through July 31

Tap Takeover: Milwaukee Burger Company, Eau Claire  - Amber, Two Hearted, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oberon, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Third Coast Old Ale, Expedition Stout and Special Double Cream Stout along with a few specialty releases and special food parings

Looking ahead

Join us for Bell’s Beer 101 in Kalamazoo, a multi-tap in Utica, DC Beer Week and more.


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