Complete list: Bell’s Brewery events for Kalamazoo Beer Week, Jan. 14-21

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

MinutetoWinIt.jpgThe second Kalamazoo Beer Week kicks-off Jan. 14 and runs through Jan. 21. More than 90 events are scheduled throughout the week. Here is a list of Bell's events at the Eccentric Café as well as a few other locations in Kalamazoo.

Jan. 14

Brewery tours: Start Kalamazoo Beer Week with a free tour of our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo. More details about our weekend tours can be found here.

Jan. 15

Aged beers and smoked meats: Join us for a tasting of selected aged beers and meats from our house smoker all day.

Brewery tours: We have added two additional tours of our original brewery at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., in addition to our regularly scheduled tours at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 16

Beer and cheese throw down: Bell’s will kick-off this four night event at Food Dance in downtown Kalamazoo with three beers paired with three different cheeses. What did we choose? You’ll have to stop by and vote for your favorite. More details can be found here.

333132_204545126293845_199350326813325_465276_256651186_o.jpgJan. 17

Movies and Bell’s beer: Relax in front of the big screen with showings of “Strange Brew” and “Beerfest,” plus a special keg of Bell’s beer starting at 7 p.m.

Jan. 18

Learn to homebrew: In honor of Bell’s flagship beer, the General Store’s homebrew experts, David Curtis and Ryan Kramer, will brew five gallons of amber ale. They will guide you through the entire process and answer all of your questions. This demonstration will start at 6 p.m. All skill levels are welcome for this casual event.

Minute to Win It at Shakespeare’s Pub: At 9 p.m., we’ll kick-off five rounds of 60-second games and beer related trivia along with five featured Bell’s beers including a special keg of Golden Rye. For more information, go here. Take a look at photos from our previous "Minute" event here.

Jan. 19

Bell’s beer dinner: The Park Club of Kalamazoo will open its doors for this special event hosted by our very own, Laura Bell. Reservations are required and space is limited. Social hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Call 269-381-0876 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            269-381-0876      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Bell’s throwback night: Back in the day, ping pong was the company sport and rounds of passionate, intense play were a fixture in what is now the Café’s mezzanine.  We’re bringing it back starting at 6 p.m.  We’re also going to throw “Balls of Fury” up on the screen for inspiration along with a repeat screening of “Strange Brew.”

Also: Wear your favorite Bell’s t-shirt and get a $1 off your beer – game point.

Jan. 20

UPDATED TIME - Beer tasting at Salut Fine Wine & Spirits: Sample Bell’s beers and food and ask questions from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

At the Café: Big Dudee Roo will perform at 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 21

Chili cook-off: The Eccentric Café will be an official stop on this year's Big Chill Chili Cook Off. Stop by and see what eccentric creation our kitchen has come up with. And don’t forget to vote! For more on the cook-off, go here.

Brewery tours: You can also tour our original brewery at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

At the Cafe: The Verve Pipe will perform in the Back Room at 9:30 p.m.

Photo caption: File photo from our previous Minute to Win It event at Shakespeare's Pub.

Looking for Hopslam? Here are a few events featuring Bell's seasonal beer

Bell's Brewery Inc.

KBC HopslamAle lable.tif.pngHere is a list of some events featuring Hopslam coming up. For more information on Hopslam’s availability near you, please consult our Beer Finder.


Feb. 3-6: Aromas Wine and Craft Beer Bar will host 10 Bell’s beers on draught including Hopslam. For more information, go here.

Feb. 11: Hopslam will be one the beers featured at the Winter Beer Carnival in Atlanta. More details here.


Jan. 18: Hopslam tapping at Tribes Alehouse in Mokena at 4 p.m.

Jan. 23: Hopslam tapping at Bauer's Brauhaus in Palatine at 4 p.m.

Jan. 24: Hopslam night at Northdown Cafe and Taproom in Chicago at 6 p.m.

Feb. 7: Sheffield’s in Chicago will host a Bell’s multi-tap event starting at 8 p.m. Hopslam, Oracle, firkins and food specials will be featured along with many other beers on draft. For more information, go here.

Feb. 16: This Bell's specialty night at Jackney's Printers' Row in Chicago will feature a firkin of Hopslam plus many other Bell's beers. For more information, go here.


Jan. 12: Hopslam release party at Chatham Tap Downtown in Indianapolis at 5 p.m. Winter White, Oarsman, Porter, Two Hearted and Expedition Stout will also be on tap.

Jan. 13: Hopslam tapping at Trion Tavern in Fort Wayne at 7 p.m.

Jan. 13: Hopslam release party at Bartletts Gourmet Grill & Tavern in Beverly Shores at 5 p.m.

Jan. 13: Hopslam release party at Beer Geeks in Highland at 5 p.m.

Jan. 13: Hopslam release party at Growlers in Highland.

Jan. 13: Hopslam release party at Flat Rock Tap in Hammond.

Jan. 13: Hopslam release party at Sonka's Irish Pub in Terre Haute at 5 p.m.

Jan. 13: Hopslam release party at Columbus Bar in Columbus at 5 p.m.

Jan 17: Midnight Hopslam tapping at Yogi's Bar and Grill in Bloomington.

Jan. 18: Hopslam party featuring a Hopslam firkin and on draft at 5 p.m. at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend. Also on tap will be Hell Hath No Fury ... Ale, Sparkling Ale and Two Hearted Ale. There will also be a special food pairing menu for this event. For more details, go here.

Feb. 1: This Super Bell's party at Beer Sellar Indy will feature 20 Bell's taps including Hopslam. For more information, go here.


Jan. 10: Hopslam tapping at Keystone Bar in Convington at 6 p.m.

Jan. 13: Hopslam tapping at Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington at 4 p.m.

Jan. 13: Hopslam tapping at The Beer Trappe between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Lexington.

Jan. 13: Lexington Beerworks will celebrate their grand opening with a Hopslam tapping at 8 p.m.

Jan. 28: Nine Bell’s beers will be featured at this multi-tap event including Hopslam at Beer Engine in Danville.


Jan. 13: The Righteous Room in downtown Cincinnati will tap Hopslam for its happy hour.

Jan. 13: Hopslam tapping at Swig in Perrysburg at 6 p.m.

Jan. 13-15: "The weekend of Hopslam" at The Village Idiot in Maumee.

Jan. 13: Hopslam tapping at Ray's Place in Kent.

Jan. 13: Hopslam tapping at 101 Bottles in Kent.

Jan. 13: Hopslam tapping at Riverside Wine in Kent.

Jan. 14: Hopslam keg tapping at the Columbus Winter Beer Fest. More information can be found here.

Jan. 16: Hopslam tapping at Deagan's Kitchen and Bar in Lakewood.

Jan. 17: Hopslam tapping at Arthur's Restaurant in Cincinnati at 4 p.m.

Jan. 18: Hopslam tapping at Mike's Bar and Grille in Berea.

Jan. 19: Hopslam tapping at Chappys Tap Room & Grille at 7 p.m. in Moraine.

Jan. 20: Hopslam tapping at Lucky's Taproom & Eatery in Dayton at 6 p.m.

Jan. 20: Hopslam tapping a One Eyed Jacks in Fairborn at 7 p.m.

Feb. 2: Hopslam firkin tapping at South Park Tavern in Daytona at 6 p.m.

Feb. 10: Hopslam tapping at five Winking Lizard Tavern locations (Cleveland area - Independence, Bedford Heights, Gateway and Mentor; Columbus area - Crosswoods). Please call your preferred location for times.

Feb. 10: Hopslam firkin tapping at Cock and Bull Public House in Cincinnati at 5 p.m. (Cincinnati Beer Week event).


Jan. 9: Hopslam tapping at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor at 4:30 p.m. The first official pour will go to the best Hopslam poem or haiku.

Jan. 12: Hopslam firkin tapping at Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Other Bell’s beers will also be featured on draft along with their weekly raw bar.

Jan. 12: Hopslam auto show party at Foran's Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit starting at 8 p.m.

Jan. 12: Hopslam firkin at Slows Bar BQ in Detroit at 3 p.m. Bring your best drawing, sketch or doodle featuring Hopslam and you could win the first pour. Entries will be judged from 2-2:50 p.m.

Jan. 12: Hopslam release party at Diamond Jim's in Midland at 6 p.m.

Jan. 13: Hopslam release party at The Red Baron Food and Spirits in Burton at 6 p.m.

Jan. 17: Hopslam release party at The Meanwhile in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m.

Jan. 17: Hopslam tapping at 7 Monks Taproom and Bubba's Restaurant & Bar in Traverse City. Contact venue for more information.

Jan. 18: Hopslam release party at Northville Sports Den at 7 p.m.

Jan. 25: A Hopslam firkin will be tapped along with Bell's Black Note at 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City at 7 p.m.

Feb. 3: Hopslam release party at Plum Market in West Bloomfield at 6:30 p.m. Other Bell’s beers will also be featured along with pizza and beer snacks. This event will also kick-off a month long Bell’s sale. For more information, go here.


Jan. 20: Our Bell's night at Patrick's on Third in St. Peter will feature a variety of Bell's beers on tap including Hopslam. For more information, go here.  

Jan. 24: Muddy Pig's Festival of Hops will include a rare tapping of a Hopslam cask in St. Paul at 11:30 p.m.

Jan. 26: Bell's Hopslam Cask Tapping at Bulldog NE in Minneapolis at 5 p.m.

Jan. 27: Grumpy's Bar & Grill in downtown Minneapolis will tap a Hopslam cask at noon and offer a small appetizer pairing as well.

Feb. 2: Hopslam cask tapping at Bulldog Lowertown at 4 p.m.

Feb. 3: Hopslam cask tapping at Grumpy's NE in Minneapolis at 4 p.m.

Feb. 8: Hopslam cask tapping at Buster's on 28th in Minneapolis at 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 9: Hopslam cask tapping at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis at 6 p.m.

March 24: The Happy Gnome in St. Paul will feature a cask of Hopslam at this year's Firkin Fest.


Jan. 30: Hopslam cask at Flying Saucer in Kansas City at 7 p.m.

Jan. 31 Beer dinner/Hopslam cask at Sycamore Restaurant in Columbia at 6 p.m. (Please note, this event is sold out.)

Feb. 1: Keg tapping at Three Kings Pub in St. Louis at 5 p.m.

Feb. 1: Hopslam firkin tapping at Cicero’s in St. Louis (during their Beer School).

Feb. 2: Hopslam firkin tapping at iTAP (Soulard) in St. Louis at 6 p.m.


Jan. 13: Hopslam release party at The Rumpus Room in Milwaukee at 10 p.m.

Jan. 25: Hopslam and Black Note tasting at The Malthouse in Madison at 7 p.m.

Jan. 26: Hopslam and Black Note release party at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse at 7 p.m.

Jan. 29: This Bell’s beer dinner will feature five courses and five beers including Hopslam at Barker’s Bar & Grill starting at 6 p.m.

Jan. 31: Hopslam tasting at Nomad World Pub in Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7: This beer dinner will feature five breweries and five different restaurants in Milwaukee. Bell’s will team up with the restaurant Tess to present a spicy shrimp soup paired with a firkin of Hopslam. More details can be found here.

Feb. 17: Don't miss this beer dinner featuring Hopslam and five other Bell's beers at The Club at Strawberry Fields in Kenosha.

Changes in 2012 Hopslam Release

Larry Bell - President

To our Hopslam customers:

Recently, Bell’s issued a press release announcing “release dates” for our Hopslam Ale. Although posted in good faith, the Hopslam press release had some erroneous information. Because of the potential impact of our expansion-related construction & the holiday season on our brewing schedule, we had initially created a relatively conservative release program that focused on a set of specific roll-out dates. Fortunately, we haven’t experienced many of the timing conflicts that we had anticipated in the brewing schedule, and we’re reasonably close to matching the release calendar of prior years. Unfortunately, the newly updated & finalized roll-out timing wasn’t passed on to everyone during all the activity here at the brewery, and I only realized the error after we published the release dates from the previous plan.

There will be no hard and fast dates for the release of Hopslam in 2012, but rather, it will be released on a market by market basis as has been our policy in the past.  Because this brand has gotten so large for us, and given the production time to make it, this year the total time of release will stretch over a two month period, meaning that some markets will have product well ahead of other markets.  And, in fact, some retailers in a given market may receive product before other retailers.  We are well aware of the “fairness” issues involved in this process of distribution. However, I believe that this will be our best option.

If we were to attempt to have Hopslam released on the same day for all of our customers, then we would have to require our wholesaler partners to inventory the beer, some for up to five weeks, before they could ship it to the retail market. I found this option unacceptable as I believe that Hopslam should be consumed as fresh as possible.  While this option would be fairer to our wholesalers and retailers, it would mean sacrificing quality in the name of politics.  And in the end, Bell’s tries to deliver quality.

All of our wholesalers will receive Hopslam this year.  When they get it depends upon the size of their order, our availability and the individual trucking schedules for each wholesaler.  Shipping is NOT based on favorability.  We will do the best we can to satisfy everyone, all we ask is patience on your part while we brew, package and ship this wonderful ale, while in the meantime try to keep up with our other production.  Currently we only have so much fermenter space for dry-hopped ales and we need to keep up our Two Hearted brewing.  We are brewing over 5000 barrels of Hopslam this year and it takes us awhile to get all that brewing and dry-hopping done.

I apologize for the false information given out earlier.  The breakdown in communication lies with me and I am solely responsible for the error. Hopslam will start shipping next week to some of our smaller wholesalers, and shipping will continue through January and February.  Thank you for your consideration and understanding of this issue.

Larry J. Bell


Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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