Bell's beer event roundup: Philly Beer Week, golf, outdoor parties, Savor and more

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SavorGlass.jpgHere is a look at Bell’s beer events this week in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington DC (Savor photo courtesy of the Brewers Association).


June 4

Beer Dinner
Minervas Restaurant & Bar in Traverse City will host this sold out beer dinner from 6-8 p.m.

June 6

Tap Takeover
Nine Bell’s beers will be featured at Jet’s Pizza in Chelsea starting at 5 p.m. A Hopslam firkin will be tapped at 6 p.m. with Hell Hath No Fury following at 6:30 p.m. and Sparkling Ale at 7 p.m. For more details, go here.

Summer cookout on the patio
Big E’s Sports Bar & Grill in Midland will host a summer cookout on the patio. Call 989-794-8585 for more information.

June 7

Tap Takeover
Shores Inn in St. Clair Shores will host their first ever tap takeover starting at 6 p.m. Amber Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Pale Ale, Oberon, Porter, Third Coast Beer, a Hopslam firkin and Two Hearted Ale will be featured along with games and prizes. Call 586-773-8940 for more information.

June 8

19th Annual Bell's Scrambled
Gull Lake View Golf Club
in Augusta will host this annual event that includes lunch, 18 holes with cart, beer, prizes and more. Call 269-250-8485 for more details.

June 10

Oberon Tiki Deck Party
Dress in your favorite, fashionable or silly beachwear for this event at Sticks in Ypsilanti starting at 6 p.m. Call 734-483-1873 for more information.


Philly Beer Week

Join us for six events in Philadelphia - details are below (keep in mind that we reserve the right to add a few surprises …).

June 5 - City Tap House
Time: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Beers to be featured: Black Note, Oarsman, Oberon and Two Hearted Ale

June 6 - St. Stephens
Time:  7-10 p.m.
Beers to be featured: Amber Ale, Black Note, Cherry Stout, Java Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Lager Beer, Pale Ale, Oarsman Ale, Porter, Two Hearted Ale and Double Cream Stout

June 6 - Khyber Pass Pub
Time:  Noon-4 p.m.
Beers to be featured: 2007 Cherry Stout, Best Brown, Expedition Stout, Hopslam, Kalamazoo Stout and Porter

June 7 - Prohibition Taproom
Time:  Noon-3 p.m.
Beers to be featured: Amber Ale, Cherry Stout, Java Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Lager Beer, Pale Ale, Oarsman Ale, Porter, Two Hearted Ale, Double Cream Stout and Black Note

June 7 - American Sardine Bar
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Beers to be featured: Bells Lager, Hop Slam, 2010 Expedition, Two Hearted, Special Double Cream Stout and Oberon

June 7- Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Beers to be featured: Two Hearted, Kalamazoo, Porter, Cherry Stout, Lager of the Lakes, Java Stout, Oarsman, Amber, Pale, Double Cream Stout, Black Note and a 2010 Third Coast Old Ale

Washington DC

June 8-9

Bell’s will be among 74 small and independent craft brewers representing eight geographic regions in our nation’s capital. We will be pouring Smoked Vienna Lager and The Wild One. For more information, go here.

Looking ahead

Join us for an Oberon Patio Party, Jungle Jim’s International Beer Festival, Bru Fest!, a cheese tasting and more. For more details as we all as a look at our full calendar, go here.

Bell's beer event roundup: Tastings, Black Note, Batch 9,000 and more

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Batch9000_label.tif.pngHere is a look at Bell's beer events this week in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina and Illinois.


May 31

Bell's Night
Romans’ Pub in Milwaukee will tap Black Note and Batch 9,000 at 5 p.m. Call 414-481-3396 for more information.


June 1

Bell's Tasting No. 1
MGM-Calhoun in Minneapolis will be serving Amber Ale, Oberon and Two Hearted from 5-7 p.m. Call 612-922-1130 for more information.

June 2

Bell's Tasting No. 2
Join Jason Gillum for another Bell’s tasting at MGM, this time in Minnetonka, from 5-7 p.m. He’ll be pouring Amber, Oberon and Two Hearted for this event as well.

North Carolina

June 1

Bell's Tasting
Amber Ale, Oberon, Oarsman and Two Hearted (both draft and cask for Two Hearted) will be available at Crescent Moon Cafe in Hickory at 5 p.m. Call 828-322-1456 for more information.


June 2

A Celebration of Craft Beer
Naper Settlement in Naperville will host this event featuring a little bit of history, multiple breweries and multiple beers starting at 6 p.m (for VIPs) and  6:30 p.m. Tickets are limited. Call 630-420-6010 or go here for more information.

Looking ahead

Join us for a tap takeover at Jet’s Pizza in Chelsea, a summer cookout, golf and more. Check out our full calendar for more details and upcoming events.

Q&A: Bell’s mini-kegs (storage, shelf life, Oberon design and more)

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OberonQA.jpgWith the recent release of this year’s Oberon mini-kegs, we wanted to pull together some of the more commonly asked questions (along with answers) about them here on our blog. Of course, these and many other Frequently Asked Questions can always be found here.

Q: Where did this year’s design come from?

A: The photo featured for 2012 was taken on the shore of Lake Michigan in Ludington (Mich.).

Q: How long will a mini-keg last after opening?

A: We recommend finishing them within 24-48 hours. They can be stored longer if refrigerated and with the top vent closed, but the carbonation will start to suffer. There is no counter pressure that would help hold the carbonation in, so the top seal will only offer so much protection.

Q: How long can they be stored unopened?

A: Several months, as long as you store them in a cool place. Refrigeration helps as well, and we encourage retailers to keep them cold as an added benefit for our fans, but at home - closets or basements will also work.

One other thing to keep in mind is the six-digit packaging date, which is marked on the upper portion of every mini-keg alongside the batch number. Oberon has a shelf life of six months, so please make note of when your mini-keg was packaged.

Q: Can I use your mini-kegs with my counter-top dispensing system?

A: We have recently tested two and while we do not endorse them, the Avanti Portable Party Pub and Vinotemp Mini Keg Beer Dispenser seemed to work well.

Q: Do you sell empty mini-kegs?

A: Yes we do, but only at the Bell’s General Store.

Q: Where can I find them in my area?

A: They are slowly rolling out to areas outside of Michigan. You can consult our Beer Finder for locations near you that have received recent deliveries of Oberon as a starting point (Please note: The Beer Finder’s reach is limited. More on that can be found here.).

Q: Will other brand be available in mini-kegs (Two Hearted, etc.)?

A: We hope to offer other beers in this additional packaging option again this year, but it is too early to say if and when (we will keep everyone posted though).

Q: Are they recyclable?

A: Yes they are, where available. We have also seen them used to build tables, reused as planters, converted into fountains, amps and even a turned into a canjo. (We would love to see how you have re-purposed them. Send photos here.)

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