Q&A: How old is that bottle of Bell’s beer?

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Batch.jpgA: Every bottle, not to mention case and mini-keg, has the actual date of packaging (PKGD) printed directly on it.

You can find it in the white rectangle on the back label in a six digit format – MM/DD/YY (or side of the case or the upper side wall of our mini-kegs).

Following that date is a letter – A, B or C – that denotes a shelf life category of six months, twelve months and unlimited respectively.

Most of our ales and lagers will fall into the A or six month shelf life category.

Cherry Stout has a shelf life of 12 months and two of our ales, Expedition Stout and Third Coast Old Ale, are designed for unlimited aging.

Of course, you can also use our Batch Finder as well.

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Bell's beer event roundup: Buckets of Bell's, golf, Smoked Vienna Lager and more

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Fuel_Woodfire_Grill_Menu.jpgHere is a look at Bell’s beer events this week in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Minnesota and Virginia.


June 20

Summer Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the first day of summer with some Oberon at Hermann’s Ole Town Grill in Plymouth at 7 p.m. Call 734-451-1213 for more information.

Buckets of Bell's - Mixer on the Mall After Party
We are teaming up with The Wine Loft in Kalamazoo to host the after party after every Mixer on the Mall through August starting at 7 p.m. Amber Ale, Lager Beer, Oarsman Ale, Oberon, Porter, Third Coast Beer and Two Hearted Ale will be featured. For more information on this year's Mixer on the Mall season, visit http://bit.ly/L4XvGu.

June 21

BBQ and Beer
An evening of great food and beer, pairings for each course and a special release of Black Note to top it off at Fuel Woodfire Grill in Port Huron. Take a look at the complete menu at right. Call 810-479-4933 for more information.

5 Course Beer Dinner
This beer dinner at City Park Grill in Petoskey will feature Two Hearted (paired with Buffalo Chicken Tostada), Oarsman (Creole BBQ Prawn), Lager (Fried Pork Wonton), Amber (Chorizo Beef Tenderloin Roulade) and Black Note (Carrot Cake with a bourbon caramel sauce). Call 231-347-0101 for reservations or more information.

June 22

Michigan Craft Beer Golf Outing
Price includes 5 drink tickets, breakfast, a round of golf at The Creek Fox Creek Golf Course in Livonia and a pig roast after. There will be a closest to the pin contest and a raffle for golf themed Bell's prizes. Oberon and Two Hearted Ale will be featured before and after the round of golf and there will be an Oarsman tent out on the course. The event will also feature a special firkin tapping. Other Michigan breweries will be represented as well. You can register by calling 248-473-1300 (and asking for Roberta) or in person.

Festival of the Moon
We will be pouring Oberon, Two Hearted, Pale Ale, Oarsman, Lager, Kalamazoo Stout, Amber, Porter, Special Double Cream Stout (6 p.m.), Harvest Ale (7 p.m.), Black Note (8 p.m.), Cherry Stout (9 p.m.) and Expedition Stout (10 p.m.). in Lansing’s Old Town.


June 20

Bell's Beer Dinner
The chefs at Parker's Blue Ash Grill in Cincinnati will prepare a five course meal, each paired with a different Bell's beer including a cask of Two Hearted Ale. For reservations or more information, call 513-891-8300.

June 21

Oberon Pint Night
Enjoy Oberon and keep the glass it comes in at Cock and Bull Public House in Glendale starting at 5 p.m.

North Carolina

June 21

Bell's & Friends
Ruka's Table in Highlands is hosting a tasting of some fantastic beers along with our friends from Stone, New Holland, Left Hand and 21st Amendment. We will be pouring Oberon and Two Hearted as well as a firkin of Two Hearted. Call 828-526-3636 for more information.

June 23

Bell's at the Nantahala Outdoor Center
Sample Oberon, Two Hearted and Smoked Vienna Lager while enjoying the beauty of the North Carolina mountains in Bryson City along with live music starting at 5 p.m. Call 800-232-7238 for more information.


June 21

Cask Ale Night
Enjoy Two Hearted on cask in St. Cloud at Boulder Tap House. Firkin will be tapped at 6 p.m. Call 320-230-0100 for more information.


June 23-24

Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest
Your ticket includes a commemorative BrewFest sampling glass and 4 beer sampling tickets. For more details, visit novabrewfest.com.

Looking ahead

Join us at the Sherman Lake YMCA Open, Schuler’s in Marshall for a beer and cheese pairing, a tap takeover in South Bend and more. Check out our full calendar here.

Bell's beer event roundup: Firkin tappings, BRU FEST, cheese and more

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BruFestTokens.jpgHere is a look at Bell’s beer events this week in Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota, Michigan and Arizona.


June 11

Beer Dinner
Black Note, Oberon, Two Hearted and Amber will be featured as part of a special menu at Matt the Miller’s in Columbus at 7 p.m. Call 614-754-1026 for more information.

June 15-16

Jungle Jim's International Beer Festival, Fairfield
Be sure to stop at the Bell's table during Jungle Jim's 7th annual International Beer Festival in Fairfield from 7-10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the store or online at www.junglejims.com. Call 513-674-6000 for more information.


June 11

Firkin Tapping
Club Soda in Fort Wayne will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day with a firkin of Two Hearted Ale, Oberon and Two Hearted on draught at  5 p.m. Call 260-426-3442 for more information.

North Dakota

June 12

Cask Ale Night
Reza’s Pitch in Bismarck will tap a cask of Two Hearted Ale at 5 p.m. Call 701-390-1005 for more information.


June 13

Oberon Patio Party
There will be games and a raffle for Oberon gear at this event in Livonia at One Under Bar & Grill. We will also be putting for prizes on the practice green and pouring Oarsman and Two Hearted as well.

June 14

Beer and Cheese Tasting
Smell the roses and kick off your Father's Day weekend at Sawyer Garden Center in Sawyer while enjoying some Bell's beer and cheese pairings from 4-7 p.m.

June 16

This second annual event returns to the Royal Oak Farmers Market from 7-11 p.m. to support the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Your ticket includes tokens for food and beer, live music, a gift bag and more. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to brumichigan.com/.

BBQ and Brew Festival
We'll be pouring four Bell's beers for this event including Oberon, Two Hearted and Oarsman Ale in Glen Arbor from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please visit bbqandbrewfest.com/.

June 17

Dad's Day Beer-B-Que
Celebrate with house smoked ribs, brisket and chicken plus homemade Two Hearted BBQ sauce and sides (not to mention plenty of beer) at the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo.


June 14

Tap takeover
Join Veronica Sanders and Beer Kristine for seven beers on tap plus free swag at the Whole Foods Chandler Wine Bar starting at 6 p.m. Oarsman Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Bell’s Pale Ale, Best Brown, Two Hearted, Bell’s Amber, and Oberon will be featured.

Looking ahead

Take a look at our full calendar for more events.

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