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: 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.

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

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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.

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