Early spring weather affects Bell’s Cherry Stout production for 2012
COMSTOCK – Since it was first released in 1988, Bell’s Cherry Stout has always been brewed with 100-percent Montmorency cherry juice made from cherries grown in northern Michigan’s Traverse City region.
We are extremely proud of this deep connection to our home state.
This seasonal beer is released annually in October along with other stouts in our portfolio – Java Stout, Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout and others. Unfortunately, that tradition will have to be put on hold this year.
Warm temperatures followed by multiple frosts earlier this year severely affected Michigan’s tart cherry crop to such an extent that unfortunately, there will be no new batches of Cherry Stout in 2012.
A small number of Cherry Stout kegs from 2011 will be released on a limited basis however.
While we do hope that a bountiful harvest will allow us to bring this beer back to our fall stout line-up next year, more importantly, we are hopeful that it will allow Michigan’s fruit growers to recover as well.
Bell's beer event roundup: Beer dinners, Charlottesville Beer Festival and more
Below is a look at the rest of our events this week in Indiana, North Dakota, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia and Arizona.
Oracle Tapping: Flatwater in Indianapolis
Bell's Hopped Up Night: Bar Louie in Mishawaka at 5 p.m. - Hopsoulution, Oracle and Two Hearted
Festiv-Ale: Downtown Indianapolis from 4-8 p.m. – live entertainment, portion of your ticket is tax deductible (to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)
Charity Beer Dinner: Club Soda in Fort Wayne from 4-7 p.m. – six courses, firkin tapping, silent auction. More details can be found here.
Bell's Beer Dinner: East 40 in Bismarck at 6 p.m. - Two Hearted, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Octoberfest, and Le Batteur. Reservations are required.
Bell's Baker's Dozen: The Walrus in Bismarck at 5 p.m. – 13 beers on tap - Black Note, Roundhouse, Le Batteur, Le Pianiste, Le Contrebassiste, Debs' Red, Kalamazoo Stout, Amber, Oberon Hell Hath No Fury ... Ale, Two Hearted, Smoked Vienna Lager, Golden Rye, and Octoberfest
Bell's Beer Dinner: Benedict's Steakhouse & Grill in Coldwater at 6:30 p.m. – Roundhouse, Oracle, Octoberfest and more.
Bell's Beer Dinner: Captain Joe's in Whitmore Lake at 6:30 p.m. – Octoberfest, Oberon, Amber, Two Hearted, Wedding Ale (menu above, left)
Wing Challenge: Buffalo Barbeque Wings in Jackson at 6 p.m. – prizes for the messiest, fastest, barest – Oberon, Two Hearted and Oarsman
Bell's Night: The Hangar Bar & Grill in Kalamazoo – a la carte beer dinner, swag and specialty beers including Debs’ Red and Roundhouse IRA. Take a look at the menu.
Tap Explosion: The Hofbrau in Interlochen all day - Oberon, Two Hearted, Amber, Lager, Vienna Smoked Lager, Octoberfest, Pale Ale and Oarsman *Apologies - This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Bell's Night: Pele's Wood Fire in Jacksonville from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. – Kalamazoo Stout, Oberon and Two Hearted
Bell's Beer Dinner: Red Onion Café in Racine at 6 p.m.
Tops of the Hops: Charlottesville Beer Festival from 3-7 p.m. – Octoberfest and Amber Ale.
Oracle Tapping: Papago Brewing Co. in Scottsdale at 11 a.m.
Join us at Whole Foods in Louisville, Karl’s Cabin in Plymouth, Michigan, Beer Run in Charlotte and more. Our full calendar can be found here.
Visiting the Eccentric Cafe, General Store? Be aware of construction, alternate route
KALAMAZOO - If you are planning on visiting the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo soon, please be advised that due to construction, a portion of Kalamazoo Ave. is closed until the end of September/early October.
Detour signs will be posted, but you can also consult the Google map below for alternate routes as well.
Our apologies for the inconvenience.
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