Bell's beer event roundup: BBQ, Black Note, pumpkin carving and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Here is a look at our events this week in Kentucky, Florida, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Indiana.

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Sept. 25

Bell's Beer Dinner: Whole Foods in Louisville at 6 p.m. – five course meal with Bell’s beers including Black Note. Reservations are required.


Sept. 25

Beer Dinner: Fresco's in Lakeland at 7 p.m.  – multiple beers including Two Hearted, Kalamazoo Stout and Best Brown. Space is limited.


Sept. 26

Special tap selections: Bell's at Beer Run in Charlottesville at 5:30 p.m. – Batch 9,000, Black Note, Wedding Ale, Rye Stout, Smoked Vienna Lager and Two Hearted.


Sept. 26

Octoberfest Celebration: Karl's Cabin in Plymouth from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  – German buffet, multiple Bell’s beers. Reservations are required.

Sept. 27

Bell's Beer Dinner: Yankee Rebel Tavern on Mackinac Island at 7:30 p.m.  – See the menu here. Reservations are required.

2nd Annual Bell's & BBQ: Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo at 5:30 p.m. – Nine beers on tap, raw bar, BBQ specials

Beer Dinner: Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club in Arcadia. For more information or reservations, please call 231-889-3009.

Sept. 29

Oktoberfest Celebration: Ashley's Westland at 5 p.m.  – Prizes for wearing your best Oktoberfest themed outfit, German style food, live music

Pumpkin Carving & Bell's Brews: Zeb's Trading Co. in Kalamazoo at 1 p.m. – special tappings of Roundhouse and Le Batteur

Weko Beach Brewers Festival: We'll be pouring Amber, Java Stout and Two Hearted in Bridgman from 1-7 p.m.


Sept. 28

Tasting: Northfield Liquor in Northfield  from 4-6 p.m.

North Carolina

Sept. 29

14th Annual Charlotte Oktoberfest: From 2-7 p.m. – Two Hearted, Porter and Amber Ale


Sept. 29

Quivey's Grove Beer Fest: Madison from noon-5 p.m. Tickets are available online and at Quivey’s Grove.


Sept. 29

Valpo Brew Fest: Downtown Valparaiso from 1-5 p.m. – two firkins, Octoberfest, Roundhouse, Best Brown and more. Please note, this event is sold out.

Looking ahead

Join us for a Minot Launch Party in North Dakota, 10 Years to the Pigs Celebration in Minnesota, a tasting in Tampa and more. Check out our full calendar here.

Bell’s Pale Ale gets a new name and label; Midwestern Pale Ale begins shipping soon

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BellsMPALabelFrnt.pngCOMSTOCK, MICH. – Bell’s Pale Ale is getting a facelift.

While the label and the name are changing, the recipe will remain basically the same except for one small, yet very significant change.

Midwestern Pale Ale will now be brewed with a small portion of barley from the Bell’s Farm in Shepherd, Michigan and will begin shipping in mid-October.

“This is a relatively minor change to the recipe and people won’t notice anything different, however its part of a much larger picture,” said Laura Bell, Marketing Director for Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

It’s a deeper connection to the land, to Michigan and its agricultural heritage and to the Midwest, Bell said.

Barley from the Bell’s Farm is also used to brew two other beers – Christmas Ale and Harvest Ale (also made with Michigan grown hops).

The new label features an original painting of the Bell’s Farm by Kalamazoo artist Conrad Kaufman.

Early spring weather affects Bell’s Cherry Stout production for 2012

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

CherryStout_label.tif.pngCOMSTOCK – 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.

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