2014 Michigan Winter Beer Festival tap list, Bell's GR Beer Week events

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery


To celebrate Grand Rapids Beer Week we have four more events planned, in addition to The Jammies at The Intersection. All pre-festival events start at 6 p.m. and full details are below.

Rounding out the week is the SOLD OUT Michigan Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park.

We're bringing 20 22 different beers many of which are normally only available at the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo (see full list below).

Festival fashion is something we always look forward to at this event so we're also bringing our photo booth to help find the best winter festi-wear.

A panel of judges will award prizes to the best outfits based on creativity, resourcefulness and warmth factor (this can go either way).

Of course, if you just want to stop by and get your photo taken to help mark the occasion, we can help with that too (we'll also have plenty of props to accessorize with).

See you soon.

Pre-festival event details

Feb. 18

Buffalo Wild Wings, Downtown: Six beers will be on tap - Sparkling Ale, Amber Ale, Smitten, Hopslam, Sweet Potato Stout and Two Hearted. Games, giveaways, plenty of TVs, great food, and Buffalo Wild Wings Trivia at 8 p.m. round out the night.

Feb. 19

The Last Chance Tavern: 8 Bell's beers on tap: Two Hearted, Smitten, Hopslam, Rye Stout, Wheat Love and more.

Feb. 20

Derby Station: 9 beers on draft including Two Hearted, Smitten, Sweet Potato Stout and Red Nose ESB plus a cask.

Feb. 21

The Original Grand Rapids Beer Week Tap Takeover - The Meanwhile: 16 beers on tap plus a firkin - Hopslam, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Sweet Potato Stout, Black Note, Two Hearted, Amber and more.

Feb. 22

Michigan Winter Beer Festival: Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park, noon – 6 p.m.

Our tap list:

Cherry Stout

Consecrator Doppelbock

Expedition Stout

Harvest Ale


Java Stout

Quinannan Falls Special Lager

Raspberry Ale

Red Nose ESB

Roundhouse IRA

Rye Stout

Smitten Golden Rye Ale

Special Double Cream Stout

Sweet Potato Stout

Third Coast Old Ale

Two Hearted

Wheat Love

At our specialty tent, we will also be pouring (note tapping times):

Batch 9,000 (noon)

Bull In A China Shop (1 p.m.)

Chocolate Covered Cherry Double Cream Stout (2 p.m.)

Black Note (3 p.m.)

And X-Slam (4 p.m.)

Now shipping: Midwestern Pale Ale mini-kegs

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

MWPAMiniKegWEB.jpgOur next mini-keg will feature Midwestern Pale Ale.

The 5 liter cans have started shipping but will be limited.

They will also be available at the Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo beginning Feb. 7.

Brewed with a combination of 2-row malt and barley grown on the Bell’s Farm in Shepherd, Michigan, this is the first time Midwestern Pale Ale will be available in this additional packaging option.

The artwork features an artistic representation of the Bell’s Farm by Kalamazoo-based artist Conrad Kaufman.

The can features the same painting as the label but will be shown in its entirety on the mini-keg.

"This is a perfect way to share Midwestern Pale Ale,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

“We are proud that this beer is made with an ingredient grown on our farm right here in Michigan and that will be front and center to everyone when these arrive in stores,” she said.

For help locating Midwestern Pale Ale mini-kegs, please use our Beer Finder to contact nearby retailers for more information.

Oberon mini-kegs will also be released in May.

Bell’s beer will launch in New York City and on Long Island beginning Feb. 10

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s beer will launch in New York City and on Long Island beginning Feb. 10 with Union Beer Distributors.

More than 80 locations will have Bell’s beer on tap and Bell’s representatives will be available to answer questions and talk about the brewery at many events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island. Details are available here.

Larry Bell, Bell’s President and Founder, will also be part of a group that travels to the city to help get to know this new distribution area, answer questions and talk about Bell’s history and future plans.

Many events will feature core brands like Two Hearted, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Amber Ale and more. Bell’s spring seasonal, Smitten Golden Rye Ale, and specialty beers like Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Black Note and Quinannan Falls Special Lager will be tapped to help celebrate Bell’s arrival to New York City.

 “When we brought our beer to New York last fall, we knew there was a big part of the state that we didn’t get to know. We’re really excited to complete that launch and bring our beer to the Big Apple,” said Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell.

For the most up to date information about availability of Bell’s beer in their area, craft beer fans should contact their preferred local retailers, bars and restaurants or check the Bell’s Beer Finder.

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