2012 Great American Beer Festival: 5 Bell's beers will be available including Kal-Haven Ale, Roundhouse

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

2012GABFLogo.jpgIf you are going to be at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, be sure to stop by the Bell’s table and say hello.

This year, we’ll be pouring …

Roundhouse IRA: Distinctly hop-forward, Roundhouse IRA possesses substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions & dry-hopping, yielding a heady blend of fruit-like aromas such as pineapple, peach, and the citrus family. These notes continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted & caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate. Rather, the malt body lends a slight caramel undertone to the beer, creating a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together.

Kal-Haven Ale: Combining malted & unmalted rye with a blend of kilned barley malts, Kal-Haven Ale brings a rich, earthy malt body to the glass. The use of Brettanomyces yeast in fermentation lends a degree of depth to the flavors, while pine & citrus notes from a blend of Pacific Northwest hops keep it from becoming heavy.

Smoked Vienna Lager: A balanced addition of smoked malts results in a subtle, smoky aroma that defines our Smoked Vienna Lager. Vienna & Munich malts lend toasty notes, while the presence of a blend of European hops complement the whole with a crisp bitterness and slightly drying finish.

Two Hearted Ale: Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of our house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

Porter: One of our many award-winning beers, Porter emphasizes the darker, roasted aspects of malt. Hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee provide the focus, while hops remain in the background. Not as full-bodied as a stout, Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and our more heavily roasted stouts.


Bell's beer event roundup: Pint Night at Kudu, Muddy Pig anniversary, This one goes to 11 and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

420480_10151119501044682_1514921249_n.jpgA look at our events this week in Florida, Minnesota, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington DC.


Oct. 10

Bell's Night: House of Beer in Orlando from 8-10 p.m. - Amber, Best Brown, Hell Hath No Fury, Kalamazoo Stout, Oberon, Octoberfest and Two Hearted Ale

Oct. 13

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic: From 6:30 - 10 p.m. - Amber, Kalamazoo Stout, Oberon and Two Hearted


Oct. 10

Multi-Tap Event: Muddy Pig in St. Paul at 5 p.m.  – This 10th Anniversary Celebration will include a cask of Two Hearted, Wedding Ale, The Jazz Series, Roundhouse IRA, Debs' Red, Hopsoulution, The Oracle, 2011 Cherry Stout and Golden Rye. There will also be special tappings of Black Note at 6 p.m. and Batch 10,000 at 8 p.m.


Oct. 10

Brews for Beargrass: Whole Foods Market in Louisville from 3-7 p.m. - Amber Ale, Best Brown, Expedition Stout and Two Hearted


Oct. 10

Bell's Tap Party: JK O'Donnell's Irish Ale House in Fort Wayne at 5 p.m. – The Oracle, Octoberfest, Oberon and Two Hearted

Oct. 11

Oracle/Firkin Tapping: Deer Park Irish Pub in Fort Wayne at 6:30 p.m.


Oct. 11

Tap Takeover: Shark Club in Howell at 6 p.m. – 15 beers on tap including This one goes to 11 Ale, Octoberfest and our Jazz Series

Oct. 13

7th Annual UPtoberfest in Escanaba from 2-7 p.m.


Oct. 11

Oracle Tapping: Flying Saucer in Kansas City


Oct. 11

Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe from 6-8 p.m. – Amber, Best Brown, Oarsman and Two Hearted

Oct. 12

Flight Night: Prairie Moon in Evanston from 5-9 p.m. - Best Brown, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout and The Oracle will be available in both sample flights and by the pint.


Oct. 11

Oracle Tapping: World of Beers in Tempe

South Carolina

Oct. 11

Collaborative Pint Night: Kudu in Charleston from 6-11 p.m. - We're teaming up with Westbrook Brewing Co. for a collaborative pint night. We're bringing Smoked Vienna Lager, Roundhouse IRA, Le Contrabassiste, Best Brown, Midwestern Pale Ale and a firkin of Two Hearted. Go here for more information.

Washington DC

Oct. 13

Snallygaster: Octoberfest will be available at this event in Yards Park.

Looking ahead

Join us for 27 beers on tap in Ann Arbor, a tasting in Davidson (NC), a beer dinner in Chicago and more. Take a look at our full calendar here.

Comstock Brewery tours begin Oct. 6; museum hours begin Oct. 9

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

UP.jpgOur new 200-barrel brewhouse will officially open to the public beginning this weekend.

Free, guided tours will be offered on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Self guided tours will also be offered beginning October 9. Everyone is welcome to visit the brewing gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Tour Coordinator, Clay Karz will be available to answer questions.

The brewhouse was part of our most recent expansion that broke ground in April 2011 and was completed in May.

That expansion also included additional fermentation space, expanded grain handling facilities and more.

For more information about brewery tours in both Comstock and Kalamazoo, go here.

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