Photos: Kalamazoo Beer Week 2014

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Kalamazoo Beer Week is off to a great start. Below is a gallery we will be updating throughout the week, so check back often. For our complete list of events, go here.

Hopslam 2014: Shipping dates, release parties and availability

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

1488119_640298002675577_1070207313_n.jpgAnother Hopslam season is upon us! And we know a lot of our fans are excited to see its return.

Below are answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about our seasonal double IPA.

Q: When/where will Hopslam be available?

A: Some availability is dependent on when distributors from each area are able to pick it up at our brewery, but Hopslam will make it to all states we currently distribute to.

It will start shipping to areas in Michigan the week of Jan. 6.

It will begin shipping to Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri, Ohio and Arizona the week of Jan. 13.

It will then start shipping to Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Kentucky and Pennsylvania the week of Jan. 20.

Our Event Calendar already has quite a few release events listed. (We will add more as we get them finalized.)

You can also check our Beer Finder. Please keep in mind, the beer will have to travel first to our distributors and then make its way to bars, restaurants and retailers before it will show up in the Beer Finder. Please be patient when checking with your local establishment for more detailed information.

Q: When will it be available at the Eccentric Café/Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo?

A: It is available now.

Q: Is there more this year?

A: We are trying to brew more but won’t know the final numbers until it’s all packaged and shipped.

Q: Will there be Hopslam mini-kegs?

A: No there will not.

Q: Can I buy a keg for my home bar/kegerator?

A: Sorry, no. All kegs are reserved for bars and restaurants. This is done to spread as much as possible of this very popular beer to as many of our fans as we can.

Kalamazoo Beer Week 2014: Bell's events for Jan. 10-18

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery


Here are our events for Kalamazoo Beer Week 2014. We will update this list as additional details become available.

Jan. 10

Pre-Kalamazoo Beer Week Tasting: Bell’s General Store, 4-7 p.m.

Jan. 11 - 18

Bell's Beer Dinner Menu: Rustica, Kalamazoo, $42 per person


First course: Braised Otto’s Chicken Salad - Arugula, blood orange, tangerine and Garlic Vinaigrette paired with Smitten Golden Rye Ale

Second course: Mushroom Rigatoni - Black truffle purée and pecorino paired with Special Double Cream Stout

Entree: Braised Beef Brisket - Puff Pastry, squash, peppers, demi-glacé paired with Kalamazoo Stout

Jan. 11

2nd Annual Bell’s Snow Jog Adventure (Leisure) Race & Challenge: Multiple locations, downtown Kalamazoo. Proceeds will benefit Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.

Go here for more information and to register (space is limited).

Jan. 12

Sunday Beer Brunch: Eccentric Café, noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $15 for an all you can eat buffet or $8 for kids. Specialty beer cocktails will also be available.

Jan. 13

Craft Beer & Crafts Night: Eccentric Café, 5-9 p.m. Admission is free. Variety of craft beer related crafts. Learn how to paint a unique craft beer painting from our friends at Happy Our Art - seats are limited for this portion and can be reserved here. Too Koi Designs will also give a screen printing demo.

Bell's Happy Hour(s) with Laura Bell: Central City Tap House, Kalamazoo, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Black Note, Hopslam, Rye Stout, Sweet Potato Stout and Red Nose ESB will be on tap.

Smitten Tasting: MegaBev, Kalamazoo, 4-8 p.m.

Jan. 14

Rare Beer, Cured Meat & Cheese Party: Eccentric Café, 5 p.m. until it’s gone

The beers:

• Bourbon Barrel Dagger Stout

• Chocolate Covered Cherry Double Cream Stout

• Toasted Coconut Java Stout

• Breakfast Blend Double Cream Stout

• Le Bretteur

Aged Third Coast Old Ale 4-year-old Expedition Stout

The meats:

• Coppa

• Salame Cotto

• Delaware Fireball

• Sopressata

• Lomo

• House cure pork belly

• House made white fish pate

• House cured salami

The cheeses:

• Dunbarton Blue

• Vella Dry Jack

• Spanish Mahon

• Smokey Blue

• Black Diamond White Cheddar

• Saint Angel

Bell's Beer Dinner And A Movie: Alamo Drafthouse, Kalamazoo. Five courses mirroring Brad Pitt in the film Ocean's 11. ON THE MENU - Round 1 - Rusty's Nachos: Corn tortillas topped with beans, melted cheese and beer-marinated ground beef paired with Third Coast Beer; Round 2 - Ceaser Palace Salad: Fresh romaine hearts tossed in Cesar dressing and topped with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and balsamic reduction paired with Amber Ale; Round 3 - Only in the Morning: A beer-centric take on the classic shrimp cocktail - Beer battered, spicy shrimp matched with beer-infused cocktail sauce paired with the rarely seen Roundhouse India Red Ale; Round 4 - 30 Minutes of Breathing Time: Penne pasta baked with house made marinara and Italian sausage served with a side of garlic bread paired with Two Hearted Ale; Round 5 - The Getaway: A spearmint lollipop for dessert paired with Third Coast Old Ale


Jan. 15

Jort-Slam Hopslam Party: Eccentric Café, 8 p.m. Enjoy Hopslam and Smitten while singing on our stage with back-up from Live Band Karaoke. Don’t forget your jorts!

Jan. 16

Minute To Win It Party: Shakespeare's Pub, Kalamazoo, 7 p.m. Multiple beers on tap.

Jan. 17

Bell's Beer Dinner: The Park Club, Kalamazoo, 6-7 p.m. meet and greet, $60 per person - all inclusive. Contact The Park Club at or call 269-381-0876 for reservations.


  • Corn & Leek Chowder paired with Third Coast Beer
  • Smoked Salmon Profiterole - House smoked salmon mousse, crème faiche paired with Smitten Golden Rye
  • Rustic Grilled Vegetable Tart - Roasted garlic, caramelized onion, grilled vegetables and Moody Blue cheese paired with Hopslam
  • Grilled Char Siu Duck Confit - Chinese barbeque grilled duck served with Jasmine rice paired with Porter
  • Santa Maria Beef - Tender dry-rubbed beef shoulder, sweet potato cake and stout scented jus paired with Cherry Stout

Jan. 18

Winternoon Warmer Patio Party: Eccentric Café, noon. Heaters will be on and a live auction (various items) will benefit The YWCA of Kalamazoo.

Brewery tours

In addition to these events, we will also be giving weekend brewery tours. For details and times, go here.

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