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Bell’s Brewery 30 Years of Inspired Brewing

The Facts:

Sept 19th 1985 – Larry Bell sells his first commercial beer

1986 – Production reaches 135 barrels, Larry and 9 employees will brew, sell and distribute the beer for the next 4 years

1990 – Bell’s Brewery begins to sell beer outside of its home state of Michigan

June 11, 1993 – Bell’s becomes the first Michigan brewery to open an onsite pub, the Eccentric Café.

2003 – Bell’s expands it brewing by opening up the Comstock brewery, about 7 miles east of Kalamazoo.  It will expand in 2005.

March 28th, 2011 – The Eccentric Café reopens after a $3M expansion that added a music venue, large beer garden, expanded bathrooms and a new patio.

April 25th, 2013 – Sister brewery, Upper Hand Brewery is announced and is packaging beer by the fall of 2014.  Although it is a division of Bell’s, it is a completely different brewery.

Today – Bell’s Roundhouse IPA comes out in cans!

Bell's Brewery Roundhouse IPA

Bell’s Brewery Roundhouse IPA

Previously available only in draft, you can now get it in 12oz cans!  Brewed with Michigan honey, Roundhouse is distinctly hop forward.  Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry hopping yield a wonderful blend aroma – everything from pineapple to peach and citrus.  Hop intensity is kept in check with a balanced and judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts.  This is the third new addition to their lineup this year.  Just like Hopslam, Roundhouse is best enjoyed as fresh as possible.

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A Short History on Pumpkin Beer

Innovation or Reinvention?

It turns out this particular flavor of beer has been around since colonial times, in his 1801 book “The American Herbal, or Materia Medica” Samuel Sterns makes mention of the healing traits of beer, in particular Bran Beer, Spruce Beer and the lovely Pumpkin Beer.  In particular, Sterns calls out young ladies being cured of “the heat” something that they could not find a remedy for.  Native to North America, most European settlers at the time had never seen a pumpkin, but because it was readily available they quickly found ways to incorporate it into our favorite malt beverage.

In modern brewing history, we can credit Buffalo Bills brewery to be the first to put a pumpkin pie spiced beer to the market in the late 1980’s, although abandoning the use of real pumpkin for the nutmeg and clove flavors of the pie.  Fortunately innovative brewers at Southern Tier and New Holland have perfected the art of using real pumpkin to brew excellent offerings of the style.  The best in the market, if you ask us.  And as of late, Ace Cider has included their pumpkin pie spiced cider to the mix.  So try one today, they drink well with the spooks of All Hallows Eve and are a special treat with your Thanksgiving feast.  We even heard the Cider makes a great snake bite when mixed with a heavy standard lager.

Southern Tier Pumking & Warlock

Pumking was brewed to honor Puca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it.  Puca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed.  In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, pour your Pumking in a fine goblet and allow its spirit to overflow in the season where magic is prevalent and spirits are all around us!  97pts by RateBeer, this 8.6% Imperial pumpkin ale will pair with your thanksgiving feast as well as it enchants the spirits at Halloween.  If you cellared last year’s you best cellar one more!

Warlock is dark and mysterious.  This imperial Stout complements the earthiness of its sister but with rich roasty malts and deep, rich character he will enchant your palate on its own as you pour it into your own goblet to enjoy.  Rated 96 at Ratebeer, this beer is high gravity at 10%.

New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

First brewed in 1997, Ichabod Pumpkin Ale was one of the first ales brewed with real pumpkin to enter the market.  It combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg to give you the authentic tastte of fall in a glass.  Pairing well with roasted poultry and you favorite dessert, this beer is as versatile as the Minnesota fall weather.  At 4.5% it is sessionable and sweet.

Ace Pumpkin Cider

This is produced by the family owned California Cider Company in Sonoma County.  This flavor was first produced in the fall of 2010.  Combining the classic flavors of cinnamon, cloves and allspice this drinks like pumpkin pie in a glass.  Crisper than its beer cousins, the cider is perfect for a crisp fall day or Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.  Like all the Ace ciders, there are no added sugars, all the sweetness comes from the fermented fruit.  5% ABV.



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