BELL’S RELEASING HOPSLAM 2021 TODAY PACKAGED IN 12-OUNCE BOTTLES

Today is one of the most anticipated days of the year for fans of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

That is because the Comstock, Mich.-based brewery will once again release the 2021 incarnation of Hopslam ale at its Eccentric Café and General Store in Kalamazoo, Mich., a 10 percent ABV double IPA brewed six different varieties of hops and honey before being dry-hopped with Simcoe hops.

The IPA was first released in 2004 packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles, which were changed to six-packs of 12-ounce cans for the first time in 2016.

However, according to Bell’s website, this year’s version of Hopslam will only be available packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles ($16.99) as well as limited numbers of 5L mini-kegs. The brewery did file a label with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) last year for 16-ounce cans of the ale.

While some past years’ releases have included information about shipping dates to specific counties and states, according to a post on Bell’s website, the 2021 release of Hopslam will be released at its Eccentric Café and General Store in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Today while bottles will also “start shipping from our brewery as soon as possible” and that “it will make its way everywhere we distribute beer throughout January.”

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BROOKS WHITTINGTON

I am an editor of Tenemu. In my former life, I was a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram for almost seven years and a documentary wedding photographer for almost 13 years. I have been drinking craft beer in various incarnations for about seven years. I shoot and edit many of the sites, assist in staff management, cover news and assist in running Tenemu's social media accounts. My focus is on reviewing stouts, gose, lambics, fruit, and smoked beers, although I also enjoy quite a few hours and some IPAs when not reviewing. In what little free time I have, I enjoy smoking cigars, photographing various art projects, and pretending that I can cook something edible.