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 releasing 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 for 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.”