Bell’s Brewery (and Blizzard of 2010 Update)

Who knew? Who knew they made such great beer in Michigan? I’ve never been to Michigan, but it’s high on my list of must-visit beer destinations.  Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo, MI) is a big reason why.

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is solidly in my top ten list of favorite beers. It’s a beautiful hoppy IPA with strong notes of grapefruit. And you won’t feel short-changed by the 7.0% ABV. During the snowstorm, I tried Two Hearted Ale side by side with Tupper’s Hop Pocket Ale, and the Two Hearted Ale easily won that taste-off.

I’ve also recently bought six packs of Bell’s:

  • Winter White Ale, a delicious blend of American wheat and Belgian wheat beers.  This winter release is a welcome alternative to the dark and heavy winter seasonals.
  • Pale Ale, a refreshing session beer (5.2%).

I haven’t had a Bell’s beer that I didn’t really enjoy, and I’m looking forward to the release of Oberon in the spring.

P.S. Update from the Blizzard of 2010:

Bell's Pale Ale and Winter White Ale

Driving around (and parking) with three feet of snow on the ground is a big hassle, so my beer shopping was again limited to the Kensington Pizza & Kabob House. For President’s Day Weekend, I picked up six packs of:

  • Sam Adams Irish Red (Boston, MA), a malty amber ale from the Boston Beer Company.
  • Harpoon IPA (Boston, MA), one of my favorite session IPAs.
  • Hoegaarden (Belgium), a light and fruity Belgian white.

We braved the snow (and driving and parking nightmares) to go out to eat at Copper Canyon in downtown Silver Spring, MD, where I had two pints from the local Hook & Ladder Brewing Company:

  • Backdraft Brown, a tasty brown session beer.
  • Pipe & Drum Irish Ale, an easy drinking Irish Red Ale.

After dinner, we stopped for a pint at McGinty’s Public House, where I had a Sam Adams Noble Pils, thew new Sam spring seasonal. Bring back Sam Adams White Ale!

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