Bell’s Brewery (Galesburg, Michigan) announced this week that their wildly popular Hopslam Double India Pale Ale will only be available in 12 oz. cans and kegs when it returns to shelves and taps in 2016.
Yes, you read that correctly. Hopslam Ale, the Bell’s winter seasonal Double IPA brewed with Michigan honey, will not be bottled in 2016 as it has been in past years. Representatives at the brewery cite construction from their current expansion and an already overextended bottling schedule in their Bottling Hall as the reasons for the packaging change for Hopslam’s next release. Luckily the newly added canning line at Bell’s Brewery can pick up the slack and ensure that Hopslam will at least make it onto shelves in shiny new 12 oz. cans. This will make Hopslam Ale the sixth offering from Bell’s to be packaged in cans. The other canned offerings from Bell’s Brewery include Two Hearted Ale, Oberon Ale, Best Brown Ale, Winter White Ale, and Smitten Golden Rye Ale.
“With construction here at the brewery on top of an already very busy schedule for our existing Bottling Hall, this was the only way to ensure that this beer got to market as quickly and as fresh as possible,” said Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell. “Our Canning Line is very well equipped to lend a hand and help get this aromatic beer to our fans and customers so that they can enjoy it as it is intended,” she added.
Hopslam Ale is a 10% ABV Double IPA that boasts the most complex hopping schedule of any beer in the Bell’s portfolio. This offering starts with six hop varietals in the kettle and is then finished off with an aggressive dry-hopping of Simcoe hops. All of these hops provide the beer with a massive amount of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. To balance the beer out a bit, a hefty malt bill is employed along with an addition of Michigan honey. All of this comes together to create a DIPA that is huge on flavor but still remains delightfully easy drinking. Hopslam is a limited release, specialty offering that acts as a winter seasonal for the brewery. With a description like that, it is no surprise that Hopslam Ale is easily one of the most sought-after beers from Bell’s Brewery.
Future packaging plans for Hopslam beyond 2016 will be decided at a later date once the brewery expansion has been completed. For now, just remember to look for Hopslam in those sleek new cans when it drops in January of 2016. Prost!