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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #51 on: March 31, 2008, 09:38:05 PM »
All I know is, thanks to that Illinois distributor being a dick, Bell's came to Virginia.   :thumbup:

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #52 on: March 31, 2008, 10:07:29 PM »
All I know is, thanks to that Illinois distributor being a dick, Bell's came to Virginia.   :thumbup:

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #54 on: July 31, 2008, 08:54:14 PM »
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-080731bells-returns,0,7243566.story

Bell's beer headed back to Chicago

By Jim Kirk | Tribune staff reporter
    9:44 AM CDT, July 31, 2008

Bell's Brewery Inc. beers are headed back to the Windy City nearly two years after the company pulled its brands out of the Chicago market following a nasty dispute with a distributor.

Comstock, Mich.-based Bell's Brewery on Thursday announced new distribution agreements with Central Beverage Co., Schamberger Brothers and Skokie Valley Beverage Co. that will mark the return of Bell's brands in Chicago beginning Friday.

Bell's, makers of Oberon Ale, Bell's Amber, and Kalamazoo Stout, left the Chicago market in late 2006 after a fight with its distributor at the time, National Wine and Spirits Inc., which had sold the rights to distribute the Bell's brands to another distributor, Chicago Beverage Systems. Illinois state law basically forbids beer companies from jumping to one distributor to another without a buyout or some other agreement. Instead of paying, Bell's owner and co-founder Larry Bell decided to pull his brands out of the state even though the market accounted for more than 10 percent of his sales.

At the time, the battle drew national attention and headlines. Craft brewers like Bell have complained for years that state laws favor distributors and mass brewers while hurting small brewers' ability to grow, especially in big markets like Chicago. But few have taken as dramatic action as Bell by abruptly pulling out of a key market.

Larry Bell risked litigation when he returned to the Chicago market in 2007 with new brands under a different label. He may face more of a showdown with the return of the Bell's brands, observers here say.

"I love Chicago and there's no big city I spend more time in,'' said Bell, a native of south suburban Park Forest. He added that he doesn't believe he will face a court battle when the brands return to area bar taps.

Executives at Chicago Beverage, which is owned by Rosemont-based beverage and foodservice giant, Reyes Holdings, could not be reached early Thursday.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #55 on: July 31, 2008, 09:03:53 PM »
A buddy of mine told me today that Java Stout and Sparkling Ale are going to be discontinued.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #56 on: July 31, 2008, 09:11:28 PM »
A buddy of mine told me today that Java Stout and Sparkling Ale are going to be discontinued.
No  :cry: here. I thought this was awful :shrug:
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #57 on: July 31, 2008, 09:37:00 PM »
A buddy of mine told me today that Java Stout and Sparkling Ale are going to be discontinued.
No  :cry: here. I thought this was awful :shrug:

not a fan of either.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #58 on: July 31, 2008, 10:55:22 PM »
Not a big fan of either, but Java had it's place.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #59 on: August 10, 2008, 02:48:00 PM »
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-080731bells-returns,0,7243566.story

Bell's beer headed back to Chicago

By Jim Kirk | Tribune staff reporter
    9:44 AM CDT, July 31, 2008

Bell's Brewery Inc. beers are headed back to the Windy City nearly two years after the company pulled its brands out of the Chicago market following a nasty dispute with a distributor.

Comstock, Mich.-based Bell's Brewery on Thursday announced new distribution agreements with Central Beverage Co., Schamberger Brothers and Skokie Valley Beverage Co. that will mark the return of Bell's brands in Chicago beginning Friday.

Bell's, makers of Oberon Ale, Bell's Amber, and Kalamazoo Stout, left the Chicago market in late 2006 after a fight with its distributor at the time, National Wine and Spirits Inc., which had sold the rights to distribute the Bell's brands to another distributor, Chicago Beverage Systems. Illinois state law basically forbids beer companies from jumping to one distributor to another without a buyout or some other agreement. Instead of paying, Bell's owner and co-founder Larry Bell decided to pull his brands out of the state even though the market accounted for more than 10 percent of his sales.

At the time, the battle drew national attention and headlines. Craft brewers like Bell have complained for years that state laws favor distributors and mass brewers while hurting small brewers' ability to grow, especially in big markets like Chicago. But few have taken as dramatic action as Bell by abruptly pulling out of a key market.

Larry Bell risked litigation when he returned to the Chicago market in 2007 with new brands under a different label. He may face more of a showdown with the return of the Bell's brands, observers here say.

"I love Chicago and there's no big city I spend more time in,'' said Bell, a native of south suburban Park Forest. He added that he doesn't believe he will face a court battle when the brands return to area bar taps.

Executives at Chicago Beverage, which is owned by Rosemont-based beverage and foodservice giant, Reyes Holdings, could not be reached early Thursday.



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I saw it on the shelf this weekend.    No two hearted yet, but Obernon and Third Coast were being stocked.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #60 on: September 09, 2008, 07:56:57 PM »
RIP Sparkling Ale and Java Stout

Hello Christmas Ale (scotch ale) and welcome back Hell Hath no Fury.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #61 on: September 13, 2008, 11:00:17 PM »
AHA Rally September 27 Bell's Eccentric Cafe
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #62 on: November 19, 2008, 11:59:42 AM »
When does Expedition typically come out?
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #63 on: November 19, 2008, 12:02:03 PM »
It's been in VA for at least a few weeks.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #64 on: November 19, 2008, 12:03:42 PM »
From the site...

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #65 on: November 24, 2008, 03:03:06 PM »
After "much deliberation," Bell's Eccentric Day is on for Dec. 5
by KalamaBrew Staff
Saturday November 22, 2008, 8:00 PM

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Brad Leversee, dressed as a Deer Caught in the Headlights, during the earlier hours of last year's Eccentric Day.KALAMAZOO -- After expressing some annoyance with the behavior of a few guests at last year's Eccentric Day, Bell's Brewery Inc. president Larry Bell said last week he wasn't sure he'd repeat the annual bash.

But it's a go -- Dec. 5 at the Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. The brewery's Web site has this message: "After much deliberation we have decided to thrown (sic) another Eccentric Day! Doors open at 9 am and will close at 1 am. Join us for great food, beer and hooplah. There will be a $1 cover charge at the door to cover a few extra incidentals this year. Come dressed eccentrically please. The only other requirement is that everyone enjoy themselves responsibly."
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #66 on: December 02, 2008, 12:30:20 AM »

Sounds like this might not even be released, but who knows.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #67 on: December 02, 2008, 12:37:57 AM »

Sounds like this might not even be released, but who knows.


I have 6 already... it is at the brewery, and there are reviews up at BA
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #68 on: December 02, 2008, 12:39:12 AM »
Do you need one? It's an Amber  :shrug:
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #69 on: December 02, 2008, 11:25:38 AM »
Do you need one? It's an Amber  :shrug:

Is it the same as the Laura Bell is 21 Ale?  That was an amber too from what I recall when I had it.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #70 on: December 02, 2008, 11:36:05 AM »
Bell’s Brewery named as partner for 2009 De Proef Brewmaster’s Collaboration
Series

Seattle, WA December 1, 2008 - SBS Imports of Seattle, Washington is pleased
to announce that Bell’s Brewery has agreed to be the 2009 partner for the
latest brew in the De Proef Brewmaster’s Collaboration Series. The yet to
be designed beer will be brewed in March at De Proef in Lochristi, Belgium
and released to the USA market in September 2009.

The initial beer in the series was Signature Ale - originally brewed in 2007
with Tomme Arthur of Port Brewing/Lost Abbey. Jason Perkins of Allagash
collaborated in 2008 on Les Deux Brasseurs. Both beers have been
exceptionally well-received by beer enthusiasts.

“Each year it is my pleasure to invite a noted American brewer to
participate in this series,” noted SBS Founder Alan Shapiro. “I am thrilled
that John Mallet & Bell’s have agreed to be the 2009 partner.”

“I am really looking forward to this project,” added Bell’s Production
Manager, John Mallet. “I have several family ties to the area which makes
this invite to brew with Dirk Naudts at De Proef even more special.”

Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, MI is one of the most highly regarded and
creative breweries in the country, known for its bold, unfiltered,
bottle-conditioned beers. Since its founding in 1983 by Larry Bell it has
garnered numerous medals and accolades. Its 2007 production of over 90,000
barrels ranked it among the top 15 of American craft breweries. More
information on Bell’s is available at www.bellsbeer.com.

De Proef Brouwerij of Lochristi, Belgium was created in 1996 by highly
regarded brewing engineer and professor, Dirk Naudts. The ultra-scientific
brewery blends modern equipment and technologies with both traditional and
new world brewing techniques. SBS imports a unique range of beers from De
Proef under the De Proef Brewmaster’s Collection branding.

SBS Imports was created in 2002 by specialty beer industry veteran Alan
Shapiro. In addition to the DeProef brands, SBS represents Aspall Cyders
from Suffolk, England and Batemans beers from Wainfleet, England. More
information on the SBS portfolio is available at www.sbs-imports.com.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #71 on: December 02, 2008, 11:48:42 AM »
Bell’s Brewery named as partner for 2009 De Proef Brewmaster’s Collaboration
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I saw this yesterday on BeerNews and I can't wait for this stuff.  The Les Deux Brasseurs was one of my favorite beers of the past few months.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #72 on: December 04, 2008, 04:55:01 PM »
Eccentric day tomorrow... no dress required before 5 pm... tons of brews coming out for this event. After 5, bring your eccentric attire and pay the cover.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #73 on: December 15, 2008, 01:19:35 PM »
Just spoke with a rep from Bell's. Apparently they bought land in Michigan and are growing their own grain as well as hops in WI and MI. Sometime in '09 they'll be doing a "Homegrown" series. No word yet on styles or dates.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #74 on: December 16, 2008, 09:26:39 AM »
RIP Sparkling Ale and Java Stout

Hello Christmas Ale (scotch ale) and welcome back Hell Hath no Fury.

http://beernews.org/2008/09/bells-christmas-ale-to-debut-as-hell-hath-no-fury-returns/
I also heard a bit more why Java was dropped this year. Apparently it's Larry's least favorite and he wants to play with the recipe for next year to make it better.

I liked it :shrug:
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« Reply #75 on: December 16, 2008, 12:18:44 PM »
RIP Sparkling Ale and Java Stout

Hello Christmas Ale (scotch ale) and welcome back Hell Hath no Fury.

http://beernews.org/2008/09/bells-christmas-ale-to-debut-as-hell-hath-no-fury-returns/
I also heard a bit more why Java was dropped this year. Apparently it's Larry's least favorite and he wants to play with the recipe for next year to make it better.

I liked it :shrug:

i loved it.

but, at least he's trying to make it better. :shrug:
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« Reply #76 on: December 16, 2008, 07:04:19 PM »
RIP Sparkling Ale and Java Stout

Hello Christmas Ale (scotch ale) and welcome back Hell Hath no Fury.

http://beernews.org/2008/09/bells-christmas-ale-to-debut-as-hell-hath-no-fury-returns/
I also heard a bit more why Java was dropped this year. Apparently it's Larry's least favorite and he wants to play with the recipe for next year to make it better.

I liked it :shrug:

i loved it.

but, at least he's trying to make it better. :shrug:

Java is one of my top 10 coffee stouts.  Better?  Subjective.
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« Reply #77 on: December 16, 2008, 10:28:16 PM »
RIP Sparkling Ale and Java Stout

Hello Christmas Ale (scotch ale) and welcome back Hell Hath no Fury.

http://beernews.org/2008/09/bells-christmas-ale-to-debut-as-hell-hath-no-fury-returns/
I also heard a bit more why Java was dropped this year. Apparently it's Larry's least favorite and he wants to play with the recipe for next year to make it better.

I liked it :shrug:

i loved it.

but, at least he's trying to make it better. :shrug:

Java is one of my top 10 coffee stouts.  Better?  Subjective.

agreed. if he's re-tooling it maybe it will be even better. that would be impressive.
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« Reply #78 on: December 16, 2008, 11:06:00 PM »
RIP Sparkling Ale and Java Stout

Hello Christmas Ale (scotch ale) and welcome back Hell Hath no Fury.

http://beernews.org/2008/09/bells-christmas-ale-to-debut-as-hell-hath-no-fury-returns/
I also heard a bit more why Java was dropped this year. Apparently it's Larry's least favorite and he wants to play with the recipe for next year to make it better.

I liked it :shrug:

i loved it.

but, at least he's trying to make it better. :shrug:

Java is one of my top 10 coffee stouts.  Better?  Subjective.

agreed. if he's re-tooling it maybe it will be even better. that would be impressive.

I hope retooling it doesn't mess it up.  I love it the way it is.  I won't complain if it's actually better but I'll keep my fingers crossed in the meantime.  Better would be 100% AWESOME.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #79 on: February 27, 2009, 10:57:44 AM »
Guess I was late on this news....

http://thebeerspot.com/blogs/0002000471]Bell's Batch 9000 Gets Label Approval

Via Hoppymeal

Batch 9000 labels

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #80 on: July 01, 2009, 02:40:51 PM »
New DIPA coming.  Sounds like it's not a brewery only beer either.



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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #81 on: July 01, 2009, 02:45:48 PM »
DIPA Ale?  That's terrible.


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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #82 on: July 01, 2009, 02:52:55 PM »
DIPA Ale?  That's terrible.

Yeah they should have just written out Double India Pale Ale instead of abbreviating it DIPA.  I believe the inclusion of the word "Ale" after DIPA is part of a requirement for them to list it as an ale or lager from the government.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #83 on: July 01, 2009, 03:09:31 PM »
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #84 on: July 01, 2009, 03:12:09 PM »
ISO

I'll let you know if I forget about some in my refrigerator for 12-24 months.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #85 on: July 01, 2009, 03:16:51 PM »
I saw this last night and decided not to post anything about it until I heard from the brewery.  The approval just came through last night.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #86 on: July 01, 2009, 03:17:49 PM »
I saw this last night and decided not to post anything about it until I heard from the brewery.  The approval just came through last night.

Saw it on BA.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #87 on: July 01, 2009, 04:23:40 PM »
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You collecting labels now?  ???

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #88 on: July 01, 2009, 04:28:44 PM »
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I'll let you know if I forget about some in my refrigerator for 12-24 months.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #89 on: July 01, 2009, 05:32:16 PM »
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I'll let you know if I forget about some in my refrigerator for 12-24 months.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #90 on: July 01, 2009, 11:10:57 PM »
That's pretty cool that they are doing a new DIPA.....but with Hopslam already I'd rather see a different style from Bell's.

If they want to brew DIPA just brew more Hopslam!!!  :pickle:
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #91 on: July 01, 2009, 11:13:59 PM »
ISO the Bell's and De Proef collaboration
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #92 on: July 02, 2009, 01:22:44 PM »
That's pretty cool that they are doing a new DIPA.....but with Hopslam already I'd rather see a different style from Bell's.

If they want to brew DIPA just brew more Hopslam!!!  :pickle:
:goodposting:They need a year round DIPA! :yes:

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #93 on: July 02, 2009, 01:24:44 PM »
That's pretty cool that they are doing a new DIPA.....but with Hopslam already I'd rather see a different style from Bell's.

If they want to brew DIPA just brew more Hopslam!!!  :pickle:
:goodposting:They need a year round DIPA! :yes:

That doesn't cost $12.99 or more a sixer.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #94 on: July 02, 2009, 01:29:21 PM »
That's pretty cool that they are doing a new DIPA.....but with Hopslam already I'd rather see a different style from Bell's.

If they want to brew DIPA just brew more Hopslam!!!  :pickle:
:goodposting:They need a year round DIPA! :yes:

That doesn't cost $12.99 or more a sixer.

Is there a better DIPA for the money?
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #95 on: July 02, 2009, 01:29:41 PM »
ISO

I'll let you know if I forget about some in my refrigerator for 12-24 months.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #96 on: July 02, 2009, 01:36:02 PM »
That's pretty cool that they are doing a new DIPA.....but with Hopslam already I'd rather see a different style from Bell's.

If they want to brew DIPA just brew more Hopslam!!!  :pickle:
:goodposting:They need a year round DIPA! :yes:

That doesn't cost $12.99 or more a sixer.

Is there a better DIPA for the money?

Not sure.  The $10.99 that Dennis Brothers had it for for a day was pretty nice though.
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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #97 on: July 02, 2009, 01:37:46 PM »
That's pretty cool that they are doing a new DIPA.....but with Hopslam already I'd rather see a different style from Bell's.

If they want to brew DIPA just brew more Hopslam!!!  :pickle:
:goodposting:They need a year round DIPA! :yes:

That doesn't cost $12.99 or more a sixer.

Is there a better DIPA for the money?

Not sure.  The $10.99 that Dennis Brothers had it for for a day was pretty nice though.

DIPA?  Not at $11, damn.  We pay more like $15/6 here.

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #98 on: July 02, 2009, 02:47:30 PM »
That's pretty cool that they are doing a new DIPA.....but with Hopslam already I'd rather see a different style from Bell's.

If they want to brew DIPA just brew more Hopslam!!!  :pickle:
:goodposting:They need a year round DIPA! :yes:

That doesn't cost $12.99 or more a sixer.

Is there a better DIPA for the money?

Not sure.  The $10.99 that Dennis Brothers had it for for a day was pretty nice though.

DIPA?  Not at $11, damn.  We pay more like $15/6 here.

They had a one day deal at the release, which caused many of us to buy far too much of it. And yes, that is possible (not because you get sick of it or anything, but because you don't drink it fast enough).

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Re: Bell's Brewing
« Reply #99 on: July 02, 2009, 02:50:00 PM »
I agree.  A case and a half was way too much.  I love Hopslam but there's only so much you can drink and you don't wanna drink it every time you got the refrigerator.  I'll buy less next year.
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