Day two of Detroit Beer Week Happy Hours continued at Slows Bar BQ on Tuesday in Downtown Detroit.
Bell’s Brewery was the featured happy hour guest at the Michigan Avenue barbecue staple.
Tara Garrity, Manager at Slows Bar BQ, said this is the fourth year the restaurant has done all Michigan beers for Detroit Beer Week.
“We really like to highlight it and bring it into town and bring people out,” she said. “It’s fun to have that energy.”
The Bell’s brews were first tapped around 4 p.m. starting with Hopsoulution, Rye Stout, Bell’s Firkin Porter and the experimental Jazz Series.
“I’m a big fan of the La Batteur and the whole Jazz Series,” Garrity said. “That’s how it kind of started, asking to get those. Bell’s has been one of our favorites.”
Le Batteur, Le Pianiste and Le Contrebassiste are a three-part series of interpretations on the French Biere de Garden style by Bell’s. With a shelf life of six months, availability is typically limited and draft only.
At 5 p.m., two more taps were added: The Oracle and Hell Hath No Fury. And at 6 p.m., This One Goes to 11 and Batch 10,000 were added for consumption.
“Batch 10,000 has been in our cellar for over a year,” Garrity said. “The owners here really let me build a cellar. So, we have some beers down there that allow me to plan events like this to highlight and celebrate how awesome they are.”
The happy hour events during Detroit Beer Week fall directly in line with the overall aim of Slows to keep it Michigan.
“Out of our 20 drafts, we made the conscious decision to always have more than 50 to 60 percent Michigan breweries,” Garrity said. “This week, they’re 100 percent Michigan.”
Garrity also spoke about Slows ownership and doing things the right way.
“They believe in having good products and that means beer,” she said. “Barbecue and beer go hand in hand.”
Michigan is also always top of mind.
“We’ve been building relationships,” Garrity said. “We’ve been to the breweries, we know how awesome they are and we want to keep the money in the mitten.”