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Colorado fans and midwest transplants, rejoice! Bell’s beer will venture west to Colorado during the weeks surrounding the Great American Beer Festival.

Starting Sept. 21, Crooked Stave Artisans will temporarily distribute Bell’s beer across its entire distribution footprint including the cities of Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs.

“This was a unique opportunity for us to finally be able to bring our beer to Colorado, even though it’s just for a short time,” said Laura Bell, Vice President of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Bell’s fans have taken to the brewery’s Facebook page to express their excitement for the brand’s limited-time distribution in Colorado. For many it is a chance to stock up on staple brews like Two Hearted—and to try harder-to-find classics like Amber Ale and Expedition Stout.

“Every time I head back to Michigan I stock up,” said one Facebook commenter in response to Bell’s announcement.

“Thank you for letting me do so without the 24-hour drive.”

Bottles of Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, Expedition Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oarsman Ale, and Two Hearted Ale will be available to purchase.

Best Brown and Two Hearted Ale cans will also be available.

Draught options will include Amber, Oarsman, Two Hearted, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout, Coffee Mustache, Double Two Hearted Ale, Lavender Saison, Mars DIPA, Raspberry Wild One, and The Wild One.

For more information visit bellsbeer.com.

DETROIT – Planning on dining out tomorrow? Why not pair your meal with beer, puppies, and a deal? In celebration of National Dog Day, Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery will be hosting a pet food drive to benefit the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) on Wednesday, Aug. 26. all day from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Those who choose to donate and dine at the Detroit location will receive 10 percent off of their entire bill.

Jolly Pumpkin’s mascot, a 10-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Bam, has appeared on many of the brewery’s bottles and is part of the inspiration for the event. Bam’s likeness graces the labels of Bam Noire, Bam Bière, and Wiezen Bam, all of which can be enjoyed tomorrow. Pet-friendly seating is available on the patio, so Fido can come too.

On the way to dinner, attendees can stop by the Midtown Dog Park—just down the block from Jolly Pumpkin—and spend some time at the Make Your Dog A Hero @ Shinola pet adoption event hosted by MHS from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jolly Pumpkin will be providing Bam-inspired gift bags to be given away at the event, and attendees can speak with MHS trainers, participate in an informal training session, or even adopt a pet of their own.

   

It’s that time of year again. We’re only a month away from Brewery Vivant’s biggest, baddest, woodiest party of the year—their Wood-Aged Beer Festival (WABF). The Grand Rapids mainstay is hosting this year’s event Saturday, September 19th in the parking lot behind the pub. Things are a little different, with two tasting sessions: Afternoon (1-4 p.m.) and Evening (5-8 p.m.) scheduled, to allow for more people to enjoy 20 plus limited, rare, and exclusive beers in an intimate beer-centric environment.
The Vivant scratch-kitchen will have festival foods available should hunger arise. Tickets are $35 and include 10 tokens, a collector’s edition tasting glass, and access to some incredible beer. Limited tickets available online at www.breweryvivant.com or directly through wabf15.brownpapertickets.com.

More fun info: This will be the “Wooden anniversary” (as per Victorian tradition) of WABF at Brewery Vivant as they celebrate their fifth festival and fifth year in business in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids.
“We’re hoping with more tokens in your glass from the start, less people on the grounds at once, and a map to guide you, this year’s festival will be the best one yet,” said Kate Avery, Abbess of Beer and Director of Sales & Marketing. “The brewers have been plotting for this unveiling since last November. It’s their big party with big flavors. We’re glad to share it with more enthusiasts by offering two sessions this year.”
Wood-aging beers hearkens back to the earliest beer brewing traditions when vessels were all made of wood and brewers worked to blend flavors into drinkable liquid. Unique flavor profiles arise in the already flavor-forward craft beers when aged in wood. Expect old favorites from the vault, as well as new, never-before-tasted experiments. Love Shadow, the bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout makes a triumphant return to the tap handles, as well as a cellared Wizard Burial Ground (2014 vintage bourbon barrel-aged quadrupel).

Get your tickets ASAP, as this one usually sells out. MittenBrew will be there and we hope you will be too!
Note: The Pub will be open for business as usual on Saturday, 11am-midnight. The festival grounds are separate.

It’s that time of year again. We’re only a month away from Brewery Vivant’s biggest, baddest, woodiest party of the year—their Wood-Aged Beer Festival (WABF). The Grand Rapids mainstay is hosting this year’s event Saturday, September 19th in the parking lot behind the pub. Things are a little different, with two tasting sessions: Afternoon (1-4 p.m.) and Evening (5-8 p.m.) scheduled, to allow for more people to enjoy 20 plus limited, rare, and exclusive beers in an intimate beer-centric environment.

The Vivant scratch-kitchen will have festival foods available should hunger arise. Tickets are $35 and include 10 tokens, a collector’s edition tasting glass, and access to some incredible beer. Limited tickets available online at www.breweryvivant.com or directly through wabf15.brownpapertickets.com.

More fun info: This will be the “Wooden anniversary” (as per Victorian tradition) of WABF at Brewery Vivant as they celebrate their fifth festival and fifth year in business in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids.
“We’re hoping with more tokens in your glass from the start, less people on the grounds at once, and a map to guide you, this year’s festival will be the best one yet,” said Kate Avery, Abbess of Beer and Director of Sales & Marketing. “The brewers have been plotting for this unveiling since last November. It’s their big party with big flavors. We’re glad to share it with more enthusiasts by offering two sessions this year.”
Wood-aging beers hearkens back to the earliest beer brewing traditions when vessels were all made of wood and brewers worked to blend flavors into drinkable liquid. Unique flavor profiles arise in the already flavor-forward craft beers when aged in wood. Expect old favorites from the vault, as well as new, never-before-tasted experiments. Love Shadow, the bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout makes a triumphant return to the tap handles, as well as a cellared Wizard Burial Ground (2014 vintage bourbon barrel-aged quadrupel).

Get your tickets ASAP, as this one usually sells out. MittenBrew will be there and we hope you will be too!

Note: The Pub will be open for business as usual on Saturday, 11am-midnight. The festival grounds are separate.