Bell’s Beer Tasting at House Wine [Giveaway]

Written by on June 20, 2011 in Beer, Events - 16 Comments

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Bell’s Brewery – located just a few hours North of Central Ohio in Kalamazoo, Michigan – is probably most known for its Two Hearted Ale, which can be found at most bars and carryouts around Columbus, and is, frankly, freaking amazing. However, Bell’s is not a one-note brewery – they make a wide range of high quality beers. And you’ve got a chance to try several of them tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 21st, House Wine will welcome Travis from Premium Beverage to pour a lineup of Bell’s beers, including a cask of their Kalamazoo Stout. Cask Ale, sometimes called Real Ale, is beer that is not filtered, pasteurised or extra carbonated, served directly from the cask.

The tasting will take place from 6-9pm. For $15, you get to taste a range of beers from Bell’s, enjoy a full pour from the cask and take home a a Bell’s pint glass.

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DRINK UP COLUMBUS GIVEAWAY: We’ve got a pair of tasting tickets for one lucky Drink Up Columbus reader!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment telling us which Bell’s brew you’re most eager to sample. For a bonus entry, tweet a link to this post and use the hashtag #drinkupcbus. You must first leave a comment on this post for your Tweet entry to be counted. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email by 5pm Monday, June 20.

UPDATE: Congrats to Samwise for scoring these tickets!

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

16 Comments on "Bell’s Beer Tasting at House Wine [Giveaway]"

  1. Paul W June 20, 2011 at 10:08 AM · Reply

    I’ve tried and loved Bell’s whole line-up of beers and can’t wait to try this cask ale.

  2. Chad Harper June 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM · Reply

    It might be a long shot, but I would love to try some Hopslam if they happen to have any of that left in their cellar. I need my fix.

    • House Wine June 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM · Reply

      Hopslam is gone for the year (and not sure it holds up very well after a while), and since Oberon is the main seasonal available right now, it’s a perfect time to look at the beers available year-round.

    • George Adams June 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM · Reply

      Barley’s Smokehouse #2 (Grandview Ave & Rt 33) had a special release of Hopslam when I visited on Saturday. Give them a call and see if it’s still on tap!

      • House Wine June 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM · Reply

        We heard about their IPA event…Barley’s is always doing great things to promote good beer. Like our beer festival last summer, they ordered a keg during the winter and kept it back for the event.

  3. Halvorsen June 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM · Reply

    I have not heard of their Cask Ale. I want to try that!

  4. Steve L. June 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM · Reply

    The Cask Ale sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  5. Vanessa June 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM · Reply

    Their Cask Ale looks tastey 🙂

  6. Adam Parsons June 20, 2011 at 12:40 PM · Reply

    I’d love to try the Kalamazoo Stout.

  7. Brittany June 20, 2011 at 12:57 PM · Reply

    Going to have to go with everyone else and say that I want to check out the Cask Ale!

  8. Samwise June 20, 2011 at 1:05 PM · Reply

    I’ve never had the Two Hearted Ale, so I want to try that!

  9. Erin June 20, 2011 at 3:24 PM · Reply

    Kalamazoo Stout is one I’ve never tried, and it sounds great!

  10. Mary June 20, 2011 at 7:18 PM · Reply

    I love pretty much everything I’ve had from Bell’s, so I can’t wait to see what the Cask Ale is like!

  11. House Wine June 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM · Reply

    Just to clarify, beer is typically put in kegs and you’ll get it in your pint glass carbonated. Kalamazoo Stout is Bell’s year round stout that’s available in kegs and bottles. For tonight, we’re pouring a firkin, or cask, of Kalamazoo Stout, which is extremely limited in availability. We punch a tap into the cask, open the valve, and it pours out, without the carbonation. Free flow beer. Similar (but not exactly) to how Guinness is served on draft…rich, creamy, not all of the carbonation. If we run out of the cask of Kalamazoo Stout, we’ll have to use bottles for backup.

    • Ryan June 21, 2011 at 3:47 PM · Reply

      Guinness and many other UK ales are poured on nitrogen (or nitro), which produces smaller, longer lasting bubbles (which has to do with partial pressures of the gas compared to carbon dioxide) and gives the beer it’s creamy mouthfeel. Nitrogen draft was invented to mimic the feel and character of beer engines that were used to hand pump cask ale long before pressurized kegging systems existed. The hand pulled beer engines would incorporate a lot of ambient air (which is mostly nitrogen), producing a creamy, longstanding head. Mmmmm I think I need to write a post on the science of beer engines…. now I’m thirsty.

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