Bell’s Hopslam is just “one of those beers.” Its yearly release is met with release parties, lines and social media pictures galore. Chances are, if you are reading this post, you already know what Hopslam is all about. However, if by some chance this whole Hopslam-mania is new to you, here is a quick rundown:
- It’s a Double IPA
- Six different hops are used in the making of Hopslam
- Expect bitterness, big citrus notes (grapefruit) and a big, floral aroma.
- It’s 10% ABV
But, to truly understand Hopslam, one must drink Hopslam. There are eight places (at least) ready to help you in that endeavor from Jan 15 – Jan 24.
What/Where: Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden | Bells Hopslam Exclusive Pre-Release
Description: Be among the first in the city to get your first taste of this years Bell’s Brewery Hopslam! We’re hosting an exclusive pre-release at 6pm on MLK Day!
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/921987324615910/
What/Where: Binny’s (Lincoln Park) | Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeover and Hopslam Release
Description: “Join the Bell’s Brewery team and Binny’s for one of the hoppiest days of the year as we release Hopslam. Stay for a tap takeover which includes Hopslam, Blacknote, Two Hearted, Amber and Lager of the Lakes.”
What/Where: Mac’s Wood Grilled on Division | Hopslam Release Party
Description: “We’re tapping Hopslam Ale + Kiwi Club Gose, Lager of the Lakes and Two Hearted Ale. Tapping at 4 p.m. / meet the Bell’s crew 7-9 p.m. No cover; beers range from $5-$8 each. Bell’s Brewery Lakeshore Beverage.”
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/160611004558830/
What/Where: Beer on the Wall | Hopslam Release!
Description: “It’s the only good thing about January: Hopslam. Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire…
…Enjoy a pour on draft and grab a 6-pk to take home for yourself. Allocations and limits TBA closer to the event.”
What/Where: The Brass Tap Orland Park | Hopslam Tapping
Description: “There’s only one good reason to look forward to January – BELL’S HOPSLAM! Tapping at noon for Brew Crew Members and 7pm for Everyone.
Not a Brew Crew Member? Join today and get in on the perks (25% off ALL Drafts Every Monday, 25% off ALL Bottles/Cans Every Tuesday, Special Tappings and Rewards Parties with up to 50% off your total bill)”
What/Where: Bitter Pops | Bell’s Hopslam Release
Description: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
What/Where: HopCat Chicago | Bell’s Hopslam & Friends at HCCH
Description: 5pm. Starting with six different hop varieties added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in their repertoire.
Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
In addition to Hopslam, we’ll be featuring a few others from our friends at Bell’s, including:
Two Hearted | American IPA / 7% & Bell’s Amber | American Amber Ale / 5.8%
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/393209724469657/
What/Where: Roots Pizza (Near Chicago & Damen)| Bell’s Tap Takeover featuring Hopslam
Description: Join us as Bell’s Brewery brings the goods and takes over our taps for the evening! Enjoy rare brews including:
- L’Appel Du Vide Dry Hopped Sour
- Winter White
- Lager of the Lakes
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/145948542777364/