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Arabicadabra: A New Bell's Coffee Milk Stout to Debut in October

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Keene, Jun 21, 2017.

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  1. Keene

    Keene Editorial Director (871) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    COMSTOCK, Mich. (June 21, 2017) - Bell's Brewery is proud to announce a new addition to its seasonal specialty lineup for release this fall. Arabicadabra, a coffee milk stout with an ABV of 5.5%, will debut on draught and in 12-ounce bottles, packaged in six-packs, this October.

    “When we announced this year’s release calendar late last year, we knew there were a few more surprises to come. This is one of them,” said Bell's CEO Laura Bell.

    “It’s really fun to see new favorites move to a wider audience. This is another example of how we continue to explore new ingredients and flavors. The spirit of innovation that set us on this path is still a huge part of who we are and we will continue to look for ways to showcase that innovation across our distribution area,” Bell said.

    Brewed with 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this beer will stand in for Java Stout, another Bell's specialty coffee stout, for 2017.

    “Java Stout will always have a special place in our portfolio and isn't being permanently retired. This year, we are changing things up a bit. Arabicadabra is a different take on a coffee stout and very similar to a local favorite that was released at our pub and at some events. It’s time to share it with an even larger audience,” she added.

    Arabicadabra is brewed with a cold coffee extract made at the brewery using a combination of fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans and Sumatra coffee beans. Lactose is also used for creaminess (those with dairy allergies or sensitivities should take note). It was inspired by Milchkaffe, another specialty Bell's beer. That sweet, milk stout, was only available on draught and debuted in 2015.

    Arabicadabra will ship to Bell's entire distribution footprint, including New Mexico which Bell's will begin distributing to in the fall. Additional details will be shared online at bellsbeer.com and on Bell's social media as they become available.


    About Bell's Brewery, Inc.
    Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we've grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 500 people over a 31 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

    You can also follow Bell’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Untappd.

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  2. zid

    zid Savant (967) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    Terrible name.

    Glad to see them put a hold on Java Stout rather than Best Brown or some other beer... in order to keep the portfolio from coffee overload.
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  3. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (686) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I really like Java stout but it's up to $60 a case here so I have not had it in a while,

    This new one sounds nice but at what $.

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  4. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,273) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Sounds good, will have to try it. Any BA version?
  5. Jlabs

    Jlabs Savant (981) Nov 11, 2013 New York

    a low ABV mik stout..yes please!!
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  6. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (324) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    Label is pretty cheesy too
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  7. Jmorey

    Jmorey Aspirant (261) Feb 10, 2015 Michigan

    I like the name. Fun to say out loud.
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  8. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,483) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Who else is excited to try this one? Looks good.
  9. El_Brujo_de_A2

    El_Brujo_de_A2 Initiate (181) Nov 15, 2016 Michigan

    If anything the person who did the coloring and photoshop effects on that line art should get a medal. Will have to try the beer out as I am a big fan of bell's.
  10. BlakeAM

    BlakeAM Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Illinois

    I'll try this, but it will need to be damn good for me to get over the loss of Java Stout, no matter how temporary. Java Stout was close to FBS for fall coffee brews to me, even if it was less complex.
  11. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (568) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana

    Looking forward to this one. Milchkaffe was more to my tastes than Java Stout. Hopefully it's priced more in-line with their standard seasonals and year-round brews. The Java Stout has been massively overpriced for years.
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  12. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,483) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Happy to see this coming out soon, should be a good one. Oct is right around the corner now.
  13. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,751) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Ahhh, good.

    Aribica beans
    Cold brewed
    Milk Stout
    Lower ABV
    Vintage poster art.

    What's not to like?

    I've already made a note to find when it gets here.

    Now if they'll bring back again this year the Oktoberfest in bottles.... :grin:
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  14. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,571) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    While I'm a Bell's fan and totally appreciate the inroads that they've created by brewing so many dark beers so many years ago... and I'll certainly try it... do we really need another coffee beer? At least it will replace Java Stout, at least temporarily.

    And I find the name good, well at least fun, and the label fairly well done.

    But I have to question everyone calling it a "lower ABV" beer... what were the original UK Milk Stouts at? And in general is a beer that's 5.5% ABV "lower" in alcohol? Budweiser's currently 5.0%, up from 4.8%.
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  15. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,751) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Yes, "lower than what?" is a meaningful question.

    While I have not got data on the ABV of the original milk stouts, but since the existing ABV range for both Milk Stouts and English Stouts is listed here as coming in between 4.0 and 7.0% I'd say 5.5% makes it a lower ABV beer in comparison to the higher ABV stouts in those categories.

    In the context of UK session beers it is high ABV by comparison but in the context of higher ABV American beers, e.g., Imperial Stouts, it is definitely lower than such things as the typical RIS.
  16. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,483) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Has anyone seen this out yet? Shows on their site its available but I have yet to see in stores? Just curious, thanks....
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  17. ClarkstonMark

    ClarkstonMark Initiate (71) Feb 21, 2016 Michigan

    just seeing it show up in Michigan, though I didn't check the price
  18. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,483) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    OK, thanks for info. With luck AZ will be getting some soon, curious the feedback on this beer, hopefully its good.
  19. MJS08

    MJS08 Aspirant (283) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    I did a search on TW. It shows in stock in Brookfield WI. $9.49/6 btls. 5.5% ABV. I'd better leave now if I want to get there before closing.
  20. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,483) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I checked on my total wine, nothing so far. I am thinking early next week for us. I am surprised there is so little chatter on this one, to me it sounds pretty good.
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  21. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (1,517) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    It's made it to southern Indiana. I have one in the fridge for NBS. Pricing should be very reasonable. My local grocery had 6 packs on sale for $8.59.
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  22. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,483) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Wow, 6 packs for under $9, that is outstanding.... I hope to see this soon, been waiting to try since this was posted originally, hope the reviews come back positive...
  23. flat_lander

    flat_lander Devotee (459) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I grabbed a 6 of this a few days ago. I think it was $10.99 for a 6er. It's fine. Me personally, if I were coffee stout shopping, would just put my $ towards more Founder's Breakfast Stout. And I'm a big fan of both breweries.
  24. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,483) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    If you have not had the Firestone Mocha Merlin yet hit that up, its dam good.
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  25. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Devotee (459) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    Grabbed a sixer of Arabicadabra at bottleBOX in Norfolk...
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  26. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,483) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Sipping this now, was worth the wait, if you love coffee beers this is a home run.
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  27. meanmutt

    meanmutt Meyvn (1,090) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
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    Bought a six pack of this yesterday. Drank one already and I'm happy to report that it's fantastic.
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  28. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,273) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Will have to try it before it disappears
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