Bell's Leaves of Grass Series

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  1. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,346) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman, Bell's has released their first beer in their new yearlong "Leaves of Grass" series inspired by his work. You can read more about it here:

    https://www.bellsbeer.com/news/bell...es-beers-inspired-walt-whitman-s-leaves-grass

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    The 7 beers in the series have not been finalized, but are tentatively:


    I - Song of Myself (May 2019) – German-Inspired American IPA

    II - The Prairie-Grass Dividing (July 2019) – Gose-Style Ale Brewed with Plum, Salt & Coriander

    III - O Captain! My Captain! (September 2019) – Black India Pale Lager

    IV - To a Locomotive in Winter (November 2019) – Smoked Porter

    V - Song of the Open Road (January 2020) – Winter Warmer

    VI - Salut au Monde! (March 2020) – Lager with Old World Grains

    VII - Spontaneous Me (May 2020) – Wild Fermented Beer
     
  2. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,899) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    This is fantastic and the beers themselves all look intriguing. I need to grab "I" this week and try it.
     
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  3. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,346) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    There were two reviews of it as part of the New Beer Sunday thread yesterday (including a post from me).
     
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  4. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (984) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    This is wonderful. The huge diversity of regional brewing and specific regional literature is a natural fit. Asheville brewers might consider a seasonal collective/collaborative homage to Thomas Wolfe.
     
  5. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,378) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    The German inspired American style IPA is a very good beer. I have had a few it is very nuanced. New school drinkers might not be wowed by is as it doesn't blast your face off with over the top hops.
     
  6. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,899) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    That might the highest possible praise for an IPA in my view these days.
    Thanks! Ill check them out.
     
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  7. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,608) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    And me.
     
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  8. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (725) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    3 seems like my cup of Tea

    Enjoy
     
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  9. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,608) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    Song of the Open Road seems to me to be an odd choice for a January release of a Winter Warmer...
     
  10. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,088) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Oh I wish the promised bells distro would find its way up here.
     
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  11. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,522) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Better do it quickly. This beer flew off the shelf at my store.
     
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  12. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,522) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    It's getting closer. Bell's announced today on Instagram that they are entering Nevada.

    My daughter lives in Fremont and said she has found a store that somehow gets some Bell's stuff. If you're nearby I'll ask her which store. She works in San Jose so the store may be there.
     
  13. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,870) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Except Walt was primarily a Brooklyn guy...:wink: who spent most of his life in Mid-Atlantic urban areas (born on L.I., and spent some time in D.C. as a government bureaucrat/Civil War-era hospital volunteer, and then his final decades in Camden NJ, just across the river from Philadelphia).
     
  14. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,088) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    they have been creeping up from the south for years now. I think my wife got some bells in san diego four or so years ago. It is in the bay area to some extent from what I understand. We are in the far far northern corner of the state and, in reality, might never see it just because we aren't a big enough market to make it worthwhile
     
  15. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (984) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    So? I was speaking generally about brewers honoring local writers. everywhere. I am very familiar with Walt Whitman and know well his provenance and importance to American and world literature.........
     
  16. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,378) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    He took the ferry quite often into Philadelphia hence the name Walt Whitman bridge.
     
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  17. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (984) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    As for a Michigan author, Hemingway (who was a world citizen) and Two-Hearted are linked forever- both story and beer. Jim Harrison would be a good subject to properly fete Michigan literature legacy and physical landscape ( UP) He made things very visual. Walt Whitman is a good choice for any state or locale.
     
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  18. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,870) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Thought by referring to "...regional brewing and specific regional literature" your point was that brewers with strong regional identities, like Bell's in Michigan, should honor their regional authors. (Wasn't implying you were unfamiliar with Uncle Walt...)

    Heck, I ain't drinking a Texas-brewed Thoreau series or a Carl Hiaasen beer not brewed in Florida (well, maybe I will if they taste good...).

    Turns out he doesn't get a dime from all that E-Z-Pass money, either! Rip-off!
     
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  19. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (984) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I recently re-read Hiassen"s Sick Puppy and it was all brand new..
     
  20. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (546) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Agreed-that would be great. Throw in a little James Taylor, too--

    I lived in Thomas Wolfe's room (or so folks said it was his room) over the cornerstone in Old East.
     
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  21. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,870) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Well, damn - there ya go. Nobody ever explains the reason that he couldn't "go home again" --- was because some other joker was living in his room!
     
  22. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (984) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Edgar Allen Poe was right there on The Lawn, in spirit, as the fools marched by chanting blood and soil, and Jews will not replace us. That is some tough spiritual turf to invade . It is inviolable turf that will stand.
     
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  23. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,299) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    It seems Walt was not much of a pastry boi.
     
  24. neenerzig

    neenerzig Poo-Bah (2,185) Feb 15, 2006 Ohio

    All those look/sound pretty good to me. I'll have to see if I is available in my area.

    Eric
     
  25. basics

    basics Initiate (87) Oct 27, 2011 North Carolina

    I, IV, V, VI sound most interesting to me. Especially the smoked porter.
     
  26. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (45) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    reminds me of the planet series they did a few years ago, mostly mediocre and overpriced
     
  27. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (717) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Very much looking forward to the Black IPL and especially the Smoked Porter.
     
  28. wasatchback

    wasatchback Disciple (328) Jan 12, 2014 Bahamas
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    Isn’t there another rather well known (although small in comparison) brewery that has a Leaves of Grass series????
     
  29. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Initiate (192) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    Love the idea, love the lineup. Hoping it comes my way!
     
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  30. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,605) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Yeah, but that other brewery only put out 17 of them, and they make a lot of beer that tastes infected. So let's give Bell's a pass :wink:
     
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  31. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,608) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    So?

    I wonder how many commercial products have used Leaves of Grass-based branding/inspiration. Must be in the thousands, millions, even.

    Isn't there a cannabis company named "Leaves of Grass"?
     
  32. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (379) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Which style of German beer is this ” inspired” by?

    Forgive my ignorance, but what the heck is a Black India Pale Lager and is it black or pale? BA doesn't have IPL listed as a style and beers calling themselves IPL's have styles ranging from Amber and American lagers to Imperial, American, and German Pilsners.
     
  33. wasatchback

    wasatchback Disciple (328) Jan 12, 2014 Bahamas
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    Really? When another brewery has a series of beers they’ve been making since 2015 that’s called Leaves of Grass you don’t see an issue. A brewery that a lot of people have voted as the best craft brewery in the world... many times.
     
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  34. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    The IPA uses an IPA recipe but all malts and hops are German.

    An IPL is a lager brewer's response to the IPA. The Black IPL will use dark malts to change it's color and flavor.
     
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  35. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (45) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    Just in case anyone else is curious, the other brewery is Hill Farmstead (I had too use google images)
     
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  36. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (149) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    What is a German inspired IPA?
     
  37. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    See post #34
     
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  38. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,605) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    While it's true that HF makes many world class beers using incredible techniques with exceptional results that produce superlative beers in a variety of styles, it should be noted that Bell's makes Two Hearted Ale using only one hop variety!
     
  39. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,608) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    No. I don't see the issue. Why do you?
     
  40. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (149) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    Oh, those silly Americans