I'm Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell's Brewery. Ask Me Anything!

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  1. TrentonWLangkamp

    TrentonWLangkamp Initiate (54) Nov 6, 2013 Florida

    What is the story behind Eccentric Ale Day? What is the weirdest costume you have dressed up in?
     
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  2. dgmirelli

    dgmirelli Aspirant (271) Mar 21, 2015 New York

  3. dgmirelli

    dgmirelli Aspirant (271) Mar 21, 2015 New York

    maybe mine were so old it was prior to date stamping! LOL. On the Bell website they list packaging as being date stamped, the 4 pack I bought def was not date stamped.
     
  4. Navalartichoke

    Navalartichoke Aspirant (248) Nov 12, 2010 Virginia

    Thanks for the hint. Bad news about Virginia. Looks like I have to get the old Dodge Charger tuned up and ready to fly! I wonder if Bo or Luke are still driving
     
  5. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Defender (673) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    Larry, really enjoy your beer. Do you use GMO ingredients?
     
  6. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,610) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Larry, it has been a number of years since you took legal action against Innovation Brewing (trademark issue as regards “Innovation”). Innovation Brewing fought this legal action and won.

    After a period of time, for consideration: what are your thoughts about Bells Brewing suing the small brewery of Innovation Brewing? If you had the chance to do things differently, would you?

    Cheers!

    @Miles_in_beer_city
     
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  7. Junior

    Junior Crusader (715) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    That’s too bad. Salut au Monde, an Unfiltered Rustic Lager and VI in the series is fantastic.
     
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  8. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Aspirant (231) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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    Hahaha! Wow. :popcorn:
    Good thing you reminded him that they lost. He probably forgot...
     
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  9. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Aspirant (284) Sep 22, 2011 Georgia

    Hey Larry, what happened to the hop slam this past year. Wasn't balanced with enough honey or the yeast might have been substituted with another. I really could tell a difference from past years cause the abv is usually hidden quite well especially poured into a goblet.
     
  10. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Savant (941) Nov 19, 2011 Kentucky
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    Hi Larry, big fan of all things Bells. I just tried light hearted a few days ago and was very impressed for how much bigger it tastes than a 3.7% IPA. Ended up going back for two 6 packs to fill the fridge.

    As far as BA expo goes, you've alluded to it being released this year. Can you shed any more light on a rough time frame on when it may be coming out?

    Cheers
     
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  11. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (235) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Very cool; my wife and I love ducks and I gave her a framed print of number 385 from the Ocatvo First Ed., Birds of America a few years ago, tell me you have one of the large format ones! :slight_smile:
     
  12. tennisjoel

    tennisjoel Initiate (30) Nov 21, 2007 Minnesota

    Hi Larry, Bells has been a staple for me since I started my craft beer hobby back in the early 2000's. I very much look forward to both Hopslam and Third Coast Old Ale every year. One of the first beers I remember being blown away by was Batch 7000. And one of my favorite memories was attending Great Taste of the Midwest a number of years ago and having you pour Batch 6000 from a 3 liter bottle into our sampler glasses. I didn't even realize it was you until I asked someone who you were. Fun times indeed!
     
  13. Douglas27Boyd

    Douglas27Boyd Initiate (15) Mar 27, 2020 Canada

    I'm from Ontario. Two Hearted Ale is the best value for your money craft beer in the USA. Since I currently cannot travel to Michigan, are there any plans to have your beer available at LCBO stores in my province, like Founders?
     
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  14. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,192) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Ahh, that explains this:
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    (awesome)
     
  15. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Crusader (728) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    Larry, love your beer particularly Expedition and Third Coast, which seemingly have unlimited cellar potential. Apologies if this is too distribution specific but any idea why BA Expedition and Black Note were so hard to find in NE Ohio last year?

    Best wishes for the future.
     
  16. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Savant (941) Nov 19, 2011 Kentucky
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    Neither were made last year.
     
  17. LuckFreeZone

    LuckFreeZone Aspirant (251) Oct 24, 2016 New York
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    I have a question.

    Why does the taste (I assume it is not simply my perception of the taste) of Expedition Stout vary so much year to year? I know this is not a Bells only issue (Sierra Nevada Narwhal, Brooklyn BCS, etc.) are in the same boat.

    I am curious if it is intentional (altering the recipe) or if it actually varies within the year and I am getting multiple six packs from the same batch or if is the water / hops / etc varying year-to-year or something else.

    If it is intentional, whatever you did for the 2018 batch was awesome and I vote for that (I did not see 2019 locally).
    Thank you,

    JEH
     
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  18. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Crusader (728) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

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  19. Junior

    Junior Crusader (715) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    2015 Expedition Stout and Third Coast Old Ale are at my local grocery store. Thank you.
     
  20. runbirddrinkbeer

    runbirddrinkbeer Initiate (158) Oct 24, 2009 Florida

    It's a thing of beauty!
     
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  21. Billet

    Billet Aspirant (215) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan

    I'll second that... I put Bell's Amber back into my regular rotation because of this post. I hadn't bought it in a while, and I had forgotten just how good it is. It reminds me of an ESB, another one of my favorite styles. Thanks!
     
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