Monday, August 23, 2010

Bells Beer - Let's Take a Drink!

Michigan Expats – Culture – See All Culture

By Mr Sig

Our first podcast featured Mr Sig and the Doctor reviewing three different beers from Bells Brewing Company.  Here is a quick rundown.

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Bells Amber Ale – Episode 2

Great all-purpose beer.  The flavor is not too much nor is it too little.  For someone who is new to “higher class” beer drinking, this is a good selection.  While this beer might be slightly more expensive than a typical Bud or Miller product, the quality and taste is much higher.  Given the alcohol content, it is a good “1 or 2” beer and not something you will drink several of.  This beer can go with all sorts of different types of food.  The only bummer is… it is not likely to be found in too many grocery stores.  Look for it in a specialty beer store.

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Bells Two Hearted Ale – Episode 3

Bells Two Hearted Ale is a fairly hoppy beer which is typical of an IPA.  As the Doctor explained, IPA means Indian Pale Ale which hearkens back to the British colonial days.  The Doctor gave us a history lesson indicating that the British have been known for drinking for centuries.  As such, British colonialists in India needed to import some of their great English beer.  In order to delay the fermentation process to account for the long trip from England to India, higher quantities of hops were used in the brewing process.  This created a stronger and more bitter taste.  This particular beer is probably not for the newbie to strange-brews but the Doctor recommends this beer with anything you put on the grill.  Like the Amber Ale, it is not likely to be found in a typical grocery store, but you should be able to find it in a specialty beer store.

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Bells Oberon – Episode 4

Bells Oberon is the Bells Brewing Company’s flagship beer.  It comes in the familiar orange label and despite being a wheat beer, it is the beer that Michigan beer drinkers most identify with.  The Doctor mentioned that this particular beer determines which bar wins the post-softball game company.  If Bells Oberon is not on tap, you can forget about this group spending money at your establishment.  Oberon is a wheat beer meaning that its drinker will enjoy an almost citrusy taste that goes down very easy.  It is considered a seasonal beer mainly set up to be taken in the summer.  Its sophisticated consumers are rarely seen enjoying an Oberon without an orange slice.  If you are a Michigan expat, you are most likely to find Bells Oberon on the shelves in your local grocery store than any other Michigan beer.

4 comments:

  1. 2 of my favorite beers are Bells though are not on this list. The darkest beer I have ever had in my life and in contention for my favorite is Bells Expedition Stout. Also high on my list is the Third Coast Old Ale. Both are extremely potent (>10% ABV) and expensive.

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  2. Cool! I became a fan of the Amber. When I bought them at the beer store, the "beer guy" there was from the UP.

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  3. I'm sure you all know that it's DC Beer Week and the Big Hunt in Dupont is featuring Michigan beers on draft Friday evening, with representatives from the breweries to discuss them. http://thebighunt.net/events.html

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  4. Oh no!!! I completely missed it!

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