For those of you Chicago MGoBloggers, my local beer store got its shipment of Hopslam this week. I know that there was some turmoil as to when it would be released given the weird two announcements from Bells. But I assure you 2012 Hopslam is out and it is wonderful!
OT - Hopslam in Chicago
Trying to find it in GR - anyone seeing it on the west side? I had to resort to Two Hearted last night #firstworldbeerproblems
I just called Siciliano's, but they won't have it until next week. Wonderland would be my next bet on the west side.
I grab a weekly six-pack mixer every Saturday at Sicilianos.
Thank you, sir. Just called Rockford Dry Dock and he said next Friday...FWIW.
Said they get their shipment in on Monday
I'm pretty sure I saw it this week on the Green Rd. Busch's in Ann Arbor, as well. Didn't pick any up yet, but it's On My List.
where is your store at in Chicago?
PLEASE ANSWER THIS MAN!!
My store in Chicago is Vrai Amour two blocks south of fullerton. Father and son operation. From Michigan, used to have Michigan season tickets. Great beer, better people. Tell them Paul send ya.
Thanks for the tip, I have been calling binny's for two weeks asking if they knew when it was coming in, they claimed no idea, end of january. Sitting waiting for takeout last night and checked the site and saw this. Called them and sure enough they had it. Rushed over there 15 minutes before closing. One case per customer, I asked for 3 and the guy laughed at me and said he wished he could buy 3 as well... It sells out in chicago in like 2 days, going back today for another case...
You're a bastard for buying 2 cases of it in that situation. Everyone on here is a bastard for hyping my favorite beer on a football message board.
I know, I do feel a bit greedy... I actually went back within 24 hrs and they had 2 cases left. But it is an addiction, can't help it. Giving a 6-pack to my buddy who just had a kid helps my conscience? i can say that with a straight face...
I looked for it today and didn't see it!
Drinking It on tap as we speak. Ashley's - Ann Arbor. Mmm good
Anyone remember the first year it was brewed in 06? It didn't have honey in it back then. But it was only for a year. Real good regardless.
I just picked up a 6er tonight.
Go to Terry's Turf Club in the Nati for the best burger in town and a hopslam, sit at the bar and talk to terry, he'll throw you some extra food... and then enjoy the diabetes kicking in while on the couch watching football...
Been drinking here in kazoo on tap at bells since Monday. Sorry to rub it in. It's like candy in a bottle
Having worked at Bells for 2 years while in school, I second this thought.
I'm so glad I live in Kalamazoo, I never have to wait I just go downtown and drink at Bells. On a side note I have to give a shout out to Arcadia, just because my parents founded it.
Shipwrecked right now. Thank you for that beer. Tis amazing
Bell's, not so much
I'm in Kalamazoo next week to visit a client and am looking forward to trying this beer 20-25 times that night.
What's everyone's ranking of Bell's?
2. Two Hearted
4. Anything else
Double chocolate cream stout is good too
2. Best Brown
3. Two Hearted
4. Winter White
5. Double Cream Stout
8. Java Stout
Hopslam and Two Hearted are the only two Bell's I really enjoy. I actually prefer Arcadia Whitsun Ale over Oberon by a mile - it's just too bad it's harder to find (on tap especially).
Agree with the Whitsun. I'm not really a fan of any of the other Arcadias, but that stuff is the troof. Still, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have fond memories of scotch ale at Heidelberg's happy hour.
22 years divorced from A2, and I still miss that place. When I was there it was a world-class beer selection and hardcore punk. Misfits/Minor Threat wannabees.
Cool mix, once in a while.
Ate there in a pinch with the family after a Michigan hockey game last winter. The food was phenomenal, so was the beer.
And no punk music.
Whitsun is delicious.
Oberon has steadily declined to the point where it no longer even piques my interest at the bar/store. Even though its a big deal when it comes out in SW Michigan when I grow up as a kind of "Summer is here!!" symbol, I can't even get excited about it anymore.
Two Hearted and Hopslam are a little much for me:
1. Oberon circa 2005
2. Pale Ale
3. Oberon circa 2006
4. Winter White
5. Oatmeal Stout
6. Two Hearted
7. Oberon 2007-present
2. Two Hearted
3. Expedition Stout
Shoot, I'd better stop before I get to ten.
Damn, I also had Hell Hath No Fury in a burbon barrel that was epic...
Also, I've never had Black Note Stout, but I'd bet it would be #1 or #2. Can't believe this was the first mention of Expedition Stout.
Black Note is very good, but I've only had it once or twice, so hard to say its one of my favorites. If you can find it and like huge stouts, you'll like it.
For the uninitiated its a blend of expedition and double cream aged in a bourbon barrel for awhile. IIRC, there's a plan to be a 750ML bottle release at some point soon-ish.
1. Hop Slam (special occasions)
2. Two Hearted Ale (favorite regular beer, hence the name)
3. Oberon (favorite summer beer)
4. Winter White (winter)
2. Two Hearted
3. Double Cream Stout
5. Best Brown
Honorable Mention: Kalamazoo Stout
My wife is going to go into labor any day now, so we're stuck at home. should I be drinking right now? Of course not, but my grandpa got me a bottle of Blue Label, so yeah, I'm drinking, and listening to Dean Martin, and Ray Lamontagne.
Congrats on the future Wolverine! Blue label is the best one, right? I never can remember the ordering, and which color label is the best bang for the buck.
The outfit he's coming home from the hospital in is ALL Michigan, haha. His room has two posters in it, Bo Schembechler and one that simply reads "The Team" in maze and blue. It's a Winnie the Pooh design, but the maze and blue touches work well wih it.
Haha, love it! Hopefully (s)he'll be singing "The Victors" before you know it! And nice change of the avatar.
Red < Black < Green < Gold (Maize) < Blue
Nice, thanks Clay. Now the question is where is the line drawn between "guh" and "tasty".
You like Ray? Try William Elliott Whitmore. Trust me - he is Ray Lamontagne mixed with Johnny Cash and Otis Redding.
Will definitely give him a listen, I need some new music to listen to. I've been wearing out Ray's "God willing and the creek don't rise" album.
Good call! And congrats, man.
Means a lot.
This "Field Songs" is pretty damn good, and I'm only through two songs.
Johnny Blue a while back. Must say I was a bit disappointed. Prefer my Midleton very rare or Suntory Yamazaki 18, both for about $50 less a bottle.
Just picked up a case at the Binny's in Lakeview. They also have some Founder's Double Trouble and Breakfast Stout too.
Still waiting on its arrival in VA. Hoping to score another mini keg this year.
Ranking of Bell's:
2) Sparkling (on tap @ Ashley's over New Year's, did not care that it was 12PM and none of my wife's friends were drinking)
3) Solsun (was underage at the time, just tasted better I guess).
I hate you f*ckers who have access to fresh Hopslam in Michigan. Loved getting it on tap down the street from our old house in Plymouth at Herman's Old Towne Tavern.
Cville; where did you score the mini kegs in Va? I'm in MD, but regularly hit DC/NoVa
But as soon as I make my next paycheck for sure. Two Hearted is one of my go to beers, so Hopslam and that are probably my top 2 for Bells (I'm an IPA guy). After that I'm not really sure. Oberon, Best Brown, Oarsman, Double Cream Stout, and the Java Stout (although not as good as a few others I've had) are pretty solid. The only one I really have had a truly bad experience with is the Cherry Stout - maybe this year I'll have to give it another try.
No Hopslam in Traverse City yet. Went to three different stores and no luck. Apparently the "official" Hopslam release is this coming Tuesday. Went with Two Hearted instead... Solid backup
1. Black Note
3. Expedition Stout
4. The Oracle
5. Third Coast Old Ale
Then Two Hearted and all the other classics.
sorry, my store is in brookfield right at the seven corners, Sam's is the name. They got 10 cases and they're just a small joint. great selection, though.
I was just at Plum Market in Ann Arbor and they've got tons of it. sixers are going for $16.99 though, which is more than I've seen it for in previous years.
$19.99 for a 6 pack here. Just glad we got it.
yea, not cheap here, either. I bought two sixers and a 750ml bottle of stoli and was out like 65 bucks.
It was going for $59.99 in DC last year, near Georgetown. I thought it was priced by the case.
However all the cases sold out the first day. People all go out and buy 3-4 cases when it gets here. The bars get their kegs next week. Can you order this online?
Went to my local Binny's and Hopslam had come and gone. Bummer. Shipment came in on Thurs. and was sold out in 24 hours. Another shipment is rumored in two weeks, so guess I'll have to find out when it will arrive and get there in a hurry.
Fulton Liquor Store just received a shipment today going for 15/16.99 a 6-pack (can't remember which he said).