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03/03/2018 - 1:29pm You are the best. Just the best.

Code is 741258. Thank you.

 

01/27/2018 - 6:15pm Southern CA

We do indeed distribute Bell’s - and Hopslam - in southern CA. So Hopslam will be around if you can find it (this is in reference to someone thinking it’s not in Ca). Good luck!

12/04/2017 - 12:36pm Neutral Milk Hotel

Ah, yes. I had many a discussion about the conceptual ideas behind NMH's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea on Haloscan.

Although, that particular topic didn't usually start until about the 30th comment. 

09/22/2017 - 10:35pm More for Michigan

My coworker who is a beer rep in Manhattan told me today that there are five Michigan bars in NYC. More than any other Big Ten school.

06/17/2017 - 4:20pm No Corner of the Internet is Safe

I see that the Russians have discovered the Mgoboard.

12/15/2016 - 8:28pm Shit. He has the Michigan

Shit. He has the Michigan helmet in the center of the line-up. You'd think if he wanted to pull the surprise he'd pick a helmet not in the center.

Don't judge me.

12/12/2016 - 12:49pm That brings to mind a

That brings to mind a question: did McDoom disappear near the end of the season? I don't remember him in any of the last two or three games.

08/24/2016 - 8:53pm I love it when a player gets

I love it when a player gets dinged for not beating an entire team, because that's logical.

06/11/2016 - 10:13pm I'm not sure it'll be the

I'm not sure it'll be the VERY LAST place we roll out, but it'll definitely be a few more years.

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05/27/2016 - 1:23pm Ohio

Is Michigan's Australia.

05/22/2016 - 9:32pm Quality humor right there!

Quality humor right there!

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05/13/2016 - 12:33am My sister was in that program

My sister was in that program and graduated in '94 or '95. Considering how you all basically lived in design studio up there I'd bet you know her. Her first name is Rose.

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03/18/2016 - 1:28pm I will do that Eric. We don't

I will do that Eric. We don't know as of yet the cause. A genetic screening has been done, but we haven't received the results yet. There is no readily apparent cause. As I said, she was born in the "normal" hearing range and, in fact, we have video of her at approximately the age of one (she was on pace to be an early talker) repeating back to us words in English and Spanish and then that ability began to fade. I recognize in the long run she will be fine, but even now I can't type this without tearing up. It's been a tough journey so far.

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03/18/2016 - 11:55am My daughter was born hearing,

My daughter was born hearing, but has steadily been losing it since about the age of one. Now she is five and is severe to profoundly deaf and on her way to getting cochlear implants at Motts. She is also an athletic freak (yes, at the age of five) and we have worried about her ability to play team sports, so this kid's success is really encouraging to witness!

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01/31/2016 - 9:03am XM I hi

XM I hi

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12/21/2015 - 12:12am So the way you beat a spread team...

...isn't by scheme, but rather by superior talent. Interesting theory Honcho. If only football coaches knew about this, they'd quit this 'Spread' nonsense.

12/08/2015 - 9:34am Voted daily

Voted daily

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12/07/2015 - 8:54am So why don't you go hang out over there?

So why don't you go hang out over there?

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12/02/2015 - 2:54pm The purpose?

Is the contract's only purpose to protect the employee? I understand it to be an employment agreement between two parties. If you can just get up and leave, why have a contract at all? Just have an exchange of values: labor/performance in exchange for pay. If a contract isn't binding for a length of time it defeats the point, doesn't it? I'm seriously confused by this as I am with pro players who hold out two years into their agreement. You signed a four deal for X amount of dollars, now you're holding out?

12/02/2015 - 2:07pm What's the point in even having contracts?

What's the point in even having contracts?

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10/26/2015 - 11:13pm Private too...

And as of this year, any private college in the state.

10/26/2015 - 11:10pm Speculative

That's entirely speculative. Only Janet (I can't think of her last name, but the ex-superintendent of KPS) knows the donors and she has always referred to them non-descriptly. I only know this because I used to work for the Upjohn Institute which assisted in overseeing the fund. Either way, the Promise is funded into perpetuity by an anonymous donor(s).

10/26/2015 - 3:21pm The Kalamazoo Promise

What a phenomenal example of the opportunity and empowerment that the Kalamazoo Promise provides for young people. Good on you for earning your way into Michigan, Simeon!

10/24/2015 - 12:04am Blimpy's is anything but

Blimpy's is anything but overrated. It is the Tacopants of burgers.

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10/14/2015 - 8:18pm Michigan

31-7, Michigan Wolverines

10/05/2015 - 1:28pm If nothing else...

Harbaugh provides us with endless tshirts:

"Known Friend and Trusted Agent" or "Are You a Known Friend? A Trusted Agent?"

09/15/2015 - 9:18pm Spartan tears taste like

Spartan tears taste like tear-gas.

08/02/2015 - 12:32am It's also available in NC.

It's also available in NC.

06/19/2015 - 11:12pm I work for Bell's in sales.

I work for Bell's in sales. I'll be in Maryland and Delaware next week for our official release/crew drive. I'm excited to see the area.

06/19/2015 - 11:11pm Sparkling is out right now.

Sparkling is out right now. Draft only. Limited release.

06/18/2015 - 2:25pm No matter what your angle is

No matter what your angle is here, this is dumb.

04/23/2015 - 9:13am Matt is not the head of

Matt is not the head of marketing at Bell's.

04/10/2015 - 8:45pm I have some Surly Furious,

I have some Surly Furious, Dale's Deviant and Working For the Weekend. All IPAs tonight because I wish to be drunk.

02/13/2015 - 9:20pm I was lucky enough to see

I was lucky enough to see Wesley live at Club Soda. It was just as weird in real life as it was on cassette.

02/13/2015 - 9:17pm Geddy Lee has the worst voice

Geddy Lee has the worst voice ever all while being one the greatest rock bands of all time.

02/09/2015 - 10:49pm Hopslam in Ypsi

I was just told a few minutes ago that BW3, Sidetrack, and Red Rock in Ypsi currently have Hopslam. I can't first-person vouch for it, but good luck!

02/09/2015 - 10:19pm On the micro level...

Typically, yes, the more of year-arounds you sell the more a distributor will give you (Expedition doesn't fall into this category). Other distributors want to see on-premise locations keep Two Hearted and a seasonal handle year-around. They're all a little bit different and once a distributor purchases a beer from a supplier it is their beer and ultimately their decision on how to distribute it (though we try to influence that).

On the macro level - ie, how much beer is released to first each state and then within that state, each distributor - is far, far more complicated.

 

02/09/2015 - 10:13pm For more reasons...

Than you can count, but predominatly because the last time you typically have an Oberon it is Labor Day weekend, you're doing something amazing, and the weather is glorious. Then you go over six months without a drop of it and it is the end of March and everything is cold and the color of mud.

But to say that we change either of those beers, ever, is beyond absurd; not to mention you're trying to tell me what that beer was like 10 years ago compared to now? 

02/09/2015 - 7:55pm People stalk the delivery trucks

Somebody in Minnesota last year or the year before did a news report about people following the distributor's trucks around town to see where Hopslam was being delivered to. It's pretty crazy and over-the-top everywhere.

 

02/09/2015 - 7:53pm They Do Indeed

I've never worked for an employer who takes as good of care of their employees as Bell's does. I highly recommend it (and we're hiring over 150 more people this year).

02/09/2015 - 7:22pm No. It'll be quite a while

No. It'll be quite a while yet for Texas.

02/09/2015 - 7:21pm The "Experimental" series

The "Experimental" series beers are beers brewed with hops that are in trials and not commercially available (approximately 85% of these never make it to market). Bells is one of several breweries who are tasked with testing these hops.

Again - and with all respect - we DO NOT EXPERIMENT WITH THE HOPSLAM RECIPE. Listen, the only thing that changes yearly are agricultural circumstances surrounding the ingredients and the fact that almost everybody goes about 11 months between drinking that beer. Memory is notoriously fickle and literally nobody can accurately remember the differences between ANY beer over that length of time.

02/09/2015 - 2:40pm Let Me Slightly Walk It Back

Yes, I do work for Bell's and thanks for the questions.

1. We do sell quite a bit of it in Ohio, but no matter what it is going to be a bit difficult to come by. We have an internal method of determining quantity allocations for each market that I probably am no allowed to disclose, but I can tell that Ohio is a great market for us and, as such, they get quite a bit of Hopslam but that it may be more concentrated in certain areas.  May I suggest our website? We have both a beer finder (good for off-premise stores, not so good for on-premise) and a Regional Events calendar (good for on-premise) that can help in locating beer. Again though, with Hopslam it is more of an issue of getting their quickly.

2. Okay, so let me walk back just a teeny bit my absolutist speech about nobody recommending it. Dogfish does. For one beer. And they are very much the exception in this one instance.

There's a philosphical decision about that particular beer and even in the descriptor they allude to the non-hop flavors overtaking the hop ones. On that same page they also talk about how - for the most part - fresh is better. Aging beer is certainly becoming a big thing in our industry and it is mostly true that the beers that age best have a higher ABV (though not the only factor) and Dogfish is willing to age-experiment with 120. 

You can do that also with Hopslam and the Oracle, but the beer you get in the end is a far cry from our intent and is not what we - and most other brewers - prefer. We want that beer drank and drank quickly. It is designed to impart the aromatics and bitterness to the consumer and those factors fade.

We do have beers that we want you to age, just not those beers.  The back of each of our beers has one of three letters that indicate our recommendations for aging:

A = drink within six months

B = drink within a year

C = age that thing into perpetuity

Please let me know if I didn't answer this fully or if you have any other questions.

Go Blue.

02/09/2015 - 1:49pm I misread

That was gopoohgo who wrote that, but I stand by my points nonetheless.

02/09/2015 - 1:46pm Wrong person directly

I was replying to the post above yours, but it is all part of the same thread.

As for Dogfish, they are absolutely the exception rather than the rule. Read your typical IPA label and it pleads with the consumer to drink it fresh. But MGrowOld said it himself in the post: the aged one tastes like barleywine which is what happens with Hopslam and The Oracle as well (and, coincidentally, is NOT what we want that beer to taste like).

02/09/2015 - 1:42pm Raleigh

Our rep in North Caroline is pretty good about posting all of her events here:

http://bellsbeer.com/events-2/

02/09/2015 - 1:40pm By the end of this year

We should be in Maryland and Delaware, barring anything unforeseen.

02/09/2015 - 1:37pm Do Not Age Any IPA

You do not age any IPAs. Ever! The first thing that breaks down in package - reagardless of ABV - are hops. So if you age any hop-focused beer you end up drinking a product that brewer did not intend nor want you to drink.

This last year I had an account hide three barrels of Hopslam so that they could release it in August (which meant that the beer was expired). We had to go reclaim that beer (and they were fully reimbursed despite letting it run out of code) and to this day that business owner won't carry our product because he is convinced that you can age any beer with a high ABV. The point is that we would sooner lose the business (not that that is ideal either) then allow them to serve an old Hopslam. What if it is a new consumer who tries it and that is their first experience with Hopslam?

No, please, do not age your IPAs.

02/09/2015 - 1:32pm 100% Incorrect

We never, ever tinker with the Hopslam recipe. It is a successful beer that consistently ends up on "Top Beers" lists. Why would we change it?  We do not change any of our successful beers.

The "Larry's Latest" series are experimental beers for future projects such as Upper Hand brewing and the Mars DIPA, to name a few. You honestly couldn't be further off the mark about the Larry's Latest series.

02/09/2015 - 1:28pm This Isn't True

I'm sorry, but your statement about last year it being less available isn't true. We brewed the same amount as last year but had to distribute it more widely this year due to new markets. So, if anything, it is slightly more difficult to find this year.

Additionally, all bars and stores get an allocated amount. They are not allowed to "stock up...until Oberon". This statement is just patently incorrect.