Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bell’s Hopslam Ale: a Confession

Flickr photo by edwin.bautista

I have a confession to make: I’d never tried Bell’s Hopslam until last night. Actually, I have two confessions to make: Never tried Hopslam, don’t much care for hopped-up beer gimmicks, which is why I’d been avoiding Hopslam. Oh, how wrong I was.  

Hopslam is no gimmick at all; it’s more than just liquid hops in a glass. Hopslam is smooth, almost like nectar — mead? — practically a dessert drink. A solid dollop of honey smooths out the hops and puts this Double India Pale Ale leaps and bounds ahead of its contemporaries, for pure drinkability. Plus, at 10% ABV it has some serious kick. Hopslam is borderline dangerous.
Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repetoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
When winter rolls around I typically switch to stout. Hopslam has made me a convert. Well done, Bell’s, well done.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Justin Verlander Talks "Hot Foot" with Conan O'Brien [VIDEO]


Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander made a recent appearance on Conan and discussed, among other things, the now famous "hot foot" of Don Kelly. To check out more of Verlander, head to MLB.com. And in case you're worried about the color of Verlander's shoes —