One Badge, Four Beers from One of the Best Breweries in the Country
For the past 35 years, Bell's Brewery has brewed inspired beers that have become favorites of many-a-craft beer drinker from a beer named as the best in America four years running to one of the most popular beers that signifies spring.
Bell's should be a household name to most. But, it wasn't always that way. The brewery actually began with just a soup pot - the vessel Bell's Founder Larry Bell used for his first commercial brew back in 1985! Fortunately for us over the past thirty-five years Bell eventually left the soup pots behind and became one of the most revered breweries in the country. Mostly, for its iconic beers that bucked the trends of the day and continue to innovate even today.
For example, Bell's Oberon is the American wheat beer that has become synonymous with spring and sunshine in a glass.
And Two Hearted Ale has been recognized as the best beer in America for four years running by Zymurgy Magazine. As the brewery's most popular beer, Bell's Two Hearted Ale has made more than just a splash in craft beer culture.
First brewed in 1997, Two Hearted Ale has earned a special spot in Drinking Socially podcast hosts Harrison Hickok and Jon Dispenza's beer drinking hearts. It's actually the beer Hickok has checked in the most on Untappd!
Bell's has always been innovative. They were the first Michigan brewery to open a pub on the same site as the brewery when their "Eccentric Cafe" opened in 1993. Always ahead of the curve, Bell's finally jumped on the Hazy IPA craze in 2019 with the release of the Official Hazy IPA. And they released Light Hearted, a better-for-you, low-ABV, and low-cal IPA inspired by Two Hearted in 2020.
In many ways the story of Bell's Brewery is the story of American craft beer - both on the cutting edge while nostalgically comfortable at the same time. That's tough to do. Kind of like making fashionable cargo pants or drinking coffee in a moving car. But they're doing it! And that's one of the reasons Hickok and Dispenza love this beer community - and Bell's (Honestly, Hickok's check-ins can't lie!).
All this to say that both hosts have been trying to find a way to get Bell's on the podcast since they started hosting. So when they saw the "Always Inspired" badge launch on Untappd they knew the time had come. Tune into this week's episode of Drinking Socially as Hickok and Dispenza drink some great beers and celebrate Bell's Brewery thirty-five years of being "Always Inspired".
They'll also unlock the "Always Inspired" badge which includes checking-in four of Bell's flagship beers including Official Hazy IPA, Two Hearted, Light Hearted, and Oberon.
HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE: These four beers are part of Bell's Always Inspired Badge. To get it, check-in one (1) of the four Bell's Brewery beers—Two Hearted Ale, Official Hazy IPA, Light Hearted, or Oberon— from September 22, 2021 - October 22, 2021.