Hopslam in Chicago, Here it Comes!


Photo Credit: Bell’s Brewery


One of the most eagerly awaited annual beer releases is Bell’s Brewery’s Hopslam Ale, a highly rated (100 Rate Beer, 99 Beer Advocate, etc.) Double IPA, high in both hops (70 IBU) and alcohol by volume (10%). Every year, Bar Native spends an inordinate amount of our time searching hither and yon for one of these delicious beers. If you love hoppy beers, and haven’t yet experienced a Hopslam, then 2016 is your year to set that right.

The big news for 2016 is that due to some temporary limitations at the brewery, Hopslam will not be released in bottles this year; only cans and mini-kegs.

To prepare you for the upcoming hoppy invasion from neighboring Michigan, we are providing this listing of Hopslam release events in the Chicago area. Not nearly everything has been announced or even hinted at yet, so this list will be updated frequently as events are announced.

Hopslam Release, Tappings & Events

There will be a number of Hopslam tappings in the area over the next several weeks and you can find a listing of the release events below. As more events are announced, we’ll update the list.

Currently on Tap or in Can here (though obviously supply can run out anytime):


Events & Releases

Thursday, January 28th
Friday, January 29th
Monday, February 1st
Tuesday, February 2nd
Wednesday, February 3rd
Thursday, February 4th
Friday, February 5th
Saturday, February 6th
  • Time TBA: Whole Foods Market Willowbrook – 6300 Kingery Hwy, Willowbrook.
Tuesday, February 9th
Wednesday, February 10th
Thursday, February 11th
  • 4pm: Mac’s Wood Grilled - 1801 W. Division, Chicago.
  • 5pm: Burke’s Tap – 2913 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago. As part of their Barrel-Aged & Rare Beer Tap Takeover ($10 Take-Home Glass, $7 Refills)
  • 5pm: Whole Foods Market Elmhurst – 215 S. Rt 83, Elmhurst.
Friday, February 12th
Saturday, February 13th
  • 3pm – 5pm: Riverside Foods – 48 E. Burlington St, Riverside.
Tuesday, February 16th
Wednesday, February 17th
Thursday, February 18th

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