Bell’s is indeed bottling Hopslam later this week, but that likely means that it will not be available for us to pick up until early next week, which means stores will start getting it later next week. As for a second run, I’ve heard that rumor, but I have not heard that confirmed. My fear would be that the hop shortage might create a problem for a second run and I don’t really expect a second run.
We’re expecting a pretty fair amount of Hopslam in Indiana this year (more than last year), and we will be getting all of it next week in one shipment. As to where, I don’t know that I can give you a specific list of which retailers will order it, but all of the usual suspects should have it like Kahn’s, come Crown stores, Parti Pak, some Payless stores, etc.
Draft Hopslam will be available at the same time but the number of kegs is a little more limited than the cases. I would expect about 35-40 retailers total, in the state, to get kegs. Again, some of the usual suspects will have draft. Bell’s definitely likes to reward retailers who sell Bell’s beer year round with Hopslam, so the bigger Bell’s retailers are the people who will get the kegs.
Of course, the Beer Finder at our website will be updated daily with places that have gotten their shipments of Hopslam. By about 9am each morning, it will reflect those stores who got their deliveries the previous day.
I would expect to see a lot of retailers getting onto their shelves the week of January 20th, but some retailers who are ordering sooner will get it sooner. Retailers don’t always order beer every week, so not everyone will have it right away.
Thanks for asking! I’m licking my lips for some Hopslam right now!
World Class Beverages
08 January 2008
The Hopslam Who-What
If you're like us, you're anxiously awaiting this year's batch of Bell's Hopslam (Reviewed KOTBR #6). Rumor has it that there will only be one batch of Hopslam this year, so with that thought in mind, I sent an email over to our man Bob at World Class Beverages to see what's up.