27 February 2010

Scenes from a Tapping: Bell's Hopslam Firkin at MacNiven's

Where: MacNiven's (339 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, (317) 632-7268, Smoking Allowed).

When: Thursday, February 25th.

Who: MacNiven's owner Stuart Robertson, World Class Beverage's Matt Clapesattle, and Bell's Brewery's Veronica Sanders.

Why: A firkin of Bell's Hopslam is a very rare thing - this was the only firkin to make it to Indianapolis.

What: Bell's Hopslam needs no introduction, and this year's batch seems to be one of the best yet. Drunk from a firkin, it was like Hopslam Plus - plus more sweet grapefruit flavor (maybe even a hint of strawberry), plus a smoother mouthfeel, and just all around a little bit better.

While you may have missed your chance for a taste of Hopslam on firkin (the beer ran out about an hour after the tapping), you'll have an opportunity to sample Bell's Batch 9000 - an even rarer beer - on tap this coming Monday (03/01/10) at Chatham Tap.

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