Each year North Carolina beer drinkers suck in their guts, hold their breaths, chase delivery trucks around the state and occasionally meet strangers in snowy parking lots trying to procure Hopslam from Bell’s Brewery.
The honey-soaked Double India Pale Ale is one of America’s favorite seasonal specialties, albeit a beer that’s become less sought-after with the explosion of similar beers on the market.
If you’re chasing in 2016 you’ll be chasing cans only, as Bell’s announced on Tuesday it wouldn’t be releasing bottles of Hopslam this year. Just cans and kegs.
“With construction here at the brewery on top of an already very busy schedule for our existing Bottling Hall, this was the only way to ensure that this beer got to market as quickly and as fresh as possible,” Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell said.
“Our Canning Line is very well equipped to lend a hand and help get this aromatic beer to our fans and customers so that they can enjoy it as it is intended.”
Bell’s will distribute Hopslam in both kegs and six packs of 12-ounce cans. No word on how much they’ll cost (yet).