Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pretzel Bell Releases Exclusive Kolsch Beer

Written by  Paul Starr
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Last month Ann Arbor’s newest eatery, Pretzel Bell, opened its doors to welcome hungry patrons from across metro Detroit for a taste of tradition on the corner of Main and Liberty streets. After a successful kickoff, the two-story, sports and culture-themed bar and restaurant is excited to announce a special addition to the menu – its very own craft beer, the Pretzel Bell Kolsch.
Brewed in Dexter, Mich., by Northern United Brewing Company, the Pretzel Bell Kolsch features a crisp, clean flavor and reflects a golden hue. “It’s an easy drinker,” said Brent Stevens, general manager of Pretzel Bell. “Coming in at 4.9 percent ABV, our kolsch is brewed to satisfy all types of beer drinkers, whether you’re a novice or an aficionado.”

Fermented like an ale and cellared like a lager, the Pretzel Bell Kolsch is exclusively available at the Ann Arbor restaurant. Featuring medium hop bitterness and a slight vinous, dry flavor, it pairs well with restaurant’s unique, yet familiar menu created by Executive Chef Neal Diebold.

“Our bill of fare offers an assortment of comfort foods made with a gastropub twist,” Diebold said. “Having a custom brewed beer to complement our dishes is really exciting. When the flavors of beverages and food meld together, diners experience a whole new level of the culinary bliss. We’re confident fans will love the beer and find it refreshing.”

The Pretzel Bell Kolsch pairs nicely with the entire menu, but Diebold recommends enjoying a pint with these signature dishes:
  • Pickle Brined Chicken – prickle-brined fried semi-boneless breast, butternut squash puree, roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Carnitas Tacos – house smoked pork shoulder, red slaw and pickled avocado
  • Soft Baked Pretzel – served with honey mustard and warm beer cheese dip

The Pretzel Bell Kolsch is available by draft only, for $4 per pint or $13 a pitcher. Growlers are currently not available.

Pretzel Bell’s name pays tribute to its inspiration – a well-loved eatery from Ann Arbor’s past, that opened in 1934 and became a local mainstay for 51 years before finally closing its doors on Liberty Street in 1985. Remembered by locals as “their place,” Pretzel Bell was the spot to gather with friends on game day and all the days in between.

The new Pretzel Bell reestablishes the ultimate Ann Arbor gathering place. The two-floor restaurant features a modern feel mixed with retro architecture and memorabilia, including images and artifacts unique to Ann Arbor and U-M.

“We’re really pleased with how Pretzel Bell has been received so far,” Stevens added. “Our goal is to recreate the feeling that patrons had when visiting the original Pretzel Bell in downtown Ann Arbor. There was something comfortable about the old P-Bell that kept locals coming back for more. We think we’ve captured that spirit, and look forward to continuing the traditions.”

Pretzel Bell is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday. For more information, visit

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.