One thing the craft beer revolution has done, for better or worse in some people's opinion, is that it's raised beer drinking to a classier, or some might say, pretentious level. Now, while Bud Light commercials can make fun of that, you can't deny craft beer has changed the beer industry.

One of the leaders in adding some class to world of beer, of course, has been Larry Bell and his eponymous brewery. Most recently in the past five years, the "Bell’s Planets Series - Seven beers" was inspired by Gustav Holst’s musical composition, “The Planets.” And now another new series is beginning.

Bell's Leaves of Grass Series - debuting in May 2019 and concluding in May 2020. Features 7 new beers released about every two months. (Courtesy of Bell's Brewery)

Bell’s Leaves of Grass series, the brewery says, "is a celebration of Walt Whitman’s literary classic and one of Larry Bell’s favorites, “Leaves of Grass.” First published in 1855, Whitman’s book of poetry is a hallmark of American literature." The release is being timed to coincide with Whitman’s 200th birthday.

“Over the years, we’ve drawn inspiration from a variety of different sources from music to literature to the Great Lakes. This series is just the latest example of how the arts have inspired us to create new and innovative recipes.” - Larry Bell

Here's a quick look at the release schedule for this series:

  • May 2019: Song of Myself - German-Inspired American IPA (6.5% ABV)
  • July 2019: The Prairie-Grass Dividing - Gose-Style Ale Brewed with Plum, Salt & Coriander (4.5% ABV)
  • September 2019: Oh Captain! My Captain! - TBA
  • November 2019: To a Locomotive in Winter - TBA
  • January 2020: Song of the Open Road - TBA
  • March 2020: Salut Au Monde! - TBA
  • May 2020: Spontaneous Me - TBA