Founders Brewing

Posted in Don't Miss This, Founders Brewing

The 4th Barrel-Aged release from Founders arrives in June: ‘Barrel Runner’

Founders Barrel Runner

Founders Barrel Runner will join the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in June.

The weather is finally warmer, perfect for sipping this pirate-themed, rum ladened offering – Founders Barrel Runner. The base beer is an imperial India pale ale brewed with mosaic hops, that has been aged in rum barrels.

This is the 4th release in the Michigan-based brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series lineup this year. Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), Backwoods Bastard and brand new Founders Dankwood (bourbon barrel-aged red ale) have hit shelves ahead of this release.

“I drink tiki cocktails probably more than I should and looked to them for inspiration when creating Barrel Runner. You get a lot of bright, tropical character from the abundance of Mosaic hops plus a nice kick of oak and rum from the barrels. Add a tiny umbrella and you got yourself a beer perfect for enjoying poolside.” – Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki.

Founders Barrel Runner will be available in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles and draft, starting in June 2018.

Style: Imperial IPA (Barrel Aged. Rum.)
Hops: Mosaic

Availability: 12oz Bottles, 22oz Bottles, Draft. June-August
Debut: June 2018

11.1% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, Founders Brewing

Maple syrup bourbon barrel-aged Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half is returning after 6 years

Founders Curmudgeon's Better-Half bottles

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, originally the third release in the brewery’s Backstage Series, returns in August.

The grumpy “Curmudgeon” on the label is best known for appearances on hiatus old ale by the same name. In February 2012, the brewery released Curmudgeon’s Better Half as a part of their Backstage Series, now known as the Barrel Aged Series.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the familiar old ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. (Similar to Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.) Fan demand prompted the return of this boozy treat.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half has become one of the most highly requested beers and for good reason. It’s damn good. You all have been very vocal in petitioning for its return and it would’ve been cruel for us to hold out any longer in delivering on that.

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half will make its return in mid-August, in 750-milliliter bottles, as well as new 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Old Ale (w/ Molasses. Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 750ml bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2012
Latest Return: Mid August 2018

 

Posted in Founders Brewing, Seasonal Return

Founders Green Zebra Watermelon Gose makes a spring return

Founders Green Zebra cans

Founders Green Zebra returns to cans in April.

For more than five years, Founders has brewed a beer for the ArtPrize competition hosted in the brewery’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous releases in the lineup include Pale Joe, Spectra Trifecta, and Mosaic Promise.

Founders Green Zebra, is a goes-style ale brewed with watermelon and sea salt. A new packaged style for Founders, as well as being the first ArtPrize release that has been canned.

“We love playing with expectations when it comes to brewing our ArtPrize beers and Green Zebra is the perfect example of that. The gose style is very unique and pretty unknown, even amongst craft beer drinkers, and we wanted to bring our version of it to a larger audience. For the first time ever, our ArtPrize beer will be available across our entire distribution network so even more of our fans can get to know this style we’ve fallen in love with.” – Dave Engbers, Co-Founder and President

Jacob Wiseheart, an employee of Founders taproom created the label artwork.

Founders Green Zebra will be available again in 12-ounce cans and draft again starting April 13th.

Style: Gose (w/ Watermelon. Sea Salt.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 8/15/17
Latest Return: April 2018

4.6% ABV, 10 IBUs

Image: Founders Brewing 

Posted in Coming Soon, Founders Brewing, Headlines

Founders Solid Gold Lager debuts year-round in March, at a shockingly great price

Founders Solid Gold Can Swag

Founders Solid Gold Lager debuts nationally on March 1st. 

Over the past few months now, we’ve said 2018 will be a big year for lagers and pilsners. Let’s offer this new release from Founders as more evidence. Solid Gold Lager got its start in the Founders taproom in Grand Rapids, Michigan years ago. Their brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki has completely overhauled the recipe ahead of this forthcoming national launch.

Founders Solid Gold is a beautifully crisp, clean lager. There’s a touch of lemony citrus aroma that fills the glass and lingers in the smooth, grainy finish. Has Founders challenged the concept of a lager? If nothing else, they have succeeded making it stand out a bit. The use of Lemondrop hops definitely puts a subtle lemon zesty elegance what some might call a “simple beer”. Solid Gold is beautiful – from pour to finish. If you aren’t convinced yet, hopefully, the pricing will. 6-packs should retail around $7.99, while 15-packs will run $14.99. That’s about a dollar per can, making it one of the most competitively priced lagers on shelves.

Founders Solid Gold Lager is the first year-round beer by the brewery to launch exclusively in cans. Look for it nationally starting March 1st.

Style: Lager
Hops: Lemondrop

Availability: 12oz Cans. Year-Round
Debut: 3/1/18

4.4% ABV, 20 IBUs

Posted in Coming Soon, Founders Brewing, Headlines

Founders Dankwood joins the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in April

Founders Dankwood

Founders Dankwood is coming to the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in April.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan based brewery has taken a “big, bold” imperial red ale, and aged it for a while in bourbon oak barrels. The resulting beer is described by Founders as having “rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity”.

RELATED: Founders KBS

Founders Dankwood will be the third release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, following the venerable KBS in March, and Backwoods Bastard (the brewery’s newest year-round beer) in April.

Expect both 750-milliliter bottles, 12-ounce bottles, and draft.

Style: Imperial Red Ale (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April 2018

?? ABV

Posted in Founders Brewing, Headlines

Founders CBS officially returns on December 1st

Founders CBS 2017 Bottle

It’s official. Founders CBS will return on December 1st.

One of the most demanded beers in Grand Rapids, Michigan based Founders Brewing’s lineup is CBS, aka Canadian Breakfast Stout.

The imperial stout is brewed with a blend of coffee and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. Folks go insane at the mere mention of this beer.

The only time the world saw bottles of this release was in October of 2011, as the second release in the brewery’s Backstage Series.

Since then, the Backstage Series has grown eventually morphing into the Barrel-Aged Series. Still, any indication of a Founders CBS return has been non-existent.

Until now.

Artwork for Founders CBS relabeled under the Barrel Aged Series moniker. The brewery has officially announced the CBS will be available again in the Grand Rapids taproom on December 1st (via online ticket sale), with distribution to follow shortly after. Bottles will retail for $24.99 a bottle.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Chocolate. Maple Syrup. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: 12/1/17

?? ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Coming Soon, Founders Brewing

Founders Tank Bender, a barrel-aged anniversary beer debuts in October

Founders Tank Bender

Founders Tank Bender debuts in October, celebrating the brewery crossing the 20-year mark.

A barrel-aged eisbock has been chosen to mark the double decade milestone, a first for the brewery. The style is created by freezing water off the beer, leaving behind a much stronger beer. Apparently, the brewery bent one of their fermentation tanks in the process, thanks to collapsing ice.

A liberal addition of Munich malt highlights the toasty and dark fruit notes while a stay in bourbon barrels tames those intense flavors.

Those looking to get their hands on Founders Tank Bender will have to make a trip to the 20th-anniversary party on October 14th. Founders is only offering this special release at the brewery to the fans that been active since the beginning, “…to illustrate the importance of our home base”.

750-milliliter bottles will be available on October 14th, both individually, and in special gift sets with glassware.

Style: Eisbock (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Brewery only.
Debut: 10/14/17

?? ABV