Founders DKML, a barrel-aged malt liquor, is coming to the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in July.
Hot on the heels of Kentucky Breakfast Stout will be a new style for the Grand Rapids, Michigan based brewery – a malt liquor. Founders is brewing with a “huge hit” of corn which will help boast the final alcohol by volume, and give this beer a sweet smooth finish. Founders DKML is not only dry-hopped, but aged in bourbon barrels.
Be warned: this one’s a pry-off, not a twist-off.
Founders DKML will be available in 12 ounce bottles, 750 milliliter bottles, and draft starting in July, 2017.
Carolina Bauernhaus 18 Mile Red Peach debuts on April 15th.
Keston Helfrich, brewer and co-owner at Carolina Bauernhaus, took the brewery’s 18 Mile Red sour base and fermented it in Petite Syrah barrels for eight months, then blended it with peaches.
SouthYeast Labs isolated the Lactobacillus bacteria that is quickly becoming a biological signature of the Anderson, South Carolina based brewery.
Carolina Bauernhaus 18 Mile Red Peach will be available in 750 milliliter bottles when the brewery opens on Saturday, April 15th.
Wicked Weed Devilwood debuts today at the brewery in Asheville, North Carolina.
A Belgian-style strong ale and bourbon barrels play nice in Wicked Weed Devilwood. The time spent in the wood gives this beer a touch of coconut flavor.
The demons of Devilwood strike without warning. Many a traveler has been lost to the enticing beauty of the forest. Enveloping ferns, towering hardwoods, and enrapturing, climbing vines provide the perfect distraction for a foolhardy visitor. The demons see all from above, and harvest the pilgrims for their own devilry. Never lower your eyes in Devilwood…
Wicked Weed Devilwood is available in 12.7 ounce bottles. Limited distribution to follow by mid-April.
Avery Coconut Porter will be the newest release in the brewery’s ongoing Botanicals & Barrels Series this month. Each beer features hand selected barrels and one botanical. The lineup includes Vanilla Bean Stout, Tangerine Quad, Apricot Sour, and Raspberry Sour.
Avery Coconut Porter is a chocolatey porter, brewed with fresh coconut, and aged for a few months in bourbon barrels until ready for the big time. This release was slated for around this time last year, aged in rum barrels. The lot of barrels that Avery received didn’t pass muster, so it was back to the drawing board. Hopefully a year of recipe tweaks have done well by this beer.
Copious quantities of coconut coupled with time basking in Bourbon barrels compliment the chocolatey and sumptuous nature of this delicate porter.
Coconut Porter was set to be bottled May, 2016. The brewery has not announced a release date yet.
Founders KBS. Still one of the most widely known beers in America. As we roll into the spring filled days of April, KBS is making its national return.
In case you are someone that has never had the joy of Founders KBS, make it your goal this year.
According to Founders, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is the most sought after beer they produce in their Grand Rapids, Michigan home. (Counter argument: whisper the letters CBS near a beer geek and see what happens.) The phenomenon can be traced back to over a decade ago.
Over the years of covering KBS releases at Beer Street Journal, we’ve mentioned little pieces of the story of how this beer came to be, and it all starts in 2001. Co-founder Dave Engbers was eating chocolate covered espresso coffee beans that a taproom regular had given him. After washing the beans down with a porter, the meshing of coffee, chocolate, and beer nuances gave him an idea.
The brewery’s other co-founder Mike Stevens called the Jack Daniels distillery and asked for used bourbon barrels to fill with beer. According to Founders, that was a bit of a silly thought in the early 2000s. Those first barrels were filled with Breakfast Stout, another fan favorite, and left to age. The duo were close to mimicking the flavors in found in that taproom epiphany from the previous year. Something was still missing.
The birth of KBS.
We’d like to tell you there was some sort of “Birth of Christ” moment that brought Kentucky Breakfast Stout into the world. Ultimately, like every brewery tweaking recipes it was a few simple changes – the addition of espresso beans and chocolate to a new imperial stout base. The beer phenomenon was born.
The meteoric rise to fame eventually sent the barrel-aging underground to a nearby gypsum mine that Founders uses to age KBS for a full year. What was once just two barrels has grown to 1,000s in order to quell the thirst of the barrel-aged loving horde. Even with a football field’s worth of oak, that still won’t be enough.
Write this down. The 2017 edition of Founders KBS is stunning. Stop listening to some know-it-all that will try to tell you that this beer wasn’t as good as it was (insert year here.) With any barrel-aged beer, there will ALWAYS be minor flavor fluctuations. This isn’t pale ale we are talking about here. This year’s release is big on vanilla flavors, that turn over to a symphony of chocolate and coffee, finishing with a lingering alcoholic heat. This is the good you need in your life.
Founders KBS debuts nationally once again starting April 1st in both bottles and draft. New for 2017 – 750 milliliter bottles.
Do us a favor. Don’t sit on this beer. Don’t wait for some special day in the future that may never come. Open it with friends or loved ones. No better time like today.
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Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour joins the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s sour & wild lineup on April 1st.
18 months of fermentation were required to make Hi-wire Blackberry Sour, a blend of stainless steel, rye whiskey, red wine and North Carolina rum barrel ales.
Think blackberry jam, brett, and oak in this balanced and drinkable ale.
Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour can be purchased in 750ml bottles on Saturday, April 1st at the brewery’s South Slope location.
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Saint Arnold unveiled the latest Bishop’s Barrel release today -No. 17.
The Bishop’s Barrel releases are some of the most coveted by the brewery. Each release is barrel aged, each base beer partnered with the unique barrel characteristics. Each release focus on the symbiotic relationship with barrel and beer.
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 17 is a an adambier, a historic malt-forward beer hailing from Dormund, Germany. Brewery fans originally saw this beer as Divine Reserve Release 16. The big bodied adambier was brewed with a touch of smoked malt.
For the past 11 months, the beer has been aging in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels.
…The smoke from the base beer is subtle, and as it warms up, it becomes more in balance with the rest of the flavors. The wood character blends well with the smoked malt. At first sip, the honey and chocolate are well balanced, with the whiskey finishing it off. The smoke provides just enough to balance the sweetness…
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 17 is available starting March 27th, in 12 ounce bottles.