Founders Green Zebra is slated to join the brewery’s lineup in August.
2017 marks the fifth year that 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.
This year’s release, 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.
Watermelon is the highlight of this lightly-hopped treat and gives it a hint of satisfying juiciness. The soft mouthfeel and dry finish comes courtesy of the addition of sea salt, a traditional gose ingredient.
Jacob Wiseheart, an employee of Founders taproom created the label artwork.
Founders Green Zebra will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft in August, 2017.
4.6% ABV, 10 IBUs
Founders Mosaic Promise will be promoted to a canned offering in 2017. The beer was originally an ArtPrize series offering in 2014. ArtPrize is the largest art competition in the world that is held in Grand Rapids, Michigan,
Mosaic Promise is brewed with a just one malt (Golden Promise), and a single hop (Mosaic).
Mosaic Promise showcases two unique ingredients: Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. The versatility of the hop’s pleasing aroma and flavor characteristics and the traditional barley’s depth of flavor comprise this clean, rich, golden beer. We can brew complex beers with the best of them, but we recognize that there is also beauty in simplicity.
Founders Mosaic Promise is once again available in 12 ounce bottles and draft until September, 2016.
Style: Pale Ale
Malts: Golden Promise
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal release.
Can Debut: Fall, 2017
5.5% ABV, 50 IBUs
Founders Spectra Trifecta will join the brewery’s ArtPrize Series this fall. ArtPrize is the largest art competition in the world that is held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Founders Spectra Trifecta follows previous releases – Mosaic Promise, and Inspired Artist Black IPA.
Brewed in the traditional kolsch style, which requires fermenting ale yeast at a colder temperature and give she beer a clean finish without fruity yeast esters. This bright, golden beer is brewed with a trifecta of natural ingredients: earthy, floral and slightly sweet chamomile; a touch of citrusy lemongrass; and a hint of spicy fresh ginger.
Founders Spectra Trifecta will be available in 12 ounce bottles. This is a not a full market release. This year’s competition runs Sept. 23 – Oct. 11th.
The brewery has not yet announced this offering.
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Distribution: Michigan, Wisconsin, greater New York City and greater Chicago
Arrival: September, 2015
5.9% ABV, 20 IBUs
Previous releases (click gallery below)
Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI) teamed up earlier this year with ArtPrize to be the official brewery sponsor. ArtPrize is an open art contest based in Founders hometown. That’s where this beer, and label come into play. For this year’s competition, Founders is debuting Inspired Artist Black IPA that comes with a very special label.
The artwork first – is Kevin O’Rourke. His artwork has been featured on concert posters for Sonic Youth & Flaming Lips. The beer? A black IPA. Inspired Artist Black IPA is brewed with black wheat malt and of course a ton of complimentary hops. Look for the debut across Michigan in August. Lovers of craft beer and art can look forward a one of these releases each year.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
7.5% ABV, 88 IBUS