Founders CBS will return to the brewery’s Barrel-Aged lineup again on November 2nd. This time the horse is missing its rider.
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 first 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. Fans begged, but CBS was still missing from the lineup until December of last year.
The brewery has officially confirmed that Founders CBS will be available again in the Grand Rapids taproom and distribution for a third time (in bottles) on November 2nd. This time – the horse has thrown its iconic Canadian Mountie rider. Why? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police filed a legal cease & desist over the depiction of the Mountie seen below. We know it’s not a titillating story, but it solves the mystery behind the horse with no rider on the upcoming bottle.
Three Taverns Double Smack will be available at the Decatur, Georgia based brewery on September 8th.
The brewery celebrated their 4th anniversary last November and a pastry stout dubbed Morning Stout came with it. The breakfast inspired beer is a coffee milk stout brewed with maple, bacon, and bananas. In March, the brewery canned the flavor blast in 12-ounce cans.
In September, Three Taverns Double Smack, an even bigger version of Morning Smack will debut at the brewery.
400 bottles of this boozier version go on sale at 11 am, aged for 11 months in fresh bourbon barrels. Limited to 2 per person.
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.
Six years later, how is it? Let’s take it back to December. Christmas saw the return of another legendary beer in Founders lineup – Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS). The fans clamored and traded for it like it would cure cancer. The reviews ended up being a little mixed, and here’s our theory why. It’s been a quite a while since the last release, and so many barrel-aged beers have come and gone in that time span. Folks built it up in their minds over the years to a level CBS couldn’t achieve, no matter how good it actually was.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half was pretty great in our opinion six years ago and really hasn’t been subjected to this mental buildup over the past half decade. We never thought we’d see it again. With the first sip, we are instantly reminded of the subtle beauty of this beer. There aren’t a lot of old ales running around breweries these days. The original Curmudgeon was brewed with molasses and had a touch of sweetness that mixes with hints of brown sugar and caramel. This version aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels didn’t throw “Better Half” over the top. Each sip is a subtle symphony of vanilla oak, sweet maple, caramel malt, with a finishing alcoholic heat and lingering sweetness. A slow sipper after dinner, or in a rocking chair on a porch as the sunsets. Our love affair was rekindled immediately.
Every year, the brewery plans to bring new creations to their coveted Barrel-Aged Series, but a few releases from the past beg to be re-released. Founders fans have been begging for Curmudgeon’s Better Half to return since it’s release 6 years ago. “This was a beer that needed to get back into the rotation,” says Barrel Maestro, Jason Heystek.
Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half will make its return starting August 24th in the new 12-ounce bottle format, 750-milliliter bottles, as well as draft.
12.7% ABV, 35 IBUs
There’s a new breakfast beer in coming to Kansas City, Missouri. Boulevard Requiem for a Pancake debuts on March 1st.
This beer starts with a smattering of oak barrels that held Woodinville Whiskey Co. rye and bourbon, before aging maple syrup. These little eight-gallon barrels were perfect for a small batch beer for tap room patrons and friends.
The brewery rested an imperial brown ale into the twice used barrels and waited.
Boulevard Requiem for a Pancake will be available to the public at the brewery on March 1st, in 12 ounce bottles.
Available now: Angry Orchard Tapped Maple, a new hard cider.
Cold wintery breakfasts are the inspiration for Tapped Maple. Angry Orchard used culinary apples from the United States, and Vermont maple syrup in its creation. Once the apple juice fermented into a dry cider, maple syrup was added to create a fun, contrasting flavor.
This cider is especially interesting because the base cider is actually quite dry. The maple syrup – rich in flavor and natural maple sweetness – adds a delicate balance, creating a not-too-sweet cider with a strong maple-forward aroma, and full, round mouthfeel.
Angry Orchard Tapped Maple is available from January through April in 12 ounce bottles.
Ed note: Apparently this cider was released in January. PR was released Mid-Feb.
NoDa Hop Cakes will be available once again in mid-February, 2017.
Each batch of NoDa Hop Cakes is brewed with 110 pounds of maple syrup from Vermont. 16 oz cans were first made available in February of 2015.
16 ounce cans and draft will be available at the brewery starting with a special event on Sunday at the brewery in Charlotte. Details for the event can be found on NoDa Brewing’s website.
Image via NoDa Brewing
Wicked Weed Barrel Aged French Toast, a bourbon barrel-aged edition of the imperial stout is now available.
Back in January, the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery release French Toast Stout in cans, limited only to the brewery. The imperial stout is brewed brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup, mimicking the popular breakfast food. Since then, the beer has been upgraded to bottles.
Out in the world now is Wicked Weed Barrel Aged French Toast Stout, a bourbon barrel aged edition of the hit stout. The flavor is a pleasant balance of cinnamon and vanilla, thanks to both the vanilla beans and bourbon oak. As the beer warms the French toast favors really bloom. Get this beer, and some challah and eggs and go nuts. Beer is perfect for breakfast.
Bourbon Barrel Aged French Toast Imperial Stout is a delicious testament to smoldering intensity. Prepare for the smooth vanilla, zesty cinnamon, and sweet maple syrup of the original to be epically enhanced by the finest Kentucky bourbon barrels. This sweet treat’s time in oak barrels has forged an entirely new creation. Taste this beauty after its Bourbon-barrel transformation, and give in to sweet intensity.
Wicked Weed Barrel Aged French Toast Stout is a 12.7 ounce bottle release, hitting distribution starting in late January.
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