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Founders Backstage Series, A Look Back

In a little over a week, Founders Brewing Co. will release their first Backstage Series offering of 2015, Blushing Monk. The release marks the first time the brewery has re-brewed a Backstage offering.

On the eve of Blushing Monk’s return, now is a good time to look back over the series.

Founder’s launched the Backstage Series with Blushing Monk, a Belgian-style raspberry ale back in July of 2011. The 750ml bottles were born into the lineup as a part of the the brewery’s expansion from 28,000 barrels to 50,000+ barrels. (1 barrel= 31 gallons.)

The second release was a doozy, a beer that has appeared in bottles just once, and sells out almost instantly on draft – Canadian Breakfast Stout. The coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, bourbon barrel imperial stout is still the beer geek equivalent of the Bat Signal. Tap that beer, and folks will walk out of surgery for a glass. (Here comes the “over rated” comments below.)

Since then, Founders has brewed a boozier cousin to Old Curmudgeon, Curmudgeon’s Better Half, Bolt Cutter Barleywine (for their birthday), took a page out of the Nemesis Series playbook, even brewed a fantastic lager that unfortunately was the slowest selling beer in the Backstage Series.

Next week we find ourselves right were we started a few years ago with our glasses full of raspberries. It’s been a fun, boozy ride. By the looks of things, Founders is just getting started.

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