With the recent release of the brewery’s upcoming Availability Calendar, Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has revealed their plan to add the Barrel-Aged Series to an already lengthy list of exciting offerings and changes headed our way in 2017.
In recognition and anticipation of the brewery’s 20th Anniversary in 2017, the folks at Founder Brewing have decided to celebrate by expanding their “famed and highly-regarded barrel-aging program.” With a ridiculously solid foundation provided by the fan-favorite releases of KBS and Backwoods Bastard, the new Barrel-Aged series will also introduce the craft beer community to four additional barrel-aged brews.
The first release in the 2017 Barrel-Aged Series – and the newest barrel-aged brew from Founders – will be Frootwood. To create this offering, brewers take a “a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale” and age it in “oak barrels that have held both bourbon and maple syrup” to impart “notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness.” Full of depth and complexity thanks to the wood treatment, Frootwood displays tones of “tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.” Frootwood Cherry Ale aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels will officially release in the Founders Brewing Co. taproom on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. This beer will then see a staggered release during the months of January and February in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of the Founders distribution area. Frootwood will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $14.99) and in single 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $11.99). Information on the three remaining new beers in the Barrel-Aged Series has not yet been made available, but those details will be released as the year goes on.
As far as the rest of the 2017 Availability Calendar goes, we will post it below and allow it to speak for itself. Before we do so, let’s just cover a few highlights first:
- The brewery’s Seasonal Series – Azacca IPA, PC Pils, & Mosaic Promise – will have availability in both 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and 15-packs of 12 oz. cans in 2017.
- Beginning in early 2017, All Day IPA will be available in 19.2 oz. cans.
- Since Founders Brewing Co. is constantly experimenting and adding new offerings to their portfolio, the brewery has made the difficult decision to retire Pale Ale and Devil Dancer to make room in their brewing schedule.
Alright, that about covers it. Check out the full 2017 Availability Calendar below and prepare yourself for the amazing year of beers ahead from Founders Brewing Co. Prost!