Beginning on Friday, January 13, Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) will launch their new Barrel-Aged Series with the debut release of Frootwood.
We glossed over this news a couple of weeks back while covering the brewery’s 2017 Availability Calendar (click here to check that out), but it is now official that Founders Brewing Co. will kick off their 20th anniversary year with the introduction of Frootwood. As a bit of an unexpected take on a barrel-aged beer, this offering is a “Cherry Ale” that has been aged in oak barrels that have previously held both Bourbon and maple syrup. Laced with “warm vanilla and earthy sweetness,” Frootwood’s wood treatment “proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture.”
“A light-bodied cherry ale is probably not the first thing that comes to someone’s mind when they consider a barrel-aged beer,” said Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers. “We love playing with expectations and Frootwood is proof of that.”
Frootwood will be the first release in the brewery’s new Barrel-Aged Series. This offering will join KBS (April 2017), Backwoods Bastard (November 2017), and three other new barrel-aged brews as the 2017 lineup for this series. Founders will announce the remaining three releases in the Barrel-Aged Series later in the year.
Founders Brewing will begin the limited release of Frootwood in their taproom on January 13, 2017. The beer will then become available “in some states as early as January, with remaining states seeing it by February.” You will eventually be able to find Frootwood in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $14.99), single 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $11.99) and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of the Founders distribution footprint. If you are a fan of any and all things barrel-aged, be sure to keep an eye out for this one over the next month or so. Prost!
Vital Information for Frootwood from Founders Brewing Co.
Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, staggered release beginning January 13, 2017
Style – Undisclosed American Ale with cherries
ABV – 8%
Treatment – Aged in oak barrels that have previously held both Bourbon and maple syrup
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/