Founders Brewing Co. Set for National Release of 2017 KBS

KBS_4pkFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that 2017 KBS is now available across the state of Michigan, and national distribution will begin on April 1.

Although it may be releasing as the second offering of the year in Founders Brewing Co.’s newly established Barrel-Aged Series, KBS has been “one of the craft world’s most prized annual releases” for well over a decade.  This limited release offering begins as an Imperial Stout that has been brewed with copious amounts of coffee and chocolate.  Once the brewing process is completed, the beer is then transferred to oak bourbon barrels and aged for an entire year “in caves that were at one time gypsum mines, beneath Grand Rapids.”  This incredibly labor intensive process produces an 11.8% ABV Stout that is filled with decadent notes of roasted coffee, rich chocolate, and fine bourbon.  “Consistently [ranking] as one of the highest rated beers in the world,” KBS is easily one of the most highly-respected and lauded beers within the American craft beer community.

“KBS is a reflection of who we are as a company and the mark we hope we’ve made with extreme brewing,” said Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers. “Fifteen years ago it debuted as an experiment with no agenda; a beer that no one asked for and initially, one that no-one wanted. The impact of KBS on brewing culture has always exceeded anything we imagined. It’s a perfect example of the innovation that people love about craft, and to labors of love like our Barrel-Aged series that have attained real recognition as a result of KBS.”

The 2017 release of KBS is available in 750ml bottles, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  This limited release made its official debut in Grand Rapids during KBS Week 2017 (March 6 – 11), and it is now currently available throughout the state of Michigan.  2017 KBS will then enter national distribution beginning on April 1.  This will be a gradual roll-out across Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution area, so releases in your area may vary based on date of delivery, the schedule of local distributors, planned local events, etc.  Stay patient, but remain vigilant because KBS never lasts long once it hits a shelf or a tap.  Watch the social media accounts of your favorite craft beer retailers, and be prepared to pounce once it hits your area.  If we get the information in a timely manner, we will also do our best to update this post with KBS release dates in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of the Southeast.  Stay tuned and happy hunting out there, folks.  Prost!

Confirmed Releases

  • Alabama (Birmingham) – Friday, March 31
  • Florida (Tampa area) – Friday, March 31
  • Georgia (Atlanta) – Monday, April 3

Vital Information for KBS (2017) from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, available now in Michigan. National distribution begins April 1
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.8%
Added Ingredients – Coffee & chocolate
Treatment – Cave-aged for a year in oak bourbon barrels
Availability – 750 ml bottles, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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