7venth Sun Brewery & IchiLOKO Join Forces for Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner & Can Release

LOKOlargeOn Sunday, June 3, LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will team up once again with 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa (6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida) to host a very special IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki Can Release and Beer Dinner.

The creative culinary minds from LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro (a.k.a. IchiLOKO) will welcome the approaching summer by going tiki and island-inspired for the latest installment in their collaboration series.  Kicking off at 5 p.m. on June 3, the IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner will be an all-you-can-eat, self-serve feast featuring a spread of delicious tropical island dishes that have been given that signature IchiLOKO flair.  As an added bonus, The Revolution Ice Cream Company will get in on the action by “creating boozy treats to cool you off” during the dessert portion of the meal.  The menu speaks for itself and we will allow it to do just that:

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To cover the beer portion of the dinner, 7venth Sun Brewery will be pouring up seven different tiki cocktail-inspired beers AND a Tart Wheat Brett Beer with Pineapple and Orange Zest brewed in collaboration with Overflow Brewing Company.

Tickets for the Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the all-you-can-eat dinner and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

In addition to the beer dinner, 7venth Sun will also be doing a Limited Release of a Tiki Beer in cans.  The can release will begin at noon on June 3 and the cost of the cans are not included in the beer dinner’s ticket cost.  You do not have to attend the beer dinner to participate in the can release.  Also, if things work out, there may be a special bottle release as well.  We will be sure to update you here just as soon as any further information surfaces on the can release and that possible bottle release.  Stay tuned.

If you are free on June 3 and interested in enjoying a Sunday full of awesome in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa, it sounds like the IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki festivities at 7venth Sun have you covered.  Just keep in mind that IchiLOKO events tend to sell out quickly, so you should probably just go ahead and lock down your tickets ASAP.  Prost!

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Straight to Ale to Celebrate 8th Anniversary with Two Parties

STA8thNookStraight To Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) has announced plans to recognize its 8th Anniversary with a special Beer Release Event at The Nook on May 1 AND an Anniversary Party at the brewery on May 5.

Eight years ago, Straight To Ale began brewing beer in Huntsville at a time when Alabama’s craft beer community was more of a hopeful idea than a reality.  Since then, Straight To Ale has outgrown two previous locations, moved to set up shop in the truly special Campus 805 facility, expanded distribution to seven states, and firmly established itself as one of the finest breweries producing in an exploding Alabama beer scene. Realizing that these many accomplishments call for a celebration, Straight To Ale has decided to recognize its 8th Anniversary by holding TWO parties this week.

Straight To Ale will kick off the festivities at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at The Nook (3305 Bob Wallace Ave SW | Huntsville, Alabama), the Huntsville craft beer bar that has served as a second home and pillar of support over the years for both up-and-coming and long-standing Alabama craft breweries. In addition to providing Straight To Ale fans with their first opportunity to taste the brewery’s 8th Anniversary Quad, this Brew Release event will also feature other special releases, merch giveaways, and various specials on food items.

The second Anniversary Party will take place at the brewery (2610 Clinton Ave | Huntsville, Alabama) beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.  This event will feature the release of Straight To Ale’s 8th Anniversary Quad, a whole mess of special brews, live music, brewery tours, educational classes and more.  The official schedule for this party is as follows:

  • 11 a.m. – Tapping of the 8th Anniversary Quad
  • Noon – Brewery Tour
  • 1 p.m. – Class with Head Brewer, Bob Gile, more details TBA
  • 2 p.m. – Brewery Tour
  • 3 p.m. – Distilling Class, more details TBA
  • 4 p.m. – Brewery Tour
  • 7 p.m. – Live music from Me and My Knife
  • 8 p.m. – Live music from BGH
  • 9 p.m. – Live music from Property

Alright, that should just about cover all the details currently available for these events.  If you are free this week and in the area, be sure to hit up one (or both) of these parties so that you can join the Straight To Ale crew in raising a glass to eight great years and the many more ahead.  Prost!

Field Trip: 8th Annual Brews With Attitude Beer Fest

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The Funky Buddha crew serving the thirsty masses at Brews With Attitude.

Not too long ago, the folks at Pepin Distributing Company graciously offered us the opportunity to attend their 8th Annual Brews with Attitude Beer Fest.  Here’s a recap and photographic account of our experience at the event.

As soon as you make it through the entrance gate at Brews With Attitude, you walk into an expansive circle drive that is absolutely packed with a substantial selection of food trucks, a random spread of merchandise vendors, and a plethora of beer stations that are pouring from brewery branded trucks, under tents and in elaborate trailers.  As you work through the crowd, the event has the feel of a pretty standard beer festival . . . well, that is until you make it to the massive, fire-adorned fountain and step foot into Tpepin’s Hospitality Centre.

With outer corridors that display countless pieces of antique breweriana and house lavish billiards and trophy rooms, the core of this gorgeous space is comprised of a grand ballroom that is lined on one side by a stunning bar.  Once the grandiose nature of the space has been fully realized and appreciated, it becomes quite clear that this event is just as much a trade show as it is a beer festival.  The tables occupying the ballroom are all fully stocked with literature on their respective breweries, point of sale items and swag, newsletter sign-up sheets, detailed descriptions of each beer being poured, and various other informative items.  If all that were somehow not impressive enough, almost every brewery – whether from down the street or across the world – had at least one representative in attendance to answer questions and mingle with the crowd.  It is an incredibly professional display that was set up so that each brewery could easily engage its audience and establish long-lasting relationships with its customers.

With that said, we do not want you to think this was just a stodgy affair only meant for the exchange of business cards because that is not at all the case.  The attendees and brewery representatives seamlessly shifted from establishing contacts to doling out high-fives and “WOO” moments.  The overall focus was the beer, but the experience was more choose your own adventure.  If you were there to learn more about your favorite breweries and beers, there were dozens of people there ready to share that information with you over a brew.  If you were just after a night out with friends, you could engage full-on beer fest mode and sample a vast array of tasty beers from open to close.  You had the option to fully immerse yourself in one extreme or the other . . . or a healthy mix of the two.  Because of this level of versatility, Brews With Attitude firmly establishes itself as a unique event and one hell of a good time.

Want further proof? Well, just go ahead and check out the photos below and hopefully they will inspire you to join us at next year’s installment of Brews With Attitude.  Prost!

 

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Tampa’s Brews With Attitude Beer Fest Returns for 8th Year

BWATruckOn Tuesday, April 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Pepin Distributing Company will welcome Tampa’s beer community to TPepin’s Hospitality Centre for the 8th Annual Brews With Attitude Beer Fest.

Promising to be “bigger and better than ever”, Brews With Attitude is returning for its eighth year of celebrating Pepin Distributing Company’s fine portfolio of craft, import and specialty beer offerings.  Since this event boasts a spread of over 200 beers and ciders, a convoy of food trucks and various other activities to enjoy, there is a good amount of information for us to go over.  What do you say we break it all down?

The Basics

What – Brews With Attitude Beer Fest 2018
When – Tuesday, April 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where – TPepin’s Hospitality Centre | 4121 N. 50th Street | Tampa, Florida

What to Expect

  • Guests will be able to sample over 200 Craft Brands from over 50 breweries. This will include one-off releases from select participating breweries. Beer/Brewery List Coming Soon!
  • Tampa’s finest food trucks will be on-site to satisfy any food cravings you may encounter during the festival
  • Live musical entertainment will be supplied by the Dave Valliere Group
  • A variety of hand-rolled cigars will be available for purchase as well

Ticket Info

Tickets for Brews With Attitude are available now for $40 each and you can purchase yours by clicking here.  Ticket cost includes a commemorative tasting glass, the ability to sample over 200 beers, and access to live entertainment.  Food, non-alcoholic beverages and cigars will be available for an additional cost.  If the event does not sell out in advance, tickets will be available for purchase – with either cash or credit – at the door on the day of the event.

Alright, that should just about cover all the information currently available for the upcoming Brews With Attitude Beer Fest.  With that said, the folks at Pepin Distributing Company have promised to send us an update in the coming days, and we will pass that information along just as soon as we have it. Stay tuned.

If you are free on April 3 and looking to sample some tasty beverages, just go ahead and block out that date on your calendar now, get your friends together, lock down some tickets and meet us at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre so that we can all raise a glass together at Brews With Attitude 2018.  Prost!

LOKO Cuisine to host Stanger Things Easter Brunch at 7venth Sun Brewery

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, April 1 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa (6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida) will team up to turn your Easter feast upside down with a special Stanger Things Brunch event.

In recognition of the “first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox” (a.k.a. Easter and April Fool’s Day), LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at 7venth Sun Brewery’s Tampa location to serve the following “4-course menu inspired by characters, predatory creatures and alternative dimensions from the science-fiction horror series Stranger Things”:

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Since this event is also a play on the name of one of 7venth Sun’s co-founders, Justin Stange, the brewery will be offering his Stange Beer “along with The Pineapple Upside Down Kolsch and D’Artagnan 3 Musketeers Milk Stout” as perfect pairing options for the menu listed above.  One pint or snifter of equal value is included in the cost of the meal, but you will have the option to purchase additional pours à la carte if you wish to do so.

In addition to the beer and brunch pairing, Lowry Parcade will also be on-site with some retro arcade games and the event’s ambiance will be properly set with a soundtrack of killer 80’s tunes.  Nitro infused cold brew coffee options from Ginger Beard Coffee will also be available for an additional cost.

Tickets for the Stanger Things Brunch are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

Fair Warning: LOKO Cuisine events tend to sell out quickly.  If you are free on April 1 and wish to relive the awesomeness that was the 80’s while you get your grub on, be sure to lock down your tickets for the Stanger Things Brunch as soon as possible.  Prost!

TBBW 2018 Event – The Mega Drop at Hidden Springs Ale Works

HiddenSpringsOubOn Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m., Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) will dive headlong into Tampa Bay Beer Week with a massive bottle and can release aptly named The Mega Drop.

If you are going to kick off your Tampa Bay Beer Week, why not go all in?  That’s exactly what Hidden Springs Ale Works is doing with The Mega Drop, a super-sized beer release consisting of two offerings in bottles and five more in cans.  We have all the information you need to survive the Drop, so let’s break it all down:

The Basics

What – The Mega Drop
When – 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3
Where – Hidden Springs Ale Works | 1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida

The Beers

Bottles:

  • BlitzKriek – Flanders Red aged in Bourbon Barrels for 2 years with cherries
  • Oubliette – Sour Blonde aged in Sauvignon Blanc Barrels with passionfruit & blackberries

Cans:

All available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans:

  • Drone Thugs -N- Harmony – Passionfruit & Hibiscus Berliner Weisse
  • Karma Shenanigans – IPA with Galaxy Hops
  • Kitten Kong – Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Chocolate, Marshmallow & Coconut
  • Nefarious – Double IPA with Simcoe, Centennial & Citra Hops
  • Riot Juice – Blackberry, Lime, Lactose & Vanilla Berliner Weisse

Pricing

In order to speed up the purchase process, attendees who wish to purchase bottles and/or cans will have to purchase tokens for $15 each.  One (1) token is good for one (1) bottle OR one (1) 4-pack of cans.  Tokens will be available for purchase at the garage door on Henderson at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.

Special Drafts

In addition to bottle & can releases, The Mega Drop will also feature the following special drafts pouring in the brewery’s Tasting Room:

  • BlitzKriek – Flanders Red aged in Bourbon Barrels for 2 years with cherries
  • Kitten Kong – Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Chocolate, Marshmallow & Coconut
  • Nefarious – Double IPA with Simcoe, Centennial & Citra Hops
  • Oubliette – Sour Blonde aged in Sauvignon Blanc Barrels with passionfruit & blackberries

Draft beers will be pay as you go at the bar.  Note: The Tasting Room will be open during The Mega Drop, not before.

Other Info

  • Parking – You can park in the lot directly across the street from the brewery.  Parking is also available on Franklin & Henderson just beyond Tampa St.
  • The brewery asks that you please be cool to their neighbors
  • While in line, hug the wall to the left of the door on Henderson. This will keep the line from disturbing normal daily activity in the area

As you can tell from all the information listed above, The Mega Drop at Hidden Springs Ale Works is the perfect launch point for your Tampa Bay Beer Week experience.  All you have to do is be on time, remain patient and have a good time as you ease into the insanity with your beer peers.  Have fun out there, y’all.  Prost!

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TBBW 2018 Event – Hangover Day 2018: Day of the Lagers at 7venth Sun Brewery

7venthSunBW7venth Sun Brewery (Tampa & Dunedin, Florida) has announced that it will be closing Tampa Bay Beer Week out in proper fashion by hosting Hangover Day 2018: Day of the Lagers on Sunday, March 11.

When Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees stumble out of bed on Sunday, March 11, the vast majority of them will most likely be nursing a substantial hangover picked up from the previous day’s shenanigans at Hunahpu’s Day and its ridiculous amount of after-parties.  Hair of the dog will certainly be required, and 7venth Sun Brewery will faithfully be there for the ailing masses by opening their doors at both locations for Hangover Day 2018: Day of the Lagers, an event that will feature lager and session beers from guest breweries from around the country (Tampa location only) and a “plethora of 7venth Sun beers of different styles and varieties.”  Since this event will take place at both 7venth Sun’s Tampa and Dunedin locations with a bit of variance between the two, we have a lot to go over.  Let’s break it all down:

The Basics

What – Hangover Day 2018: Day of the Lagers
When – Sunday, March 11 from noon to 10 p.m.
Where – 7venth Sun Brewery Tampa |6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida AND 7venth Sun Brewery Dunedin | 1012 E Broadway Ave | Dunedin, Florida

The Beer List

Guest Brewers (only available at 7venth Sun’s Tampa location)

7venth Sun Lagers

  • Brewers Lager
  • Big Trouble Biere de Garde
  • I’m Positively Loopy – IPL
  • Stange Beer Kolsch
  • 7 Minutes in Helles
  • Smells Like Baseball Lager

7venth Sun Wood & Barrel-aged Beers

  • Logjammin, Blackberry Currant Farmhouse Saison aged on Oak
  • Anyone’s Guess, Blend of 100% Brettanomyces Fermented Farmhouse Ale
  • Gin Barrel Aged Mangrove Double IPA
  • Bucket Full of Thoughts, Scotch Barrel Aged Rye Scotch Ale
  • Vultures from the Past Barleywine

Other Featured 7venth Sun Taps

  • The Klaw Imperial Stout
  • Sugar Britches Imperial Sweet Stout
  • First Date
  • Sakura Obscura
  • Barter Bait
  • Under the Lights
  • Foedre Harvest Grisette
  • You Show Me Yours
  • Just a Phase
  • Biere au Citron
  • Bank’s Closed
  • Saison Caribe

Other Fun Stuff

Admission

This event is open to the public at both locations and tickets are not required to attend.  This event will be pay as you go, and you should expect that there will be a token/ticket system in place to streamline the process for purchasing beers.

If any new details or changes surface, we will be sure to update you here with that info.  Otherwise, just make sure that you are responsible while having a great time during Tampa Bay Beer Week so that we are all able to raise a parting glass at 7venth Sun on March 11.  Prost!

 

TBBW 2018 Event: Cigar City Brewing’s Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day

unnamed (95)Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will be offering Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees a Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day 2018, a series of barrel-aged beer releases spanning from March 5 to March 8.

It pretty much goes without saying that Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day has earned linchpin status when it comes to Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW).  Hunahpu’s, as a beer and a festival, draws an insane amount of beer enthusiasts to Tampa each year and has done amazing things for the local craft beer community in the process.

Some could argue that Cigar City Brewing really does not need to do much beyond this incredible event during TBBW, but the folks at the brewery certainly will not hear it.  They want to do more, and that is why they are introducing the Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day 2018.  This series of bottle releases will span most of TBBW and will consist of the following unique and incredibly complex barrel-aged beers:

  • Monday, March 5David Humphreys’ Barrel-aged American Barleywine, aged in Port Bourbon Barrels – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Tuesday, March 6Barrel-aged Imperial Milk Stout, aged in Bourbon Barrels – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Wednesday, March 7Madeira Barrel-aged American Barleywine – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Thursday, March 8Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Natural Flavors (a.k.a. Mother of All Hunahpu’s Treatments); a Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout brewed with cacao, cinnamon, vanilla, chile peppers and maple – $14.99 per 500ml bottle

These limited release bottles will be available for purchase in Cigar City Brewing’s Tasting Room beginning at 11 a.m. on each beer’s respective release date.  Each beer will have a price tag of $14.99 each per 500ml bottle and there will be no bottle limits.

Fair Warning: Do not allow the lack of bottle limits to lull you into a false sense of security when it comes to getting your hands on the beers listed above.  These Barrel-Aged Countdown beers will be sought after and they will move quickly.  If you have your eye on one (or several) of these beers, just make sure that you turn up at the Tasting Room as close to 11 a.m. as possible on the day of release, be patient, and have a great time with the Cigar City crew and your fellow craft beer fans as you all countdown the days to another memorable Hunahpu’s Day.  Prost!

 

TBBW 2018 Event: Coppertail Brewing Co. to Host Nine Tampa Bay Beer Week Events

coppertaillogoCoppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will celebrate Tampa Bay Beer Week with nine events in ten days running from Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 11.

If you are looking for a Tampa Bay Beer Week base camp that can offer you a ridiculous amount of options over a ten-day period, you do not have to look much further than Coppertail Brewing Co.  Their list of unique and creative events is extensive, so let’s just go ahead break down all that Coppertail will be offering during Tampa Bay Beer Week:

  • Friday, March 2: Brew’s Banner Imperial IPA Release – Why wait until Beer Week begins? Coppertail will get a jump on the celebration with their un-official start to Beer Week by releasing Brew’s Banner when doors open at 11 am. Brew’s Banner, an American Imperial IPA (ABV 10%), will be on tap, and on sale in four packs in the tasting room only. There will be limited distribution of draft in taprooms across the state.
  • 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 3: Late Start Brewing Tap Takeover – It’s the official start of Tampa Bay Beer Week and Coppertail is hosting Late Start Brewing for a tap takeover. Late Start is one of Tampa’s up and coming breweries. Their soon-to-be open brewery will be located in Channelside at the Pour House bar.
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 4: Aardwolf Brewing Tap Takeover – Coppertail is hosting Aardwolf Brewing Company from Jacksonville for a tap takeover. Aardwolf’s beer will be featured on all six taps in the loft space.
  • 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, March 5: Walking Tree Brewery Tap Takeover – Coppertail is hosting Walking Tree Brewery from Vero Beach for a tap takeover. Walking Tree won Best Small Brewery and Best Beer in Florida at the Best Florida Beer Competition in 2017. Their beer will be featured on all six taps in the loft space.
  • 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7: 2nd Annual Wood Car Race & Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Tap Takeover – Coppertail’s 2nd annual Wood Car Race will bring out the scout in you. Buy a wood car-making kit in the taproom while they last for making a car to enter in the race. A limit of 30 cars will be able to enter the race.  Click here to see the rules of the road on Coppertail’s Facebook page. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The race will be held at 6 pm. Craft brewers from Richmond, Virginia, Hardywood Park, will be on hand with guest tap selections.
  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8: Coppertail’s VIP Beer Week Dinner with Sahtipaja – A limited number of tickets will be available for this special four-course dinner to be served in Coppertail’s upstairs loft. Food by the S&V Kitchen at Coppertail will be served with beer and mead pairings from Swedish guest brewery, Sahtipaja. Tickets will be $60 per person (click here to purchase) and will sell out quickly. Click here to see Coppertail’s Facebook page for the full menu and more details.
  • 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9: Half-Pipes with Half Acre and Pipeworks – This skateboard event benefits Coppertail’s Helping with Hops non-profit of the month, Boards for Bros. With the help of Skatepark of Tampa, a 16-foot half pipe will be set up in the front lot. Local pros will be on hand and there will be a best trick contest, cash prizes and giveaways. Friends from Chicago, Half Acre Beer Company and Pipeworks Brewing Co., are sending 12 kegs of their killer beer to put on tap during the event. This will be the first time you can taste their beer in Florida. No fee for spectators.
  • 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 10: Tampa Bay Beer Week Night of Metal –  Tickets are on sale now (click here to purchase) to hear four metal bands play on Coppertail’s back dock: Black Tusk, Royal Thunder, Leviathan Cross and Mutilated Grist. Five breweries are sending kegs for the event: TRVE Brewing Co. from Denver, CO; Phantom Carriage Brewery from Gardena, CA; Oxbow Brewing Company from Newcastle, ME; Angry Chair Brewing from Tampa; and Red Cypress Brewery from Winter Springs, FL. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11: Beer Week Wrap-up Brunch – A special Beer Week menu will be offered by the S&V Kitchen at Coppertail. Enjoy a coffee infused beer with your meal to celebrate another great Beer Week.

All of the events above will take place at Coppertail Brewing Co. | 2601 East 2nd Ave. | Tampa, Florida.  If any changes arise for the events above, we will do our best to update you with that info here.  You can also keep an eye on Coppertail’s Facebook page for more details, additions and changes to the events. 

From gourmet beer dinners to beer-fueled metal concerts, there is certainly something for everyone on the event list above.  Whether you pick and choose events or ambitiously plan to attend them all, just make sure that you plan accordingly, secure tickets in advance when needed, and just have a hell of a time with the Coppertail Brewing Co. crew during Tampa Bay Beer Week.  Prost!

Founders Brewing Co. Prepares for KBS Week 2018, National Release

KBSWeek2018Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has announced that the 2018 release of KBS will officially begin with KBS Week  events held in Grand Rapids and Detroit from March 5 – 10.  National distribution of KBS will follow on March 30.

Known as one of the most sought-after barrel-aged craft beers in the country, KBS is an 11.8% ABV Imperial Stout “brewed with massive amounts of coffee and chocolate before aging in oak bourbon barrels in caves beneath Grand Rapids and at an offsite barrel-aging facility.” Always released in limited supply as a part of Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series, the first glasses of 2018 KBS will be poured in Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan during KBS Week 2018.

“When we started brewing KBS about 16 years ago, very few other breweries were doing anything like it,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “The first few packaged runs were difficult to get off of our hands as there wasn’t much interest in a bourbon barrel-aged coffee-chocolate imperial stout, which seems pretty crazy these days. It has since become a phenomenon and we are happy to celebrate its annual release with the people of Grand Rapids and now, for the first time ever, our loyal fans in Detroit. Here’s to continuing beloved traditions and starting new ones!”

KBS Week 2018 will officially kick off on March 5 and run through March 10 with tap events held in Grand Rapids and – for the first time ever – Detroit.  The schedule for KBS Week 2018 is as follows:

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Detroit

KBS bottles will be first released through the following taproom pre-order system: “Bottles of KBS available for pickup in the [Founders Brewing Co.] Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms will be released using a pre-ticketed reservation process via Ticketfly. Bottles can be reserved beginning on Friday, February 2, at 11 a.m. EST, and will be available for pickup March 6-11 from both taprooms.”  **We will update this post with the Ticketfly links for Grand Rapids and Detroit reservations once they go live.**

Distribution of KBS will follow the taproom pre-order and begin with the state of Michigan on March 12.  The remainder of Founders Brewing Co.’s 46 state distribution will see KBS on March 30.  Once fully released, you can look for KBS to be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Like always, you should expect supplies to be limited and the possibility that retailers will set per person limits.  With that said, we wish you nothing but good luck and happy hunting this KBS season.  Prost!

Vital Information for KBS from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series: tappings begin March 5 – 10 at KBS Week 2018 events in Grand Rapids and Detroit; Michigan distribution starts March 12; and national distribution follows on March 30
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.8%
Added Ingredients – Coffee & chocolate
Treatment – Cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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