Underground Mountain Brown Returns to Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that Underground Mountain Brown will be back for an encore release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in early September 2020.

First introduced last year as a part of Founders Brewing Co.’s 2019 Barrel-Aged Series lineup, Underground Mountain Brown is a “barrel-aged version of the brewery’s since-retired Imperial Brown Ale, Sumatra Mountain Brown.” Clocking in at slow-sipping 11.9% ABV, Underground Mountain Brown allows its team of malts [to] complement the bold Sumatra coffee perfectly while time spent immersed in oak creates layers of depth and complexity.”

“Underground Mountain Brown is a fantastic example of our use of coffee in beer-making,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “Using an imperial brown ale as a base for the earthy and rich Sumatra coffee allows the coffee flavor to shine while adding the perfect complement of sweetness. Add in the extra layer of depth from barrel aging and you get an extremely complex yet approachable beer.”

The 2020 batch of Underground Mountain Brown will hit Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on September 2 and distribution is scheduled to begin later that month. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s nationwide distribution network (except Mississippi). Prost!

Vital Information for Underground Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; September – October 2020
Style – Imperial Brown Ale
ABV – 11.9%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Sumatra coffee from Ferris Coffee & Nut
Treatment – Aged for a year in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Tasting Notes: Más Agave Grapefruit from Founders Brewing Co.

For this installment of Tasting Notes, we settle into the holiday weekend by getting into a pour of Más Agave Grapefruit from Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Introduced back in May as the first variant of the brewery’s wildly popular margarita-inspired Más Agave, Más Agave Grapefruit is also an Imperial Gose “brewed with agave and sea salt before being aged in tequila barrels.” It then sets itself apart from its predecessor once it is removed from the barrels by dropping the lime addition and getting “a dose of fresh grapefruit juice to ramp up the tanginess and to pay homage to [Founders Brewing Co.’s] other favorite tequila-based cocktail, the Paloma.” Coming in at around 10% ABV, Más Agave Grapefruit is “sweet, salty, and mouth-puckeringly delicious.”

Más Agave Grapefruit is available now and will stick around through the end of July 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution area.  

Now that we all know how a Paloma-inspired beer is made and how to get it, let’s pop the top on a bottle of Más Agave Grapefruit and combine beer and cocktail hour over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Más Agave Grapefruit from Founders Brewing Co.

Appearance: A steady pour from a 12 oz. bottle fills the branded snifter with a beer that is a rich copper in color and topped with just under a finger of loose, slightly off-white foam. When held to direct light, bright orange tones push through to add some brilliance and shine to that copper. The beer is dark but clear, and a vibrant carbonation presence sparkles within. Head retention is minimal, receding quickly to the thinnest of rings that occasionally leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Citrus bursts from the glass and greets the nose with sharp notes of grapefruit zest and juice alongside just a twist of lime. Agave then rolls in to consumes the profile with a wave of tropical sweetness. This note opens further to expose a light tequila note that is more sweet than earthy.

Taste: Things shift around a bit here as a bright, slightly bitter presence of grapefruit zest, juice and pith collides and marries with the sweet agave to strike a beautiful and enticing balance of flavors. The slightly sour Gose base and its wonderful level of salt combines with the pleasant tequila notes to fully capture the cocktail experience and absolutely nail the characteristics of a Paloma.

Mouthfeel: Leaning toward the medium side of full-bodied with a high carbonation, this Imperial Gose drinks lighter than expected and has a refreshing effervescence. Moderately sour and complemented with a nice mix of sweetness and bitterness, this offering is incredibly playful and zesty on the palate. The 9.7% ABV makes itself know with a gently building warmth in the throat, but it never gets out of control. The aftertaste is all grapefruit drizzled with just a bit of agave nectar.

Final Thoughts: Just like the original Más Agave, Más Agave Grapefruit is a massive Imperial Gose that tastes exactly like the intended cocktail it was modeled after while still somehow retaining a dangerously high level of drinkability uncommon for a beer of this ABV. The aromatics and flavors are spot on for a Paloma (besides a touch of added maltiness), but it gives you that full cocktail experience with the convenience of just popping open a bottle or pulling a tap. This level of convenience and its approachable/recognizable flavor makes Más Agave Grapefruit a great option to stock the cooler/beer fridge with this summer because it will easily appeal to non-beer-drinking cocktail fans, seasoned craft beer lovers and everyone in-between. Make sure you give it a try before its limited run comes to an end. Prost!

Founders Brewing Co. Will Close Out 2020 With the Release of a New KBS Variant

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently teased in its Cadre Newsletter that it will put a bow on its 2020 Barrel-Aged Series by introducing its newest KBS variant, KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge, in November 2020.

Inspired by the old-fashioned fudge that is so beloved in Michigan, KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge is an Imperial Stout that “[amplifies] the rich chocolate notes of [the original] KBS using Mackinac Fudge coffee, then [adds] maple syrup and [ages] it in oak Bourbon barrels.” Weighing in at 11% ABV, KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge is “a bold new take on [a] barrel-aged classic – one that could only have originated in Michigan.”

KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge will debut in November and is scheduled to hang around through December 2020 (as long as supplies last). You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; November – December 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
Added Ingredients – Mackinac Fudge coffee & maple syrup
Treatment – Aged in oak Bourbon barrels
Fun Fact – KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge follows the release of KBS Espresso as the second packaged variant of KBS
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Founders Brewing Co. to Introduce Más Agave Grapefruit Alongside Re-release of Más Agave in 2020

mas_agave_grapefruit_12oz_bottleFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will release Más Agave Barrel-aged Imperial Lime Gose in tandem with its first variant, Más Agave Grapefruit, in May 2020.

First introduced in 2019 and back to reclaim the summertime slot in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series, Más Agave is a margarita-inspired Imperial Gose “brewed with agave, lime and sea salt and then aged . . . in tequila barrels for just the right amount of kick.” Ridiculously smooth and easy drinking for 10% ABV, Más Agave is “a party in a bottle.”

New for 2020, Más Agave Grapefruit takes Más Agave to a new level after it is removed from the barrels by getting “a dose of fresh grapefruit juice to ramp up the tanginess and to pay homage to [Founders Brewing Co.’s] other favorite tequila-based cocktail, the Paloma.”  Also coming in at around 10% ABV, Más Agave Grapefruit is “sweet, salty, and mouth-puckeringly delicious.”

Más Agave and Más Agave Grapefruit will both release in May and are scheduled to hang around into July 2020.  You can expect to find both of these Limited Release offerings available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Más Agave from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; May – July 2020
Style – Imperial Gose
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 20
Added Ingredients – Agave, lime & sea salt
Treatment – Aged in Tequila barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Vital Information for Más Agave Grapefruit from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; May – July 2020
Style – Imperial Gose
ABV – 10% (+/-)
IBUs – ???
Added Ingredients – Agave, lime, sea salt & grapefruit juice
Treatment – Aged in Tequila barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

 

 

 

Founders Brewing Co. Reveals 2020 Availability Calendar

4_giants_fpo_3-4_mockup-1024x1024Brewery release calendar season is back once again and we are kicking of this year’s round with a look at the 2020 Availability Calendar for Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

As is the norm around here when it comes to beer calendars, we have published Founders Brewing Co.’s 2020 Availability Calendar in its entirety below so that you can examine it at your own pace.  With that said, here are a few juicy tidbits that we would like to highlight before we turn you over to the calendar:

  • The Barrel-Aged Series kicks off with the 2019/2020 release of KBS Espresso – the first variant of KBS – which will have availability into February 2020.  The original KBS will return in February as a Year-Round release. Más Agave (May – July) and Underground Mountain Brown (September – October) are both scheduled to return in 2020. Founders plans to add two new yet-to-be-named offerings to the series during the year – one of which will be a Más Agave variant.
  • The brewery’s Year-Round lineup will see the addition of Unraveled IPA in February.  Unraveled IPA is an “incredibly flavorful and aromatic” Juicy India Pale Ale “dry hopped with traditional hop pellets along with lupulin powder, an innovative hop product that separates lupulin from the hop flower.”  ABV – 6.6%  IBUS – 50
  • Centennial IPA will get some new packaging options in 2020.  Look for this Year-Round to have availability in 19.2 oz. cans and 6-packs of 12 oz. cans beginning in February 2020.
  • 4 Giants IPA, “a mashup of [the brewery’s] four favorite imperial IPAs,” will be available April through June 2020 as a part of the Limited Series.
  • Speaking of the Limited Series, Frangelic Mountain Brown (January – March), Green Zebra (May – August), and Harvest Ale (October) are all scheduled to return.  Founders plans to also add two yet-to-be-named offerings to the series in 2020.
  • The Mothership Series, the brewery’s “ultra-limited, brew team favorite beers only found at [Founders] taproom locations,” will kick off with the return of Devil Dancer on January 22.  Founders plans to release five more Mothership Series offerings throughout the year.
  • The brewery will launch the MI-Exclusive Series in 2020 with the March release of Red’s Rye IPA in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans. As you may have already guessed, the MI-Exclusive Series will see exclusive distribution in Founders Brewing Co.’s home state of Michigan.

That should just about cover all the points we wanted to go over, but there is still a good amount of info left for you to discover on the calendar below. Give it a good look and start getting excited about all the tasty brews headed your way from Founders Brewing Co in 2020.  Prost!

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Tasting Notes: Underground Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Co.

FoundersUndergroundPourFor this edition of Tasting Notes, we journey deep down into the depths of a bottle of Underground Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Released in mid-August as the current installment in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series, Underground Mountain (previously introduced as a taproom-exclusive by the name of Barrel-Aged Sumatra Mountain) is an Imperial Brown Ale that has been brewed with Sumatra coffee – roasted in Grand Rapids by Ferris Coffee & Nut – and then aged for a year in Bourbon barrels in the “caves below Grand Rapids.” Crafted to be a true “celebration of the barrel, the bean and everything in between,” Underground Mountain Brown finds harmony as the malts of the Brown Ale base “complement the bold Sumatra coffee perfectly, while time spent immersed in oak creates layers of depth and complexity.”

Underground Mountain Brown is available now and scheduled to stick around through November (as long as supplies last).  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution area.

Alrighty . . . now that we have properly covered all the particulars behind this brew, let’s get to the bottom of Underground Mountain with some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Underground Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Co.

Appearance:  A somewhat vigorous pour produces a beer that is a heavily shadowed, dark brown in color and topped with one-and-a-half to two fingers of tan foam.  When held to direct light, cola tones easily push through at the edges while the intensely dark brown holds at the core.  Although quite dark and nearly opaque, the top portion of the pour (about a finger of area where the beer meets the head) reveals that this beer is clear and has a steady carbonation presence coursing within.  Head retention is solid, falling ever so slowly to a thick, creamy ring that drops cloud-like dollops of lace on the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma:  Deeply roasted coffee greets the nose with dark chocolate notes and a gentle dose of earthiness and nuttiness.  The barrel character then rolls in, providing notes of vanilla, oak, and straight bourbon.  Brown Ale character closes the aromatics with rich tones of caramel and molasses.

Taste:  Picking up where the aroma left off, the base beer jumps out first to offer decadent notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee and toasted grain. This seamlessly shifts to a distinct roasted coffee presence that is beautifully earthy, nutty and chocolaty (both milk chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate). The bourbon then builds, enrobing the entire experience in a soft layer of oak, vanilla and booze.  Everything here is incredibly smooth and cohesive.

Mouthfeel:  Medium in body with a middling carbonation level, this beer has just the right amount of weight to it to remind you that it is indeed 11.9% ABV while still maintaining a bit of that smooth, airiness you expect from a Brown Ale (this beer does not at all drink like an Imperial Stout or Barleywine and rightfully so). It is mostly sweet on the palate, but the coffee’s bitterness lends a great deal of balance and keeps things from getting cloying.  Getting back to that elevated ABV, it offers a gently building warmth in the throat and belly, but it is not at all out of hand.  The aftertaste is all toffee and bourbon.

Final Thoughts:  Elegantly composed, there is not one aggressive aspect to this beer.  It is clear that the brewing team at Founders applied all of the knowledge that they have obtained from brewing KBS year after year to Underground Mountain Brown because the coffee and bourbon barrel character are both given equal billing.

As notable as that is, probably the most impressive thing about Underground Mountain is how incredibly well it is drinking right now.  The elevated ABV is pretty tame, the barrel character is not at all aggressive, and the coffee has just the right amount of pop to it.  It is wildly smooth for a fresh barrel-aged offering, and we suggest that you do not sit on these bottles for too long (well . . . stash a couple because this beer will be an incredible pairing for those wonderfully brisk fall evenings headed our way).  It is damn near perfect at this point in time, so make sure that you drink Underground Mountain Brown now and drink it often while you have the chance.  Prost!

Founders Brewing Co. Plans to go Year-Round with KBS & Launch KBS Espresso Variant

kbs_espresso_bottle_carrier_3-4Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) took to their Cadre Newsletter this week to announce that KBS is scheduled to return as a Year-Round in February 2020 and will be accompanied by the Limited Release of KBS Espresso.

Widely respected and highly coveted by Stout drinkers everywhere, KBS (a.k.a. Kentucky Breakfast Stout) is an Imperial Stout “brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolate and then bourbon barrel-aged to perfection.” Coming in at around 12% ABV, KBS offers an “incredibly silky and full-bodied” experience filled with “notes of vanilla, cocoa, roasted coffee and charred oak.”

When it returns in February 2020, KBS will join Backwoods Bastard as the second Barrel-Aged Series offering to achieve Year-Round availability.  You can expect to find KBS available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at beer establishments located throughout Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.

Arriving as the first-ever packaged variant of KBS, KBS Espresso (12% ABV) takes everything you love about the original KBS and then ages it “on espresso beans after being removed from [Bourbon] barrels.” This added step results in “a fresh and snappy coffee twist on [a] classic barrel-aged beer.”

“We’ve had some fun aging KBS in different barrels like maple syrup, which worked out great, and hot sauce, which didn’t quite work out,” said Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki. “But, for our first ever “official” variant of KBS, we decided to amplify a flavor that’s already at the heart of this beer – coffee. And not just any coffee, it’s the dark, roasted goodness that can only come from espresso beans, roasted by our Grand Rapids neighbors, Ferris Coffee & Nut.”

**UPDATE 11.12.19** Founders Brewing Co. has issued an update to inform fans that KBS Espresso is now scheduled to release its Grand Rapids Taproom on November 15 and will enter distribution later that month.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s nationwide distribution area.  **NOTE: KBS Espresso will not be available on draft in Utah or in any format in Mississippi.**  The original KBS will begin its Year-Round availability in February 2020.  **UPDATE 11.12.19**  Prost!

Vital Information for KBS Espresso from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; mid-November 2019 – February 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Treatment – Original KBS aged on espresso beans after being removed from Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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Underground Mountain to Surface as Next Release in Founders Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Series

underground_mt_brown_12ozFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently sent out a teaser to inform their fans that Underground Mountain Brown will officially launch in August as the fourth release in this year’s Barrel-Aged Series.

Previously introduced as the taproom-exclusive known as Barrel-Aged Sumatra Mountain Brown, Underground Mountain is an Imperial Brown Ale that has been brewed with Sumatra coffee – roasted in Grand Rapids by Ferris Coffee & Nut – and then aged for a year in Bourbon barrels in the “caves below Grand Rapids.” Crafted to be a true “celebration of the barrel, the bean and everything in between”, Underground Mountain Brown finds harmony as the malts of the Brown Ale base “complement the bold Sumatra coffee perfectly, while time spent immersed in oak creates layers of depth and complexity.”

“We first released this beer in the taproom as Barrel-Aged Sumatra Mountain Brown and it was an immediate hit,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “Over the past few years, our fans have been very vocal about asking us to bottle and distribute it and we’re so happy to make it happen. The Barrel-Aged Series is a great chance for us to bring out some of these taproom fan-favorites to a larger audience and we can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks.”

Underground Mountain is scheduled to debut in Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on August 16 and distribution will follow later that month.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s expansive distribution area. More info to come. Stay tuned! Prost!

Vital Information for Underground Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; mid-August 2019
Style – Imperial Brown Ale
ABV – 11.9%
Treatment – Brewed with Sumatra coffee & aged for a year in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

 

Más Agave Tequila Barrel-aged Lime Gose Next Up in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series

founderslogoFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently sent out a teaser to inform their fans that Más Agave, an Imperial Lime Gose-style Ale brewed with agave and aged in tequila barrels, is scheduled for a limited release in May 2019.

Serving as the third release of 2019 in Founder’s Barrel-Aged Series (preceded by  Backwoods Bastard and KBS), Más Agave is a margarita-inspired Imperial Gose “brewed with agave, lime and sea salt and then aged . . . in tequila barrels for just the right amount of kick.”  Although its ABV has yet to be determined, the folks at Founders promise that Más Agave will be “a party in a bottle.”

Más Agave will officially release in May 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release brew available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Más Agave from Founders Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, May 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – TBD
Added Ingredients – Agave, lime & sea salt
Treatment – Aged in tequila barrels
Fun Fact – “The label art was largely inspired by Day of the Dead imagery, specifically the elaborate altars built to honor deceased loved ones. Marigolds play heavily in the altars as it is said that the scent attracts the spirits. Upon the altar, spirits will find their favorite things including liquor, pan de muerto (a sweet, egg cake), family photos and other offerings. The monarch butterfly is representative of the travel ancestors make to reach their loved ones during the holiday.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

 

 

Founders Brewing Co. Sets Release Date for 2019 KBS

ba_kbs2017clusternewFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the nationwide, limited release of its wildly-popular KBS on March 15, 2019.

Arriving as the second release of the year in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series, KBS is a 12.2% 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, the Barrel House.”  Loaded with “wonderful bourbon undertones”, KBS is guaranteed to make “your taste buds squeal with delight.”

“Mid-March has become somewhat of a holiday for us as it marks the annual return of KBS,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “To see our barrel program grow from just a couple of bourbon barrels stacked in the brewery to the 25,000+ barrels it is today has been nothing short of amazing. While the hunt certainly added to the fun of KBS season during the early years, we’re happy that craft beer fans all over the country can now find it near them at their favorite local shops.”

With the use of “a pre-ticketed reservation process via Eventbrite”, KBS will be available for early pickup in Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms March 8-10.  Reservations can be arranged beginning on February 8 (February 6 for Mug Club members) at 10 a.m. EST.  The nationwide release of KBS is scheduled to follow the on-site release on March 15.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s 47-state distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for KBS from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, mid-March 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.2%
Added Ingredients – Coffee & Chocolate
Treatment – Aged in oak Bourbon barrels
Availability – 750ml bottles, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/