CBS Returns to Close Out Founders Brewing Co.’s 2018 Barrel-Aged Series

CBS-lineupFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that the highly sought-after Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) will return in November as the sixth and final release in the brewery’s 2018 Barrel-Aged Series.

Back for the second year in row and rockin’ some new label artwork this time around, CBS is an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and chocolate – the same base beer as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) – and then aged in “bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup.” Once its rest is completed, CBS emerges to offer a “transcendental drinking experience” that features notes of “rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate.”

“We’ve been ramping up our barrel-aged program over the past few years and it’s allowed us to expand our offerings,” said President and Co-Founder, Dave Engbers. “We’re so excited to announce that CBS will be available for the second year in a row. The beer enthusiasts have been very vocal about their love for this beer and we’re happy we can accommodate. It’s what we love to do.”

The 2018 batch of CBS will debut at Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taproom locations on November 1 and will begin seeing distribution on November 2.  You can expect to find this incredibly Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $24.99 per bottle) and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, November – December 2018
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – ???
Added Ingredients – Coffee & chocolate
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Fans may notice that CBS’s label is missing a key, iconic element this year. The Mountie has been removed but the feel of the original label is maintained with an image of a bucking horse against a forested background.”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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Founders Brewing Co. Resurrects Curmudgeon’s Better Half for 2018 Barrel-Aged Series

2018_CurmudgeonsBetterHalf_ClusterFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that Curmudgeon’s Better Half will make a long-awaited return on August 24 as the fifth release in the brewery’s 2018 Barrel Aged Series.

Last bottled back in 2012, Curmudgeon’s Better Half is finally making its way back to allow Founders Brewing Co.’s long-standing but now infrequently released Curmudgeon Old Ale to once again feel “the tender embrace of oak and sweet maple.” Meant to be the sweeter side of the relationship, Curmudgeon’s Better Half (12.7% ABV) is “a harmonious matrimony of [Founders Brewing Co.’s] deceptively smooth old ale brewed with molasses and time spent aging in bourbon barrels that have previously held maple syrup.”  This all results in a beautiful counterpart that is “sweet, rich and utterly delicious.”

“The flavor profile of Curmudgeon’s Better Half has lots of rich specialty grains, toasted malts, caramel malts, and, of course, the perfect hop balance” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “After that it spends some time in bourbon barrel which gives you vanilla and coconuts tones and the maple gives you the perfect amount of sweetness.”

Preceded by KBSBackwoods BastardDankwood and Barrel Runner, Curmudgeon’s Better Half will officially serve as the fifth release in Founders Brewing Co.’s 2018 Barrel-Aged Series. A yet-to-be-named sixth offering will round out the series later in the year.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half will turn up in Founder Brewing Co. taprooms on August 24 and distribution will follow later that month.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (SRP of 16.99 each), 750ml bottles (SRP of 12.99 each) and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s 46 state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Curmudgeon’s Better Half from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series. late-August 2018
Style – Old Ale
ABV – 12.7%
IBUs – 35
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Barrel Runner Slated to Join Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series in June

Barrel_Runner_12oz_bottleFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently provided a little teaser to inform fans that Barrel Runner Rum Barrel-aged Imperial IPA will officially release in June as the fourth offering in the brewery’s 2018 Barrel-Aged Series.

Proving that “inspiration . . . for barrel-aged beers can come from the most unexpected places”, Barrel Runner began life as a Mosaic-hopped Imperial India Pale Ale and was then aged in select rum barrels.  The sweet and spicy barrel character melds with those fruity hops to produce a “sweet and hoppy, rich and bright” offering that “will make you believe you’re in the tropics.”

“I drink tiki cocktails probably more than I should and looked to them for inspiration when creating Barrel Runer,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “You get a lot of bright, tropical character from the abundance of Mosaic hops plus a nice kick of oak and rum from the barrels. Add a tiny umbrella and you got yourself a beer perfect for enjoying poolside.”

Preceded by the upcoming releases of KBS (March 30), Backwoods Bastard (available Year-Round beginning in April) and Dankwood (April), Barrel Runner will arrive as the year’s fourth release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series.  Two yet-to-be-named offerings will follow Barrel Runner to complete the 2018 Barrel-Aged Series lineup.

Barrel Runner will officially release in June and has plans to hang around through August or as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (SRP $14.99), 750ml bottles (SRP $11.99) and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel Runner from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, June – August 2018
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 11.1%
Featured Hops – Mosaic 
Treatment – Aged in rum barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Founders Brewing Plans to Add Dankwood to Barrel-Aged Series

dankwood_750ml_bottle_web-002Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that Dankwood will arrive in April as the third release in the 2018 Barrel-Aged Series.

What some may recognize as the taproom exclusive, barrel-aged version of the recently retired reDANKulous, Dankwood is a “big, bold” Imperial Red India Pale Ale that has been aged in oak Bourbon barrels.  The time spent in the barrels pulls out the “rich caramel notes . . . from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity.”  The finished Dankwood (12.2% ABV, 65 IBUs) emerges as a “dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper” that is meant to be “the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.”

Preceded by KBS (March) and Backwoods Bastard (Year-Round beginning in April), Dankwood will arrive as the third installment in the brewery’s 2018 Barrel-Aged Series.  Three yet-to-be-named Barrel-Aged Series offerings will follow Dankwood, and they will be announced later in the year.

Dankwood will make its official debut on April 2 and enter full distribution later that month.  This Barrel-Aged Series offering will be available through June 2018 (or as long as supplies last) in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $14.99), 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $11.99) and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.

The folks at Founders Brewing promise that more information on Dankwood will be made available soon, and we will be sure to update this post with that info just as soon as we have it.  Stay tuned. Prost!

Vital Information for Dankwood from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, launching April 2018
Style – Imperial Red India Pale Ale
ABV –  12.2%
IBUs – 65
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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:

Grand Rapids

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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Founders Brewing Co. Announces the Return of Canadian Breakfast Stout

CBSlabelFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially confirmed that CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) will be released later this year as the sixth and final release in the 2017 Barrel-Aged Series.

Six years may have passed since the last time CBS was bottled, but Founders Brewing Co. is ready to once again treat the craft beer community to this highly sought-after Imperial Stout in December.  Starting with “the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout” that is loaded with coffee and chocolate, CBS gets its unique and alluring character after being aged in “bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup.”  This treatment results in “what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience” filled with notes of “rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate.”

“Well, the rumors are true. CBS will make its long-awaited return this December,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “It would be irresponsible for us to not release CBS again. The beer enthusiasts who have supported our brands throughout the years are vocal and their message is heard loud and clear. We could not be happier to bring back this beloved beer… they speak, we listen.”

CBS will officially release on December 1 with availability in 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $24.99 each) and on draft.  You can expect to find this limited release offering at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Quantities will be extremely limited, and CBS is guaranteed to disappear with a quickness.  Be sure to stay tuned to this post as we will do our best to keep you up-to-date with any and all information as it is released. Prost!

 

 

Founders Brewing Co. Prepares for Annual Return of Backwoods Bastard

unnamed (58)_editedFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently announced that Backwoods Bastard will officially return in mid-October as the next release in brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series.

Although this is the first year it is being released as a part of the brewery’s newly established Barrel-Aged Series, Backwoods Bastard returns as a well-respected veteran of the Founders Brewing Co. portfolio of limited releases.  This fan-favorite offering is a Scotch Ale that has been Bourbon barrel-aged so that it may evoke “lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark fruit.”  Weighing in at an imposing 11.2% ABV, Backwoods Bastard is a slow-sipper that demands your respect.

This year’s batch of Backwoods Bastard will officially release in mid-October and be available while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles (new this year) and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, mid-October 2017
Style – Scotch Ale
ABV – 11.2%
IBUs – 50
Treatment – Aged in oak Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/

 

Founders Brewing to Add DKML Imperial Malt Liquor to Barrel-Aged Series

DKMLlableFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) sent out a press release today naming DKML Imperial Malt Liquor Aged in Bourbon Barrels as the newest addition to their Barrel-Aged Series.

Billed as possibly being “the first malt liquor worthy of a glass,” DKML Imperial Malt Liquor Aged in Bourbon Barrels will release in July as Founders Brewing Co.’s “first-ever malt liquor” and the next installment in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series.  Never afraid to think outside the box, the brewers at Founders crafted this malt liquor “with corn and lager yeast cultivated by Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel as part of their partnership.” Once brewed, DKML received “a healthy dose of dry-hopping to achieve the desired flavor profile” and then took on “a smooth sweetness with vanilla tones and light fruitiness thanks to its time spent aging in bourbon barrels.” DKML Imperial Malt Liquor Aged in Bourbon Barrels will be the fourth official release in the brewery’s 2017 Barrel-Aged Series, preceded by Frootwood, KBS and Doom.   Backwoods Bastard will follow DKML later this year, and “there is one remaining beer yet to be announced in the series this year.”

“I’m always looking for new ways to rethink what we have to offer,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “With DKML I wanted to do something totally original, and I don’t know anyone in the craft beer world who is barrel-aging malt liquor. After some early trials, we ended up with Mahou’s lager yeast to brew a really amazing malt liquor, and then we did what we do best – barrel-aged it. The bourbon barrel smoothed it out while giving it that ‘kick’ you would expect from an imperial malt liquor.”

DKML Imperial Malt Liquor Aged in Bourbon Barrels will launch in the taproom at Founders Brewing Co. on July 1, and full distribution will follow later in the month.  Once released, you can expect to find this limited brew available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $14.99 each), 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $11.99 each), and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s 46-state distribution area.  If you have always wanted to tick a Bourbon barrel-aged malt liquor, now’s your chance.  Keep an eye out for DKML next month.  Prost!

Vital Information for DKML Imperial Malt Liquor Aged in Bourbon Barrels from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, launching July 2017
Style – American-style Malt Liquor
ABV – N/A
IBUs – N/A
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles ($14.99 each), 750ml bottles ($11.99 each) & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/

PC Pils and Sumatra Mountain Brown Make Seasonal Return for Founders Brewing Co.

FoundersPCPILSFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently announced that PC Pils and Sumatra Mountain Brown have officially returned to shelves and taps as a couple of “spring offerings that highlight [the brewery’s] depth of production.”

First introduced in 2016, PC Pils is back this year by popular demand and with “a more extended run from April to August 2017.”  This Seasonal offering reimagines the classic Pilsner style thanks to a recipe loaded “with three flavor-packed American hops: Chinook, Cascade and Centennial.”  Clocking in at a reasonable 5.5% ABV, PC Pils is “pleasantly crisp, . . . perfectly clean, . . . and profoundly crushable.”  PC Pils is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $9.99), 15-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $17.99) and on draft at craft beer-friendly restaurants, bars and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the Founders Brewing Co. distribution area.

Also making a return after debuting in 2016, Sumatra Mountain Brown – a 9% ABV Imperial Brown Ale made with Sumatra coffee – acts as “a bold addition” to the brewery’s Specialty Series.  This brew begins with a base comprised of “a team of malts including Caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of Chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth.”  These malts are then balanced with the use of “German and Perle hops”, and rich Sumatra coffee is then added to take “this perfectly balanced Brown Ale to a decadent level.”  Sumatra Mountain Brown is available from May until June in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $11.99) and on draft.  You can find this Specialty release available at select craft beer establishments found within Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.

PC Pils and Sumatra Mountain Brown join Doom Barrel-aged Imperial IPA click here to read more about this latest release from the Barrel-Aged Series – to complete a trifecta of springtime releases from Founders Brewing Co.  All three of these offerings are only available for a limited time, so be sure to secure your stash while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for PC Pils from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, April to August 2017
Style – Pilsner 
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 45 
Hops – Chinook, Cascade & Centennial
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles ($9.99), 15-packs of 12 oz. cans ($17.99) & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/

Vital Information for Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Specialty, May to June 2017
Style – American Imperial Brown Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 40
Featured Malts – Caramel, Chocolate, Aromatic, Munich & Flaked Barley
Added Ingredients – Sumatra coffee
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles ($11.99) & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/

 

Founders Brewing Co. to Unleash Doom in May

BA_Doom2017ClusterFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has announced that Doom Barrel-aged Imperial IPA will officially return in May to act as the next release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series.

Last released in 2013 as a part of the Founders Backstage Series, Doom is set for a comeback in 2017 as the third release in the newly established Barrel-Aged Series, a limited lineup of “complex, world-class beers worthy of time in a barrel.”  To properly embody “a collision of worlds” in craft brewing, Doom starts with an Imperial India Pale Ale base filled with “intense hop character.”  This beer is then left to rest in Bourbon barrels so that it may pick up “warm vanilla and oak notes.”  The result is an incredibly complex Imperial IPA that is meant to be sipped and savored.

“Imperial IPA and barrel-aging – two of our greatest strengths coming together to create the masterpiece we call Doom,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “This is a huge beer with a big attitude. We are so happy to bring this beer back for those who have been vocal in asking for its return and we look forward to introduce it to those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to try it.”

The inaugural year for the Barrel-Aged Series has already seen the releases of Frootwood and KBS.  Doom will serve as the third release in the series, and Backwoods Bastard (November) will join two yet-to-be-announced beers to close it out later this year.

Doom Barrel-aged Imperial IPA will officially release in the Founders Brewing Co. taproom beginning on May 12.  Shortly thereafter, this limited release will then see distribution in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $14.99), 750 ml bottles (suggested retail price of 11.99 each), and on draft.  You can expect to find this one available at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint.  Mark those calendars and get it while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Doom Barrel-aged Imperial IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, May through June 2017
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – not available at this time
IBUs – not available at this time
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750 ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/