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/

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
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/

Founders Brewing Co. Set to Release Frootwood

frootwood_label_750ml_artworkBeginning 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/

Founders Brewing Co. Adds Barrel-Aged Series, Releases 2017 Availability Calendar

frootwood_label_750ml_artworkWith the recent release of the brewery’s upcoming Availability Calendar, Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has revealed their plan to add the Barrel-Aged Series to an already lengthy list of exciting offerings and changes headed our way in 2017.

In recognition and anticipation of the brewery’s 20th Anniversary in 2017, the folks at Founder Brewing have decided to celebrate by expanding their “famed and highly-regarded barrel-aging program.”  With a ridiculously solid foundation provided by the fan-favorite releases of KBS and Backwoods Bastardthe new Barrel-Aged series will also introduce the craft beer community to four additional barrel-aged brews.

The first release in the 2017 Barrel-Aged Series – and the newest barrel-aged brew from Founders – will be Frootwood.   To create this offering, brewers take a “a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale” and age it in “oak barrels that have held both bourbon and maple syrup” to impart “notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness.”  Full of depth and complexity thanks to the wood treatment, Frootwood displays tones of “tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.”  Frootwood Cherry Ale aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels will officially release in the Founders Brewing Co. taproom on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  This beer will then see a staggered release during the months of January and February in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of the Founders distribution area.  Frootwood will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $14.99) and in single 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $11.99).  Information on the three remaining new beers in the Barrel-Aged Series has not yet been made available, but those details will be released as the year goes on.

As far as the rest of the 2017 Availability Calendar goes, we will post it below and allow it to speak for itself.  Before we do so, let’s just cover a few highlights first:

  • The brewery’s Seasonal Series – Azacca IPA, PC Pils, & Mosaic Promise – will have availability in both 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and 15-packs of 12 oz. cans in 2017.
  • Beginning in early 2017, All Day IPA will be available in 19.2 oz. cans.
  • Since Founders Brewing Co. is constantly experimenting and adding new offerings to their portfolio, the brewery has made the difficult decision to retire Pale Ale and Devil Dancer to make room in their brewing schedule.

Alright, that about covers it.  Check out the full 2017 Availability Calendar below and prepare yourself for the amazing year of beers ahead from Founders Brewing Co.  Prost!

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