Founders Brewing Co. Introduces Civilized Brut IPA as Newest Seasonal Offering

civilized_brut_graphic_portraitFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will roll out Civilized Brut IPA in November 2019 so that it may serve as the first Seasonal Release on the brewery’s 2020 Brand Calendar.

Developed to appeal to the “more sophisticated IPA drinker,” Civilized Brut is a Brut-style India Pale Ale that possesses “a clean and restrained bitterness” alongside a “malt sweetness [that allows] the hop notes to tantalize your senses in a bold yet never-overpowering way.” Coming in at a refreshing 6% ABV, the “unconventionally sophisticated” Civilized Brut is “brilliantly bubbly, refreshingly crisp and stunningly clear, similar to a fine Brut Champagne.”

“Nothing says refreshment like a dry, sparkling, hop-forward IPA,” said Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki. “Civilized Brut has just the right amount of bitterness and hop flavor to not overwhelm the clean and dry finish of this beer, while the high effervescence makes it feel like a party in every sip.”

 

“As the majority of brewers are introducing hazy, New England Style IPAs in the market, we have decided to take another road,” said President Dave Engbers. “Civilized Brut is a crystal-clear IPA that’s bursting with effervescence and elegant aromatics. Perfect for champagne and IPA aficionados alike.”

Civilized Brut will hit Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on October 30 and is scheduled to enter distribution in November 2019.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’ s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Civilized Brut IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; November 2019 – March 2020
Style – Brut India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 45
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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Founders Brewing Co. Celebrates Fresh Hop Season with Release of Harvest Ale

harvest_taproom_stories_1Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that its annually released Harvest Ale, a Wet-Hopped IPA, will enter full distribution in early October.

Brewed each year as an “ode to the beauty of American hops grown in [the brewery’s] backyard,” Harvest Ale is a Wet-Hopped Ale featuring copious amounts of wet hop cones that “arrive within hours of being picked by some of [Founders Brewing Co.’s] favorite local hop growers.” After working “around the clock to transform the wet hops into Harvest Ale” (7.6% ABV), the brewing team’s commitment and dedication pays off by producing “an impossibly aromatic and bright IPA bursting with fresh pine, melon and citrus notes.”

Harvest Ale is available now at Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms and is scheduled to enter distribution by early October 2019.  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 the brewery’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Harvest Ale from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; late September/early October 2019
Style – Wet-Hopped Ale/American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.6%
IBUs – 70
Fun Fact – Harvest Ale will be celebrated this year at “Founders 2019 Harvest Party  A Tribute to American Hops, scheduled for Saturday, October 5 from 11 am to close in the Grand Rapids Taproom . . . The Harvest Party will feature live music starting at 7 pm from acts including headliner Mungion (a Chicago-based four-piece that transcends genre classification). Other acts include: Sam Williams (indie country star and son of Hank Williams Jr), Wilder Maker (NY-based indie band), and Patty PerShayla Band (blues, classic, and roots rock with a modern edge and bite). We’re offering special seasonal fare (with an abundance of Robinette’s doughnuts), along with our specialty party line-ups of Harvest Ale, Civilized Brut IPA, Mothership Series #9: Oktoberfest, and many more delicious beers!” Click here for more info.
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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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.”

**UPDATE 10.11.19** Founders Brewing Co. has issued an update to inform fans that KBS Espresso is now scheduled to release in early December 2019.  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.  The original KBS will begin its Year-Round availability in February 2020.  **UPDATE 10.11.19**  Prost!

Vital Information for KBS Espresso from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; launching December 2019
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/

 

Founders Brewing Co.’s CBS Returns in 2019 with Availability in 12 oz. Bottles

cbs_12oz_bottleFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that the highly anticipated 2019 release of Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) will begin on November 1 and – for the first time ever – it will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles.

Arriving as the fifth and final release in the brewery’s 2019 Barrel-Aged Series, CBS is an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and chocolate – the same base beer as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) – that is then aged in “bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup.”  Once its rest is completed, CBS (11.3% ABV) emerges from the barrels to offer a “transcendental drinking experience” featuring notes of “rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate.”

The 2019 release of CBS marks the third year in a row that the brewery has released the beer and sadly “they have no future plans to brew it again.”

“This will be the last year I plan on making CBS, so get it while you can,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “Our barrel program has grown a lot since the first time we released CBS, so it’s been fun seeing an entire new audience become introduced to CBS over the past couple of years. It’ll be missed in 2020, but I’m looking forward to bringing out some new barrel-aged releases.”

This year’s batch of CBS will debut with a presale at Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taproom locations on October 25 through October 27 (General Admission CBS ticket sales begin on September 13 at 10 a.m. EST) and full distribution is scheduled to begin on November 1.  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-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!

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

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; November – December 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.3%
IBUs – 45
Treatment – Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup
Fun Fact – On the Barrel-Aged Series from Founders Brewing Co.: “Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.”
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. Expands its Reach to Hawaii, Completes Total U.S. Distribution

Founders_Logo_color_2018Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will successfully complete full nationwide coverage when it launches distribution in Hawaii in late July 2019.

Now that Founders Brewing Co. has entered into a partnership with Odom Hawaii of the Odom Group and the GAB network of wholesalers, Hawaii now marks the 22 year-old-brewery’s 50th state of distribution.  To properly introduce themselves to the beer-loving masses in Hawaii and celebrate the achievement of reaching total U.S. distribution, Founders will enter the Aloha State with the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • All Day IPA – The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.  ABV – 4.7%  IBUs – 42)
  • Solid Gold – Our brewery was built on an attitude of no regrets. An attitude of taking risks to bring the best beer possible to our fellow renegades and rebels. Never brewing to style, but always brewing what we want to drink. Our take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable premium lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret.  ABV – 4.4%  IBUs – 20
  • Rubaeus – Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries, Rubaeus is Founders’ way of celebrating the joys of summer year-round. This stunning berry-red masterpiece is the perfect blend of sweet, tart and refreshing. No question about it, this beer is 100% Founders.  ABV – 5.7%  IBUs – 15
  • Breakfast Stout – The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.  ABV – 8.3%  IBUs – 60

“My partner Dave and I are very excited to announce that Founders will be heading to Hawaii!” said Mike Stevens, CEO and Co-Founder of Founders Brewing Co. “It’s always a special time whenever we add a state of distribution and the fact that Hawaii is our 50th state makes it all the more worthy of celebration. It’s long been a dream of ours to see our beer across the US, and the fact that 22+ years later we’ve accomplished this is a testament to our Founders team and our amazing wholesaler partners. Tonight, we raise a glass to the Aloha state and thank everyone throughout America who’s helped us get to where we are today.”

 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of such a monumental milestone in the Founders Brewing Co. business,” said Vice President of Corporate Sales, Brandon Odom. “We value their partnership and are looking forward to the exciting times to come. Congratulations to Founders on the tremendous success of expanding their business across the entire United States. A truly well-deserved accomplishment!”

The beers listed above will be available on draft and in cans (as applicable) in Hawaii as early as late July 2019.  Founders Brewing Company and Odom Hawaii also plan to host a series of launch events that “will be taking place as soon as the end of the month.” Prost!

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/

 

Founders Brewing Co. Adds Green Zebra to Seasonal Lineup

greenzebra_featuredneweditFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that Green Zebra will return in April as the brewery’s spring-to-summer Seasonal.

Originally introduced in 2017 as a part of Founders Brewing Co.’s ArtPrize Series, Green Zebra is “a delightfully tart and slightly sweet gose style ale, brewed with watermelon and sea salt.”  Built for supreme refreshment, the added watermelon offers “a hint of satisfying juiciness to balance the tang and bite we love in a gose style” while addition of sea salt provides “a soft mouthfeel and dry finish.”  Coming in at an easy-drinking 4.6% ABV, Green Zebra “pairs well with warm days and never-ending sunshine.”

Green Zebra will officially release in April and is scheduled to hang around through July 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Green Zebra from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, April – July 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.6%
IBUs – 10
Added Ingredients – Watermelon & sea salt
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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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/