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. Continues ArtPrize Series with Release of Oktoberfest

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will raise awareness for ArtPrize, an open international art competition in the brewery’s hometown of Grand Rapids, with the Limited Release of Oktoberfest in August 2020.

Crafted to be “similar to a traditional Reinheitsgebot style” Festbier, Oktoberfest is a Märzen-style Lager “brewed using imported German malts and hops.” Coming in at a highly quaffable 6% ABV, Oktoberfest “pours a gorgeous copper hue with a rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone.”

“Brewing traditional German-style beers, especially malt-forward lagers, isn’t something we’re especially accustomed to,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “I’ve really begun to enjoy drinking Märzens over the past few years and decided to get serious about a recipe. Oktoberfest is brewed with malt and hops imported from Germany for a rich, malty character that still manages to stay light on the palate. Whether you’re celebrating Art Prize or Oktoberfest, this is the beer to do it with!”

Dropping as the seventh release in Founders Brewing Co.’s ArtPrize Series, Oktoberfest now joins previous releases that include Green Zebra, Pale Joe, Spectra Trifecta, Mosaic Promise, Inspired Artist Black IPA and Trigo

Oktoberfest will officially release in August and is scheduled to hang around through September 2020. You can expect to find this Limited Release 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 nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Oktoberfest from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/ArtPrize Series; August – September 2020
Style – Märzen
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 20
Fun Fact – Oktoberfest was brewed to adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, a 1487 German law that limits the ingredients to water, barley and hops.
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Founders Brewing Co. Continues Brewed for MI Series with Release of Cerise

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that Cerise will return in late June as the next release in the brewery’s ‘Brewed for MI’ Series.

Brewed as a “celebration of the official state fruit” of Michigan, Cerise is a “ruby red” Fruit Beer “brewed with 100% tart, Michigan cherries.” Coming in at a light and refreshing 5.7% ABV, Cerise boast so much fresh cherry flavor that it is “as close you’ll get to tasting the real thing without picking it off the tree.”

Available exclusively in Michigan, each beer in the Brewed for MI Series “aims to raise awareness for Michigan-based non-profits through Founders corporate giving platform, The Big Pitcher.” Cerise will “raise awareness for Fair and Equal Michigan, a growing coalition of grassroots citizens, LGBTQ groups, business, political and philanthropic leaders that have joined together to help prohibit discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to bring back one of our first fruit forward beers,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “Cerise isn’t one of those subtle, just a hint, fruit beers – it’s packed full of Michigan cherries. It’s well-balanced with the perfect amount of sweet and tart. We’re proud that this beer celebrates people and from all backgrounds and beliefs and helps raise awareness for Fair and Equal Michigan.”

Cerise is scheduled to be release in late June 2020 and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Michigan only. Prost!

Vital Information for Cerise from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Brewed for MI Series; late June 2020
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 15
Added Ingredients – Michigan cherries
Fun Fact – “Each release in the Brewed for MI Series aims to raise awareness for Michigan-based non-profits through Founders corporate giving platform, The Big Pitcher. All causes Founders supports fall under three categories: Social Justice, Environment and Arts & Culture and range from local, MI-based organizations to those that operate on a national-level. The ‘Brewed for MI’ Series is Michigan-exclusive series include a lineup of three different beer releases throughout the year. The Brewed for MI Series beers have included Red’s Rye IPA. One more release in the series will be announced later this year.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Michigan only
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Founders Brewing Co. Announces Return of Big Luscious Stout

Founders_Logo_color_2018Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) took to its Cadre Newsletter today to inform fans that Big Luscious, a Stout brewed with chocolate and raspberries, will return in October 2020 for a Limited Release.

Last released in bottles back in 2014 as a part of Founders Brewing Co.’s Backstage Series, Big Luscious is a “rich and robust” American Stout that has “raspberries lend a tart and refreshing sweetness while the addition of dark chocolate takes it to an indulgent level.”  Weighing in at 7.8% ABV, Big Luscious is “big, yet balanced . . . [and] perfect for sharing with friends and family. Or you can keep it all to yourself. We won’t tell.”

Big Luscious will release in October and is scheduled to hang around through December 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles 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 (Note: draft will not be available in Utah).  Prost!

Vital Information for Big Luscious from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited Series; October – December 2020
Style – American Stout
ABV – 7.8%
Added Ingredients – Chocolate & raspberries
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Founders Brewing Co. Adds Marvelroast to Limited Series

Founders_Logo_color_2018Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently sent out a teaser in its Cadre Newsletter to inform fans that it plans to introduce Marvelroast as its newest Limited Series release in July 2020.

Originally conceptualized by the crew at Founders Brewing Co.’s Detroit location and poured under the name “White Stout,” Marvelroast is a Golden Strong Ale brewed with coffee, vanilla and cocoa nibs.  With milk sugar supplying “a smooth and sweet finish,” Marvelroast (8% ABV) comes together to be “a delicious treat reminiscent of your favorite iced coffee drink.”

“Having two taprooms full of craft beer connoisseurs is a real blessing for our team. We get a lot of great ideas and feedback and are able to do a lot of experimentation as a result,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “When a new beer gets great response in our taprooms, the logical move is to try to find a home for it in our distribution lineup. That’s what happened with Marvelroast. I think the perfect balance of coffee, vanilla and cocoa are going to make this beer a real treat this summer.”

Marvelroast is scheduled to debut in July and will hang around through September 2020. 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 network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Marvelroast from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited Series; July – September 2020
Style – Imperial Golden Ale
ABV – 8%
Added Ingredients – Coffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs & milk sugar
Fun Fact – Marvelroast “has its origins in Detroit as ‘White Stout’ and was such a hit, Jeremy decided to adapt the recipe a bit and release it in Grand Rapids (as ‘Golden Stout’). And now it gets the esteemed honor of joining our brand calendar as a packaged release.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Founders Brewing Co. Launches Brewed for MI Series with Release of Red’s Rye IPA

reds_rye_ipa_fullwrap_12ozcan_webFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will introduce Brewed for MI, a new series of Limited Release offerings available exclusively in Michigan, with the mid-March release of Red’s Rye IPA.

Brewed for MI is a Michigan-exclusive series that will consist of three different beer releases in 2020.  To go a step further than just being a chance to treat Michigan beer lovers to a special beer of their own, each Brewed for Mi release also “aims to raise awareness for Michigan-based non-profits through” the Big Pitcher, Founders Brewing Co.’s “corporate giving platform designed to give back to the causes that mean the most to the brewery. All causes Founders supports fall under three categories: Social Justice, Environment and Arts & Culture and range from local, MI-based organizations to those that operate on a national-level.” Red’s Rye IPA “intends to raise awareness for MI-based organizations that fall under the Arts & Culture category.”

A longtime favorite in the brewery’s “Grand Rapids taproom by employees and fans alike,” Red’s Rye IPA is an India Pale Ale “brewed with an abundance of Amarillo hops that impart intense grapefruit aromatics while the addition of rye malt lends a spicy, crisp finish.”  Boasting a “serious hop bitterness,” Red’s Rye IPA comes in at 70 IBUs and 6.6% ABV.

“We’re excited to release Red’s Rye IPA in package outside of our taproom for the first time in years,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “There’s a reason Red’s Rye IPA is consistently the #1 selling beer in the Grand Rapids taproom month after month – it’s a well-balanced, flavorful IPA that celebrates the delicious citrus characteristics of the Amarillo hop. We’re thrilled to put this product in a can for the first time in the name of supporting the artistic community throughout the state of Michigan.”

Red’s Rye IPA hit Founders Brewing Co.’s two taproom locations last week – Grand Rapids taproom on March 11 and Detroit taproom on March 12 – and distribution is scheduled to begin in mid-March 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Michigan only.  Prost!

Vital Information for Red’s Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Brewed for MI Series; mid-March 2020
Style – American India Pale Ale/Rye Beer
ABV – 6.6%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hops – Amarillo
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Michigan only

Founders Brewing Co. Introduces 4 Giants IPA as Newest Limited Series Release

4_giants_IPA_12oz_bottleFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of 4 Giants IPA in mid-March 2020.

Brewed to be a “mashup of four of [Founders Brewing Co.’s] favorite Imperial IPA recipes,” 4 Giants IPA is an Imperial India Pale Ale that “boasts aggressive bitterness balanced by a malty, sweet backbone while huge aromatics come courtesy of the seven American hop varieties.”  Coming in at 9.2% ABV and 80 IBUs, 4 Giants IPA is here to provide hopheads with “the ultimate Imperial IPA” experience.

“The world of IPA is constantly changing and evolving, but this beer really captures the essence of what I think is the classic Imperial IPA,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “Everything about it is totally in-your-face, but the flavor dynamics still manage to work together to create a well-balanced beer that is extremely fun to drink.”

4 Giants IPA will debut in Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on March 13 and full distribution is scheduled to begin in April.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for 4 Giants IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited Series; April – June 2020
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.2%
IBUs – 80
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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Tasting Notes: Civilized Brut IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

FoundersCivilizedPourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, sophistication abounds as we get into a few cans of Civilized Brut IPA from Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Introduced back in November 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, Civilized Brut is “brilliantly bubbly, refreshingly crisp and stunningly clear, similar to a fine Brut Champagne.”

Civilized Brut is available now and will last through March 2020.  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.

Now that the introductions are out of the way, let’s break out the fancy glasses and get further acquainted with Civilized Brut over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Civilized Brut IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Appearance: A steady pour from a 12 oz. can produces an IPA that is a light but brilliant gold in color and topped with just over two fingers of fluffy white foam.  When held to direct light, the color lightens to more of a straw yellow.  The beer is pristine in clarity and shows off the exuberant carbonation presence working within.  Head retention is quite good, falling slowly to a lasting finger that eventually leaves the empty glass coated with intricate patterns of lace.

Aroma:  The nose leads with nicely pronounced citrus notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange and tangerine.  The hops then slightly shift their influence to lend some earthy and herbal tones.  The malts are light in this area, but they do offer a touch of crackery sweetness in the background.

Taste:  The hops are quick to strike with some sharp, pithy citrus notes that read as lemon and grapefruit zest.  Sweet citrus and tropical tones then tame that initial burst with notes of orange juice, mango and passionfruit.  The hops fully express themselves by closing out their performance with a grace of peppery, grassy, floral and herbal notes.  The malts are subdued here as well but do supply some balance with an undercurrent of biscuity and crackery sweetness.

Mouthfeel:  On the lighter side of medium in body with a bright carbonation level, this IPA is incredibly crisp, clean and refreshing.  Although the hops do assert themselves (in flavor but not in bitterness), the overall experience proves to be balanced and finishes nice and dry.  The 6% ABV is light, but it does allow for a bit of warmth in the throat at times.  A touch of grapefruit zest and grassiness is left to linger in the aftertaste.

Final Thoughts:  When it comes to the Brut IPA style, Civilized Brut flawlessly executes in all areas.  While the bitterness levels are reduced, this IPA still gives you a wide range of hop flavor while remaining amazingly dry, crisp and easy drinking.  Each flavorful sip begs you to take another, making the overall experience feel light and incredibly refreshing.  Then, before you know it, sips turn into gulps, one glass turns into two (or more), and you are left wondering why you have not been drinking more Brut IPAs up until this point.

Seriously, if you have been looking for the right beer to help ease you into the world of Brut IPAs, we could not recommend Civilized Brut more.  Just keep in mind that this Seasonal brew is available in 15-packs . . . because you will end wishing you bought one when you are two cans deep into a sixer.   Just take our advice on this one, make it happen and go big while you are at it.  Prost!

Founders Brewing Co. Adds Unraveled Juicy IPA to Year-Round Portfolio

Unraveled_IPA_FullWrap_12oz_CanFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will introduce Unraveled IPA, the brewery’s first packaged Juicy IPA, as its newest Year-Round offering in mid-February 2020.

Originally released in 2019 as a part of Founder’s Brewing Co.’s Mothership Series – a lineup of experimental, taproom-only offerings – under the name Mucho Lupo, Unraveled IPA is a Juicy India Pale Ale “dry hopped with traditional hop pellets and lupulin powder, an innovative hop product that separates lupulin from the hop flower.”  With wheat and oats providing “a smooth backdrop to carry all those wonderful hop characteristics,” Unraveled IPA (6.6% ABV, 50 IBUs) is a unique Juicy IPA that pours “beautifully clear.”

“This is one of my favorite IPAs to come out of the brewery in a while,” said Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki. “The hop character is aggressive with its citrus and tropical flavors and aromas while the addition of lupulin powder – rather than relying on over dry-hopping with just pellets – helps keep the grassiness in check. It has great balance and is clean, bright and refreshing.”

 

“It’s not often we add a beer to our year-round lineup, so when we do it’s definitely reason to celebrate,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “Jeremy wanted to create a juicy IPA that poured clear and he hit the nail on the head with Unraveled IPA. It’s hop aroma and flavor can stand up next to even the juiciest of juicy IPAs, but its clean, crisp finish is unmistakably Founders. Unraveled IPA fits in perfectly alongside Centennial and All Day as yet another fantastic IPA option you can find from Founders.”

Unraveled IPA will debut in Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids taproom on February 11 and in its Detroit taproom on February 18, and full distribution will follow in mid-February.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Unraveled IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching mid-February 2020
Style – Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.6%
IBUs – 50
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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