In honor of the Backwoods Bastard himself, we’ve compiled a Spotify playlist of our favorite down-home country tunes. From Dolly “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap” Parton to Johnny “The Man in Black” Cash, we think this is the perfect list to sit on your porch and tip back a beer to. Cheers!
Prior to our annual company party, we thought it’d be a good idea to ask employees what Founders means to them. The answers were spread across a pretty wide spectrum, ranging from “opportunity” to “shifties and camaraderie” with a few exercises in alliteration thrown in too. The number one answer, though? Family. Dysfunctional, yes, but family nonetheless. See for yourself:
Thank you for letting us do what we do. We love you!
Say hello to the fourteenth addition to our popular Backstage Series: Project PAM. Like all Backstage Series beers, Project PAM will be sold in 750 mL bottles. It will be available in our Taproom starting on November 20, 2015 and will be available across our distribution footprint in late November with a suggested retail price of $14.99.
Black IPAs have long been a staple in our Taproom and at our annual Black Party – a celebration of experimental, dark beers – and Project PAM combines this with our deep, abiding love for barrel-aging. It’s an invitation to venture into the shadows of our brewers’ minds and discover their mad genius. In development under a shroud of secrecy for years, Project PAM is brewed with an abundance of hops including, Chinook, Nugget, Centennial, Amarillo, El Dorado and Mosaic. It’s balanced with Crystal and Midnight Wheat malts and finally aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels to add complex oaky bourbon notes and the sweetness of maple syrup. Project PAM clocks in at 10.8% ABV.
As for the origins of Project PAM’s name, it will forever remain a bit of a mystery – but, we will share that it’s a nod to the cellar coding system used by Jason Heystek, the head of our barrel-aging program and star of the dark and brooding label that adorns its bottle.
Our Backstage Series is made up of boundary-pushing, experimental beers. We affectionately call it “the brewers’ playground,” where intent is to take the diehard Founders fan experience to a wider audience—though all of the beers are released in limited batches. Since its introduction in the summer of 2011, our Backstage Series beers have quickly become some of the most sought-after releases in the industry.
We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Dirty Bastard Scotch ale in a 12-pack of 12 ounce cans, affectionately known as the “Dirty Dozen”. These 12-packs will be available in our taproom on 11/4 and across our entire distribution footprint starting in November. Like our other can packages, the suggested retail price for the Dirty Dozen is $17.99.
“Dirty Bastard is the beer that put us on the right path,” said Dave Engbers, co-founder. “It’s the beer that gave us the confidence to brew beer for enthusiasts like ourselves instead of trying to brew beers for others.”
Our year-round Scotch ale is dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. It is complex in its finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it a bad attitude worthy of its name. Dirty Bastard is one of our original beers and the one that saved us from the brink of bankruptcy, simultaneously putting us at the forefront of the extreme beer movement.
Each fall our home city of Grand Rapids hosts ArtPrize, an open art competition decided by public vote and expert jury. 162 locations throughout the city, including our Taproom, display works of art by artists from across the world. More than $50,000 is awarded to the winning artists each year.
We’re thrilled to present work by six artists here in our Taproom. A look at the work of these talented individuals:
Arista is a Michigan native currently living and working in Durango, Colorado. She creates large-scale image transfers on found materials ranging from linoleum to plexiglass.
Katy is an undisputed Grand Rapids staple, like furniture or Mr. Burger, but with the added advantage of being able to shoot awesome photos. One can often hear her infectious, raucous laughter echoing against the buildings downtown as she photographs an outdoor concert. Katy’s work is just as energetic as she is, almost jumping off the film, ready to come to life.
MaryJo Fox Fell
MaryJo is a Grand Rapids native currently living and working in Lowell, MI. Working primarily with acrylic/water paint, she enjoys experimenting with unique surfaces to display her nature-inspired images.
Daniel hails from Phoenix, AZ, but currently lives and works in Ypsilanti, MI. His six-painting series of oil-based work combines traditional Panamanian patterns combined with traditional Western forms of representation to illustrate the historical importance and ecological diversity of the Panama Isthmus. The result is a visually striking series that also educates the audience on a part of the world they may know little about.
Josh lives and works in Grand Rapids. From a young age, Josh has had a passion and drive for artistic pursuits. His current work features sharp, graphically-dynamic images created with acrylic and spray paint on wood
Nuel is a Chicago native who moved to Grand Rapids at a young age and has not strayed far since. Working out of his local studio, he creates stunning, visceral pieces out of traditional and non-traditional mediums alike.
Come down to the Founders Taproom during ArtPrize to check out their incredible work!
Our 2015 ArtPrize beer, Spectra Trifecta, is a masterpiece created by two of our very own artists, Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki and label designer Alexis Brooke. Alexis’ nature-inspired drawings pair perfectly with the nontraditional, earthy ingredients used to brew this Kolsch-style beer, which includes lemongrass, chamomile and ginger. It’s a nod to the power in experimentation – whether it be with grains and hops or markers and watercolors – and the brave act of sharing one’s creations with others. Check out the video above, or click this link, to get an inside look and listen behind the creation of the beer – both inside and out.
Proceeds from the sale of Spectra Trifecta will support future programming of the ArtPrize organization, which is an international art competition open to any artist and decided by public vote. Its mission is to promote critical dialogue and collaboration through new, creative ideas among a large and diverse population of people. Learn more about the beer and the partnership here.
We are beyond excited to announce that we’re bringing our beers to the West Coast! We will start distributing in Northern California and Nevada starting in October 2015.
“We’re thrilled to continue to expand our distribution in the West where there is such appreciation for craft beer.” said Co-Founder & CEO Mike Stevens. “Northern California and Nevada are hubs for beer enthusiasts and we’re excited to add Founders to their list of choices. We think West Coast beer drinkers’ choices just got a lot harder.”
The following distributors will represent Founders in their respective markets.
- Matagrano Inc. in San Francisco and San Mateo counties
- Markstein Beverage Co. of Sacramento in greater Sacramento and all surrounding counties
- Delta Sierra Beverage LLC Modesto in greater Modesto and all surrounding counties
- Eagle Distributing Co. in Marin, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties
- V. Santoni and Co. in Woodland and Davis
- DelReka Distributing in Del Norte and Humboldt
- Sequoia Beverage Co. in Kings and Tulare counties
- Elyxir Distributing, LLC in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterrey counties
- Foothills Distributing in Chico, Redding and surrounding counties
- Morrey Distributing in greater Reno
- Capital Beverages Inc. in greater Lake Tahoe and Carson City
- Blach Distributing Co. in Humboldt, Pershing, Lander, Eureka, Elko, and White Pine counties
- Valley Distributors Inc. in Churchill and Mineral counties
- Nevada Beverage Co. in greater Las Vegas including Clark, Lincoln, Nye and Esmeralda counties
We will offer all of our year-round and seasonal beers in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs throughout each state. There may also be some limited releases available at select craft beer retailers following the launch—stay tuned to our events page and Twitter handle for launch event information.
We sold a whopping 2,900+ beer cheese dips this past month and to celebrate this beloved Taproom deli dish, we’re sharing the recipe with you!
- (1) 8 oz. block of cream cheese
- 2 oz. grated smoked Gouda cheese
- 1/2 cup Centennial IPA
- Small handful of baby spinach
- 1/2 small red bell pepper (diced)
- 1 clove of garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon Dirty Bastard mustard
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Got all that? Here are your next steps:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F), combine all ingredients and bake for 35-45 minutes, stirring halfway through. If desired, broil the dip for 5 minutes for additional crust/color on top. Serve with toasted bread and tortilla chips.
The kickass live shows in our Taproom bring a ton of energy to the front of the house, but behind the golden curtain – deep in the heart of the brewery – we’re rocking just as hard.
Ladies and gents, time to turn it on and turn it up. From Bootsy Collins to Built to Spill, here are some of the songs the production team are currently jamming to:
What song would you suggest the brewer’s consider for next month? Comment below!
As we gear up for Stout Season, we’re also saying goodbye to a dear friend. The baby of Breakfast Stout is taking some time away from his crib after being booted from the label in our home state of Michigan. However, you’ll continue to see that familiar face in all other states within our distribution footprint – and soon!
So what to do when the law is laid down? We say have a little fun with it. The new Michigan label features a note from our small friend with instructions on how to reach him while he’s away. Just wait and see!
As for New Hampshire, we’re awaiting a decision from the powers that be. Stay tuned to Twitter for an update on which label will appear on shelves this September.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Premier Distributing Co. to offer our beers throughout the state of New Mexico beginning in October 2015!
“We’re thrilled to work with Premier Distributing Co. to offer Founders for the first time in New Mexico,” said Co-Founder & CEO Mike Stevens. “The addition of new markets is always exciting, and New Mexico affords us a great opportunity to reach a new audience of beer enthusiasts.”
We will offer all of our year-round and seasonal beers in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs throughout the state. There may also be some limited releases available at select craft beer retailers following the launch—stay tuned to our events page and Twitter handle for launch event information.