Azacca IPA Food Pairings

Named for the Haitian god of agriculture, our Azacca IPA boasts intense, tropical fruit aroma and a flavor profile that includes citrus, mango and orchard fruits. This beer was designed to give the unique and experimental Azacca hop the opportunity to shine – and in turn, it can do the same to foods it is paired with.

Mike from our education team has put together a few ideas for foods that would make a perfect partner to our latest seasonal, Azacca IPA.

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Here’s Mike’s take on things:

IPAs are fun to pair with because they present a bit of a challenge. They rarely work in perfect harmony with anything. Sometimes they serve a supporting role, working to amplify flavors in bold foods. Other times they are undeniably the star of the show as they have the power to overshadow simple dishes.

Our latest seasonal beer, Azacca IPA, is a little different, though. This is a super fun beer to pair with. Azacca IPA features a pleasing aroma of mango, citrus, and even some orchard fruit. At Founders, its our style to make sure that the malt bill is as much a part of the experience as the hops – even in super hop-forward beers like Azacca IPA. The unique malt bill is designed specifically to allow single-hope beers like this one to shine. Because of this emphasis on malt, our IPAs can tend to play outside of typical IPA pairing suggestions.

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Brewed for Film: A Film Series – Spring 2016

We are happy to announce the spring run of Brewed for Film: A Film Series.

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The series will now be showing at:

This ten-week series, for those ages 21 and older, is on Wednesdays at 8pm and tickets are just $2 per movie. Multiple Founders beers will be on tap at the in-theatre cash bar. Each film will have an official beer pairing for connoisseurs seeking the full experience.

Dirty Bastard Sauerkraut Recipe

Our brewery and taproom is nestled in an area of downtown Grand Rapids just a few steps from a large Polish neighborhood where the kielbasa is magical and sauerkraut is king. In a nod to our hometown, our head chef, Justin, has prepared a kielbasa and Dirty Bastard sauerkraut recipe for you guys to try out at home.

From Justin:
“So, this one requires a little bit of legwork. The first step is finding a reputable source for kielbasa. Here in Grand Rapids, we have many authentic meat counters to choose from; my personal favorite is Frank’s. Fritz runs the place and he’s a real sweetheart. If you aren’t local, head to your nearest trusty butcher or at least splurge on something decent at your grocery store. This recipe is a real banger – enjoy!”

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Kielbasa with Dirty Bastard Sauerkraut 

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1lb smoked kielbasa-1 pound (sliced to bite-size)

  • 2lbs rinsed sauerkraut

  • 1 large julienned sweet yellow onion

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 2 or 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • 1 Dirty Bastard-12 oz. bottle (find it locally using our beer finder tool)

  • Fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Cooking Instructions:

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Chocolate Porter Tart Recipe

Just in time for the holidays, our head chef, Justin, is sharing one of his favorite dessert recipes, a velvety chocolate tart cooked with our Porter. Like the beer, it’s dark, rich and sexy – and the perfect addition to your holiday table.

From Justin:
“I know this time of year can be stressful.  And for some, the kitchen can be the most intimidating room of the house.  Let’s change all that.  This recipe is super easy, and forgiving (we’re talking chocolate here, people).  Take your time, reacquaint yourself with your kitchen, chill out and have a beer.  You deserve to be happy!”

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Chocolate Founders Porter Tart

Ingredients you’ll need:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1 tbls brown sugar
  • 4 tbls melted butter

For the filling:

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup Founders Porter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

For the Porter whipped cream:

 Cooking instructions:

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Michiganders: Our Baby Came Home

Apparently, he needed a few months to “figure out some stuff” and “find out who he really is.” Either way, we’re just happy our boy is home and back where he belongs: on the Breakfast Stout label.

While he was away, he left a note inviting those who missed him to call and let him know just how much they were pining for him. 1,800+ voicemails later (some touching, some a little odd), he’s feelin’ the love and happy to be back on the iconic label. Listen to a few of the messages that were left for him:

Spot the baby on shelves here in Michigan? Share a photo with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Thanks to our friends at the MLCC for helping us bring the lil’ guy home!

2016 Availability Calendar!

Please join us in welcoming our 2016 availability calendar to the world:

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There are some exciting changes introduced in this one, such as:

  • Rubaeus is now a year-round offering!
  • Azacca IPA has taken the place of Black Rye as our first seasonal offering of 2016.
  • Mosaic Promise also joins our seasonal line-up.
  • reDANKulous will be available in 4-packs from July-August as it is now part of the specialty series!
  • Breakfast Stout has transitioned from a seasonal offering to a specialty. Congratulations, Breakfast Stout!
  • We now offer three year-round offerings in our nitro draft series: Nitro Pale Ale, Nitro Rubaeus and Nitro Oatmeal Stout.
  • Along with our 750mL Backstage releases, we will have a new seasonal and a new specialty to announce. Stay tuned!

Now go forth and plan the rest of your year!

 

 

Announcing Southern California Distribution!

We are thrilled to announce that with the help of Reyes Beverage Group and Pacific Beverage Company, we will be distributing in Southern California as of January 1, thereby securing our presence in the entire state! Southern Californians can expect to find Founders year-round and seasonal beers in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs in retailers throughout the area, with select limited release beers also available after the launch.

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“Southern California is home to some phenomenal brewers who have cultivated one of the most passionate beer enthusiast regions in the United States,” said Co-Founder and President Mike Stevens.  “We’re confident that the Reyes Beverage Group and Pacific Beverage Group will be a strong and dedicated partner for the Founders brand and we’re excited to introduce our entire portfolio of products to a new audience.”

The following distributors will represent Founders in their respective markets:

  • Harbor Distributing: East LA and Orange counties
  • Crest Beverage: San Diego county
  • Gate City Beverage Distributors: San Bernardino and Riverside counties
  • Unique Craft Solutions: West LA and downtown LA
  • Allied Beverages-Sylmar: LA
  • Pacific Beverage Company: Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo

Stay tuned to Founders website and Twitter handle @foundersbrewing for launch event information. Fans in California can visit foundersbrewing.com/california for information on launch events and more.

Parking Update

In an effort to provide more viable parking options for our brewery and Taproom visitors, as well as protect our lot from non-Founders parkers, we have installed some gates to our parking lot located between Goodrich and Bartlett (just south of our facility).

Beginning Wednesday, December 9 we will validate parking for all Taproom and Company Store visitors for up to five hours, free of charge.

To ensure that your parking is validated, please present your ticket to your bartender/server when cashing out. You’ll receive up to five hours free of charge, after which a $2.00/half hour fee will apply. There is no charge between 11pm-8am so any cars left overnight (safety first!) will not incur any additional charges.

The entrance to this lot is off Goodrich and the pay station and exit are just off Bartlett St. This is a cashless system that accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards. Here’s a handy map:

 

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Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to shower your favorite Founders fan with the latest gear from our online store. From flannel jammies to bottle sweaters, here’s a round-up of our favorite gift ideas this year.

The best part? We’re offering free shipping on orders over $100 and $8 flat-rate shipping on all others. Just make sure you place your order by December 19 to get it under the tree in time.

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BLiS bourbon barrel matured maple syrup – $25

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Bottle sweater – $9

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Flannel pajama pants – $30-32
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Stonewear mug – $25
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Retro pom beanie – $15

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Dirty Bastard stone ground mustard – $8

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Handmade beer soap by Brickyard Farms – $8

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Snifter set – $30

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Home bar set – $80

 

 

Founders Presents: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds

Our friends in the Brooklyn-based soul band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have a passion for music that has made them one of the best acts to ever grace our Taproom stage. Since our beginnings in the Brassworks Building, the taproom has nurtured the growth of local, national and international artists alike, along with being our testing ground for new, experimental beers. Over the years, we’ve realized those two things are not mutually exclusive and, in fact, the creative energy that captivates an audience during a live set in our taproom is the same energy that keeps us brewing the best beer in the world. In the first installment in our Founders Presents series, watch Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds in action and listen as we talk about what motivates musicians and brewers alike.

To check out upcoming taproom events, visit our website.

Introducing First Seasonal of 2016: Azacca IPA

Please join us in welcoming Azacca IPA, an IPA brewed with just one, relatively new, experimental hop as our first seasonal offering of 2016! Azacca IPA will be available across our entire distribution footprint on draft and in 12oz. bottles beginning in January 2016 through March with a suggested retail price of $9.99/six-pack.

Azacca IPA is brewed with Azacca hops, a special variety created by Yakima-based Roy Farms. Named for the Haitian god of agriculture, the Azacca hop boasts intense, tropical fruit notes. Azacca IPA includes a touch of caramel malt to provide a sweet backbone to the citrus, mango and orchard fruit notes in this 7% ABV, 70 IBUs beer. The label artwork symbolizes the god of agriculture watching over a field where the ingredients used to make the beer are being grown.

“It’s no secret that hops inspire us,” notes Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “I love to design beers that showcase the profile of new varieties. One of my favorite things about Azacca IPA is how versatile it is throughout the brewing process; it’s great for bittering, flavoring, aroma and dry-hopping, and the citrus and tropical fruit characteristics make it ideal for an American-style IPA.”

Azacca IPA is the newest addition to our esteemed IPA lineage that includes Centennial IPA, All Day IPA, Red’s Rye IPA, Devil Dancer, reDANKulous and Double Trouble.

Azacca IPA kicks off our seasonal calendar starting in 2016, with availability from January 2016 through March, dependent on distributor shipments. Our entire 2016 availability calendar will be announced later this month.

 

Thanksgiving Pairing Suggestions

Thanksgiving is here and we’re ready to gather around the table to feast on our favorite dishes. But, what to drink? Mike Willcox from our education team is here to breakdown which beers from our line-up will pair perfectly with the classic Thanksgiving dishes, from the “diva” of the table, cranberry sauce, to the creamy closer, pumpkin pie. Enjoy!

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Turkey

  • Turkey is the main dish and, thus, deserves special attention. Pale Ale is a nice pairing for roasted turkey, and if you go the deep-fried route it would be even better. The light hop bitterness will do wonders to cleanse your palate between each bite.
  • Porter is another great option. The toasty notes and hints of bitter chocolate would resonate well with the bird and the rich poultry will pair well with the velvet mouth feel.
  • If you happen to be cellaring any Curmudgeon Old Ale, now may be the time to crack it open. Something with a bit more substance and a little mellow sweetness night be a nice contrast and Curmudgeon Old Ale has both in spades. The caramel malts and the residual sweetness from the molasses will contrast nicely with the savory turkey – the flavors will play together deliciously.
  • The herbaceousness and coy sweetness of Spectra Trifecta is going to slip right behind the savory turkey and make that umami just absolutely pop. Spectra Trifecta is an amazing food beer, but when it comes to savory meats with a little salt to them, it really gets the chance to shine. Spectra Trifecta would be ideal for most of the items on the list.

Ham

  • Dirty Bastard is almost tailor made for pairing with pork, especially a glazed ham. The punchy caramel and toffee notes of the Dirty Bastard malt bill will roll right into a glazed ham and allow the salty, savory aspects of the meat to mellow and chuckle their way to the background – still there to play – but not stealing the show.

Stuffing

  • A nice hearty stuffing is just begging to be served alongside Porter. If you use mushrooms in your stuffing (like my bubby used to) then even better! Stuffing is all about umami and richness with an occasional bright twinkle of sweet or sharp from the carrots, celery, and onions. Porter will roll right in with the umami and contrast with the sweet and sharp, pushing them to the front of the palate.
  • The sweet malt flavors of Dirty Bastard and the savory bread will make for a completely different experience. Worth trying!

Cranberry Sauce 

  • Cranberry sauce is hard because it has SUCH a presence. It’s a bit of a diva and if you aren’t careful with who you set it up with its going to get pouty and ruin the night for everybody. All Day IPA isn’t a bad idea, it’s light and refreshing and the bitterness from the hops might have an interesting time dancing with all of that tart, and the bright sour sweetness of the cranberries might take those citrus notes from the beer and end up in the guest room groping away on top of the coats.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

  • Porter all the way. I won’t even suggest anything else. The earthy potatoes and the toast of the Porter will resonate gorgeously.

Sweet Potatoes 

  • The mellow sweet malts of the Dirty Bastard and the earthy sweet of the sweet potatoes will stroll across your palate hand in hand leaving you thankful you cracked open that bottle.

Dinner Rolls

  • Any beer will go well with dinner rolls. Dinner rolls are at every dinner because they go with… well… everything.

Roasted Vegetables 

  • Unless you’re serving something with a lot of flavor like brussel sprouts (in which case go with Porter, baby) then you should be good with whatever you are pouring with the rest of the meal.

Salad

  • I don’t know if this is customary for everybody, but my family usually has a light salad with tomatoes and cucumbers lightly dosed with vinaigrette. The slight hop bitterness of All Day IPA is fantastic with the fresh refreshing flavors of the salad and the citrus notes of the beer add a little zing to the vinaigrette.

Green Bean Casserole 

  • The flavors of the beans and the hop bitterness of All Day IPA should meld well and bring out some of the citrus of the beer. Mosaic Promise, if you can find it in your area, may be another one to consider with this dish.

Corn

  • Pale Ale all the way. Corn is a simple, filling side dish with a hint of sweet and a lot of vegetal character. Any beer with a lot of weight is going to eclipse the corn. Pale Ale has enough character with its light citrus and slight hint of bitter, but for the most part it is going to let the corn be the star of the show. It’s a great option to clean the palate and have the stage ready for the next act.

Pecan Pie

  • Pecan Pie has a flavor all of its own – sweet and nutty and just touch of bready from the crust. The chocolate and coffee notes of Porter are just waiting to enhance the nutty flavors, and the sweet of the pie will take that bitter chocolate and get it blushing.

Pumpkin Pie 

  • What’s a better way to cap off the night than a slice of pumpkin pie and the bourbon barrel-aged deliciousness that is Backwoods Bastard? Backwoods has a rich, malty sweetness with notes of vanilla and a hint of bourbon burn from its time in the barrel. Add a slowly melting dollop of vanilla ice cream and this is a match made in heaven.

That’s all, folks! Cheers to a enjoying Thanksgiving with family, friends, great food and even better beer.

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