All Day IPA Is Now a Seasonal Offering

As we welcome in Stout Season, we will soon be saying “so long” to our new friend All Day IPA. But this isn’t goodbye. All Day IPA will be released across our footprint beginning on March 1, 2013.

All Day IPA bottles on ice in a red Coleman cooler

When we first launched All Day IPA in February of this year, we were limited by a hop shortage and could only brew enough to distribute it to our home state of Michigan, along with Ohio, North Carolina, and Chicagoland. Based on new contracts, we will not have the same constraints on production of All Day IPA in 2013 and will be able to release it to all of our markets for the first time.

As we move forward, our seasonal lineup will transition between Breakfast Stout in the cooler weather months (roughly October through February) and All Day IPA in the warmer weather months (March through September). The former “seasonal” beers, Double Trouble and Cerise, will be added to our updated specialty four-pack series, joining four other beers with two months of availability each. Our full 2013 availability calendar will be announced soon.

Referring to the lineup change, President & CEO Mike Stevens says, “It just made sense. Beers like Double Trouble and Cerise have ingredient limitations; they fit into our brewing schedule more smoothly as specialties. And All Day IPA has always felt like a warm weather beer to us. We’re excited to get it to more people in 2013.”

All Day IPA will be available through the end of September 2012 in Ohio, North Carolina, and the greater Chicago area. Our last couple of batches were brewed for our home state, where you’ll be able to find the beer through October.

 

 

This Is Stout Season.

Say goodbye to sunburns and uninspired citrus-soaked summer pilsners; we do nothing but offer bold flavor for the craft beer palate, and we’re doing it again this month with the arrival of this year’s Breakfast Stout. It will be available on tap and in bottles across our 23-state footprint beginning September 21. This beer carries a suggested retail price of $9.99 for a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles.

Breakfast Stout (a world-class ranked beer on BeerAdvocate.com and a top-50 beer at Ratebeer.com) is brewed with an abundance of oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Kona and Sumatra coffee, making it the perfect beer to enjoy during cooler weather. Breakfast Stout is available throughout the cooler months (September 21, 2012, through February 28, 2013), making it the clear choice for craft beer enthusiasts who value great taste more than calendar credentials.

“I get asked all the time to name my favorite Founders beer,” says Dave Engbers, Co-Founder, Vice President of Brand & Education at Founders Brewing Co. “To me, they’re like children…you love different things about each one, but you love them all the same. Breakfast Stout is the beer I love to drink after the leaves begin to turn. It pairs perfectly with roaring fires, hearty foods and flannel shirts.”

A countdown to the beginning of Stout Season can be found at stoutseason.com, and the Twitter conversation can be followed at #StoutSeason. Oh, and here’s our tribute to the sad summer “beer chicken”:

 

Founders Taproom: ArtPrize Venue

The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is gearing up for the fourth annual ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition, which means our hometown will be focused on art from September 19 to October 7. We’re a venue again this year and are excited to be showing the work of nine different artists in our taproom space.

Stop in to see the work of these artists:

William Wanick will be showing “Steve and the Things That Are Bothering Him”. He will be submitting a 2-D painting created with spray paint and paint marker. This image is representative of his work:

Willaim Wanick ArtPrize 2012

Joshua T. Smith will be showing “Victory” made using an art board, oil paint and aluminum leaf. This is a photo of his painting in progress:

Joshua T. Smith's painting Victory

Jordana Dickinson will be showing a functioning rug made out of Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard and Red’s Rye PA six-pack carriers in a piece called “Dirty Reds Centennial Shag”:

Jordana Dickinson

Mike Kapetyn will be showing a kayak made from wood (western red cedar, reclaimed redwood, aspen and walnut) with inlays of a compass rose and the Great Lakes in a piece named “Achieve”:

Mike Kapetyn

Cathy Fox is showing “September Morning”, a photograph taken on Singer Island, Florida, and printed on Giclee canvas:

Cathy Fox

C.A. Durfee will be performing his piece “FOOTPRINTS on a SMALL FRAGILE PLANET” using “solar pyrography” (designs created focusing the sun through various lenses). This is a photograph representative of Durfee’s work:

Jake Kosten will be showing “Kratos”, a photograph exploring the way smoke moves through space and the forms our imaginations create within the smoke:

Jake Kosten

Pennie Johnson will be submitting an acrylic painting on canvas that is currently untitled. This image is representative of her work:

Pennie Johnson

Lastly, W. Anthony Taggart will be showing a photograph that is not available for online viewing yet. His piece is called “Lady of the Rain”.

 

See you in our taproom, art and beer lovers!

 

All photos were pulled from our venue page on ArtPrize.org.

 

Founders Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

Our beer cheese dip (from our deli menu) is one of the hottest sellers in our taproom, and our deli manager Justin Golinski is cool enough to share the recipe with you all.

Founders Beer Cheese Dip with a Red's Rye PA

Our beer cheese dip is pictured above on our taproom patio alongside a Red’s Rye PA.

 

Ingredients

1 pound cream cheese (softened)

1 ounce smoked Gouda cheese (grated)

6 ounces Founders Centennial IPA

1/2 ounce fresh baby spinach

1/2 medium-sized red bell pepper (diced)

1 garlic clove (minced)

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine and mix all of the ingredients thoroughly in a casserole dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring halfway through baking. Serve with crostinis, toast points and/or tortilla chips.

 

Founders Is Now Available…Where Exactly?

We’ve begun distribution to quite a few new states in the past couple of months, and we understand if you’ve lost track. To help you out, we made this little map to show you where we distribute our beer as of today:

Founders distributor coverage as of August 21, 2012

Here are the dates of the first shipments to our most recently added states:

  • Upstate New York: May 11, with some areas’ distributors picking up shipments as late as June 29
  • Maine: May 29
  • Connecticut: June 29
  • New Hampshire: July 24

We appreciate the warm welcome that we’ve received in these new-to-us states so far; thanks to all of you who have welcomed us and thank you to the markets that have given us the support to grow to this point.

**Please note: We do distribute our beer in the District of Columbia.

 

 

Our Brewhouse Is the First of Its Kind Installed in the U.S.

Please check out this video produced by Krones, the machinery manufacturer that supplied us with some of our equipment, including the CombiCube B brew house that we began brewing on last fall. It includes an interview with our brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki, and great footage of our packaging line, cellar, and brew house.

 

Taproom Closed July 29 & 30

Our taproom will be closed ALL DAY on July 29 and 30 for our first-ever employee getaway. The deli and company store will be closed, as well, and there will be no Discfunktional Sunday.

We’ll also be using this opportunity to re-surface the taproom floors and make some other improvements so that your Founders experience will be better than ever!

The taproom, deli, and company store will all re-open at 11am on Tuesday, July 31.

 

July is Michigan Craft Beer Month!

Please check out this information from the Michigan Brewers Guild about Michigan Craft Beer Month!

Michigan Brewers Guild Celebrates 15 Years With Annual Summer Beer Festival,
“15th Anniversary Ale” Collaborative Brew & Craft Beer Month Designation

(LANSING, Mich) – July 2012 is a big month for craft brewers in the Great Beer State as the Michigan Brewers Guild celebrates its 15th anniversary with its annual Summer Beer Festival, the release of a “15th Anniversary Ale” Collaborative Brew and the official designation of Michigan Craft Beer Month.

Michigan craft beer month logo

The Proclamation

Earlier this month, Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) introduced Senate Resolution No. 160 while 18 Michigan Representatives including Representative Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) introduced House Resolution No. 102, both of which declare July as Craft Beer Month in the state of Michigan.

“It is always an honor to be able to recognize thriving Michigan-based businesses,” said Rep. MacGregor (R-Rockford). “It should be the role of government to get out of their way and support them when we can. My resolution to recognize July as ‘Craft Beer Month’ was a small ‘pat on the back’ to a successful and growing industry of our state.”

“With summer upon us and Grand Rapids claiming the title of ‘Beer City USA,’ it is the perfect time to celebrate Craft Beer Month in Michigan,” said Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor). “We are excited about the opportunity to tout the benefits to our statewide tourism efforts and the investment in our local economy that craft beer represents.”

The Collaborative Brew

The 15th Anniversary Ale is a strong Pale Ale—more like a strong IPA or a Double IPA—coming in with an 8% ABV with 80 IBUs. These brews will be available at participating member breweries, as well as at the Summer Beer Festival.

“When you buy Michigan beer you are supporting local businesses and you are helping to provide local jobs,” says Eric Briggeman, Guild President. “And, with this 15th Anniversary Brew, we are also helping Michigan’s agriculture industry because we are asking brewers to use wheat that is grown and malted in Michigan, as well as Michigan-grown hops.”

The Festival

The 15th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival will be held July 27-28 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti’s Historic Depot Town District. More than 60 Michigan craft breweries will showcase 450-plus craft beers at the two-day festival, which runs from 5-9pm on Friday, July 27, and 1-6pm on Saturday, July 28.

Admission tickets are $30 for Friday (in advance—$35 at the gate, if any are available) and $35 for Saturday (in advance—$40 at the gate, if any are available). Each admission ticket includes 15 drink tokens, each redeemable for a 3-ounce sample. Additional drink tokens are available for 50 cents each. Advanced tickets for the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival may be purchased online, at participating member breweries and limited retail locations around the state. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend. Designated driver tickets are available online and at the gate for $5 each.

This year’s entertainment lineup includes: DJ Rob Ericksen, Stone Clover, L’aith Al Saadi and Jason Dennie on Friday the 27th and DJ Danny Boy Peron, Jason Waggoner Band, and Amy Gore & Her Valentine on Saturday the 28th.

The Guild

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes well over $24 million in wages with a economic contribution well over $133 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation—thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

Founded in 1997 and celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2012, the Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry. By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, the organization strives to achieve 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption.

Plus, the guild shares its birth year with us!

Michigan Brewers Guild 15th anniversary logo

MICHIGAN BREWERS GUILD TIMELINE:

1997—Creation of Michigan Brewers Guild
1998—Inaugural Summer Beer Festival, July (Greenmead, Livonia)
2000—Summer Beer Festival Relocates (Frog Island, Ypsilanti)
2004—Summer Beer Festival Relocates & Expands to 2 Days (Riverside Park, Ypsilanti)
2005—Inaugural Winter Beer Festival, February (Old Town, Lansing)
2007—Winter Beer Festival Moves to Grand Rapids (Fifth-Third Ballpark, Comstock Park)
2008—Inaugural UP Fall Beer Festival, September (Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette)
2008—Inaugural Detroit Fall Beer Festival, October (Eastern Market, Detroit)

For more information, including a list of Michigan craft breweries, visit the Michigan Brewers Guild website, or check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Founders Brewing Co. is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild.

 

 

Founders Fest 2012 Recap

A big thank you to everyone who came out to to Founders Fest 2012 on Saturday, June 23! We think the party was a great success, and those of us in the Founders Family enjoyed sharing it with all of you.

Words can only say so much videos can say more. Please check out this recap of the event, shot by Kevin Cole, one of our sound engineers, with music by Afro Zuma (they performed at the fest, and you’ll see them throughout the video).

 

 

Frangelic Mountain Brown Released on July 2

Our next installation in our Backstage Series, Frangelic Mountain Brown, will be released beginning on Monday, July 2.

Frangelic Mountain Brown on the Founders bottling line

Frangelic Mountain Brown on our bottling line.

To reiterate our previous announcement, while there will not be an official release party for Frangelic Mountain Brown at our taproom in Grand Rapids, the beer will be available on draft in the taproom beginning Monday, July 2. The focus of bottle sales will be in Founders’ distribution footprint.

In our taproom, we will be allowing one growler fill per customer once the beer goes on tap when we open at 11am.

We’re excited to share this beer with all of you. The use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process gives Frangelic Mountain Brown distinct flavor and aromatics, with sweet and nutty notes beautifully balanced. We think you’ll enjoy it. We do.

 

Frangelic Mountain Brown Is Our Next Backstage Release

 

We announced earlier today that Frangelic Mountain Brown would be the next release in our 750mL Backstage Series, with availability beginning in July.

Part of what makes Founders Backstage Series so much fun is the period of speculation before the next release is announced. But the purpose of the series is to bring some of our most sought-after beers, which have been available primarily in the taproom and at a few select events, to a much larger audience. Frangelic Mountain Brown will be the fourth release in the series, joining Blushing Monk and Canadian Breakfast Stout from 2011 and Curmudgeon’s Better Half, which was released in February of this year.

Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom “one-off” beer: Founders’ brewers created the Mountain Brown series for their taproom in Grand Rapids in 2007. Frangelic Mountain Brown is the 16th iteration in the series of popular brown ales—and it likely won’t be the last. The singular characteristic of this beer comes from the use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process. The beer has distinct aromatics with sweet and nutty flavors beautifully balanced. Founders is known for its beers made with coffee (i.e., the Breakfast Stout series), but this is both the brewery’s first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.

“The goal of the Backstage Series is to allow those beer enthusiasts who don’t have the ability to make it to our taproom an opportunity to experience some of the beers that, historically, have been limited to our taproom and a handful of high exposure events,” Engbers said. “Although these beers are not brewed in large volume, it is our intention to distribute them to all of our markets.”

While there will not be an official release party for Frangelic Mountain Brown at the brewery’s taproom in Grand Rapids, the beer will be available on draft in the taproom beginning Monday, July 2. The focus of bottle sales will be in Founders’ distribution footprint.

The next beer to be released in the series later this year will be a celebration of the brewery’s fifteenth anniversary, though the beer’s style is yet-to-be revealed. The release party for this beer in November will be Founders’ first to require advance tickets. The KBS release party in spring of 2013 is expected to be an even larger festival-type event–be on the lookout for more detail to come.

 

Limited Run of Founders Letterpress Posters Handmade in Michigan Available Now!

We have released 190 one-of-a-kind Founders letterpress posters, available for purchase in both our on-site and online stores for $75 each.

 

There are parallels between letterpress and the brewing processes: letterpress is becoming a lost art—similar to how the art of brewing was almost lost until its recent rebirth—and both require a great sense of design, a high degree of craftsmanship and strong attention to detail.

 

Each of these Founders posters was hand struck, one at a time, by a team of three operators/artists, and has been printed on 100% Cotton, 140# Archival Legion Revere, standard white paper. The press used was a Vandercook 219AB Proof Press (1950s era) with an adjustable bed; it was originally owned by the Detroit Society of Arts and is still housed in downtown Detroit. The ink is a Van Son Letterpress ink, Rubber Based plus. Owosso Graphics in Owosso, Michigan, made the plate. Due to the complexity of the project, the printing plate was created using an acidic etching onto a solid magnesium plate. From there, this magnesium plate was mounted onto a 1″ thick wood base and prepped for striking. Here’s a video (with original music by Founders favorites Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys!) that demonstrates the process:

 

 

Handmade letterpress prints are highly desired collectibles and have the added benefit of looking great in a home bar. Founders’ lead designer and artist on this project, John Cymbal of Driven Solutions Inc., shares some decorating tips: “These prints deserved to be framed carefully in either a thick wooden black frame or an ornate vintage silver frame. Yours should be hung on the wall where it can be viewed with a refrigerator full of Founders within arms reach, because simply reading this poster will make you thirsty.”

 

**Get yours here!

 

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