Dave and I have always considered our taproom the heart of the brewery, the place where the Founders culture and spirit is most alive, the thing that consistently reminds us of why we embarked on this journey in the first place. It is there where titles are checked at the door and you can rub elbows with some unlikely characters (and find you have more in common with them than not). It is a place where a love of great beer, delicious food and a good time is all that’s needed to enjoy. It’s our home and all are welcome in it.
What has more coastline than our home state of Michigan, over half of the world’s glaciers and a thirst for quality beer? Well, Alaska, of course, and we are happy to announce we are headed that way come May 2017!
Twenty years ago our Co-Founders, Mike and Dave, dropped everything to chase their dreams. Now, we’re looking back on the moments that have defined our twenty-year journey best. Those stories, told through art, video and more, are rolling out throughout the year at foundersbrewing.com/20th.
We are happy to announce that we are heading south to the great state of Mississippi! Remarkably, this completes our statewide coverage of the Southern region of the U.S. and, with our recent announce that we are heading to Delaware, this means we are everywhere east of the Mississippi River. Not bad!
A few thoughts on cellaring our beer, from our Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki:
One of the most common questions I’m asked is “should I cellar this particular beer and if so, for how long?” “Cellaring” is the act of storing a beer in ideal conditions for an extended period of time, with the hope that the flavor of the beer will actually improve. Ideal conditions would include a controlled temperature, somewhere in the 50-60 degree Fahrenheit range. We’ve found that storage temperature has a huge impact on how well the beer maintains its freshness. Refrigeration greatly slows down the aging process, while beer stored at room temp or above will accelerate the effects of aging. And what are those effects of aging? Generally, aged beers experience a decrease in bitterness and the fruity and floral esters created by the hops. Other flavors, however, tend to increase with age, such as a vinous character (sherry or stale fruit), wet paper/cardboard, and a caramel or toffee sweetness. Oxidation is primarily responsible for these changes in flavor.
We’re excited to once again host Tribute on the Grand, a fundraising event to benefit Grand Rapids Whitewater, on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.
The musical lineup will include Saved by the 90’s (you guessed it, a 90’s cover band) and Hotel California (an Eagles tribute band) along with returning local act Wolfpack from Mars (a David Bowie tribute band).