Frangelic Mountain Brown Is Our Next Backstage Release

 Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown ale logo

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.

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6 Comments on “Frangelic Mountain Brown Is Our Next Backstage Release”
  1. This makes me very happy. Thank you Founders!

  2. Brian

    Not sure I understand why bottles will not be for sale at the Brewery for the release. Hopefully someone can give some insight. I thought Blushing Monk and Better Half Monday releases were perfect. Why are the distributors being rewarded instead of locals and people willing to make the tip to Grand Rapids? This just really baffles me…..

    • Sarah

      We aren’t having a release party and we aren’t announcing a date for a bottle release–but that doesn’t mean that bottles won’t be released on-site. We’re hoping this will benefit our local supporters and will work well for the Frangelic Mountain Brown release while we work on developing a new release party format.

  3. John

    Is the number of bottles released for Frangelic Mountain Brown going to be nay larger than the number released for previous Backstage Series beers?

    • Sarah

      The beer hasn’t been bottled yet, so allocations haven’t been confirmed.

  4. I for one am very excited for this. Hopefully I can pick up a bottle in Indianapolis.

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