Sweet Repute Is Our Winter 2013 Backstage Series Release

We plan to introduce Sweet Repute, a wheat wine aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, this December to mark the eighth installment in our Backstage Series. Like all Backstage Series beers, Sweet Repute will be sold in 750mL bottles. It has a suggested retail price of $17.99–$19.99 per bottle.


Our brewing team painstakingly choreographed each layer of this beer’s characteristics, starting with a healthy wheat and roasted malt base and adding clean, fragrant hops. It’s one hundred percent barrel-aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels over the course of sixteen months, then blended using carefully calculated ratios for the ultimate final product. The resulting 12.6% ABV liquid pours a bright warm russet with a stubborn ivory head and an intoxicatingly sweet nutty aroma. We put Sweet Repute in a larger bottle with sharing in mind.

“We’re excited about this one,” said Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand & Education Dave Engbers. “Every sample we’ve pulled from the barrels down in the caves has been incredible.”

Sweet Repute will join the ranks of our world-class barrel-aged beers, such as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Backwoods Bastard, Curmudgeon’s Better Half and many, many more taproom-only ales.

Sweet Repute will be released in limited quantities across our distribution footprint beginning on Monday, December 2, and will be available at our taproom the same week. This will be our last Backstage Series release in 2013, with more releases to come in 2014.

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25 Comments on “Sweet Repute Is Our Winter 2013 Backstage Series Release”
  1. Kyle

    Will this be available and distributed to Dallas, TX?

    • Sarah

      Limited quantities will be shipped to our distributor partner in Texas and some should get to Dallas, yes.

  2. Andy

    Sounds amazing! Is there going to be an advance online ticket sale, as with the past few Backstage releases?

    • Sarah

      Please check back for details on the taproom release!

  3. Jason Garton


    • Sarah

      A limited amount should get to Florida, yes.

  4. Aaron

    Will this be a ticketed release?

    • Sarah

      That’s the plan for our taproom release–stay tuned!

  5. Kevin

    Hi! Are we going to see some in Toronto? Finally saw some Founders in the LCBO! Please hook up our evil government monopoly so regular folk can enjoy without a 5 hour drive to Grand Rapids (not that that would actually be a bad thing mind you….)

    • Sarah

      Hi Kevin! We only have Centennial IPA in Ontario right now–we are going to get a few additional selections there this fall for a limited period of time, but we don’t distribute our Backstage Series beers there. I know it’s a long drive, but a trip to Michigan is probably your best bet if you want to try this beer.

  6. Chelsea

    Can you guys come to Alaska next? Boy, do I miss Founder’s! There are some outstanding breweries you could collaborate with up here. 😉

    • Sarah

      Alaska may be a bit of a ways off for us, but you never know!

  7. Kevin

    I love you. I really love you.

  8. Justin

    Is this based off the Nemesis beers? I’m trying to figure out what “tap room specialty” this is. Looking forward to it by the way.

    • Sarah

      This is a new beer, though it may have inspiration from a beer or beers we’ve brewed in the past…

  9. Tom

    Will this be distributed to the Philly area?

    • Sarah


  10. Jason

    Will New York get some? Specifically the beer necessities in New Rochelle, NY?? Kidding about that second question (unless you know hahaha).

    • Sarah

      Sweet Repute will be sent to New York, yes. Our distributors handle allocations to individual retailers, so we do not have a list of accounts that may receive some. Cheers!

  11. Mike

    Is any going to make its way to Connecticut? If so, can you let me know what distributor handles your beer in Connecticut so i can start camping out at the Package stores. 🙂 Thanks

    • Sarah

      We are planning to ship limited amounts to Connecticut. We have two distributor partners there: Drinx Unlimited in Norwalk (phone: 203.851.5666) and Hartford Distributors in Manchester (phone: 860.643.2337).

  12. Todd

    Are these maple syrup bourbon barrels the same used for Blis Maple syrup just like CBS? I love Christmas morning breakfast with waffles covered in Blis and a maple syrup bourbon barrel aged 750mL bottle of Founders yumminess to wash it down.

    • Sarah

      Yup, you got it! We used Blis barrels for Sweet Repute.

  13. Askia

    Do you know where I could get a list of distributors in Philly and New York? I’d go to either to try a bottle!

    • Sarah

      Philly is covered by Stockertown: 610.746.5611
      NYC is covered by SKI: 718.821.7200

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