KBS Week 2014

We’re doing something a little bit different for the KBS release in Grand Rapids this year.

Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is our most infamous beer. It’s included in lists of the best beers in the world published by sources ranging from RateBeer to Men’s Fitness. It’s inherently a limited release because it ages in bourbon barrels for a year in the caves beneath Grand Rapids. In years past, beer enthusiasts like you have crashed web servers with the traffic caused by your interest in this beer, and we’ve had people camping outside the brewery in frigid temperatures so they can be first to get their share.

This year we’ve decided to open up the release so that people coming to Grand Rapids for KBS can enjoy all of Beer City USA. We’ll still be releasing bottles in our taproom, through a pre-ticketed release that lasts Tuesday, March 18, through, Saturday, March 22. Tickets will go on sale via EventBrite on Saturday, March 1, at 11am EST. What’s changing this year is we’re giving fifteen Founders-supporting craft-beer-centric bars and restaurants in the Grand Rapids area each a keg of KBS to tap on a day of their choosing throughout this same week.


All details about KBS Week 2014, which lasts from March 18-22, can be found on a website that we’ve built just for this purpose. Check it out at kbsweek.com.

This is our way of saying thank you to restaurants and bars who are big supporters of the craft beer movement and to encourage people to visit all of the places that make Grand Rapids Beer City USA. We’re very much looking forward to this celebration with our community.

KBS will still be released starting on April 1 in limited quantities throughout our distribution footprint. KBS bottles will be released to our local market starting on Tuesday, March 25.

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18 Comments on “KBS Week 2014”
  1. Brent

    I have waited all year for this and of course the ticket order date is one of the days I am out of the country!

  2. Where can we find the hotel deals? Sounds like a good enough excuse to travel to that state up north.

    • Sarah

      This page is still being populated, but all hotel deals will be listed here: http://www.experiencegr.com/kbsweek/. And we’ve built kbsweek.com to be a one-stop shop for answers to all of your questions, and so that you can bookmark it during your visit. Check it out here.

  3. William R.

    We plan on coming during the week. Are tours available?

    • Sarah

      During KBS Week, we will have tours on Tuesday, 3/18. They are available on our website right here. We will not have tours available on Saturday, 3/22.

  4. Robert

    Can we buy two tickets? I don’t want to come alone to this event.

    • Sarah

      The KBS tapping party on 3/22 is not a ticketed event. The only part that is ticketed is the bottle release.

  5. Bryan

    How quickly do you expect the Saturday tickets to sell out?

    • Sarah

      They have sold out very quickly in the past. We recommend bookmarking the EventBrite page and signing on right away at 11am EST.

  6. hubert

    Any pre-release tickets for current mug club members?

    • Sarah

      No, all tickets will be released at the same time, 11am EST on Saturday, March 1.

  7. Rachel

    As someone who lives out of state, but frequently travels to MI and has family/friends in GR, what is the best way to get my hands on KBS? I’d love to bring some home for some friends! 🙂

    • Sarah

      You can purchase tickets for the taproom bottle release using the link posted above, or go to your favorite Founders retailer in your area and see if they have any in stock starting on April 1.

  8. Chris

    I’m assuming that you won’t be filling growlers of KBS in the tap room on the 22nd, correct?

    • Sarah

      That’s correct–we do not do growler fills for Class 3 beers in our taproom.

  9. Al Gerlach

    This feels much more rational than the whole camp out and see if you can get some situation of years past. Good job Founders! Hope I can get a ticket for the 22nd this Saturday!




    *BUY! BUY! BUY!*

    (I hope your computer servers are ready for the influx! 😀 )

  10. James

    Are my eyes deceiving me or has the bottle limit been cut again? We are now capped at TWO 4 packs???

    • Sarah

      That is correct, the individual allocation is two 4packs. This gives more people the chance to get some bottles to take home and allows us to raise more money for the Grand Rapids Whitewater initiative.

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