KBS Week 2015

We’re happy to announce the second annual KBS Week, in honor of the release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) this year. The beer will be available starting March 30 across our distribution footprint, but visitors to and residents of Grand Rapids will be able to enjoy it March 9–14.

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 Business Insider. 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.

A small pour of KBS in front of a KBS Week bag

Last year, for the first time, we decided to open up the release so that people coming to Grand Rapids for KBS could enjoy all of Beer City USA—and it was a success. Once again this year, fifteen Founders-supporting craft-beer-centric bars and restaurants in the Grand Rapids area will each tap a keg of KBS on a day and time of their choosing between March 9 and 13. KBS Week will culminate with the Founders taproom release party, where KBS will be poured all day on Saturday, March 14.

Bottles of KBS available for pickup in our taproom will be released using a pre-ticketed reservation process on EventBrite. Bottles can be reserved beginning on Saturday, February 14, at 11am EST, and they will be available for pickup March 10–14. Ticket proceeds will go to Grand Rapids Whitewater.

A couple of four packs of KBS on a Founders case box

“It’s a blast working with our wholesaler and retailer partners to turn the release of KBS into something that celebrates the entire West Michigan beer community,” said Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers. “We wouldn’t be where we are today—and KBS wouldn’t have the same notoriety—if it weren’t for our incredible local partners and their support over the years. We have wholesaler sales teams, bar owners, knowledgeable bartenders, skilled chefs and many more to thank. This week is a celebration for all of us. Last year was fun, and we think this year will be even better.”

A handful of area hotels will be offering KBS week packages—including discounted room rates, limited edition gear in rooms and more—with information available on the Experience Grand Rapids website. About 100 people reserved these packages last year, an exciting sign that craft beer has the power to bring visitors to West Michigan.

KBS will be available throughout Michigan beginning on Monday, March 16, and throughout the rest of our footprint beginning on Monday, March 30.

For full KBS Week details, head to kbsweek.com.


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8 Comments on “KBS Week 2015”
  1. Amanda

    will I be able to buy this in abc wine and spirit stores in Florida?

    • Sarah

      Our wholesaler partner in Florida will receive a limited amount and will pass it along to retailers from there. We recommend calling your local ABC Wine and Spirit to see if they expect to receive some. Cheers!

  2. Keith Bauman

    PLEASE share some with Houston TX…

    • Sarah

      We plan to send a limited amount to our wholesaler partner in Texas, and they will get it to retailers in the Houston area starting on March 30. Cheers!

  3. Clayton L.

    When should bottles start arriving on shelves in the Athens, Georgia/Greenville, South Carolina areas? I know it says it’ll start to reach the “footprint” on March 30, but the footprint is large… Just curious.
    Hoping to get some this year.

    • Sarah

      Starting on Monday, March 30. That date is relevant for all of the regions within our distribution footprint, including the areas you mentioned.

  4. Kyle

    when will KBS be coming to Oklahoma?

    • Sarah

      Starting on Monday, March 30.

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