New Barrel-Aged Series Release: CBS

At long last, the day is here. We are happy to (officially) announce the sixth and final release in our Barrel-Aged Series:


Man holding up Founders CBS beer bottle

CBS was born when we stumbled upon some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. We opted to put the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout, in the maple barrels and, after one taste, we knew we had something special. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience.

Last bottled in 2011, CBS has become one of the most highly sought-after beers in the world and for good reason. It’s damn good. You all have been very vocal in petitioning for its return and it would’ve been cruel for us to hold out any longer in delivering on that.

CBS will be available everywhere (yep, all 46 states we’re available), including our Grand Rapids taproom, on draft and in 750mL bottles beginning on December 1 – some markets may release it a few days after that date. It will have a suggested retail price of $24.99 a bottle.

Special thanks to our enthusiast club, the Cadre for helping announce this release by sharing our hint on Twitter and Instagram. Also, for those of you who caught our CBS ‘trailer’ on Friday, know that that wouldn’t have been possible without the help of lovely Reya (the horse), her owner and trainer, Lisa Anes-DeLaat of Performa Dressage, and our kickass Mountie, Angela Walser.

Similar to our annual release of KBS, CBS will be released from our taproom via an online ticket sale. Keep in mind that tickets for this event are in high demand and we anticipate they will sell out quickly:

**Taproom CBS bottle tickets are officially sold out**

General Admission bottle ticket info:

  • Tickets will go on sale on November 11, 2017 at 11am EST through this link
  • Tickets are name and pickup weekend specific – no exceptions
  • Limit of one ticket, equaling (2) bottles of CBS per person
  • Tickets are $50/each ($25/bottle) plus convenience fees
  • Tickets are non-transferrable
  • Refunds will not be issued for unused or lost tickets

Mug Club

  • Mug Club presale ticket info will be sent via email today, 11/6/17.

Bottle Pickup:

  • Pickup occurs only on the weekend specified on your ticket and only by the person indicated on your ticket
  • Two weekends for bottle pickup at the Grand Rapids taproom:
    • 12/1/17-12/3/17
    • 12/8/17-12/10/17
  • Pickup will take place from the Education entrance off of Williams St. from 11am-9pm each day

Ticketing questions can be sent to

Check out the other beers in our Barrel-Aged Series here.

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31 Comments on “New Barrel-Aged Series Release: CBS”
  1. hubermi12

    No presale tickets for Cadre members?

    • hanabela

      I thought mug club members Able to get early access to special releases does that not apply for this especially when mug club memberships or do they do this month

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Yes, an email will be going out later today with ticket sale info for Mug Club members.

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      No, we only offer presale opportunities for our Mug Club members at this point.

  2. Doug McDowall

    11:00 am on November 11 is a solemn moment of silence in Canada. Disturbing that CBS tickets are to be sold at that time! #poor all #disrespectful

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Hi Doug,

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We always do bottle ticket sales on Saturdays to make it as accessible to the largest group of people possible. We chose the 11th as it would be the first Saturday after our official CBS announcement and we knew our fans would be anticipating the ticket sales right away; after all, the release is only weeks down the road. In our choosing of that day/time, we failed in doing our due diligence of ensuring it wouldn’t coincide with a significant event such as the moment of silence for Canada’s Remembrance Day. Unfortunately, it is too late to change the date and time, but please know that this was an oversight on our part and we are deeply sorry. We have the utmost of respect to those who serve their country and we would never intend to minimize that. Thanks again for making us aware of our error.

  3. Ethan

    Is there any information on where I can get it near me? South Bend, Indiana? Thanks.

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Your best bet is to check with your local bottle shops and ask if they plan on carrying it. Also, check out for tappings near you – a release this big will have tons of events celebrating the tapping!

  4. Kathy

    How much of the CBS will you have on tap in the tap room? I plan on making the drive up for the event, but won’t arrive until late evening.

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      We plan on having it on tap throughout the weekends that correspond with bottle pickup.

  5. dedge

    Really appreciate the bonus for mug clubbers, looking forward to the email!

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Hey, it’s the least we could do for our local loyalists!

  6. Cole

    Do you get to choose your day?

  7. Josh

    Are tickets for a specific day or can you pick up anytime during the weekend for a given ticket?

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      The tickets are weekend-specific – either 12/1/17-12/3/17 or 12/8/17-12/10/17. You can come at any point between 11am and 9pm on the weekend specified on your ticket.

  8. KSBailey

    Love it! Thank you Founders!

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      You’re very welcome!

  9. Ccmoods

    Do you get to pick the day for your ticket? Or is it random?

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      The bottle pickup time is specific to one of two weekends (12/1/17-12/3/17 or 12/8/17-12/10/17). You can come at any point between 11am and 9pm on the weekend indicated on the ticket.

    • Andy

      Understood that tickets are weekend specific. But at the time of purchase, does the buyer get to select which weekend based on avaialbility or is the specific weekend randomly generated?

  10. Karen

    Is any CBS heading to Ontario, Canada through the LCBO? I asked the LCBO directly and expect to hear back never.

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      It sure is! You can expect it sometime in mid to late December.

  11. Dean

    Any chance CBS makes it way out to Los Angeles?

  12. Steve Hyslop

    yes or no. When you purchase your ticket,will you be able yo pick the weekend you want to pick up your bottles.

  13. Stephen Kumpar

    Will you be releasing any 4 packs? I have been saving the 4 pack itself to make a solid framed picture with all 6 once the release ends. This will pretty much put that to an end.

  14. bnolte50

    On the release date (12/1) will CBS also be available in stores?

  15. Monica

    Do you have to have the card present with you that was used to purchase the ticket, at time of beer pick-up?
    Last year for KBS release, you required name on credit card to match name of person picking up the beer, is that a requirement for CBS?

  16. Paul

    Cam we pick up CBS on opposite weekend of our tickets?

  17. Daniel Rabourn

    I never received the mug club member presale email.

  18. Tim Cote

    I live in Baltimore Maryand. Any CBS coming this way?

  19. Chuck Thielmann

    To all at Founders keep up the good beers. Chuck

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