KBS Guitar Contest

Since its inception in 2001KBS has developed an impassioned craft following and a reputation for being one of the best stouts in the world. To celebrate this year-round release we’re inviting our fans (that’s you!) to enter for a chance to win a custom KBS-inspired guitar!   

kbs barrel stave guitar next to barrels with two KBS bottles

That’s right, we have a custom guitar built by Mandrayk Music, that features KBS barrel staves, gold crown nobs and (as if that weren’t enough) a custom stain/finish using CBS/KBS. We’ll be giving away this extremely rare KBS guitar to one lucky winner at the end of November.

Here’s a full breakdown of the KBS guitar:

    • Handmade by very talented taproom server, Mandrayk Music.
    • Made with used KBS barrel staves.
    • Features Barrel-Aged Series gold bottle caps for the nobs.
    • Custom CBS/KBS stain blend sprayed on finish.
    • There are only three of these custom KBS guitars in existence
    • This guitar was played by our Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki and our Barrel Maestro, Jason Heystek (the two responsible for making sure y’all get your KBS)

To enter, “Tell us about the most memorable trip you made for beer or music.” This can range from that road trip you took to follow your favorite artist on tour, that reunion show you had to see, a trip to a bucket list brewery for a rare bottle pickup (like the good ole days of partying – er – waiting in line for KBS bottles) or making lifelong friends while waiting for the unicorn beer you’ve never had. We think you get the idea.

We’ll pick our favorite to win this ultra-rare KBS guitar! Entries will be judged based on emotional resonance/impact and quality of writing/storytelling.

The contest closes November 30, 2020 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be notified by Monday, December 7, 2020.


  • Fill out the form below, ensuring your submissions are within the word (under 1,000) or video (2 minutes) length limit.
  • Click submit.
  • The submission period ends November 30, 2020. Winners will be notified by Monday, December 7, 2020.
  • Rules and regulations can be viewed in full here.
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64 Comments on “KBS Guitar Contest”
  1. irena

    love kbs

  2. Daniel

    This would be totally cool and is very cool that Founders is doing this!!

  3. Joe

    KBS is ine of the best and most consistent beers out there. Always know what to expect. I like it better than CBS

  4. Done and done 😉 love you babies!

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Love you too, Hugz!

  5. Brittany

    My husband and I love founders beer plus music. This would be an amazing gift for him to win.

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Give it a shot!

  6. Matt Albright

    What an awesome contest! Beer is always associated with events and good times!

  7. Nick

    Yummy beers

  8. I am proud to tell you that my son in law, Troy Lampen is employed at Founders

  9. Zach Reecher


  10. MrHolland420

    Thank you for this opportunity, hope you enjoy my story either way.

  11. John Rock

    Keep the Backwoods coming to get me through winter. Could really use a new guitar!

  12. Colin

    This would be so cool!

  13. Eric G

    This guitar is some man cave swag

  14. Mike Stone

    Thank you to Founders to always staying true to who you are and always being just a little different …

  15. JohnDavid

    KBS is amazing.

  16. Gary

    Founders is the best beer in the world

  17. Nancy Moses

    I would love to win this guitar for my son. He loves to enjoy beer with his dad when we visit him in Arizona. And…he is an awesome guitar player.

  18. Daniel Rodenburg

    I drove an old Cadillac limo from Nashville to the Pacific Ocean to see The Rolling Stones, how do I find out if my story was submitted?

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Hi! You’ll need to complete the form that is at the bottom of the blog post for your entry to be submitted.

  19. Michael S

    Love it! Lots of find memories.

  20. Andy

    I want KBS running in my veins

  21. Jerry Welch

    Awesome contest and amazing beers! Guitar playing fingers crossed!! Good luck everyone! Cheers!

  22. davidtex

    Can’t find a butter stout then LBS and Backwoods Bastard is right up there with it.

    • Founders Brewing Co.


  23. kenlaatz

    Fingers crossed!

  24. Carolyne Hare

    Am in Awe of your talent,commitment to quality and pure skill to produce this!

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      If you like this check out @mandrayk_music_ on Instagram! He’s the one responsible for this beautiful instrument.

  25. Jeffrey Smith

    I look forward to trying your KBS beer.

  26. Kevin B Yarmak

    Nice lookin’ guitar.

  27. Tamster

    Hope I win lol

  28. Mike

    Am I eligible if I am a rep for an unaffiliated beverage company?

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      You sure are! As long as it’s not one of our wholesaler partners.

  29. Phillip

    Love Founders

  30. Robert Hordos

    Would love to see you guys tackle some Belgian beers!

  31. Amber

    This is amazing as is the beer!

  32. Mike

    Am I eligible to enter if I rep a different alcohol beverage?

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Yep! As long it’s not one of our wholesaler partners.

  33. Gary M

    Missing Edward Van Halen and loving your KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge 🍺🎸

  34. pasadena

    Would love to fire that baby up through one of my Silvertone amps!

  35. Mike

    Founders has always been one of my Go To beers. Always solid.

  36. Ryan Williams

    Submitted, very cool guitar!!

  37. Nan

    We LOVE Founders!!! You don’t make a bad beer!

  38. Terry Hutton

    Very awesome to be able for a chance to win this barrel guitar from you all. Thank you for the chance..

  39. Luis calderon

    Omg KBS 🤤🤤🤤 my favorite then its the breakfast stout!!!

  40. Rodney Westmoreland

    I love KBS and the Mackina Fudge is my second favorite now.

  41. Richlandsun

    Love your beer!

  42. Jeff Birman

    Very cool wood and metal thingy. Would love to hang it on the wall with the other thingies

  43. JJ

    Thank you for the beer, great opportunity to share a story and a chance at a guitar. I’d love to play it and sing for a crowd one day.

  44. Dean VandeKieft

    We are excited to be a part of this contest and continue to look forward to specialty brews from all over. Keeps things interesting.

  45. Helen Scholz

    love the IPA’s

  46. Bruce

    Cant wait to someday visit Founders, can’t get enough of it out this wY

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      We can’t wait until you can visit too!


    Wish you’d ship more of the limited editions to St. Louis 🙂

  48. Kelly

    Amazing guitar! What an awesome contest Founders!

  49. Tim

    Love MI beer. Love you guys and you’re as legit as they come!

  50. Aaron


  51. Matthew Wolske

    Done! What a great giveaway!!

  52. Kyle

    Amazing contest prize!

  53. Sarah Webb

    Founders is my favorite Michigan brewery

  54. Eliud Monge

    Thanks for this opportunity, beer and music the perfect combination!

  55. Corey


  56. Justin

    Nothing but love for Founders. Don’t ever change!

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