For the fifth year, we’re brewing a beer to benefit ArtPrize, an art competition hosted in our hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous ArtPrize series beers include Mosaic Promise, Pale Joe, Spectra Trifecta and more. This year, we’re looking forward to exercising our creativity again with a style new to our lineup.
Summer is in full swing and there is no better beer to enjoy it with than All Day IPA. And, now through August 15, you can unlock our Untappd ‘Session Boldly Summer’ badge when you check in one All Day IPA!
Who doesn’t love a good crab cake? Probably no one after they try this recipe for All Day IPA Crab Cakes by our very own Culinary Director, Justin Golinski. From the chef, “The citrus notes in the All Day IPA pair beautifully with the mild flavor of the crab. Couple that with the Matcha-Lime Mayo and you have an appetizer or even a quick dinner option ready to go. Cool? Cool.”
Each September, we return to Yakima, WA, for what is probably every brewer in the U.S.’s favorite time of year – the annual hop harvest. Throughout the course of just a couple of weeks, our brewing team will select new, experimental hop varieties from the many farms scattered across the valley, re-up contracts for some of our heavy-hitting favorites (i.e. Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade) and meet with the growers who make it all happen, most of whom we call friends. Learn more about exactly what goes on during those weeks here.
On August 19, we are preparing to host our second annual Tribute on the Grand event on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids! Because the event is in direct support of Grand Rapids Whitewater, we thought we’d check in with GRWW’s Matt Chapman to see how the project is progressing. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the cause!
“I never brew a beer to style. I brew to taste. And this beer tastes really good.” -Jeremy Kosmicki
We are pleased to announce the next beer in our Barrel-Aged Series and, get ready, because this one is a 14.2% ABV doozy:
We are happy to debut our updated packaging!
We can’t get enough of our perfectly crisp American-hopped pilsner, PC Pils, especially now that summer has (pretty much) arrived. And, now through July 5, we’ve partnered with Untappd to give you even more of a reason to pick some up – introducing the Profoundly Crushable, Pleasantly Crisp badge!
We’re counting down the days until the 10th annual Founders Fest, our annual celebration of beer and live music! We’ll be shutting down the streets surrounding the brewery, bringing in some kickass live music, local food vendors and artists – and, of course, we will be pouring beer. A lot of it. Advanced tickets are now available for a discounted ticket price of $40 – get yours here.
This year’s lineup is one of the best yet, with headliners Umphrey’s McGee and Blues Traveler setting the tone. Hear a few tracks from each of the live acts we’ll be hosting on our stage come June 17, 2017:
In a lot of ways, All Day IPA is the ultimate “jack of all trades” beer. Full of flavor yet light in body, it satisfies an array of palates, moods, adventures and more.
And, it’s also damn good when used as an ingredient in dessert. Seriously. Case in point: our Culinary Director’s recipe for All Day IPA Lemon Bars. Creamy, citrusy, bright and buttery, these will convince even the most skeptical of friends that beer belongs in dessert. The recipe is relatively easy to execute too, so you may even convince yourself that you’re a pretty good baker.
UPDATE – Our winners have been chosen!
Join our education team this summer for our upcoming Palate Exploration events:
On May 11, we’re thrilled to have Jenna Arcidiacono, owner and chef of Amore Trattoria Italiana back for our first-ever veggie palate exploration! If Chef Jenna is at the helm we’re willing to wager that even the most devout carnivore will walk away satisfied.
On June 1 we’re going NUTS! We’re going to be pairing different varieties of nuts with our friends at Ferris Coffee. We’ll be trying a few different varieties as well as seeing what happens when you add various flavorings to the mix.
Dave and I have always considered our taproom the heart of the brewery, the place where the Founders culture and spirit is most alive, the thing that consistently reminds us of why we embarked on this journey in the first place. It is there where titles are checked at the door and you can rub elbows with some unlikely characters (and find you have more in common with them than not). It is a place where a love of great beer, delicious food and a good time is all that’s needed to enjoy. It’s our home and all are welcome in it.
What has more coastline than our home state of Michigan, over half of the world’s glaciers and a thirst for quality beer? Well, Alaska, of course, and we are happy to announce we are headed that way come May 2017!
We are happy to announce the third release in our Barrel-Aged Series lineup:
Twenty years ago our Co-Founders, Mike and Dave, dropped everything to chase their dreams. Now, we’re looking back on the moments that have defined our twenty-year journey best. Those stories, told through art, video and more, are rolling out throughout the year at foundersbrewing.com/20th.
Great news: there will be even more reasons to love Centennial IPA as it will soon be available in 15-pack cans! Yup, that’s right, it will join the ranks of All Day IPA, PC Pils, Mosaic Promise and Azacca IPA as yet another fantastic beer to be made available in this format.
We are happy to announce that we are heading south to the great state of Mississippi! Remarkably, this completes our statewide coverage of the Southern region of the U.S. and, with our recent announce that we are heading to Delaware, this means we are everywhere east of the Mississippi River. Not bad!
A few thoughts on cellaring our beer, from our Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki:
One of the most common questions I’m asked is “should I cellar this particular beer and if so, for how long?” “Cellaring” is the act of storing a beer in ideal conditions for an extended period of time, with the hope that the flavor of the beer will actually improve. Ideal conditions would include a controlled temperature, somewhere in the 50-60 degree Fahrenheit range. We’ve found that storage temperature has a huge impact on how well the beer maintains its freshness. Refrigeration greatly slows down the aging process, while beer stored at room temp or above will accelerate the effects of aging. And what are those effects of aging? Generally, aged beers experience a decrease in bitterness and the fruity and floral esters created by the hops. Other flavors, however, tend to increase with age, such as a vinous character (sherry or stale fruit), wet paper/cardboard, and a caramel or toffee sweetness. Oxidation is primarily responsible for these changes in flavor.