Wake the Sun crafted their sound not for the masses or to fit into any genre or category, but for themselves. In the second installment of our Founders Presents series, catch some of their live performance in the Founders Taproom and find out more about their musical influences. To watch previous videos and to stay up-to-date with our taproom music video series, visit the playlist here: Founders Presents
We’re excited to announce that we’re expanding…again! We’ve been expanding our current 235 Grandville location for years, but we’ve grown to fill a full city block and have no more space to grow into. This time, we’re adding an additional building, located just a mile south of our current taproom and brewing facility.
So, what’s happening at this new facility? Well, a little bit of everything. The building, located at 900 Hynes St. SW near downtown Grand Rapids, is intended to fulfill our growing warehousing and distribution needs. It will also be home to our second brewery, which will focus exclusively on the barrel-aged, experimental, high-gravity, and specialty beers that we’ve become known for. This means many of the limited, speciality, and Backstage Series beers will be brewed and packaged in this facility. We’re beyond excited to have additional space to design and brew the beers that are the foundation of who we are.
As our Co-Founder, Mike Stevens, puts it:
“This is the foundation of our company and what we are known for. It represents the very essence of Founders and it feels great to know that the very roots of our success will always have a primary focus.”
The new facility will be production-only and will not have a taproom. We’ll begin operations at the new facility on January 29, 2016 and anticipate to start production this summer.
Of course, with the addition of this new brewery comes the opportunity to bring new employees into the Founders Family. You can find more information on job openings here.
Cheers to continuing to grow our operation within the beautiful city we love so much!
Named for the Haitian god of agriculture, our Azacca IPA boasts intense, tropical fruit aroma and a flavor profile that includes citrus, mango and orchard fruits. This beer was designed to give the unique and experimental Azacca hop the opportunity to shine – and in turn, it can do the same to foods it is paired with.
Mike from our education team has put together a few ideas for foods that would make a perfect partner to our latest seasonal, Azacca IPA.
Here’s Mike’s take on things:
IPAs are fun to pair with because they present a bit of a challenge. They rarely work in perfect harmony with anything. Sometimes they serve a supporting role, working to amplify flavors in bold foods. Other times they are undeniably the star of the show as they have the power to overshadow simple dishes.
Our latest seasonal beer, Azacca IPA, is a little different, though. This is a super fun beer to pair with. Azacca IPA features a pleasing aroma of mango, citrus, and even some orchard fruit. At Founders, its our style to make sure that the malt bill is as much a part of the experience as the hops – even in super hop-forward beers like Azacca IPA. The unique malt bill is designed specifically to allow single-hope beers like this one to shine. Because of this emphasis on malt, our IPAs can tend to play outside of typical IPA pairing suggestions.
We are happy to announce the spring run of Brewed for Film: A Film Series.
The series will now be showing at:
- Celebration! Cinema North (Grand Rapids)
- Celebration! Cinema in Mount Pleasant
- Celebration! Cinema in Portage
- Studio! C (Okemos)
- Cinema Carousel (Muskegon)
This ten-week series, for those ages 21 and older, is on Wednesdays at 8pm and tickets are just $2 per movie. Multiple Founders beers will be on tap at the in-theatre cash bar. Each film will have an official beer pairing for connoisseurs seeking the full experience.
- 2/10/2016 – Goodfellas paired with Imperial Stout
- 2/17/2016 – When Harry Met Sally paired with Rubaeus
- 2/24/2016 – Easy Rider paired with All Day IPA
- 3/2/2016 – Raiders of the Lost Ark paired with Azacca IPA
- 3/9/2016 – Fargo paired with Porter
- 3/16/2016 – Big Lebowski paired with Centennial IPA
- 3/23/2016 – True Grit paired with Curmudgeon Old Ale
- 3/30/2016 – Fantastic Mr. Fox paired with Red’s Rye IPA
- 4/6/2016 – Braveheart paired with Dirty Bastard
- 4/13/2016 – Monty Python & Holy Grail paired with Mosaic Promise
Our brewery and taproom is nestled in an area of downtown Grand Rapids just a few steps from a large Polish neighborhood where the kielbasa is magical and sauerkraut is king. In a nod to our hometown, our head chef, Justin, has prepared a kielbasa and Dirty Bastard sauerkraut recipe for you guys to try out at home.
“So, this one requires a little bit of legwork. The first step is finding a reputable source for kielbasa. Here in Grand Rapids, we have many authentic meat counters to choose from; my personal favorite is Frank’s. Fritz runs the place and he’s a real sweetheart. If you aren’t local, head to your nearest trusty butcher or at least splurge on something decent at your grocery store. This recipe is a real banger – enjoy!”
Kielbasa with Dirty Bastard Sauerkraut
Ingredients you’ll need:
1lb smoked kielbasa-1 pound (sliced to bite-size)
2lbs rinsed sauerkraut
1 large julienned sweet yellow onion
1 stick of butter
2 or 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 Dirty Bastard-12 oz. bottle (find it locally using our beer finder tool)
Fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
Just in time for the holidays, our head chef, Justin, is sharing one of his favorite dessert recipes, a velvety chocolate tart cooked with our Porter. Like the beer, it’s dark, rich and sexy – and the perfect addition to your holiday table.
“I know this time of year can be stressful. And for some, the kitchen can be the most intimidating room of the house. Let’s change all that. This recipe is super easy, and forgiving (we’re talking chocolate here, people). Take your time, reacquaint yourself with your kitchen, chill out and have a beer. You deserve to be happy!”
Chocolate Founders Porter Tart
Ingredients you’ll need:
For the crust:
- 1 cup crushed graham crackers
- 1 tbls brown sugar
- 4 tbls melted butter
For the filling:
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 sticks of butter
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup Founders Porter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
For the Porter whipped cream:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbls Founders Porter
While he was away, he left a note inviting those who missed him to call and let him know just how much they were pining for him. 1,800+ voicemails later (some touching, some a little odd), he’s feelin’ the love and happy to be back on the iconic label. Listen to a few of the messages that were left for him:
Thanks to our friends at the MLCC for helping us bring the lil’ guy home!
Please join us in welcoming our 2016 availability calendar to the world:
There are some exciting changes introduced in this one, such as:
- Rubaeus is now a year-round offering!
- Azacca IPA has taken the place of Black Rye as our first seasonal offering of 2016.
- Mosaic Promise also joins our seasonal line-up.
- reDANKulous will be available in 4-packs from July-August as it is now part of the specialty series!
- Breakfast Stout has transitioned from a seasonal offering to a specialty. Congratulations, Breakfast Stout!
- We now offer three year-round offerings in our nitro draft series: Nitro Pale Ale, Nitro Rubaeus and Nitro Oatmeal Stout.
- Along with our 750mL Backstage releases, we will have a new seasonal and a new specialty to announce. Stay tuned!
Now go forth and plan the rest of your year!
We are thrilled to announce that with the help of Reyes Beverage Group and Pacific Beverage Company, we will be distributing in Southern California as of January 1, thereby securing our presence in the entire state! Southern Californians can expect to find Founders year-round and seasonal beers in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs in retailers throughout the area, with select limited release beers also available after the launch.
“Southern California is home to some phenomenal brewers who have cultivated one of the most passionate beer enthusiast regions in the United States,” said Co-Founder and President Mike Stevens. “We’re confident that the Reyes Beverage Group and Pacific Beverage Group will be a strong and dedicated partner for the Founders brand and we’re excited to introduce our entire portfolio of products to a new audience.”
The following distributors will represent Founders in their respective markets:
- Harbor Distributing: East LA and Orange counties
- Crest Beverage: San Diego county
- Gate City Beverage Distributors: San Bernardino and Riverside counties
- Unique Craft Solutions: West LA and downtown LA
- Allied Beverages-Sylmar: LA
- Pacific Beverage Company: Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo
In an effort to provide more viable parking options for our brewery and Taproom visitors, as well as protect our lot from non-Founders parkers, we have installed some gates to our parking lot located between Goodrich and Bartlett (just south of our facility).
Beginning Wednesday, December 9 we will validate parking for all Taproom and Company Store visitors for up to five hours, free of charge.
To ensure that your parking is validated, please present your ticket to your bartender/server when cashing out. You’ll receive up to five hours free of charge, after which a $2.00/half hour fee will apply. There is no charge between 11pm-8am so any cars left overnight (safety first!) will not incur any additional charges.
The entrance to this lot is off Goodrich and the pay station and exit are just off Bartlett St. This is a cashless system that accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards. Here’s a handy map:
‘Tis the season to shower your favorite Founders fan with the latest gear from our online store. From flannel jammies to bottle sweaters, here’s a round-up of our favorite gift ideas this year.
The best part? We’re offering free shipping on orders over $100 and $8 flat-rate shipping on all others. Just make sure you place your order by December 19 to get it under the tree in time.
Bottle sweater – $9
Flannel pajama pants – $30-32
Stonewear mug – $25
Retro pom beanie – $15
Snifter set – $30
Home bar set – $80
Our friends in the Brooklyn-based soul band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have a passion for music that has made them one of the best acts to ever grace our Taproom stage. Since our beginnings in the Brassworks Building, the taproom has nurtured the growth of local, national and international artists alike, along with being our testing ground for new, experimental beers. Over the years, we’ve realized those two things are not mutually exclusive and, in fact, the creative energy that captivates an audience during a live set in our taproom is the same energy that keeps us brewing the best beer in the world. In the first installment in our Founders Presents series, watch Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds in action and listen as we talk about what motivates musicians and brewers alike.
To check out upcoming taproom events, visit our website.