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KBS Week 2017

Hey there! KBS Week will take place March 6-11, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI. For details regarding KBS bottle ticket sales, tappings around town, exclusive hotel packages and more, head to KBSWeek.com.

Hope to see you there!

Note: The Michigan release of KBS will take place on March 13. Our remaining distribution network will see KBS on April 1

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Upcoming Palate Exploration Events

Join us as we tantalize and educate with three new Palate Exploration events!

On March 16, join us in the Embassy, our classroom and training bar, while we host The Cheese Lady and learn all about the amazing things that happen when cheese and beer come together. We will be pairing a beautiful spread of cheeses, covering as many flavor and texture possibilities as we can, along with five of our beers. There really are few things better in life than beer and cheese.

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A Look Into our Barrel-Aging Program

Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.

Take a look behind the scenes at our barrel-aging program in this new video, which includes footage from the caves where we age many of our beers

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Azacca IPA Untappd Badge

When our brewing team first encountered the experimental Azacca hop during the annual harvest trip, they couldn’t wait to start brewing with it. Featuring an intense tropical aroma and flavor, the hop proved bold enough to carry a single-hop beer and Azacca IPA was born. 

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Palate Exploration: The Cheese Lady

We’re gearing up for another Palate Exploration event, where we invite you to explore how various styles of food pair alongside beers from our lineup. Hosted here at the brewery, these events are an opportunity for visiting culinary artists from the community to design dishes that encourage you to expand your palate and discover how food and beer can come together to create a beautiful harmony.

March 16: Palate Exploration Series featuring The Cheese Lady.

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Palate Exploration: MoKAYA Chocolate and Beer

On Thursday, February 2nd our education team is partnering up with MoKAYA chocolates for the second time to explore how chocolate and beer pair together. Our Curriculum Coordinator, Michael Steil, headed down to the shop to pick the brain of owner/chef Charles Golczynski and to get a bit more background into where his seemingly endless fount of inspiration comes from. After enjoying a KBS truffle (that’s right, made with KBS) and cereal milk ice cream, they got right into it.

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New Markets: Statewide Alabama Distribution

Mid- and Southern Alabama residents, rejoice! Our beer is currently on its way to your area, making our coverage of Alabama complete.

We began distributing in the northern portion of the state years ago and, since then, we have fielded tons of requests to bring our beer south. At long last, with partners Gulf Distributing and Allstate Beverage, we are able to fulfill those requests and we are pretty darn excited about it.

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ArtPrize Nine: Show Your Art in Our Taproom

ArtPrize Nine (September 20 to October 8, 2017) may be months away, but we cannot stop envisioning what beautiful work will adorn our taproom walls come fall. Which got us to thinking…. what if we asked our incredibly talented artist/imbiber community what artwork they would create for our taproom or beer garden if they had the chance? With a space as large and distinctive as our taproom and beer garden, there is endless opportunity for inspiration and creativity and we want to see it!

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New Product Release: All Day IPA 19.2oz Single-Serve Can

When we first debuted All Day IPA in 6-pack bottles, it took off as the go-to session beer for craft fans. Crisp and light but with the full-flavor of an IPA, this beer was here to stay. Our first canning line was installed to accommodate the incredible growth of All Day IPA and, in 2013, we began offering it in a 12-pack can package. Shelves could not hold this beer and so, we thought, let’s give the people what they want: All Day IPA and more of it.

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Founders Film Series at Celebration! Cinemas

Join us at Celebration! Cinemas this spring for the Founders Film Series, where we pair our favorite movies alongside beers from our lineup. Movies are chosen for different reasons: sometimes the titles pair nicely or there’s a unique character reference. Often, it’s simply because we love the beer and the movie and want the pleasure of enjoying ’em at the same time. We hope you do too!

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Cellar Raid 2017: January 25-28

Join us in our taproom for four days of taproom-exclusives, small batch, barrel-aged & never-before-tapped beers! This is our chance to debut the experimental beers we’ve been working on or finally bust out some of the kegs we’ve been patiently aging over the past year or so.

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2017 Update: Full Availability Calendar

2017 is a major year for us. We’re not only celebrating our 20th anniversary, we are also debuting a brand new series, adding a few new packaging options and enjoying the return of many favorites. Sharing our 2017 plans with you, our loyal supporters, is the best part of it all… so without further ado, our 2017 availability calendar:

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2017 Update: 19.2oz All Day IPA Cans

Hi friends,

When we first debuted All Day IPA in 6-pack bottles, it took off as the go-to session beer for craft fans. Crisp and light but with the full-flavor of an IPA, this beer was here to stay. Our first canning line was installed to accommodate the incredible growth of All Day IPA and, in 2013, we began offering it in a 12-pack can package. Shelves could not hold this beer and so, we thought, let’s give the people what they want: All Day IPA and more of it.

In 2014, we debuted the 15-pack All Day IPA can package, the “Brewer’s Dozen,” as we affectionately called it, being the first in the craft industry to do so and our brewery hasn’t been the same since. All Day IPA continues to take the craft world by storm: the 15-pack is the largest selling craft can package and All Day IPA is the 3rd largest selling IPA of any kind. Pretty amazing.

So, we have decided to put All Day IPA in a new package… one that’s a little taller but still lightweight….

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December Beer Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner

American craft beer is built on taking inspiration and ideas from all over the world and combining them with American ingredients and ingenuity – which is the same approach we’re applying to our latest beer dinner. Join us Thursday, December 8 at 6:30pm at the brewery for our five-course Breakfast for Dinner, featuring our favorite breakfast dishes paired with various beers. 

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PC Pils Pork Tenderloin Recipe

PC Pils is a easy drinker that serves as a great complement to tailgating foods like bratwursts and parking lot chili… However, when you come back to regular life, treat yo’self to a real grown-up entrée. Typically, the higher the quality of meat, the safer it is to eat undercooked which is why you’ll see that ours is a bit pink. Feel free to cook the tenderloin longer for a temperature that is more well-done, just be sure to reduce the temperature and cook it on its sides again. Given all stoves are different, cooking times and temperatures may vary. Enjoy! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/2lb unsalted butter
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Breakfast Stout Untappd Badge

It’s 9am somewhere! Our double chocolate coffee stout, Breakfast Stout, is the perfect way to start (or end) your day. Brewed with two types of roasted coffee sourced from our friends at Ferris Coffee & Nut, two varieties of chocolate and an abundance of flaked oats, this stout is chewy, rich and intense. And now it has it’s very own Untappd badge!

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2017 Mug Club Membership

It’s that time of the year again! We’ll be opening our remaining 2017 Mug Club spots up to new members on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursday, December 1 at 9am in our beer garden. Ferris coffee and Robinette’s donuts will be available for the early birds.

Memberships are are $60 and will be available until we reach capacity. All new members must be 21+ and present with a valid ID to purchase a membership.

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