Brand New Deli Set to Re-Open Wednesday at 11am!

Alrighty folks, barring any unforeseen circumstances, it¬†appears as if our brand new deli will be up, running, and ready-to-go by the time we open on Wednesday, January 12th! All apologies for the¬†recent inconveniences; it has all been in the interest of bringing you a better Founders, and¬†we think you’ll like the changes: better equipment, new sandwiches (!), an order AND pick-up window… amongst other really cool things. Needless, to say, we’re very excited!

Hope to see you for lunch AND dinner! 🙂

Taproom Deli Opening Delayed

Due to some unforeseen delays, our taproom deli will not be opening until the middle of next week (the week of January 9). Until it opens, you’re welcome to bring in your own food. We also have delivery menus available if you’d like to order some food (“Five pizzas to 235 Grandville Ave, please!”), and everyone’s favorite munchies‚Äîpeanuts and pretzels & cheese‚Äîwill still be on hand at the bar.

Thanks for your patience as we work to make a better Founders for everyone. We think you’ll like the changes we have planned.

Taproom to Re-Open Tuesday, January 4th at 4pm, Deli will NOT be open.

As our internal expansion and improvements round third base, we’re happy to announce that the Taproom will be open at 4pm on Tuesday, January 4th.

Unfortunately, we will be without the services of our beloved delicatessen. It is tentatively scheduled to re-open at 11am on Thursday, January 6th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday’s Open-Mic night with Nicholas James and Jason Heystek will proceed as regularly scheduled, and the weekend’s entertainment with Northern Skies (1/6) and The Fainting Generals (1/8) will not be affected.

In the meantime, feel free to bring in your own grub, and we do have some delivery menus available for your perusal if you need to munch on something. (Deli closure does not affect the availability of bar munchies. Peanuts and pretzels & cheese will be available at the bar.)

Hopefully on Thursday the new deli will be fully operational and kicking out awesome sandwiches yet again.

Taproom Closed Sunday and Monday, January 2nd & 3rd

As you may have noticed, we are knee-deep in the process of our expansion, and are currently undergoing a series of interior renovations. As a result of this, the Taproom will be closed Sunday, January 2nd and Monday, January 3rd. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 4th at 4pm and will resume normal business hours, 11am-2am on Wednesday, January 5th. 

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you’ll like the changes.

 

Notes: On Tuesday, January 4th, we may be without the services of the Founders Delicatessen, and may have to work around the construction on Wednesday and Thursday, but will operate under our normal business hours on those days, 11am-2am.

New Bright Tank Installation

A bit of time-lapse photography documenting the installation of our second new bright tank (more tanks are coming in as I write this and likely as you read this).

More beer is on its way, and soon! We love you all for your support, which has helped us get to this exciting point!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Founders, with a sketch drawing of the brewery.

Thanks to all of you for making 2010 one of our best years yet‚Äîlet’s raise a glass [of craft beer] to 2011!

Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family.

Love,

The Founders Family

Breakfast Stout Recipes and Pairings

Our Breakfast Stout has been quite the hit lately with foodies. We’ve compiled a few of the recent articles that mention it as an ingredient in a recipe or as a perfect pairing. All of these would work well for a holiday get together.

Breakfast Stout in a snifter

Please share your Breakfast Stout recipe and/or pairing in the comments!

Here Come the Tanks!

We got our first new tank in this morning. Here are some photos (taken by co-owner Dave Engbers) of its delivery.

The large door of our production facility is open and the tank waits outside.

It just fit in through the doorway:

The bright tank slowly rolls in through our production facility's doorway.

And the bright tank is now officially in our brewery:

More photos to come!

Our New Mash/Lauter Tun

Mash/Lauter Ton

Check out our new mash/lauter tun! This photo is from the day it was delivered to our production facility.

For those of you who don’t know, a mash/lauter tun is where the malted barley and water are incorporated and the starch converts to fermentable sugars. Our spent grain then goes to a farmer to use as feed for his livestock.

Our expansion is moving along swiftly, so check back for more photos of our new equipment!

The Talented Founders Family

We’re proud of the beer that we brew. And part of what makes it so special are the people that brew it, package it, serve it, make food to go with it, etc.

OK, that sounded like a Hallmark card. But really, the people who work here are pretty sweet. Did you know that Jarrod Napierkowski, taproom manager, built all of the tables in our taproom? Or that Mike Dorich, taproom manager, and Nathan Mabie, deli guru, entered their work in ArtPrize this year? We also have the makings of a spa: a resident hairstylist and a massage therapist.

The FBC All Stars singing on stage at Founders Fest 2010

Perhaps the one out-of-work activity that dominates the free time of most of our employees, however, is music. That’s why the FBC All-Stars (an all-Founders-employee supergroup, pictured above) was enlisted to play at Founders Fest this year. Here are some of the local acts that include at least one member of the Founders Family:

Paucity

Oracle

Nicholas James Thomasma

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus

Chance Jones

Mark Lavengood (“Huggy Bear” moved to Chicago, but he’s still part of the family)

The Total Blam Blams

In fact, Nicholas James Thomasma just announced that he’s releasing a new album, Lone Star in the Northern Sky, on December 1.

Many of these acts play in our taproom (in case you didn’t know, we host live music every Thursday and Saturday) and at other local venues.

Check them out, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Expansion: Part III

Walls and the beginnings of a roof as part of the Founders expansion.

We are extremely excited to see a roof beginning to form on our new facility! And, as Mike Stevens commented on our last post, we are scheduled to complete construction on the manufacturing side by December 15. Come cheer these men and women along because the sooner it gets completed, the sooner we can start brewing more beer!

Flickr Photo Contest Finalists

We have chosen the finalists for our Flickr photo contest! You can vote for your favorite by “liking” it in our finalists’ Facebook photo album. Votes will be tallied at 5pm on October 26‚Äîthe photographer whose photo has the most votes will win $50 of Founders gear, and the runner up will win $20 of gear.

Here’s one sample entry:

A bottle of Centennial IPA is held in the foreground. A group sits around a bonfire in the background.
Camping with IPA by DanSocie
2011 Mug Club Membership

Mug Club renewals start TOMORROW! Please note:

October 1–November 30: Current Member Renewals ONLY. $50 sign-up fee.

December 1–???: Open to anyone and everyone until we reach capacity. $60 sign-up fee.

You MUST be present, in our taproom, with a valid ID, to join the Mug Club.

2011 Mug Club. Membership includes: Your very own mug, etched with mug name and number; $1 off pints, all day, every day; $2 off all growler fills; all day, every day; $2 off all pints, all day on Wednesdays; discounted entry to select Founders events and parties

Expansion Begins!

Our employees and local customers are sacrificing our parking lot in the name of producing more amazing beer!

A crane sitting atop piles of dirt and using its giant claw to dig more holes and move more dirt around, in what used to be our parking lot.

Yes, that crane and giant fenced-off area represents the first stages of our expansion. We are thrilled that more people are finding out about our beer and demanding it at their local restaurants, bars, and stores‚Äîit‚Äôs happening so much, in fact, that we can‚Äôt make enough beer with our current production facility! That‚Äôs why we decided to expand. By early 2011, we’ll have enough equipment in production to double our brewing capacity and enough space to potentially quadruple our capacity in the future.

We’ll keep you updated with more photos and news as the expansion progresses. Oh, and don’t worry, our current facility won’t be affected by the expansion—we’ll still be able to brew!

Curmudgeon and Endurance Win Silver at GABF!

Mike, Jeremy, Jason, and Kyle are back in the brewery today after their trip to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival—and they brought two silver medals with them!

We are honored that, out of 3,523 beers entered into the competition, two of our very own were selected as winners. Curmudgeon Old Ale won second place in the Old Ale or Strong Ale category and Endurance won second in the Session Beer category.

A Curmudgeon four pack with one bottle pulled out, against a wooden background, with the text "Curmudgeon Old Ale Wins Silver at GABF"

Endurance Ale was brewed for the first time earlier this year and is currently only available in our taproom. It’s an American IPA Jr. dry-hopped with a combination of Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo hops.

Click here for the full list of GABF winners. And check out this press release for more information about the competition.

If you have any photos of Founders from GABF, we’d love to see them added to our Flickr pool! You just might win $50 of Founders gear…

Website Problems

A laptop that is on fire and has the phrase "don't panic" on the screen.

Maybe our computers weren’t on fire this morning, but we were experiencing some technical difficulties. Sorry if you had problems accessing our site. We upgraded our server because we’ve had more traffic than we were used to‚Äîso thanks for checking us out! Everything should be in order now. Have a great weekend, and we hope that you’re able to enjoy some craft beer wherever you are.

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