ArtPrize Artists Announced!

ArtPrize logo

We are super stoked to be an ArtPrize venue this year! We just finalized all of the artists who will be using our taproom (both indoors and outdoors) as an exhibit space and thought it would be perfect to share that info with you all here on this blog.

For those of you that don’t know, ArtPrize is an open art contest that spans the city of Grand Rapids, with almost 200 venues opening up their spaces for artists to display their work. Last year’s ArtPrize was a smashing success. This year’s event lasts from September 22 to October 10. For more information, check out the ArtPrize website.

Artists at Founders

  • Our very own Joe Sherry will be displaying two of his glass-blown works. One of them will displayed outside (it’s still a surprise) and the other is a chandelier that will hang from the taproom loft ceiling.
  • A copper sculpture by Daryl Bruischat will also be hanging in the taproom.
  • We will be showing five of Geoffrey Brown‘s abstract photos.
  • Lauren Satlowski will be exhibiting a 4′ x 5′ oil painting.
  • “Flight of passion”, a 30″ x 60″ acrylic painting by David Chapple will be on display.
  • Aaron J. Gaertner wants his work to be a surprise.
  • One of our taproom managers, Michael Dorich, will be showing a 6′ x 3′ abstract acrylic painting titled “Blue ocean midnight sky”.

We will also have a painted, playable piano out front. Yes, it will work. Yes, you will be able to just sit down and start playing. These pianos are going to be scattered around the city and we are excited to have been allocated one! Our surprisingly large number of musically gifted employees are already planning on staggering their breaks so that the piano will be played all day.

In other ArtPrize news, be sure to check out the Hillside Neighborhood Party that we are sponsoring on Friday, September 24, from 5–7 p.m., before heading back to the taproom for day II of Prospecto with Indian Jewelry, Moss Folk, and Seth.

Beers at the U.P. Fall Beer Festival

We’re preparing to send one of our production employees and his parents up to Marquette, Michigan, tomorrow for Saturday’s U.P. Fall Beer Festival, sponsored by the Michigan Brewers Guild.

U.P. Fall Beer Festival poster

The festival is held in Mattson Lower Harbor Park, right on Lake Superior—great beer and a beautiful setting to kick off fall.

We’ll be pouring Breakfast Stout, Red’s Rye PA, Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, and Cerise.

Check out the complete listing of beers that will be poured here.

Cerise Chutney & Dirty Bastard Sweet Onion Jam

John Freyer—our sales rep in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota—made a chutney with our Cerise and a sweet onion jam with our Dirty Bastard, and was kind enough to share the recipes with us. Both were served at the Map Room during Chicago Beer Week; the chutney works well as a dessert when poured over mascarpone cheese.

Cerise Chutney

Cerise chutney being prepared

2 cups dried or frozen pitted cherries
1/2 cup Cerise
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 grated finger of fresh ginger
1/2 cup palm or cane sugar
1/2 cup Granny Smith apple (peeled and chopped)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/8 cup currants
1/4 T curry powder
1/4 T cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large pan and cook on low heat until sugar melts and liquid reduces, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate.

Dirty Bastard Sweet Onion Jam

Dirty Bastard onion jam with Monte Cristo sandwiches

1 large sweet vidalia or walla walla onion
1/2 bottle of Dirty Bastard
1/2 cup palm or cane sugar
1/8 cup golden raisins
Olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar

Coat frying pan with olive oil. Chop onions and cook until brown and caramelized. Add all other ingredients and cook down until liquids reduce and sugar melts. About 20 minutes. Refrigerate.

The First Post.

New website, new blog. We figured now was the perfect time to launch the Founders Brewing Company Blog. As we grow and as our beer gets into the hands of more people, we want to be able to share the stories behind what we do with all of you. We live the phrase that’s on all of our packaging: “Brewed for us. Enjoyed by everyone.” And we hope that our personality comes across in each and every one of the beers that you drink. But if you want a little bit more, this is the place to find it.

In this blog, we plan on writing about what’s going on in the brewery (Why are there giant bars of chocolate everywhere? Are the brewers having a Willy Wonka party? Oh, it’s because we’re brewing Breakfast Stout.); commentary on craft beer trends and news; beer festivals, tastings, dinners, and other events; live music and taproom happenings (brought to you by Joey, who runs our Taproom Facebook page); the story behind causes we support (such as Grand Rapids Whitewater); fun anecdotes about the Founders Family; updates on our current expansion progress; and, hopefully, we’ll be able to share some of the great Founders stories, photos, and more that we get from you, the people who drink our beer! A staff favorite is this Breakfast Stout birthday cake that was posted on our Flickr page:

Breakfast Stout birthday cake

Please subscribe to our RSS feed (click the button in the left column, above), or just check back often, and join us on this crazy ride. This blog is 100% for you. Because we love you. So let us know what you want from it in the comments!

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