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June 2011: Our best month of live entertainment…ever??!

Looking at our entertainment calendar, one can’t help but be taken aback by the incomparable quality of entertainment we’re offering this month. We at Founders strive to not only bring you some of the best beer in the world, but to bring you high-quality, affordable entertainment that resonates personally, while contributing to the surrounding culture.

Take a look at June’s events, then keep reading for more info on each show.


Thursday, June 2nd, saw Randy Marsh’s Big Organ Trio entertain a lively crowd with their upbeat, jazzy take on the classic organ trio. A great way to kick off an incredible month!

On Saturday, June 4th, we’re pleased to welcome the return of two of Michigan’s most iconic singer-songwriters, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, both a part of the legendary Earthworks music collective. Seth and May are both beautifully-voiced storytellers, oozing sincerity and compassion. The show is just $5, and begins at 9:30pm.

Click this hyperlink for more information, videos, artist info and more!


On Sunday, June 5th as well as Sunday, June 19th, you can enjoy a free afternoon performance from the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, an extremely talented 16-piece ensemble playing classic arrangements as well as original compositions. Catch them starting at 5:30pm!


On Thursday, June 9th we’re pleased to welcome the return of Friction Records’ Charles the Osprey, a furious, yet fascinating math-rock duo from Grand Rapids. Joining them will be Reverend, Tokyo Morose, and Jake Simmons. It’s an incredible, eclectic bill that will begin at 9:30pm and be absolutely FREE.

Click this hyperlink for more information, videos, artist info and more!


On Saturday, June 11th we will once again be the presenting sponsors for The Local First Street Party, conveniently located a block north of Founders, in front of Bistro Bella Vita. It all begins at 3pm, then make sure NOT TO MISS the Official Afterparty, located in our Taproom, which is FREE with your Local First wristband.

For more info on The Local First Street Party, click here.

On Saturday, June 11th, we are absolutely elated to welcome one of indie-rock’s hottest bands, Lovers, from Portland, Oregon. Lovers plays some of the most beautiful, catchy, well-written, yet heart-string-tugging songs you’ll ever hear. Finan will start off the evening with a DJ set beginning at 9pm, followed by Nervous but Excited, and Founders-fave Jes Kramer. Then the Afterparty TRULY gets going at midnight when Lovers take the stage, followed by a very special closing dance set from DJ Muchas Gracias.

Click this hyperlink for more information, videos, artist info and more!

On Thursday, June 16th, we’re so very excited to be hosting one of our BIGGEST, BESTEST ‘No Cover Thursdays’ ever, starring Portland, Oregon’s Horse Feathers, on the legendary Kill Rock Stars record label. Also joining them will be Portland’s Hello Mtn, as well as St. Louis’ Benjamin Riley Band and Kentucky Knife Fight. Don’t miss this special engagement beginning at 9:30pm, also dubbed, ‘The Official Founders Fest Pre-Party’!

Click this hyperlink for more information, videos, artist info and more!


On Saturday, June 18th, it’s the event you’ve all been waiting for, a year in the making…2011 Founders Fest, a full day celebrating the things we love most: great beer, great music, great food, and the city of Grand Rapids. The musical lineup features: legendary New Orleans band Galactic, Boston’s Rubblebucket, Chicago’s Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals of The Jerry Garcia Band, Ann Arbor’s The Ragbirds, Lansing’s Steppin’ In It, Grand Rapids’ own AB! & Coconut Brown and DJ Sypdre Murphy, as well as The FBC All-Stars, our employee all-star band rumoured to feature iconic actor and Founders superfan Mark-Paul Gosselaar!!

All your favorite Founders beers will be on tap, including a bunch of surprises, some made just for the event, and the long-awaited debut of Blushing Monk!! Food will be available from The Cottage Bar, The Pita House, Maggie’s Kitchen, and The Corner Bar of Rockford. Founders and band merchandise will be available for purchase, as well as a local artist’s row featuring some of the area’s finest artisans.

Advance tickets are available in our Taproom and Company Store as well as at the gates day of the fest.

For all of the Founders Fest info you can handle, click this hyperlink for more information, tickets, videos, artist info and more!

On Thursday, June 23rd, we’re pleased to welcome Denver’s folk-heroes The Chimney Choir, making their first Founders appearance alongside Midnight Cattle Callers. We hope you can join us at 9:30pm for this special free engagement.

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On Saturday, June 25th we’re very pleased to welcome the long-awaited return of the area’s favorite progressive jam band, Glean Infusion! Show starts at 9:30pm, and is just $5.

Click this hyperlink for more information, videos, artist info and more!

On Sunday, June 26th, come down to the Taproom at 9:30pm for what will be yet another rousing Discfunktional Sunday starring The Boogiman, featuring special guest DJs from all over the world, spinning the rarest classic funk ever committed to vinyl. Bring your dancing shoes and your thirst for delicious beer, but don’t worry about paying a cover…it’s ALWAYS free!

On Thursday, June 30th, we’re happy to continue the tradition of providing you with the coolest free shows ever, welcoming the return of Ribbons of Song! Joining them on the bill will be The Soil and the Sun, as well as Vermont’s Chamberlin, and Connecticut’s Bronze Radio Return. What an incredible way to round out an incredible month. We hope you’ll join us, beginning at 9:30pm.

Click this hyperlink for more information, videos, artist info and more!


Miscellaneous: All Thursday and Saturday shows begin at 9:30pm unless otherwise noted. For a complete list of upcoming shows, check out our live music calendar.

Coming out and want to take a look at what’s on tap? Click here.

Hungry and want to look at our deli menu? Click here.


Thank you so much for supporting Founders and supporting live music. We are so SO lucky to be able to do what we do, and to serve you. Hope to see you soon, and thank you again. 🙂

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We’re extremely excited to be participating in SAVOR, in Washington, DC, for the first time this year. This annual event takes place at the National Building Museum—which is well worth a visit in its own right—on June 3 and 4 and celebrates some of the finest craft beer in the nation by offering samples paired with artisan appetizers.


Last year's SAVOR event filled the main floor of the National Building Museum.


Check out our event listing to see what we’ll be serving!

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Blushing Monk in 750mL

Blushing Monk label: 750mL to be released in 2011


You may have seen that we plan to release a 750 mL Backstage Series. Well, we recently announced that Blushing Monk will be the first in the series.


Partner and Vice President Dave Engbers explains, “We haven’t produced this product in over four years and people have been begging for it—so this is the perfect time to bring Blushing Monk back to market.” Blushing Monk is a decadent Belgian Raspberry Ale that was last produced in 2007, and is still highly sought after.


We’re not going to reveal the entire lineup yet, but it will be full of taproom favorites that have been offered throughout the years. We plan to release two or three in the series this year.

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Founders Company Store

We recently opened an on-site company store, connected to our taproom! It has a to-go beer cooler (bigger than the one in the taproom—don’t worry, the original is still there) and room to for you to check out all of our one-of-a-kind gear. We’re opening with limited inventory, but things will start picking up and we know the space will fill up quickly. Also, an updated gear site is in the works. Check back for more information!


A photo of the new Founders Company Store.


Founders Company Store Hours

Monday to Thursday: noon–8pm

Friday and Saturday: noon–10pm

Sunday: 3–6pm

**Every purchase of $10 or more comes with a free bumper sticker!

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Founders Bike Team: Yankee Springs Time Trial

We’re extremely proud of our bike team, Founders Alger Racing—eight members made podium at the Yankee Springs Time Trial on April 17, 2011. Here are photos from the race, many of which show the racers on the podium, holding the mugs that they received for placing! (Click on one of the thumbnails to launch a mini photo gallery.)

Check our Adventure page to see what we’re doing to support an adventurous lifestyle, in our community and beyond.

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Guard Dog


This is too fun not to share…


A dog lays on top of cases of Founders beer in a warehouse.


Ozim is the dog of Ben Robbins, who works at our Indiana distributor, Cavalier (based in Indianapolis). He’s protecting some fresh cases of Centennial IPA, which had just been delivered to their warehouse. “My two favorite things: Founders Centennial IPA and my dog,” Robbins says.

We say, “That sure is one smart guard dog.”

Thanks for sharing, Ben!

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750mL Bottles To Be Released This Year

As was announced in this MLive article, we are planning to release specialty beers in a 750mL bottle format later this year. Our new packaging line allows us to use this new bottle size—and we’re excited to be able to distribute some of our limited release beers, which were previously only available in kegs and almost exclusively in our taproom, in bottle form for more to sample.

We’re not ready to announce what our first few releases will be yet, but only a couple have been confirmed. That being said, if you’d like to share what beer you think we should offer in a 750 in the comments, know that we WILL read it—though we’re not making any guarantees.

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Help Us Pick a Label!

We’d been working on developing a cutting edge beer for two years or so, and we were able to perfect the recipe recently. Unfortunately, we ran into some rights issues with the working name we’d been using. But we’re brewers and craft beer geeks. When we run into obstacles, we see opportunities. We realized this was our chance to see what the people who drink our beer think. Hey, if you like us, then we respect your opinion, because we know you know what’s good. So we’re asking for your help in choosing a name and a label for this new beer.

Now, imagine yourself sitting around a table, beer in hand, brainstorming with a bunch of brewers, cellar masters, packaging whizzes, and other beer geeks.


Here are the materials you’ll need to help you make your decision:


  1. A description. The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeping your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains, and hops. Perfectly balanced for aggressive aromatics, moderate bitterness and a remarkably clean finish.  It’s the perfect companion for tall tales around the bonfire, working around the yard, or introducing great craft beer to your Uncle Ernie and Aunt Claudia.
  2. The stats. 4.7% ABV, 42 IBUs, 6 SRM
  3. Tasting notes. Fresh and hoppy, tropical fruits, oats and wheat.
  4. Ingredients. Three varieties of malts, Simcoe and Amarillo hops (among others).
  5. The accolades. Won a silver medal at the 2010 GABF.


And, by the way, you only get to vote once—there’s no wavering in the craft beer world. Make your decision by 5pm on Monday, April 4, or else it doesn’t count. OK, you’re ready:



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The Original Red

A painting of an old man with crazy hair and wearing glasses, done in red paint, hanging on a wall.


We have the “original Red” painting hanging up in the brewery (above). It’s the basis for the label of our Red’s Rye PA, which started as a taproom-only beer for a few years and went through a few name changes before becoming what it is today. This painting was done from a photograph of a man in Kalamazoo by Justin Bernhardt.

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Founders and Social Media

We’re in the running for the brewery with the best handle on social media, according to this survey by the Beer Wench. We’re super excited because it’s something that we’ve worked to improve over the past ten months or so. We’d appreciate it if you could support us by filling out the survey‚Äîand feel free to comment on this post with what you think we could do to improve our social media presence.

Here are links to our social media outlets:


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Spring Gear Sale!

According to the revolution/rotation of the Earth—and the creators of calendars—spring is here (at least it is wherever you can find Founders beer). It doesn’t feel like spring yet at the brewery because Michigan winters don’t let go easily, but we’re looking forward to busting out some t-shirts. We’ve put six of our t-shirts on sale to help everyone get ready for spring (some are only discounted online). Here’s a retro baseball-style tee that has us dreaming of Opening Day:



This sale ends on March 31—or when our inventory runs out!

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NYC Bottle Release

A giant Red's Rye PA bottle appears to be rising from behind the NYC skyline.


Bottles of Founders beer will be available in the NYC area starting March 26. Bottles of KBS will be available (in limited quantities) starting April 2. Check our beer locator to see where we are currently distributed and to find contact information for our distributors if you’re interested in locating a particular beer.

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March Madness 2011 = Lotsa Beer Brackets

March heralds in that time of year when even people who don’t know the difference between double dribbling and traveling fill out brackets and dutifully watch the NCAA men’s basketball tournament (or at least the highlights, so they know who won).

A few media outlets have decided to build upon everyone’s bracket fever by producing beer brackets. Here are some that feature our beer:



  1. The Washington Post‘s Beer Madness 2011 bracket pits 64 beers against one another. It’s split into four different types of beer (malt, hops, roast, fruit & spices) rather than four regions. You can find‚Äîand vote for‚Äîour Dirty Bastard in the malt section.
  2. Our friends at the Whiskey Goldmine are giving beer enthusiasts the chance to fill out brackets and submit them in an attempt to predict what beer will win in their taste testing tournament. Our Breakfast Stout, Porter, and Centennial IPA are all in the running.
  3. Rumor has it that DRAFT Magazine may be hosting a bracket with another of our beers up for the national championship…
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Crimson Dynamo Now on Tap!

Yes, there’s a new addition to our in-house tap list: Crimson Dynamo.

This beer is a session red (4.7% ABV) bursting with flavor: amber caramel malts are balanced by Simcoe and Cascade hops.

And here’s a pint, on our bar, in all of its glory (and ready for you to try!):

Crimson Dynamo

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Valentine’s Day, Founders Style

Valentine’s Day is on the way. Everyone gets their lady flowers, chocolates, and/or a teddy bear‚Äîwhy not surprise her with some Founders underthangs (and perhaps some beer for the two of you to split)?

Check out these two options, which are available in our online store:

Founders ladies boy shorts

Founders Dirty Bastard thong

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KBS 2011

Bourbon barrels stacked two high in the Founders production facility.

Bourbon barrels filled with KBS have been aging in the caves beneath our fine city of Grand Rapids for a year and were delivered to our production facility yesterday (see above).

The official distribution release date for KBS is the Ides of March (3/15). However, we’re having our KBS release party in our taproom three days earlier, on Saturday, March 12. We’ll see you here if you want to be one of the first to try the 2011 batch of KBS (bottled and on tap). Doors open at 11am (as usual) and evening entertainment will begin at 9:30pm. Limit one case per customer, while supplies last.

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