Books & Beers: Rubaeus Edition

Among the greatest joys of summer is kicking back with a book and a beer. Ready to be enjoyed poolside, on the beach or feet-up on the front porch, here are a few books we think pair nicely with one of our favorite summertime beers, Rubaeus raspberry ale:

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  • 36 Hours: USA & Canada by The New York Times. The NYT has been offering up dream weekends with practical itineraries in its popular weekly “36 Hours” column for over a decade. Plan your next long weekend by browsing through this collection of travel tips.
  • Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. Nine Stories is a collection of short stories that includes two of Salinger’s most famous stories, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” and “For Esmé – with Love and Squalor”.
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Amy, one of the most beloved SNL stars and all-around funny chick, offers funny, smart and inspirational stories, lists, photographs and words to live by.
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. A hilarious collection of autobiographical essays by one of the funniest, most endearing authors.
  • Tripping by Charles Hayes. Haye’s includes fifty narratives about unforgettable psychedelic experiences shared by folks from all walks of life. Included is a bit about the history and culture of psychedelics, too.
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus. Set in summertime Algeria, this existential novella explores the absurdity of human existence and challenges societal expectations.
  • Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk. From the author of Fight Club comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of a new product that gives new meaning to the term “self-help.”
  • Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut. Another compilation of short stories (what can we say, they’re perfect for the beach), this one runs the gamut of hilarious to heartbreakingly poignant.
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The Art of Aroma Playlist

With its sweet scent of tropical fruits, you’ll taste our single-hop ale, Mosaic Promise, before it even hits your lips. We like to call it the art of aroma – and what better way to celebrate it than by sharing a playlist of songs about smells, scents, aromas and perfumes? Crack open a Mosaic Promise, pour it, smell it and press play to enjoy.

For a direct link to this playlist, click here. To follow Founders on Spotify, click here.

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Find our other Spotify playlists here:

Rubaeus Raspberry Poppyseed Cheesecake Recipe

What’s better than cheesecake and beer? Not much, if you ask us. Inspired by this love affair, our head chef created a recipe that incorporates both of these things into one, magical masterpiece. Our raspberry ale, Rubaeus, takes the (cheese)cake as the star of this dessert. The best part? There is a little bit leftover in the can for you to drink when you’re recreating it at home.

There’s a few things you’ll need on hand before you jump into this recipe: patience, a 10-12″ springform pan, a stand mixer and some fresh raspberries to garnish with. Got it? Good! Let’s go.

Ingredients for the crust: 

  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • .5 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil or softened unsalted butter

Ingredients for the batter: 

  • 1.5lbs cream cheese brought to room temperature
  • 5 large eggs brought to room temperature
  • 1.5 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tablespoons of poppyseeds
  • 4 fl. oz. of Rubaeus (find it locally using our beer finder)

Ingredients for the glaze

  • 1 cup of your favorite raspberry jam or preserves
  • 4 fl. oz. Rubaeus

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Instructions:

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Spring Beer Dinner: June 2nd, 2016

Join us for June 2, 2016 at for a spring beer dinner featuring dishes paired alongside Project PAM, Double Trouble, Sumatra Mountain Brown, Hop Wampa and Blushing Monk. For the record, that list includes two retired Backstage Series beers, two limited, taproom-only beers and the latest addition to our speciality lineup. It’s going to be a great – and gluttonous – evening.

While we won’t spoil the surprise and share the full menu, we will share that the night will be ending with the finest of cheesecakes made with our Rubeaus raspberry ale. As for what proceeds it? You’ll just have to snag a ticket to see. You can do so here.

See you June 2, 2016 in the Centennial Room!

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June Palate Exploration Event: Sliders and Beer

Ladies and gents, we’re pleased to share the latest event in our Palate Exploration Series: a beer and sliders pairing presented alongside our friends from Duba and Company Heritage Meats! The event will be held here in our private bar and classroom space, The Embassy, on June 30 from 6-9pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

Jeff Duba will be bringing in sliders – one lamb and three beef – from different farms and countries, and we’ll see together how each of the meats pairs with various beers from our lineup. Jeff is hugely passionate about what he calls “craft meats” and we are looking forward to being educated by such an expert. Like each of our Palate Exploration Events, this is sure to be a dangerously delicious evening.

Learn more about Duba and Company Heritage Meats here and make sure to secure yourself a place at the table by purchasing a ticket here. See you June 30!

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Founders Fest 2016 Playlist

We’re counting down the days until Founders Fest, our annual celebration of beer and live music! We’ll be shutting down the streets surrounding the brewery, bringing in some high-energy live music, local food vendors and artists – and, of course, will be pouring beer. A lot of it. Advanced tickets are now available for a discounted ticket price of $30 – get yours here.

From the rip-roarin’ country blues of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band to the soulful sounds of Lee Fields and The Expressions, this year’s lineup is one of the best yet. Hear a few tracks from each of the live acts we’ll be hosting on our stage come June 18, 2016:

For a direct link to this playlist, click here. To follow Founders on Spotify, click here.

Simple Beer and Cheese Pairing for Mother’s Day

Many of us have our moms or mother-figures to thank for introducing us to many of the things we love. This Mother’s Day, we suggest introducing your mom to your passion for craft beer by gifting her with a cheese and beer pairing.  It’s pretty simple: three beers, three cheeses and a few extra treats for good measure.  

Here’s what we suggest including:

  • All Day IPA paired with Farmhouse or sharp cheddar.
  • Rubaeus paired with Stilton or Burrata.
  • Mosaic Promise paired with Pecorino Romano
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Assorted nuts

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Blood, Sweat and Barrel-Aged Beer

Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine recently joined us during the weekend of our 15th Annual Black Party, a celebration of our darkest beers. Alongside the winners of our Bring Me to Black Party contest, Jim toured our facility, got to know our team and sampled a few of the barrel-aged beers we’re currently experimenting with. Check out his recap of the weekend, summary of our history and foreshadowing of what’s to come here.

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Session Boldly with Camp Illustrated

When we set out to brew All Day IPA, we had one goal in mind: create a beer with the full-flavor we love, but with a low enough ABV that we could keep our senses sharp. We wanted a beer that would be the perfect companion to our adventures, anything from conquering a long hike to relaxing around a campfire. Something we could tuck into a kayak, beach bag or tackle box and crack open during one of those moments that makes life so sweet.

We’ve partnered with Camp Illustrated (AKA Matt McAdow), a California-based artist, to illustrate these moments for our Session Boldly artwork. Matt, who travels throughout California and the Pacific Northwest in a VW bus, turns outdoor photographs into simple illustrations. Through his art, he hopes to “get people psyched to get outdoors.”

The illustrations Matt created for us are largely inspired by the photographs shared with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook showing the adventures All Day IPA has become a part of.

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To reward those who share photographs with us, Matt will also be illustrating a few All Day IPA photos tagged with #SessionBoldly on Instagram and Twitter. Share your photos with us for a chance to have yours illustrated! Here’s Matt working on the first of these, a photograph shared by our Instagram pal @iskivolkl:

 

 

Upcoming Palate Exploration Events

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

On April 28,  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.

On May 19, the team from Duba and Company Heritage Meats is helping us explore what could be called “craft meats.” We’ll be pairing four different mini burgers, one lamb and four beef varieties, with a variety of beer styles. Will beef cattle raised in different locales and under different conditions result in a slider that pairs with different beers than the others? There is really only one way to find out and we’re incredibly excited for this new experiment.

The Palate Exploration is a unique pairing concept that allows you to discover your own palate preferences and later bring that knowledge into your own kitchens, or as a guide when looking at a restaurant beer menu. Beer and food are two of the most incredible parts of life when enjoyed separately, but my how the game does change when they are allowed to work together.

Secure yourself a seat at the table by snagging tickets to either event here. We can’t wait to explore with you!

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Mustard ‘n’ BLiS Maple Glazed Chicken Wings

Here to share another one of his culinary delights, our head chef, Justin Golinski:

Looking for something a lil’ sweet, a lil’ spicy, a lil’ smoky? Look no further! May we present Mustard ‘n’ BLiS Maple Wings!  A perfect complement to the grilling season. Warning: do not pair these babies with your favorite waffle recipe. Hahaha! Who am I kidding?!

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Mustard ‘n’ Blis Maple Glazed Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

Directions:

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Announcing Maryland Distribution

Marylanders! Have we got some great news for you. Beginning in late May, our beer will finally be available in your lovely state! We know, we know, it was a long time coming. Rest assured, we were trying our darndest to get in there, but sometimes good things take a little while to come to fruition.

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Along with the help of Legends-Limited Distribution, we will be heading to Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Carroll, Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties in late May with distribution to the remaining counties later this year. Residents of these fine counties can expect to see our year-round, seasonal and specialty beers in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs along with select limited releases, including our highly sought-after Backstage Series beers.

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Bring Me To Black Party Weekend Recap

Two months ago, we launched a first-of-its-kind contest asking you, our beloved fans, to submit your favorite Founders Brewing Co. memory for the chance to win a trip to the Black Party, the annual celebration of our darkest beers. After meticulously sifting through nearly 2,000 entries, we somehow managed to name ten winners. Not an easy task considering the incredibly moving depictions of how our beer/taproom/employees have been a part of our supporter’s memorable moments throughout the years. Alas, we could only name ten winners and ten winners it was.

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From a woman’s love letter to her partner describing their love as a “well-balanced stout,” to an inventor who celebrated the first successful run of his product (a 3-D whiteboard) with a celebratory stop in the taproom, to a 91-year-old father securing his son two bottles of KBS on release day, the winner’s stories ran the gamut of emotions. And the tears they brought to our eyes were proof of that.

This past Friday, all ten winners (and their guests) arrived in town for what would be a weekend of tours, meeting much of our team (including our Co-Founders Mike and Dave), drinking beer, eating awesome food, drinking beer, enjoying our 15th Annual Black Party, drinking some bourbon (shhh!) and finally, drinking even more beer.

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Unlock the Rubaeus Untappd Badge

It’s been a big year for our raspberry ale, Rubaeus! First, we added it to our year-round lineup and then we introduced the “Ruby Cube,” a 9-pack of cans ready to hit the beach, trail or backyard. To celebrate this berry-red masterpiece, we’ve partnered with Untappd to offer a new badge to anyone who checks-in Rubaeus between April 14 and May 14, 2016. Check out the beer finder online or in our mobile app to find it near you.

Cheers to enjoying the joys of summer year-round!

 

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Announcing Founders Fest 2016

Two of our favorite things in the whole world, beer and music, are coming together for the event of the summer. Without further ado, we are happy to announce the lineup for Founders Fest 2016, a Celebration of Beer and Music:

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Here’s a recap of last year’s Fest:

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Introducing Michigan-Only Release: Palm Reader

Hi there! Dave Engbers here to share some exciting news with my fellow Michiganders: I’m very happy to introduce Palm Reader, a pale ale made with Michigan-grown hops. Proceeds from the sale of this beer are going to support Grand Rapids Whitewater, a organization focused on restoring and putting the rapids back in the Grand River. It’s a cause that I’ve been passionate about for years and I’m glad we can support it doing what we do best: brewing kickass beer. You’ll find the beer on Michigan shelves beginning in early May.

We talk a lot about legacy here and Mike and I have become progressively more focused on supporting things that we really care about; things that we believe will make our community a better place years from now. We’ve been supporters of Grand Rapids Whitewater and their vision of restoring the natural beauty and recreational opportunities to the Grand River since 2010. It started with a conversation over beer, as most things do around here, and as the Grand Rapids Whitewater team shared their vision, we became fully invested in their cause. Having the opportunity to take that partnership to another level with the Palm Reader release is something we are proud of considering how important this cause is to both of us and to the continued legacy of the company we built.

 

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So, a bit about that beer… a tribute to our beautiful state, Palm Reader is made with Michigan-grown

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Founders Presents: Serita’s Black Rose

A self-professed “funkateer,” Serita Crowley of Grand Rapids’ Serita’s Black Rose, brings a raucous mix of neo-soul, funk, 70s-rock, country and R&B to our taproom stage. In this third installment of the Founders Presents series, check out Serita’s killer performance in the taproom and find out more about what she means when she says, “I pick my music like I pick my food.”

See other Founders Presents videos here:

Introducing Sumatra Mountain Brown

Remember that TBA on the specialty lineup of our 2016 availability calendar!? Well, the time has come to announce what will be filling its place: Sumatra Mountain Brown! Considering how much we love putting coffee in beer, we are pretty pumped about this one. Please join us in welcoming this imperial brown ale to the family:

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Sumatra Mountain Brown gets its body from a team of malts, including Caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of Chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops bring balance to the malty sweetness by introducing a touch of bitterness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly balanced brown ale to a decadent level. Sumatra Mountain Brown comes in at a hefty 9% ABV.

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All Day IPA Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

Fresh off his Imperial Stout Fish & Chips fame, our head chef, Mr. Justin Golinski, is back at it and ready to share another culinary delight. This time, we’re going full-blown Midwestern on you with All Day IPA Cheese Soup. 

A quick word from Justin:
“Few things scream “The Midwest” more than a bowl of super cheesy cheese soup. My take on the classic involves an entire can of All Day IPA, which adds a slight bitterness and tang to the otherwise one-dimensional richness. Finish it off with some crumbled potato chips and you have just out-Midwested this Midwest staple.”

All Day IPA Cheese Soup:

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium sized carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • (1) 12 ounce can of All Day IPA (find it locally using our beer finder)
  • 1.5 tablespoons Founders Dirty Bastard Stone Ground Mustard
  • 5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 5 ounces smoked gouda cheese, grated
  • potato chips, for garnish
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The Story of Dirty Bastard

A few years after our Co-Founders, Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, left their steady jobs to pursue their dream of opening a brewery, they found themselves facing bankruptcy. They had written business plans, taken out giant loans and worked hard to create the kind of beers they thought people wanted. The problem: those beers were good, but they were unremarkable.

With the threat of a failure looming, they risked it all on brewing a beer with big attitude, bigger flavor and a name that lived up to both: Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale.

As Mike often says, there’s something indefinable about our culture here at Founders and it’s all rooted in the story of Dirty Bastard. It’s when we stopped listening to our investors or our self-doubt. It’s when we stopped brewing what we thought people wanted and started brewing the kind of beers that inspired us to get into brewing in the first place. It’s when we decided to live life with no regrets.

When we say “Brewed For Us,” this is what we’re talking about.

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