Brewmaster’s Log – Hop Harvest Week 2016

Every year our Brewmaster, Jeremy, and a few other folks from the brewery head to Yakima Valley, Washington, to meet with hop farmers, check out this year’s harvest and select the hops we’ll be brewing with in the coming year. To bring you an inside look at the hop harvest process, Jeremy logged a recap each day, shared alongside photos snapped throughout the trip. If you’re someone who appreciates the “craft” in craft brewing, this behind-the-scenes look will be right up your alley.

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Tribute on the Grand Success

This past Saturday, September, 10, we partnered with FOX17 to host the very first Tribute on the Grand, a fundraising event in support of Grand Rapids Whitewater. Despite the inclement weather early in the day, the event was a huge success, raising $200,000 (our initial goal was $25,000!) for Grand Rapids Whitewater and their efforts to restore the rapids in the Grand River.

Thousands of attendees drank, danced and reveled at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on the banks of the Grand River while a lineup of four different tribute bands provided the soundtrack for an unforgettable evening. The beer dinner, catered by The Gilmore Collection and held on the adjacent Gillette Bridge, was also a huge success with all 360 seats selling out in only a week!

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Deli Expansion Update

For those of you who have been to our taproom lately, you may have noticed some construction going on in front of the deli windows. Well, as it turns out, we are expanding our existing deli with an external ordering “counter” to accommodate an improved service style and, in order to finish the project up, we will be closing for several days next week. Here is the closing schedule:

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Upcoming Food & Beer Pairing Events at the Brewery

We’re gearing up for a few great pairing events this fall, 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 our kitchen staff, as well as visiting chefs 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.

  • September 22: Palate Exploration Series featuring chef Jenna Arcidiano of Amore Trattoria. Chef Jenna, known in the Grand Rapids area for her exquisite authentic Italian cooking, will be preparing dishes that represent the five cardinals flavors: sour, sweet, salty, bitter and umami. We’ll discuss each of these unique flavors and pair various beers with them to explore how they play off one another. 6-8pm. $30/person. Tickets available here.
  • October 13: Palate Exploration Series featuring The Apple Haus at Robinette’s Orchard. The team from Robinette’s will be joining us again this year to help showcase their fall favorites, including gourmet donuts and fudge. We’ll be pouring a few of our beers and exploring how the flavors of the food and beer pair alongside each other. 6-8pm. $30/person. Tickets available here.
  • November 3: Palate Exploration Series featuring Mokaya Artisan Chocolates and Confections. Mokaya has been blowing our minds with their amazing chocolate for a while now and we’re excited to finally bring them in for an evening of chocolate and beer pairings. The best part? They’re bringing along their beer infused chocolates. 6-8pm. $30/person. Tickets available here.
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Our Partnership with Grand Rapids WhiteWater

In 2010, we partnered with Grand Rapids WhiteWater, a group interested in revitalizing the rapids in the Grand River here in our hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In support of GRWW, we’re now hosting Tribute on the Grand, a free, all-ages outdoor celebration featuring a beer tent, food trucks and live music in downtown’s Ah-Nab-Awen Park on September 10. Proceeds from this event will go towards GRWW’s mission. But what does that entail? 

GRWW’s Matt Chapman shares a bit about the vision of their project and how you can help: 

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It sounds like the start of another cheesy joke but when my Grand Rapids WhiteWater (GRWW) team sat down with the folks at Founders Brewing Co. back in 2010, it was the beginning of an awesome partnership that would change the course of the Grand River. Literally!

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All Day to Spare (Ribs)

Here’s a super easy way to cook some fall-off-the-bone spare ribs without any crazy cooking equipment..and with the addition of some delicious All Day IPA. Some people say it’s blasphemy to cook ribs in the oven. Y’know what we say? No one has to know!

All Day to Spare (Ribs)

Ingredients: 

  • 2 racks of spare ribs (remove any excess fat, silver-skin membrane, etc.)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
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New Market Announcement: West Virginia

Well, it was a long time coming with this one but well worth the wait: we are happy to announce our distribution in West Virginia!

With the help of Northern Eagle, Proud Eagle and Mountain Eagle distributors, our year-round, seasonal and specialty beers will be available across the state in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs. Select limited releases will be available as well.

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New Beer Release: PC Pils

Yup, it’s true. We’ve got a new one comin’ at you this fall: PC Pils. Look for this profoundly crushable, pleasantly crisp Pilsner in 6-pack bottles, 15-pack cans and on draft this October (shipping in September)!

As big fans of this easy-drinking style, we knew we wanted to stay true to its characteristics while giving it our undeniable Founders twist. For us, that comes in the form of flavor-packed American hops. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, we went with some of our favorite American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics. PC Pils clocks in at 5.5% ABV and 45 IBUs.

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Founders Film Series at Celebration Cinemas

Join us at Celebration! Cinemas this fall for the Founders Film Series, where we pair our favorite movies alongside beers form 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!

All those 21+ are welcome to join us September 7 – November 9 at 8pm.

The lineup: 

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Session Boldly Untappd Badge

When we set out to create All Day IPA, we wanted a beer that would make the perfect companion to our adventures, anything from conquering a long hike to relaxing around a campfire.  We didn’t want to compromise on flavor, yet we knew we wanted to be able to crack into more than one during a “session,” whatever that may be. Alas, All Day IPA was born.  It’s full flavor that won’t quit so you don’t have to either.

From August 1 to September 1, 2016, you can unlock our “Session Boldly” Untappd badge when you check-in All Day IPA in cans, bottles or on draft. You can find it on draft or in 6-pack bottles and 15-pack cans using our beer finder (and mobile app).

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All Day IPA Quick Pickle Recipe

Fresh from the farmer’s market or your very own garden, ’tis the season for fresh cucumbers. And if you’re like us, this means your craving for crisp, refreshing pickles is at an all-time high. To quickly satisfy that craving, our head chef, Justin, put together a quick pickle recipe, also known to some as “refrigerator pickles.” The twist? A delicious All Day IPA brine, of course!

You can follow all of the same steps for traditional canned pickles until it comes time for the actual canning and storage – then you’ll need to properly sterilize your jars. But, we digress. This here is all about instant pickled gratification, friends. Let’s do this.

All Day IPA Quick Pickles

Ingredients you’ll need: 

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Show Us How You Session Boldly with All Day IPA

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 sessions that makes life so sweet.

We’ve started to collect the All Day IPA photos shared with us on Instagram and Twitter over on sessionboldly.com. Featuring photos from the beach, campfire, trail or boat, it’s living proof that All Day IPA is the ultimate adventure beer.

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Tribute on the Grand: a FREE Event Supporting Grand Rapids Whitewater

UPDATE 3:30pm 9/10/16: Tribute on the Grand will go on rain or shine! The forecast looks like it will be clearing up before 4pm, however we suggest bringing rain gear and chairs for seating given the grass will be wet. Beer dinner attendees should dress in layers as it may be a bit windy on the Gillett Bridge. See you out there!

Join us September 10, 2016 for our FREE, all-ages celebration, Tribute on the Grand! The event, featuring live tribute bands, food trucks and a beer tent, will take place from 4-11pm at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

Proceeds from the event will support Grand Rapids Whitewater, a group of individuals, rowing and paddling clubs, anglers and businesses dedicated to helping Green Grand Rapids achieve the dream of putting the namesake rapids back in the Grand River for everyone’s enjoyment. Their goal is to partner with the city to create a safer, more exciting river experience for everyone.

Event details: 

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • Location: Ah-Nab-Awen Park (220 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504)
  • Free yoga in the park led by AM Yoga: 3-4pm **Cancelled due to rain!
  • Beer tent, food trucks and lawn games: 4-11pm
  • Live music 5-11pm.
    • 5pm: Jim Shaneberger Band and Friends, a Prince tribute band
    • 6:30pm: Free Fallin’, a Tom Petty tribute band
    • 8pm: Brother Wolf and Wolf Park From Mars, a David Bowie tribute band
    • 9:30pm: L.A. Vation, a U2 tribute band
  • Parking available at the Scribner lot (287 Scribner Ave) and streetside meters.
  • Feel free to bring blankets or chairs to set up in the park.

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We will also be hosting a sold out beer dinner that evening from 5:30-8pm on the Gillett Bridge, adjacent to Ah-Nab-Awen Park and overlooking the Grand River. Our Co-Founders, Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, will be hosting the dinner, where we will beer serving our Michigan-only release, Palm Reader alongside beers brewed just for the event. 

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Founders Fest 2016 Recap!

We took to the streets of Grand Rapids this past weekend to celebrate our ninth annual Founders Fest: a Celebration of Beer and Music. Despite the soaring temperatures, people turned out in droves to see the amazing musical performances, check out local art, eat awesome food from local vendors and, of course, drink plenty of kick-ass beer.

Weren’t there but want to feel like you were? Or, were there but want to be reminded of how awesome it was? Check out a recap video of the event!

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2016 Australian International Beer Awards

We are proud to announce that six of our beers won some hardware at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards! The AIBA is the largest annual beer competition in the world that judges both packaged and draft beer. In 2015, it amassed 1,699 entries from over 311 breweries across the world! Needless to say, amongst such a high volume and diverse showing from other breweries, we were honored to take home some awards:

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Mosaic Promise Peanut Chicken Satay Recipe

Justin Golinski, our super-talented head chef, has done it again! His newest recipe features our single hop ale, Mosaic Promise, along with peanut butter, coconut milk and fish sauce (trust us… it adds complexity like nothing else) as a marinade for chicken tenderloins before they are grilled to perfection and served aside lentils. If you haven’t broke out the grill yet this year, this recipe is the perfect excuse to get on that. If you have broke it out already, this recipe will give you some serious grilling cred as far as your friends/family are concerned. It’s that good.

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Mosaic Promise Untappd Badge

Our genre-defying single hop ale, Mosaic Promise, has been taking the beer world by storm since we introduced it as part of our 2016 seasonal lineup. An aromatic ode to the Mosaic hop, Mosaic Promise imparts notes of tropical fruit and pine on top of a simple foundation led by Golden Promise malt. And now it has it’s very own Untappd badge! Check-in one Mosaic Promise between June 15 – July 15 and the “Mosaic Promise: Art of Aroma” badge is yours. Check out the beer finder online or in our mobile app to find it near you.

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Nerding Out with Our Friends at Ferris Coffee

The latest addition to our specialty lineup, Sumatra Mountain Brown, is a bold, imperial brown ale brewed with Sumatra coffee sourced by our hometown neighbors at Ferris Coffee and Nut Co. The Sumatra blend we worked with the Ferris team to select features an earthy flavor and a touch of caramel sweetness – and in turn, gives the beer the complexity and decadence we had hoped for.

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Volunteer at Founders Fest 2016!

Want to volunteer at Founders Fest 2016? Here’s how to secure your spot:

1. All volunteers must be 21+ with a valid ID. No exceptions.

2. Attend our Mandatory Volunteer Meeting: Held on Sunday, June 5th from 12:30-1:30pm in the Centennial Room (235 Grandville Ave – second level above the taproom, accessible through the Company Store elevator). We will go over volunteer expectations and event information. Attendees will also learn how to officially register as an event volunteer via EventBrite.

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Mosaic Promise Coloring Pages

Mosaic Promise, our seasonal single hop ale, first debuted as a beer to benefit Art Prize, an annual art competition held in our hometown. The label features a stained glass image of the goddess of beer, Ninkasi, modeled after the larger piece created by Kolenda Art Glass that hangs in our taproom.

Ninkasi now lives on as the star of our Mosaic Promise adult coloring pages, available for downloading here. It’s your chance to bring back some of your childhood memories – only now you can enjoy a beer while you do it. So, crack open a Mosaic Promise, bust out the crayons and zen out while you bring Ninkasi to life on the page in front of you.

Download the coloring pages here and enter our coloring contest on Instagram and Twitter by tagging your photos with #brewedforus and on Facebook by commenting on this post with a photo.

 

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