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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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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