Today I’m gonna briefly get into the difference between wet and dry hopping, talk about clowns smashing cake in your kid’s face on their birthday, and Founder’s Harvest Ale, a wet-hopped IPA. What makes wet-hopping so great, and where can you find that clown? Watch to find out!
Founders has released their beer commemorating Art Prize for 2018 and this time around, it’s Trigo – a hoppy american lager. I know 2017’s Green Zebra was a really big favorite of mine last year – it basically opened the door to the world of sours for me. Will Trigo do the same thing with lagers for you? Stay tuned to find out!
Well friends, Founders 5th release in their 2018 Barrel Aged Series is upon us, and this time it’s an old friend – Curmudgeons Better Half – the maple barrel aged version of their traditional Old Ale, Curmudgeon. where does it fall in the order of best to worst? Is it better than KBS or Backwoods Bastard?! Watch and find out!
Since the heat of summer has been upon us for a while now, you’re probably looking for a good summer Michigan Lager to quench that thirst – and today I’m looking at two lagers that were both released this year and putting them “Head 2 Head” against each other. It’s time to look at Founder’s Solid Gold, and Odd Side Ale’s Beer Me!
Barrel Runner is the 4th of Founder’s Barrel Aged series of beers in 2018, and this time it’s not a stout (KBS), a scotch ale (Backwoods Bastard), or a Red IPA (Dank Wood), but it is another IPA – and it’s not bourbon barrel aged either. This time they went all out with a mosaic hopped IPA aged in rum barrels to give it a bit of a tropical, spiced taste. Will Barrel Runner make you want to hide your treasure? Is the eye patch included with the 4 pack or bomber? Watch and see!
In it’s first appearance since 2014, Double Trouble is a limited release Imperial IPA from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’ve got it here for you today!
Founders describes it as “An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops will get you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth, bitter finish.”
Well I’ll just have to see about that for myself, won’t I?
Founder’s Dank Wood is the 3rd in their Barrel Aged series for 2018, and for that third release, they went with a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red IPA. It’s a bourbon barrel aged version of their 2017 release – reDANKulous, which as a red IPA, it should be right in my wheel house, as far as IPAs go.
Founder’s commercial description for Dank Wood is: “What do you get when a big, bold imperial red IPA meets an oak bourbon barrel? A palate stunner that’ll send your senses spinning or, as we like to call it, Dankwood. Rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.”
Where does it fall in the series so far? Watch and see.
Links to the other barrel aged releases for 2018:
Backwoods Bastard: http://bit.ly/Backwoods-Bastard2018
The Barrel Aged 2018 Playlist: http://bit.ly/FoundersBarrelAged-2018
It was only about a week and a half ago that Founders released KBS nationwide, and we’ve already got the second release of their Barrel Aged Series – Backwoods Bastard. While this time around, Backwoods Bastard is a year round release rather than a limited edition, how does it stack up against it’s 2017 counterpart that was released only about 6 months prior? Well if that’s actually a question that’s been keeping you up at night, you’re in luck! I’m not only reviewing 2018’s Backwoods Bastard, but I’m conducting a vertical tasting up against the 2017 variety!
KBS is the first in Founder’s Barrel aged series of 2018. We know the next release will be Backwoods Bastard, which will become year-round after it’s release, but the rest of the Barrel Aged Series are unknowns. I picked this up, today – March 6th, so this review is from a bottle that’s as fresh as possible. KBS week started on March 5th, and will be rolling out after a limited taproom release so look for it soon!
Founders CBS was the most anticipated beer from the Grand Rapids Michigan Brewery. As the 6th and final beer of their “Barrel Aged” series, they had hop-heads and malt mavens anxiously awaiting it’s December 1st release. Well friends, that day has finally come and I was finally able to get my hands on it to bring it to you. I usually avoid buying tickets for beer releases because it’s usually not that much of an issue to buy beers like this if you know where to look. In the case of CBS, this seems like it’s more readily available outside of Founders home state of Michigan, which really leaves me scratching my head. Has Founders forgotten about it’s hometown fans, or have distributors just taken the beer where they’re sure it will sell? That’s not a question I can answer unfortunately – but what I can do is bring you my unbiased review.
Find out more about Founders at their website: http://foundersbrewing.com
And big shout-out to Tyler, check him out at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVf5WTTzFs-kyjHSHVv__g