Founders 2018 Barrel Aged Series in Review

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, hopefully you can get a break from the family and watch something you’re interested in – like videos about beer!  Know anyone in your family who likes beer too?  Watch this with them.  This is my end of year retrospective on Founders 2018 Barrel Aged Series. I cover the six beers of Founders Barrel-Aged series and pick my favorites and least favorites. The six beers in this series are Founders KBS, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Founders Dank Wood, Founders Barrel Runner, Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half and Founders CBS.

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Grand Armory Brewing – Sippin’ on Gin Barrel Juice Double IPA

Barrel Aged IPAs don’t seem to always be a big hit, but I don’t know if until today, I’ve tried a Double IPA aged in Gin Barrels. Today, I’m taking a look at the appropriately named “Sippin’ on Gin Barrel Juice” double IPA from Grand Armory Brewing in Grand Haven, Michigan. So does gin barrel aging work with a double IPA? Watch to find out!

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Upper Hand Brewery – An IPA from the UP Division of Bell’s

Upper Hand Brewery might not be a brewery that you’ve heard of, but they have a heck of a pedigree. Upper Hand is a division of Bell’s and was founded by Larry Bell himself, with the mission of trying to brew beers with a lot of personality of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. So since this is an IPA, is it going to be like Bell’s Two Hearted? Watch to find out more!

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Arbor Brewing Company – Violin Monster Spiced Double Stout

Violin Monster is Arbor Brewing Company’s Fall Seasonal Stout. I’ve never had Violin Monster and I think part of has to do with this fantastic label redesign. I’m happy to see now that Arbor is putting much of it’s beer in cans because I feel like that’s helping on a couple fronts – it’s helping to let everyone know how fresh the beer is, and I feel like it’s also helping with the consistency. What does that have to do with my review of the beer? Watch and find out!

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Oddside Ales – Caged Wisdom Brut IPA

I don’t know how many of these are going to come out, or if we’ll see a Brut IPA explosion like we saw in the last two years with the New England style, but the exciting thing about Brut IPAs are that they’re new, and they’re popping up all over the place. This time I have Oddside Ales Brut IPA, Caged Wisdom (Yes, Arrested Development fans…) so with this being only my second Brut IPA, I only have Brewery Vivant’s Champion Brut to compare it to, so what’s different? Watch and find out!

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