Founders Brewing Co

A few lucky Hunterdon employees had the chance to visit Founder Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan this weekend and boy was it a blast! We toured the amazing brewery, ate delicious food at the brew pub, enjoyed every minute of Harvest Fest and, needless to say, drank our share of great brews.

The entire facility was fantastic! The brew pub houses 3 bars with a rotating list of core products, seasonal and some great specialty kegs you can only find at the brewery. The menu was fantastic and you can’t beat the ambiance. Once inside the brewery, you see the real beauty of the operation… click on the photo below to see more pictures!

 

Founders Outside

Founders Brewing Co has gone through a couple of expansions over the past few years and it just keeps getting bigger! They’ve had an ongoing trend of tearing up parking areas in order to add brewing space and that tradition is continuing this year. The two-phase expansion will start later this month and add approximately 37,000 square feet comprised of space for new production equipment. New fermentation tanks and a new 300 barrel brew house will be added as well as additional offices. The second phase will add approximately 20,000 square feet of space for more fermenting and packaging equipment. At the end of the expansion, the production facility will have a 900,000 barrel capacity. Pretty incredible, right? They manage to make these massive changes while still staying true to the culture and character of Founders. How? Well, we think it has a lot to do with the people. In addition to amazing products, Founders has an equally amazing team of people working there. It was great to sit down and chat with some of the brains behind the operation. Everyone we met had a true passion for craft beer and for their company.

Now for the beer:
This week we are releasing the brand new Dark Penance Black IPA as well as some seasonal favorites – Harvest Ale, Breakfast Stout, and Dirty Bastard. All of which are rated between 98 and 100 on RateBeer. If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying one of these now is the time to head to your favorite bottle shop and pick up a couple of each! You can even use the handy new Founders Brewing App to see which store near you has it in stock! Check it out HERE!

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Founders Brewing Co. is one of the most recognized breweries in the US. They’ve also been ranked in the top 5 breweries in the world by RateBeer.com. They have six World Beer Cup medals, three European Beer Star medals and two Great American Beer Festival medals under their belt and there’s sure to be more in the future. Thanks to Founders for a great trip!

 

 

 

Other Founders brews in-stock now:


All Day IPA
An incredible session IPA with a wallop of hop aroma and flavor that lingers long after the first sip! 4.7% abv / 42 IBUs
96 Points Ratebeer
2010 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner
Available in 6-pack bottles, 1/2 and 1/4 kegs

 


Centennial IPA
This dry-hopped IPA is one of our favorites, with strong notes of citrus and just the right amount of sweetness to complement the bitterness. 7.2% abv
99 POINTS Ratebeer
2010 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal Winner
Available in 6-packs 1/4 and 1/2 kegs

 


Red’s Rye Pale Ale
This is not your ordinary dry-hopped pale ale. The addition of rye gives it a spicy kick while four types of Belgian caramel malts create a sublime malty richness. 6.6% abv
99 POINTS Ratebeer
Available in 1/4 and 1/2 kegs

 


Dirty Bastard
A Scotch-style Ale, Founders-style. Packed with loads of malty richness, smokey overtones and a hoppy bite! 8.5%abv
98 POINTS Ratebeer
2010 World Beer Cup – Silver Medal Winner

Available in 6-packs, 1/4 and 1/2 kegs

 


Pale Ale
A dry-hopped Pale Ale brimming with tons of citrus and floral notes from the use of Cascade hops. Good malty backbone with a crisp hop finish. 5.4% abv
88 POINTS Ratebeer
Available in 6-packs and 1/2 kegs

 


Porter
Darker than dark, silky and sinful. Robust with flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel. One to savor and savor wisely! 6.5% abv
100 POINTS Ratebeer
Available in 6-packs, 1/4 and 1/2 kegs

 


Double Trouble
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. 9.4% abv
100 POINTS Ratebeer
Available in 4-packs, 1/4 and 1/2 kegs

 


Rubaeus
Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.
98 POINTS Ratebeer
Available in 4-packs, 1/4 and 1/2 kegs

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