“Can I get a KBS?”
By far the most uttered phrase Thursday evening at Slows Bar BQ in Detroit.
Detroit Beer Week Happy Hours wrapped up with the Grand Rapids-based brewery putting some of their most coveted batches on tap.
“This is an event we’ve had for a couple years now,” said Beau Loncharte, Southern Michigan Sales representative for Founders Brewing Co. “One of the best things about Detroit Beer Week is the fact that Slows is the focal point for it.”
Loncharte said Slows’ notorious barbecue and reputation combined with Founders distributor Rave Associates helped ensure a successful event on Thursday.
“There are a lot of people out here loving the beer that’s being served all week long,” he said. “It’s a great week for Michigan brewers.”
Around 4 p.m. the first around of beers were tapped, including Breakfast Stout, Pale Ale and Imperial Stout.
At 5 p.m., Devil Dancer and a to-be-announced batch of the Backstage Series from 2011was also tapped, which ended up being Curmudgeon’s Better Half.
And by the time 6 p.m. rolled around, Slows goers were clamoring for the main course: 2012 Backstage Series Frangelic Mountain Brown and the infamous Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
The demand for KBS is always high, according to Loncharte.
“It has gained in its name from being so limited and a lot of people want to have access to it,” he said.
Loncharte said the Slows event for Detroit Beer Week is continually gaining traction with each year.
“It’s one of those things that we love being a part of,” he said. “To watch this event go off well, to be planned well, to utilize the patio to have great weather, to have the Tigers in the World Series…everyone here is buzzing about a lot of different things. I’m feeling the fever.”
Founders continued its Detroit representation at the Detroit Fall Beer Festival on Friday and Saturday, where its Harvest Ale was the highlight.
“The best part of the festival is getting together with people I haven’t seen in a while, drinking beers and seeing where the next step in this revolution is going to go,” Loncharte said.