GRAND RAPIDS — Standing elbow to elbow, waiting for the next big release.
That’s the Founders Black Party in a nutshell.
The 12th annual event took place Saturday, bringing out the brewery’s latest special dark beer releases.
The all-day party featured timed releases throughout the day, a commemorative Black Party pint glass and live entertainment throughout the evening.
Amongst the most popular beers was KBS Devil’s Cut — a version of KBS aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels for two years. The result? A warm, delicious, 15% boozy beer that brings out a bit of sweetness along with the coffee and vanilla flavors we’ve come to love from KBS. This brew easily stole the show, and was sold out within minutes of being tapped.
The event also marked the first time KBS was served on tap at Founders since its March release. Beers were classified in three ranks, with KBS in Class 3.
Other Class 3 beers included Panther Cub, Barrel Aged Frangelic Stout, Doom, Barrel Aged Black IPA and Barrel Aged Party Stout. Popular Class 2 beers included Razzleberry Stout and International Breakfast Stout.
“IBS” featured the base of KBS (not barrel aged), but with more chocolate, hazelnut and coffee flavors. The result was a sweeter, non-boozy version of the popular brew. Having only been released once before in the brewery’s history, this was definitely a surprise as well.
Performing during the event was Oracle, a Founders band featuring head brewer Jeremy Kosmicki, brewer “Diamond” Deschaine and Bret Truskowski of packaging. Also taking the Founders stage was Love Fossil, MiniBoone and Hundo.