GRAND RAPIDS — Founders Brewing Co. has announced its eighth release in the popular Backstage Series — Sweet Repute.
A wheat wine aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, Sweet Repute will be released this December in 750mL bottles.
The Founders brewing team painstakingly choreographed each layer of this beer’s characteristics, starting with a healthy wheat and roasted malt base and adding clean, fragrant hops. It’s one hundred percent barrel-aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels over the course of sixteen months, then blended using carefully calculated ratios for the ultimate final product. The resulting 13% ABV liquid pours a bright warm russet with a stubborn ivory head and an intoxicatingly sweet nutty aroma.
“We’re excited about this one,” said Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand & Education Dave Engbers. “Every sample we’ve pulled from the barrels down in the caves has been incredible.”
Sweet Repute will join the ranks of Founders’ world-class barrel-aged beers, such as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Backwoods Bastard, Curmudgeon’s Better Half and many, many more taproom-only ales.
Sweet Repute will be released in limited quantities across Founders’ distribution footprint beginning Dec. 2, and will be available at the brewery’s taproom the same week. This will be the brewery’s last Backstage Series release for 2013, with more to come in 2014.