GRAND RAPIDS — Frangelic Mountain Brown is the next release in Founder’s Backstage Series, with availability beginning in July.
The fourth release in the series, Frangelic Mountain Brown will join Blushing Monk, Canadian Breakfast Stout and Curmudgeon’s Better Half, all part of an effort to bring some of Founders’ most sought-after beers, previously available primarily in the taproom, to a larger audience. All of these releases are offered at retailers, sold in 750 milliliter bottles.
“The goal of the Backstage Series is to allow those beer enthusiasts who don’t have the ability to make it to our taproom an opportunity to experience some of the beers that, historically, have been limited to our taproom and a handful of high exposure events,” said Dave Engbers, Founders Brewing Co. vice president and co-founder. “Although these beers are not brewed in large volume, it is our intention to distribute them to all of our markets.”
Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom “one-off” beer — Founders’ brewers created the Mountain Brown series for their taproom in Grand Rapids in 2007. The 16th iteration in the series of popular brown ales, Frangelic Mountain Brown likely won’t be the last.
The singular characteristic of this beer comes from the use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process. The beer has distinct aromatics with sweet and nutty flavors beautifully balanced. Founders is known for its beers made with coffee — i.e., the Breakfast Stout series — but this is both the brewery’s first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9-percent ABV.
The next beer to be released in the series later this year will be a celebration of the brewery’s 15th anniversary, though the style is yet-to-be revealed.