moon rambler

Brewed with milk sugar to accentuate the fruit hop character, Moon Rambler IPA will be available in November

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 20, 2020 – Founders Brewing Co. has announced that Moon Rambler IPA as the first release in the brewery’s 2021 seasonal lineup. Formerly known in the taprooms as Cow Jumped the Shark, Moon Rambler IPA (6.4%) touches down with a big dose of Azacca, Mosaic and Cascade hops that provide a blast of tropical fruitiness, assisted by a classic foundation of wheat and oats. Milk sugar is added to create a sweet yet slight creaminess, giving it a round mouthfeel, remarkably less bitter taste and a fuller body than your typical IPA.

“When it comes to beers, milk sugar has traditionally been used to sweeten up heavier offerings like stouts and porters,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “With Moon Rambler IPA, we added some milk sugar to balance the bitterness and accentuate the fruity hop character. Brewed with oats, wheat and featuring Azacca, Cascade and Mosaic hops, Moon Rambler IPA is still a full-fledged IPA, just with a softer and sweeter side.”

Moon Rambler IPA will be available in 6-pack and 15-pack cans and on draft in the Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on November 4. It will available across the brewery’s 50-state distribution network from November 2020 through March 2021. Please note that Moon Rambler IPA will not be available on draft in Utah. Moon Rambler will have a taproom retail price of $9/6-pack and $18/15-pack and prices will vary by market outside of the taproom.

Moon Rambler IPA will kick off Founders’ 2021 seasonal lineup, with two seasonal releases yet to be announced. More information to come throughout the year on the yet-to-be-announced releases in Founders’ 2021 availability calendar.

About Founders Brewing Co.

Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face beer and seltzers, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 10 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

hail sparta

Dexter, Michigan – North Peak Brewing Company is excited to announce the new launch of Sparta and Hail is in stores and ready for football season!  Sparta is an American IPA and Hail is a Michigan IPA.  

Sparta IPA is a deliciously bold and balanced beer with a nice crisp maltiness and hop profile of Simcoe, Citra, and Cascade hops. Citrus notes of tangerine and grapefruit along with stone fruit notes of peach and apricot are backed by a hint of resinous pine.

Sparta IPA has 70 IBU’s | 7.2% ABV and is available in 12 oz cans, 6 packs, and draft in 1/6 and 1/2 barrels.

Hail has been reinvented for the 2020 season and is now a Michigan IPA! Golden and delicious, it is dripping with hoppy goodness that includes notes of citrus, pine, apricot, and peach.  This well-balanced, hop forward beer is brewed with maize (yellow flaked corn) and blue (corn grits) to celebrate all things Michigan.

Hail Michigan IPA has 70 IBU’s | 7.2% ABV and is available in 12 oz cans, 6 packs, and draft in 1/6 and 1/2 barrels.

“Everyone at North Peak could not be more excited about these beers!  And, to hear the news today, that I will be able to drink Hail and watch Michigan Football!  It seriously brought a tear of joy to my eye!” Greg Lobdell Owner North Peak Brewing Company and Former University of Michigan Football Player

“Watching Spartan Football with while drinking Sparta IPA is now a reality this fall!  Going to have my outdoor tailgate party with my former teammates and enjoy this beer more than ever!”  Tony Grant Owner North Peak Brewing Company and Former Michigan State Football Player

You are now able to purchase Sparta and Hail at craft beer retailers, restaurants and bars throughout Michigan, including North Peak Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin in Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Royal Oak, Dexter, and Grand Rapids. 

 

About North Peak: In 1997, North Peak Brewing Company opened in Traverse City, MI with the mission of brewing beer that captures the essence of Northern Michigan. The North Peak mantra is “Get Outside” because in Northern Michigan there is so much life to live outdoors.

In 2013, North Peak beer production moved from Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City MI, to a 70,000-square-foot production brewery in Dexter MI, where it would have the capacity to meet the rising demand for the beer.

North Peak’s Northern Michigan roots run deep. Every sip of North Peak beer transports you to the wonders of Northern Michigan.

 

run the jewels

The quadruple can release consists of three Double Dry Hopped Double IPAs and a fruited sour

Grand Rapids, Mich. — During quarantine, Run the Jewels, rap’s marquee MC/producer duo, dropped “RTJ4,” an incendiary album of front to back bangers that could rile the staunchest couch potato to riot. For Ed Collazo, CEO at City Built Brewing Company, their music fueled his work and inspired The Crown Series, a set of IPAs and a sour sure to impress hip-hop fans and hopheads alike.

The a-ha moment came when Collazo was listening to “Crown”, a track from the duo’s second album where MC Killer Mike exhumes the baggage that’s kept him from reaching his full potential.

“What attracted me to the song was a lyric, ‘You can’t pick up no crown, holding what’s holding you down.’ There’s a lot of truth to that,” Collazo said. “Then I started to really listen to the lyrics and found some great IPA names.”

Into the Fray, Into the Haze and Into the Murk are the names Collazo selected from the lyrics—pretty fitting for describing turbid beer.

Rob Qualls, head brewer at City Built, never listened to Run the Jewels before brewing these beers, but he happened to match the duo’s tendency for lavishness and excess with high-budget hop bills for each IPA.

“I wanted to spend all the money on all the fancy hops we could,” Qualls said. “The way I look at it, the malt bill might be the car but it means nothing if there’s not an engine behind there driving.”

Into the Fray is packed with Galaxy, Into the Murk with Nelson Sauvin and a dash of Idaho 7 and Into the Haze with all the boutique hops—Citra, Cryo Simcoe and Amarillo. To the New England detractors who knock hazies for their supposed sameness, trying these IPAs side-by-side reveals the spectrum of flavors possible for the style. Buy each individually for $23 a 4-pack to taste the variety.

The oddball in the series is Childish Obsession, a fruited sour with tangerine puree, vanilla and lactose. The flavor evokes such childhood indulgences as push-pops and Sunny D. Snag 4-packs for $20 each. All cans will be available for purchase first to mug clubbers on 8/27, and to the public on 8/28.

For the cans, Collazo tapped Grand Rapids locals Kyle DeGroff and Elliot Chaltry to create the most eye-popping art imaginable. You may have recognized their work while driving through the Creston neighborhood, where their large scale murals invigorate city blocks. Here they’ve shrunk their canvas from buildings to cans, but their work retains the same sense of panoramic detail. Each can pays respect to a different Run the Jewels album, creating characters inspired by the iconic hands on each cover.

As a lifelong hip-hop fan, Collazo was thrilled to bring this tribute to life.

“I grew up listening to a lot of groups that probably inspired Run the Jewels—Tribe, Wu-Tang,” Collazo said. “We have another beer we named after Del the Funkee Homosapien called Bob Dobalina.”

This series perfectly translates the bombast of Run the Jewels into beer that would make Killer Mike and El-P proud.

blushing padre

Belgian Style Ale Fermented with Raspberries Aged in Tequila Barrels – available this month

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  Founders Brewing Co. has announced Blushing Padre as the next release in the Mothership Series. To create Blushing Padre, Founders introduced their Belgian-style raspberry ale to a tequila barrel and wound up with what can only be described as a love affair. Made with tart and luscious raspberry jam character, Blushing Padre is balanced beautifully thanks to time spent aging in tequila barrels.

BLUSHING PADRE“We found out that fruit beers in tequila barrels worked out pretty well during our Más Agave trials a few years back.” Said Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki. “It seemed pretty logical to experiment with some of our other full-flavored fruit creations and Blushing Monk immediately came to mind. Spending a year in the tequila barrels softened some of the sweet/tart expressions from the raspberries, took the edge off of the clove and banana characters from the Belgian yeast and added an extra layer of complexity from the oak and tequila, creating a bold yet balanced drinking experience.”

The taproom Mothership Series is an ultra-limited, brew team favorite beer series originally only available at the Founders taprooms…until now. Whether it is an old standby brought out of retirement or an experimental new style, it’s sure to go quickly. The previous Mothership beers have included: Detroit, Double IPA, Devil Dancer, French Toast Bastard, Oktoberfest, Pale Joe, Mucho Lupu, Cerise, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Panther Cub, MF Donkey Stout, Sleeper Cell and Red’s Rye IPA.

Blushing Padre (10.8%) will have a retail price of $20/6-pack and will be available in bottles and on draft. The beer will be available at the Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on July 15, and across the distribution network except for MS and UT.

 

About Founders Brewing Co.

Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 10 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

solera

The foeder-aged ale utilizes a technique that blends old and young into an ever-evolving beer

 

Holland, Mich.  — New Holland Brewing Company has announced the next member of the Dragon’s Milk family, Dragon’s Milk Solera, a 10% ABV foeder-aged ale that emphasizes the passage of time. By implementing a method where a flow of fresh beer influences the base solera, Dragon’s Milk Solera achieves a drinking experience that’s simultaneously consistent and ever-changing.

soleraThe solera aging method could best be described as fractional blending. Beginning with a master batch, New Holland ages Dragon’s Milk Solera in massive oak foeders and gradually pulls down the line until reaching the final foeder, blending a pool of beer from different generations. The beer’s average age will increase before hitting an eventual equilibrium, becoming more layered and complex. Each pull from the solera will contain a small bit of the original batch, allowing Dragon’s Milk fans to follow this beer as it evolves.

“We plan to label each batch with the pull number so drinkers can join us on the journey,” Brand Manager Dominic Berquist said. “The aging and blending brings our brewers and cellarman a new set of challenges, but they have more than risen to the occasion and we’re very excited by the results.”

In a glass, Dragon’s Milk Solera presents a gorgeous mahogany hue. An oaky and subtly sweet nose draws the drinker in for a sip where beguiling flavors of caramel, toffee and fig coalesce into a beer best savored amongst good company. Crack open a couple with friends and watch the Dragon’s Milk legend unfold.

“We’ve researched the history and lore behind the term ‘Dragon’s Milk’ and have actually found references to it as early as the mid-1500s in England,” Bergquist said. “Dragon’s Milk was used to describe a wide variety of potent ales and elixirs that were worthy of celebration, and Solera absolutely lives up to that expectation. It’s an exciting new chapter in the legend of Dragon’s Milk and we can’t wait for our fans to try this brew.”

Dragon’s Milk Solera will be available year round in four-pack 12 oz bottles and on draft in select states beginning in August. A limited amount of this beer will be available for online pre-order starting at 11am on July 18. The release coincides with another New Holland brand, Hazy River, a one hundred percent Citra-hopped New England Style IPA with a huge citrus aroma and taste.

Pick up will take place at the Knickerbocker and New Holland production facility on Saturday, August 1 from 11-6pm. For more information on Dragon’s Milk Solera and the pre-order, please visit www.dragonsmilk.com.

 

About Dragon’s Milk

Throughout the ages, Dragon’s Milk has been a term used to describe potent ales and elixirs worthy of a celebration, a reward at the end of the journey. New Holland Brewing Co. is proud to continue that tradition today with the Dragon’s Milk family of brands. What began as a single barrel in the back of the brewhouse in 2001 has now become a line of legendary brews, including Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, the #1 best selling stout in America. For more information, visit www.dragonsmilk.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

black is beautiful

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery is proud to announce that it has joined the Black is Beautiful initiative; an effort to help bring awareness to the injustices many people of color face daily.

The Black is Beautiful initiative originated with Marcus Baskerville, founder and head brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing based in San Antonio. Originally planned as a Weathered Souls-only release, Baskerville was encouraged to expand his reach and make the recipe and label artwork available to all.

“We all have some work to do, Bell’s included, and we are committed to that. It starts on an individual level. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to continue this conversation and help drive real change,” Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery said.

There are currently more than 700 breweries from across the globe committed to this initiative.

Bell’s version of the Weathered Souls Imperial Stout recipe will be released in 6-pack bottles exclusively at Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo and Upper Hand Brewery Taproom in August.

“Our mission is to bridge the gap that’s been around for ages and provide a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color. We are asking for all breweries and brewers far and wide to raise a glass with us in unison and participate in this collaboration,” a statement on the Black is Beautiful website reads.

As part of this initiative, Bell’s will make donations to two local Black-led organizations; the Kalamazoo NAACP and Face Off Theatre.

This collaboration brew, while sharing some of the same values, is not part of Bell’s Celebration Series. That series, which empowers different groups within the company that makes Bell’s what it is, will continue later this year with another beer designed and brewed by Bell’s employees.

That next release, which will come from and celebrate Bell’s Black and African American employees, will be released in the fall.

Previous brews have celebrated International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, the LGBTQ+ community and veterans.

Additional details about Bell’s participation in the Black is Beautiful initiative will be announced as they become available on Bell’s website and social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Upper Hand Brewery is a division of Bell’s Brewery, located in Escanaba, Michigan.

 

ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that distributes to 41 states, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

delta series

News series is inspired by the local brewing history

 

ESCANABA, Mich. – Upper Hand Brewery is proud to announce the upcoming release of its Delta Series, six beers inspired by the historical Delta Brewing Company.

The beers, which will be available in cans and on draft, are based on real brands and styles brewed by Delta Brewing Company in the City of Escanaba between 1933 and 1940.  The cans feature artistic elements from the original beer labels and descriptions based on newspaper advertisements found in the archives of the Delta County Historical Society.

“We have been inspired by the rich history of brewing in Escanaba since we opened Upper Hand in 2014,” said Upper Hand Brewery Director, Sam Reese.  “These Delta Brewing brands really captured a time and place that isn’t altogether unfamiliar today, and in a lot of ways, they accomplished what we have always tried to do from our onset, which is to establish the U.P. as an iconic place to both brew and enjoy great beer.”

“After digging through the archives at the Delta County Historical Society, we saw an opportunity to resurrect some of these prohibition-era styles and present them to a new audience of beer lovers using some old-world ingredients and methods we don’t usually explore.”

The first brand in the Delta Series, Peninsula Pride, ships throughout Delta, Alger, Schoolcraft, and Luce counties beginning June 15, 2020.  The remaining brands—including Pioneer Extra Pale, Arctic Club, Hunter Special, Buckingham Ale, and Old Delta Bock—will be released progressively through the end of the year.

Delta Brewing Company’s Victorian-style commercial building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, is located at 1615 Ludington St. in downtown Escanaba.

 

ABOUT PENINSULA PRIDE CREAM ALE:

Clean, light, and classic with a snappy modern hop foundation.

4.6% alcohol by volume

Available in 12oz cans

Shipping the week of June 15, 2020

ABOUT PIONEER EXTRA PALE CLASSIC AMERICAN PILSNER:

Pre-prohibition-style American Pilsner with floor-malted Bohemian malt and old-world hop varietals.

5.2% alcohol by volume

Available on draft and in 12oz cans

Shipping the week of July 20, 2020

ABOUT ARCTIC CLUB ICE BEER:

Dry, bubbly, light-colored lager with mildly elevated ABV.  A peak summer celebratory specialty.

6.0% alcohol by volume

Available on draft and in 12oz cans

Shipping the week of August 31, 2020

 

ABOUT HUNTER SPECIAL BAVARIAN-STYLE LAGER:

Balanced and refreshing Festbier featuring premium Bavarian hops and malt.

5.5% alcohol by volume

Available on draft and in 12oz cans

Shipping the week of October 12, 2020

ABOUT BUCKINGHAM ALE ENGLISH MILD:

Low ABV, moderately malty, sociable, historically-accurate English pub-style ale.

3.8% alcohol by volume

Available on draft and in 12oz cans

Shipping the week of November 23, 2020

ABOUT OLD DELTA BOCK BEER:

Malty, mid-sweet brown lager with a sturdy ABV.  The traditional and renowned mid-winter accompaniment.

6.5% alcohol by volume

Available on draft and in 12oz cans

Shipping the week of January 4, 2021

 

ABOUT UPPER HAND BREWERY: 

Upper Hand Brewery is a crew of hikers, campers, dog-walkers, anglers, hunters, bikers, and folks that just want to get out there. We believe that life’s mission is to do what you love, where you love, with the people you love. For us, that means brewing the best beer we can, in the best place on Earth: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

We put a lot of thought into brewing beer that reflects what we love about where we live. We have the unique opportunity to try and capture an experience—a sense of place—in each and every beer, and we take it seriously. That’s not to say we don’t have a lot of fun. The U.P. is full of adventures and we love making beer that makes those adventures even better.

A little more about us: our founder—Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery—had always dreamed of opening a brewery in the Upper Peninsula. Little clues of those dreams can be found in many of the classic Bell’s brands, which pay tribute to the U.P. in their names and label artwork. His dream became a reality when we broke ground on our 20-barrel brewhouse in 2013, and we haven’t looked back since.

Find Upper Hand Brewery online at www.upperhandbrewery.com, as well as FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

cerise

Available exclusively throughout Michigan in late June

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Founders Brewing Co. has announced Cerise as the next release in the ‘Brewed for MI’ Series. Cerise is a ruby red, cherry ale brewed with 100% tart, Michigan cherries. Brewed as a celebration of the official state fruit, Cerise is as close you’ll get to tasting the real thing without picking it off the tree. This Michigan-exclusive release will raise awareness for Fair and Equal Michigan, a growing coalition of grassroots citizens, LGBTQ groups, business, political and philanthropic leaders that have joined together to help prohibit discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

cerise“We’re absolutely thrilled to bring back one of our first fruit forward beers,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “Cerise isn’t one of those subtle, just a hint, fruit beers – it’s packed full of Michigan cherries. It’s well-balanced with the perfect amount of sweet and tart. We’re proud that this beer celebrates people and from all backgrounds and beliefs and helps raise awareness for Fair and Equal Michigan.”

Cerise (5.7% ABV) has long been a favorite taproom by employees and fans alike. It was last released in 2019 as a Mothership Series. It will be available for $10/6-pack cans in our Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms in late June/early July (final date TBD). Cerise will be available in limited quantities in Michigan accounts beginning in late June.

Each release in the Brewed for MI Series aims to raise awareness for Michigan-based non-profits through Founders corporate giving platform, The Big Pitcher. All causes Founders supports fall under three categories: Social Justice, Environment and Arts & Culture and range from local, MI-based organizations to those that operate on a national-level. The ‘Brewed for MI’ Series is Michigan-exclusive series include a lineup of three different beer releases throughout the year. The Brewed for MI Series beers have included Red’s Rye IPA. One more release in the series will be announced later this year.

About Founders Brewing Co.

Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 10 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a member of the Michigan Brewers Guild.