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new hollandHolland, Mich. — New Holland Brewing will release a new addition to theirDragon’s Milk Reserve program in April. This time, brewers tried a classic flavor pairing on Dragon’s Milk’s bourbon barrel stout canvas: Cherry Chocolate.

The beer will be available in New Holland pubs starting April 13. It will hit store shelves and across their bar and restaurant distribution footprint on April 16. Consumers can look forward to a rich stout that balances creamy chocolate flavors with a delightful cherry tartness.

“Chocolate is a flavor that is already present in Dragon’s Milk when it comes out of the barrel, but we’re able to play that up and really bring out the wonderful chocolate smoothness. Obviously, that just couples extremely well with the cherry flavor,” said New Holland Vice President of Sales Joel Petersen. “That combination plays nicely against the backbone of this beer.”

For most breweries, a bourbon barrel stout clocking in at 11 percent ABV is a limited release. New Holland Brewing works hard to make Dragon’s Milk available year round. The Reserve series is a chance for brewers and consumers alike to see the favorite beer in a new light.

“I think Dragon’s Milk speaks for itself. It’s a strong beer that our customers love on its own,” said Petersen. “The Dragon’s Milk Reserve program gives us the platform to build on that strong base and create a variety of exciting new flavor experiences.”

“The Reserve series allows our brewers to express their creativity,” said New Holland Brewing President Brett VanderKamp. “We continue to be amazed at the ways Dragon’s Milk can play with different flavors.”

New Holland Brewing welcomes those interested in learning more about Dragon’s Milk or the process to attend a tour where Dragon’s Milk is being brewed and cellared.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Founders Brewing Co. has announced the fifth annual KBS Week in Grand Rapids and the first-ever KBS Week in Detroit in honor of the 2018 release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS). KBS will be on tap at various Grand Rapids and Detroit locations from March 5 – 10, as well as at Founders taproom release parties on March 10 in both cities. KBS will be available in Michigan as of March 12 and across the remainder of Founders’ 46-state distribution on March 30.

“When we started brewing KBS about 16 years ago, very few other breweries were doing anything like it,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “The first few packaged runs were difficult to get off of our hands as there wasn’t much interest in a bourbon barrel-aged coffee-chocolate imperial stout, which seems pretty crazy these days. It has since become a phenomenon and we are happy to celebrate its annual release with the people of Grand Rapids and now, for the first time ever, our loyal fans in Detroit. Here’s to continuing beloved traditions and starting new ones!”

KBS is an imperial stout brewed with massive amounts of coffee and chocolate before aging in oak bourbon barrels in caves beneath Grand Rapids and at an offsite barrel-aging facility. KBS is the first installment of Founders Barrel-Aged Series, a lineup of six barrel-aged beers set to release throughout 2018. Newly announced year-round Backwoods Bastard, ranked as one of the highest rated beers in the world according to Ratebeer, will follow KBS in the series.

Celebrate KBS Week 2018

Where to Find: KBS Week began in response to the beer’s overwhelming global notoriety and a desire to share that with the West Michigan beer-loving community. This year, ten loyal bars and restaurant in the Grand Rapids and Detroit areas will tap a keg of KBS during a designated time slot the week of March 5-10. KBS Week will culminate with official release parties in both the Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on Saturday, March 10. KBS will be poured all day.

Visit Grand Rapids for KBS Week: In addition to the taproom release parties and keg tappings around Grand Rapids and Detroit, a handful of Grand Rapids-area hotels will be offering KBS week packages—including discounted room rates, limited edition gear in rooms and more—with information available on the Experience Grand Rapids website. For full KBS Week details, head to kbsweek.com.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 6, 2017 – Founders announced today that they will release Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), an imperial coffee chocolate stout aged in maple bourbon barrels, as the final release in the 2017 Barrel-Aged Series. Last bottled in 2011, CBS is one of the most sought-after releases in the world.

“Well, the rumors are true. CBS will make its long-awaited return this December,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “It would be irresponsible for us to not release CBS again. The beer enthusiasts who have supported our brands throughout the years are vocal and their message is heard loud and clear. We could not be happier to bring back this beloved beer… they speak, we listen.”

The highly anticipated beer was first brewed after Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki stumbled upon bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. Adding the same base beer as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), CBS was born. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in this barrel-aged beer to create a transcendental drinking experience.

CBS is the sixth and final release in the brewery’s leading-edge Barrel-Aged Series, preceded by FrootwoodKBSDoomDKML, and Backwoods Bastard. CBS will be available in all markets as well as in the Founders Brewing Co. taproom on draft and in 750mL bottles beginning on December 1. CBS will have a suggested retail price of $24.99/750mL bottle.

 

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 20 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.

About the Barrel-Aged Series
Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.

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Comstock Park, Mich. – Perrin Malted Milk Ball is back. On Saturday, September 9th Perrin Brewing released Malted Milk Ball and it is available at the Perrin Pub on draft and 22oz bottles.

Perrin Pub Club members had the opportunity to purchase their bottles an hour early. Members had to bring their Pub Club Membership card to gain access an hour early. Malted Milk Ball was released in 22oz bottles and on draft for 8oz pours inside of the pub.

When the Malted Milk Ball was first released in 2012, the RateBeer online ratings were a high score of 98 for Overall and 90 for Style categories.

Malted Milk Ball, a 12% Imperial Porter is brewed with lactose and spiced with vanilla and cacao nibs then laid down and aged in Woodford Reserve Oak bourbon barrels for 9 months. Michigan distribution in the market for Malted Milk Ball is set for Monday, September 25th.

Paying homage to one of Perrin’s favorite treats, they are pleased to offer a malt beverage crafted to fulfill the chocolatey, sweet flavor profile of a malted milk ball.

 

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Kicking off their 20th anniversary year, Founders will release Frootwood, a cherry ale aged in oak barrels that have previously held both bourbon and maple syrup, as the first release in their Barrel-Aged Series.

At the end of last year, Founders announced the early-2017 launch of a brand new series that celebrates their highly regarded barrel-aging program, which is responsible for popular beers like KBS and Backwoods Bastard. Throughout the year, they will be releasing six different barred-aged beers, including KBS in April 2017 and Backwoods Bastard in November 2017. Frootwood leads off the series.

Frootwood is a cherry ale aged in oak barrels that have previously held both bourbon and maple syrup. Frootwood will be available in some states as early as January, with remaining states seeing it by February. Founders will release it in the taproom on January 13, 2017 and it will have a suggested retail price of $14.99/4-pack and $11.99/750mL bottle. The entire Barrel-Aged Series lineup will be offered in both 750mL bottles and 4-packs of 12oz bottles.

“A light-bodied cherry ale is probably not the first thing that comes to someone’s mind when they consider a barrel-aged beer,” said Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers. “We love playing with expectations and Frootwood is proof of that.”

Founders will announce the remaining three releases in the Barrel-Aged Series later in the year.

 

ROCHESTER, Mich – Rochester Mills Vice President of Brewing Operations, Eric Briggeman announces the debut of the Rochester Mills Barrel Aged Series, a limited edition of barrel-aged versions of four of the most popular beers from their Production Brewery in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The four beers that were chosen for this series include Rochester Red Ale, Michigan Maple Brown Ale, Imperial Milkshake Stout and last year’s Winter Seasonal Ale. For this release, the beers have been renamed “Righteous, Euphorious, Magnificent & Splendiferous”, respectively. All of the beers were aged for varying times in Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey Oak Barrels. The cans of the Barrel Aged Series have been produced in limited quantities, with only 5,000 variety four packs containing one of each beer.r

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They will be available through select retailers statewide in Michigan, Northern Ohio, the West Coast of Florida and, of course, at the Brewpub in downtown Rochester. The collectible can variety four packs will also be available on a first come, first served basis for a one day only purchase event. Beginning at noon on Friday, October 28 in the Rochester Mills production brewery tasting room,  all four will be served on draft – giving patrons an opportunity to try them before they buy them.

“We wanted to allow head brewer Tom Hudak and the team at the Production Brewery the opportunity to embrace the process of barrel-aged experimentation,” explains Eric Briggeman. “As a growing Michigan craft beer brand we have focused primarily on producing consistent core beers, and the opportunity to produce rare beer offerings in small batches was limited to tap takeovers, festivals and special pub events. With the Barrel Aged series we have dedicated additional resources to allow these beers exposure to a broader base of craft beer lovers.”

ROCHESTER MILLS BARREL AGED SERIES PURCHASE EVENT:
Date: Friday, October 28th, 2016
Time: Noon – 8pm
Address: 3275 Lapeer West Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
Admission: Free
Cost: $18 per Four-Pack of 16 oz. cans

ROCHESTER MILLS RIGHTEOUS ALE:
Batch No.: 510
Base Beer: Rochester Red Ale (Irish Red Ale)
ABV: 6.8%
IBU: 19
Proprietary 5 Malt Blend: Pilsner, Dark Crystal, Biscuit, Aromatic and Wheat
Featured Hop(s): Magnum and Michigan Mt. Ranier

ROCHESTER MILLS EUPHORIOUS ALE:
Batch No.: 481
Base Beer: Michigan Maple Brown Ale (Brown Ale)
ABV: 7.7%
IBU: 22
Proprietary 6 Malt Blend: Pilsner, Aromatic, Dark Crystal, Munich, Brown and Chocolate Malt
Featured Hop(s): Magnum and Michigan Mt. Ranier

ROCHESTER MILLS MAGNIFICENT ALE:
Batch No.: 458
Base Beer: Imperial Milkshake Stout (Milk Stout)
ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 24
Proprietary 7 Malt Blend: Pilsner, Chocolate, Brown, Black, Biscuit, Special B and Roasted Barley
Featured Hop(s): Magnum and Michigan Mt. Ranier

ROCHESTER MILLS SPLENDIFEROUS ALE:
Batch No.: 502
Base Beer: 2015 Winter Seasonal Ale (Imperial Amber Ale)
ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 30
Proprietary 5 Malt Blend: Pilsner, Munich, Wheat, Crystal and Black Malt
Featured Hop(s): 100% Michigan Chinook

 

8.7% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Black with a small head.
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla and caramel.
Taste: Strong maple and vanilla flavors. Sweet, but the flavors work very well together.
Mouthfeel: Smooth but strong bodied.

Founders’ Panther Cub, an exclusive for the brewery’s Black Party that took place Saturday, is a smooth, sweet barrel aged brew with lots of character. Aged in maple syrup barrels for a year, this brew features lots of vanilla, as well as the maple flavors that Founders has made famous with its highly exclusive CBS. The smaller ABV makes it a bit more drinkable than your typical barrel aged brews, but the qualities and warmth that define much of Founders’ specialty brews is certainly present in Panther Cub as well.

10.5% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Dark brown, semi-transparent, medium off-white head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma: Bourbon with undertones of wood and vanilla.
Taste: Sweet bourbon forward, followed by an oaky, dry, slightly “hot” finish.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied and smooth, hotter on the tongue the warmer it gets.

Aging ales in bourbon barrels has been all the rage these past several years, but to my knowledge this is the first lager ever put in old whiskey casks, and it yields a surprisingly different beer than we’ve become accustomed to. Gone is the heavy, syrupy experience that comes from the typical barrel-aged stouts and porters; instead, Massacre is a surprisingly delicate, light and smooth beer that packs a distinct but tempered bourbon flavor balanced over its American dark lager base. It also delivers the expected high-ABV kick, although it hides its 10.5% well (at least until it approaches room temperature). A nice change of pace from many of the overly sweet and boozy bourbon brews that have become all too common these days.


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