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Founders announced their 2017 availability calendar today, confirming several momentous changes to the brewery’s lineup. The year ahead also holds significant importance as the brewery’s 20th anniversary year.

Beginning in 2017, Founders will launch 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.

Details about three of the additional beers in the series will come later in the year, but today the brewery announced the first release, Frootwood.

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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 plans to release it in the taproom on January 25, 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.

foundersFounders will also release their entire seasonal lineup in 15-pack cans, in addition to 6-pack bottles, beginning with Azacca IPA in January 2017, though some regions may see it even sooner. Azacca IPA will be available January – March; PC Pils will be available April – August; Mosaic Promise will be available September – December.

foundersAll Day IPA will also be offered in a new package, a 19.2oz single-serve can, beginning in early 2017. All Day IPA has seen tremendous growth since it was first packaged back in 2012 and that momentum informed the brewery’s decision to begin canning it in 2013. Founders has since been the first in craft to release the 15-pack of cans with All Day IPA and looks to expand upon its success with the 19.2oz single-serve can format, which customers can expect to find at venues like convenience stores, ballparks and arenas.

“We are amazed at what 2017 looks like for the brewery,” says Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers. “Mike and I see the launch of the Barrel-Aged Series and the continued growth of All Day IPA as the culmination of years of hard work and sticking to our guns. We can’t think of a better way to kick-off our 20th anniversary.”

The 2017 calendar also reflects the departure of Pale Ale and Devil Dancer. Pale Ale Nitro will still be available on draft across the brewery’s distribution footprint.

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COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery’s 2017 release calendar features archive favorites, a new bottled beer and quite a few specialties.

“We have a lot of exciting plans for next year and we wanted to give our fans and partners a preview,” Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President and Co-owner said.

Mars, The Bringer of War, will return for its second appearance. Mars was part of Bell’s limited seven-part Planets Series, inspired by the music of Gustav Holst. This Double IPA will see greater distribution than in 2014, but will still be limited. It will ship in April.

Hell Hath No Fury … Ale, a Belgian-inspired Dark Ale, will also return from the Bell’s archive in September.

Bell's“A few of our favorites will be taking a break, but aren’t being permanently retired,” she said.

We also reserve the right to add a few surprises, she added.

As previously announced, Am I Right or Amarillo, an American IPA made with 100% Amarillo® hops, will ship exclusively to Texas when Bell’s launches its 31st state in early March.

A Bell’s specialty stout will also make its debut in bottles in the fall. Additional details about that beer will be announced at a later date.

Oberon, Bell’s seasonal American wheat ale, will return on March 27, giving fans an eagerly awaited first taste of summer. Five-liter mini-kegs will start shipping in May. Oberon will be the only Bell’s beer to be released in mini-kegs next year.

Year round beers (Amber, Two Hearted, Third Coast Beer, Oatsmobile, Oarsman, Lager of the Lakes, Kalamazoo Stout and Porter) and other Bell’s seasonals (Smitten, Best Brown and Winter White) will all return.

 Other returning Bell’s specialties:

  • JANUARY: Hopslam (12 oz. cans and draught)
  • FEBRUARY: Consecrator Doppelbock (12 oz. bottles and draught)
  • MAY: Pooltime – Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale brewed with cherry juice (12 oz. cans and draught)
  • JUNE: Quinannan Falls India Pale Lager (12 oz. cans and draught)
  • SEPTEMBER: Octoberfest Beer (12 oz. bottles and draught)
  • SEPTEMBER: Special Double Cream Stout (12 oz. bottles and draught)
  • SEPTEMBER: Roundhouse India Red Ale (12 oz. cans and draught)
  • SEPTEMBER: Expedition Stout (12 oz. bottles and draught)
  • SEPTEMBER: Third Coast Old Ale (12 oz. bottles and draught)
  • NOVEMBER: Cherry Stout (12 oz. bottles and draught)
  • NOVEMBER: Christmas Ale (12 oz. bottles and draught)
  • DECEMBER: Eccentric Ale (12 oz. bottles and draught) – Bell’s General Store and Eccentric Café release only (Kalamazoo)

For more information and for updates, keep an eye on Bell’s website, bellsbeer.com, or join them on social media.

 

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

 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Founders Brewing Co. announced today that it will release PC Pils, an American-hopped Pilsner, as part of their 2016 seasonal lineup. PC Pils will also be the first beer released in 15-pack cans since All Day IPA.

Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable, PC Pils is Founders’ take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, Founders elected to brew PC Pils with their favorite flavor-packed American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics.

“PC Pils will be a great seasonal offering to support our six year-round packaged products. We are really excited to offer PC in the 15-pack can package and we hope to see the beer enthusiasts rejoice at the news. We definitely did,” says Founders Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers.

PC Pils joins two other favorites as part of Founders’ seasonal lineup, the tropical hop delight Azacca IPA and single-hop darling Mosaic Promise.

PC Pils will be available across Founders’ distribution network in 6-pack bottles and 15-pack cans beginning October 1st, with some markets seeing it as early as September. It will have a suggested retail price of $9.99 for 6-pack bottles and $17.99 for 15-pack cans.