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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., – Founders Brewing Co. announced today that they will release Curmudgeon’s Better Half as the fifth installment in the 2018 Barrel-Aged Series. Curmudgeon’s Better Half, an old ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, is preceded by Dankwood, Backwoods Bastard, KBS and Barrel Runner in the series. This marks the first time the beer has been bottled since 2012.

What tames an old ale like Curmudgeon? The tender embrace of oak and sweet maple, that’s what. That’s right, Curmudgeon’s Better Half features the brewery’s recently retired old ale, Curmudgeon, as the base beer. Aged for months in bourbon barrels that have previously held maple syrup, the result is sweet, rich and utterly delicious.

“We’re tasked with bringing out a handful of new barrel-aged beers a year and some of them may be new inventions and others, like Curmudgeon’s Better Half, will be hits from the past,” said VP of PPIL/ Barrel Maestro, Jason Heystek. “This was a beer that needed to get back into the rotation.”

Curmudgeon’s Better Half will be available in 4-packs of 12oz bottles, 750mL bottles and on draft in the Grand Rapids and Detroit taproom beginning on August 24 and everywhere else later that month. It will have an SRP of $16.99/4-pack and $12.99/750mL bottle although prices will vary by market. 12.7% ABV and 35 IBUs.

“The flavor profile of Curmudgeon’s Better Half has lots of rich specialty grains, toasted malts, caramel malts, and, of course, the perfect hop balance” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “After that it spends some time in bourbon barrel which gives you vanilla and coconuts tones and the maple gives you the perfect amount of sweetness.”

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 proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild.

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.

 

11.9% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Malty brown with reddish hue. Sediment-filled with about a half inch of head.
Aroma: Huge nose full of maple syrup and bourbon. Big sweetness factor with the molasses.
Taste: Bourbon on the tongue at first sip. Sugary finish with another round of booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium and sweet body. A malty calmness in the middle of the beer.

Released in February 2012, Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the third issue in the brewery’s Backstage Series. The sweetness makes this ale incredibly deceiving on the ABV front. The bourbon fades into the syrupiness and vice versa, making this well-balanced, high gravity old ale. Much like the aromatic qualities of the ale, the taste combination of syrup, bourbon and molasses are in your face (and mouth). Better Half’s harmonious elements make it a first rate contribution by Founders.

11.9% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Malty brown with reddish hue. Sediment-filled with about a half inch of head.
Aroma: Huge nose full of maple syrup and bourbon. Big sweetness factor with the molasses.
Taste: Bourbon on the tongue at first sip. Sugary finish with another round of booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium and sweet body. A malty calmness in the middle of the beer.
Released in February 2012, Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the third issue in the brewery’s Backstage Series. The sweetness makes this ale incredibly deceiving on the ABV front. The bourbon fades into the syrupiness and vice versa, making this well-balanced, high gravity old ale. Much like the aromatic qualities of the ale, the taste combination of syrup, bourbon and molasses are in your face (and mouth). Better Half’s harmonious elements make it a first rate contribution by Founders.

Founders Brewing Co. is becoming the place to go for experimental, limited and rare release beers. So there was no doubt in my mind that Curmudgeon’s Better Half, the third release in Founders’ Backstage Series lineup, would be anything but successful.

A re-branding of the beer formerly known as Kaiser’s Curmudgeon, the beer was previously only served at Founders’ taproom and in extremely limited draft distribution. Curmudgeon is brewed with molasses and aged in oak and becomes “Better Half” after aging for 254 days in bourbon barrels that have more recently been aging in Michigan maple syrup.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half was released in 750-milliliter bottles on Feb. 13 — just in time for Valentine’s Day — and was sold out by 3 p.m. that same day.

First trying it on tap, and then in bottle form, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that this brew wasn’t as thick or heavy as Founders’ previous release, Canadian Breakfast Stout. While it held some similar flavor profiles, Curmudgeon’s Better Half had a unique, lighter flair to it, not often found in limited release brews.

Pouring a cloudy copper color with a low head, Curmudgeon’s Better Half is a reminder of all things sweet — you can immediately smell brown sugar, raisins, caramel and molasses.

Maple syrup dominates the palate, along with vanilla, nut, bourbon and caramel. It’s best described as a “good sipping beer,” as a slight burn flavor comes through, but otherwise it is very sweet. There’s a mild carbonation, yet this is a creamy and silky brew. And despite it holding 11.9% ABV, Curmudgeon’s Better Half is surprisingly easy to drink, with only a minor bitterness at the end.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half can be compared to a sweet breakfast of doughnuts, waffles or pancakes. The sweetness blew me away, though it was surprisingly well balanced. This is a memorable beer without a doubt, and it forces you to savor each saccharine sip.

Founders Brewing Co. is becoming the place to go for experimental, limited and rare release beers. So there was no doubt in my mind that Curmudgeon’s Better Half, the third release in Founders’ Backstage Series lineup, would be anything but successful.
A re-branding of the beer formerly known as Kaiser’s Curmudgeon, the beer was previously only served at Founders’ taproom and in extremely limited draft distribution. Curmudgeon is brewed with molasses and aged in oak and becomes “Better Half” after aging for 254 days in bourbon barrels that have more recently been aging in Michigan maple syrup.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half was released in 750-milliliter bottles on Feb. 13 — just in time for Valentine’s Day — and was sold out by 3 p.m. that same day.
First trying it on tap, and then in bottle form, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that this brew wasn’t as thick or heavy as Founders’ previous release, Canadian Breakfast Stout. While it held some similar flavor profiles, Curmudgeon’s Better Half had a unique, lighter flair to it, not often found in limited release brews.
Pouring a cloudy copper color with a low head, Curmudgeon’s Better Half is a reminder of all things sweet — you can immediately smell brown sugar, raisins, caramel and molasses.
Maple syrup dominates the palate, along with vanilla, nut, bourbon and caramel. It’s best described as a “good sipping beer,” as a slight burn flavor comes through, but otherwise it is very sweet. There’s a mild carbonation, yet this is a creamy and silky brew. And despite it holding 11.9% ABV, Curmudgeon’s Better Half is surprisingly easy to drink, with only a minor bitterness at the end.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half can be compared to a sweet breakfast of doughnuts, waffles or pancakes. The sweetness blew me away, though it was surprisingly well balanced. This is a memorable beer without a doubt, and it forces you to savor each saccharine sip.


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