Founders Brewing Company

Founders Brewing Company

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Website
https://foundersbrewing.com/
Phone
616-776-1195
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
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Founded
1997
BREWERY TYPE
Production - Regional
Address
235 Grandville SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA
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Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery–which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought to live it hard, without regrets. After some initial challenges, due to making well balanced but unremarkable beers, we were on the verge of bankruptcy. It was at this point that the original Founders team decided to brew the kind of beer that got them excited about brewing in the first place: complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor. The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.” We at Founders Brewing Co. have been lucky to evolve into one of the highest recognized breweries in the United States. We have been ranked in the top breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com for the last five years, and we have several beers listed in the top one hundred beers of the world on Beeradvocate.com. We’ve won six World Beer Cup medals, four European Beer Star medals and three Great American Beer Festival medals—thirteen medals total across eight different beers. We are proud to be doing what we’re doing. We give credit to our staff for continuously working to reinvent what beer can be and thanks to our many customers for whom we work to provide world-class beers.
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IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Exceed $34 Billion in 2017

IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Exceed $34 Billion in 2017

U.S. beer volume sales were roughly flat in 2017, according to retail data provider IRI Worldwide. The market research firm, which tracks category-wide sales trends at off-premise retailers, reported that total U.S. beer dollar sales topped $34 billion in the firm’s multi-outlet and convenience (MULC) universe of stores (grocery, drug, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military).

Up 34 Percent, Founders Brewing Eyes 625,000 Barrels in 2018

Up 34 Percent, Founders Brewing Eyes 625,000 Barrels in 2018

Propelled by the continued growth of flagship session offering All Day IPA, Founders Brewing reported this week that it would produce approximately 468,000 barrels of beer in 2017, up from about 348,000 last year. The Michigan-based craft brewery, which sold a 30 percent stake to Spain’s Mahou San Miguel Brewery in late 2014, and now ranks as the ninth largest brewery in the U.S., was “pleasantly surprised” to exceed its initial projections, co-founder and CEO Mike Stevens told Brewbound.

IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Flat Through Early December

IRI Worldwide: US Beer Sales Flat Through Early December

As the end of 2017 draws near, U.S. beer volume sales remain roughly flat, according to recent data from Chicago-based market research firm IRI Worldwide. IRI, which tracks beer sales at off-premise retailers, reported that total beer sales through the first 11 months of 2017 exceeded $31.8 billion in the firm’s multi-outlet and convenience. Through December 3, U.S. beer volume sales declined 0.5 percent while total beer dollar sales increased 1.1 percent.

Founders Brewing Releases 2018 Availability Calendar

Founders Brewing Releases 2018 Availability Calendar

Founders has unveiled their 2018 availability calendar, which includes a full list of beers that are set to release in the new year. The list includes year-round beer announcements, seasonal and limited series returns and the return of Founders Barrel-Aged Series. Founders will keep select beers confidential until their release, including four new releases in the Barrel-Aged Series.

Avery Brewing Sells 30 Percent Stake to Mahou San Miguel

Avery Brewing Sells 30 Percent Stake to Mahou San Miguel

Colorado’s Avery Brewing today announced the sale of a 30 percent stake to Mahou San Miguel, a Spanish brewing company founded in Madrid in 1890. Specific terms of the deal, which is expected to close in January 2018, were not disclosed.

Founders Brewing to Bottle Canadian Breakfast Stout

Founders Brewing to Bottle Canadian Breakfast Stout

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.

Beer Execs Discuss E-Commerce, Cannabis at Beer Marketer’s Insights Seminar

Beer Execs Discuss E-Commerce, Cannabis at Beer Marketer’s Insights Seminar

E-commerce retail sales are approaching $400 billion dollars, but a mere 0.2 percent of beer — or about 3.5 million cases — was purchased online last year, according to Heineken CEO Ronald den Elzen. Den Elzen, presenting to more than 200 beer industry professionals attending yesterday’s Beer Marketer’s Insights seminar in New York City, called the shift away from brick-and-mortar purchases a “retail revolution.” By 2021, den Elzen projected that online beer sales will grow to 2.4 percent, to 53 million cases.

Founders Brewing to Release Backwoods Bastard

Founders Brewing to Release Backwoods Bastard

Founders Brewing Co. announced today that they will release Backwoods Bastard this month as the fifth installment of the Barrel-Aged Series. A classic Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels, Backwoods Bastard debuted in 2005 when Founders first started experimenting with aging beer in barrels. Starting in 2007, Backwoods Bastard was also the first beer Founders matured in the former gypsum mine caves that now house more than 7,000 barrels of this experimental range.


Year Round Beers

Beer Name Style
Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale Fruit Beer
All Day IPA Session Beer
Bolt Cutter Barley Wine
Double Trouble Imperial IPA
Nemesis Wheat Ale
Backwoods Bastard Scottish Ale
Harvest Ale American IPA
Curmudgeon Ale
Cerise Unknown
KBS / Kentucky Breakfast Stout Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout Imperial Stout
Porter Porter
Red's Rye PA Rye
Pale Ale Pale Ale
Centennial IPA American IPA
Dirty Bastard Scottish Ale
Breakfast Stout Imperial Stout
Canadian Breakfast Stout Stout
Devil Dancer Imperial IPA
Abbey

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