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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.

Founders Brewing Co. Launches KBS Week 2014 in Celebration of Beer City USA

Grand Rapids Brewery Announces Five-Day Celebration of their greatly anticiapted annual release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout..

Eric Strader
Posted on Feb. 14, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

Founders KBS (imperial stout aged in oak bourbon barrels, 11.2% ABV, IBUs 70) is on many "best of" beer lists and most recently was named as one of Rate Beer's top beers in the world, as well as the best stout in the world by Rate Beer.  It is a limited release that can quite often be difficult to come by.  Traditionally, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles do make it into Indiana, but most bottle shops limit purchases to just a couple of bottles per person.  There is a lot of hype behind this beer, but it certainly is merited.  It is an awesome beer, and if possible I encourage you to pick up a bottle.  I would imagine that there will be a few places around Michiana that will also offer this treat on tap when it is released.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., February 14, 2014 – Founders Brewing Co. is happy to announce that they’re doing something a bit different for their release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) this year. The beer will be available starting April 1 across the brewery’s distribution footprint, but visitors to and residents of Grand Rapids will be able to enjoy it March 18–22.


KBS is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolates that ages in oak bourbon barrels for a year in the caves beneath Grand Rapids. RateBeer.com users recently ranked it the best beer in the world.


Bottles of KBS available for pickup in the Founders taproom will be released using a pre-ticketed reservation process on EventBrite. Bottles can be reserved beginning on Saturday, March 1, at 11am EST, and they will be available for pickup March 18–22. Ticket proceeds will go toward Grand Rapids Whitewater. 


What’s new this year is Founders has decided to open up the release so that people coming to Grand Rapids for KBS can enjoy all of Beer City USA. Fifteen Founders-supporting craft-beer-centric bars and restaurants in the Grand Rapids area are each tapping a keg of KBS on a day and time of their choosing between March 18 and 21. KBS Week will culminate with the Founders taproom release party, where KBS will be poured all day on Saturday, March 22.


“We’re excited to turn the release of KBS into something that extends beyond the walls of Founders,” said Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand Dave Engbers. “KBS Week allows beer enthusiasts to celebrate the release of this beer with some of the retailers that make the West Michigan beer community so special.”


Ten 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.


Bottles of KBS will be available in the greater Grand Rapids area starting on March 25.


For full KBS Week details, head to kbsweek.com.



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 30 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 and the Brewers Association. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com.

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