Following a successful KBS launch week in Grand Rapids, Founders Brewing Co.’s highly acclaimed 2017 Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is now available across the state of Michigan. KBS will be available across the remainder of Founders’ distribution footprint beginning on April 1.
KBS is an imperial stout brewed with massive amounts of coffee and chocolate and aged in oak bourbon barrels in caves that were at one time gypsum mines, beneath Grand Rapids. One of the craft world’s most prized annual releases, KBS consistently ranks as one of the highest rated beers in the world. KBS is also the inspiration for Founders’ Barrel-Aged Series, a line-up of six barrel-aged beers available throughout the year.
“KBS is a reflection of who we are as a company and the mark we hope we’ve made with extreme brewing,” said Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers. “Fifteen years ago it debuted as an experiment with no agenda; a beer that no one asked for and initially, one that no-one wanted. The impact of KBS on brewing culture has always exceeded anything we imagined. It’s a perfect example of the innovation that people love about craft, and to labors of love like our Barrel-Aged series that have attained real recognition as a result of KBS.”
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.
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.