A month ago, news came that Founders Brewing was going to enter Lousiana. Today, Founders beers are hitting the shelves of local grocers and bottle shops and restaurants and bars are tapping their kegs of this Grand Rapids, Michigan craft brewery. I’ve compiled a list of places in and around Baton Rouge, that you can find Founders brews.
Right now, you’ll be able to find four of their flagship beers in package and draft:
- All Day IPA – Session IPA – The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures. 4.7% ABV and 42 IBUs.
- Dirty Bastard – Scotch Ale – So good it’s almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain’t for the wee lads. 8.5% ABV and 50 IBUs.
- Centennial IPA – India Pale Ale – Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter. 7.2% ABV and 65 IBUs.
- Porter – Porter – Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter. 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs
Each of these is available in 6-pack bottles at retailers like Calandro’s Supermarket, Alexander’s Highland Market, LeBlanc’s Supermarkets, Cuban Liquor, The Beverage Store, and Matherne’s Supermarket. All Day IPA can also be found in a Brewer’s Dozen 15-pack of cans. This is a great option for outdoor activities now that spring has sprung!
These can also be found on tap at The Chimes, The Chimes East, and The Bulldog. The Cove will be putting a one on tap as well.
In addition, Baton Rouge is getting a few specialty kegs. Obviously, the big question everyone wants to know, is “will we get any Kentucky Bourbon Stout (KBS)?” The answer to that is “Yes!”
KBS is is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight. It weighs in at a massive 11.2% ABV.
KBS will be tapped tonight (Thursday) at The Cove beginning at 6:30 PM. If you can’t make it there, both The Bulldog and The Chimes East will be tapping kegs in the coming day or two.
The Pelican House will be tapping a keg of Curmudgeon Old Ale. Think classic seafaring ports, local pubs, and weathered old fishermen. This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill, then oak-aged. The result is a strong, rich, malty delight that’s deceptively smooth and drinkable. It’s a mere 9.8% ABV.
Finally, sometime late next week, The Chimes on Highland will get a keg of their famous Breakfast Stout. The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever. This is one of my favorite Founder’s beers, and it weighs in at 8.3% ABV.
I’m very excited to finally have Founders Brewing here in Louisiana, and I hope you are as well.