GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 5, 2017 – 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.
A perennial favorite, Backwoods Bastard has won the highest praise from the Founders community and beer reviewers. Consistently ranked among the top-rated releases – with a perfect score of 100 on RateBeer – Backwoods Bastard receives critical praise for its profound balance of aromatics, earthiness and spice.
“Born when we decided to put some of our Scotch ale, Dirty Bastard, in bourbon barrels over a decade ago, Backwoods Bastard is one of our longtime favorites,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “It may not get the hype as some of our other barrel-aged beers, but it is definitely deserving – rich, sweet and perfect for sipping.”
Backwoods Bastard is the fifth annual release in the Founders 2017 Barrel-Aged Series, preceded by Frootwood, KBS, Doom and DKML. Founders will announce the final release in the Barrel-Aged Series later this year. Beginning October 9, 2017, Backwoods Bastard will be available in Founders’ 46-state distribution area and will be in the taproom beginning October 11, 2017. Backwoods Bastard retails for $14.99/4-pack 12oz bottles and $11.99/750mL bottle.
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 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. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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.
Ft. Collins, Colo., Oct. 3, 2017 – Inspired by Colorado’s white winters, New Belgium Brewing’s Accumulation White IPA is available beginning today through January 2018. Now in its fifth year, the wintertime favorite features Mosaic and Amarillo hops, tropical aroma and soft citrus, mango and lemon flavors, followed by a bitter bite. The medium-bodied IPA pours unfiltered gold and blizzard white with a snowy head.
“Dark beers tend to dominate the winter months, but we like to buck the trend with an IPA that’s bright and refreshing,” said Bryan Simpson, public relations director for New Belgium. “The addition of wheat smooths out the bitter, hoppy flavors and provides a clean, crisp finish. Accumulation offers an ideal counterpunch to the cold winter months to come.”
Accumulation White IPA
Mouthfeel: Piney and resinous from hop oils. Finishes clean and crisp.
Aroma: Strong hop aroma that displays tropical fruits, bright citrus, spicy and herbal from heavy dry-hopping
Body: Medium body
Yeast: American Wheat Ale Yeast with bright, fruity notes
Hop Varieties: Mosaic and Amarillo for dry-hopping
Malt Varieties: Pale
Specialty Grains: Wheat
Color: Cloudy haze, pale golden with billows of white, gorgeous foam
Accumulation White IPA is available in 12oz. bottles and on draft. To find it, along with others from New Belgium, visit the Beer Finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app. For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.
About New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Fat Tire Belgian White, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced beer, Glutiny Pale Ale.
Paso Robles, CA: With an infusion of local roast coffee, a dash of cocoa nibs and touch of seasonal sorcery, Firestone Walker’s signature Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout has been transformed into Mocha Merlin for fall and early winter.
“This is an iteration of Velvet Merlin that we’ve dabbled in before, and we finally decided to scale it up,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “It takes Merlin to another level and it’s a perfect sipper for the season.”
Mocha Merlin begins rolling out this week in draft and 12-ounce cans (six pack) formats to all Firestone Walker markets.
Mocha Merlin is brewed with the Colombia La Granadilla blend from HoneyCo Coffee Roasters. HoneyCo is owned by two local entrepreneurs, Jon and Sara Peterson, who also operate the popular Scout coffeehouse in downtown San Luis Obispo.
“We wanted to work with a local roaster who could provide coffee of excellent quality and consistency, and HoneyCo fit the bill perfectly,” Brynildson said. “Their Colombia La Granadilla blend really meshes well with the chocolaty character from the cocoa nibs.”
The cocoa nibs are sourced from Ghana. “Rather than using processed chocolate, we wanted to use a pure chocolate precursor with no sugar added,” Brynildson said. “It really integrates into the beer.”
The coffee is added straight into the fermentation tank, similar to the dry hopping process. The cocoa nibs are secured in mesh bags and steeped into the beer. The base beer of Mocha Merlin is the milk stout version of the original Velvet Merlin recipe, with lactose incorporated into the brew for a rounded mouthfeel and a suggestion of sweetness.
“The inclusion of milk sugar adds dimension to the mouthfeel and helps knit the coffee and cocoa qualities together on the palate,” Brynildson said.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located on the coast of California. Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, while the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings. For more information: FirestoneBeer.com.