Founders Brewing Company has been a Pizzeria & Public House favorite for the past decade, and each year during Gravity Head’s third weekend (on Friday, March 14 in 2014), there is a Founders mini-tap takeover to coincide with the annual field trip to New Albany by Cavalier Distributing.
This honorable tradition now has evolved to include same-day tap hoardings by Flat12 Bierwerks and our own New Albanian Brewing Company beers. It’s a genuine temporary taste of the great Midwest, taking place in a dirty old river town mostly facing south, and for that reason, hotel rooms and taxis are highly recommended.
All the beers listed below will be on tap at opening on the 14th (11:00 a.m.), with one key exception: Sweet Repute, which Founders requests we begin pouring at 6:00 p.m.
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids MI
Founders Backwoods Bastard
Wood-aged Strong Scotch Ale
Malts: “Ten varieties of imported malt”
Bitterness: 50 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 10.2%
Founders makes a Scotch/Wee Heavy called Dirty Bastard, and bourbon barrels come from the backwoods of Kentucky. Put the two together, and you have a familiar stereotype, complete with bearded hillbilly on the label. But where’s the hootch, the shine, the mountain dew? Coal smoke instead of peat?
Founders Breakfast Stout (2012)
Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer (Coffee Stout)
Malts: Indeterminate, but includes flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffees.
Hops: Why do you even ask?
Bitterness: 25 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 8.3%
Has any single beer been used as the base for more fascinating experiments than this one? From beerhaikudaily.com, come words for living:
bacon, eggs, and beer
everyday should start with
breakfast stout at 10!
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale (2013)
Malts: “Insane malt bill” and molasses as an adjunct
Bitterness: 50 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 9.8%
Founders suggests we think about “classic sea faring ports, local pubs, and weathered old fisherman,” but shouldn’t the imagery be about the Great Lakes? The Publican prefers thinking about his own nickname, prefixed with Potable, and also appropriately weathered.
Founders Imperial Stout (2013)
Russian Imperial Stout
Malts: Ten varieties
Bitterness: 90 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 10.5%
The Publican endorses the use of terms like “jet black” and “motor oil” to describe this straight, unadorned, perennially honest Imperial Stout.
Founders Sweet Repute (+/-2013)(to be tapped at 6:00 p.m.)
Alcohol by volume: 12.6%
“The eighth installment in our Backstage Series … Our brewing team painstakingly choreographed each layer of this beer’s characteristics, starting with a healthy wheat and roasted malt base and adding clean, fragrant hops. It’s one hundred percent barrel-aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels over the course of sixteen months, then blended using carefully calculated ratios for the ultimate final product.”
As the March 14 Gravity Head previews are published this week, we’ll link you to them.