For those who love their craft beers dark and heavy, a good stout is something to get excited about. Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich., happens to make one that – as Marshall King put it – craft beer geeks get emotional over.
Founders’ Kentucky Breakfast Stout is an imperial stout brewed with oats, chocolate and coffee, then aged in bourbon barrels. Beeradvocate.com ranks it as the fifth best beer in the world. It’s so sought-after that even the brewery itself is out of it at the moment.
King reported yesterday on Dining a La King that Constant Spring (219 S. Main St., Goshen) is tapping a keg of Kentucky Breakfast Stout this Friday. Owner Aaron Nafziger said he would be shocked if it lasts the night.
Founders’ Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is a holy grail for dark beer lovers. It’s tough to get. You have to get on waiting lists or get special tickets to the release event.
Founders releases about 10,000 cases, according to an employee at the brewery on Saturday. They’re available at the brewery initially and then at liquor stores. A few bottles have come to Chalet Party Shoppes in this area. But bottles are difficult to land.
Founders will have it available at beer festivals and during FoundersFest in June, but doesn’t have it now. But the Spring has a quarter barrel – about 70 servings – that will be sold starting at 4 p.m. Friday. Owner Aaron Nafziger said they’ll be $10 for 10-ounce pours, unless you’re a mug club member and then you’ll get a full 16 ounces.
How’d the Spring get a keg? “I sell a lot of Founders,” Nafziger said.
Get the full story, including some notes from King’s recent visit to Grand Rapids, at elkharttruth.com.