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Founders Brewing Craft Beer Seminar
April 22, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Learn about a variety of beers from one of America’s premier breweries.
Founders Brewing is one of our favorite craft beer breweries and we’re happy to carry as wide as a selection of their products as possible. The brewery is constantly ranked among the best in the country, achieving that prized combination of great products and enough production that there’s enough to go around (though that definition might be stretched in the case of their KBS [Kentucky Breakfast Stout]). Bridge Liquors has happily carried as much Founders as possible ever since their beers arrived in Rhode Island and Newport.
Founders Brewing History
Here’s a little backstory about the brewery:
Canal Street Brewing Company was organized in 1996 as John Pannell Brewing Company by Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, who began operation and changed the company’s name to Canal Street Brewing Co. in 1997. Stevens and Engbers were homebrewing enthusiasts who had recently graduated from college. The brewery got its name from a part of Grand Rapids where, in the 19th century, several breweries were located on Canal Street (Monroe Avenue). The beer bottle’s label originally included an old black and white photo of the original Canal Street breweries with the word “Founders” above it. Thus, the company became known as Founders Brewing Company.
Since the mid-2000’s, Founders has become one of the most prominent breweries in Michigan, expanding its market to 37 states and its production capacity to 340,000 barrels per year Founders was the 30th largest US craft brewery by sales volume in 2012, and 41st largest US brewery by sales volume in 2012. By 2014, Founders had climbed to the 17th largest craft brewery based on sales volume and the 23rd largest overall. In 2014, Founders announced another expansion, this one $35 million dollars, to double the production capacity at its Grand Rapids facility. When the expansion is complete, Founder’s says it will be able to produce 900,000 barrels per year.
As of 2013, two of its beers, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) and Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), were ranked among BeerAdvocate’s top 10 beers, with CBS ranked as the 4th best beer in the world by user review. In a 2013 poll, Ratebeer.com listed Founders as the, overall, 3rd best brewery in the world; Founders was 2nd place in 2011 and 2012. In April 2010, Founders won four medals at the World Beer Cup in Chicago, Illinois, and the brewery went on to win two more medals at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival in September of that year. The brewery also won an award at the 2012 World Beer Cup in San Diego, California.