September 6, 2013 by 250 Beers
In recent weeks, the better bottle shops in Brisbane have been stocked with beer from an American brewery that I’ve read a lot of good things about.
All the way from Grand Rapids, Michigan comes bottled beer from Founders Brewing Co. thanks to importer/distributor Phoenix Beers¹.
I managed to accumulate seven different Founders varieties at affordable prices.
I was surprised to pay as little as $6.50 for the most expensive of them. This is almost unheard of in these parts when it comes to beer from the US especially beers held in such high regard from highly rated breweries.
Apparently, this is the second time that Brisbane has been awash with Founders beers. I must have bypassed them last time for some unknown reason.
Founders brew four core ranges of beer: Year-Round, Seasonal, Limited Edition and Specialty.
I added the following to my evolving unique beer tally:
All Day IPA 4.7% (Year-Round). After taking just one sip of this IPA I knew exactly why they called it ‘All Day’. It’s an IPA that boasts an extremely sessionable alcohol content as well as being very crisp, clean and not over-bearing.
Centennial IPA 7.2% (Year-Round). Ah, the Centennial hop. This is a very non-offensive IPA boasting the floral characteristics you’d expect from Centennial both on the nose and palate. There’s a nice sweetness to it as well.
Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale 8.5% (Year-Round). I’m not the biggest fan of peaty Scotch ales but this one is tasty! It’s very malty and there’s a great hoppiness to it backed by a little smoke. Dangerously drinkable.
Double Trouble 9.4% (Specialty). Being one of six specialty brews, this Imperial IPA (or Double IPA) is only available for two months of the year (the other five beers get two months worth of exposure as well). This is a crying shame because the bitter hop hit that slapped me in the face was quite something.
The good things that I’d read previously were certainly justified. All seven were absolutely fantastic. The Double Trouble IPA, Breakfast Stout and the All Day IPA were highlights for me.
The remaining beers in the Founders range that I missed out on have been added to my wish-list and I’ll hunt them down in due course.
¹Phoenix also bring the Australian public big names such as Weihenstephaner, Sierra Nevada and Rogue Ales to name just a few from a lengthy list.