No floundering in Founders find


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:

Founders Pale AlePale Ale 5.4% (Year-Round). This is a very refreshing pale with gentle hoppy aromas and a nice bitter, citrus kick. A perfect year-rounder.

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 Founders All Day IPAextremely 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 Founders Centennial IPAboasting 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 thisFounders Dirty Bastard one is tasty! It’s very malty and there’s a great hoppiness to it backed by a little smoke. Dangerously drinkable.

Porter 6.5% (Year-Round). Mmmmmmm, porter. This is a very smooth porter with all the bold Founders Porterchocolate aromas that I was hoping for accompanied by a rich hop-hit in my mouth.

Breakfast Stout 8.3% (Seasonal). Here is an oatmeal stout that gives no indication whatsoever that it’s 8.3%. Strong coffee on theFounders Breakfast Stout nose, strong coffee taste and great at 7am. Probably.

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 Founders Double Troubleexposure 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.


6 thoughts on “No floundering in Founders find

  1. Ross says:

    Yes, great beers & fantastic value…

  2. That All Day IPA is great…which my local stocked that. They have a few other Founders but not that one. I reckon I’m gonna have to ask them to get some in so I can buy it all.

  3. girl + beer says:

    Can’t wait to try the all day and breakfast stout. Ps every photo of that IPA glad make me want one more!

  4. […] Founders Brewing has had quite a presence in Brisbane recently. I procured seven of their beers from Craft and Archive and happily quaffed them during August. Essentially, they were as follows: All Day IPA (4.7%), Breakfast Stout (8.3%), Centennial IPA (7.2%), Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale (8.5%), Double Trouble Imperial IPA (9.4%), Dry Hopped Pale Ale (5.4%) and Porter (6.5%). A bit more on my haul can be found here. […]

  5. Brett says:

    Their Harvest Ale is great. Limited release. I’m in the states (Iowa) and my local store only got 6 four packs. Must be very limited this year!

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