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Founders Bolt Cutter 15th Anniversary Barley Wine

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by joshrosborne, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. thebeerisgood

    thebeerisgood Savant (250) Indiana Mar 13, 2011

    Yep, I was driving, sorry for the vagueness.. just couldn't help replying, since this is something I was confused on a couple of months ago, and seems to still have a lot of people confused. Here is from Facebook, and I'm the "Andy" they are replying to. You can look it up on their facebook post from July 20th to see for yourself.

    Founders Brewing Co. (Official) ‎Justin: It's cool, we've been keeping it quiet. There's a story behind this beer that we'll be telling shortly.
    All: This beer is expected to be available in late fall, likely November. As Andy said, we'll be releasing it at our taproom through a ticketed release system, but this will be separate from the anniversary party we'll be throwing, where we'll have Bolt Cutter on tap. We expect to also send this beer out to our markets (where the ABV is not an issue) in limited quantities, similar to our other Backstage Series beers.
    July 20 at 10:02am · Unlike · 5
  2. I have manager friends...Cracking it open right now.
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  3. yepbye2

    yepbye2 Aficionado (240) Illinois Feb 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    Is it bourbon barrel aged?
  4. You guys will be dead.
  5. How in the world is Mongo, Cosmic, Libbey, kzoo, & others not torching this guy...M.Intihar gets immediate BA of Year vote for stepping up to the plate here.
    fishtremble likes this.
  6. You wouldn't happen to be good friends with SpottedZombie, GuruDel, Swuntly or lanamj would you? If you are I would be willing to trade one of my bottles of Surly NYNE 3 years before it is released!!!
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  7. Yes. According to the Founders rep @ the beer dinner in Detroit. But he was also pretty drunk.
    zchall23 likes this.
  8. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    He usually is at the events, but a great guy!
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  9. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    I asked a few peeps at the brewery this weekend and they are debating whether to do both at the same time, or split the date when the bottles will be on sale and when the anniversary party will happen.
    raymo55 likes this.
  10. founder26

    founder26 Savant (470) Michigan Sep 9, 2009

    I think they should have the bottle release on a monday again, keep it seperate from the anny party, just sayin :)
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  11. psykosis

    psykosis Savant (425) Indiana May 21, 2009 Beer Trader

    I'm good with this. I can see the point of doing them at the same time, but I really think splitting them will make both events more enjoyable on their own. besides, I need a reason to take a day off of work.
    founder26 likes this.
  12. npaauwe

    npaauwe Zealot (95) Michigan Jan 23, 2012

    Idk about the Frangelic but the Better Half release was on a Monday and was great. I arrived around 11:30 or so and some people had already gone through the line about 2 or 3 times. I fear however for the Bolt Cutter release.
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  13. I'm ready to thrown down a beer gauntlet for a bottle when this is released. I hate hyping beers but Founders is one brewery that is consistently great. I have a feeling this one will be fantastic. PS...ISO Surly Syx and Boltcutter..
  14. shadowane

    shadowane Savant (320) Pennsylvania Sep 7, 2007 Beer Trader

    This is getting poured as part of the Rare Beer Tasting IV just before GABF. Hopefully we'll have more info and some opinions after that.
  15. Founders website has a new event on their calendar. Bolt Cutter Release Party on 11/19
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  16. Corbet

    Corbet Savant (430) Michigan Nov 7, 2010 Beer Trader

    At 7 Monks Taproom up in Traverse City.
  17. Spartan213

    Spartan213 Savant (380) Michigan May 28, 2008 Beer Trader

    Got excited it was on a Monday and then noticed it was in TC. Oh well.
  18. If all goes to plan I will have one. Great shop across the river in Royal Oak, MI has me down at #2 on the "list". :)

    Didn't know much about it until today, still a newb-Canuck trying to dive into the craft deep end.
  19. Bills453

    Bills453 Savant (255) Ohio Feb 6, 2007

    DAMN YOU OHIO! Effing 12%...I'm on a personal mission to have this changed. Already written to a few politicians.
    gpawned, beerhan, zchall23 and 2 others like this.
  20. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    I got an email back from founders, they are releasing more info on this next week!
  21. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Advocate (575) Michigan Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

  22. s1ckboy

    s1ckboy Savant (395) Massachusetts Apr 10, 2011

    Edit: got beat to it

    And they just did: http://foundersbrewing.com/latest-news/2012/bolt-cutter/

    "Today we are officially announcing the release of Bolt Cutter, a 15% ABV barley wine brewed in celebration of our 15th anniversary and the next release in our Backstage Series. The beer will be available in our taproom through a ticketed release system November 11 through 16 and in stores November 19. Tickets for the taproom release go on sale online at Brown Paper Tickets beginning Saturday, October 6, at 11am.

    Bolt Cutter is a cellarable barley wine with an ABV of 15%. Dry-hopped with a mountain of Cascade hops, it’s balanced by a malty sweetness and spicy complexity, resulting from barrel aging some of it in bourbon barrels, some in maple syrup-bourbon barrels and some not at all (standard fermentation only). We’ve allowed the beer to mature in bottles and kegs since July so that it would be perfect for its release next month. Bolt Cutter pours a deep copper color and is best sampled at different temperatures to allow the flavors to unfold.

    And there’s a story behind the name.

    “Years ago,” says Co-Founder, President & CEO Mike Stevens, “when our brewery was located on Monroe, we were defaulting on our loan. Eventually, the bank called and threatened to chain our doors shut if we didn’t come up with the money that we owed them. We had seven days to come up with half a million dollars.”

    “So I bought a pair of bolt cutters,” says Co-Founder, Vice President of Brand & Education Dave Engbers. “We were determined to keep our doors open and to keep brewing beer, no matter what it took. Luckily, we never had to use them.”

    Engbers keeps the bolt cutters in his office as a reminder of how far we’ve come and the journey we’ve taken since brewing our first beer in November 1997.

    To thank all of you in West Michigan and beyond for your years of support, we are throwing a free anniversary party on November 17 in our taproom. We hope to see you here so that we can all celebrate together."
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  23. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Advocate (575) Michigan Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    So basically, the internet will break on October 6th at 11:00 AM.
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  24. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    Hopefully I get a ticket!
  25. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    This is going to be dumb. So many people are going to buy tickets that will probably just try to sell those tickets. What about tickets at the brewery? Nothing special for living in the same city as the brewery?
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  26. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Advocate (575) Michigan Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    One ticket limit. Granted, people can get other people to buy tickets for them to sell, and then would have to have said people to pick up bottles for any unsold tickets, but that seems like it's a huge pain in the ass. I'm probably underestimating people's doucheness, though.

    And, we do get something special for us living in the city. We get first dibs, unless people take off days from work or whatever to road trip. Again, probably underestimating people.
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  27. Itoclown

    Itoclown Savant (310) Michigan Jun 19, 2008 Beer Trader

    Well. I live a mile from the brewery. So access to the beer isn't tough. Now, the ticket site... How quick will that shatter?
  28. HopFace

    HopFace Savant (495) Colorado Feb 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    $23 bucks each plus the ticket price?!?! Passing on this one for sure.
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  29. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    Welcome to 2012 beer releases...
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  30. This beer will make a great Thanksgiving desert after some delicious turkey and stuffing.
  31. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    I'm glad they are doing this during the week!
  32. Steimie

    Steimie Advocate (590) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    The cost of the bottles is $23 each. What's the cost of the ticket that you need to purchase the bottles? I don't see anything about any cost for the tickets themselves.
  33. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    Whalez Bro, Whalez
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  34. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (495) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    $23? Wow. I figured it would be the CBS price of $17.99. Dont get me wrong, im still going to buy as much of it as i can, but it better be damn good for that price! No artificial flavors!
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  35. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (450) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    Looks like it said Free.
  36. Says the party is free
  37. mike409

    mike409 Savant (315) Michigan Jan 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    Just wanted to mention while at the brewery today and last night they had some barrels in the brew house with a sign that said
    Project XVI
  38. ASUBeer

    ASUBeer Savant (430) North Carolina Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    That is a great story.
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  39. Steimie

    Steimie Advocate (590) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    The party on the 17th is free. The tickets are for bottle pickup the days before the party.
  40. iflah45

    iflah45 Savant (295) Massachusetts Jul 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Any word on a bottle count? How much is going into distro?