Founders Brewing Co. Announces First-Ever KBS Variant - KBS Espresso

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  1. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,734) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I'm in for a pack if I see it, pretty excited to try it actually. I have yet to find too much coffee in a coffee stout, can't get enough.

    Official Press Release...

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 12, 2019 – Founders Brewing Co. has announced KBS Espresso, the first-ever variant of KBS, their esteemed bourbon barrel-aged chocolate coffee stout. While KBS is already brewed with coffee, KBS Espresso (12% ABV) gets some extra oomph, namely more aging on espresso beans after barrel removal. The result is a fresh and extra-snappy coffee twist on the brewery’s classic barrel-aged beer.

    “We’ve had some fun aging KBS in different barrels like maple syrup, which worked out great, and hot sauce, which didn’t quite work out,” said Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki. “But, for our first ever “official” variant of KBS, we decided to amplify a flavor that’s already at the heart of this beer – coffee. And not just any coffee, it’s the dark, roasted goodness that can only come from espresso beans, roasted by our Grand Rapids neighbors, Ferris Coffee & Nut.”

    KBS Espresso will be available in 4-packs of 12oz bottles, 750mL bottles and draft beginning on November 15 in the Grand Rapids taproom. It will ship to the brewery’s distribution network later this month and will be available through February 2020. Please note that KBS Espresso will not be available on draft in Utah or in any format in Mississippi.

    Along with being the first-ever KBS variant, KBS Espresso also kicks off the brewery’s 2020 Barrel-Aged Series, which will feature a line-up of seven different beers set to release throughout the year, including KBS and the year-round Backwoods Bastard. Stay tuned for more information on other releases in the 2020 Barrel-Aged Series along with news on the brewery’s full 2020 availability calendar. Please reach out to Amanda Davis (amanda@gregoryvine.com) for more information.

    About the Barrel-Aged Series

    Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.

    About Founders Brewing Co.

    Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 10 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
     
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  2. Ffenski

    Ffenski Devotee (402) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio
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    I will definitely go after this too, I love a super coffee-heavy stout and have wondered why more brewers haven't been doing this with the popularity of that precious bean. I am starting to see "hard coffee" out there (they are hardening everything these days). Only issue with these is half my brain says "OK you've had a couple high ABV stouts, time to go to bed" but the other half says "the hell you ain't"
     
  3. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,631) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    Not stated in that article is that regular KBS will be available year-round.
     
  4. Lorddevn

    Lorddevn Initiate (27) Mar 10, 2019 Wisconsin
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    Isn’t it already. Boo yah. Still on sale here
     
  5. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,718) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Awesome. I'll be all over it. I never really considered the fact Founders doesn't really do variants, do they? Maybe a few in the taproom.
     
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  6. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,361) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Espresso is the bean to use in a big ass stout. I never understood why any other roast was used.
     
  7. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Defender (659) Dec 12, 2014 Chile

    Well, that's a way to kill hype and sells. Despite the usual BA talk about KBS turding (what a stupid thing to say) come March and April KBS would be the number 1 beer on untappd, and by far. To the extent that untappd check-ins correlated with beers sold, this is not a very smart decision.
     
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  8. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,825) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Hell yes for me! I will be getting it as soon as its available.
    Cheers
     
  9. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,097) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Will try it if I see it but as far as I can tell we didn't get any of the barrel aged sumatra brown. Most places seem to carry the 15 packs around here, I can still find KBS and CBS bombers from the last 2 years, and one place has some singles (double trouble, blushing monk, mas agave, when I looked for the brown the other day) but not a lot of the rest of founders selection around
     
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  10. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (2,243) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Yes. Will California get barrel aged Sumatra? I’ve also never seen Harvest Ale. Anyway, this thread is about KBS espresso and I cannot wait!
     
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  11. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,734) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I remember when Breakfast Stout went year round. Haven't seen it fresh in PA since. IPAs and coffee stouts need to be seasonal around here.
     
  12. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,879) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Interesting opening statement; "The first bottled variant of Founders Brewing Co.’s popular Kentucky Breakfast Stout will be shipping to retailers early next year" is to me a hint that we could expect other variants previously taproom-only like Cran Blast, Devil's Cut, or Vanilla Bean. I figured they might come out with variants, but hadn't figured they'd make KBS year-round. I wonder if they'll drop the price of regular KBS to say $16-$17 a four pack to match Central Waters, SMS, and others.
     
  13. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Crusader (732) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia
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    Will definitely make it a point to track this down. KBS itself and chasing it down ultimately led to me joining the site back in 2014
     
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  14. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Crusader (797) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Total marketing gimmick. Beans used for coffee or espresso are the same beans.
     
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  15. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (328) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    But they are roasted differently to get different flavors.
     
  16. IKR

    IKR Defender (652) May 25, 2010 California
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    They don't have to be. The specialty shops that offer single origin espressos will often use the same roast they use for their other brewing methods. If they're good they'll just use higher extraction temps for their lighter roasts to de-emphasize the acidity.
     
  17. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,825) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I think the difference is in how they are doing this beer. They are making it, then aging, then introducing more coffee at the finish. For me this one sounds awesome because I love coffee and if its going to be a coffee bomb.
    I am sure there is some marketing happening but that is with every beer anymore.
     
  18. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Crusader (797) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    How so? Espresso is a type of drink that can be made with light, medium or dark roasts.
     
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  19. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,631) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    You know, you are not required to buy it...
     
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  20. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Crusader (797) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    But I am required to share my dumb opinion because this is a discussion forum.

    It's just interesting to me that after the KBS hype has died down a little (because it's easy to get) and Founders being bought out by big beer, they decide to slap "Espresso" on the name as a variant to drum up excitement, when in reality it's the same thing as coffee.
     
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  21. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,631) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee... more of the extracted chemicals and flavors per unit volume. Seems appropriate based on their description of the difference between this and regular KBS (even recognizing there is no such thing as an "espresso bean"). You, of course, are welcome to your cynicism. I like cynicism. I engage in it often.
     
  22. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Well, since they didn't say the beans were different....
     
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  23. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Really? Who imposed that requirement on you?
     
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  24. Alefflicted

    Alefflicted Initiate (98) Dec 2, 2017 Minnesota

    I'll certainly give it a try, though I personally won't be expecting much of a difference from the base beer.
     
  25. SoCal_Matt

    SoCal_Matt Disciple (333) Jul 13, 2014 California
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    I'm not sure where you are located, but it's been here in San Diego for at least two weeks now.
     
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  26. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (328) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Good to know, I do need to deepen my knowledge of coffee.
     
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  27. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (607) Mar 28, 2009 California

    The write up does state the following: “According to Founders, the new bottled variant will be aged on additional fresh coffee beans after being removed from barrels to give the coffee flavor “some extra oomph.”

    I can assume by “slapping” on espresso Founders is trying to indicate this beer is different and has more coffee flavor than their regular KBS. Maybe they should say double coffee or extra coffee KBS instead of espresso?
     
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  28. Joe13

    Joe13 Initiate (37) Aug 7, 2018 New Jersey

    I think this is exactly what it means. They're just introducing it to more coffee giving it that bolder, coffee flavor like an espresso shot would have.
    Espresso beans are the same beans as any other coffee bean to start, but they're roasted longer extracting more water content. Same as dark roast. Except the difference between dark roast and 'espresso' is with espresso you grind the beans to a finer roast allowing you to brew a more concentrated brew. This probably has nothing to do with the beer, and Founders is probably just saying KBS Espresso rather than KBS Dark Roast. Maybe a gimmick, however what beer isn't a total marketing gimmick?
     
  29. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (232) Feb 4, 2014 Texas
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    KBS (or a variant there of) actually released in an appropriate season of the year. FINALLY!!!
     
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  30. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,825) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Exactly. I think their intent was to convey to the consumer a fuller coffee feel on this beer so they used a common term like Espresso to convey it. Most folks know the word so its a good marketing decision.
    Beans are beans they are just tweaking things to amp this sucker up and I am all in since I love coffee beer, for me its a great release.
    Cheers :beers:
     
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  31. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (232) Feb 4, 2014 Texas
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    So by that logic every beer that has espresso in the name is a fallacy?
     
  32. MJS08

    MJS08 Disciple (318) Jul 29, 2014 Florida
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    My take is Founder's knows their way with coffee beers, and they can call this beer "Mississippi Mud" and I will buy a 4 or 6. If I like it, I will buy more and drink it until the coffee begins to fade, and then I will down it all. Cheers.:slight_smile:
     
  33. Joe13

    Joe13 Initiate (37) Aug 7, 2018 New Jersey

    They should call it Founders Tweek...
     
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  34. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (4,513) Dec 25, 2003 California

    Can't wait to taste it.
     
  35. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,913) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Count me in on giving it a go.
     
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  36. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,361) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Take this silliness to Coffeeadvocate.
     
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  37. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,361) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    That would get the big C and D
     
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  38. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,913) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Cease and desist, in case anyone doesn't get the reference. If this comes anyways near Tweak from Avery, I would consider that a success.
     
  39. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,879) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    We hereby relieve you of this burden! :wink:
     
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  40. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,879) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    How about Founder's Twerk?
     
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