Founders Brewing Co. to Release Tequila Barrel-Aged Ale

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,354) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 2019 – Founders Brewing Co. has announced that Más Agave will be the third release in the brewery’s esteemed Barrel-Aged Series. An imperial lime gose-style ale brewed with agave and aged in tequila barrels, Más Agave is the first tequila barrel-aged beer Founders has bottled. Más Agave (10% ABV) will be available in all markets beginning in early May in 4-packs (12oz bottles) and 750mL bottles. Más Agave will be available in both the Detroit and Grand Rapids taproom locations on May 3.

    “As our barrel program grows, we’re fortunate to have access to different types of wood outside of our usual bourbon barrels,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “This inspired me to think outside of traditional beer flavors and more along the lines of flavor profiles you might find in a cocktail. With its salty and tangy character, the gose-style was a perfect match with one of my favorite cocktails, the margarita. So, we sourced some fantastic tequila barrels and brewed an imperial gose with lime and agave inspired by this classic cocktail.”


    The Más Agave label art was inspired by Day of the Dead imagery, specifically the elaborate altars built to honor deceased loved ones. Marigolds play heavily in the altars, as it is said that the scent attracts the spirits. The monarch butterfly is representative of the travel ancestors make to reach their loved ones during the holiday.

    “Brewers don’t have the luxury of being happy with a static lineup,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “In today’s brewing landscape, innovation is key to standing out and it’s our responsibility to continue to push boundaries and create something new and unique. Our success came out of challenging the status quo and that spirit drives us every time we bring a new beer, like Más Agave, into the lineup.”

    Más Agave is preceded by KBS and Backwoods Bastard in the brewery’s 2019 Barrel-Aged Series. It will be followed by a yet-to-be-announced release in September and CBS in November. Let us know how we can support your media coverage! Please reach out to Amanda Davis for more information and samples.

    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. A proud sponsor of chasing the American dream, Founders launched the Chase Your What If campaign in January 2019 to inspire all beer fans to live life to its fullest. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit or follow Founders on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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  2. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (13,558) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    Perhaps the fact that it's now almost 4 and a half hours since this was posted without any response so far says something about how well this beer might do in the market.
  3. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Devotee (467) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina

    Wish they'd bring back that barrel aged wheatwine, Sweet Repute. That interests me far more than this Gose on HGH.
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  4. ypsifly

    ypsifly Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2004 Michigan

    I have no idea how much I need to order for my store. I don't want it sitting on the shelves like Barrel Runner did.
  5. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Devotee (407) Feb 19, 2013 Kentucky

    I look forward to not buying this when I see it on the shelf sometime next year.
  6. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    I would do a bottle to sample but nothing I am running out for.
  7. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (738) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Sierra Nevada’s barrel aged Otra Vez was really good. This is an imperial gose, so not sure how that works out. This is worth a try.
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  8. ESHBG

    ESHBG Devotee (421) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I am very excited to try this, as this mix of flavors are some of my favorites; overall I have been a big fan of the series and just about every beer has been a hit for me.
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  9. Mongrel

    Mongrel Crusader (761) Feb 14, 2013 Maryland

    Lol. I, for one, am stoked! I'm a sucker for goses and boozy margaritas in the summer months, and I'll be good for at least a 4-pack of this stuff.
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  10. BeerseAnyone

    BeerseAnyone Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2017 Ohio

    For me Stouts and Porters are best for barrel treatment. My least favorite Founders BA beers have been Barrel Runner followed, not too far behind, by Dankwood. That said, I like a Gose every now and then so I'll buy a pack if I see it this summer.
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  11. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,203) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Founders has a pretty good, proven track record, and I'd like to think that Barrel Runner was an isolated disaster.

    I'm not a store owner so it's easy for me to say this, but in your shoes I'd probably take a chance on this beer. I might not buy a huge quantity of it (as I personally think that using Tequila barrels is always a bit of a gamble), but I have some faith that Founder's will be able to craft an interesting, enjoyable BA Gose. I know I plan to give it a try when they release it.
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  12. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (668) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

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  13. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,503) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    In don’t love it being 10%, but the flavors are a natural fit, so I’ll try it.
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  14. ESHBG

    ESHBG Devotee (421) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I thought Barrel Runner was great but agreed that it wasn't a huge seller and I can still find some around me.
  15. Scottsbeer

    Scottsbeer Meyvn (1,180) Nov 3, 2017 Florida

    Barrel Runner to me was probably the worst BA beer I have had from any brewery. Just because you can age something in a barrel doesn't mean that you should. I will not hunt this down but will give it a try if I see it.
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  16. darktronica

    darktronica Poo-Bah (2,947) Aug 29, 2014 Indiana
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    Before moving to Indiana in 2015, I was in southern California for seven years, outside of the distribution footprint for Founder's and most other Midwest breweries at the time. Moving here, I got to try KBS for the first time, and I've enjoyed some other BA releases like Mango Magnifico and Blushing Monk, despite being pretty over the top. But all that Founders has done for me since, say, mid-2016 is convince me that I should be paying more attention to Bell's. I can't imagine a 10% ABV barrel-aged gose to do any different.
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  17. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (3,608) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    This sounds terrible, like the rest of their barrel aged series.
  18. Milktoast75

    Milktoast75 Devotee (416) Oct 27, 2012 Wisconsin

    Don’t think I could talk myself into this one. Too many others on my wish list to try with no convincing.
    Just make Old Curmudgeon (not better half) year round. :wink:
  19. manfromanotherplace

    manfromanotherplace Initiate (0) May 19, 2015 New York

    What has happened to Founders?they used to be really on the ball. Lizard of Koz was a poor effort, KBS seems to diminish in quality every year and can be now found sitting on shelves of your local gas station,they aren’t brewing Sumatra Mountain (one of their best ever) anymore, their numerous attempts at barrel aging ipa’s and last but certainly not least, the absolute abomination that was barrel runner. This news doesn’t give me much hope either.
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  20. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Meyvn (1,077) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia
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    I’ve enjoyed the tequila barrel-Aged sours I've had in the past. As a Michigan Homer it’s safe to say I’ll give this a try. Can understand the skepticism though based on some of the other beers that have been released.
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  21. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,959) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'm looking forward to trying this. The flavor combination is a natural, and I'm interested in finding out how well the high ABV works in this. Then again, I liked DKML and Lizard of Koz. What do I know? :stuck_out_tongue:
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  22. sculls65

    sculls65 Aspirant (251) Dec 15, 2008 Michigan

    Barrel aged Sumatra Brown is the next in the series. So sorry you've soured on them as a brewery. :grimacing:
  23. Scottsbeer

    Scottsbeer Meyvn (1,180) Nov 3, 2017 Florida

    Hope it is a Bourbon barrel.
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  24. BeerseAnyone

    BeerseAnyone Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2017 Ohio

    That piques my interest in a big way
  25. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (2,311) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    I'm looking forward to it also. Had a similar beer from a local brewery that was really good. Can only imagine how good it will be from Founders. Though I drank almost a case of DKML...
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  26. lotsaswigs

    lotsaswigs Initiate (139) Jan 24, 2006 Michigan

    Founders could bottle the most amazing shit in the world and I guarantee, at this point, that 50% of the posts (of course before anyone tried it) would be bustin' on Founders losing their way and how KBS now blows since you can buy as much as you want,'s actually pretty funny.
  27. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,381) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    You took the words right off my keyboard!
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  28. JFresh21

    JFresh21 Disciple (346) Mar 6, 2012 Illinois

    Make this a 5% beer and I'd try it. I don't want 10% abv gose when I can drink Westbrook's.
  29. Cibsie

    Cibsie Initiate (192) Jan 10, 2015 Minnesota

    If you have tried the rum barrel coconut porter from Central Waters, you'd change that opinion. It was basically a 12oz of bacardi with a small hint of imitation coconut. Barrel Runner wasn't good, but it was nowhere near that bad.
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  30. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,159) Oct 17, 2010 California

    how about instead of making weird new shitty beer they finally bottle Black Biscuit? jfc
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  31. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,065) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Imperial gose aged in tequila barrels sounds like battery acid aged in my teenaged hangovers.
  32. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,203) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Man, it's been years since I last tried Black Biscuit. I still remember how much I loved that beer. I'm not adverse to at least trying this new gose from Founders, but amen to them someday bottling Black Biscuit.
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  33. Fixer234

    Fixer234 Initiate (16) Apr 3, 2014 Oregon

    Tried this just today. It's interesting for sure, heavy on the salt and lime, maybe a bit too salty imo, but pretty tasty none the less. The 10% doesn't show, nor does the barrel that I could taste. Won't be something I drink regularly but I can see myself picking up one here and there for a change of pace, better than I was expecting.
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  34. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (356) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    Natural fit? Wow maaaan, is that supposed to be like a Margarita, the lowest common denominator cocktail ever, but like, as a beeer? Far out, maaaaan.

    Stupid beer sounds stupid. Take the imperial stout, don't put the adjuncts in it, age it in the barrels. What is so complicated about that for Founders? Why do they insist on doing so many idiotic beers in barrels, that are probably bringing in less margins (and they don't sell) than if they would just take a non-adjunct RIS/IS, and put it in the barrels, and sell it nationwide. They can call it "we decided to stop ruining the barrels we keep buying" stout.
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  35. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I’ve never had a tequila barreled beer first off, but I’m having trouble seeing the compatibility. Whiskey yes, rum yes, tequila not so much, I’m having trouble seeing a blending of flavors being really positive. Tequila is polarizing in and by itself to begin with.
  36. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,503) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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  37. FFFjunkie

    FFFjunkie Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2014 Illinois

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  38. DragonflyJones

    DragonflyJones Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2018 Illinois

    Had this at brewery February '18 and thought it was tasty. Had no idea it was 10% though. Not sure if the recipe has tweaked since then but I'll definitely pick up a 4 pack.
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  39. manfromanotherplace

    manfromanotherplace Initiate (0) May 19, 2015 New York

    Apologies for an extremely late response to this. I’m still a fan, breakfast stout, dirty bastard and backwoods bastard are still fantastic. I’ll definitely try and probably love ba sumatra. Just think they’ve mostly made poor beers in their ba series. Blushing monk was a disaster and their refusal to put cbs in 12oz bottles in the us also was mystifying. But I’m not happy unless I’m complaining so....
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  40. Joe13

    Joe13 Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2018 New Jersey

    I like that Founders tries new things. I'm all about that. However, I did sample this beer yesterday, and I thought it was absolutely disgusting in my own honest opinion. But then again, 2 of my co-workers, who I usually trust their opinion on taste, loved it. For me it was way too sweet, and syrupy. Also the taste of artificial lime, or anything for that matter, is gross. It was like when Firestone Walker did a Dark & Stormy ale. Did not work out well at all. To each their own I suppose.
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