U.S.-based fans of Founders Brewing Co.’s most popular beer will now be able to enjoy it in smaller bottles for the first time when it is released later this year.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based brewery has announced it will be selling 12-ounce bottles of Canadian Breakfast Stout—otherwise known as CBS—when the beer goes on sale this fall. Although the stout was sold as the final release in Founders’ 2017 and 2018 Barrel-Aged Series packaged in 750ml bottles, 12-ounce bottles were not available in the U.S. and were instead shipped exclusively to the 27 countries in the brewery’s international distribution network outside of the U.S., including the county of Canada.
Canadian Breakfast Stout is an imperial stout that is brewed with chocolate and a blend of coffees before being aged for over a year in spent bourbon barrels that were most recently aging maple syrup. Before the 2017 and 2018 rereleases, the beer was first released in bottles in October of 2011, and was rereleased as a draft-only option exclusively in one-quarter-bbl kegs that were distributed to the brewery’s entire 32 state network in 2014.
According to a post on Founders’ website, Canadian Breakfast Stout 2019 will be released nationwide on Nov. 1 packaged in both 12-ounce and 750ml bottles, but will be released at its Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms “a couple weeks earlier.”
In addition, Founders had indicated that this year’s version will mark the last time CBS will be released “for the foreseeable future” and that the brewery has “no immediate plans to bottle CBS in any format” after 2019.