It turns out that Founders Brewing Co.’s final Barrel-Aged Series release for 2018 has quite a bit in common with the final release in the series last year, with one major difference.
That is because the beer in question is CBS—better known as Canadian Breakfast Stout—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. 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.
It was then sold again last year as the final release in Founders’ 2017 Barrel-Aged Series packaged in 750ml bottles, although there were 12-ounce bottles shipped exclusively to the 27 countries in the brewery’s international distribution network outside of the U.S., including the county of Canada.
However, there is one change to the stout compared to previous releases: the label for the newest version is missing the iconic Canadian Mountie that was riding on top of the horse.
Canadian Breakfast Stout will join five other beers that have been released at part of Founders’ Barrel-Aged Series this year:
- Kentucky Breakfast Stout — March
- Backwoods Bastard — April
- Dankwood — May
- Barrel Runner — June
- Curmudgeon’s Better Half — August
- Canadian Breakfast Stout — November
According to a post on Founder’s website, Canadian Breakfast Stout 2018 is scheduled to be available at retailers across the brewery’s 45-state distribution network as well as at both of the brewery’s taprooms on Nov. 2.
However, unlike the other five releases in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, CBS will be packaged in 750ml bottles ($24.99) exclusively.