Next month, a former taproom-exclusive release will become Founders Brewing Co.’s first addition to its 2021 seasonal lineup.
The beer in question is Moon Rambler IPA, a 6.4 percent ABV IPA brewed with a “classic foundation of wheat and oats” as well as Azacca, Cascade and Mosaic hops. Milk sugar is then being added to create “a sweet yet slight creaminess, giving it a round mouthfeel, remarkably less bitter taste and a fuller body than your typical IPA.”
“When it comes to beers, milk sugar has traditionally been used to sweeten up heavier offerings like stouts and porters,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders, in a press release. “With Moon Rambler IPA, we added some milk sugar to balance the bitterness and accentuate the fruity hop character. Brewed with oats, wheat and featuring Azacca, Cascade and Mosaic hops, Moon Rambler IPA is still a full-fledged IPA, just with a softer and sweeter side.”
A version of the IPA has been released as a draft-only option in the past, but that incarnation was named Cow Jumped The Shark.
According to a press release, Moon Rambler IPA will be packaged in both six- and 15-packs of 12-ounce cans that will be priced at $9 and $18 respectively when they are released at the brewery’s Grand Rapids, Mich. and Detroit taprooms on Nov. 4.
Both packaging options will then be shipped to retailers across Founder’s entire 50-state distribution network where they will be available from November through March 2021.