This September, Founders Brewing Co. is releasing a pale ale that incorporates a special ingredient.
Pale Joe will remain the same 5.4 percent ABV golden ale brewed with “a special blend of high-end Ethiopian coffee” roasted by Ferris Coffee & Nut in Grand Rapids, Mich. The pale ale was first released as a draft-only option by the Grand Rapids-based brewery in 2015.
The golden ale is being released to benefit ArtPrize, which is “an international art competition, promotes critical dialogue and collaboration through new, creative ideas among a large and diverse population of people.”
“Pale Joe came out of my current infatuation with pale, sessionable beers,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders, in a press release. “Being the ArtPrize beer, I wanted to play with expectations so I experimented with adding coffee to a lighter, pale ale. Turns out, using gently-roasted, fruit-forward coffee adds a nice roasty flavor that does not complete with the malts in the beer.”
According to a press release, Pale Joe will be packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and will be available on Sept. 13. Bottles will be shipped to retailers in Boston, Mass., Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, and Wisconsin while the rest of the states in Founders’ distribution network will receive the beer on draft with limited availability.
Update (July 19, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, distribution information and packaging options. It was originally published on May 24, 2016.