The next release in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series might look a bit familiar to fans.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half is an old ale brewed with molasses before being aged in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup. Formerly known as Kaiser’s Curmudgeon, the ale was renamed Curmudgeon’s Better Half in 2012 and released as part of Founders’ Backstage Series, but was retired that same year.
“That’s right, we’re bringing this old favorite back from retirement – last bottled in 2012, Curmudgeon’s Better Half has become one of the most highly requested beers and for good reason,” reads a post on Founders’ website. “It’s damn good. You all have been very vocal in petitioning for its return and it would’ve been cruel for us to hold out any longer in delivering on that.”
Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the third release this year in Founders’ Barrel-Aged Series, which is made up of various styles of beers aged in barrels:
- Kentucky Breakfast Stout — March
- Backwoods Bastard — April
- Dankwood — May
- Barrel Runner — June
- Curmudgeon’s Better Half — August/September
- Unannounced Beer — November
According to Founders, Curmudgeon’s Better Half will be packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles ($16.99) and 750ml bottles (12.99) that are scheduled to be released at the brewery’s taprooms in mid-August. Bottles will then ship to retailers across the brewery’s 46-state distribution network later that month.