The next release in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series might look a bit familiar to fans.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half is a 12.7 percent ABV old ale brewed with molasses before being aged “for months” 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
- Unannounced Beer — November
“The flavor profile of Curmudgeon’s Better Half has lots of rich specialty grains, toasted malts, caramel malts, and, of course, the perfect hop balance,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders, in a press release. “After that it spends some time in bourbon barrel which gives you vanilla and coconuts tones and the maple gives you the perfect amount of sweetness.”
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 Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich. taprooms on Aug. 24. Bottles will then ship to retailers across the brewery’s 46-state distribution network later this month.
(Aug. 7, 2018) – This post has been edited to include information on packaging, distribution details and a release date. It was originally published on May 16, 2018.