For the first time ever, U.S.-based fans of Founders Brewing Co.’s most popular beer will be able to enjoy it in smaller bottles.
On Nov. 1, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based brewery will be releasing 12-ounce bottles of Canadian Breakfast Stout 2019—otherwise known as CBS—at retailers across the country. Although the stout was sold as the final release in Founders’ 2017 and 2018 Barrel-Aged Series packaged in 750ml bottles, 12-ounce bottles were not available in the U.S. and were instead shipped exclusively to the 27 countries in the brewery’s international distribution network outside of the U.S., including the county of Canada.
“Our barrel program has grown a lot since the first time we released CBS, so it’s been fun seeing an entire new audience become introduced to CBS over the past couple of years,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders, in a press release. “It’ll be missed in 2020, but I’m looking forward to bringing out some new barrel-aged releases.”
Canadian Breakfast Stout 2019 is an 11.3 percent ABV 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. Before the 2017 and 2018 rereleases, 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.
CBS 2019 will be the final of five beers released under Founders’ Barrel-Aged Series this year:
- Backwoods Bastard 2019 — January
- Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2019 — March
- Más Agave — May
- Underground Mountain Brown Ale — August
- Canadian Breakfast Stout 2019 — November
According to Founders, Canadian Breakfast Stout 2019 will be released nationwide on Nov. 1 packaged in both 12-ounce and 750ml bottles, but will be released at its Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on Oct. 25, with tickets to those events available starting on Sept. 13.
In addition, Founders had indicated that this year’s version will mark the last time CBS will be released “for the foreseeable future” and that the brewery has “no future plans to brew it again” after 2019.