Founders Brewing Co.’s next release is not only the brewery’s next addition to its Barrel-Aged Series, but also its first malt liquor.
The beer is DKML, a dry-hopped “imperial malt liquor” brewed with both corn and lager yeast cultivated by Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel before being aged in bourbon barrels. According to Founders, the “highly experimental” beer has been in the works for several years and has going through multiple trial batches.
“I’m always looking for new ways to rethink what we have to offer,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders, in a press release. “With DKML I wanted to do something totally original, and I don’t know anyone in the craft beer world who is barrel-aging malt liquor. After some early trials, we ended up with Mahou’s lager yeast to brew a really amazing malt liquor, and then we did what we do best – barrel-aged it. The bourbon barrel smoothed it out while giving it that ‘kick’ you would expect from an imperial malt liquor.”
DKML will join five other beers being released at part of Founders’ Barrel-Aged Series this year:
- Frootwood — January
- Kentucky Breakfast Stout — April
- Doom — May
- DKML — July
- Backwoods Bastard — October
- Unannounced Beer
According to Founders, DKML will be packaged in both 750ml bottles($11.99) as well as four-packs of 12-ounce bottles ($14.99) and is expected to released at the brewery on July 1, with bottles shipping to retailers nationwide “later in July.”