Next year will bring a brand new variant of one of its most popular stouts to most of the country, but only on draft.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based brewery has announced it will be releasing Nitro Kentucky Breakfast Stout—otherwise known as Nitro KBS—in February 2021. While the regular version of the barrel-aged stout has been packaged in kegs and 22-ounce bottles as well as 12-ounce bottles in the past, this will be the first time it has been carbonated using nitrogen instead of the more common CO2, which is supposed to give the beer a creamier texture.
As with the base beer, Nitro Kentucky Breakfast Stout will be a 12 percent ABV imperial stout that is brewed with “a massive amount” of both coffee and chocolate before being aged in bourbon barrels for an entire year in caves.
The new variant will join two other new incarnations that were released packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce cans within the past year: Espresso KBS that was aged on additional fresh coffee beans after being removed from barrels to give the coffee flavor “some extra oomph”; and KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge that was brewed with Mackinac Fudge coffee and maple syrup.
According to Founders, kegs of Nitro KBS is scheduled to be shipped to retailers nationwide in February 2021. However, both Mississippi and Utah will be excluded from the release due to laws regulating beers with higher ABVs.