For the first time ever, Founders Brewing Co. is releasing a draft-only nitrogen-carbonated version of its most popular beer to retailers across the nation.
In an email, a representative for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based brewery confirmed to Tenemu that it will be shipping Nitro Canadian Breakfast Stout 2019—otherwise known as Nitro CBS—to accounts nationwide in “early November.” 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.
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. CBS debuted in 2011 in both bottles and on draft, it returned as a draft-only release in 2014 and has been released in bottles and on draft each year since 2017.
According to Founders, although the Nitro CBS release is meant to coincide with the nationwide release of Canadian Breakfast Stout 2019 in 22- and 12-ounce bottles on Nov. 1, it “does not have a ‘hard’ release like CBS, but it should be available come early November.”
In addition, Founders has previously 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.