Founders Brewing Co.'s new take on KBS includes extra coffee kick

Brew spends more time aging on espresso beans

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Founders Brewing Co. announced a new take on its popular Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

The original variety of the beer is brewed with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels. KBS Espresso will get an extra coffee kick by being aged on espresso beans after it is removed from the barrels.

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The Michigan brewery is using coffee beans from Grand Rapids-based Ferris Coffee & Nut.

“We’ve had some fun aging KBS in different barrels, like maple syrup, which worked out great, and hot sauce, which didn’t quite work out,” said brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “But for our first ever “official” variant of KBS, we decided to amplify a flavor that’s already at the heart of this beer – coffee."

The 12 percent ABV beer is now available on tap and in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles, as well as 750 mL bottles, at the Founders Grand Rapids taproom. It will be available at stores, restaurants and bars later this month.

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