Solid Gold — ice cold!I don’t know if I can call this the holy grail of beers, that distinction is reserved for barrel aged brews with an ABV over 10%. The Solid Gold Premium Lager by Founders Brewing Co. in Michigan is way better than any other beer you can buy at this price point.When I get done doing yard work here at our log cabin in McCarthy, Alaska, I don’t want a whale of a beer to quench my thirst and ice my aching hands. I‘m looking for a traditional American premium lager, something that is thirst-quenching and not too strong for the after workday libation. The first one goes down in about 10 minutes and that’s if I try to sip and savor.If I were to start with something stronger, I might have a good time, but won’t be good for much, except rolling around in the moss giggling to myself. This lager tastes as good as any premium Mexican lager,but at a much lower price point.
Founders opened its doors in 1997 right about the time craft beer was still called microbrew, and discerning Americans were still drinking wine. In 1997 ice beer was all the rage, and thank the heavens that Founders started to show the world that beer can be classy, should be drank from a glass, and should be valued rather than looked down upon. I say if you are a macro domestic lager fan and are tired of supporting the Clydesdale of brewing, give Solid Gold a try. A win-win — stay a bit less drunk and keep some extra money in your pocket.Your friends will thank you at the next backyard bbq, when you show up with a case of the SG when they can still drive home after dominating the corn hole pitch.A perfect brew for pong or any game that requires dexterity.Try new beers, but keep drinking this premium lager as new brews are silver but this one is Solid Gold!
CBS. No, I’m not talking about your favorite network television channel. This is an impressive maple syrup-bourbon-barrels-aged imperial stout that Founders Brewing Company concocted. This 11.7% beer is brewed with chocolate and coffee, and has a sweet flavor that is not overpowering, without the bitterness of dark grain and coffee. Founders is a brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, established in 1995, that really took off during the craft beer revolution. It has been staying current and even setting some of the trends in the craft beer industry. Founders Breakfast Stout is the standard coffee stout, while KBS is the imperial bourbon-barrel-aged version. When the Founders Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki procured some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup, he knew it was just right to make a Canadian version of the KBS. Founders replaced the Kentucky from KBS and now we have Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS). Now that Founders distributes to Alaska, I had no trouble finding a bottle of this rare beer at my local bottle shop here in Anchorage.
I’ve been brewing up some pretty tasty coffee stout, and I recently bought some bourbon barrel aged maple syrup. I’m going to have to experiment with adding some to my coffee stout. I bet some of the barrel would carry through. Anytime I have had a maple bourbon barrel imperial stout, I have not regretted it. Although rare, this is probably my favorite style of stout ever.
Cheers to CBS and to Canadians for the lovely Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup! A worthy brew to say the least.
I am back on my McCarthy homestead, surrounded by snow-covered mountains and a thick Spruce forest. For this week’s Thirsty Thursday entry, I painted a Year of Beer style beer painting of a Founders Brewing Company brew called Backwoods Bastard. Since I am in the backwoods of Alaska, it seemed fitting for this to be the inaugural painting for the kickoff to my summer of painting in my bug tent in the woods. I love how this guy has a double-bitted axe in his hands, not a chainsaw. I love my chainsaw, but I’m a huge fan of the axe. Although a double-bitted axe has twice the cutting power between sharpening, it is a dangerous thing, so I opt for a single-bitted axe, even if I have to sharpen it more. Backwoods Bastard is a Scottish-style ale aged in bourbon barrels. It is a big, bold beer with flavors of whisky and vanilla and a hint of fruit. It rates high in the craft beer community, and I think if you can get your hands on one, I would buy it and drink it deep in the woods. This backwoods bastard wants to be far from civilization! Cheers to getting away from it all! Be sure your axe is sharp and you swing true!
The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #72 by Scott Clendaniel. May 12, 2016. Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels by Founders Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.