Founders To Begin Distribution In Iowa

posted on March 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm by Ken Valley in Craft Beer

Founders Brewing Co. announced that they will begin distribution of their beer in Iowa March 19th.  I can’t tell you how excited I am with this news.  If you remember my review of Founders Porter (almost 2 years ago),  I have been waiting for this for a while.

Red’s Alehouse in North Liberty is hosting a Founders release party is on Tuesday March 20th.

Who else can’t wait for Founders in Iowa?

Samuel Adams Spring Brewers’ Choice Mix Pack 2012

posted on March 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm by Ken Valley in Beer Reviews,Craft Beer

Samuel Adams Spring Brewers' Choice Mix Pack

Samuel Adams Spring Brewers' Choice Mix Pack

For spring, Samuel Adams this year decided to go back to the Brewers’ Choice mix pack instead of again releasing the “American Originals” spring pack. The beers in this year’s spring mix pack show a few big changes, most notably Noble Pils is now a full-time beer, and no longer the spring seasonal.

In the pack, there are 2 bottles each of:

  • Boston Lager (Chosen by Jim Koch)
  • Irish Red (Chosen by Bob Cannon)
  • Black Lager (Chosen by Grant Wood)
  • Alpine Spring (Chosen by David Grinnell)
  • Mighty Oak Ale (Chosen by Andrew Lamont)
  • Whitewater IPA (Chosen by Dean Gianocostas)

It is a large change in a seasonal pack, where the only overlap is the Boston Lager and Irish Red.  New to the pack is the new spring seasonal, Alpine Spring, which is a light, crisp lemon-like brew.  Also in the pack, which is available in six-packs is the Whitewater IPA, which is a cross between a witbier and an IPA, similar to Boulevard’s Collaboration #2, the White IPA.  Finally, the pack is rounded out by the Mighty Oak Ale, which is a carmel-flavored amber ale with vanilla and oak notes.

Have you tried the Brewers’ Choice Spring Variety Pack? What did you think? Which ones did you like? Which ones didn’t you like?