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Founders Brewing coming to Oklahoma

by Nick Trougakos Published: February 20, 2014
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Big-time beer news to share with you guys today:

Founders Brewing Co. — makers of the world famous Kentucky Breakfast Stout — is coming to Oklahoma.

In a deal brokered through Quality Beverage Co. of Tulsa, Founders will start shipping to Oklahoma as early as April, with distribution across the state both in bottles and on draft.

Here’s a press release about the new partnership:

The Quality Beverage team is proud to announce a partnership with Founders Brewing Company to bring their world renowned products to the state of Oklahoma. The agreement is expected to bring the full spectrum of Founders products to the market over the course of the coming months, including 6 beers found on the BeerAdvocate™ list of “Top 250 Beers.” ( http://www.beeradvocate.com/lists/top/ )

“Founders will be a fantastic addition to the Quality Beverage portfolio” said Quality Vice President of Operations Scott Champion. “We are excited to partner with Founders and bring their products to the growing craft beer community in Oklahoma”.

Founders portfolio of beers includes All Day IPA, a 4.7% ABV “session” IPA which took home a Gold Medal from the 2010 Great American Beer Festival. Also available will be Centennial IPA and Dirty Bastard Scotch-Style Ale, both winners of medals at the World Beer Cup, and Founders Porter, which is considered one of the finest robust porters available on the market.

Other limited and seasonal offerings are scheduled to be available as they are released from the brewery. Among those beers is Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), which is only released once a year after spending 12 months in Oak barrels. KBS will be the highest rated beer ever to be commercially available in Oklahoma, checking in at number 5 of the Beer Advocate™ list of “Top 250 Beers”. Not far behind KBS on that list is Founders Breakfast Stout, currently rated at number 19. Founders Breakfast Stout, released in the fall, is described by Founders as “The coffee lover’s consummate beer.”

Further details regarding the full launch of the brand will be announced in the coming weeks, but customers can expect product to be found across the state in bottles and on draft by early to mid-April. Launch events in both OKC and Tulsa metro areas are in the works and Founders will be present at several events during Tulsa Craft Beer Week (April 10th – 19th).

Updates will be released in the coming weeks via Quality Beverage’s Social Media outlets.

About Founders Brewing Company:

Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery–which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought to live it hard, without regrets.

After some initial challenges, due to making well balanced but unremarkable beers, we were on the verge of bankruptcy. It was at this point that the original Founders team decided to brew the kind of beer that got them excited about brewing in the first place: complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor.

The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”

We at Founders Brewing Co. have been lucky to evolve into one of the highest recognized breweries in the United States. We have been ranked in the top breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com for the last five years, and we have several beers listed in the top one hundred beers of the world on Beeradvocate.com. We were the winner of four medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup, two medals at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, and one medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup.

We are proud to be doing what we are doing, and we give great thanks to our many customers and credit to our staff for whom we continually work to reinvent and provide world-class beers.

For more information, please visit www.foundersbrewing.com

About Quality Beverage Company:

Quality Beverage Company is a licensed strong-beer broker in the State of Oklahoma. Located in Tulsa, Quality services on-premise and off-premise accounts throughout the entire state, with representatives in the Tulsa and OKC metro areas.

Our product portfolio includes Great Divide, Green Flash, Anderson Valley, Anchor Brewing, Brew Dog, Weihenstephaner, Asahi, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Steven’s Point, Shipyard, Sea Dog, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg, Murphy’s, among several others.

by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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