Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. just announced they will begin distributing in the Great Northwest in 2017. Founders was our nation's 20th largest brewer, based on volume, in the 2015. I've had a handful of Founders beers during my travels to the Midwest, and have enjoyed all of them. I even profiled Founders Breakfast Stout a few years ago.
For more details, check out the brewery's news release below. Welcome to the Northwest, Founders!
Founders Brewing Heads Northwest
We are humbled and honored to announce that we will be bringing our beer to a long-admired craft beer mecca, the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho! It was westward that our Co-Founders traveled in their discovery of craft beer some 25 years ago and we’ve long anticipated the day that our beers would be available in this region.
With the help of the Great Artisan Beverage (GAB) network of wholesalers, residents of these fine states can expect to see our year-round, seasonal and specialty beers in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs beginning in January with our Washington launch. Select limited release beers may also be available at craft retailers following the launch. Idaho and Oregon will be right behind Washington with beer hitting shelves in February.
With a launch this epic you can be sure that we will be hosting some awesome events. Washingtonians can expect launch events in the Seattle area January 10-12. Stay tuned to our events page for more information regarding launch events in Oregon and Idaho.
To see all the states where we are available and to find beer in your area, check out our beer finder. Note that new markets may take up to 60 days to show up on the beer finder.
PacWest, we will see you soon!