Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. announced March 5 that it is partnering with Ben E. Keith Distributors to bring an arsenal of craft beers to the Texas drinking public. Beginning April 8, Founders will be available throughout the state in draft form at bars and restaurants; in May, it will be available in bottled beer.
A representative at Keith did not have the specifics on what restaurants will serve Founders in Dallas. But major retail carriers such as Spec’s and Central Market will have it in stock this spring.
Ratebeer.com has consistently named Founders as one of the top three breweries in the world.
As for which bars, that’s still up in the air, but Common Table, Meddlesome Moth, Katy Trail Ice House and Ginger Man would be pretty good starts, as well as Jack Mac’s, Goodfriend and White Rock Abbey.
So why is this particular brewery noteworthy? Well, it’s really good at making beer, for starters.
Among Beer Advocate’s Top 250 Beers, Founders has two in the top six. CBS Imperial Stout is rated No. 4 and Kentucky Breakfast Stout is just two spots behind it. Both are rated world-class, and the rest of the brewery isn’t slacking, either.
Since forming in 1997 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders has rapidly expanded. It really began hitting its stride in the last few years, when it won a combined six medals in the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival in 2010.
That year it was also rated the fourth-best brewery in the world by Ratebeer.com and in 2011 it was second only to Three Floyds Brewing Company from Munster, Indiana. The most recent ranking has Founders listed at No. 3 worldwide.
In short, this is good news for Texas beer lovers. Founders will offer all of its beers, from year-round selections such as Scotch Ale and Dirty Bastard to award-winning seasonals and specialties, as they become available.