Quick, name some of the best well-rounded breweries in America.
Chances are, the name Founders of Grand Rapids, Michigan, would come up in that conversation more often than not.
And for great reason. Founders’ reputation is one built on something often overlooked by beer drink every everywhere. It’s not their barrel aging, uber-hyped beer releases, or rare sour program. Consistency is what makes Founders an outstanding brewery. Consistently brewing remarkable beers has provided great success for Founders over the years.
Recently, Founders installed a new 85 barrel brewhouse allowing them to expand distribution to Maryland. From Gazette.net:
The brewery recently installed an additional 85 Barrel brewing system, which increased its capacity to 200,000 barrels per year and expects to produce 75,000 barrels in 2012. Locally, these beers can be found in Virginia and Washington D.C., with expansion into Maryland expected early this year. Founders Brewing Company, located in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been concocting beer since 1997. Ratebeer.com ranked Founders as the world’s second best brewery in 2011, up from fourth in 2010. Founders was the second fastest growing brewery in the U.S. in 2009 and expected to produce 43,000 barrels in 2011 on a 30 Barrel brewing system, an increase of 57 percent from 2010.
Founders’ production is up and life is good for Marylanders needing their Founders fix. We will keep you posted as we learn more about when and where you can start expecting to see Founders in Maryalnd.