This is it, the week one of the most sought after beer gets released in New Jersey. Ninety cases of delicious bourbon barrel aged imperial stout for the whole state; see how this is setting up? Our phones will be ringing off the hook all week with people asking if there is any KBS in stock. But why? And will it always be like this?
So what is this stuff and why is it so special?
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) starts out as plain old Breakfast Stout which is then aged for one year in used bourbon barrels in a cave somewhere outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The regular Breakfast Stout is delicious enough but that year spent soaking up traces of bourbon and oak flavors really pushes it over the top.
So why so rare? For starters Founders has outgrown their old brewery, so they just can’t make enough of beer to start with, add to that the fact that it has to be aged for a year in a cave. And on top of that the demand for rare and limited craft beers has been exploding in the past few years, so they just can’t keep up.
Combine the two of those together and it’s enough to drive the hardcore beer junky insane with desire for this beer!
There is a bright spot on the horizon though, Founders just came online with their new, much larger brewery and are promising a much larger release for 2013. So hopefully we’ll see a little more supply for next year although I’m sure it will still be hard to come by.
The best advice I can give is to get on a first name basis with the beer geeks at your local Bottle King. Talk to them regularly and they’ll keep you up to date on what’s coming in, and who knows, they may even put some aside for you when it comes in.
That’s all for now, cheers!
Please check with your local Bottle King store for current inventory.