11 October 2016
We are in the midst of pulling something delicious out of bourbon barrels… something dark, chocolatey, blueberry-y and vanilla-y…. something we’ve never bottled before and we cannot wait for you to get your lips on this.
This one is near and dear to our hearts. Our Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki, wanted to make the birthday of his little sister, Liz, a special one. So he did what he does best and brewed a stout using a few of her favorite ingredients: fresh Michigan blueberries, rich chocolate and vanilla – aged in bourbon barrels to round out those beautiful flavors. Liz was floored and we think you will be too.
Lizard of Koz was such a huge hit when it debuted on our taproom draft list for Black Party back in 2015 that we knew we had to bring it back somehow, someway (the employees alone begged for it). So, we did. Each 750mL bottle of this rich, tart stout has a suggested retail price of $18.99 and will be available in limited quantities across our distribution network, which currently includes 39 states, in December. ABV is yet to be determined because, as mentioned above, we are literally pulling this beer out of the barrels now.
Our Backstage Series is made up of boundary-pushing, experimental beers. We affectionately call it “the brewers’ playground,” where intent is to take the diehard Founders fan experience to a wider audience—though all of the beers are released in limited batches. Since its introduction in the summer of 2011, our Backstage Series beers have quickly become some of the most sought-after releases in the industry with past hits including Bolt Cutter, CBS, Curmudgeon’s Better Half,Blushing Monk and Doom.
UPDATE 17 Nov 2016 from Founders:
Our last release of 2016, Lizard of Koz, is headed your way soon. We will be releasing 750mL bottles of this bourbon barrel-aged blueberry, chocolate, vanilla stout in our taproom beginning on Friday, 11.18.16 at 11am. All other states will see it now through mid-December, so grab it while you can!