Founders Frootwood

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Barrel aging is a tricky business and there are few brewers who have truly mastered the process enough to really start experimenting with it confidently. Founders Brewing Co are one of the elite few who have really made their mark in barrel ageing. It’s a delicate art and requires a lot of faith in what you have brewed as well as the flavours that the barrel can impart and the interplay between the two. Frootwood started life as a crisp, light bodied cherry ale but it really shines thanks to the maple and bourbon barrels that it has called its home for the year or so prior to finding a new home in bottle. Every part of this beer is layered complexity; the aroma is sweet cherries, vanilla and bourbon by the bucket load. All of this borne out in the taste; the latent sweetness is balanced by a soft-touch cherry sourness, there’s vanilla and dried fruits to be found as well as wood, bourbon and maple syrup. It’s a ponderous beer given to questioning exactly what beer is and what can it be. Founder’s barrel aged series was set up to answer just such a question and it should leave you in no doubt that beer as an art form is alive and well.

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Originally brewing middle-of-the-road beers for a wide and not-terribly-engaged audience, Founders realised that they’d have to change if they wanted to survive. They started making bold and complex beers instead, launching themselves to craft beer fame.

From coffee-infused Breakfast Stout, bourbon barrel-aged Backwoods Bastard and a 15% barleywine called Bolt Cutter, you can’t accuse Founders of being dull. As well as brews that push the boundaries, their lower abv. range is a more accessible introduction and includes the excellent All Day IPA.


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