If last week's post about New York's highly-touted Southern Tier coming to town wasn't enough to convince you that Houston is becoming a major craft beer market, there's news of another introduction. Beers from national favorite Founders Brewing were released Tuesday evening at The Hay Merchant in Montrose, and Wednesday evening at both of the Flying Saucer locations and Petrol Station in Garden Oaks. Dave Engbers—co-founder, vice president, and director of brand & education—was on hand last week to talk about Founders' beers and check out Houston's rapidly expanding craft beer scene for himself.
All of the establishments released part of the Founders lineup, but only the Saucer locations immediately began serving the rare, coveted Kentucky Breakfast Stout, lovingly referred to by beer lovers as "KBS." Hay Merchant is "saving it for a rainy day" and Petrol will showcase the stout at their Spring Fling on April 20th.
KBS is released in bottles and on draught once a year, in April, and sells out quickly. The Saucer sold out in less than ten minutes, and it's definitely worth the hype. The KBS is the bourbon-barrel aged version of their seasonal Breakfast Stout offering. A breakfast stout isn't really a recognized style, more of Founders' play on a coffee stout. Brewed with flaked oats, chocolate, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, and weighing in at over 11 percent alcohol by volume, this beer is amazingly smooth and reminded me of a warm chocolate croissant paired with a bourbon cocktail. I'm convinced it would be a perfect dessert or night cap.
Ranked 30th biggest craft brewery by Brewers Association definitions, Founders manages to make balanced, flavorful beers ranging from IPAs and barleywines to scotch ales and various barrel-aged ales. We should be seeing bottles at retail outlets soon. Keep your eye out for beer dinners and more events that feature this very welcome addition to Houston's growing craft beer portfolio.