Founders Brewing announces bourbon cocktail-inspired beer

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Highball Drifter is inspired by bourbon cocktail favorites with aromatics of caramel and vanilla, dried fruit and spice, and hints of cherry and bitter orange peel. Courtesy Founders

Founders Brewing Co. revealed the second installment in the Bottle Shop Series, Highball Drifter.

Highball Drifter is inspired by bourbon cocktail favorites with aromatics of caramel and vanilla, dried fruit and spice, and hints of cherry and bitter orange peel. The barrel-aged sipper has an ABV of 11%.

“Bourbon cocktails are a favorite around here, and I find that pretty inspiring,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, Founders brewmaster. “So, we hand-selected some of our very favorite bourbon barrels and brewed up a rich, malty ale to lay down in them. We garnished it with the sweetness of cherry and the bitterness of orange peel, and voilà … our latest inspiration coming to a bottle shop near you.”

Highball Drifter will be available in both the Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms July 30 and in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and cans across Founders’ 50-state distribution footprint August through December.

Founders previously announced Nemisis, a barleywine-style ale brewed with roasted malts, as the company’s first Bottle Shop Series release.

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