Brewery re-releases experimental beer


Blushing Monk is an experimental Belgian raspberry ale by Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids. Courtesy Founders

After several years of releasing one-time experimental beers, a brewery is going back to a popular release.

For the next brew in its Backstage Series line, Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids will re-release a beer it last brewed for the series in July 2011: Blushing Monk.

As the 12th release in the Backstage Series, the Belgian raspberry ale will hit the Founders distribution footprint next March.

Blushing Monk comes in at 9.2 percent ABV and is described as a “perfect dessert beer.”

The beer will be distributed in 750 ml bottles for $16.99.

“People keep asking us if we’re going to bring any of our Backstage Series beers back — and now we have,” said Dave Engbers, co-founder and president, Founders Brewing. “It seems as though we brew Blushing Monk on a four-year cycle. Our cellar crew hates brewing it, because it’s brewed with a different yeast strain from all of our other beers, but we think it’s worth the sleepless nights."

The news of this release comes on the heels of several Canadian Breakfast Stout — another 2011 Backstage Series release — kegs hitting four tap accounts in Lansing earlier this week.

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