Founders Fest 2019 Is Almost Here!
Founders Fest is one of the best music, art and beer festivals in West Michigan. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. Founders Brewing Company is hosting the 12th annual event on Saturday June 22nd. This event is hosted at their taproom and brewery, including the surrounding streets that will be blocked off for the event. In addition to the wonderful beer options, there will be live music from local bands, food trucks, and community partners. Founders Fest will begin at 3:00 pm and ends at 11:00 pm.
Tickets for Founders Fest are on sale now. Get your tickets here! The event is 21 and up. The cost is $40 in advance and $45 at the door, as long as it is not sold out. If you are a Mug Club Member, you can get tickets in advance for $25 and at the door for $40, as long as it is not sold out. Your admission inlcudes 2 drink tickets. Tier 1 and Tier 2 beers cost 2 drink tickets. Tier 3 and Tier 4 beers cost 3 drink tickets. Founders Fest will happen rain or shine so check the weather and dress accordingly!
It wouldn’t be right if Founders hosted an event without featuring their expansive selection of beers. The highlight of these is the Founders Fest Wheat, which they brew every year specifically for this event. Of course they will still have the classics as well; All Day IPA, KBS, Rubaeus, and many more. Green Zebra and Solid Gold, some of the more recent favorites are available as well.
If you are a fan of IPAs, then there are some good options for you. Centennial IPA is heavy with a crisp clean finish. Also try the Mahalo Double IPA or the Red’s Rye IPA. Barrel-Aged beers are a popular staple from Founders as well. KBS, CBS, are the most popular of these. KBS is known for the chocolate and coffe flavors, where CBS has a rich, maple bourbon flavor with the chocolate and coffee notes. Mas Agave is an imperial lime gose that they age in tequila barrels. Backwoods Bastard is scotch ale that they age in bourbon barrels with heavy flavors for sipping.
Founders Brewing Company takes pride in up and coming artists performing at their tap room. They showcase this at Founders Fest with 6 bands playing throughout the day and night. At 3:00 is Lady Ace Boogie (Linda Tellis), who began writing music at the age of 10. Starting at 3:45, the FBC All-Stars will take the stage. This is a group of employees from Founders Brewing Company who joined together to make music. At 4:45, after the FBC All-Stars, The War and Treaty will begin their performance. This will be followed up by Macy Gray at 6:15 and Toots & The Maytals at 7:45. Headlining the show at 9:15, Gov’t Mule will perform as the final act of the night.
The Food Trucks
Seeing food trucks in Grand Rapids is nothing new. Just a few weeks ago, the largest food truck rally in the area was in Grand Rapids. Founder’s Fest provides something different though. Because of the area being blocked off, you can have alcohol outside. This means you can enjoy some of that great food truck grub AND drink beer at the same time. Founders Fest will have some of the best local food trucks from around the area on site. These include Pressed In Time, What The Truck, Tacos El Cunado, and Pizza Party. Other local trucks will be; Nick’s Gyros, Slows BBQ, The Plateful Spread and Daddy Pete’s BBQ. Come out and enjoy some great food, fantastic beer, and good times.
There are a number of community partners that set up for Founders Fest. The event allows them to draw exposure to their brands and the causes they support in the community. The first of these is Beer City Dog Biscuits. BCDB is a local non-profit that focuses on empowering the disabled. Through a partnership with Founders, they make dog treats, using the spent grains from the brewing process. They employ over 30 brew bakers, providing jobs to adults with special needs. The treats are available at a number of local retailers, including Founders.
Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary is a federal non-profit that work to place homeless dogs in permanent, loving homes. They host a variety of community fundraisers and outings to raise money and awareness. This all goes to helping provide treatment, training, and find homes for shelter dogs.
In addition to the others, there are a couple of groups that focus their efforts on clean water preservation in Michigan. These include the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan and FLOW for Water. FLOW stands for For Love of Water. They work with communities to protect the Great Lakes through different methods including public trust. The Clean Water Campaign advocates for safe, clean water through social movements. They provide education on major issues affecting Michigan’s water. This group also urges candidates for public office to make a clean water a priority in their agenda.