This is exciting news to many beer drinkers of the state including this one!!!! They make many sought after and highly reviewed beers. Many of their limited produced seasonal beers often sell out extremely fast.
Here is the announcement from the Founders website:
We’re expanding our distribution territory to include three new states: Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Founders beer is expected show up on shelves and draft lines in these new markets starting in April.
Founders will be represented by Quality Beverage in Oklahoma; Buquet Distributing, Schilling Distributing, Mockler Beverage, Southern Eagle Sales & Service, Champagne Beverage and Southwest Beverage in Louisiana; and Premium Brands of Northwest Arkansas, Coco Beverage and Golden Eagle of Arkansas in Arkansas.
“For the most part, these are states we’ve been looking at opening for a while now,” said Co-Founder and CEO Mike Stevens. “They’re part of a new region for us that we’re calling the South Central region. It includes Texas, which we opened last year, as well as Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, which we’re opening all at once. Regardless we’re excited to be bringing our beer to enthusiasts across all of these three new states.”
Residents of these states can expect to find our year-round and seasonal products, both in bottles and on draft, in the first shipment. Specialty releases will follow the our release schedule from there.
Opening these new states will bring our total distribution footprint to 30 states. Check out our new distribution map right here:
As to what beers we can expect in the area??? This was a response to the question on the Founders website :
We’ll bring our year-rounds and seasonals to start. We may bring select specialties and limited releases to our launch events. Our first “regularly distributed” specialty will likely be Curmdugeon Old Ale. New Orleans will get all of our beers in conjunction with our release calendar. Cheers
One of my long sought after beers KBS - Kentucky Breakfast Stout which is Founders Imperial Stout that is 11.2% ABV and has an IBU of 70. It is brewed with large amounts of coffee and chocolates. Then they age the beer inside of oak bourbon barrels and store in in a cave for 1 year. This allows of the bourbon flavors and aroma to blend with the Imperial Stout. This style of beer is one of my favorites and the reviews of the KBS on BeerAdvocate have been nothing short of impressive.
The only problem is that I think we may miss out on KBS this year due to the fact that it is only released once a year in April...and being the first month that the brand will be distributed into Louisiana when may have to wait a year. :( I hope I am wrong & I have my fingers crossed. I will be searching and trying my best to beg the local distributor, Buquet to get some if able!
Here is Founders 2014 release calendar :
This continues to solidify Louisiana as a State where (some people call craft beer but I prefer good beer) the good beer movement is strong and growing. It will only get better as more of Louisiana's our own Breweries continue to open and thrive in the State. One day soon I know there will be a blogger in some northern state excited as I am to have a Louisiana brewed beer coming to there state.
I am still searching for that perfect pint of beer, but come April....it may not be perfect but it will be getting better!!!