Canadian Breakfast Stout: How to find Founders' top-rated beer

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Friday's official release of Canadian Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Co. will be perhaps the most-anticipated beer event, ever, in Michigan.

The 750-milliliter bottles, available to the general public for the first time since 2011, will rapidly disappear from shelves across the state. But beer-store owners are planning release events, and bars will have special tap events (see below). So everyone should have a decent chance at trying the stuff. 

The 11.7% alcohol-by-volume imperial stout is made with chocolate and coffee, and it's aged in used bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup. It's the No. 1 top-rated beer in Michigan by Beer Advocate reviewers. And it's similar to Founders' Kentucky Breakfast Stout, whose annual release already draws a lot of hype.  

"This should be a fun time," Tim Costello, owner of the 8 Degrees Plato Beer Co. stores in Detroit and Ferndale, said of the release. "The object is not to collect as many bottles as possible; the object is to get it into as many people's hands as possible. It's really an incredible beer." 

f shipments arrive as expected, his Detroit location will offer it on Dec. 4, and the Ferndale location on Dec. 6 – watch for details on Facebook. Depending on the shipment size, he said it's possible he'll limit the bottle sales to one per customer. Costello also expects to offer Canadian Breakfast Stout on tap at the Detroit location. 

Beer stores increasingly post updates on their release plans using social media, so watch the accounts for stores in your neighborhood as Friday approaches. The bottles are expected to cost about $25 each. 

CBS will be available in the Founders Taproom starting Dec. 1. They also have listed tap events on their website. Here are some in West Michigan:

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