Founders Brewing Co. Announces Michigan-Only Release

FoundersGrand Rapids — Founders announced today that it will release Palm Reader, a pale ale made with Michigan-grown Crystal and Zuper-Saazer hops, as a Michigan-only release beginning in May. Proceeds from sale of Palm Reader will go to benefit “Tribute on the Grand,” a fundraising event in support of Grand Rapids Whitewater.

A tribute to our beautiful state, this refreshing ale is made with Michigan-grown Crystal and Zuper-Saazer hops. Derived from Saaz, a traditional noble hop hailing from the Czech Republic, these Zuper-Saazer hops, grown locally at Hop Head Farms, impart intense and fruity aromas. Combined with the citrus notes of the Crystal hops and the simple malt bill, this beer is crisp, bright and delicious. Palm Reader comes in at 5.4% ABV and will be available in 6-pack 12oz bottles with a suggested retail price of $9.99.

“This beer is truly an homage to our community,” said Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers, “For our first-ever beer made to benefit Grand Rapids Whitewater, a cause Mike and I have been supported for over six years, we sourced the hops locally from our friends at Hop Head Farms.”

Founders is partnering with FOX17 to host “Tribute on the Grand,” a fundraising event in support of Grand Rapids Whitewater. All proceeds from the sale of Palm Reader will go directly to the event, which takes place on September 10, 2016 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. This community event, which is free to the public, will feature plenty of Founders beer along with local bands and national tribute bands. “Tribute on the Grand” will also feature a one-of-a-kind beer dinner on the Gillette Bridge overlooking the Grand River, with tickets going on sale in June. More information, including the band lineup and beer dinner ticketing information, to come soon.

About Grand Rapids Whitewater

Grand Rapids Whitewater is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are a group of individuals, rowing and paddling clubs, anglers and businesses dedicated to revitalizing the Grand River and putting the namesake rapids back in the Grand for everyone’s enjoyment. It is our goal to partner with the city and region to create a safer, more exciting river experience for everyone. Learn more at

About Hop Head Farms

Hop Head Farms LLC is a Midwest grower, processor, and marketer of high quality aroma and traditional hop varieties. Quality is the number one goal at Hop Head Farms. Attention to detail and sustainable growing practices are used throughout all operations in order to deliver the highest quality hops to our brewers. In addition to Michigan grown hops, we import the best hand selected aroma and traditional hops from Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovenia. Learn more at



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