Founders Announces 2019 Harvest Party – A Tribute to American Hops

Harvest Ale is an ode to the beauty of wet, American Hops – Release date is September 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 26, 2019 – Founders Brewing Co. is pleased to announce the line-up for the Founders 2019 Harvest Party  A Tribute to American Hops, scheduled forSaturday, October 5 from 11 am to close in the Grand Rapids Taproom. Celebrating American hops and Founders Harvest Ale, an award-winning wet-hopped ale, the 2019 Harvest Party will feature live music, special food offerings and an impressive tap list. Harvest Ale will be available in the Founders taprooms as of September 26 and will phase into all markets by early October. 


The Harvest Party will feature live music starting at 7 pm from acts including headliner Mungion (a Chicago-based four-piece that transcends genre classification). Other acts include: Sam Williams (indie country star and son of Hank Williams Jr), Wilder Maker (NY-based indie band), and Patty PerShayla Band (blues, classic, and roots rock with a modern edge and bite). We’re offering special seasonal fare (with an abundance of Robinette’s doughnuts), along with our specialty party line-ups of Harvest Ale, Civilized Brut IPA, Mothership Series #9: Oktoberfest, and many more delicious beers!

There are no advance ticket sales for Harvest Party, just cover day-of only at the Founders Grand Rapids Taproom (235 Grandview Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503). General Admission tickets will be available for $10 ($8 for 2018 Mug Club members) and include entry, class 1 pour, and commemorative glass (while supplies last). The event is rain or shine and limited to ages 21 and older. Re-entry is based upon capacity.


Harvest Ale

Each fall, the Founders brewhouse looks more like a greenhouse as thousands of pounds of wet hop cones arrive within hours of being picked by some of our favorite local hop growers. To guarantee freshness, the brewing team works around the clock to transform the wet hops into Harvest Ale. An annual mainstay since the early-2000s, Harvest Ale is the brewery’s ode to the beauty of American hops grown in their backyard. Founders proudly uses 100% locally-grown Michigan wet hops in this year’s batch of Harvest Ale, which speaks to the growth of quality in the local hop farming industry. Founders sources from a number of Michigan hop farms, including MI Local, Hop Head Farms and Pure Mitten. 

Harvest Ale (7.6%) is an impossibly aromatic and bright IPA bursting with fresh pine, melon and citrus notes. Please note that price will vary by market. Harvest Ale is best enjoyed as fresh as possible and is available after September 26.

Ryan Hannigan