At this year's festival they were pouring their usual lineup of stand-bys as well as holding hourly tappings of their different specialty beers like KBS, Blushing Monk, etc. The mood in their tent was warm and exciting throughout the day, just as it is whenever you visit their brewpub dowtown. The people at Founders are always friendly and welcoming, and they work hard to embrace the laid-back, family oriented nature that their business should embody. You can certainly tell this by listening to Dave speak, and if you visit their website and click on "Founders Family", you'll see that everyone from the CEO to the janitor has a profile picture, and that they are all smiling! During our interview, a couple of bright-eyed beer hounds wandered on screen and Dave was ready and willing to share the mic and welcome them to the tent.
Founders is a Sermon on the Mount to the tremendous growth in the Michigan craft beer culture. They have a fiercely loyal following, have received numerous awards & accolades for their beer, and yet they continue to grow and advocate both for their industry and for consumer awareness & education.
It was a great start to the day tracking Dave down for a few minutes!