The beer tent featured many favorites and surprises. The event exclusive (and very hoppy) Founders Fest Wheat was available amongst the mainstays and seasonals also including the tart Michigan cherry based Cerise. I started with the Fest Wheat before making my way to the food court. Several vendors provided food for the event including Founders event regulars What The Truck. I enjoyed a veggie burger with all of the fixings from the Cottage Bar with my Fest Wheat beer. Mi Tierra's spicy Mexican fare was also a crowd favorite based on my observations.
The longest lines were for the specialty beers, which included a mystery rotating tap amongst a stellar lineup that included Linchpin White IPA (a collaboration with Green Flash,) and the upcoming Backstage release Frangelic Mountain Brown. Of the specialties, I tried the superb Looking Glass, a brandy barrel aged Double IPA and the intriguing Ginger Centennial. Rotating taps (which could change at a moments notice, so you just had to be at the front of the line at the right time,) included Blushing Monk and KBS.
Two stages provided nearly endless music including popular bands such as Four Finger Five. Crane Wives and Afro Zuma. The FBC All Stars, a band made up of all Founders employees, really stole the show with a repertoire of crowd-pleasing covers including a tribute to Whitney Houston. The Artists Row also included several street performers enhanced the already high level of constant entertainment. This year marks another successful celebration of beer, food, and music for Founders Brewing Company.