Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bottled Michigan: Founders Furniture City Stock Ale


The second largest city in Michigan harbors a deep and lengthy history of making furniture; as home to five of the biggest furniture companies in the world, it boasts the nickname Furniture City. More recently, Grand Rapids has been dubbed Beer City USA, a name well earned for its strength in brewing, from nationally known brand such as Founders Brewing Company to recently ressurected names flush with history, like the Grand Rapids Brewing Company.

In a celebration of both its storied roots as well as its bright future, the Founders Brewing Company has elected to brew a special brown ale called Furniture City Stock Ale. Found typically in stores only around the Grand Rapids area as well as the Founders taproom, this beer runs cheaper than most bombers of Founders beer. Additionally, the profits from the sales of this beer go to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. I drink, and a museum gets money: everybody wins!

For those of you who want me to shut up and describe the beer, fine. It's a fairly standard brown ale, a solid product that is neither experimental nor boring. This color is what you'd expect; it's a deep, almost ruby tinted tan that only mildly inhibits light going through it. The aroma might not be what you'd expect, however; this is no sweet brown. The six roasted malts give the beer a dry smell, like rich sawdust.

Mouthfeel for the Furniture City Stock Ale is surprisingly smooth without being watery. I often complain about brown ales being thinner than expected, but the Stock Ale holds up well without being thick like a sweet stout. It helps that the beer follows through on its aroma by being surprisingly dry. The combination of malts gives the beer a robust taste that is neither too aggressive nor boring. Would you roll your eyes if I compared it to the conservative yet well made furniture that comes out of this city? It's an apt analogy.

Founders really did capture the essence of Furniture city in a bottle. No, it doesn't taste like caustic chemicals or the outside of Steelcase. But the beer has a comfortable, well worn feel to it. Founders Furniture City Stock Ale pleases without astonishing, and soothes without boring the imbiber. If you can find it, it's well worth the reasonable entry cost.

16 comments:

Grace Johnson said...

Several furniture stores in Orange County, California offers good quality wine storage cabinets, these will surely ensure the freshness and the delicious taste of any wine you decide to put in it. With this you could enjoy good wine every time you want to indulge yourself with it.

Jonathan Park said...

I hope the dance club in olongapo would serve old-school ale like this one. There's nothing like a really cold beer to soothe you from a long and tiring day.

Alisha Hughes said...

I live in Indianapolis and I do heard about this newly-created wine from all those furniture companies and now I see why they've been bragging about this one. The very reason why I've been wanting to taste this one cause I've been hearing a lot about this one.

Jennifer Corbett said...

This brown ale would be the best topper after a long day of getting the office furniture directly from the city.

Hotel Furniture said...

Well, i didn't get it exactly that for which one you concerned about the beer or furniture..?

Armchairs said...

Well, i don't know about the others but definitely i have a great concern about the furniture and furniture blogs as well.

Tennille Johnson said...

I just love the feeling of drinking my favorite beer while just sitting down and relaxing. By the way, I do have a collection of perfectly aged wines and beers stored in our antique furniture.

Muhammad Zahid Iqbal said...

Well. This brown ale would be the best topper after a long day of getting the office furniture directly from the city. furniture stores in bowling green ky

Linda Watts said...

A beer or two like this one is definitely a great way to relax. Perhaps, this would be best after a good combination of body and foot massage at one of your favorite health spa.

James Matthews said...

So that is basically a two-in-one shop. When buying a furniture, and you got tired of choosing the kind of design you want, you can buy a bottle of beer or a glass of wine to quench your thirst.

Louis Lloyd said...

I just love antique type of wooden furniture. If I will moving at another house, I will buy some type of that furniture.

Eleanor Burgess said...

Amazing! A premier furniture manufacturing city and now it has been dubbed Beer City as well? Grand Rapids is really one of the best cities in USA.

Amber Austin said...

Different furnishings can be found in the city. It's good that they're paying tribute to the industry by crafting this drink.

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Amela Jones said...

When will you be doing another article on this subject? 

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