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We Brunched Hard with Founders Brewing Company

Brunch. That annoying, perfect combination of words that symbolizes a brief window of opportunity to eat and drink during the late morning hours between breakfast and lunch without fear of others' judgement.

When we sat down with Byron from Founders Brewing Company to work out the details of our next joint event, we knew that a simple brunch wouldn't do. If we were going to brunch, we were going to brunch HARD. We were going to make it a brunch that no one would want to miss, and if they did, they would regret it for a very long time.

We started throwing ideas around. Things snowballed. Then things got stupid, in a good way, almost to the point where we worried we might be pushing things a little too far. Then we laughed and realized that's exactly how far things should be pushed.

The proper glassware for Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout.

The proper glassware for Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout.

No Founders brunch could be conceived without including Breakfast Stout on the menu, so that was a given. How about KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)? Sure, why not? How about a couple of other Founders beers? All Day IPA? Okay, let's do it.

Then things got dark. And maple-y. What if we tap CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout), one of Founder's most hard-to-find offerings...and not tell anyone about it until that morning? What if we let our fellow brunchers arrive to find this gem on the beer list and tell the world for us?

They came. They saw. They Untappd. 

Heavy hitters at 11am. But it's brunch, so...

Heavy hitters at 11am. But it's brunch, so...

Of course, drinks are only half of any brunch. Maybe 75-80% max. So we enlisted the help of our friends at Nobel House in Geneva to cover the food aspect of the event. They rose to the challenge with a menu of fine meats for sliders, a cloud-fluffy egg bake, fruit salad, and of course, bacon. Pair a plate of this grub with a pour of Breakfast Stout and you've just perfected Sunday brunch. 

The spread. Photo: Teresa Meyer

The spread. Photo: Teresa Meyer

We told everyone before this event that it was not to be missed. We told the truth. Hosting these specialty events brings us a lot of joy after weeks, sometimes months, of hand-wringing and sleep deprivation as we sweat the details. If you missed out this time, please don't let it happen again.

Byron from Founders Brewing trying to ignore a pesky regular. We kid.

Byron from Founders Brewing trying to ignore a pesky regular. We kid.

Drinking Breakfast Stout, Dutchess style.

Drinking Breakfast Stout, Dutchess style.

Dig in. Brunch won't brunch itself.

Dig in. Brunch won't brunch itself.

Sometimes, even Alan smiles.

Sometimes, even Alan smiles.

One Year Down...

Plank Road Tap Room has made it through the first year!  In August of 2014, we opened our door to you and we're really thankful that you chose to walk in.  

On Sunday, August 2nd, we threw a little soiree to celebrate and were blown away by the support and love that we received.  Hundreds of people turned out to share a few laughs and drink some delicious beers with their friends, new and old.

We have some pictures of the day, but before you take a look through them, we have some thank yous to hand out.

We would like to thank the breweries and distributors that have made this year possible.  We have some amazing relationships that have allowed us to create and maintain a beer list that we're pretty proud of.  We'd like to send a little extra thanks to Penrose Brewing and Solemn Oath Brewery, specifically Tom Korder and Paul Schneider, for collaborating with us on our anniversary beer.  The gesture meant more than they know.  We enjoy our relationships with both breweries and hope they continue to grow.

We would like to thank our staff for a year of hard work and success.  Without the efforts of Teresa, Jon and Jeremy, who knows where we would be and what we would have been able to accomplish.  Their hard work and dedication have kept beer in your glasses and joy in your hearts.  Please thank them when you see them.

We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to our customers.  Your loyalty has amazed us.  The culture that you've created is something that we can't even describe.  You welcome newcomers with open arms.  You express genuine concern and fondness for our tap room, staff and each other.  You don't park at the fire department.  You amaze us every day and we appreciate it.

In case you didn't get the gist of this, we are thankful to everyone who made this first year possible.  We look forward to a few more.  Keep an eye out for a special announcement or two in the next few weeks.

Warm Regards,

Alan & Breanne