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17th April 2013

Founders Brewing Co. to launch in UK through partnership with James Clay


American Craft Brewery, Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is to expand distribution to the United Kingdom. Working in partnership with speciality beer importers James Clay, beers from Founders Brewing Co. will be available nationwide beginning in May this year.



Both year-round and seasonal beers will be available in bottle immediately with draught expected to follow later in the year.


John Green, President of Founders Brewing Co. said of the partnership, “We’ve been looking at export opportunities for a while now, and we’re excited to partner with James Clay in making the United Kingdom one of our first international markets.”


“We are delighted to bring Founders Brewing Co. beers to the UK market” comments Ian Clay Managing Director of James Clay. “Founders is one of the most respected breweries in the world brewing a truly world class portfolio of beers. Introducing beers of Founders’ calibre to the UK is a fantastic addition to an increasingly diverse and vibrant UK beer culture.”


James Clay are particularly excited about the arrival of Founders Brewing Company’s All Day IPA. American IPA is fast becoming the beer-drinker’s style of choice, but with most coming in at a heady 6 – 9% abv often one can’t enjoy more than a couple. Founders Brewing Company’s All Day IPA is an award winning American Session IPA that has been expertly brewed to keep all the flavour of its stronger cousins, but at 4.7%abv.


Other beers available at launch include Porter (6.5% abv), Pale Ale (5.4% abv), a more traditional Centennial IPA (7.2% abv) and the remarkably smooth Scotch Ale, Dirty Bastard (8.5% abv).


The full range of Founders Brewing beers will be available through James Clay by early May. For further information, please contact


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About Founders Brewing Co.

Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. has made a distinctive mark on the craft beer community by brewing complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavour. Founders is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, currently ranking among the top 50 largest craft breweries in the nation.

Founders Brewing Company has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, and its beers are often rated among the best in the world by RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild and the Brewers Association



James Clay are the UK’s leading importer of Craft and Specialist beers from the United States, Europe and beyond. James Clay, based in West Yorkshire, distribute to the trade nationally.

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