Founders unveils new brew, plan for ArtPrize Nine

Green Zebra
An undated courtesy photo of Founders Brewing Co.'s new beer for ArtPrize Nine: Green Zebra. (July 17, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Founders Brewing Co. says it’s tapping into a nearly extinct German style of beer for a new brew it’s rolling out for ArtPrize Nine.

“Green Zebra” is a gose-style ale brewed with watermelon and sea salt. Founders says the subtly sour and slightly sweet ale is a lightly hopped treat with a soft mouthfeel and dry finish. Green Zebra comes in at 4.6 percent alcohol by volume and 10 International Bittering Units.

Green Zebra is Founders’ fifth specialty beer to benefit ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition, but the first one the company is planning to distribute across all 46 states it serves.

“It’s been a great relationship,” brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki said of Founders’ partnership with ArtPrize, “and a really cool opportunity for me to get some of these more bizarre ideas, something that’s not normal. When I think of art, I think about expression and freedom and outside the box. I always take this opportunity to do something a little bit different.”

Founders will release Green Zebra Aug. 15 at its taproom. The new brew will hit store shelves beginning in mid-August.

The beer will be available in a canned six-pack for $9.99, with original label artwork by Founders’ Jacob Wiseheart.