CLOSED

Founders Brewing Co. co-founder Dave Engbers of Grand Rapids opens the door to wife Amy Engbers at Taprooke Detroit on Friday, December. 1, 2017. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

Founders Brewing Co. has finally broken the silence. And that closes the Detroit taproom "for the time being."

Michigan's largest brewery emailed ticket holders of this weekend's much-awaited Canadian Breakfast Stout release and celebration in Detroit that it is suspending that release and party while the popular Detroit closed the taproom indefinitely "in light of recent events "and because of the safety concerns of the employees.

These "recent events", of course, include pending racial discrimination lawsuits that reached national news this week when a leaked deposition was first posted by the Detroit Metro Times, caused a storm injury on social media and resulted in the Detroit media shops, bars and restaurants drew Founders products from their shelves.

The CBS release in Grand Rapids, where Founders is based, will continue as planned.

The Founders E-mail via Eventbrite:

We sincerely regret that we share with you that CBS bottle collection and CBS bottling at the Detroit location will not happen as planned.

In light of recent events and, more importantly, for the safety of our employees, we have decided to close the Detroit taproom from Friday 25th. October until further notice. We really appreciate your enthusiasm for the introduction of this year's CBS. We will issue a full refund to all CBS bottle card holders as soon as possible. As a reminder, CBS will be widely available in the market beginning November 1.

To be clear, the Grand Rapids CBS release will continue as planned.

Again, we are so sorry to share this news and appreciate the understanding and support of the founders. Thanks. ”

Canadian Breakfast Stout, or CBS, is the Founders & # 39; Top Rated Beer according to the craft beer review Beer Advocate website, and this weekend should be Founders & # 39; latest CBS release for the foreseeable future. Since it is brewed in such limited quantities, CBS release parties often have long lines and a solemn air, while craft beer fans are delighted that it might just be the year to grab some.

The founders confirmed that Detroit taproom employees will be paid during closure, even as several plan a peaceful protest Saturday at the corner of Charlotte and Cass in Detroit "to address discrimination against minorities / LHBTQ + / women in the workforce. "

Founder's Founders & Owners Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers also posted a statement on the brewery's website, the company's first communications on the website or social media since Monday, when the deposit first leaked.

Stevens and Engbers said the founders withdrew from this weekend's Fall Beer Festival in Detroit's eastern market because they did not want it to be a distraction and had the safety of their employees "in mind."

"First and foremost, we apologize to more than 600 employees – who work hard every day to make and serve some of the best beer in the world – for all the negative attention," Stevens and Engbers said in the letter. "We are committed to working closely with them to make changes to the company that need to be made to ensure a positive future. These talks are underway.

" Due to the pending litigation that has received so much attention late, We can not talk more specifically about the lawsuit that has been in the news. But we want to tell our customers in Detroit, Michigan, and around the country that seeing the integrity and value system of the founders being questioned is one of the hardest we've ever experienced.

"We had been advised not to talk about any of this, even though accusations have been thrown in our direction. But we are aware that we must talk about this now.

" What is going on shortly – in according to our culture that brings people together and standards – will be resolved. Our founding family will point us in the right direction. "

Founders opened Detroit taproom, second, in December 2017.

Spirits of Detroit writer Brian Manzullo covers craft alcohol for Free Press. Contact him: bmanzullo @ freepress.com and on Untappd, bmanzullo and Twitter, @BrianManzullo and @SpiritsofDET .

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