Michigan's beer of choice? Vanilla Stout

For a sudsy taste of Pure Michigan, seek a pint of Founders Vanilla Stout.

That’s the favorite among the 1,200 fans who voted in a contest to choose a beer style that best represents Pure Michigan. The choices were Vanilla Stout, Apple Ale and Wheat IPA. It was a close race between Vanilla Stout and Apple Ale, according to contest sponsors, Pure Michigan and Founders Brewing Co.

“It’s cool that so many people voted, and it’s fun to know that we’re brewing a beer for the first time that so many people have already expressed interest in wanting to try,” Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders, said in a statement Tuesday. “I love working with vanilla and it works really well in our beers.”

The beer styles were suggested by the Grand Rapids brewer, a leader in Michigan’s growing craft beer industry. Founders wanted to brew something new; none of styles is currently being made. A Cherry Ale wasn’t an option because Founders has brewed that in the past.

The Vanilla Stout will be available at the Founders taproom in downtown Grand Rapids throughout July, which is Michigan Craft Beer Month.



Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.