Yo craft addicts. Yes folks, I have been hibernating for quite a long time. But don’t forget, I am Nashville’s laziest beer blogger. Accept no substitutes. There is so much going on, so I strongly suggest you follow the Nashville Beer Geek facebook group in addition to Nashville Craft Beer Aficionados. I promise you will stay more current than this blog. So what awakened me from my long nap? Founders! Yes they are coming to Tennessee. I had to change my underwear when I saw the following email in my inbox:

Founders Beer Will Be Available in Volunteer State in April 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 14, 2014 – Founders Brewing Co. announced today that it is expanding its distribution territory to include the Volunteer State, with a network of distributors slated to represent the brand across almost the entire state of Tennessee beginning in April. “We’ve been distributing in most of the states surrounding Tennessee for years,” said Co-Founder and CEO Mike Stevens. “Beer enthusiasts in Tennessee have been growing the craft beer scene, and they’ve been patient with us. We’re excited to be able to bring our beer to them.” Founders distribution coverage will include the four major metropolitan areas of Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville. Residents of Tennessee can expect to find Founders’ year-round and seasonal products on draft in the first shipment. Bottles will begin arriving in the next shipment, and specialty releases will follow the brewery’s release schedule from there. Founders recently announced distribution in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana in addition to Tennessee, bringing the brewery’s total distribution footprint to 31 states. For a list of all the states in which Founders is available and the brewery’s 2014 availability calendar, visit

Folks, Founders Reds Rye is one of my desert island beers. It’s simply the most drinkable rye pale ale on the planet. Another Michigan brewery New Holland launched yesterday at Flying Saucer. Now all we need is Bell’s to come to TN for the trifecta. The craft beer pool is getting crowded, but I sure as hell don’t mind. Until next time (hopefully some time this year), stay safe and don’t let me catch you drinking shitty beer. Cheers, Smitty