Today’s news, though, is making waves: MiBiz reports Founders’ two cofounders have sold 90% of the company to Mahou-San Miguel Group, each retaining just a 5% stake. Founders has confirmed the deal to The Takeout.
I wasn’t jazzed when Founders sold a bit of the company a while back, but this news is just too disheartening as a Michigan beer fan.
In an official statement provided to The Takeout, the brewery says daily operations at the brewery and taproom will remain unchanged.
“Founders will remain autonomous in managing its business, products and teams,” the statement says. “Engbers and Stevens [Founders’ two cofounders] will continue to be shareholders in Founders and have no intention of leaving.”
Mahou-San Miguel also owns a majority of Avery Brewing of Boulder, Colorado, but Founders says there’s no plans to roll the companies together. The company also notes the sale is subject to regulatory approvals.
The missing phrase for the end of each of the above paragraphs is “for now.”
I’m on the prowl for pictures from my last visit to Grand Rapids and the Founders Taproom with my friend Kent from back in the early ‘10s. When I find these examples of a simpler time I shall share them here with you.
Makoto Shinkai, whose hit animated feature film Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name) put him on the global map, has a new film that just landed in theaters in Japan. For those outside Japan, you’ll have to wait until early 2020 to see Tenki no Ko (Weathering With You) but for fans looking to get just a little taste of the film, you’re in luck.
In the film, there is a scene where the the heroine, Hina Amano, prepares a series of creative dishes for protagonist Hodaka Morishima. They include potato chip fried rice and instant ramen salad.
> He says he doesn’t begrudge the company for its success, or for wanting to make money, but he does question consumers’ slavish devotion to the things. The company’s latest product, the Keurig 2.0, which allows users to use pods to make larger cups and pots of coffee, is a great example of that.
> “I stopped when I was walking in the grocery store aisle and I said, ‘What is that?'” Sylvan recalls. “I picked it up and looked at it and said, ‘You have to be kidding me.’ Now they want you to make a pot of coffee with a Keurig machine.”
K-Cups are terrible but better than the coffee you don’t have.
I am still a pour-over fan using a burr grinder with recently roasted beans. But I’ve gone lazy, relying on my local chain shops (not Starbucks) to deliver my coffee.
Most ramen fans in the United States are familiar with Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, the thick, creamy, pork broth-based bowl of noodles that is the star of menus of popular chains like Ippudo and Ichiran. But the same can’t be said for tori paitan ramen, which has as its base a chicken broth that’s similarly rich and creamy, and every bit as tasty as a tonkotsu. (Those of you who live in or have visited New York City may be able to attest to that fact if you’ve tried the tori paitan at Ivan Ramen, which we featured in our video on how to slurp a bowl of noodles.)
I’m eating up what’s in my refrigerator as I prep to head to the U.S. for the holidays so I can’t bust this out just yet.