Opened in 1997 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders stakes its reputation on creating stunning, often gleefully over-the-top ales. Labels like Dirty Bastard and Red's Rye PA have transformed the company into one of the fastest-growing and top-rated breweries in the country.

About the brewery:

Opened in 1997 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders stakes its reputation on creating stunning, often gleefully over-the-top ales. Labels like Dirty Bastard and Red's Rye PA have transformed the company into one of the fastest-growing and top-rated breweries in the country.

When to drink it:

Before you dive in, wait until the weather cools and develop a love for coffee. Breakfast Stout is a great autumn ale for those who tire early of pumpkin beers and sweet Oktoberfest offerings. One of the brewery's seasonal selections, it's available from September through December.

Why to drink it:

This brew combines favorite stout ingredients - oatmeal, chocolate, coffee - into one alluring elixir. It pours like molasses, smells like ground java and settles nearly opaque in the glass.

These looks can be a bit deceiving, though, because the character is intriguing but never intimidating. This is a welcoming, comforting stout that's perfect for those who've never tried the style. Its earthy aromas and coffee notes give way to a subtle, well-earned sweetness.