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Friday August 21, 2015

New beer introductions

Name- Punch

Style- Red Wine Barrel-Aged Saison

ABV- 7.2%

Our flagship Saison had never been aged on oak before now, and our curiosity was peaked. We received six red wine Puncheon barrels at the end of June and filled them with our Saison. A puncheon barrel is over twice the size of a regular oak wine barrel. Sitting for two months gives this beer subtle oak and red wine characteristics without being overpowering.

Notes of passionfruit, ginger, black pepper, and red wine.

Pairs well with starting your own fight club.

Bottled on: Friday August 21st
Released: Friday August 28th

Why did you decide to brew it?
We wanted to see how Saison would barrel-age.

Is it a Saison?

Interesting/Special brewing story-
Named Punch after the red wine Puncheon barrels it was aged in. The 6 puncheon barrels arrived days before we filled them. It was our first Puncheon barrels we’ve ever had. 

Is it barrel aged? Yes – red wine barrels. Not sour, but winey tartness.
If yes- What type of barrels/where from/ how long-
Beer it might be comparable to- Saison

Can it be cellared? If yes, how long?  Cellar at your own risk.

Tuesday August 4, 2015

FORT COLLINS, CO (August 2015) – Raspberry Provincial will soon be available in 4-packs for customers to enjoy the same Raspberry goodness in a smaller, more convenient bottle. The first packaging date is set for August 7th, 2015. 4-packs will be directly available to taproom customers, and will hit the liquor stores in Colorado shelves by the end of August, and the rest of distribution will start to see Raspberry Provincial 4-packs in September.  

Raspberry Provincial was a product of creativity, ingenuity and luck. “In the summer of 2013 we took a test batch of our sessional sour summer ale, Provincial, that didn’t quite hit gravity, and decided to have some fun with it! We added a heavy dose of raspberries" explains Gordon Schuck, Co-founder of Funkwerks. The end result was a delightfully tart fruit beer, and the fastest selling batch of beer in the taproom that has ever been produced.

At the Great American Beer Festival in 2014, Raspberry Provincial was awarded the gold medal in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category. After which, Funkwerks decided to brew it year-round and it has been in high demand in all of the available markets. Despite its bright pink hue, it has proved to have just as many male admirers as female since being released to Funkwerks’ distribution footprint.

Funkwerks started bottling in 330ml bottles last year. Brad Lincoln, co-owner/co-founder explains, “people tend to save larger bottles of beer for a special occasion or to share with others.” Smaller bottles provide more variety, accessibility, and the convenience of enjoying a single beer without the commitment of a larger bottle.

However, fermentation capacity limited Funkwerks to bottle to only Saison, Tropic King and Deceit in 330ml bottles. After the most recent expansion, Funkwerks now has the capacity to add Raspberry Provincial to the 4-pack line-up.

Friday July 3, 2015

Name- School’s Out

Style- Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale

ABV- 6.3%

Schooooool’s out for summer! Experimenting with a new Farmhouse yeast strain, this beer is cholk-full of citrus notes from the addition of Mandarina Bavaria hops and a new experimental hop, Lemondrop.  Each refreshing sip tastes like summertime.

Refreshing notes of orange citrus and lemon. 

Pairs poorly with lawn darts.

Release date- Saturday, July 4th. 'Merica.

Why did you decide to brew it

Gordon drank a beer in Portland, OR that used a different (Farmhouse) yeast strain and he wanted to brew our Saison (with a few recipe adjustments) with the same Farmhouse yeast strain to compare to our Saison proprietary yeast strain.

Interesting Ingredients?

We used a hop variety called Lemon Drop that adds a lemon characteristic, which somewhat resembles the Sorachi Ace hop strain, minus notes of dill. We also added Mandarina Bavaria hop variety to round out the citrus profile. 

Is it barrel aged?

Technically yes. It was fermented in our red wine Foeder, instead of fermenting in a stainless steel fermentation tank. Due to the short amount of time the beer spent in the oak Foeder, the beer does not have a particularly oak like characteristics. 

Beer it might be comparable to?


Can it be cellared? If yes, how long?

Our beer is brewed and aged for immediate consumption, but can still develop with age. However, because we do not know how it will age, we can not recommend cellaring. Age at your own risk. 

Tuesday April 28, 2015

Our first Foeder arrived!

Foeders (pronounced FOOD-er) are giant oak barrels used for aging wine. Brewers use oak Foeders for aging beer. The process works similarly to using regular oak barrels, but in larger quantities. As our sour-head population grows among the craft beer industry, keeping up with the demand for sours is more difficult, making a foeder a helpful piece of equipment. 

Our Foeder is came all the way from a winery in Washington State, where it was used to age red wine. Foeders come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from 7 barrels to 100 barrels. Our little Foeder can fit 25 barrels; a perfect size for a brewery of our 15-barrel brewhouse. 

Dahlia will be the first beer to go into the Foeder, and it will be expected to appear in the last week in May! After the first couple of batches we will use it to age sours.

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Barrel-Aged beers are continuously rising in popularity within the craft beer industry. The flavor gained from aging beer in barrels adds a complexity and unique flavor. 
The production of barrel-aged beers is a more costly venture than non barrel-aged beers for a variety of reasons. Oak barrel prices range depending on the type of barrel, and can cost a brewer $120 to $500, only to be used an average of three times. One barrel only holds around 53-59 gallons of beer (a little more than three kegs of beer), so multiple barrels need to be purchased. Additionally, aging beer takes time, and time is money. We age our barrel-aged beers a minimum of around one year, and have barrels that have been filled for three years!
Because the production of barrel-aged beers is expensive, brewers have been inventing methods of producing the complex oak flavor in your beer without needing to purchase an entire barrel. 
Aging beer on oak spirals is one method of producing an oak aged beer without an entire oak barrel. These spirals are toasted the same as the inside a barrel. The spiral shape allows for more surface area for the beer to come in contact with absorbing the flavors of the wood. Spirals are simply thrown into a fermenter and sat to age for a desired amount of time. 
Wood spirals have also opened up the opportunity to use different types of wood. Now brewers are not limited to oak. 
We found four barrel spirals in one of our red wine barrels we use to age Oud Bruin. As a barrel becomes more neutral, wine makers throw toasted oak spirals in to extend the longevity of the barrel.

Oak barrels have been used in the brewing process for thousands of years. Originally, wood barrels were utilized for the fermentation stage of brewing beer. Brewers made the switch from wood to metal in the mid 1900s because of the strength and stability of metal in comparison to wood. Today, stainless steel is the choice vessel for fermentation, but oak barrels are still a highly sought-after for barrel aging. By aging beer in oak barrels, brewers are in a sense reverting back to a traditional method of brewing beer.

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Anyone who has visited us in the wintertime knows how cozy it can be in our taproom. In December we finished and opened the Barrel Room to expand our seating capacity for the weekends.

The barrel room has three large picnic benches and seats around 24 people. Please e-mail Kipp at for reservations. 

There is no longer a Christmas tree in the Barrel Room.

Monday January 26, 2015

Pretzel Recipe:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) warm water (lukewarm, no need to take temperature)
  • 1 packet active instant yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (8g) granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Dahlia Sea Salt from The Old Town Spice Shop (available at the Funkwerks Taproom)

  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir with a spoon until fairly mixed, about 1 minute. Some clusters of yeast will remain. Add salt and sugar; stir until fairly combined. Slowly add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough is thick. Add 3/4 cup more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. If it is still sticky, add up to 1/2 cup more. Poke the dough with your finger - if it bounces back, it is ready to knead.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 3 minutes and shape into a ball. With a sharp knife, cut ball of dough into 1/3 cup sections. This measurement does not have to be exact - use as much or little dough for each pretzel as you wish - the size of the pretzel is completely up to you.
  4. Roll the dough into a rope with an even diameter. My ropes were twenty inches long. This measurement will depend how large you want the pretzels. Once you have your long rope, take the ends and draw them together so the dough forms a circle. Twist the ends, then bring them towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
  5. Boil 6 cups of water with 2/3 cup of baking soda. Dunk the pretzels one by one into the mixture for 30 seconds. 
  6. In a small bowl, beat the egg and pour into a shallow bowl or pie dish. Dunk the shaped pretzel into the egg wash, or brush on.  Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. 
  7. Bake for 10 minutes at 425F degrees. Turn the oven to broil and bake for 5 more minutes to brown the tops. Watch closely to avoid burning.
  8. Allow to cool and enjoy. Serve warm or at room temperature. Pretzels may be stored in an airtight container or zipped top bag for up to 3 days.
Dahlia Mustard Recipe:

  • 1 cup brown mustard seeds, yellow mustard seeds, or a combination. 
  • 1 cup of Dahlia
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 half pint canning jars with lids and rings. 

  1. Soak mustard seems with dark beer in a large bowl and set aside in the refrigerator for 24 hours. If the seeds soak up the beer too quickly, add more beer. 
  2. Transfer the soaked mustard seeds to a food processor along with garlic, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. 
  3. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. 
  4. Pack mustard into hot jars, filling within 1/4 inch of the top. 
  5. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. 
  6. Wipe the rims of the jars. Top lids and screw on rings. 
  7. Refrigerate the jars of mustard for 2 weeks before using. 


Friday December 26, 2014

Save some spent grain from your next homebrew to make a treat for your furry friend! Here's a basic recipe that will guarantee a satisfied pup.

4 cups spent grain
2 cups flour (whole wheat preferred)
1 cup peanut butter
2 organic eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile combine and mix each of the ingredients thoroughly until a thick dough forms.

Roll out the dough on a generously floured surface and cut shapes with cookie cutters, lining them up on baking sheets.

Dough is very sticky; add flour as needed.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then reduce temperature to 225 degrees and continue baking for 2 hours. This will ensure they are completely dry to extend their shelf life.

Dried cookies will keep for 2 weeks in an airtight container. Freeze to keep them longer.

** WARNING: Do not add hops to the dog treats. Dogs can be dangerously allergic to hops.

Friday December 26, 2014

photo courtesy of Emily Hutto and recipe courtesy of Chef Ricky Myers of Jax Fish House at 123 N. College Avenue in Fort Collins

serves 4 to 6

1 12-ounce bottle Funkwerks Saison
1 cup carrot, medium-diced
1 cup onion, medium-diced
1 cup celery, medium-diced
1 large tomato, medium-diced
1 large Russet potato, medium diced
1/4 lb. bacon
15 oz. can of chopped clams
15 oz. can of pureed tomato
3 cups seafood stock or bouillon
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, picked and chopped

Render bacon in a medium pot until crispy. Remove bacon (not the fat) from pot and set aside.       
Add carrot, celery, onion, garlic, and bay leaf to pot. Cook on low heat and caramelize,  about 15 minutes.

Add tomato paste and thyme and stir to coat rendered vegetables.

“Toast” tomato paste for about five minutes, stirring often. Deglaze tomato paste with beer and simmer for about five minutes to reduce beer just a bit.                           

Strain the clams, reserving the liquid.                                                             

Add the clam juice, lobster stock, diced tomatoes, chili flake, cooked bacon from the first step, and puréed tomato. Bring everything to a simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add the potatoes and continue to simmer until potatoes are tender.

Turn off heat, add chopped clams, and stir. Garnish with fresh-picked herbs of your choice.

Enjoy ;)

Friday December 5, 2014

Every month the Funkwerks team gets together outside of work for some team bonding, kind of like the team bonding activities you did as a kid, except instead of trust falls and the 'human knot', we like to get together for some 'market research'. 

A couple of months ago, the Funky team decided to visit Ray, one of our favorite bartenders at one of our favorite bars in Fort Collins, Ace Gillett's. 

Ace Gillett's is an underground Jazz Lounge located under the Armstrong hotel in Old Town. Named after the founder of the Armstrong hotel; an entrepreneur who greatly influenced the development of downtown Fort Collins in the 1940's. If you haven't had the pleasure to visit, we strong recommend you schedule a date. 

Ace Gillett's is well known for their handcrafted cocktails, and they are ingenuitive and delectable. Ray concocted a few specialty Funkwerks cocktails for the Funkwerks gang that were too delicious to keep to ourselves. Ray was kind enough to give us the recipes to share!

The River Styx

4 oz Fresh Sqeezed OJ
1.75 oz Basil Hydens Bourbon

1 oz Amaretto Disaronni 
Circular Ball Ice

Fill to the top with Tropic King 3.5 oz 

Bloody Bastard

1 oz Dimmi (Dimmi has hints of Apricot and peach that pairs well with Tropic King)
.5 oz St. Germain
½ an organge  or 1 oz of OJ
2 oz of Red Wine
.25 oz Simple Syrup

Shake the above with Ice.

Strain over fresh ice. 

Fill with Tropic King and gently stir to mix.

The Strong Island Iced Tea

25 oz Vodka
.25 oz Gin
.25 oz White Rum
.25 oz Tequila 
1 full lime 
1 full lemon
.25 simple syrup

Stir the above together

splash of Cola
.25oz Cointreau 

                                 Top with Tropic King

Friday October 31, 2014

This year we provided pumpkins and carving utensils for anyone who wanted to join us for a Pumpkin Carving Party!

We bought 32 pumpkins!

Everyone who wanted to participate in a Pumpkin Contest for the chance to win some free beer stayed until sundown..... And the winner is.....

1st Place in Pumpkin Contest goes to this FW Skull Glass
by Joseph Sennett

2nd Place Cat Pumpkin
Brad loves Cats.

Adam's Pumpkin

Join us next year!

Thursday October 9, 2014

Raspberry Provincial was awarded a Gold medal this year for the Belgian-Style Fruit Ale beer-style category at Great American Beer Festival® (GABF). 

Presented by the Brewer's Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that evaluates and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers produced in the United States. The 2014 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 222 expert judges from the record number of 5,507 entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,309 U.S. breweries. The competition was fierce!

Raspberry Provincial stood up against 40 other beers in the Belgian-Style Fruit Ale category and took Gold!

Raspberry Provincial is a Belgian-Style Berliner Weisse ale with a heavy dose of raspberries. A sessionable fruit beer at 4.2% alcohol by volume that is delightfully tart, with a citrusy raspberry aroma and a dry, tart finish. It's a beer that appeals to a range of beer drinkers because it maintains a bright fruit profile without being overly sour or cloyingly sweet. The result is one of the most refreshingly drinkable beers we have brewed.
Photo © 2014 Jason E. Kaplan

Raspberry Provincial is brewed during the summer season and available in bottles. Please check our website for availability or shoot us an e-mail!

Friday September 5, 2014

In our most recent experimental single hopped Saison, Motueka, we threw in some acidulated malt, just for fun! 

Also known as Sauermalz, Acid Malt, or Sour Malt, Acidulated malt is a type of malted barley that contains a small amount of lactic acid that gives it a sour taste. Acidulated malt is most commonly used in small amounts (1-5%) to reduce the pH of the wort or mash. It can add complexity and slight tartness that helps highlight certain hop flavors.

In Motueka, we added 3% acidulated malt to highlight some of the Motueka hop flavors, such as lemon, lime, and passion fruit, and to give it an interesting mild tartness. 

At greater amounts (8%), it can be used in certain beer styles to help sour, such as Berliner Weisse and Gose beers, instead of souring the kettle by putting lactobacillus strains straight in the kettle.

Weyermann® acidulated malt is soured with naturally occurring lactic acid that they propagate from wort, following the German Purity Law, which states beer can only be produced using water, barley, and hops. Although exact details of the acidulation process remain undisclosed, the process is similar to the production of other malts. They use a pale barely malt that is steeped, germinated, kilned, and acidulated. 

Always learning something new! 

Monday August 4, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Funkwerks is now packaging in 330ml bottle 4-packs! Now customers can enjoy the beloved Tropic King and the award-winning flagship Saison in a smaller, more convenient bottle!

For three years now, Funkwerks has been bottling solely in 750ml bottles. People tend to save larger bottles of beer for a special occasion or to share with others. Smaller bottles provide more variety, accessibility, and the convenience of enjoying a single beer without the commitment of a larger bottle. Not that 750ml is too much Saison for me....

Smaller bottles additionally help in maintaining freshness. If people are opening a larger bottle and saving half of it for a later time, the beer will lose it's carbonation and quickly oxidize with so much air left in the bottle. 

Previously Funkwerks did not have the capacity to accommodate the increase in production that would come with bottling in 330 ml bottles, but their recent expansion of two 30-barrel fermenters increased their fermentation capacity by almost 43%. 

Gordon moving the fermenter in the new space!
Now with the ability to brew more beer, Funkwerks has also decided to return to kegging in half barrels, reducing the cost per fluid ounce for accounts. 

1/2 barrels available for distribution!

What are some of the reasons you are excited to pick up a 4-pack?

Tuesday July 1, 2014

Somewhere, at the farthest point on the largest brewing street in the country (according to DRAFT Magazine, in a exceptionally bike friendly, beer drinking community, there was a microbrewery that thought it might be a good idea to become a Bike Library hub.  So here we go!

Funkwerks officially joins the Bike Library Family

The Fort Collins Bike Library is a project of Bike Fort Collins (a nonprofit organization). The Bike Library’s mission is to “provide an affordable and dependable resource for bicycle sharing and advocacy promoting a positive cycling culture in Fort Collins.” Learn more about the Bike Library at

With the rise in tourism to Fort Collins, bikes are a great way to safely visit breweries. And most visitors do not travel with their own bicycle, making the Fort Collins Bike Library a continent way to fully experience a key aspect of the Fort Collins culture.

Beer and Bikes! It’s a match made in heaven.
The Funkwerks Fleet: 6 Crusiers

As a Bike Library hub, you can rent a bike for $10 a day (technically free, but only if you return the bike by 1pm the same day it is checked out). Complete the sign up form and digital liability waiver located online; you will need a credit card and your photo ID number. You can do this ahead of time to make the process a tad speedier, or use our computer in the taproom, at your convenience. Pick up your bike from Funkwerks and ride! You may also return your bike at any of the six Bike Library locations!

Main Station at 250 N. Mason
CSU Surplus at 201 W. Lake St.
University Inn – Best Western at 914 S. College Ave.
Funkwerks at 1900 E. Lincoln Ave.
Bike Library Maintenance Facility at 220 N. Howes
Cranknstein – Return location only at 215A N. College Ave.

Monday June 2, 2014

We got a Randall!

A Randall (also known as a Hop Rocket), that was originally invented by Dogfish Head brewery, is an in line infuser. We use to infuse beer with different types of hops, fruit, vegetables, and whatever else our Funkwerks hearts desire! We could even infuse the beer with bacon….. mmmmm, bacon….
Justin playing with his new toy!

The device simply hooks up to the draft system between the keg and tap. We fill the Hop Rocket with peaches. The beer flows from the keg into the Randall where the beer is infused with peaches and from the tap we are now pouring a Peachy Tropic King!

Every infusion is an experiment that allows us to come up with fun creations, such as Mango Habanero Saison, or Pineapple Deceit. The downside? Each beer creation is fairly brief. Because the Hop Rocket needs to be cleaned with every keg change, each batch lasts the duration of a keg.

Make sure you can come in and try whichever fun invention we come up with, while it lasts!

We've done a Citra hopped Saison, a Amarillo hopped Saison, and Saison with espresso coffee and cocoa nips! Come in and let us know what you want to see go into our Randall!
Citra hops in the Randall

Thursday May 1, 2014

This years Craft Brewer’s Conference was a doozy of a week for Funkwerks. Being CBC’s first year in Colorado we had a lot of expectations along with a lot of unknowns. The experience was better than we could even have had imagined. Industry people from brewers to equipment manufactures from all over the world flocked to Colorado for the conference.
Conferences and All you can eat oysters at the
World Beer Cup Award Ceremony.

Picture your days as a child at summer camp, similar to the experience depicted in the movie Meatballs, for those of you that have seen it, (if you haven't, you should; it's hilarious). You spent all year doing your own thing, and then summer rolls around and you get to meet back up with all your friends at camp. CBC is a very similar experience for craft brewers. You spend the entire week having fun, trying new beer, and going to lectures. Between meetings and beer tastings you walk the exposition hall, talking to manufactures about their latest and greatest.

From left to right:
Gordon Schuck,  Charlie Papazian, and Justin Renninger.  
With the end of the week, comes the World Beer Cup. With an international panel of 219 beer judges from 31 countries it is the Olympics of Beer Competition. There were 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries. Instead of Bill Murray (from Meatballs) presenting the winners, Charlie Papazian the godfather of home brewing and the craft beer movement stood on stage and presented the World Cup winners. This year there were 4,754 beers entered from 1,403 breweries, from 58 countries into 94 different style categories.  219 judges from 31 different countries judged the entries, needless to say the competition was stiff.

Impatiently waiting for the specific categories while all the while the winners were being announced. The Saison category came and went with no medal for Funkwerks. Needless to say we were extremely disappointed. Out of the four entries, our bets were placed on Saison to win a medal. Then Deceit was called and all the anxiety washed away.

Overall, next to the all you can eat oysters on the half shell and cheese carts at the awards ceremony, the best part of CBC was the camaraderie experienced between all the brewers. The support and inspiration was overwhelming. This is Funkwerks first World Beer Cup win, now it only means we have to work harder to out do ourselves! 

Thank you to all of our supporters,
Justin Renninger (head brewer at Funkwerks)

Our "decorated" Deceit!

Monday March 31, 2014

Never having tried the flavor altering substance known as Miracle fruit, the Funkwerks gang decided to get together and “flavor trip.” We tested a few of the different forms of miracle fruit; dried, powder, and pill form. Best results were found with the powder and pill form from and mberry.

Synsepalum dulificum is a berry, commonly known as Miracle or Magic Fruit, composed of protein molecules that bind to the tongue’s taste buds and activate sweet receptors when it comes in contact with acidic foods. Originating in West Africa, Miracle fruit is consumed before a meal to sweeten plum wine, beer, and to improve the flavor of soured corn bread and other foods that easily sour.  

A smorgasbord Lemons, limes, hot sauce, salty Chex Mix, Sour Patch Kids, and of course, our sour brown ale, Oud Bruin. Although miracle fruit is reported to only activate with low pH foods, we experimented with all of the taste buds. After letting the powder fully dissolve, our puckered faces relaxed. The lemons tasted like refreshingly sweet lemonade, and Oud Bruin tasted like sweet Belgian ale with no sourness. As to be expected there was no taste difference in the Chex Mix, and not a noticeable difference in Frank’s Red hot sauce, however there may be more of an effect with a more acidic hot sauce.

Walking away with stomachaches from all the candy and citrus, it was universally decided we enjoyed our Oud Bruin more when our taste buds were not under the influence. Nonetheless it was an interesting experience.

Tuesday March 18, 2014

1 1/4 oz      gin of choice (I recommend Hendricks)
1       oz      simple syrup
3/4 -1oz      squeezed lemon juice
5 - 7            basil leaves
3 - 5  oz      Funkwerks Saison

1) Muddle basil leaves and lemon juice in a shaker.
2) Add ice, simple syrup, and gin and shake! Or stir.
3) Add Funkwerks Saison, and stir. (Do not shake!)
4) Pour into a glass and garnish with a bail leaf.

Wednesday March 12, 2014

Funkwerks Saison Beer Bread Recipe 

3     cups of all-purpose flour
1     Tablespoon of baking powder
1.5  teaspoons of salt
4     Tablespoons of Sugar 
1     bottle of Funkwerks Saison - 12 oz for the bread, remaining for your face :)
3     Tablespoons of butter (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a desired pan. 
2) In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix well. 
3) Stir in 12 oz of Funkwerks Saison beer and mix with hands until a stiff batter is formed. Do not over     mix. Pour remaining Saison in a glass and sip occasionally. 
4) Brush melted butter across top of dough. This step is optional.
5) Bake until done, baking time can vary. Mine took about 45 minutes. A toothpick should come out         clean.
6) Enjoy :)

Monday March 3, 2014

Ingredients:  serves two

1 tablespoon oil
2 boneless skinless diced chicken breasts 
1 5oz cans of water chestnut (cut in quarters)
2/3 cup sliced mushrooms 
3 tablespoons chopped onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 -6 leaves iceberg lettuce

Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon oil (sesame oil recommended)
1 tablespoon hot mustard
1 teaspoon garlic 
1 teaspoon red chile paste
3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup Funkwerks Saison beer

1) In a large saucepan, sauté diced chicken breasts in 1 tablespoon of cooking oil for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onions, and garlic, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until chicken is finished cooking. Set aside, and drain if necessary. 

2) Mix together sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice, oil, hot mustard, garlic, red chili paste, peanut butter, and 1/4 cup of Funkwerks Saison in a bowl or sauce pan. 

3) Mix in sautéed chicken and vegetables with the sauce, and serve on lettuce leaves. 

4) Enjoy with a glass of Funkwerks Saison!

Monday March 3, 2014

Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar in Omaha, Nebraska was a success! Here's a little recap. 

1st Course: Quail

ginger snap-date puree, turnip, orange, rosemary, marcona almond
Paired with Funkwerks Saison

2nd Course: Hamachi

radicchio, mango, basil, preserved lemon vinaigrette
Paired with Funkwerks Tropic King

3rd Course: Short Rib

bourbon fig jus, sabayon, lamb macon-marmalade, potato
Paired with Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad

4th Course: Brownie

fig, candied macadamia, coffee bean orange zest marshmallow
Paired with Funkwerks Dark Prophet

Thank you, Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine, for hosting this delicious beer dinner!

Friday February 7, 2014

There is no doubt that people have caught the bug of wild fermentation. With the array of stimulating flavors and the range of intensity and complexity that wild yeast and bacteria can bring to beer, it’s hard not to appreciate the uniqueness that wild fermentation can to bring to craft beer! The variation in bacteria, yeast, and brewing practices, brings infinite possibilities for the “wild ale” beer consumer, and many styles to choice from. Saisons, Sours, and Brett beers are often mistaken for the same style of beer, yet there are some distinct style differences that have been defined, and knowledge of these differences can help distinguish between the similarities.

The saison beer style has been around since the 19th century and was traditionally brewed by Belgian farmers in uncovered containers in their farmhouses. Due to the naturally unhygienic brewing conditions, the beer developed a wild flavor, naturally. Saisons are brewed with pale malt, a light to medium hop, and carry notes of citrus, herbs, and spices. Originally a low alcohol beer style intended to keep the farm workers in production, the modern rendition is a relatively higher alcohol beer brewed using a cultivated wild Belgian saison yeast strain, instead of utilizing open fermentation practices. The Belgian wild yeast imitates the wild flavors that traditionally resulted from open fermentation, giving saisons their characteristic peppery and citrus flavor.

A common misconception is that saisons get their distinct flavor because they are brewed with Brettanomyces.

Brettanomyces is a type of yeast that is found on the skins of fruit. In most cases, Brettanomyces is considered a contaminant that produces an off flavor in beer, however, it is a key ingredient in many wild beer styles. When brewing a Brett beer, it is typically used in addition to another yeast, although there are 100% Brett Beers, like our Brett Trois. Brettanomyces contributes a unique funkiness, described as “horse-blanket.” It can also give beer an acidic quality, a unique spiciness, earthiness, and fruit characteristics.

Sour beer is characterized by an acidic, tart, and sour taste. There are many types of sours that can range in color and sweetness. The word “sour” is a blanket term and includes Lambic, Gueuze, Flanders Red Ale, and Oud Bruin. Similar to Brett beers, sours are intentionally infected with (good) bacteria strains, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus, which give them a mouth puckering quality. Barrel aging is a common practice with sours, because these bacteria strains love oak barrels. As the barrels are reused, the bacterial colonies will grow, making barrels a happy home for these souring microbes to help develop a delightfully complex and puckering brew.

Saisons and sours are not necessarily brewed with Brett, but they can be. Due to this confusion, saisons and brett beers are frequently mistaken to be a sour. When brewing sours, Brettanomyces is often utilized, but it is not the souring agent. This leads to the common (and understandable) lack of distinction between Brett Beers, Saisons, and Sours. And lastly, although there are unique differences between the styles, the only thing you can expect from wild ales is that they are unpredictable. On top of that, many brewers blend the styles to create a uniquely crafted brew, designed for limitless enjoyment!

Wednesday February 5, 2014

First Course
Granny Smith apple, baby arugula, gorgonzola mousse
salad wrap, with a muscat grape gastric.

Second Course
Tellicherry black pepper crusted- all natural chicken, roasted Meyer lemon aioli, 
and fried shallots.

Third Course
Spicy-wild caught shrimp, avocado, and mango puree.

Fourth Course
Haystack Mountain goat cheese tart, complimented with grilled peach chutney.

Fifth Course
 Crème anglese, brulee’d with bourbon infused raw sugar, with fresh berries.

Thank you for featuring us in your beer dinner, Tap N Handle! It was absolutely delightful. 

Tuesday April 16, 2013

With the explosion of craft breweries in the past few years the hop market has become very tight. Unless you are contracting your hops a few years out you may be out of luck. This is especially true of some of the ‘hot’ hops such as Amarillo, Citra, and Sorachi Ace. Seeing the writing on the wall early last year, we contracted for hops I’ve wanted to play with. These include Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Sorachi Ace, and Galaxy. We made our first batch of Saison using Nelson Sauvin hops two weeks ago. This is an extremely pale Saison fermented with 10% Muscat grape must. This should be out in April.

Of course, necessity is the mother of invention. Not having access to some popular hops in the short term forces you to dig deeper into the hop varieties to find the hidden gems. We will be making some single hop beers in the next year to test out some newer varieties that look very promising. These include Australian Summer and New Zealand Moteuka. There are a few new German varieties I have yet to see available including Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc, and Hüll Melon. I was able to smell the Hüll Melon at the Craft Brewers Conference and it has a distinct cantaloupe aroma. I may be able to get a small amount to try, stay tuned.