The saison-lovers up in Fort Collins, CO brew some of the most unique and interesting brews you’ll find in the state, and are always mixing up interesting concoctions. The fall is upon us, but before we get there, Funkwerks has a handful of beers that will debut this month, and you’ll not want to miss them.
Three of the beers that Funkwerks is putting out are Deceit aged in Rum Barrels and Cascade, Solenna. Additionally there cellared beers will see the releases of the following four ales: Deceit aged in Rum Barrels, Barrel-Aged Brett Trois, Quad aged in Bourbon Barrels and Barrel-Aged Dahlia.
So let’s break down some of the beers you’ll be seeing this month, starting with the Deceit aged in Rum Barrels. This Belgian-Style Golden Ale has been, just as you thought, aged in Rum Barrels, but of the oak variety. The ale is said to generate a hefty, though subtle, smooth presentation with hints of pineapple and coconut to compliment the multiplexity of its spice and oak.
Deceit aged in Rum Barrels will check in at 9.0 alcohol by volume (ABV) and will be released during the middle part of this month. Folks who are interested in picking up Deceit aged in Rum Barrels can do so at the brewery on draft or in “bottles to go.”
Stepping forward with a bit more hops would have to be the Cascade Funkwerks will release in a few weeks. The Single Hopped Saison Ale embraces a spice though it does step forward with notes of fruit and citrus. “Cascade hops naturally compliment the fruity esters found in a Saison.”
Beer drinkers will welcome a slightly higher drinkability than the aforementioned ale, due to Cascade’s more playful 6.6 ABV. When enjoying Cascade, you’ll find citrus to be the dominating note, and those with a more refined palate will discover a bit of spice. Like the Deceit aged in Rum Barrels, Cascade will be available at Funkwerks on draft and via bottles to take home, though it won’t release until late this month.
Regardless of your past relationships, this Brett (Brettanomyces) is one I think you are going to like. I sure hope you do because Solenna will be standing tall as Funkwerks’ Fall Seasonal once again, has a 6.3 ABV, and is available now at Funkwerks on draft as well as in 4-packs to go.
The Belgian-Style ale contains Brettanomyces, and the presentation does a fine job of pairing the usual fruit notes you’d find in a traditional Belgian yeast with the subtle spice personality of Brett. That also goes well with the German hops, which generate a floral character. Tasting hints will be apple and cinammon, and the conclusion proves to be dry with some remaining bitterness.
Last but not least, Funkwerks has taken four beers from their cellared selection and launched them for sale in the brewery’s taproom. Each of these beers are from previous years at the brewery and are great ways to relive beer batches that you may have found particularly enticing. For more bubbly brew content, check out our We Drink Things section.