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Recipe: Tropic King Cheddar stuffed Escamillo Pepper

Though of course we love enjoying our house favorite Imperial Saison, Tropic King, as brewmaster Gordon intended (liquid, served in a tulip glass), our neighbors at Longview Creamery create a delightful alternative way to enjoy Tropic King. The tropical fruit flavors of this beer contribute to a savory and tangy cheddar cheese. 

A cheese plate of Tropic King Cheddar served with Nita Crisp crackers is hands down our favorite quick snack, and is always available in the taproom for you to munch on while enjoying delicious beers. When we're not at work, employees have been known to experiment with different recipes using this cheddar. Below is a great seasonal stuffed pepper recipe. 

Tropic King Cheddar Stuffed Escamillo Pepper (photographed with butterscotch mole)

Ingredients:

4 Early Escamillo Peppers OR your favorite sweet peppers (topped and split)

½ cup white rice (uncooked)

1 cup yellow onion (diced)

1 jalapeño (seeded and diced)

5 strips thick cut bacon (chopped)

1 wedge Funkwerks Tropic King Cheddar (shredded)

Tomato (sliced)

Green Onion (chopped)

Salt

Pepper

 

Preparation:

In a large pan, over medium heat, cook the chopped bacon for 5-8 minutes until good color starts to form. Then add the diced onion, jalapeño and rice, stir frequently for 2 minutes to avoid the rice from sticking.

Then add 1 cup of water to the pan, bring to boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover for 28 min or until rice is done. Remove rice from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. 

Place prepared peppers on a lined cookie sheet. Take rice mixture and place evenly in peppers top with shredded Funkwerks Tropic King cheddar. Place stuffed peppers in oven set on broil for 5 to 7 min but watch carefully the broil setting can be tricky. Don’t burn.

Add sliced tomato and chopped onions on top as desired.

Enjoy with Tropic King or one of your other favorite Funkwerks beers!

 

Pokemon Gym at Funkwerks

Did you know? Funkwerks has been a designated Pokemon Gym since the beginning of the current craze of Pokemon Go.

Here, you can not only scout out new Pokemon to catch, but you can also beef up the Pokemon you've already caught. If your team currently controls a Pokemon gym, you can battle other Pokemon that belong to your team and raise your team's prestige. 

If the gym is controlled by another team, you can fight their Pokemon to lower their prestige and help your team to reclaim control over the gym.

Whether or not you're hip to the Pokemon phenomena, at least here you can drink delicious beer while your friends get their fix.

Infusion beers explained

This past week, our taproom rolled out two infused beers. Our flagship Saison is currently infused with blackberry sage green tea. Ten, our Belgian-style Quadruple Ale, is being infused with cinnamon and cacao.

 

 

Infusions are a way we can showcase our beers' ability to transform under the introduction of a new flavor. Possibilities are near infinite for these infusions – spices, fruits, vegetables and teas have all been used to infuse our beers. While all of these ingredients can be added to a beer during the brewing process, utilizing a HopRocket to instead augment the flavor allows us to experiment more freely and frequently with different flavors.

Often called a Randall (Dogfish Head Brewery is credited with the invention of the tool under that name), Funkwerks uses a HopRocket made by Blichmann, a brewing engineering company. This stainless steel chamber intercepts the beer flow from keg to tap line, steeping the beer much like tea. Because the infusion happens after the beer has been kegged, the flavor intensity can certainly vary. Intuitively, the infusion flavor is more apparent the longer the beer spends in the flavor chamber.

 

 

Taproom staff take a field trip to downtown Fort Collins to the local tea house and spice shop. Back at the brewery, we fill a large mesh bag with whichever flavor has been selected. This bag is placed inside the HopRocket and attached to the tap line and keg. A short ten to twenty minutes later, a new tasty brew is waiting to be poured for you.

Just as quickly as we're able to hook an infusion up, so can the flavor be changed. Once the infusion flavor begins to weaken, staff refreshes the flavor with either a new batch of the same or an entirely different infusion. Sources have spotted Chai Spice, Thai Chili peppers, peppermint and chocolate rose tea in the office. Stop by the taproom to see which infusion you'll find.

Funkwerks' Deceit Belgian Golden Ale Wins Bronze at World Beer Cup

FORT COLLINS, CO (May 27, 2016) – Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, was recognized this year at World Beer Cup for its Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale named Deceit. The World Beer Cup is a biannual competition hosted by the Brewers Association to celebrate the art and science of brewing and is regarded as the most prestigious beer competition in the world.

 

Deceit took home a Bronze medal this year in the category for Belgian-Style Pale Strong against 48 entrants. This award is the third for Deceit, aptly named for this deceptively palatable 8.5% alcohol by volume beer. Funkwerks' unique Belgian yeast strain masks Deceit's high alcohol content with flavors of pineapple, pear, citrus and a slight spice. Deceit boasts a Gold Medal from the Great American Beer Festival® in 2012 as well as a Silver Medal from the 2014 World Beer Cup.

 

World Beer Cup judges award medals based on blind tastings of all beers in each category. “It is an honor to take home this award from World Beer Cup. We're humbly proud of Deceit, which has become our most decorated beer to date,” said Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Head Brewer. “I'm pleased that this beer continues to stand out year over year amongst other renditions of the style.”

 

This year, 253 judges reviewed 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries in 96 different categories. Of those which took home awards, 37 medals were brought back to Funkwerks' home state of Colorado. “It's an exciting time to be brewing beer in Colorado and we're pleased to be recognized amongst so many innovative breweries in our state,” said Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner.

 

Deceit can be found in bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Colorado, Arizona, Iowa and Northern Texas. Bottles of Deceit are also available in the Funkwerks taproom, where a barrel-aged version of the beer can be sampled.