NEWS

2018: A YEAR OF BEER

Wow, 2018 really flew by!
This year we brewed enough beer to fill 2 million tulip glasses (which would make it about 9% of the way to the moon - pretty impressive, we know), we released 3 dozen new brews in the taproom, we added 3 new states to our distribution, and we proudly listened to over 65 hours of Sublime in the brewery. Read on for some bests of 2018, straight from our Funkers’ mouths.



Scott • Brewing and Cellar Supervisor

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Tesseract by Grimm Artisanal Ales.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Jerk chicken in Brooklyn.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
I got a puppy!!!

Alex • Brewer & Safety Coordinator

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Collaboration with Weihenstephan.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Sushi at Matsuhisa or dak galbi in Hongdae.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
Bananaphone!

Laura • Brand Manager/Jane of all Trades

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Brooklyn Brewery's Bel Air Sour
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Homemade cheesy stuffed pepper.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
At the Funkwerks Holiday party- Kyle received a four headed dragon statue for his white elephant gift and his wife responded with, "We have that already!"

Terra • Beertender

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Intergalactic Juice Hunter from Odd 13.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Barbacoa torta from Taqueria Neveria.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
I got a job at Funkwerks!

Michelle • Graphic Designer

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Weldwerks Exact Opposite of Hawaiian Punch
and Jessup Farm Barrel House Hurry Up & Wait Cherry Boysenberry.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Slightly hungover brunch in Brooklyn -- a bloody mary, fresh oysters,
avocado toast, and ricotta with figs and honey.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
My husband helped me rebuild a used bike into a new bike of my dreams!

OUR STAFF'S FAVORITE
FUNKWERKS BEER OF 2018

It looks like our staff really loves barrel-aged beers! 
Seven out of the eight responses are beers that came out of barrels.


Nick • Cellarman

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Insane Rush from Bootstrap.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Breakfast.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
Filling out this survey.

 
Francesca • Marketing, HR, Compliance

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
That one beer that had Brett from Our Mutual Friend that I can't remember the name of!
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Indian food at a restaurant called Mother India in Glasgow.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
When Cory was asking me about a large package we received, and Nick popped out of it and scared me.

Chris • Quality Control Brewer

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
A fantastically hazy New England IPA from Other Half in New York.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Linguini and clams. 
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
Raspberry Provincial beer shower from putting lemon peel powder in a fermentor and causing it to nucleate. Parker and I were both soaked in Raspberry Provincial and had to go home to change.

Kipp • Taproom Manager

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
French Toast by Mockery.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Sugar Fish, a sushi restaurant in LA.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
The opportunity to rep Funkwerks during the Missouri launch.

Hadley • Beertender & Assistant to the Taproom Manager

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Marz Brewing's Jungle Boogie.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
My dad's lasagna.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
The movie "Sorry to Bother You."

Natosha • Accounting

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
TBD.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Robertos Machaca Burrito in San Diego.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
Being inspired by my amazing daughters!!

OUR STAFF'S FAVORITE
SONG PLAYED IN THE
BREWERY IN 2018

This song was in our top 5 most played songs on Spotify. 
We're not entirely sure why, but we can't get it out of our heads.


Ryan • Brewer

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Bierstadt Dunkel.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Smoked Duck at Choice City.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
When Nick and I had the comeback of a century to beat Alex and Scott in cribbage.
They will never live it down.

Cory • Packaging Supervisor

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Three Floyds.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Pizza!
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
All the fancy new equipment the brewery has gotten this year.


Lauren • Beertending & Marketing

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Feats of Strength from Jessup Farm Barrel House.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
I'm not a big foodie, but my man whips up a pretty mean breakfast. 
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
A week in the Rawah backcountry with my little family.

Parker • Cellarman

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Brandy Barrel DNR Coop Aleworks.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Any meal I had while visiting Madrid.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
I went to Spain.

Andrea • Beertender

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
TRVE Brewing - Astral Savior, Blended oak-aged mixed culture ale with second-use peaches.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Fresh venison backstrap with mashed potatoes and a balsamic reduction!
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
Joining the FW team!

Kyle • Warehouse Coordinator

What was the best non-Funkwerks beer you had in 2018?
Wild Leap - Alpha Abstraction.
What was the best meal you had in 2018?
Home cooking.
What was your favorite thing that happened in 2018?
Continuing to work at Funkwerks!

A FEW OF OUR STAFF'S
FAVORITE GIFS & MEMES

  

  

  

THANKS FOR SPENDING 2018 WITH US! WE'LL SEE YA NEXT YEAR.

SAUVIN RESERVE WINS BRONZE AT 2018 FOBAB

FORT COLLINS, CO— Funkwerks, a specializer of Saison, Sour, and Belgian-style craft beers, was recognized at the 2018 Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer for their Sauvin Reserve— a barrel-aged variant of their single hopped Saison, Nelson Sauvin. The brewery earned third place at the festival’s National Barrel Aged Beer Competition for their Wild Beer Brett (Non-Acidic) category.

The Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious barrel-aged beer festival and competition. Over 200 craft breweries from across the United States showcase their rarest, most innovative wood and barrel-aged brews, competing for top honors in The National Barrel Aged Beer Competition in 11 categories of varying styles.

"We aged our single hopped saison, Nelson Sauvin, in white wine barrels to build upon the bright flavors developed by the New Zealand hop varietal used,” explains Funkwerks’ head brewer and co-founder, Gordon Schuck. Sparkling carbonation along with the addition of muscat grape juice support the crisp and clean white wine characteristics complementing the subtle notes of oak and slight spice with aromas of tart gooseberries and honeydew melon. This delicate, award-winning beer is sure to delight both wine and beer drinkers alike.

Funkwerks will be releasing limited edition Sauvin Reserve stemmed glassware on Friday, December 7th. The glasses will be available at the brewery’s taproom in box sets which include two glasses and one 750 ml bottle of Sauvin Reserve while supplies last.

For more information about Funkwerks and their recent win in the National Barrel Aged Beer Competition at the 2018 Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers, contact Emily Hutto at coop@radcraftbeer.com. See full posting here. 

See the full list of 2018 FoBAB winners here. 

FUNKWERKS LAUNCHES
IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


October 1, 2018 — FORT COLLINS, CO — Funkwerks’ beers are now available across the entire Golden State with its recent addition of Northern California to its distribution footprint. Funkwerks will be distributed via Bay Area Beverage Company and DBI in Northern California beginning October 1st, 2018.

Draft and 6-packs offerings of Funkwerks select year-round beers— Funkwerks Saison and Raspberry Provincial— are now available in select, craft-centric establishments in NorCal including San Francisco, East Bay, San Jose, Napa, and Sacramento, along with the brewery’s latest rendition of Winky’s Snack Packs that includes Deceit, White, Raspberry Provincial, and Saison.

Funkwerks is excited to bring its Saison and other Belgian-inspired beers to one of the largest craft beer markets in the United States. “When I was younger my father lived in San Francisco. It’s exciting to be selling beer in the Bay, where I spent a large portion of my formative drinking years”, said Brad Lincoln, President and Co-founder.

Funkwerks invites you to join their team at the following launch events:

October 2nd - The Good Hop from 3 pm - 10 pm

October 3rd - Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar at 5 pm

October 4th - Taplands Taproom, Bottle Shop & Neighborhood Brewery at 5 pm

October 5th - Hop Grenade Taproom and Bottle Shop from 5 pm - 9 pm

October 11th - Pangaea Bier Cafe at 5 pm

October 13th - Brew Street Festival from 2 pm - 8 pm

October 18th - BuzzWorks SF at 5 pm

Earlier this year Funkwerks began distributing in Southern California and most recently the Fort Collins-based brewery began selling its beers in Nevada, bringing its distribution state-count to ten. 

For more information about Funkwerks and their new footprint in California, contact Emily Hutto at coop@radcraftbeer.com.

 

FUNKWERKS LAUNCHES IN
NEVADA

September 4, 2018 — FORT COLLINS, CO — Funkwerks is proud to announce the expansion of its distribution to Nevada with draft beer, 6-packs, and variety 12-packs available via Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits in Nevada beginning September 5th.

Draft and 6-packs offerings of Funkwerks select year-round beers— Funkwerks Saison, Tropic King, and Raspberry Provincial— will be available in select, craft-centric establishments across Nevada along with the brewery’s latest rendition of Winky’s Snack Pack that includes Tropic King, Raspberry Provincial, Boysenberry Provincial, and Saison.

Funkwerks’ Co-Founder Brad Lincoln has fond memories of visiting Nevada from his undergraduate, pre-brewing school days. He is excited to bring the Funkwerks brand to Nevada’s dynamic and up-and-coming beer scene.

Funkwerks’ beer is now be available in select locations across ten states including Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, California, and now Nevada.

For more information about Funkwerks and their new footprint in Nevada, contact Emily Hutto at coop@radcraftbeer.com.

MERCHANDISE CONTRIBUTIONS


With your help, we can help.

20% of the profits from our t-shirts, tank tops, and hoodies are being donated to local water conservation charities.

Beer is something we all enjoy, wasting water is not... However, the process of brewing beer leads to a great deal of wastewater. This is a fact that weighs heavily on the brewing industry. Recently, our team of Funkers were discussing the industry’s impact on water, water waste, and water conservation and decided that we needed to find a way to lessen the impact we have on our local water sources. We know that we love wearing brewery merchandise and that you do too so deciding to donate a portion of our merchandise profits seemed like a good first step in combatting our water woes. We hope that we can help our local water charities, even if it’s in a small way. We also hope that you appreciate our efforts and are glad that you are the ones making this contribution possible.

OUD BRUIN WINS GOLD MEDAL
AT 2018 WORLD BEER CUP

FORT COLLINS, CO — Funkwerks is proud to bring home the gold medal for the Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale category at the 2018 World Beer Cup® for their Oud Bruin, a Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Sour Ale available in 750 ml bottles and on draft.

Oud Bruin, a traditional Flemish-style sour, was produced once a year from a blend of beers aged for a range of up to two years in a variety of oak barrels and has notes of black cherry, raisin, and dark chocolate. The long and slow fermentation with a blend of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and other sour cultures contribute the beer’s characteristic tart flavor.

“To be honored with a medal at this level, you have to be at the top of your game,” explains Funkwerks Co-Founder and head brewer, Gordon Schuck. “We have a great beer scene in the United States but sometimes it feels like we’re in our own little bubble. To have judges from other countries tasting these beers really lends a lot of credibility to what we’re doing.”

This is Funkwerks’ third World Beer Cup award and first gold medal following a silver in 2016 and a bronze in 2014 both for Deceit, a Belgian Style Pale Strong Ale. The 2018 World Beer Cup was the largest yet, with 295 judges from 33 countries—72 percent of whom were from outside the United States, according to the Brewers Association. Learn more about the World Beer Cup and all of the 2018 winners at worldbeercup.org.

For more information about Funkwerks and their 2018 World Beer Cup win contact Emily Hutto at coop@radcraftbeer.com. 

See the full list of 2018 World Beer Cup winners here.

Listen to a podcast featuring an interview with Funkwerks Co-founder, Gordon Schuck about the win here.

FUNKWERKS LAUNCHES
IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

April 9, 2018 — FORT COLLINS, CO — Funkwerks is proud to announce the expansion of its distribution to Southern California with draft and limited six-packs available via Stone Distributing beginning this week.

Draft and six-packs offerings of Funkwerks select year-round beers— Funkwerks Saison, Tropic King, Raspberry Provincial— will be available in select establishments across Southern California.

“We have been so excited to hit the west coast for years, and it wasn’t until recently that we’ve been able to upgrade our brewery, produce more beer, and transport our beer longer distances without fear of sacrificing quality,” said Gordon Schuck, Head Brewer and Co-Founder.

“If you ask who the top distributors are in the United States, Stone in Southern California, lands at the top of that list, so it was an easy choice,” Brad Lincoln, President and Co-Founder explains. “We know our styles will fit in well in California’s community of craft-conscious consumers.”

Funkwerks’ new 6-packs will now be available in select locations across 9 states including Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, and now Southern California.

4-PACKS TRANSITION TO 6-PACKS!

April 4, 2017 – FORT COLLINS, CO —Now available in Colorado and across Funkwerks’ eight-state distribution footprint are new 6-packs of its year-round brands.

Six-packs of Funkwerks year-round beers— Funkwerks Saison, Tropic King, Raspberry Provincial, and Pineapple Provincial will replace the brewery’s original 4-packs. Select Funkwerks’ Limited Releases will remain available in 750ml bombers in select states. 

“As we grow and expand into other markets we wanted to become more accessible to the consumer. Transitioning from 4-packs to 6-packs allows us to focus on our top sellers and distribute those brands more widely across multiple markets” explains Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks President and Co-Founder. 

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Lincoln continues. “We have worked closely with our distribution partners over the past 8 months to bring us to this next step in our mission to bring our favorite styles of beer to a wider audience.”

This new package format is currently available in Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Missouri and will be rolling out through the month of April in Colorado stores. 

Missouri and will be rolling out through the month of April in Colorado stores.

Full press release here.

FUNKWERKS LAUNCHES IN MISSOURI

January 15, 2018 – Fort Collins, CO – Funkwerks announced their expansion of distribution to Missouri with launch events in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, and Columbia happening this week. Missouri is Funkwerks’ first distribution addition since the new sales partnership was formed with Brooklyn Brewery and 21st Amendment Brewery in 2017. Funkwerks has appointed Major Brands to handle distribution in the state. Brooklyn Brewery also launched in Missouri under Major Brands late in 2017. With the addition of Missouri, Funkwerks will be available in 8 states including Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Co-founder & President, Brad remarks, “We are happy to begin working with Major Brands and have Missouri as our first new territory in 2018.”

Funkwerks’ year-round offerings including Saison, Tropic King, and Raspberry Provincial, will be available to Missouri as well as a variety of limited releases and barrel-aged beers. Consumers can visit Funkwerks’ social media outlets to find more information about local launch events.

FUNKWERKS LAUNCHES IN NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA

April 4, 2017 – Fort Collins, CO – Funkwerks announced their expansion of distribution to North Dakota and South Dakota beginning this week. Funkwerks has appointed Johnson Brothers of North Dakota and Johnson Brothers of South Dakota to distribute its brands statewide. Johnson Brothers also handles the distribution of Funkwerks in Iowa and Minnesota.

“We’re so excited to introduce our beer to the people of the Dakotas,” remarks Gordon, head brewer and co-owner. “We’re confident in using Johnson Brothers as our partner to launch our brands throughout both states this month.”

With the addition of North and South Dakota, Funkwerks will be available in 7 states including Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota, Iowa, and Texas.

Funkwerks’ Mainline beers including Saison, Tropic King, Raspberry Provincial, and Apricot Provincial will be available as well as a variety of seasonal and experimental releases. Consumers can visit Funkwerks’ social media outlets to find more information about local launch events.