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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.