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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.

New Year Resolutions for Craft Beer Drinkers

Start a beer journal

There is no better way to keep track of the beer you've tried, while also fine tuning your palate. 

Visit at least one new brewery a month.

With the craft industry growing as quickly as it is, this should be a tangible goal. Most likely are 12 breweries in Colorado you've never visited to this date. To locate CO breweries, here is a map

Introduce a non-beer drinker find their craft beer of choice.

Most people who say they do not like beer, just haven't tried the type of craft beer they like. Help be the matchmaker and introduce a non-craft beer drinker to something they may discover they love. 

Host a bottle share.

This is a great resolution for beer hoarders, which many of us are guilty of. Most beer is bottle for immediate enjoyment, but its so tempting to hold on to a bottle that is special but never finding an occasion worthy of opening it. So make the occasion happen by hosting a bottle share. Beer is always enjoyed more when you have people to enjoy it with you. 

Plan a trip to a brewery you’ve been wanting to visit.

Not that you need an excuse to travel, but sometimes it helps for motivation. Whether its a brewery in Belgium, or a brewery a day long drive away, take the time off from work and vacate to a brewery you've wanted to visit.

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.