MEET OUR TEAM


FOUNDERS


Brad Lincoln

What drew you into the world of craft beer?
Craft felt like a revolution of taste and values, and I wanted to be part of that! People who work in the craft beer industry also look at the world differently. It feels less about consumerism and more about community.
Why are you passionate about your role in craft beer?
Since I was a child, I have dreamed of starting a company I was proud of. Funkwerks has basically been living my childhood dream for the past ten years.
What has craft beer taught you?
After being in this industry for eleven years, I think the greatest thing I have learned is that small companies can make a big difference. I look around at the breweries that came before and see not only the industry they created but also the change they have had on the world. Small, purposeful, community-oriented manufacturing in the United States is something that I wish more industries would embrace.
What is your favorite Funkwerks beer of all time?
Solenna. It doesn’t sell well and is a complex and difficult beer to brew, so I was told by our sales team that we were never allowed to brew it again or there would be mutiny.

Gordon Schuck

What drew you into the world of craft beer?
The first time I had a Celis White in the early ‘90s got me into craft beer. When I started home-brewing, that was the first style of beer I tried to make.
Why are you passionate about your role in craft beer?
I love creating something that brings joy to people. I also love how fast things change and the incredible creativity of craft brewers.
What has craft beer taught you?
How to be a rigger.
What is your favorite Funkwerks beer of all time?
Saison of course! That was our first beer and our most award winning.

 


 TEAM


Hadley

What drew you into the world of craft beer?
Craft beer is what Fort Collins is known for! There is a sense of artisanship in craft beer. It’s not necessarily about what’s trendy or seasonal. People always remember an incredible beer they’ve had, even if it was just once.

Why are you passionate about your role in craft beer?
The craft beer scene attracts all kinds of people from all over the world. I’m constantly learning and sharing new things, which makes for a fun and exciting work environment.

What has craft beer taught you?
To keep trying new things! I’m often surprised when I try a beer that I think I won’t like. Tastes change, and it’s important to expand your horizons.

What is your favorite Funkwerks beer of all time?
Bramble has a special place in my heart, although a classic Saison always sounds good too.

Jen

What drew you into the world of craft beer?
Being a long time connoisseur of tasty brews, I have always been interested in the way that these products get made...and into our mouths. Living in Fort Collins has made it easier to explore this interest, since craft beer is such a huge part of our community.
Why are you passionate about your role in craft beer?
I love being involved in something so community-based. It feels good to know that our products bring people together, whether they are looking for joy, laughter or letting go of stress after a long day.  
What has craft beer taught you?
How much time, effort, and thought goes into each product...SCIENCE! ART! I've also learned that every person has their own tastes and their own favorites. That's why it is fun to try all types and share.
What is your favorite Funkwerks beer of all time?
I have liked everything I have tried in different ways and see everything as its own unique entity. I dig Raspberry Provincial pretty hardcore for day drinking on weekends. I am also a sucker for seltzer, so I adore having whatever flavor we have on tap after work! 

Parker

What drew you into the world of craft beer?
I used to work in a liquor store, and that led to me trying a lot of different beers. After a couple years, I decided that I wanted to try out the industry because the work culture and community looked like a good fit for me. 
Why are you passionate about your role in craft beer?
Brewing is hard work, but it is also rewarding. I enjoy being able to craft a tangible product that I can share with friends and strangers alike. I get to use both my mind and my body to create a unique product. I also love the part where I get to enjoy the fruits of my labor by sitting down after a shift to have a beer with the regulars.
What has craft beer taught you?
The importance of people. Previously, I had a different perception of the consumer-business relationship. In this industry, I feel like there is a genuine care for each other. Today, I see these drinkers as a community more than just a customer.
What is your favorite Funkwerks beer of all time?
Bourbon Barrel Quad.

 

Scott

What drew you into the world of craft beer?
I love problem solving and tinkering with things, and brewing allows you to do that and so much more! The experimentation and opportunity for continued learning has always been a wonderfully appealing part of the industry as well.
Why are you passionate about your role in craft beer?
It is really our patrons and customers that make me passionate about my job. I am humbled to be part of such a well-respected brewery and organization where people trust us to deliver quality products. It is so rewarding - and inspiring - to be able to have that trust from so many people!
What has craft beer taught you?
Relationships are important - be it with a customer just trying your beer for the first time, with the local maltster down the street, or within the team itself. This is a community, and it's amazing what we can all do together when we put our minds to it!
What is your favorite Funkwerks beer of all time?
I have to say Nelson Sauvin. It was the first beer I brought home after starting at Funkwerks. We had just moved into our new apartment, and my wife and I just sat on the floor in the empty living room and drank the beer. It was a special moment, so that beer will forever have a place in my heart.

Terra

What drew you into the world of craft beer?
I always loved beer, from the very first sip. Some people say it is an acquired taste, but not for me. I decided I wanted to work in the industry after seeing how happy my friend who was beertending was. He was all smiles while he was slinging beers all day! He inspired me to take a chance. The craft beer industry has been good to me, but Funkwerks in particular makes me feel very valued. 

Why are you passionate about your role in craft beer?
So much of life is about achieving and striving towards goals, which is important! But it’s also important to enjoy the time we have now - to take an hour or two to sit back and unwind with a delicious beer and let the world's problems melt away. I love being able to provide that for our customers.

What has craft beer taught you?
Craft beer has taught me not to take life too seriously. Some things in life, like beer, are just meant to be enjoyed! Sometimes it’s best to not overthink it and just go for it!

What is your favorite Funkwerks beer of all time?
Deceit! A Belgian-Style Pale Strong that is perfectly balanced, refreshing, and a little deceitful with how palatable it is with its 8.5% ABV.
 My mouth waters whenever I think about it.