We have a last minute beer tasting to tell you about, stop in tomorrow from 4:00 – 5:30 and sample Funkwerks Beer and visit with the owner of the Brewery. We will offer a 10 % discount on the beer while the sampling is going, as an extra bonus the owner is going to Parlor City after he is done here and if you take your receipt from here down there, they will take half off your first pint of Funkwerks.
In Iowa we’ve gotten a lot of new breweries hitting our market and one that got me particularly excited was hearing Funkwerks was coming to our shelves. I’m a big fan of Saison style beers and Funkwerks is known for their Saisons. Saisons are a complex beer style because of the wide range of ingredients that are usually used in the brewing process. Usually pilsner malt is used and more hops are added compared to other German style beers to go along with many adjuncts, i.e. spices, honey, fruits, etc.
Tropic King is an Imperial Saison brewed with New Zealand Rakau hops, that give it the mango/citrus flavor, hence the name, and a house yeast strain that give it that peppery flavor. This beer should be served in a tulip glass to get the full aroma of the beer.
Here’s more on this brew:
Bursting with aromas of passion fruit, mango, and peach, our Imperial Saison is brewed using New Zealand Rakau hops. Combined with notes of pepper and ginger produced by our house yeast strain, Tropic King has a unique flavor that has gained it a loyal following.
I’m kind of in love with this beer. Between Saison Dupont, Tank 7 from Boulevard, and now Tropic King from Funkwerks, I have a fridge full of terrific saisons. I really enjoy them in the summer but with the high ABV of Tank 7 and Tropic King these brews should be good to age for a few months, maybe up to a year.
Saisons are also known as Farmhouse style beers so serving a saison should be easy to pair with any old school style dish. For example, I had mine with a beer butt roasted chicken and potatoes. The next night I served it with a wedge of Fromager d’Affinois double crème brie. (available at most Hy-Vees). It’s listed as a double crème but it’s creamier than most double and triple crèmes I’ve had. Addicted to this cheese. It was all terrific. Spicy foods should be a perfect companion as well.
PURCHASED AT: Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee
POUR: Golden orange color with a huge white head.
AROMA: Spicy, peppery from the yeast and tropical fruits.
TASTE: I get a lot of the spice up front and the tropical fruit at the end. Delicious and thirst quenching stuff.
Ratebeer.com rating: 95/100
Beeradvocate rating: 88/100
My recommendation: Buy it. This beer will be a staple and it goes with any kind of temperature we get in Iowa. Great for grilling and will great on a snowy day. This is the type of beer I would recommend to wine drinkers who haven’t found a beer they like because of it’s complexity. Drink away!
FUNKWERKS BREWERY IOWA RELEASEFort Collins, CO brewery Funkwerks is joining the growing Iowa craft beer community! Noted for their saisons and Belgian Ales, Funkwerks beers will be on our tap lines next Tuesday June 9th starting at 11am! While the beers we are getting are unknown, what is known is how good anything Funkwerks makes, is! It’s gonna be a good time, so come grab some of the first Funkwerks beers tapped in Iowa!
*Stone Enjoy By 7-4-15 will be hitting Eastern Iowa shelves in the next few weeks and will once again be available in 6 packs and also in bombers.
*Stone Xocoveza – the popular stout from last year will once again be released this year but with a few changes to the recipe. According to beerstreetjournal.com this version of Xocoveza will be aged in red wine barrels and tequila bareels. More from beerstreetjournal.com:
Stone Xocoveza Extra Anejo will grace the brewery’s coveted Quingente Millilitre Series, a souped-up version of the original release. In addition to the cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg that was added to Xocoveza Mocha Stout, Stone has aged this edition in both red wine barrels and tequila barrels.
Funkwerks – And last but not least a brewery we’ve been hearing for sometime to be hitting Iowa but for whatever reason keeps getting delayed is Funkwerks. According to a very reputable beeradvocate source, Bottlecaps80, Funkwerks bottles should be hitting shelves in next few weeks in the Des Moines area, haven’t heard on Eastern Iowa yet but it shouldn’t be too far behind Des Moines.
*If you have any news tidbits please pass them my way! Cheers!
Prairie Trail Hy-Vee out of Des Moines just tweeted and confirmed that Funkwerks Brewing out of Fort Collins, CO will be hitting the Iowa market hopefully in the next 60 days. Here’s the tweet from Prairie Trail:
Being a Saison fan I’m very excited for this news. To learn more about Funkwerks check out their website: http://www.funkwerks.com/content/OurBeer/Saison.aspx