FORT COLLINS, CO—Funkwerks will celebrate its third anniversary on December 14, 2013 with taproom festivities and the release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad to mark the occasion. Gordon Schuck and Brad Lincoln founded Funkwerks in December 2009. The award-winning Saison-focused brewery is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“Gordon and I are very excited to have three years under our belt,” said Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner. “It’s great to see how Funkwerks has grown. We’d like to thank our employees and especially our supporters, fans, and customers. We hope to raise a glass with many of them on Saturday.”
The public is encouraged to join the celebration at the Funkwerks taproom Saturday beginning at 1:00 pmwith a celebratory toast and the tapping of the first Bourbon Aged Quad keg. Special production staff lead brewery tours will be offered at 2:00pm and 3:00 pm, and the grand prize drawing for the custom built Funkwerks fixed gear bike from Big Shot Bikes is scheduled for 6:00 pm. Winner does not need to be present to win. Beer enthusiasts will receive one entry into the drawing for the bike for each full beer purchased in the taproom on Saturday between 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad will be released in conjunction with the third anniversary party. Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad starts with Funkwerks’ Belgian-style Quadrupel, which is inspired by the Trappist breweries of Belgium. Aging in oak bourbon barrels for eight months allows the unique flavors from the barrels to meld with the base beer. A spicy oak aroma leads to flavors of caramel and malt balanced by fruit notes from the house yeast strain. Hints of bourbon lead to a dry finish that makes this the perfect beer to enjoy on a cold winter evening paired with Applewood Smoked Beef Brisket. Alcohol by volume is 11.5%.
“When we previously released Quad in the taproom it was hugely popular, we sold out of bottles very quickly,” added Lincoln. “I’m even more excited for the bourbon barrel aged version of this beer because of how the flavors mellowed over time, it’s the perfect beer to share with friends.”
“The barrel aging process can take anywhere from four to 18 months, therefore we don’t set a firm release date for barrel aged beers,” said Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Head Brewer. “We’re super happy with how the flavors of Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad developed in just eight months. And the timing is perfect for sampling with our friends at the anniversary party.”
Since it’s barrel-aged, Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad will be available in limited quantities for bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Beginning December 14, Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad will be poured on draft and available in bottles at the Funkwerks taproom.
The Funkwerks Story:
In 2007 Gordon Schuck’s recipe design and brewing skills resulted in a gold medal-winning Saison at the National Homebrew Competition. Brad Lincoln first experienced craft beer while working as an accountant in Portland, OR. The two met during the winter of 2009 while attending the Siebel Institute and studying brewing science. After being immersed in beer for the better part of five months, the two graduated and shared a desire to open a brewery. This resulted in the Saison-focused brewery that is now Funkwerks, opening December 9, 2010. Funkwerks’ two flagship beers, Saison and Tropic King, are produced year round. Also brewed annually are four seasonals, a number of small experimental batches, and select barrel-aged releases. Funkwerks flagship Saison was awarded a gold medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and a silver medal in 2011. Deceit, a Belgian-Style golden strong ale, was also awarded a gold medal at the GABF in 2012. In addition to receiving two gold medals in 2012, the GABF named Funkwerks the 2012 Small Brewing Company of the Year. Funkwerks is located at 1900 East Lincoln Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado. The tasting room- complete with an indoor bar, retail area and spacious outdoor, dog-friendly patio- is open 7 days a week: Sunday through Thursday from 12pm-8pm; Friday and Saturday from 12pm-9pm. Brewery tours are given Saturdays at 2pm. Funkwerks is currently distributed in Colorado by American Eagle Distributing and C.R. Goodman, in Nebraska by Quality Brands of Omaha and Double Eagle Beverage, and in Arizona by the Hensley Beverage Company.