A want for any American wild ale lover. Funk Factory Geuzeria Meerts debuts on July 7th.
The Madison, Wisconsin based brewery describes Meerts as a “modern interpretation of the low alcohol by volume style derived from the second running of Lambic”. (Dipping a few toes in the “table beer” category.) Funk Factory uses Cantillon and Boon’s known techniques as a reference for this beer.
Why modern interpretation? In 2016, the brewery attempted to make Meerts using the second runnings for a Lambic wort on a 50 barrel brewhouse. The theory was the second runnings would yield 20-30 barrels. In reality, it only yielded 4 barrels (120 or so gallons).
A dedicated brew day for Meerts was required to produce enough wort to make the beer. Basically, brewed to style as much as possible.
Funk Factory uses a pilsner malt, raw wheat, and Saaz hops in a turbid mash, scaled down to target a 4% finishing alcohol by volume. The beer is boiled long, lightly hoppeed, and hit the foeder for fermentation back in February.
At 4% abv, it is refreshing and clean, lightly tart lemon citrus with some rustic earthiness. I’m very excited to have a beer that I can put out at a lower price point and with more frequency.
Funk Factory Geuzeria Meerts will debut on July 7th in 750 milliliter bottles. This is a ticketed release, with a June 20th on sale date.