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.
Funk Factory Geuzeria Frampaars goes on sale this Thursday, through Brown Paper Tickets.
Frampaars is actually the sister beer to the brewery’s Framrood. A blend of American lambic spanning two years, aged on purple raspberries for 3 months, then bottle conditioned for 6 months.
Bottles are $22.50 each, limit of 6. Tickets on sale on October 15th, via this link. Bottle release is November 14th, 2015, at O’so Brewing’s anniversary party.
Image via Funk Factory
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus
Demand for one of the world’s most popular wild and sour breweries is causing production issues.
This week, Belgium’s Cantillon mention that case sales limits have dropped from five to three to prevent a complete sell out.
Additionally, Cantillon doesn’t have enough stock of Gueuze to start the 2015-2016 season. Because of this shortage, and in order to keep enough old Lambic to make Gueuze, Cantillon has cancelled production of their fruit lambic, Mamouche.
The next potential blend of Cantillon Mamouche will be in 2016.
On January 29th, Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, IN) will open up an online lottery for the purchase of five sour ales. Winners can purchase 2 bottles of each style. Details on the five styles are in the gallery below.
The five releases include: Upland Blueberry Lambic, Dantalion Dark Wild Ale, Blackberry Lambic, Vinosynth White, Vinosynth Red.
The lottery opens up at 12 noon, EDT and ends February 5th, 2015. Bottles are $25 dollars each, and must be picked up at the specified location by March 4th.
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