The Bruery Batch 50 Grand Funk Ale Road
From The Bruery – In January of 2009, a homebrewer and microbiologist named Al Buck won our Batch #50 homebrew contest with his incredibly complex gueuze-style ale. We knew this beer wouldn’t be easy to re-create, but the perfect layers of classic barnyard funk and lactic sourness were impossible to resist. Nearly 3 years later, after brewing the beer once in 2009 and a second batch in 2010, after adding various strains of wild yeasts and bacteria to the barrels and the bottles, after blending multiple batches back together and well beyond our release of Batch #300, we’re finally prepared to release Batch #50 – Grand Funk Aleroad. Brewed in the classic Belgian Gueuze tradition of barrel aging and blending multiple vintages of lambic-style ale, Batch #50 is one of the most rewarding beers we’ve ever had the opportunity to brew.
The Bruery – The Bruery Batch 50 – Grand Funk Ale Road (G.F.A.R.) – 750 ml. bottle poured into a goblet. 5.8% abv.
Appearance: Pours yellow gold with no head. The body is fairly hazy.
Aroma: Funk, lemon essence, cologne and brett.
Taste: Vinegar, wood, lemon, oak.
Mouthfeel: Puckering, medium bodied, modest carbonation.
Overall: A very sour beer. For the most part I liked it. I have one saved away for a future sour tasting, it will be cool to see where this one goes with some time.
October 24, 2012 @ 11:11 am
We used one of Al’s saison yeast strains for our big brew day Saison last year and I remember him telling me about this beer. His yeast has also been used in a few other commercial beers. If you haven’t heard of him, Al is the owner of East Coast Yeast. You can purchase his yeast online (shipping anywhere in the US) here: http://www.love2brew.com/East-Coast-Yeast-Liquid-Yeast-s/217.htm