In January 2013, Yazoo Brewing Company announced that they would be partnering with local homebrewer, Brandon Jones to create a series of funky and sour beers under the name Embrace The Funk. While rarely available in bottles, Embrace The Funk offerings have been making an appearance on draft at the Yazoo Taproom, and last fall Yazoo even took home a Bronze Medal from The Great American Beer Festival in the Wood and Barrel Aged Sour Beer category.
On April 2, you'll be able to get your hands on three Embrace The Funk releases as Yazoo hosts a special bottle release. Here's what you can expect:
Deux Rouges (Batch 2)- Brewed in late 2013 this Flanders Red style evolved for over a year with wild yeasts and souring bacteria in Merlot wine barrels. This marriage of funky red beer and red wine creates a wonderful array of dark fruits, oak, vanilla and tartness. This is the base beer used in our Great American Beer Festival award winning "Cherry Deux Rouges". Limit 4 bottles per person $20 each (750ml).
Delicieux - Historically the Belgian Pale Ale style was a "session" or "everyday" beer for the areas around Antwerp, Belgium. Our version of this Pale Ale is fermented with a classic Belgian yeast and two Brettanomyces strains from the Senne Valley in Belgium. Upfront subtle maltiness and spicy/peppery aromas from a generous Styrian Golding dry hop addition, lead to a hoppy dry delicate funky finish. Delicious! This ever-changing beer will age well. No limit on bottles (12oz) at $4 per bottle.
Funky Blue Persuasion - This is a 100% wine barrel fermented golden sour ale that aged with souring bacterias and wild yeasts. Then we added over 2 pounds of Blueberries per gallon along with a fresh dose of funky Brettanomyces for a secondary fermentation. Right now this deep dark blue colored ale is bursting with a pleasing balance of blueberry, lemon citrusy sourness and funky Brett character. Make sure you don’t drink this one too cold, the character will come alive as it warms. With age the fruit will fade and the beer will increase in sour/funkiness. This is a single barrel batch, so we have to put a limit of 1 bottle per person at $25 each (750ml).
If that's not enough funk for you, there are still a few tickets available for Yazoo's FUNK FEST on May 2. Buy your tickets here.