Written by Brandon Jones for Embracethefunk.com
Here I go again with the TV show tiesâ€¦The title is a reference to a song by The Rebirth Brass BandÂ most recently used in the show Tremeâ€˜ and one I heard live during a recent New Orleans trip.Â Â Well I do feel like Funkinâ€™ it up! I hope you do too becauseâ€¦..
Here is the official announcement that on May 5th at Yazoo Brewing Company we are hosting a Funk Fest! We will feature multiple beers from our Embrace The Funk series plus a bunch of other funky/wild beers I was directly involved in selecting (even some selections from brewery friends of the blog!).
As many of you know one of the main purposes of this website is to help educate and attempt to show how wonderful these beer styles can be. So myself and Neil McCormick who is the â€œBeer Evangelistâ€ at Yazoo have worked on an awesome line up that runs from one end of Â Funk to the other end of Sour!
Come Embrace The Funk and enjoy funky cheeses from local Artisan Cheesemakers â€œThe Bloomy Rindâ€Â while a DJ spins the vinyl funk!
Tickets are very limited, 200 available here.Â These tickets will sell out, so please donâ€™t miss out! This is going to be a lot of fun!
Now onto the other exciting news. A few months ago New Belgium approached us about creating a special beer for Memphis Craft Beer Week. As aÂ fan of their sour beer work andÂ interviewing Lauren Salazar last yearÂ I was pumped about working with her on this project.Â It began with a few emails between Lauren, Linus and me with ideas on what styles we could bring together and what we were hoping to achieve. Once we nailed down the target beer this project really kicked into gear.
For our portion of this beer we brewed a white wheat and pale malt base beer mashed at 154F which was 100% fermented with 2 variants of Brettanomyces. The breakdown of the Brett blend is 75% B. Lambicus and 25% of a proprietary Brett pitched at 72F which self rose to 74F. We achieved 89% attenuation within 14 days of pitching into the stainless conical.
We chose to fruit the beer with Currants and Blackberries. I felt like those fruits would go well with the characteristics Brettanomyces Lambicus gives (think cherry pie/dark fruit). Looking at our portion of the beer it is a crazy neon pink/purple color. Pictures simply donâ€™t do it justice.
Once our beer hit a stable gravity and we liked the flavor/aroma, it was time to blendâ€¦New Belgium sent us â€œOscarâ€ directly out of Foeder #2. For those who donâ€™t know, Oscar is their dark sour base beer they use to buildÂ LaFolie blendsÂ and as an ingredient in some of their other Lips of Faith beers.
The resulting collaboration between Yazoo and New Belgium is named â€œRufusâ€œâ€¦ dry, wild, tart, dark fruit forward with a solid sour backbone and slight caramel malt finish.
The beerÂ will first release in Memphis throughout the week at these locations.Â Â A Nashville release will follow. As of right now there are no plans for a bottling run so this beer will be draft only in Tennessee.
A lot of fun funky stuff going on in Nashville. Last week we acquired a new to us, but used 7bbl stainless conical from another brewery that is now dedicated Embrace The Funk equipment. In fact one of our beers for SAVOR is hanging out in it right now!Â Again I hope to see some of you at our Funk event on May 5th. I know this event will sell out so please donâ€™t get left out!Â Iâ€™m very proud of the lineup we chose for you, see you there!