Although I’ve always been thrilled to have Jester King Brewery’s farmhouse ales only a relatively short drive away, I’ve also wished I lived in places where other lauded sour beers are available — like Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing and Fort Collins’ Funkwerks.
Wish no longer.
Both breweries are launching in the state this weekend in a limited number of places, including Austin bars. Wicked Weed, which focuses on West Coast-style hoppy ales and open-fermented Belgian beers in addition to barrel-aged sours, plans to have a release event at noon on Saturday at Jester King, offering a small amount of its barrel-aged sours and brett farmhouse ales. Wicked Weed owner and head blender Walt Dickinson will be there.
“It’s a huge honor to be a part of the ever-growing craft beer movement in Austin,” the North Carolina brewery said in a Facebook post Tuesday. “We can’t wait.”
Neither can we. If Saturday seems so far away, there’s also an event at the Brew & Brew on Friday where both Wicked Weed and Funkwerks, a saison-focused brewery that has also explored Belgian-style beers, will be available for the taking. The Brew & Brew will have mostly bottles from Wicked Weed and only kegs from Funkwerks.
Among the beers you’ll want to get your hands on: Wicked Weed’s Oblivion, a sour red ale aged with dates and blackberries for 8 to 10 months in red wine barrels, and Funkwerks’ Saison, a staple of the brewery’s that is full of passion fruit, tangerine, lemon verbena, ginger and black pepper notes, according to Funkwerks. (But what am I saying? You want all the beers from both of them. How’s your bank account looking?)
Wicked Weed’s collaboration with Jester King, the Parking Lot Grisette, is also among the releases.
The distributor for both breweries is Flood Independent Distribution, responsible for bringing us the goods from other notable breweries, like the Bruery in California and Cantillon in Belgium. Flood noted on its Facebook page that the shipment of Funkwerks is starting small, but “in early July, we’ll have a full-scale launch with draft and 4pk bottles of Saison, Tropic King, Nelson Sauvin and Raspberry Provincial, as well as launch events with the Funkwerks crew featuring some really limited items.”
Wondering where else Wicked Weed and Funkwerks beers will be in Austin? Keep an eye on this blog post, which will get updated with those places once I have them.