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House of Funk

House of Funk

The “House of Funk” is Naperville Ale Fest’s “mini-festival within a festival” seeking to feature regional breweries producing some funky and unique takes on the popular sour style.

“Sour” style ales may be something you’ve been hearing more about recently and while it seems like something new, it’s a flavor profile that’s been around for hundreds of years and originating in Europe. These sour flavors were created before cultured yeast was available, forcing brewers to ferment their ales using wild fermentation, blending techniques and additions of fruit that resulted in some fun and truly interesting ales.

 

Below are a few sour ales you can expect to see at the House of Funk this summer at Naperville Ale Fest.

Penrose Brewing Co.  – Session Sour

This bright sour lives up to it’s session name in every definition of the word. One in a handful of low-ABV kettle soured ales from Penrose, Session Sour uses Columbus and Amarillo hops paired with a saison yeast to create a clean and citrusy sour ale with subtle funky flavors that remain mild throughout. What Session Sour lacks in extreme tartness, it makes up for with tangy grapefruit and sugary notes with soft, yet very noticeable carbonation. It’s a summer crusher that won’t get heavy or too acidic leaving room for another pour…or two or three.

This bright sour lives up to it’s session name in every definition of the word. One in a handful of low-ABV kettle soured ales from Penrose, Session Sour uses Columbus and Amarillo hops paired with a saison yeast to create a clean and citrusy sour ale with subtle funky flavors that remain mild throughout. What Session Sour lacks in extreme tartness, it makes up for with tangy grapefruit and sugary notes with soft, yet very noticeable carbonation. It’s a summer crusher that won’t get heavy or too acidic leaving room for another pour…or two or three.

 

Upland Brewing Co. Revive Fruited Sour Ale

Photo: Upland Brewing

 

Inspired by the traditional brewing methods of Belgian lambic brewing, Revive was the product of heavy experimentation. This fruited beer started with the base of another of Upland’s sour lineup called Basis, which was given heavy doses of different combinations of fruits and spices with the winning pair being pineapple and chamomile. Once the flavor profile was nailed down, Upland aged Revive in wine barrels for three to four months. The result is a tart, tropical beer that brings green apple intensity upfront but finishes smooth and dry for a refreshing, effervescent pour.

 

Destihl Brewery – Synchopathic Dry-Hopped Sour

Photo: Destihl Brewery

 

Another of their Wild Sour Series, Synchopathic was originally released by Destihl as a draft-only beer, but due to it’s popularity became a canned offering released seasonally. Synchopathic is modeled after an American Pale Ale with notes of fruity, citrus and floral hop flavors that brings a heavy tartness and acidity with notes of grapefruit, tangerine and pineapple while keeping a balanced biscuity malt presence. Once the intense tartness subsides, you’re left with a dry, clean finish. Syncopathic is a true sour lover’s dream.

 

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