Funk, On A Whole New Level: DuClaw Brewing Company Funk


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From time to time, I walk into a bottle shop or beer store with absolutely no idea what I want or game plan as to what I’m buying. I know that the fool and his money shall soon part, but as to what comes home with me, I have no clue. When I visit Rehoboth Beach, I know I’m coming home with Dogfish Head or New Belgium. When I go to Albany and visit Oliver’s or Westmere, I’m know that I’m buying some of the hard-to-get Smuttynose beers that I can find here. If I’m Pennsylvania and going to Abe’s, well, there’s likely to be some Speakeasy, Terrapin or some regional brews coming home.


During a very recent trip to my friend Phil’s in the Lehigh Valley, I found myself walking around Wegmans and looking for what I was buying. I opted to grab a couple of things from the East Coast Craft section that looked out of my normal realm. There was the Evil Genius Shut Up, Meg, a farmhouse IPA, and DuClaw’s Funk.

I’m not a stranger to the brewery, which is based in Baltimore and distributes throughout the mid-Atlantic. My friend Mike turned me on to DuClaw’s very nice wit during a stay at his and his wife’s house outside of Washington, D.C. It’s Sweet Baby Jesus choco-peanut butter porter is a flavor to behold. But, today, it was the Funk that caught my eye. I was in search of something summery, and if blueberry citrus wheat doesn’t speak to the season, well, I don’t know what would. After all, read the brewer’s description:

Funk, our Blueberry Citrus Wheat Ale, sets the rhythm with a soulful fusion of American wheat and hops, before unleashing a stunning encore with big notes of blueberry and Meyer lemon.

Who could resist that sale? Right?


Unfortunately for the aforementioned fool and his money parted ways here. As a wheat beer, this is slightly above average. Has a nice, creamy mouthfeel and medium body. There’s a very full-flavored finish with a lot of biscuity, bready flavor. But in between sniff to swallow was a confusing blend of fruit. Funk’s aroma is blueberry and you open bitter from the use of lemon, as well as Cascade and Columbus hop varieties. But, what you get midway through is…nothing. Not a damn thing. None of the blueberry. None of the marriage of citrus and berry. Nothing. It was like drinking a Blue Moon with a twist of lemon. Disappointed, I grabbed a second one from the fridge, gave my mouth a good swishing with warm water to cleanse the palate, and tried again. Same result. Same damn result.

If you like wheat beer, this is a good choice. If you’re looking for a fruity wheat beer, grab a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and stay the enemy you know.


Brewer: DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer: Funk
Style: Wheat/Fruit Beer
ABV: 5.0%   IBU: 16
Container: 12 oz. bottle
Price: $8.99 (purchased as a six-pack)   Point of Purchase: Wegmans, Nazareth, Pa.
To The Eye: Golden to amber and a little cloudy with a pinky-width head.
To The Nose: Blueberry nose that wasn’t too sweet and fake smelling.
To The Palate: Creamy and medium-bodied. Opens up with a bitter, lemon-citrus flavor, and turns into an above-average wheat beer. 
Aftertaste: Clean and watery.
Boozy Factor: It’s a 5 percenter, so pretty low. 
On a Scale of 1 to 10, with 10 as highest: 6.5

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