Dr. Funk is a collaboration between Doctor’s Orders and Funk Estate from New Zealand.
Dr. Funk was brewed in August 2015 for the New Zealand festival, Beervana. It was released late in 2015 in very limited amounts in Australia and New Zealand.
The nose is all funk but the taste is much lighter and crisper. Lemon citrus comes through on the palate with a good whack of sourness. It’s not “blow your face off” sour but it’s more than just tart.
In terms of taste, it verges on the side of lactic rather than acetic and there’s some lacto character that comes through nicely.
Beautiful In The Glass
The liquid itself is a beautiful lemon yellow colour. It’s incredibly clear and looks a lot like a white wine, or maybe a light mead in the glass.
There’s a thin white head with clearly defined bubbles. It fades after a while but a swift flick of the wrist and swirl of the glass gets it bubbling again and it looks wonderful for it.
Dr. Funk was kettle soured with black lime and yuzu. Unfortunately, and kind of pathetically, I’ve never tasted black lime or yuzu so I can’t say whether it was present. There was however, as mentioned above, a good whack of citrus which made it lightly puckering and refreshing.
Kettle sours have been something of a controversial topic, mainly in the US. But as with many of these debates, there’s a good chance it’ll land on our shores soon enough.
Critics of the process say it’s a cheap and easy way for brewers to produce a sour.
In essence, it’s another method available to brewers and involves infecting the beer with the bacteria that makes it sour before the boil rather than after.
Regardless of this, it’s a very tasty and refreshing beer. Perfectly timed for a summer release.
The bottle label is a thing of beauty too. There’s a touch of 60s psychedelia to it.
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