Shenanigans Funk Wit is a bold farmhouse style witbier fermented with brettanomyces.
Shenanigans Brewing Co. did quite a bit of work with brettanomyces throughout 2017. Their Grisette Supérieur was a big success for the celebration of their third birthday. They also launched four beers using different strains of brett for their birthday celebrations at Bitter Phew.
A Funky Witbier
Funk Wit has a bold, almost sneeze-inducing, white pepper aroma from the moment you first lift it to your nose. The body of the liquid is a wonderful gold, slightly cloudy, and capped by a strong head of pure white foam.
The peppery, phenolic character carries through into the mid-palate where it sits pleasantly alongside soft white bread. There’s a subtle tangy, fruity bite near the end, complemented by a mild floral bouquet. Both of these work nicely with the prominent funk that lingers long after you’ve sipped at the beer.
Culminating with incredible dryness, the combination of grass, hay and dried flowers, means that the finish of this beer is where a lot of the action is. It provides a complexity that’s intriguing and tempts you back for more. There’s a herbal, almost menthol, element towards the end playing with a honey character and an undertone of brett horsehair funk throughout.
The 7.1% ABV is perceivable but not over the top. Funk Wit has a decent body and a modicum of alcohol sweetness but it remains a quaffable beer.
Traditional Witbier Adjuncts With A Twist
What’s interesting about this beer is the adjuncts. Witbier traditionally has an addition of orange zest and coriander. Shenanigans mixed this up, using ingredients that have served them well in the past. Funk Wit contains mandarin zest, jasmine and chamomile flowers, alongside the obligatory coriander seeds.
It’s fermented with saison yeast and brettanomyces. All these components come together to make a flavourful farmhouse inspired but recognisably wit-style beer.
The packaged version comes in strong champagne-style 750ml bottles, just like their Grisette Supérieur. It’s a more affordable 750ml packaged beer and a nice move by the brewers, particularly as the format lends itself to sharing.
Shenanigans recommend pairing it with a plate of fancy cheese and I have to agree. Throw in some rustic sourdough bread or some quality crackers and you’ve got the makings of a summer afternoon well spent.
From: Inner West, NSW
Beer style: Farmhouse style witbier with brettanomyces
Malts: Gladfield German Pilsner, wheat, rolled oats
Hops: Enigma, Riwaka
Yeast: Belle Saison, Brettanomyces
Other: Mandarin zest, coriander seeds, jasmine, chamomile flowers
Pair with: A plate of funky cheese
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