Tucked away on a side street in Emmaus, PA is a dedicated brewer Kyle Funk, who’s hard at work putting out award-winning IPAs, lagers and other assorted varieties. The Funk Brewing Company has been producing beer in this Sixth Street building since February 2014, though his title of brewer began over 12 years ago. 80 miles to the north, a second taproom has been opened by Kyle’s brother-in-law, John Norman, with a focus on locally sourced menu, wines, and ciders.
Pour: A really nice hazy golden color, cloudy enough where you can’t see carbonation in the glass.
Head: A thin head quickly forms and disappears, sticking to the edge of the glass.
Nose: Hoppy. Almost what you would expect from an IPA, but with more of malty background. Lots of fruit, citrus and notes of a tropical fruits, followed by some pine.
Palate: Medium bodied, juicy at first then malts surface showing its weight. Some lighter citrus notes but not as much of tropical fruit as expected from the nose. Slightly acidic but finishes quickly without leaving much behind.
Overall: A pretty solid Pale Ale. At first seemed more like an IPA but came around after warming a bit. Not my first choice when it’s warmer out, the fruit notes here make this a little more approachable in the summer months. Plus it’s sold exclusively in cans making it easy to take along on your next outdoor adventure. Pairs well with burgers, cheddar cheeses or a classic bread pudding.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints