Pour a pint and pucker up

PHOTOS: By Rebecca Gallery.


Saturday October 3rd, local brewery Denizens Brewing Company (1115 East-West Highway in  Silver Spring MD) hosted the first ever Make It Funky Wild Beer Fest. This event let beer lovers enjoy limitless samples of over 40  rare, sour and wild beers presented by over 20  breweries.  The event was sold out completely, even with Hurricane Joaquin creeping around. No grey sky could damper the spirits at this much anticipated beer tasting.

This unique event celebrated wild beers poured by expert and knowledgeable brewers eager to talk to the crowds about the specific methods and ingredients used to develop these masterpiece craft brews.  A sour beer is brewed to have a unusual tart and acidic taste with a multitude of flavors and aromas developed by fermentation with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and Saccharomyces yeast strains.

A live DJ set up shop in the brewery, spinning tunes for party goers as food trucks from Go Fish, Dirty South Deli and more provided nourishment between sips.

A full list of the all-star breweries and their unique, rare and flavorful beers is below. If you missed the event be sure to visit these breweries to sample a rare sour and wild beer before they are gone!


3 Stars Brewing Company (Washington, DC): Dissonance Rye Berliner

Baying Hound Aleworks (Rockville, MD): Darwin Wild-Fermented Ale (aged in oak barrels)

Bluejacket (Washington, DC): Jam Strawberry Rhubarb Berliner Weisse, Plum Sour Local Plum Wild Sour Ale, Kelsey & Greg’s Wedding Ale Local Peach/Nectarine Wild Sour Ale, Vignette Local, Cherry Sour Brett Ale

Coppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, FL): Purple Drank Berliner Weisse, Strawberry Dangerous Frank Berliner Weisse, Kiwi Khaleesi Floridaweisse

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, CO): Origins American Wild Ale, Pure Guava Petite Sour American Wild Ale

Denizens Brewing Co. (Silver Spring, MD): Guera en la Madera mescal barrel aged Brett Tripel, Bocho Gose, Bocho Bandido (aged in mezcal barrels), Brett Dubbel, Backyard Boogie Farmhouse Inspired Ale (aged in chardonnay barrels), Low County Common (aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels), Brett Leroy Raddled Brett IPA, Drie Day White IPA, Wee Bit Funkay (aged in Catoctin Creek whiskey wine barrels), Born Bohemian Pilsner (palate cleanser), Lowest Lord ESB (palate cleanser)

Franklins Brewery (Hyattsville, MD): Brettino’s Bounce, Slippin’ Into Darkness

Free Will Brewery (Perkasie, PA): Peach Lambic, Blood & Guts Dark Sour

Gorden Biersch (Rockville, MD): Sour Stout, Barrel-Aged Quadruple

Hellbender Brewing Company (Washington, DC): Kentucky Common, Peach Saison Sour

Iron Hill Brewery (Philadelphia, PA): Golden Child American Wild Ale, La Flama Blanca Berliner Weisse

Lost Rhino Brewing Company (Ashburn, VA): Alphabrett Barrel-aged Brown Ale with Brettanomyces, Woodpucker American Sour made with Brett & other bacteria

Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church, VA): varieties

McKenzie Brew House (PA): Cuvee Du Soleil barrel-aged Grissette, What Supp? Barrel-aged Strong Saison with cherries

Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery (Boulder, CO): Golden Valley Abbey Ale,  Ciel Sauvage Wild Ale

Ocelot Brewing Company (Dulles, VA): Weird Creatures Tart Raspberry Saison, Idle Hands Sour Saison

Old Ox Brewery (Ashburn, VA): varieties

Right Proper Brewing Company (Washington, DC): Scott 5 Farmhouse Ale, Most Precious (collaboration with Pulaski Beer), Know Your Conjurer Farmhouse Ale, Songlines Aboriginal Farmhouse Ale

Strangeways Brewing (Richmond, VA): Rot In Hell Pumpkin Sour, Hibiscus Wake Me Up Before You Gose

The Brewer’s Art (Baltimore, MD): Danaus Kettle Sour, In The Sauer Kraud one-shot aged custom blend

Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore, MD): Old Pro Gose, Apricot Sour

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About the Author

Rebecca Gallery
Rebecca Gallery covers Art and Entertainment events in Takoma Park and Silver Spring MD. When she is not seeking out new music and events you can find her curled up with her cats and a cup of tea (wine).