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510. Funky Bow Brewery So Folkin’ Hoppy IPA

Funky Bow So Folkin Hoppy IPAI like the guys at Funky Bow; Paul and Abraham are great guys that really enjoy what they do and a recently I went to the brewery on a Friday evening to grab a couple of growlers. They had the pale ale and the IPA on at that point and I opted for the IPA since I had already reviewed the pale ale. I was happy to get one of their new growlers instead of the amber growler with a paper label stuck on it.

The beer from Funky Bow is a bit of a mixed bag. That Friday I tried the pale ale and the IPA back to back and thought the pale tasted more like an IPA than the IPA did. This beer was much cleaner than the pale ale I had a couple months ago. I think Abraham has learned a lot over the past few months and is making better beer.

The color is very nice but there was almost no head even though I opened it the same night I bought the growler. Not sure if it was prefilled and sold out of the cooler or not. Aroma has more malt than hops which is where the confusion starts. Taste continues the confusion with plenty of malt character and some bitterness but that is really the only thing that could make this an IPA.

Overall this is not a bad beer and it has been well received at local restaurants and bars but if you are a craft beer drinker and have an expectation of what an IPA should be this one will leave you wanting more. 
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Brewers Website: Funky Bow Beer Company
Brewers Description: At Funky Bow Brewing Company we love to hear the vibrations of excellent music coming from all corners of the brewery. We also love standing in the middle of a seamlessly never ending hop fields, taking in the sites and aromas of one of nature’s great wonders, Humulus lupulus.

So after hours and hours of easy listening and days and days of hop field nostalgia, we headed back to the brewing table to create a beer that could precisely sum up all of these experiences. We called this beer, So Folkin’ Hoppy. A delicious caramel malt backbone to balance the generous addition of hops, all the while fermenting with a clean tasting yeast to allow the true flavors, aromas and sounds to bust through. In the end this beer was brewed for the music and hop lovers in all of us.

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437. Funky Bow Brewery End of the Line Pale Ale

Funky Bow End of the LineI grabbed a growler of this beer the day before they started officially selling growlers. Abraham filled it directly from the bright tank and it was a bit of an experiment as they put the label on the growler prior to filling but should have waited until after as it got very wet during the process and started to peel.

The beer is a very nice pale ale with a great orange color and thin white head. This beer is extremely murky, I like unfiltered beer so this is not an issue for me but some might find this to be an issue. Aroma has a fair amount of hops and the taste follows with a nice hops presence in the beginning. Overall this beer was quite refreshing and enjoyable and I think it will only improve as Abraham gains experience on the new brew system.

If you have not tried End of the Line Pale Ale yet you should make an effort to find it on draft or get to the brewery for a growler.
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Pale ale with a fair amount of hops
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Brewers Website: Funky Bow Brewery
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Funky Bow Beer Company – Lyman, ME

Funky Bow BuildingHad the chance to stop by another brewery that is starting up in Maine on Friday. This one is Funky Bow Beer Company in Lyman. Lyman is located between Biddeford and Sanford and is less than 30 minutes from Portland. The brewery is located in a converted garage and they had just received their tanks the day before I arrived.

Funky Bow FermenterFunky Bow is owned and operated by a father and son team; Paul and Abraham. When I arrived Abraham was working on some interior construction but was happy to take the time to show me the space and chat beer. A short time after I arrived Paul came down and gave me the tour of the entire premise which includes Sunset Farm’s many greenhouses where they grow greens for local restaurants year round.

Funky Bow BrewBoth Abraham and Paul seemed very excited to enter the craft beer scene in Maine and hope to be brewing beer in the next 30 days. In addition to the brand new tanks they also had a deliver of malt from Valley Malt. The grains were grown at Harris Farm in Dayton and then shipped to Valley for the malt processing. Paul and Abraham took a trip down to pick it up and plan on using it in their beer soon. At this time they expect to have an IPA, a pale ale and more interestingly an oatmeal milk stout, a smoked bourbon porter and a European style saison.

They plan on doing kegs for local restaurants and bars as well as 22 oz bottles and to sell growlers both at the brewery and at 2 farmers markets in Saco and Brunswick. No question Funky Bow will be small to start, in fact they claim to be the smallest brewery in Maine. Best of luck to both Paul and Abraham and I look forward to trying the beer in the coming months.

Website: Funky Bow Beer
Address: 21 Ledgewood Dr – Lyman, ME
Owners: Paul and Abraham Lorrain

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