In the back of Roadhouse Brewing Co. a door sign reads “Funk House,” the name of a mysterious workshop where brewers toil away with the invisible workhorse of the beer world — yeast. The room houses some particularly funky strains.
“We don’t want any of these yeasts to get into any of our other beer. They could cause big problems for an IPA, turn it sour on the shelf,” co-founder Colby Cox said. The so-called Funk House series these ancient yeasts are meant to produce, the brewer said, is incredible.
“Our head brewer Max [Shafer] and I have been all over Belgium tasting sour barrel-aged beers from breweries more than 500 years old,” Cox said. “When we started Roadhouse we knew we wanted a barrel-aging program.”
And now, more than two years in the making, the Funk House series is finally here.
More than a year ago, the Roadhouse team brewed light and dark Belgian sour in the Funk House’s gigantic wooden vats being separated the brews into their smaller, particular aging conditions.
Some ended up in Wyoming Whiskey barrels, others in gin barrels from the Bahamas, and others in wine barrels from Jackson Winery. Raspberries were added to some and peaches to others. Some of the beers were aged for eight months and others for two years.
What emerged is a world-class array of Belgian sour beers from Roadhouse, with more set to come every few months. These beers are not, however, meant for the world.
“These beers are being made for Jackson,” Cox said. “You can buy our other beers in Utah, but [these] will only ever be available in Jackson.” Roadhouse's core beers are also available in Idaho, Colorado and throughout Wyoming.
Five iterations are now available in bottles at the Roadhouse Pub & Eatery, Pub Shop, Brewery, and at select locations around town.
There are three different versions of classic “Avarice and Greed” — one aged with raspberries, one with apricots, and another in Jackson Hole Still Works' gin barrels. Then there’s the “Mountain Mystic,” a stout aged in Wyoming Whiskey barrels and the “Teton Tea,” a brown ale aged with coffee.
Each beer will be available for until being replaced with a new Funk House creation. ￼
This article has been updated to reflect that a beer in the "Avarice and Greed" series was made with apricots and that some of the barrels used in that series were Jackson Hole Still Works'. It also clarifies where Roadhouse's core beers can be purchased. — Ed.