(Clifton Park, NY) – Fresh off the packaging line at Shmaltz Brewing’s brand new Upstate New York brewery, Funky Jewbelation® is the latest Limited Engagement in the brewery’s bold and beautiful Barrel-Aged Series. This year’s hand crafted recipe of Funky Jewbelation® features a unique blend of seven ales from the Shmaltz beer lineup aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels, and hustles in at 9.4% alc. Funky Jewbelation® is an expert mash-up of Jewbelation 15® (aged 18 months), Messiah Nut Brown Ale® (aged 3 months), Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.® (aged 12 months), Reunion® (aged 6 months), Origin® (aged 6 months), Rejewvenator® (aged 6 months), and Death of a Contract Brewer® (aged 4 months). Funky Jewbelation® is now nationally available in 22 oz. bottles and a limited amount of draft at select bars.
“Funky Jewbelation 2014 embodies Shmaltz’s commitment to the craftsmanship of truly exceptional beers,” says Shmaltz Brewmaster Paul McErlean. “Funky has been aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Sazarac and Willett Rye whiskey barrels. It’s a monumental blend of our favorite ales that we’ve lovingly nurtured for the past couple years. Since some of the beers were contract brewed and some brewed at our new brewery in Clifton Park, this Funky offering bridges our old life with our new. Funky Jewbelation 2014 glistens a deep ruby color with a big, tart, sour cherry flavor and a malty earth aroma. A lovely puckering is complemented by subtle hints of bourbon, charred wood, molasses and light notes of vanilla.”
The 2012 and 2013 versions of Funky Jewbelation® took home two consecutive Gold Medals at the 2012/2013 World Beer Championships. The 2012 World Beer Championships featured 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states with 3,921 beers in 95 beer categories. Now three years in the making, Shmaltz’s barrel-aging program also includes such all-stars as the 2010 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medalist HE’BREW R.I.P.A. on Rye® (R.I.P.A. on Rye® has a 98-rating on RateBeer.com; 2014 recipe is currently on shelves nationwide); 2011 World Beer Championships Gold Medalist HE’BREW Vertical Jewbelation®, and the 99-rated (on RateBeer.com) HE’BREW Genesis 15:15®.
The Limited Engagement Barrel-Aged Series not only represents some of Shmaltz’s most decorated beers, but also boasts the highest consumer ratings from BeerAdvocate.com and RateBeer.com. The latter ranked Shmaltz Brewing as one of the “Top 100 Breweries in the World” in 2013. With the release of this year’s Funky Jewbelation®, Shmaltz continues to design sophisticated beers that rank with the world’s best specialty libations.
Rejewvenator is a hybrid Belgian Style Dubbel and European Doppelbock, brewed with merlot grapes from California and concord grapes from Upstate New York to tie together our California roots with our new life in New York. Samples of this bi-coastal dubbel doppel style brew are already making our brewers gasp with delight…it’s that good. Mark your calendar- Rejewvenator hits stores in April and will be worth the wait!