Insight Brewing is launching its new wild beer series today

Funken City is the first funky beer.
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People's taste for sour beer is growing, and another Minnesota brewery is getting funky.

Minneapolis-based Insight Brewing's Brewmaster's Secret Garden series will feature funky, sour and wild beers, with the first being released Friday at 3 p.m.

Funken City Barrel Aged Wild Saison is a new version of Insight's Sunken City, a saison made with sauvignon blanc grapes, which Insight has aged in cherry whiskey barrels. This gives the wild beer a funky taste with notes of grapefruit and lemon. The beer isn't super sour and is pretty easy to drink – even though it has an ABV of 8.3 percent.

The brewery only made 840 bottles of Funken City, so it's expected to go quickly. You'll be able to get it on tap in Insight's taproom starting Friday afternoon, and 320 750-milliliter bottles will be for sale for $14, the brewery says. There's a two bottle per person limit.

Funken City bottles will also be available in some liquor stores.

The second beer in the Brewmaster's Secret Garden series will be released in late March. It's called currently being called Red Bird, a sour red beer that was aged in black cherry whiskey and straight whiskey barrels.

Other wild beers in the series will include a collaboration with a brewery from Belgium (Insight wouldn't say who during a recent press event to show off its new program), and head brewer Ryan Mihm plans to experiment with aging beer in other barrels, including rum, gin and wine.

For more information on what beers Insight will be releasing this year, click here.

Growth of sour beers

Sour beers are growing in popularity, and a handful of Minnesota breweries will explore brewing them this year.

The style offers a new array of flavors to beer drinkers, and also another entry point for people into craft beer who don’t like the dark, hoppy stuff, Tom Whisenand, the president of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and the co-founder of Indeed Brewing, told GoMN in December.

Sours are not cheap or easy to make. But that hasn’t stopped local brewers from talking about them, Whisenand says, noting Indeed is among the local breweries that plans to grow its sour program this year.

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