Tonight at Hashigozake it was the crew from Funk Estate putting their experimental brews on the table. As the funksters refine and define their take on the craft of craft beer brewing, its great to be along for the ride. SamuRye is a rye ale fermented with a sake yeast. It looked like a Belgian wheat beer, but the character was distinctive. As a food match, Greasylightbulb suggested blue cheese, peanut and cranberry wontons. I have to say, Funk Estate are putting it out there… It’s these kind of surprises that make the Tuesday new release nights a worthy diversion from the 5.20 train to Pukerua Bay. How apt for Hashigo zake Cult beer bar to put the SamuRye before us and how appropriate we haiku it…
Funk Estate SamuRye
Sake Pale Ale 5.5% ABV
Summer in Japan
Cunning jape with sake yeast
Viscous cloudy rye
n. pl. haiku also hai·kus
1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
2. A poem written in this form.