First It Was Filthy, Now It’s Funky: Thin Man, Mikkeller NYC Keep the Flow Going

Remember Filthy Flow IPA? Chances are you have fond memories of the Thin Man Brewery / Mikkeller Brewing NYC concoction. If you have been among the hordes clamoring for its return, you’re going to want to find a seat at the bar at Thin Man on Saturday (March 31), for the release of Funky Flow, a 100% Brett relative of Filthy Flow. You asked for it, and now it’s back, well sort of. It goes on tap at 11am.

Funky Flow (6.3% ABV) is a 100% Brett IPA brewed with Simcoe, Citra and Galaxy hops that’s a play on Filthy Flow. It features the same grain bill (just a little less of it) and the same hops with some tweaks to the recipe here and there.

“It kind of takes you on a journey,” Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins says, “it’s juicy at first then moves kinda West Coast-y, and then the funk starts to pop with unripe pear and complex fruit/hay notes.”

Funky Flow continues Thin Man’s collaborative work with Mikkeller NYC, and Watkins reveals that this beer has some pretty great things in store for it if all goes to plan. He adds that he is hoping to head out to NYC to brew with Mikkeller again in the future, so it would seem that this partnership is far from over.

“We had been talking about another collab with Mikkeller NYC since brewing Filthy Flow back in November,” Watkins says. “I got an email from Jim [Raras, Executive VP/Brewer of Mikkeller NYC] asking if we would be interested in doing a beer they could have at their opening (they just opened last week) and also to send to Denmark for Copenhagen Beer Week and the Copenhagen Beer Celebration. They liked the idea of a Brett IPA so we decided to run with the theme!”

Along with Funky Flow, Thin Man will also debut Sonnyboi Session IPA (4.8%) this weekend, a crushable IPA featuring American hops with pine, citrus and light caramel notes. And as if drinking good beer isn’t enough, a portion of each glass sold will go to benefit Rock Autism.

Funky Flow is a draft only release (growler/crowler fills welcome), but if you’re in the mood for a canned Thin Man IPA, then you won’t have to wait long as Trial by Wombat New England IPA will be released in cans on April 7 (11am).

“Trial by Wombat is a New England IPA featuring Galaxy hops from Australia,” Watkins says. “There also some Simcoe and Citra hops with 30% malted oats, a ton of pilsner malts and some other fun stuff. It’s insanely dry hopped as well for big peachy, pineapple-y and orange-y juicy goodness.”

Trial by Wombat is the definition of soft with a very well-rounded finish, with flavors of juicy white peach, pineapple, papaya and tangerine and big citrus aromas.

In addition to TBW, Thin Man is also dropping Haze Potato Chips, a hazy IPA brewed in partnership with Ireland’s Lough Gill Brewery. This one was brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Citra Cryo hops with red potatoes added to boost the haze. Notes of peach, gooseberry and citrus pop from this juicy NEIPA.

For more information on the Funky Flow release, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/165398607480735/. Head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/212822549466768/ for more on the Trial by Wombat can release.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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