Over 45 breweries have dropped out of Wicked Weed’s 2017 Funkatorium Invitational, but now they have a new event to attend.
In emails and a phone call, Joe Connolly, general manager at Springdale Barrel Room in Framingham, Mass., confirmed to Tenemu that the brewery is working on an event named We’re Funk’d: Sour Stroll 2017, which will encompass up to 10 bars in the Cambridge and Somerville areas. The event is being billed as a way to get all of the breweries together who had already budgeted time, effort and beer for Wicked Weed’s Invitational, but decided not to attend after the brewery announced on Wednesday that it was being acquired by AB InBev.
Springdale Barrel Room is an expansion of Jack’s Abby Brewing that was founded to experiment with ale yeasts and sour cultures in beers.
“Each bar will commit 10-40 lines in support of a charity of their choice, as well as an optional food pairing,” said Connolly in an email to Tenemu. “These bars are all within reasonable walking distance of one another. The event will culminate in an exclusive, “big guns beer” mini festival at a venue TBD in Cambridge/Somerville, the proceeds of which will go to our charity of choice, the MS Society.”
We’re Funk’d: Sour Stroll 2017 is expected to feature passports and maps that will be handed out at each bar location, along with details about the beers. In addition, each brewery will be able to highlight their own route, “leveraging social media to drive consumers to literally follow them around all afternoon,” according to Connolly.
According to a spokesperson for Spingdale, four different breweries have confirmed they are attending We’re Funk’d: Sour Stroll 2017 so far:
- Cambridge Brewing Co.
- Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
- Two Roads Brewing Co.
- Avery Brewing Co.
While the event will feature some of the breweries that are not attending Wicked Weed’s Invitational, other breweries will be invited as well.
Connolly told Tenemu that prices, the number of breweries, a location for the final festival event and other details are still being worked out, but that the event will be scheduled for July 8 and July 9.
Update (May 12, 2017) — This post was updated to include details on the event date and breweries that are attending. It was originally published on May 5, 2017.