Brewery – Fretboard
Beer – Bootsy Brewski
Style – Brut IPA
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 21
In collaboration with Bootsy Collins Foundation – what started as an experimental IPA recently took gold at the 2019 US Open Beer Championship. This IPA is front-loaded with bright funky citrus and finishes crisp and dry and is approved by the grand funkmaster himself.
A portion of all proceeds benefits the Bootsy Collins foundation!
This beer was first released in the taproom (after a short test phase when it was called ‘Soundcheck Vol 1), overseen by a tapping from the Man himself, Bootsy Collins, on August 19 as part of their “Over The Top’ Festival. The brewery wanted to create a beer that was not only delicious, and that fit in with the brand that they’ve been building – but that fit with the funky style of Bootsy himself.
They nailed it, too – with a Brut IPA that in the words of owner Joe Sierra “Hits hard, like a Bootsy bass line”.
My Thoughts On Fretboard’s Bootsy Brewski
I’ve struggled to try to find how I feel about a lot of Brut IPAs, and right when I’m about to chalk it up to it just not being my style – I find this one that I really enjoy.
In my glass, Bootsy is bright yellow with a thin white head on top. It’s got a slight hazy to it… but it’s bright and almost clear – light and unassuming.
The aromas are citrusy with a slightly funky happiness.
The taste is big, bold and citrusy – with a really nice dry finish. The beer packs a real kick at 7%, but is a bit sly about it… the dry finish helps it feel clean and refreshing.