Jester King Brewery Schedules Release of 2018 Atrial Rubicite

JKAtrialRubiciteOn Friday, July 6 at 4 p.m., Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) will host a special bottle release for Blend No. 8 of its highly sought-after Atrial Rubicite, a barrel-aged sour beer refermented with raspberries.

To create the 2018 blend of Atrial Rubicite, the crew at Jester King “racked 22 oak barrels of mature beer (about 1,320 gallons) onto 5,760 pounds of raspberries (4.4 pounds per gallon) in early April.”  After a six-week period of fruit refermentation, the beer was then packaged “and allowed it to naturally referment in bottles and kegs.”

Blend No. 8 of Atrial Rubicite will officially go on sale in Jester King’s Tasting Room at 4 p.m. on July 6.  Jester King has “about 6,500 bottles” of Atrial Rubicite available, and guests can purchase these 500ml bottles for $20 each (there will be a bottle limit of SIX (6) PER CUSTOMER PER DAY).  The brewery has also packaged “about 100 magnums this year, which [they] plan to do a lottery for some time in the next few weeks. Aside from special events, 2018 Atrial Rubicite will only be available at Jester King.”  Prost!

Vital Information for 2018 Atrial Rubicite (Blend No. 8) from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; July 6, 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Treatment – Mature beer refermented for about six weeks on 5,760 pounds of raspberries
Availability – 500ml bottles ($20 each)
Bottle Limit – Six (6) bottles per customer per day
Distribution – None, brewery-only release

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Jester King Brewery Releases Latest Batch of Commerical Suicide

JKCommercialJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will release Batch 12 of Commercial Suicide Farmhouse Mild Ale on Friday, June 22.

Brewed to represent and respect “the English tradition of low-alcohol, supremely drinkable ales with moderate bitterness, toasty/biscuity malt flavors, and interesting yeast character”, Commercial Suicide has officially returned and the folks at Jester King feel that Batch 12 just might be the closest they have come to nailing their take on the Mild Ale style.  They pulled this off by raising the bitterness level over 20 – 35 IBUS, which in turn keeps the tart and funky notes at bay for the time being (the wild yeast characteristics will present themselves if the beer is not consumed fresh).  These subtle changes yield a 3.3% ABV Commercial Suicide that “[presents] fresher and more in line with traditional English Mild.”

Batch 12 of Commercial Suicide will officially release in Jester King’s Tasting Room on June 22 and the brewery does “anticipate limited distribution of this beer” to follow shortly thereafter.  If this Limited Release finds its way into full distribution, you can expect to find it available in 750ml bottles at select craft beer retailers and bars located in Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Jester King’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Commercial Suicide Farmhouse Mild from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited, late June 2018
Style – English Mild Ale
ABV – 3.3%
IBUs – “20 – 35 IBUs”
Availability – 750ml bottles

Jester King Brewery to Release 10th Blend of Boxer’s Revenge

JesterkinglogoJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Boxer’s Revenge – Blend 10 on Friday, May 25.

First brewed back in September 2010, Boxer’s Revenge is a bit of a legend because it was the first beer ever brewed at Jester King.  Now on its 10th blend, Boxer’s Revenge is a Sour Strong Ale that has been “fermented with native Hill Country yeast and bacteria and then barrel-aged about a year.”  Blended on April 12th, 2018 and bottled on April 17th and 18th, 2018; this blend of Boxer’s Revenge (9.7% ABV) supplies its drinker with a beautifully complex experience that “has a softer acidity than prior batches” – just like this year’s recently released blends of RU55 and Funk Metal.

Boxer’s Revenge – Blend 10 will debut in Jester King’s tasting room at 4 p.m. on May 25 and the brewery does “anticipate some distribution of this beer.”  If this Limited Release offering enters full distribution, you can expect to find it available in 750ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Jester King’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Boxer’s Revenge – Blend 10 from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; May 25, 2018
Style – American Strong Ale/American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.7%
IBUs – 17
Treatment – “Fermented with native Hill Country yeast and bacteria and then barrel-aged about a year.”
Availability – 750ml bottles

Jester King Brewery Releases Latest Batch of Provenance Lemon & Lime

39455468440_5ed2c99b22_kJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the release of Provenance Lemon & Lime – Batch 5 on Friday, April 6.

Originally brewed on January 31 and February 1 of 2018, this batch of Provenance Lemon & Lime boasts a recipe that includes the use of “150 pounds of Texas Valley lemons from Hernandez Farms in Weslaco, TX and 150 pounds of limes from G and S Groves in McAllen, TX.”  Both the zest and juice of these lemons and limes were “added during primary fermentation and allowed to ferment in . . . stainless steel tanks with [Jester King’s] mixed culture of yeast and bacteria.”  Sitting at just 5.6% ABV and utterly saturated with “the vibrant flavors of the lemon and lime”, Provenance Lemon & Lime is now ready to serve as “an uplifting beer perfect for summertime.”

Batch 5 of Provenance Lemon & Lime will initially release in Jester King’s Tasting Room on April 6, and the brewery does “anticipate distribution of this beer” to follow shortly thereafter.  If this Limited Release offering enters full distribution, you can expect to find it available in 750ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Jester King’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Provenance Lemon & Lime from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited, Batch 5 releases April 6, 2018
Style – Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 5.6%
IBUs – 34.5
Ingredients – “Texas Hill Country Well Water, Malted Barley, Malted Wheat, Lemon, Lime, Hops, Mixed Culture of Brewers Yeast and Native Yeast and Bacteria”
Availability – 750ml bottles

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Jester King Brewery Announces the Return of Noble King

38750262900_971d5ca0e9_kJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially released the latest batch of one of its oldest beers, Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale.

Drawing inspiration from the hoppy pale beers from small European breweries such as Brasserie Thiriez, Brouwerij De Ranke, and Brasserie de la Senne, the brewers at Jester King have established their long-standing Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale by exploring brewing techniques that stray a bit from those employed in their more funky and/or acidic offerings.  Instead of brewing a beer with a small amount of hops and then aging it for months or years in oak barrels, they brew this Farmhouse Ale with a hefty amount of Noble hop varietals and ferment it in stainless steel for weeks.  This approach keeps “the acidity . . . at bay” and results in a 5.8% ABV Noble King that is “dry [and] bitter, with some interesting yeast complexity.”

Noble King is available now in Jester King’s Tasting Room, and the brewery does “anticipate distribution of this beer.”  If this Limited Release offering enters full distribution, you can expect to find it available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Jester King’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited, March 2018
Style – Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 41
Ingredients – Texas Hill Country Well Water, Texas Malted Barley & Wheat from Blacklands Malt, Hops, Mixed Culture of Brewers Yeast and Native Yeast and Bacteria
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft

Jester King Brewery Keeps it Local with Release of Part & Parcel – Batch 2

39529535915_b1a24ebe76_zJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the limited release of Part & Parcel – Batch 2 on Friday, February 23.

Developed to become “the first commercial beer in modern history to be brewed with 100% Texas grown and malted barley”, the Part & Parcel project would not have been possible without Brandon Ade of Blacklands Malt and his “mission to revitalize barley growing in Texas” by convincing Texas farmers to convert their crops over to barley.  Despite countless struggles and setbacks, Ade ultimately achieved his goal in 2016 when “enough barley was grown and malted to make the first all-Texas barley beer.” That barley – 100% Brown Field 20 Malt grown in Brownfield, Texas to be exact – was employed in the 2017 release of Part & Parcel – Batch 1, and now Jester King is ready to treat craft beer fans to a reformulated Batch 2.

Originally brewed on November 11th and 12th, 2017 and packaged on January 9th and 10th, 2018; Part & Parcel – Batch 2 was created with a recipe featuring “40% Brown Field 5 Texas Munich (5 SRM), 40% Brown Field 20 Texas Munich (20 SRM), and 20% of a new amber specialty malt from Blacklands called Amber Wave (10 SRM).”  The newly developed Amber Wave Malt supplies this Farmhouse Ale with “an interesting graham cracker character and candy sweetness which is meant to mellow out the dry heavy toast and dark melanoidins from the Brown Field malts.”  The finished Part & Parcel – Batch 2 weighs in at 4.4% ABV and 53 IBUs.

“The grain has a huge toasty/roasty character, contributing tons of color and a nice tan foam. We’re very excited to be able to brew with Texas grown and malted barley!”

– Sean Spiller, Brewer at Jester King Brewery

Part & Parcel – Batch 2 will debut in Jester King’s Tasting Room on February 23, and the brewery does “anticipate distribution of this beer.”  If this Limited Release offering enters full distribution, you can expect to find it available in 750ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Jester King’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Part & Parcel – Batch 2 from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited, debuts February 23, 2018
Style – Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 4.4%
IBUs – 53
Malts – Brown Field 5 Texas Munich, Brown Field 20 Texas Munich & Amber Wave 
Availability – 750ml bottles

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Jester King Brewery Introduces No Whalez Here

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Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) announced today that it will officially begin the release of No Whalez Here Farmhouse Witbier on Friday, October 20.

No Whalez Here is a Farmhouse-style Witbier that was “brewed on June 12, 2017 with Hill Country well water, White Horn pilsner malt from Blacklands, malted wheat, raw wheat, flaked wheat, Carafoam malt, rolled oats,” and an undisclosed hop bill.  To give the beer a distinctive Witbier essence, the brewers went local by adding “Texas coriander, house-dried Texas tangerines, and hand-harvested lavender from the flower beds in front of the brewery.” This brew was then finished off by being “fermented in a horizontal stainless steel tank with [a] mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria.”

No Whalez Here will officially debut in Jester King’s Tasting Room on Friday, October 20 at 4 p.m.  The brewery has about 2,300 bottles of this offering available, and it is expected that “a portion of the batch” will be distributed.  If you live in an area that typically sees Jester King offerings on shelves (looking at you, Florida), keep an eye out for this one to possibly turn up at your favorite craft beer spot.  Prost!

Vital Information for No Whalez Here from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited, launches October 20, 2017
Style – Farmhouse Ale/Witbier
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 31
Grains – White Horn Pilsner Malt from Blacklands, Malted Wheat, Raw Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Carafoam Malt & Rolled Oats
Added Ingredients – Texas coriander, Texas tangerines & Texas lavender 
Fermentation – Mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast & native bacteria
Availability – 750ml bottles
Bottle Count – 2,300 bottles (+/-)

 

Jester King Brewery Introduces 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous

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Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the limited release of 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous on Friday, September 1.

Since it was originally brewed on November 8, 2016 and packaged on January 24, 2017; it is by pure coincidence that Jester King’s “pumpkin beer” happens to be ready just as Pumpkin Beer season hits its stride.  2016 Autumnal Dichotomous is a Farmhouse Ale that has been brewed with grilled pumpkin, fig leaves that were picked “off of the fig tree growing beside the brewery”, and wood sorrel and horehound that was “foraged . . . at Jester King.”  Fermented with the brewery’s “mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria”, 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous underwent “a very long refermentation in bottles and kegs, and went through a number of different phases.”  Always at the mercy of each beer’s unique fermentation process, the brewers at Jester King patiently tracked the beer’s progress and determined that 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous was finally ready for release in late summer of 2017.

With about 3,900 bottles (750ml) available, 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous officially begins its release at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 1 in Jester King Brewery’s Tasting Room ($14 per bottle, no bottle limit). This Limited Release offering will also see distribution to select craft beer establishments found within Jester King’s distribution network.  This could possibly mean good things for Farmhouse Ale fans in Alabama and Florida, but there are no guarantees when you consider the limited number of bottles and the fact that Jester King has not released detailed plans for distribution.  Just keep those eyes open and grab a bottle of 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous if you happen to run across one.  Prost!

Vital Information for 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited, September 2017
Style – Farmhouse Ale
Brew Date – November 8, 2016
Packaging Date – January 24, 2017
ABV – 5.3%
IBUs – 37
Added Ingredients – Grilled pumpkin, fig leaves, wood sorrel & horehound
Availability – 750ml bottles (about 3,900 bottles produced)

 

 

Jester King Brewery and The Kernel Brewery Collaborate on Colonel Toby Farmhouse Ale

1451_editedJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced the release of Colonel Toby, A Hoppy Little Farmhouse Ale brewed in collaboration with The Kernel Brewery (London, England).

The Kernel Brewery of London and Head Brewer Toby Munn have long been known for their “commitment to balance, simplicity, and restraint when it comes to brewing.” Being admirers of such an approach to the craft, Jester King Brewery invited Munn to Texas so that they could create a collaboration beer that properly pays respect to this brewing philosophy.  On October 24, 2016, this international team of brewers developed Colonel Toby with a recipe comprised of “Hill Country well water, 93% Crisp Maris Otter, 7% rolled oats, and Cascade hops.”  This Farmhouse Ale was then fermented on stainless steel with a “mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria.”  Finally, Colonel Toby was dry-hopped with Citra and Centennial hops to result in “a hoppy, simple little farmhouse ale (3.4% ABV), that . . . is great for casually enjoying with friends and family.”

Colonel Toby officially released in 750 ml bottles at Jester King Brewery on Friday, April 28th.  This limited release offering will also be available at select fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Texas and within the rest of Jester King Brewery’s distribution area.  Only about 6,500 bottles of Colonel Toby are available, so be sure to snag yourself a bottle if you are lucky enough to happen across one.  Prost!

Vital Information for Colonel Toby from Jester King Brewery & The Kernel Brewery

Release – Limited/Collaboration, late-April 2017
Style – Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 3.4%
IBUs – 56
Malts – 93% Crisp Maris Otter, 7% Rolled Oats
Hops – Cascade, dry-hopped with Citra & Centennial 
Availability – 750 ml bottles

 

TBBW: Bring on the Funk! A Celebration of American Wild Ales at Independent Bar

Indie_Welcome_1_400x400On Thursday, March 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa (5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) will host Bring on the Funk!, a Tampa Bay Beer Week celebration of American Wild Ales featuring Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, Colorado), Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) and Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas).

To make their mark on Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), The Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa will Bring on the Funk! on March 9 by venturing into the amazing world of American Wild/Sour Ales.  Attendees of this event will experience a ridiculously awesome lineup of brews from three award-winning and incredibly respected brewers of Wild Ales: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Jester King Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Featured beers to be flowing at this event are as follows:

Featured Beers Pouring on Draft

  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Blueberry
  • Crooked Stave L’Brett D’Apricot
  • Crooked Stave Persica
  • Crooked Stave St. Bretta
  • Jolly Pumpkin Gratzer
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek

Featured Beers Pouring from Bottles

During this event, the Independent will be offering sample size pours of both the draft and bottled Wild Ales of the night.  As an added bonus, representatives from each brewery will be on hand to hang out, raise a glass, and talk to you about the beer in your hand.

In all honesty, you are going to be hard-pressed to find this many world-class Wild/Sour Ales pouring at one event again.  Take advantage of this open invitation (this event does not require a ticket), free up your calendar on Thursday, and head over to the Independent to take part in this can’t-miss TBBW event.  Prost!

Click here to check out all of the events taking place at Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa during Tampa Bay Beer Week

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