Jester King Brewery Sets Release Date for Cherry Wine Barrel-aged Moderne Dansk

JKModerne2Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Moderne Dansk, a cherry wine barrel-aged Wild Ale, on June 7.

Inspired by the delicious cherry wine offerings from “one of [Jester King’s] favorite wineries in the world — Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin in Harpelunde, Denmark”, Moderne Dansk is an American Wild Ale that was brewed with “well water, local grain, and a blend of fresh and aged hops, and fermented . . . with [the brewery’s] mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria.”  This base beer was then aged in Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin cherry wine barrels “for about a year before refermenting . . . with Stevnsbær cherry juice.”  After being “naturally refermented in bottles and kegs”, the completed Moderne Dansk (7.1% ABV) comes together to offer a “beautiful melding of the terroir from Frederiksdal and Jester King.”

Moderne Dansk will officially release in Jester King’s Tasting Room & Kitchen at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7 and is not expected to see distribution (“aside from special events”).  This Limited Release offering will be available for purchase by the glass and in 375ml bottles to go ($20 each, four [4] bottle limit per person per day).  This weekend’s Moderne Dansk release event will also feature “a special selection of Frederiksdal wines” and a small batch “still version” of Modern Danske that will be available by the glass only.  Prost!

Vital Information for Moderne Dansk from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; June 7, 2019
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 7.1%
Treatment – Aged in Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin cherry wine barrels for about a year, refermented with Stevnsbær cherry juice
Availability – 375ml bottles – $20 each, four (4) bottle limit per person per day
Bottle Count – 2,900 bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

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Photo Credit (for all displayed in this post): Granger Coats & Jester King Brewery
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Creature Comforts Brewing & Jester King Brewery Re-Release Mutualism Farmhouse Lager

CCBC_MutualismStillWeb-8648Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mutualism, a Southern-style Farmhouse Lager brewed in collaboration with Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas), on May 11.

First released back in July 2016, Mutualism starts with a base Pilsner “brewed using local wheat and grits from Georgia-based DaySpring Farms.”  It then picks up its “Farmhouse” designation when finished with “a secondary fermentation with a blend of both Creature Comforts’ and Jester King’s house-mixed cultures of yeast and bacteria.  The beer was then bottle conditioned for five months.”  Coming in at an easy-drinking 6% ABV, Mutualism is described by both breweries as being “dry, round, and defined.”

“We feel that this beer is a beautiful balance of our two breweries,” said Blake Tyers, Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. “Our work together, and our house cultures working together created a mutually beneficial relationship revealed in the beauty of this beer.”

750ml bottles of Mutualism will officially release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 11.  This Limited Release offering is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mutualism from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; May 11, 2019
Style – Farmhouse Lager
ABV – 6%
Featured Ingredients – Local wheat and grits from Georgia-based DaySpring Farms
Fermentation – Mutualism underwent a secondary fermentation with a blend of both Creature Comforts’ and Jester King’s house-mixed cultures of yeast & bacteria
Fun Fact #1 – On the Mutualism project: “Creature Comforts and Jester King first released the collaborative brew in July 2016. The breweries bonded over a strong admiration for beers that represent a time and place, which inspired the blending of the two house cultures as well as the use of local grits, a staple in Southern homes.”
Fun Fact #2 – On the label artwork: “Creature Comforts resident artist, Melissa Merrill, designed the label art for Mutualism. The label depicts both breweries’ logos as one cohesive unit, representative of the symbiotic qualities of the beer. Inspired by the collaborative brew, Merrill painted the original artwork for the label with a watercolor medium derived from the two breweries’ combined house-mixed cultures.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room-only release at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

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Jester King Brewery Sets Release Date for Atrial Rubicite 2019

atrial19Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will host a bottle release for the 2019 batch of Atrial Rubicite on Friday, May 3.

Originally released in 2013 and now back for its 9th batch, Atrial Rubicite is a highly-coveted “barrel-aged Wild Ale refermented with raspberries.  This year’s batch of Atrial Rubicite is 5.5% alcohol by volume and was packaged in early April.”

Atrial Rubicite (2019) will officially release at Jester King’s Tasting Room & Restaurant at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 3.  This Limited Release offering will be available on draft and in 500ml bottles ($20 each, limit of six [6] bottles per guest per day).  Outside of special events, Atrial Rubicite is a brewery exclusive release that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Atrial Rubicite (2019) from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; May 3, 2019
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Treatment – “Raspberries were added to mature barrel-aged sour ale and refermented to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.” 
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Bottle Count – 7,500
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive

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Jester King Brewery Set to Release First Batch of SPON Muscat

muscat6Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has announced that it will officially release the 2018 vintage of SPON Muscat on Friday, March 22.

Arriving as the newest offering to come out Jester King’s SPON program, SPON Muscat is “a blend of 100% spontaneously fermented beer refermented with 2,000 pounds of Muscat grapes from Sulphur Bluff, Texas (2018 harvest).” The folks at the brewery report that the grapes reminded them “of honeysuckle and flowers, and refermented very nicely with SPON.” 2018 SPON Muscat (6.4% ABV) “was blended last September and packaged last December.”  The 2018 “vintage” date indicates the year the beer was packaged.

2018 SPON Muscat will officially release in Jester King’s Tasting Room & Restaurant on March 22.  This Limited Release offering will available by the glass and in 375ml bottles to go ($25 per bottle, limit of four bottles per customer per day).  Outside of special events, 2018 SPON Muscat is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for 2018 SPON Muscat from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; March 22, 2019
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 6.4%
Treatment – A blend of 100% spontaneously fermented beer refermented with 2,000 pounds of Muscat grapes from Sulphur Bluff, Texas
Fun Fact – On the SPON program – “Our SPON beers (short for ‘spontaneous’) are brewed with unfiltered well water, Texas malted barley, Texas raw wheat, and aged hops from our barn. The wort sits overnight in our coolship and collects wild yeast and bacteria from the air before spontaneously fermenting in oak barrels for typically one to three years. They are then conditioned in bottles and kegs through natural refermentation. As we state on our label, SPON is a unique reflection of the ecology of the Texas winter, the Texas Hill Country, and the people of Jester King.”
Availability – 375ml bottles ($25 each, limit of 4 per customer per day)
Distribution – None, brewery only

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Jester King Brewery Set to Release Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo

vague recollectionJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the limited release of Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo on Thursday, January 17.

Developed to be another of Jester King’s “spent” Fruit Beer projects, Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo started out with a base of the brewery’s Das Uberkind that was sent to ferment on stainless steel and then aged for “around one month” on the Sangiovese and Tempranillo grape pomace – “the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems left over after running the grapes through the crusher/de-stemmer” – used in Birra di Sangiovese and Cerveza de Tempranillo.” Vague Recollection was “packaged in October and conditioned for 3 months in its vessel.”

Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo will debut in Jester King’s Tasting Room and Restaurant at 4 p.m. on January 17 and is expected to enter “limited distribution” shortly after the on-site release.  Packaged in 750ml bottles, this Limited Release will be available in select markets found within Jester King’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; January 17, 2019
Style – Farmhouse Ale
ABV – ???
Treatment – Fermented on stainless steel and aged on Sangiovese & Tempranillo grape pomace for a month
Fun Fact – Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo joins Detritivore (cherries), La Vie en Rose (raspberries), and Demitone (blueberries) in Jester King Brewery’s portfolio of “spent” fruit beers
Availability – 750ml bottles

 

Jester King Brewery Set to Release 2018 SPON Raspberry & Cherry

JK2018SponRCpourJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of 2018 SPON Raspberry & Cherry at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 28.

Arriving as Jester King Brewery’s third-ever blend to come out of its SPON project, 2018 SPON Raspberry & Cherry (5.4% ABV) is a blend of 100% spontaneously fermented beer selected from “two puncheons of SPON from 2014, two puncheons of SPON from 2015, and one 225 liter barrel of SPON from 2016.”  This blended beer was then “refermented . . . with 960 pounds of raspberries and 840 pounds of Balaton cherries” to create what Head Brewer Averie Swanson describes as a cherry character that is “more prominent compared to [the brewery’s] 2017 blend.”

2018 SPON Raspberry & Cherry will officially release in Jester King’s Tasting Room on September 28.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 375ml bottles for the price of $25 per bottle and there will be a bottle limit of four (4) bottles per person per day.  2018 SPON Raspberry & Cherry “will only be available at [Jester King’s] tasting room and at special events.” Prost!

Vital Information for 2018 SPON Raspberry & Cherry from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited/SPON Project; September 28, 2018
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 5.4%
Treatment – A blend consisting of beer selected from two puncheons of SPON from 2014, two puncheons of SPON from 2015, and one 225 liter barrel of SPON from 2016 that was then refermented with 960 pounds of raspberries and 840 pounds of Balaton cherries
Fun Fact – On the SPON Project: “Our SPON beers are 100% spontaneously fermented. We combine Texas malted barley and raw wheat in a turbid mash, boil for four hours with aged hops from our barn, cool and inoculated the wort overnight in our coolship, and 100% spontaneously ferment in oak barrels (no yeast or bacteria added). After blending and fruit refermentation, we 100% naturally condition in bottles and kegs. Our SPON beers are inspired by the old world tradition of Lambic, but are an expression of our own time, place and people.”  
Availability – 375ml bottles 
Distribution – None/Brewery-only release

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Jester King Brewery Introduces Soul Conduit

SC2-1Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will release Soul Conduit, a gin barrel-aged Table Beer with dried makrut limes and thyme, at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 24.

Brewed for Portland, Oregon’s 7th annual Brews for New Avenues, Soul Conduit is basically what happens when you take Jester King’s Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer, put it into the “Old Tom gin barrels that previously held Jester King Viking Metal“, and then referment it with dried makrut limes and thyme.  No one is going to describe this beer better than Averie Swanson – Head Brewer at Jester King, so here is what she had to say about this project:

“I originally wanted to put Le Petit Prince into the gin barrels that were emptied for last year’s Viking Metal, hoping the beer would pick up a bit of the smoke character left in the barrel, as a bit of an homage to Schlenkerla Helles.” As the beer matured, Averie observed that not only did the beer pickup smokiness, but botanical character as well. “Over time the beer picked up not just the smoke but also quite a bit of the gin botanicals and has an awesome smoky fullness, juniper gin notes and a crazy tonic-like bitterness. Thus, the G&Teeter was born!”

750ml bottles of Soul Conduit will officially release in the Tasting Room at Jester King Brewery on Friday, August 24.  At this time, the brewery does not yet know if this Limited Release offering will see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Soul Conduit from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; August 24, 2018
Style – Table Beer
ABV – 3.8%
Treatment – Aged in Old Tom gin barrels that previously held Jester King Viking Metal
Added Ingredients – Thyme and dried makrut limes from River’s End Nursery in Los Fresnos, Texas
Availability – 750ml bottles

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Jester King Brewery Set to Release Blend 22 of Das Wunderkind! Saison

das wunderkind 8-1 (1)Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will release its latest blend of Das Wunderkind! Blended Saison on Friday, August 10.

Back for its 22nd blend, Das Wunderkind! is “a blended saison which is made by blending old, barrel aged beer with young, dry hopped farmhouse ale.”  To set this year’s blend apart from previous releases, the brewery “decided to dry hop with Simcoe hops.”  Das Wunderkind! comes in at 4.5% ABV.

Das Wunderkind! – Batch 22 will officially debut in Jester King’s Tasting Room at 4 p.m. on August 10 and will enter distribution shortly after that date.  Once it is sent out into the wild, you can expect to find this Limited Release 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 Das Wunderkind! – Blend 22 from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; August 10, 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 4.5%
Treatment – A blend of “old, barrel aged beer with young, dry hopped farmhouse ale”
Featured Hops – Simcoe
Fun Fact – The story behind the name: “There are many among us who, in spite of their best efforts, just never quite fit in. It’s only a rare few, however, who, very early in life, develop the self-assurance and presence of mind to be neither conformists nor rebels, instead carving their own paths and following their own dreams, regardless of what anyone else might happen to think. Take flight, mein Wunderkind; don’t ever let gravity hold you back!”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Bottle Count – “around 5,400 bottles available”

 

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