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 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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2018 SPON Raspberry & Cherry’s refermentation with raspberries and cherries.