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Jester King Montmorency vs Balaton, Batch 4 debuts June 16th

Jester King Montmorency vs Balaton

Jester King Montmorency vs Balaton (Batch 4) will be available on June 16th.

The name, Montmorency vs. Balaton describes the two types of cherries that make this release. The base beer is pale wort (basically what would be a pale ale) that is fermented in foudres and stainless steel tanks, then transferred to neutral oak barrels for as long a 14 months.

The barrel are then blended, then re-fermented with four pounds per gallon of the Michigan cherries.

Jester King Montmorency vs Balaton finishes at 6.1% alcohol by volume. Available in 500 milliliter bottles and draft starting Friday, June 16th at the brewery in Austin, Texas.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Cherries)
Availability: 500ml Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: 6/16/17

6.1% ABV

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Posted in Coming Soon, Jester King Brewery

SweetWater Black Lager will be Hatchery Release #3

SweetWater Black Lager

SweetWater Black Lager is slated to be the third release from the brewery’s pilot system “The Hatchery”.

For the first time in 20 years, Atlanta’s largest craft brewery has a pilot system. The inaugural release was Mosaic IPA (a beer we hope they upscale to full production). Available now is Mexican Lager, perfect for the 90 degree Atlanta days.

Up next is SweetWater Black Lager (aka Schwarzbier), expected in late summer/fall.

Malt forward with chocolate and cashew, balanced with hops sitting quietly in the background.

SweetWater Black Lager will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft. The Hatchery Series beers can be found in the brewery’s mixed packs, and in 6-packs at the brewery.

Style: Schwarzbier
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late Summer/Fall, 2017

5% ABV

Posted in Jester King Brewery, New Releases

It’s all about the bees. Jester King Queen’s Order

Jester King Queen's Order

Jester King Queen’s Order debuts at the brewery in Austin, Texas on May 19th.

The base beer is a farmhouse ale brewed with Texas-grown Eureka and Ujukitsu lemons, along with Texas Guajillo honey.Brewed back in February of the year, Jester King Queen’s Order was fermented in stainless steel with a blend of native yeast and bacteria.

“Queen’s Order” is a nod to the 1,000s of little workers that make the sticky, delicious nectar both in Texas and beyond. Austin is home to the National Honey Beer Summit taking place later this month.

Look at them crank. These are the tiny, well-oiled gears of an industry. They are paragons of fealty; each of their lifespans represents the durability of a replaceable component in a machine built for another’s purpose. It is fascinating to watch them buzz along endlessly like characters in their own dystopian novel, unaware of their audience and unable to afford a single thought beyond the Queen’s Order.

Jester King Queen’s Order will be available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft when the brewery opens on May 19th.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Honey. Lemons.)
Hops: Perle
Malts: Pilsner, Spelt, Rolled Oats

Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: 5/19/17

4% ABV

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Jester King Rare Corals, featuring a ton of fruit

Jester King Rare Corals

Jester King Rare Corals, a new farmhouse ale, debuts on March 31st.

A farmhouse ale is nothing new for Jester King. Check out this fruit lineup though. Rare Corals has been re-fermented with guava, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, toasted coconut, and chamomile. All in all, around 1,200 pounds fruit.

The base beer was brewed in September of 2016, and fermented in stainless steel with Jester King’s mixed culture of native yeast and bacteria.

Jester King Rare Corals will be available in 750 milliliter bottles when the brewery opens on March 31st.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Guava, Bananas, Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Coconut, Chamoilie.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. 2,000 bottle run.

Debut: 3/31/17

5.3% ABV, 22 IBUs

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100% Texas grown & malted barley makes Jester King Part & Parcel

Jester King Part & Parcel

Jester King Part & Parcel, brewed with 100% Texas grown and malted grain, debuts on Friday, March, 10th.

For four years now, Leander, Texas based Blacklands Malt has been creating the first state grown and malted barley. In October of 2016, the project came to fruition, and they delivered dark Munich malt grown near Lubbock to Jester King, dubbed “Endeavor”.

The Endeavor malt guided the recipe. It is high-protein, which develops darker color and flavor during kilning; ultimately deciding what Jester King Part & Parcel would become.

 “High protein grain is best used to make darker malts because they can develop rich melanoidin compounds and phenolics (or the “yummy stuff) – Brandon Ade, Blacklands Malt

Part & Parcel uses 100% Texas grown and malted barley from Blacklands, local well water, native yeast and bacteria, and Perle hops. Jester King laments, this might be the first SMASH beer (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer they’ve ever made.

Jester King Part & Parcel will be available in 750 milliliter bottles at the brewery in Austin, Texas starting March 10th.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale
Hops: Perle
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: 3/10/17

5.5% ABV

Image: Jester King. Bottle Artwork: Josh Cockrell 

Posted in Fair Isle Brewing, Jester King Brewery, New Releases

Jester King Fair Voyage, a collaboration with Fair Isle Brewing

Jester King Fair Voyage

Jester King Fair Voyage, a collaboration with Seattle, Washington’s Fair Isle Brewing, debuts Friday.

The American wild ale is brewed with Washington fireweed. Don’t worry, we’ve never heard of it either. It’s a perennial herbaceous plant that produces a unique spiced flavor. In Alaska it’s used for jellies, candies and ice creams. The fireweed was dried, and added to the wort at the end of the boil.

Besides fireweed, the beer was fermented with a blend of both Jester King and Fair Isle native yeasts and bacterias in stainless steel.

Interesting fact. Andrew Pogue of Fair Isle Brewing used to live in Jester King’s hometown of Austin, Texas. He used to assist the brewery with carpentry, photography, and more. When it came time to open Fair Isle, Jester King accepted a small stake in the brewery in exchange for guidance and business advice.

Jester King Fair Voyage will be available by the glass and bottles starting Friday, March 3rd at 4 pm.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Fireweed)
Availability: Bottles, Draft.
Debut: 3/3/17

4.9% ABV

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Jester King Biere de Lenoir (with Texas grapes)

Jester King Biere de Lenoir

Jester King Biere de Lenoir, a barrel-aged sour ale, debuts on February 10th.

The base beer is a blend of barrel-aged beers, brewed with fresh and aged hops, and Blacklands Malt, and Jester King’s house mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. Biere de Lenoir has been maturing in oak barrels for a mix of 8 to 14 months before blending and re-fermentation with Texas Lenoir grapes.

Finally, Jester King Biere de Lenoir is 100% naturally re-fermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.

500 mililiter bottles will go on sale at the brewery on February 10th, 2017.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Grapes. Barrel-Aged.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles (3,000 available)
Debut: 2/10/17

6.9% ABV, 11 IBUs

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