Jester King Nocturn Chrysalis returns this September, marking a 2016 return.
In this re-release the brewery added Kiowi blackberries to oak barrels that contained a mature sour red ale. The ale spent the summer re-fermenting from wild yeast unique to Texas Hill Country surrounding the brewery.
Interesting fact about blackberries during re-fermentation. Just as in wine, the blackberries rise to the top of the barrel to form a “cap.” This means the brewers had to punch them back down into the brew a few times a day. This is important to get all the flavor and color from the blackberries.
After fruit fermentation, Jester King Nocturn Chrysalis was transferred to more oak barrels to continue re-ferment. Then allowed to bottle condition. Each step refines the beer more and more.
The first release of this beer was in October of 2013. 3,500 bottles will be available at the brewery on September 2nd.