Jester King Estival Dichotomous, the brewery’s summer saison returns to the world again today.
Jester King has two seasonal saisons – Hibernal Dichotomous and Estival Dichotomous. Depending on the temperature and season, the brewery changes how the beer is brewed, from fermentation, to available ingredients.
The 2016 edition features grapefruit and tangelo zest, that was added to mature barrel-aged sour beer. Then the beer was blended with citrus zest and young beer that was fermented in stainless steel. The final step – refermenting the blend with marion blackberries.
Estival Dichotomous is an analog for the summer season. It’s a beer that’s evocative of the summer weather and its bounty, particularly the smells of hay resting in the fields late in the season.
Jester King Estival Dichotomous will be released at Jester King Brewery on Friday, November 4th, at 4 pm.
SweetWater Squeeze Box, a new India pale ale brewed with grapefruit, is headed to shelves.
As far as craft beer is concerned the IPA category is king. Has been for years and it’s not slowing down. The fruited segment of the IPA world is very much on fire as well.
Already having one of the southeast’s most popular IPAs in their lineup plus the overwhelming success of this summer’s Goin’ Coastal Pineapple IPA, enter SweetWater Squeeze Box, an IPA with grapefruit.
This beer is indeed juicy, like that juice box you had as a kid, SweetWater Squeeze Box features fresh grapefruit in the brewing process. How did it come out? Dangerously drinkable. Everything you love about SweetWater’s IPA is made new again, thanks to Squeeze Box. The grapefruit pops, and finishes with a bit more sweetness then you’ve come to know in the year-round IPA. A great follow-up to this summer’s hit seasonal, Goin’ Coastal.
Slice open citrus heaven with this grapefruit laced IPA. Bright and crisp with five tropical hop additions and dosed with a shot of grapefruit, it’s a refreshing new squeeze.
SweetWater Squeeze Box is a 12 ounce bottle and draft release. Should be on all of SweetWater’s shelves by November, 2016.
Wicked Weed Metatropics, a collaboration with Switzerland based Trois Dames, debuts in bottles.
Collaborations have been frequent from Wicked Weed lately. The brewery released “Juiceless” a collaboration with Georgia’s Creature Comforts (an IPA brewed with zero fruit). Additionally, a beer geek panic inducing collaboration with Jester King is on the horizon.
Wicked Weed Metatropics might be the complete opposite of everything that the Juiceless collaboration actually is. Why? this India pale ale boasts a healthy dose of tropical fruits – pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit, and mango. Wicked Weed throws out words like meta, and deconstructed, in the description.
Wicked Weed Metatropics is a collaboration beer that flips current IPA methodology on it’s head. Wicked Weed and Trois Dames love using hops to produce an equatorial, citrusy character, but decided to deconstruct this process to forge something new. This beer employs real pineapple, passionfruit, mango and grapefruit to emulate tropical hop flavors. The addition of Brettanomyces wild yeast takes this beer to new heights of meta refreshment.
Wicked Weed Metatropics is a 500 milliliter bottle release, as well as draft. Limited distribution starts the week of October 17th.
Debut: Mid-October, 2016
Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus IPA has joined the brewery’s year-round Flagship Series.
Fruity IPAs are here to stay. Highland Brewing recently added Mandarina IPA year-round, Stone’s Enjoy By Series now has a Tangerine IPA during the year, passionfruit highlights a new edition of Oskar Blues Passionfruit Pinner.
Now, Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, brewed with sweet orange, grapefruit and tangerine joins the increasing national lineup of fruity India pale ales. Hop Cooler is brewed with a strong lineup of hops, including Equinox, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra.
Bright and tropical, this India Pale Ale brilliantly layers a citrusy blend of orange and tangerine with a robust hop profile. Crafted with real citrus and packed with as much flavor as a hop cooler, you won’t be able to stop at just one sip of this fresh and fruity beer.
Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus IPA is available on draft, plus 12 and 22 ounce bottles. Year-round. The Flagship Series also features Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, and Dawn of the Red IPA.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-Round
Debut: Late July, 2016
Ninkasi Grapefruit Sour is on the horizon in Eugene, Oregon.
There is no doubt about it. Sour beer is on the rise in a American. Just 5 years ago, Berliner weisse, wild ales, and more were fairly hard to come by. Today, wild and sours are becoming the way of brewing life.
All that was poor segway into NInkasi Grapefruit Sour and the Heavy Kettle Project. This new (potential) beer is a kettle soured beer features both the lactic tartness of the souring process, but also of the grapefruit. The result is what Ninkasi touts as a crushable and extremely delicious beer – and just 5% alcohol by volume.
The Heavy Kettle Project fuses our love of metal and the process we use to create a lineup of smashingly fruitful American KettleSour beers. Refreshing in every way, this Grapefruit Sour melds bright citrus juice with a dry tartness from the souring process. Incredibly crushable and extremely delicious.
Grapefruit looks to kick off a series of kettle soured offerings in the new Heavy Kettle Series. Other series by the brewery includes Flagship (year-round), Seasonal, Special Release, R&D Series, and the Goddess Collection.
Ninkasi Grapefruit Sour will be a draft 22 ounce bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced this beer.
Style: (w/ Grapefruit)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
5% ABV, 7 IBUs
Dry Dock Grapefruit Double IPA releases on May 5th, 2016.
This beer originally appeared as a lower alcohol by volume beer on tap at Old Chicago locations last year. For 2016, the brewery increased the strength, and compliment an array of American “C” hops (like Centennial, Chinook, etc) with grapefruit.
Expect hoppy characteristics of citrus and pine intertwined with bright flavors of grapefruit juice and zest for a bold and refreshing experience.
Dry Dock Grapefruit Double IPA will be available in limited quantities in 22 ounce bottles across Colorado.
Jester King Cloudfeeder, a new collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing will be available April 29th.
The farmhouse ale is brewed with Texas grapefruit and limes, plus Pennsylvania honey, and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe hops.
The approach to this recipe was to create a lower alcohol by volume beer, fermented with a mix of brewer’s yeast and wild/sour mixed culture, and tastes like an India pale ale. Simply put, right now the beer is more bitter than sour. Time will change this beer as the little microorganisms see fit.
As we’ve pointed out before, farmhouse ales were historically either very bitter or sour. On occasion, as we did with Cloudfeeder, we used a combination of hops, fairly high fermentation temperature (78F), and the absence of long-term aging, to create a beer that’s bitter and not particularly sour/tart — at least not yet.
Even the label is a collaboration, created by Jester King’s Josh Cockrell in collaboration with Jean Broillet IV of Tired Hands.
Jester King Cloudfeeder will be available on tap at the Austin, Texas brewery starting April 29th, and around the upcoming Craft Brewer’s Conference in Philadelphia. Bottles will be available shortly after.
3.8% ABV, 51 IBUs