Jester King Craft Brewery

2017 Atrial Rubicite Release


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This Friday, July 21st at 4pm, we’ll be releasing 2017 Atrial Rubicite — our barrel aged sour beer refermented with raspberries! Atrial Rubicite originally debuted four years ago, and is the first fruit refermented beer we ever made. This year’s release is our seventh-ever blend.


When it comes to making our fruit refermentations, there are a few limiting factors when it comes to batch size. One factor is the amount of space for barrel-aged beer we have in our barrel room. Another factor is the availability of the fruit. For Atrial Rubicite, getting all the raspberries we want has never been an issue up to this point. It’s one of the beers we make where the fruit comes from abroad (Washington), and the quality and quantity of the fruit has always been very high. Rather, the limitation for Atrial Rubicite in the past has been barrel room space. There’s only so much room for oak in our barrel room, and we have a desire to make lots of different barrel aged beers. Past years have seen very small releases of Atrial Rubicite due to competing projects/beers, as well as bumper crops of other varieties of fruit (peaches for instance). For example, a few summers back, we only had about 1,500 bottles available.


This year, we decided to devote more of our barrel stock to Atrial Rubicite. Like we said, it’s our first fruit beer, one we love very much and are very proud of, and one that our customers love as well! To this end, we blended and refermented enough barrel aged beer to package about 8,800 bottles of Atrial Rubicite! We also packaged 150 magnums (1.5L). We racked 29 oak barrels containing 1,450 gallons of beer onto 7,500 pounds of raspberries, for a fruit to beer ratio of 5.2 pounds per gallon! We also racked about 264 gallons into sherry barrels for a future blend of Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite.


2017 Atrial Rubicite was packaged on June 12th and 13th, 2017. At the time of packaging, it was 5.2% alcohol by volume, 8 IBU, 3.1 pH, and had a gravity of 1.005 (1.25 degrees Plato). It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.


2017 Atrial Rubicite will be released at 4pm on Friday, July 21st at our tasting room. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (500ml/$20). The bottle limit is three per customer per day (8,800 bottles available). As for the 150 magnums (1.5L/$65), we’ll be releasing 50 on Friday (7/21), 50 on Saturday (7/22), and 50 on Sunday (7/23). The magnums are first come, first served. Purchasing a magnum does not sacrifice or limit your ability to still buy three bottles of Atrial Rubicite per day. In order to keep the line moving as quickly as possible this weekend, we will have a cash line for Atrial Rubicite. We encourage everyone to use cash if they can. Please note, there is not an ATM at Jester King. Aside from special events, Atrial Rubicite will not be available beyond our tasting room.


We hope you enjoy this year’s blend. We think it’s drinking really great, and we’re excited for you to try it!


Cheers,


Jeff

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