Jester King Craft Brewery

2017 Jester King Grim Harvest


This Friday, November 24th when we open early at Noon, we’ll be releasing 2017 Jester King Grim Harvest! Grim Harvest is our farmhouse ale refermented with the “spent” blackberries from Nocturn Chrysalis.

To make Grim Harvest, we start by blending the base beer for Nocturn Chysalis from our barrel stock. We rack the base beer to a stainless steel tank filled with blackberries. After the fruit refermentation, we rack Nocturn Chrysalis off of the blackberries for packaging. We then take younger farmhouse ale fermented in stainless steel and move it onto the “spent” blackberries. After about a month of aging, we rack what is now Grim Harvest off of the blackberries for packaging. We’re essentially doing a second refermentation of the blackberries with a younger beer. Or in other words, we’re using the byproduct of one beer to make a second.

This is our second-ever batch of Grim Harvest. It was bottled in September, 2017. It’s 5.2% alcohol by volume, 15 IBU, 3.7 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.004 (1 degree Plato). Unlike the 2016 batch, we kegged some of this year’s, so it will be available by the glass at our tasting room. It will also be available in bottles to go (750ml/$18). We have about 5,800 bottles with a bottle limit of four per customer per day. We do not anticipate that Grim Harvest will be distributed outside our tasting room aside from special events.