Jester King Craft Brewery

2017 SPON — Peach & Apricot

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We’re excited to announce that this weekend we’ll be releasing 2017 SPON — Peach & Apricot, our 100% spontaneously fermented blend refermented with Ranger peaches and Patterson apricots.


Our 2017 blend was made from about 1,200 liters (75%) of two-year old SPON and 400 liters (25%) of one-year old SPON. SPON is our 100% spontaneously fermented beer that we turbid mash with well water and local grain, boil with aged hops from our barn, cool and inoculate overnight in our coolship, and 100% spontaneously ferment in oak barrels. The peach varietal this year is Ranger, which came from Noble Farms in Lubbock, Texas. The apricot variety this year is Patterson, which came from Blossom Hill in California. We used about 800 pounds each of peaches and apricots (1,600 pounds total) in the refermentation.


2017 SPON — Peach & Apricot is 5.5% alcohol by volume, 19 IBU, 3.4 pH, and has finishing gravity of 1.003 (0.75 Plato). It was blended on June 23rd and packaged on August 15th, 2017. This is our second blend.


2017 SPON — Peach & Apricot will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, December 8th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (375ml/$25). We have about 3,800 bottles available with a bottle limit of four bottles per customer per day. Outside of special events, it will only be available at our tasting room.


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2017 SPON — Three Year Blend (Blends 3 and 4) This Friday

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This Friday, December 1st, we’ll be releasing the next two blends of 2017 SPON — Three Year Blend! These are blend numbers 3 and 4 (out of five).


2017 SPON — Three Year Blend is a blend of three different vintages — 2014, 2015 and 2016 — of 100% spontaneously fermented beer. Our goal is to make beer inextricably linked to our time, place, and people by harnessing the microflora, climate, and ecology of the Texas Hill Country.


Here’s some more information about both blends:


2017 SPON 3 — Three Year Blend
Bottled on February 6, 2017
5.8% ABV
31 IBU
3.3 pH
1.003 Finishing Gravity
17% three year old beer, 33% two year old beer, and 50% one year old beer
1,295 375ml bottles
1,055 750ml bottles


2017 SPON 4 — Three Year Blend>
Bottled on February 13, 2017
5.7% ABV
24 IBU
3.3 pH
1.002 Finishing Gravity
17% three year old beer, 33% two year old beer, and 50% one year old beer
1,431 375ml bottles
1,130 750ml bottles


Both blends will be available by the glass and in bottles to go starting Friday. The bottle limit is 3 per customer per day for each format of each blend. Aside from special events, blends 3 and 4 will only be available at our tasting room.


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2017 Jester King Grim Harvest

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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.


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Introducing Jester King Birra di Sangiovese

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This Friday, November 24th, when our tasting room opens early at Noon, we’ll be debuting in Birra di Sangiovese! Birra di Sangiovese is our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Sangiovese grapes grown at Tyler Farms & Vineyard in Midland, Texas. We got a really great haul of several different varieties of Texas wine grapes this past August, including Sangiovese, Syrah, Muscat, and Blanc du Bois. After fruit refermentation and bottle/keg refermentation this summer and fall, our 2017 wine grape beers are coming out!


In August, we blended eight 225L oak barrels of mature barrel aged sour beer and added about 1,100 pounds of hand-harvested Sangiovese grapes for refermentation. After around a month of fruit refermentation, we racked the beer off the grapes and naturally conditioned it in bottles and kegs.


Birra di Sangiovese was packaged on September 20, 2017. It’s 7.4 percent alcohol by volume, 9 IBU, 3.5 pH, and 0.999 specific gravity (-0.25 Plato). This is our first ever blend. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go in our tasting room (500ml/$20). We have about 1,600 bottles available with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. Birra di Sangiovese will only be available at our tasting room and at special events. We hope you enjoy it!


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2017 Jester King Bière de Syrah

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We’re excited to announce that 2017 Jester King Bière de Syrah will be released today!


Bière de Syrah is barrel-aged sour beer refermented with Texas Syrah grapes! This is our second-ever release of Bière de Syrah and the first with Texas-grown Syrah grapes. Our first blend released in 2015 was refermented with grapes from California. This year’s grapes came from northeast Texas.


2017 Bière de Syrah was blended in August and packaged in September. It’s 6.6% alcohol by volume, 10 IBU, 3.4 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.000 (0 degrees Plato). We refermented about 775 gallons of barrel aged sour beer with about 1,500 pounds of Syrah grapes.


2017 Bière de Syrah will be released today (Friday, November 17th, 2017) at 4pm. It will be available by the glass and at bottles to go. We have about 2,400 bottles available (500ml/$20) with a bottle limit of 3 per customer per day. Aside from special events, 2017 Bière de Syrah will only be available at our tasting room.


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