Jester King Craft Brewery

2017 Zwanze Day at Jester King

7 September 2017



We are very honored and excited to be a site for 2017 Zwanze Day on Saturday, September 23rd! Zwanze Day is the one day per year when Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium releases a very special beer simultaneously all around the world. Here’s Jean Van Roy’s description of 2017 Zwanze, which is an ode to his son Sylvain, who will be turning 18 this year:


My youngest son, Sylvain, will be 18 come October. As we did for his older brother, Florian, I wanted to celebrate this milestone by dedicating a beer to him. And what better beer than the Zwanze. I wanted to involve Sylvain in choosing the beer, and when I asked him what blend we could make. He told me: “ I love iced tea, could we try a blend with tea?”. After a superb tasting of several different types of tea at “Nong Cha” tea shop in the center of Brussels, we chose three teas for trial blends with Lambics. After a few days of maturation with 2 years old Lambic, we decided on a “Oolong” (Wulong), a semi-fermented blue-green tea. The Lambic-tea blend gave a great result. The beer was delicate and round, with notes of fruit and slight bitterness. Sylvain is a huge fan of “Game of the Thrones” wich inspired the graphics for the 2017 edition of our Zwanze. But in our version, no one dies and everyone has a good beer !


Not only are we thrilled to be serving 2017 Zwanze this year (30L), but we’ll also have five other Cantillion beers on draught:


Classic Gueuze (20L)
Cuvee Saint-Gilloise(20L)
Saint Lamvinus (20L)
Vigeronne (20L)
Nath (20L)


Zwanze Day will run from Noon to 7pm at Jester King. Tickets to Zwanze Day will be $45 and include:


Admission
A Cantillon / Jester King Zwanze Day glass
One 4oz. pour of 2017 Zwanze (Tapped worldwide at 2pm central)
Four 4oz. pours of Cantillion beer besides 2017 Zwanze (which four pours you get depends on how long the various kegs last)


Zwanze Day will happen at Jester King during our regular tasting room hours. We’ll have a special area with a tent for Zwanze Day ticket holders. We’ll permit a bottle share once again this year for ticket holders only, and we expect everyone to be respectful of their peers and surroundings. We pride ourselves on Jester King being a relaxed, laid back setting, and we do not wish to see a bottle share interfere with this.


Two-hundred (200) tickets are available for Zwanze Day this year, and we’ll once again have a ticket lottery. The entry period ends on Sunday, September 10th at 7pm central. Winners will be notified no later than Tuesday, September 12th at 10pm central. Please note, anyone caught duplicating their entry or submitting aliases will be removed from the lottery. You must present a government ID showing you’re age 21 or older to be admitted. The name and DOB on your ID must match the information you submitted on your lottery entry.


Lottery winners will be e-mailed a code to purchase tickets and must do so by 7pm central on Friday, September 15th. Any unpurchased tickets will be randomly reassigned to persons who did not win the initial lottery.


IMPORTANT THNGS! READ BELOW


* THIS IS A FREE LOTTERY ENTRY FOR THE CHANCE TO PURCHASE A TICKET. By entering this lottery, you have the chance to win the ability to purchase a ticket to Jester King’s 2017 Zwanze Day celebration. Only one entry per person, duplicate entries will be eliminated from the lottery.


* There are NO plus 1 tickets this year, as stated above only one entry per person


* Please make sure your name and DOB match your Government issued ID on your lottery entry


* Lottery winning tickets are NOT transferable


* There will NOT be any door sales, all sales will be done through the lottery


* TIMELINE:


Deadline for lottery entry Sunday, September 10th at 7pm central
Winners will be notified Tuesday, September 12th at 10pm central
Winners must purchase tickets by Friday, September 15th at 7pm central
All unpurchased tickets will enter 2nd lottery Saturday, September 16th
2nd Chance Lottery winners will be notified Monday, September 18th 10pm central
2nd Chance winners must purchase tickets Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm central


Please use the button below to sign up for the lottery. Cheers and happy Zwanze Day!




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Introducing 2016 Jester King Vague Recollection

7 September 2017


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We’re pleased to introduce 2016 Jester King Vague Recollection — a blend of 35% young Das Überkind and 65% foudre-aged Bière de Miel, aged on the grape pomace from Jester King Bière de Lenoir!


Back during the summer of 2016, we crushed several hundred pounds of Texas-grown Lenoir grapes from Torre di Pietra Vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas. Leftover from crushing the grapes was the pomace, or otherwise known as the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems. Earlier that summer, we had visited our friends at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens, Georgia for the release of our collaboration beer Mutualism. While there, we got an advance taste of The Curious No. 10 — a mixed fermentation beer aged on grape skins. We were completely blown away and came home inspired to age beer on the pomace from the grapes we’d soon be crushing that summer. So cheers to Creature Comforts for the inspiration!


2016 Vague Recollection is 6.1% alcohol by volume, 16 IBU, 3.5 pH, and 0.999 specific gravity (-0.3 Plato). It was packaged on November 15th, 2016, and is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned through refermentation in the serving vessel.


2016 Vague Recollection will be released at Jester King at 4pm on Friday, September 8th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go. We have about 1,700 bottles (750ml/$20) available with a bottle limit of three (3) per customer per day. Aside from special events, we do not anticipate that Vague Recollection will be available outside our tasting room.

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Lenoir grapes going through the crusher / destemmer

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Introducing Jester King 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous

1 September 2017


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We’re pleased to introduce 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous, our farmhouse ale brewed with grilled pumpkin, fig leaves, wood sorrel, and horehound! Last fall, we carved pumpkins, grilled them, and added them to the mash (both flesh and seeds). We also picked leaves off of the fig tree growing beside the brewery, foraged wood sorrel and horehound at Jester King, and added them late in the boil.


As coincidence would have it, we have a pumpkin beer coming out this year more or less around the same time when all the pumpkin beers start hitting the shelves! Although, somewhat comically, our “pumpkin beer” was brewing in November of 2016 and bottled in January of 2017.


As a lot of you know, our beer is fermented with a mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria. Our mixed culture is outside our direct control and can do a lot of strange, fun, and interesting things to the beer over time. Often, we’re just along for the ride, and our mixed culture takes us wherever it wants to go. In this case, the beer went through a very long refermentation in bottles and kegs, and went through a number of different phases. Finally, late-summer of 2017, we felt the beer was ready for release.


2016 Autumnal Dichotomous is 5.3% alcohol by volume, 37 IBU, 3.5 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.002 (0.5 degrees Plato). It was brewed on November 8th, 2016 and packaged on January, 24th 2017. It will be released on Friday, September 1st at 4pm at our tasting room. It will be available by the glass and and in bottles to go (750ml/$14). We have about 3,900 bottles available. There’s no bottle limit, and some of the batch will be distributed beyond our tasting room.



Pumpkin carving fall 2016


Sean Spiller with Fantôme pumpkin


Grilling pumpkins


Sean Spiller & Mike Calle


Fig tree beside Jester King


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2017 La Vie en Rose

29 August 2017


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This Friday, we’ll be releasing 2017 La Vie en Rose! La Vie en Rose is made with the “spent” raspberries from Jester King Atrial Rubicite. We take the fruit remaining from the refermentation of Atrial Rubicite, and steep a younger beer on the spent fruit. The result is a beer that is still fairly fruit forward, but not as intense as its predecessor.


2017 La Vie en Rose is 5.8% alcohol by volume, 12 IBU, 3.6 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.004 (1 degree Plato). It was packaged on June 27th and 28th, 2017.


2017 La Vie en Rose will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, September 1st. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$18). We have about 5,000 750ml bottles available with a bottle limit of four (4) per customer per day. Aside from special events, La Vie en Rose will only be available at Jester King.


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Introducing Jester King Bière de Coupage

24 August 2017



We’re pleased to introduce Jester King Bière de Coupage, which will be released this Friday at our tasting room. Bière de Coupage is a blend of Jester King SPON (our 100% spontaneously fermented beer) and young farmhouse ale.


We originally heard the term “bière de coupage” in a lecture by Yvan De Baets of Brasserie de la Senne in Brussels, Belgium. The term “coupage” in the context of beer or wine simply means to “cut” or blend. “In general, then, coupage is just blending, but typically refers to a once common practice of blending old and young beers together, the aim of which was to combine the best characteristics of each beer, particularly the tartness and aromatic complexity of an aged ale, and the mellow smoothness and improved head retention of a younger beer”, writes Amos Browne of Browne and Bitter.


We’ve practiced the technique of bière de coupage at Jester King since 2011. We originally blended young beer with mature barrel-aged beer to make Jester King Das Wunderkind. Several of our other beers involve this technique as well. In 2013, we began the long-term project of making 100% spontaneously fermented beer inspired by the tradition of Belgian Lambic, for what would ultimately become our SPON series. Although we knew it was a long way off, we had the goal of one day blending mature SPON with young farmhouse ale. About six years later, it has happened with a beer we simply call “Bière de Coupage”.


In terms of blending, we took 1,500 liters of SPON, which itself is a blend of beer from 2016, 2015, and 2014, and blended it with 2,000 liters of younger beer. Our Head Brewer Averie Swanson then dry-hopped the blend with Czech Saaz at a rate of 0.5# per barrel. Averie sought to “brighten” the blend, or add an additional element of freshness, using a “quintessential old world hop”.


The artwork for Jester King Bière de Coupage, created by our artist Josh Cockrell, is a hand-drawn depiction of Jester King. It’s meant to evoke our origins as a brewery and inspiration from classic, European brewing traditions. The artwork itself was inspired by one of our favorite beer labels — Blaugies Bier Darbyste, which we believe captures the simple but elegant rustic nature of farmhouse ales, and by extension, bière de coupage.



The process and inspiration behind making Bière de Coupage is pretty special to us, and like we mentioned, involves years of patience. We’d like to thank Yvan De Baets, Amos Browne, and the classic producers of authentic Lambic and farmhouse ale for the information and inspiration they’ve provided over the years.


Jester King Bière de Coupage will be released at 4pm on Friday, August 24th at our tasting room. It’s 6.3% alcohol by volume, 27 IBU, 3.5 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.3 degrees Plato). It was packaged on April 5th, 2017 in kegs and green bottles. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go. We have about 3,400 hundred bottles available (750ml/$24) with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. Aside from special events, we do not anticipate Bière de Coupage will be distributed beyond Jester King.

Cheers,

Jeffrey Stuffings
Founder, Jester King









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