UPDATE (2/8/17 at 4pm)
I made a mistake on the bottle count. I looked at the wrong fruit refermentation on our bottling chart and mistakenly wrote 3,000 bottles available. We have 1,050 bottles available. Because of this, we’re going to lower the limit to two bottles per customer. I very much regret this mistake and apologize. Sorry an advance for any inconvenience and disappointment this causes. As a consolation, we’re going to make sure we have Bière de Lenoir on draft at our tasting room all weekend.
We’re excited to introduce 2016 Jester King Bière de Lenoir — our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Texas-grown Lenoir grapes! This is the first time we’ve ever worked with Lenoir grapes.
Bière de Lenoir is a blend of barrel aged beer brewed with Hill Country well water, malted and raw grains from our friends at Blacklands Malt, fresh and aged hops, and fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria. It matured in oak barrels for eight to fourteen months before blending and refermention with Lenoir grapes (also known as Black Spanish) from Torre di Pietra Vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was packaged in bottles and kegs on October 24th, 2016 and is 100% naturally refermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. At the time of bottling, Bière de Lenoir was 6.9% alcohol by volume, 1.002 specific gravity (0.5 degrees Plato), 11 IBU, and 3.4 pH.
Bière de Lenoir will be released at our tasting room when it opens at 4pm on Friday, February 10th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go ($20/500ml). We have roughly 3,000 bottles available with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. Aside from special events, 2016 Jester King Bière de Lenoir will only be available at Jester King.
Special thanks to our friends Maya Shabi, Veronica Nikitenko, and Habeab Kurdi for helping us crush the grapes! Special thanks as well to Torre di Pietra Vineyards for growing them. The label art is by Josh Cockrell. Photos by Tyler Malone (the good ones anyway).