We're pleased to introduce Agresto – brewed in collaboration with Birrificio Italiano!
Agresto is a barrel-aged farmhouse ale brewed with wild Italian fennel flower, black pepper, and refermented with Texas-grown unripe Black Spanish grapes. Agresto shares its name with a Tuscan condiment, popular during the Renaissance, that was made by farmers during the grape growing season from unripe grapes, herbs and spices. Birrificio Italiano first brought Agresto to beer in 2015 at their Klanbarrique Woodworks under the name Malmadura. Our shared creation expands this idea with the marriage of Italian wild fennel flowers, black pepper, and foot-stomped, unripe Black Spanish grapes from Texas. After primary fermentation with indigenous yeast from the grape skins and our mixed culture, Agresto was sent to neutral oak for a year of maturation.
Agresto was brewed in August of 2018 and packaged this August. It's unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned through refermentation in bottles and kegs. It's 5.3% alcohol by volume, 10 IBU, 3.4 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.000 (0.0 Plato). It will be released at Jester King this Thursday, December 12th at 4pm when our tasting room and kitchen opens. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$26). There's a three bottle limit. A limited amount of Agesto will be available at Birrificio Italiano in the future.
Thank you to Birrificio Italiano for traveling all the way from near Milan, Italy to brew this special beer with us at Jester King! Saluti!
Label art by Josh Cockrell
Photography by Granger Coats