We're pleased to introduce Jester King Aurastone -- a beer brewed with a heavy amount of oats and spelt, refermented with peaches and apricots from 2016 分 桃 (Fēn Táo) and Aurelian Lure, aged in chardonnay and sauvignon blanc barrels for 18 months, and finished with powdered lime leaf and pink sea salt!
Here's Head Brewer Averie Swanson on her thought process and approach:
"Aurastone began as our first attempt at using spent stone fruit in beer, similar to our process with beers like La Vie en Rose and Detritivore. The fruit character in the resultant beer was subtle, and provided a nice canvas for the expression of the chardonnay and sauvignon blanc barrel character.
The finishing treatment was inspired by a dessert that I had at Emmer & Rye -- one of the best restaurants in Austin. Peach ice cream was finished with powdered lime leaf and pink sea salt. The light fruit character in the ice cream was given depth and length of flavor by the salt and lime. Our spent peach/apricot barrel stock came to mind immediately, and I wanted to try a similar finishing treatment. The beer turned out really nice with peach/apricot upfront and lime leaf and salt in the background but still present."
Aurastone is 4.9% alcohol by volume, 13 IBU, 3.3 pH and has a finishing gravity of 1.003 (0.75 Plato). This is our first ever blend. It was packaged on April 12th, 2018 and 100% naturally refermented in bottles and kegs.
It will be released at 4pm on Friday, June 22nd at our tasting room and will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$22). We have roughly 2,800 bottles available and the bottle limit is six per guest per day. We don't anticipate Aurastone will be available outside our tasting room aside from special events.
Label art by Josh Cockrell. Photography by Granger Coats.