Jester King Brewery is known for using local ingredients for its beer, and an ale being released today is a good example of that practice.
The new beer is named Cerveza de Mezquite, a 5.6 percent ABV farmhouse ale brewed with crushed mesquite beans foraged from the hill country around the Austin-based brewery that were added lated in the boil and fermented in stainless steel. The beer was bottled on Oct. 19, 2016 and will be 100 percent bottle conditioned.
“Mesquite beans have intrigued us for quite some time,” reads a post on Jester King’s website. “We’ve long seen them growing on the mesquite trees all around us, but up until now, we’ve yet to make beer with them. Perhaps what intrigued us the most is their aroma, which we’d describe as having a brown sugar / molasses character.”
According to Jester King, Cerveza de Mezquite will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles ($14) and will have a four bottle per person per day when it is released today, with approximately 3,400 bottles available.
Update (April 7, 2017) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, pricing information and brewing details. It was originally published on March 28, 2017.