A new collaboration between Jester King Brewery and Seattle-based Fair Isle Brewing is being released next week, but Texas fans are going to have to wait a bit longer to try it.
The beer is named Fair Voyage, a 4.9 percent ABV farmhouse ale brewed with fireweed, a plant native to Alaska and the Pacific northwest that is used in both cooking and medical products. According to a post on Jester King’s website, the fireweed was dried before being steeped in the wort at the end of the boil.
“After steeping, we cooled the wort and inoculated it with a blend of our respective mixed cultures,” reads the post on Jester King’s blog. “We added our mixed culture of native yeast and bacteria from the Texas Hill Country, and Andrew & Geoff brought their mixed culture with them from Washington. We pitched the blended cultures into the wort and allowed it to ferment in stainless steel for about two months before bottling the beer in early January.”
According to Jeffrey Stuffings, founder of Jester King, Fair Voyage will be packaged in 750ml bottles and is scheduled to debut during an event at Slowboat Tavern in Seattle on Feb. 24. In addition, the beer will be released at Jester King “sometime in March.”