While we knew there would be multiple variants of Jester King Brewery’s 2016 SPON — Méthode Gueuze, we now have information on all of them.
The beers are 2016 SPON — Raspberry & Cherry, 2016 SPON — Peach & Apricot and 2016 SPON — Flor.
Coming in at 5.2 percent ABV, 2016 SPON — Raspberry & Cherry is a a blend of two-year old 100 percent spontaneously fermented beer incorporating a grist of 60 percent malted barley and 40 percent raw wheat that was boiled for four hours with aged hops. The wort was then left overnight in a coolship to collect natural yeast and bacteria before being aged in oak barrels that was then refermented with both Michigan cherries and Washington raspberries.
2016 SPON — Peach & Apricot is a 5.2 percent ale blended with 75 percent two-year old spontaneous beer from 2014 and 25 percent one-year old spontaneous beer from 2015 before being refermented with Texas peaches and California apricots.
2016 SPON — Flor is a 5.1 percent ABV “curious one-off beer from our SPON program” that developed some “very distinct fruity, tropical flavors” after being stored next to some Oloroso sherry casks.
According to the brewery, all three SPON variants will be packaged in 375ml bottles with about 3,000 bottles of each available when they go on sale at the brewery on Dec. 16. 2016 SPON — Raspberry & Cherry and 2016 SPON — Peach & Apricot will be priced at $25 each while 2016 SPON — Flor will retail for $20, and each will be limited to two bottles per person per day.
Update (Dec. 13, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date.