If you woke up this morning and said—I would really to purchase a beer with a 70-plus character name—today’s your lucky day.
Friday will actually be your lucky day, that’s when Jester King Brewery will begin selling Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination, a collaboration with Live Oak Brewing Co., another brewery based in the Austin, Texas area.
It’s 73 characters for those counting, and if you want to try to order it by name, you might want to stick to Kollaborationsbier, its much easier to pronounce nickname. It is a farmhouse-style beer that comes in at 4.2 percent ABV and is brewed with Czech and kazbek hops, two types of malted barley, brewer’s yeast, wild yeast and souring bacteria. It also uses Texas Hill Country water, an area that covers over 25 counties in central Texas and includes the city of Austin.
“Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination literally means ‘collaboration beer with Czech hops, wild yeast, and bacteria’ in German,” says a post on Jester King’s website.
“The inspiration for the beer came from two sources. First, we really wanted to make a beer with Live Oak, which again, is a brewery we love. Second, another hugely inspirational brewery for us, along with Live Oak, is Brasserie De La Senne in Brussels, Belgium. De La Senne makes one of our favorite beers called Taras Boulba, which embraces principles of subtlety, restraint, balance, and full attenuation. Its elegant combination of European malt character, hoppiness, dryness, and yeast aroma and flavor sets a benchmark for what beer can be.”
In order to produce the collaboration beer, a low gravity wort was brewed at Live Oak by head brewer Dusan Kwiatkowski “using a traditional decoction mash, beginning with undermodified pilsner malt and then working it vigorously by separating out a portion of the mash, boiling it in the kettle, and then returning it to the mash tun.” Czech hops were then added to the boil to impart floral and spicy aromas along with a balanced bitterness.
After the wort was brewed and cooled down, it was placed in tanks and transported from Live Oak Brewing to Jester King Brewery outside of Austin, where it was transferred into a permeant fermentation tank. The mixture then had a unique culture of brewer’s yeast, naturally occurring wild yeast and bacteria added and was fermented to 1.000 specific gravity before being naturally conditioned through refermentation in bottles, casks and kegs.
This is the first time the two breweries have worked together. Jester King is however no stranger to collaboration beers, it’s long list of beers brewery in partnership include Buddha’s Brew with Buddha’s Brew Kombucha, Beer Geek Rodeo with Evil Twin Brewing, Fantôme Del Rey with Brasseire Fantôme and Drink’in the Sunbelt with Mikkeller ApS.
The newest release will be available for sale at Jester King starting on Oct. 24 and will have a retail price of $12 for each 750-ml bottle. Only 3,300 bottles were produced, and there will be a limit of two per person per day until they sell out.
Jester King Brewery is located in Austin, Texas, about 15 miles southwest of the city proper, and produces about 1,500 barrels of beer a year, with the vast majority sold on site.