Almost four months after brewing, the second collaboration between Jester King Brewery and Live Oak Brewing is ready.
The new beer is named Foudreweizen, a 5.6 percent ABV farmhouse wheat beer that incorporates wort and yeast from Live Oak’s popular Hefeweizen (5.2 percent ABV) into a brew that was then fermented in a foudre located at the Jester King brewery located in Austin, Texas. The beer was brewed on Jan. 15 and packaged into bottles, kegs and casks on March 8.
“Foudreweizen took the DNA, so to speak, of one of our absolute favorite beers in the world — Live Oak Hefeweizen — and allowed it to fundamentally transform through mixed culture fermentation with brewers yeast and native microorganisms from the Texas Hill Country,” explains a post on Jester King’s website. “For the first few weeks, the beer was very reminiscent of Live Oak Hefeweizen, and had a lovely clove character. But as time progressed, and native yeast and bacteria became more dominant, the beer became funky and developed barnyard aromas. After two months in the foudre, a tartness began to emerge as lactic acid producing bacteria began to convert organic compounds into organic acids.”
The name Foudreweizen is taken from two different sources: foudre, which refers to the giant oak tank the beer was fermented in, and weizen, which translates to wheat from German.
The first collaboration beer produced by the two breweries, named Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination, was a farmhouse-style beer that came in at 4.2 percent ABV and was brewed with Czech and kazbek hops, two types of malted barley, brewer’s yeast, wild yeast and souring bacteria.
According to Jester King, Foudreweizen will be available for sale at the brewery in 750ml bottles ($14) starting today. Approximately 3,000 bottles were filled, and there is a two bottle per person, per day limit.