Elements of a new beer from Jester King Brewery were inspired by a dessert that head brewer Averie Swanson ate in Austin.
Aurastone is a 4.9 percent ABV farmhouse ale refermented on the “spent” peaches and apricots from 2016 分 桃 (Fēn Táo) and Aurelian Lure before being aged in chardonnay and sauvignon blanc barrels for 18 months and “finished” with kaffir lime leaf and pink sea salt. The Austin-based brewery has incorporated the process of secondary extraction of fruit multiple times in the past, including for releases such as La Vie en Rose and Detritivore.
“The finishing treatment was inspired by a dessert that I had at EMMER & RYE,” said Swanson in a post on Jester King’s website. “Peach ice cream was finished with powdered lime leaf and pink sea salt. The light fruit character in the ice cream was given depth and length of flavor by the salt and lime. Our spent peach/apricot barrel stock came to mind immediately, and I wanted to try a similar finishing treatment.”
According to Jester King, Aurastone will be packaged in 750ml bottles ($22) and will have a limit of six bottles per person per day when it goes on sale on June 22 with approximately 2,800 bottles available.