This weekend will bring a big day for both fans of Jester King Brewery as well as the company itself.
According to the Austin-based brewery, Friday will be the day that it will debut its first 100 percent spontaneously fermented beer, a project that has been in the works since Feb. 2013. Named Jester King 2016 SPON — Méthode Gueuze, the beer is a blend of one-, two- and three-year-old 100 percent spontaneously fermented beer that was made using the same traditional method that produces authentic Belgian gueuze.
“During the fall of 2012, we visited Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium for the first time and came home inspired to see if spontaneously fermented beer could be made in Texas,” reads a post on the brewery’s website. “We weren’t alone in our doubts. Several of our respected peers voiced concerns about the balance of microflora in our hot climate. We figured we had nothing to lose and that it would be a fun experiment.”
In a blog post, Jester King writes that the new beer was bottled in February of this year, and will be nine months old when it is offered for sale for the first time. Jester King 2016 SPON — Méthode Gueuze will be packaged in 750ml bottles and will be released at the brewery on Nov. 18.
In an email, Jeffery Stuffings, Jester King founder, told Tenemu that there were four separate 2016 SPON — Methode Gueuze blends resulting in approximately 7,000 750ml bottles ($36) and 4,500 375ml bottles ($20.) Half of the total of each sized bottle will be released on Nov. 18, while the other half of each bottle will be released on Nov. 19, with purchasers limited to one bottle of each size per day.
“Between the four blends, we have approximately 4,700 bottles 375ml and 4,800 bottles 750ml for a total of approximately 9,500 bottles,” reads an email sent out to subscribers. “Half of the 375ml and half of the 750ml bottles will be released on Friday the 18th and the other half on Saturday the 19th. The bottle limit is one bottle per customer per day 375ml and one bottle per customer per day 750ml, for a total of two bottles per customer per day (one 375ml and one 750ml.)”
Update (Oct. 24, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the total number of bottles filled. It was originally
published on Oct. 18, 2016.
Update (Nov. 14, 2016) — This post was updated to include release and limit details.