Earlier this year, Texas-based Jester King Brewery planted numerous plants in a newly-tilled farm outside its brewery in the hopes of producing its own ingredients for beers, and now the first results from the experiment are in.
In a blog post on its website, Jester King released the results of the five-month long project:
“This year’s harvest was largely experimental,” reads a post on Jester King’s website. “We planted many different varieties to see what would grow well here and what would not. We’re trying to grow ingredients and make beer that’s tied to a place and time. That means we’re content to take what nature gives us and what thrives here, rather than trying to force nature to our will.”
In addition, the brewery also installed two bee colonies next to the melon field in order to increase the overall crop-yield once the harvesting began.
The following chart helps explain which crops thrived and which did not after the 59 day observation:
|Plant||Variety||Day 59 Germination Rate|
|Muskmelon||Hale’s Best 45||60%|
|Watermelon||Sweet Dakota Rose||50%|
|Watermelon||Moon and Stars||60%|
According to Jester King, the brewery plans to use many of these crops in upcoming beers, and will be adding a number of additional fruits in the future, including grapes, hops, pumpkins, squash, pomegranates, jujubees, persimmons, goji berries, blueberries, elderberries, peaches, and plums.