Just three months after being brewed and one month after being bottled, Jester King Brewery’s beer that incorporates Tempranillo grapes is back, but with a twist.
According to a post on the Austin, Texas-based brewery’s blog, Jester King will be selling the second release of Cerveza de Tempranillo next week.
Originally released in early 2014, the first batch of Cerveza de Tempranillo was a 9.4 percent ABV farmhouse ale packaged in 500ml bottles ($16) that was refermented with Tempranillo wine grapes from California and aged in oak barrels.
One major change between the first and second batch of the beer is that the newest incarnation utilizes Texas-grown Tempranillo grapes for refermentation.
In addition, the newest incarnation comes in at a lower 7.2 percent ABV and was refermented in stainless steel as opposed to oak barrels in order to have “more control over the fruit refermentation, so as to avoid the development of acetic acid.”
Cerveza de Tempranillo is one of four sour beers that Jester King has brewed that incorporates grapes:
- Bière de Blanc du Bois (6 percent ABV), utilizing Blanc du Bois grapes
- Bière de Merlot (8.5 percent ABV), utilizing Texas-grown merlot grapes and
- Bière de Syrah (7.3 percent ABV) utilizing syrah grapes from California
- Cerveza de Tempranillo (Blend 1) (9.4 percent ABV), utilizing California-grown Tempranillo grapes and refermented in oak barrels
- Cerveza de Tempranillo (Blend 2), utilizing Texas-grown Tempranillo grapes and referemented in stainless steel
According to Jester King, the second blend of Cerveza de Tempranillo will be packaged in 500ml bottles ($16) and will go on sale when the brewery opens on Dec. 26. Approxamtly 3,000 bottles were filled, and there will be a limit of two bottles per person per day.
Update (Dec. 22, 2015) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, bottle count, price and ABV information. It was originally published on Nov. 17, 2015.