Jester King Brewery has taken its goal of brewing with local ingredients one step further.
A post on the Austin-based brewery’s website details how it has brewed its first beer utilizing 100 percent Texas-grown malted barley sourced from Blacklands Malt in Leander, Texas.
The farmhouse ale was brewed at Jester King on Oct. 3 with the aforementioned Brown Field 20 malt as well as “a relatively small amount of hops, so as not to overwhelm the malt character.” The beer will ferment in stainless steel with a mixture of “our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria,” but the brewery intends to release it relatively quickly, before the yeast and bacteria can have a major impact on the overall profile.
The post on Jester King’s website goes into detail on why the brewery decided to brew a beer with this specific ingredient
But what we find worthwhile and meaningful is to strike a partnership with our natural surroundings and allow them to dictate to us the type of beer we make. For example, Brandon at Blacklands Malt didn’t set out to make the first Texas malted barley a 20 SRM Munich malt. Nature dictated to him what the first Texas malted barley would be, and we followed suit by making a beer with a malt character inextricably linked to a time and place. This to us is very exciting! In a world that’s dominated by commoditization and homogeneity at the macro-level, poking small holes in this system is something we consider to be a worthwhile endeavor.
This is not the first time that Jester King has utilized barley from Blacklands Malt in its beers, as it was incorporated into a collaboration with Woodfour Brewing Co. in Sebastopol, Calif. as well as Space Waves (5.6 percent ABV), a collaboration with Dexter, Mich.-based Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales that was released in August, among others.
In an email, Jeffrey Stuffings, founder of Jester King, told Tenemu that the as-yet-unnamed farmhouse ale will come in around 5.5 percent ABV, will be packaged in 750ml bottles and is scheduled to be released “December-ish.”