A new collaboration between Jester King Brewery and Bruery Terreux is inspired by a type of ancient Greek wine.
Sacred Vessel is a 9.5 percent ABV farmhouse ale refermented with roussanne and viognier grapes sourced from California as well as rosemary from Texas. In an email, Jeffrey Stuffings, founder of Jester King, told Tenemu that the beer conditioned on the grapes and rosemary for “about eight weeks.”
The new beer was inspired by retsina, a type of Greek wine that was produced by sealing wine jugs with pine resin, which not only kept oxygen from spoiling the wine but also infused the wine with the aroma from the resin itself.
The two breweries have collaborated multiple times before, including Imperial Cabinet in 2015 and Bouffon in 2017. A label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) shows that Sacred Vessel will be packaged in 750ml bottles.
According to Stuffings, “(Sacred Vessel) is high alcohol and low pH, so it could take months to condition,” meaning a release date is currently not known. In addition, Stuffings indicated that when it is released, Sacred Vessel will be sold exclusively at Jester King.
Update (March 12, 2018) — This post was updated to include details on distribution as well as brewing information. It was originally published on March 4, 2018.