Another month, another collaboration for Jester King Brewery.
While in Europe attending the Copenhagen Beer Celebration, members of the Austin, Texas-based brewery collaborated on a “Country Blonde Ale” with Brasserie Au Baron in Gussignies, France. The as yet unnamed beer is a “small deviation” from Brasserie Au Baron’s Cuvee des Jonquilles, a 7 percent ABV bière de garde, but adding sorachi ace, simcoe and cascade hops as well as local honey to the boil. According to Garrett Crowell, Jester King head brewer, approximately 10hl, or 8.5 barrels, were brewed in a single batch on May 6.
“I would call the beer we recently brewed at Brasserie Au Baron a “Country Blonde Ale”, wrote Crowell in an email to Tenemu. “It’s not quite a saison, nor a Biere de Garde but somewhere between the two. It was fermented warm, and will go through a short lagering stage. We added American hops (Sorachi Ace, Simcoe, Cascade) at various stages of the boil, and it will receive a small dry-hop as well.”
According to Crowell, details such as a name, release date or bottle format are not known at this time. In addition, a post on Jester King’s Facebook page indicates that while an unknown amount of the new beer “should” be sold in the U.S. at some point, it will not be available in Texas “due to the high licensing fees.”
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