Jester King Brewery’s newest beer is based on a classic New Orleans cocktail.
Inspired by the “woody, herbal, floral, and citrus character of the traditional New Orleans cocktail Sazerac,” Coquetier is a 7.5 percent ABV farmhouse ale is brewed with cubeb peppercorns, anise seed, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Originally brewed in April 2014, the new beer was initially fermented in stainless steel before being aged in 600 liter brand barrels from France for seven months. It was then packaged in bottles, kegs and casks where it was referemented for another three months prior to the release.
“Lemon zest recalls the cocktail’s traditional garnish, a thin sliver of lemon peel resting on the rim of the glass,” explains a post on Jester King’s website. “The beer was aged in French brandy barrels, as the cocktail originally called for Cognac brandy.”
Coquetier will be packaged in 750ml bottles ($18) and will be available for purchase at the brewery starting on April 24. Approximately 4,500 bottles were filled and there is a four bottle per person limit.