Peaches have long been a favorite fruit to incorporate into wild ales, and Jester King Brewery’s next release takes full advantage of them.
The Austin, Texas-based brewery will be rereleasing 分桃, pronounced Fēn táo, a barrel-aged wild beer refermented with peaches from Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg, Texas. According to Jester King head brewer Garrett Crowell, the base beer in the newest incarnation of Fēn Táo spent 8-18 months aging in oak barrels, followed by “a few weeks” of refermentation with approximately 1,500 pounds of peaches in a foudre. This will be the second release of Fēn Táo, after the beer debuted for the first time on Sept. 12. 2014. There were approximately 1,800 bottles available in that initial release.
The name of the beer is explained in a blog post on Jester King’s website from when it was first announced:
With this setting in mind, I began to explore the relevant Chinese symbology and folklore. I quickly discovered a tale about two lovers. Upon biting into a peach, one lover is surprised by its deliciousness and without hesitation offers the remainder to his same-sex lover, wanting him to share the experience of its beauty. Eventually the phrase 分桃, meaning “The Shared Peach,” became a Chinese byword for homosexuality, born out of a time, prior to Western influence, when homosexuality was accepted as a normal facet of life.
According to a post on Jester King’s Facebook page, Fēn Táo will again be packaged in 500ml bottles ($16) and there will be approximately 5,000 bottles available with a limit of two bottles per person per day when it goes on sale on Aug. 28.
Update (Aug. 27, 2015) — This post was updated from the original published on July 13, 2015 to include details on bottle count, bottle limits, pricing and additional release details.