Jester King Brewery is expanding on tradition with a release this weekend.
The new beer is Saison Américaine, a 5.2 percent ABV farmhouse ale that “embraces tartness as an intrinsic character of modern American farmhouse beer” whose name refers to a modern-American interpretation of saison. The saison was brewed with malted barley, malted wheat, a mixed culture of brewer’s yeast as well as native yeast and bacteria, and was brewed on Oct. 11, 2016 before being bottled at the Austin-based brewery on Dec. 12, 2016.
“With plenty of notable exceptions, we think it’s fair to say that the classic, European examples of the style, tend to have less acidity than their New World, American counterparts,” reads a post on Jester King’s website. “We’d argue that America’s love of sour beer has led to more examples of saison that display noticeable levels of acidity. Once again with plenty of exceptions, we believe wood-aged, mixed culture, sour saison has come to be an American hallmark of the style.”
According to a post on Jester King’s website, Saison Américaine will be packaged in 750ml bottles ($14) with about 3,300 bottle available when it goes on sale on June 23 with no purchase limit.
Update (June 21, 2017) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, pricing information and brewing details. It was originally published on June 19, 2017.