A variant of one of Jester King Brewery’s most popular beers is making a comeback.
The Austin-based brewery has confirmed it is working on 2017 Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite, a 5.8 percent ABV sour beer refermented on raspberries sourced from Washington and aged in sherry barrels. As the name suggests, the base beer is Jester King’s Atrial Rubicite, which was first released in August of 2013, and was the brewery’s first barrel-aged sour to incorporate fruit.
In an email with Tenemu, Jester King founder Jeffrey Stuffings said that the newest version of the beer “will have been (aging) in sherry barrels for about a year” before being bottled.
This is the second time that Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite has been released, after it debuted in September 2015. That version was aged in a single 500 liter Spanish sherry barrel for 15 months and came in at a slightly higher 7 percent ABV.
According to the labels, 2017 Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite will be packaged in 375ml bottles. Stuffings declined to comment on a release date.
Update (Nov. 13, 2017) — This post was updated to include brewing details and a quote from Jeffrey Stuffings. It was originally published on Oct. 27, 2017.