This month, Jester King Brewery will release its fourth seasonal saison, this time to celebrate the winter season.
Named 2015 Hibernal Dichotomous, the 4.9 percent ABV saison is brewed with beets, orated juice, orange zest and thyme. The 2014 version of Hibernal Dichotomous was composed of a blend of 63 percent farmhouse ale that was brewed in November and 25 percent barrel-aged beer made with lavender, rosemary and spearmint that was brewed in November 2012 with the final 12 percent of the blend made of freshly-pressed watermelon juice.
A post on the brewery’s website explains the process for this release:
For this winter’s beer, we wanted the ingredients to reflect the flavors of winter in Texas using quintessential Texas winter produce. Peeled and grated raw beets from Johnson’s Backyard Garden were added to the mash, and orange juice and zest from G and S Groves and fresh thyme from Pure Luck Farm were added to the whirlpool. It was then fermented in stainless steel with our unique mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery in the Texas Hill Country. About six weeks into the fermentation, we added more peeled and grated raw beets, orange juice, and orange zest. Finally, the beer was naturally carbonated by refermentation in bottles, kegs, and casks.
The 2015 version of Hibernal Dichotomous is the fourth seasonal saison Jester King has released, following the original Hibernal Dichotomous in April 2014, Esitval Dichotomous in November 2014 and Autumnal Dichotomous in January 2015.
According to the Austin, Texas-based brewery, 2015 Hibernal Dichotomous will packaged in 750ml bottles ($12) and will be available starting this Friday, March 27, with a limit of four bottles per person per day. Approximately 3,500 bottles were filled.