Jester King Brewery has opened an online lottery for magnum bottles of its 2017 分 桃—pronounced Fēn Táo—that is live now and will end tomorrow at 8 p.m. CST.
Customers can enter their names once at this link for the chance to be able to purchase one 1.5 liter bottle of the 6.1 percent ABV barrel-aged wild beer refermented on Ranger peaches.
Winners will be notified by Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. CST, and will have until Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. CST to pay for the bottle via a link that will be sent. Finally, winners will have to pick up their bottles during the brewery’s regular business hours by Dec. 3, or the purchase price will be refunded and the bottle will be given to another person.
“We’re doing this to avoid the drama and frustration experienced by our customers and staff during this year’s Atrial Rubicite release,” reads a post on Jester King’s Facebook page. “We mentioned throughout the years that we want very much for Jester King to be a peaceful, relaxing, family-friendly place to visit. Unfortunately, our poor planning created circumstances this past summer where that wasn’t the case. Again, we’re sorry for that and feel bad for the folks who went to great lengths for bottles and unfairly came away empty-handed.”
The lottery system was announced in July after 150 1.5 liter bottles of Atrial Rubicite were sold for the first time on a first come, first serve basis, with 50 bottles each released on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Jester King asked customers to not show up at the brewery until after sunrise, but there were reports and social media posts indicating that people were on the property as early as 2:00 a.m. on each of the days the bottles were being sold.
According to the brewery, there are 170 1.5 liter magnums of 2017 Fēn Táo available priced at $75 each, and there will be no proxies allowed.