Over six months after brewing it, Jester King Brewery has officially announced its collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales.
The new beer is named Natural Union, a 7.1 percent ABV farmhouse ale that is brewed with two different ingredients that were sourced from each of the breweries: lemon bee balm growing near Austin, Texas-based Jester King and rosemary from a garden grown near Prairie Artisan Ales, although it did not specify if it was sourced near Prairie’s headquarters and smaller brewing operations in Tulsa or near Krebs Brewing Co. in Krebs, Okla. where the vast majority of Prairie beers are brewed. Natural Union also incorporates nelson hops along with wort that was fermented in oak barrels for three months with Jester King’s “unique mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewer’s yeast and native yeast and bacteria cultured from the air and wildflowers around the brewery.”
“We’ve long felt a strong kinship with Prairie because of their commitment to artisan brewing principles, their geographical closeness, their quirky, amazingly clever artwork, and the fact that they’re genuinely good people,” says a post on Jester King’s website. “Having Chase Healey of Prairie come to Jester King back in August of 2014 to make a beer with us was a great honor and a lot of fun.”
According to the brewery, the art for the label depicts Jester King head brewer Garrett Crowell with a basket of lemon bee-balm and Prairie Artisan Ales co-owner Chase Healey holding rosemary was a joint effort by both Healey and Jester King artist Josh Cockrell.
Natural Union will be packaged in 750ml bottles ($14) and will be available starting Friday Jan. 16 at Jester King’s location. Only 900 bottles were filled and customers will be limited to one bottle per person per day.