Roughly 10 months after introducing Bière de Blanc du Bois for the first time, Jester King Brewery is releasing the second batch today.
As with the first batch, Bière de Blanc du Bois is brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat and hops before being aged in oak barrels for an extended period of time. In addition, the beer was then refermented with Texas-grown Blanc du Bois grapes, an American hybrid varietal.
In a blog post, Jester King describes why it chose Blanc du Bois grapes:
Texas has a unique climate for growing grapes. Less hearty varietals like Pinot Noir don’t do well here given our hot, dry climate. Rather, grapes that can deal with thin, rocky soil and high temperatures tend to do better. Blanc du Bois is one of the varietals hearty enough to cope with our native environment, and that’s why we love making beer with it. Our philosophy is to focus on what’s unique to the land around us, so as to make beer with a sense of place. Working with Blanc du Bois grapes grown down the road from our brewery is part and parcel of this philosophy.
Bière de Blanc du Bois is one of four sour beers that Jester King has brewed that incorporates grapes, joining Cerveza de Tempranillo (9.4 percent ABV) utilizing tempranillo wine grapes; Bière de Merlot (8.5 percent ABV) utilizing Texas-grown merlot grapes and Bière de Syrah (7.3 percent ABV) utilizing syrah grapes from California.
According to Jester King, Bière de Blanc du Bois is packaged in 500ml bottles ($16) and will initially be available for attendees of the Austin, Texas-based brewery’s Funk n’ Sour Fest, which takes place today. Attendees of the annual festival will be limited to four bottles per person, with the remainder of the bottles going on sale tomorrow at the brewery with a limit of two bottles per person per day. Approximately 3,500 bottles were filled, more than four times the 800 bottles that were available for sale for the first release.