Tomorrow, Jester King Brewery will release its sixth seasonal release, and the second blend inspired by the summer season.
The newest beer from the Austin, Texas-based brewery is 2015 Estival Dichotomous, a 6 percent ABV farmhouse ale brewed with two-row malt, raw wheat, spelt, and hops before being refermented for two weeks on top of four different types of pureed melon—cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, and galia. According to a post on Jester King’s website, the beer was inspired by agua fresca—Spanish for cool water—which is a traditional non-alcoholic drink served in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the United States that is made with fresh puréed fruit, sugar, and water.
A post on Jester King’s website goes into more detail on the series:
Most seasonal beers are inspired by the time of year in which they’re released, but the Dichotomous series is motivated by our desire to capture the flavors and sensory impressions of the particular season in which a beer is brewed. Like all Jester King beers, the Dichotomous series isn’t fermented in a few days or weeks with a pure culture of brewers yeast, but rather, it slowly ferments over several months with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the Texas Hill Country.
This is the sixth seasonal saison Jester King has released, following the original Hibernal Dichotomous (5 percent ABV) in April 2014, Esitval Dichotomous (6 percent ABV) in November 2014, Autumnal Dichotomous (4.9 percent ABV) in January 2015, 2015 Hibernal Dichotomous (4.9 percent ABV) in March 2015 and 2015 Vernal Dichotomous (5.4 percent ABV) in July 2015.
According to the brewery, approximately 8,000 750ml bottles of 2015 Vernal Dichotomous will available ($12) for sale at the brewery on Oct. 2, with no purchase limit in place.