The newest release from Jester King Brewery incorporates kumquats and is inspired by the spring season.
The Austin, Texas-based brewery will be releasing 2015 Vernal Dichotomous, a 5.4 percent ABV farmhouse ale that is a blend of two different beers: one beer that was brewed in November 2012 with barley, wheat, hops, rosemary, lavender, and spearmint and aged in oak barrels while the other beer was brewed in March of this year with barley, spelt, and hops. Both versions of the beer were first fermented with brewer’s yeast and native yeast, while the younger beer was then refermented with kumquats. The two separate beers were then blended together shortly before being packaged in bottles, kegs and casks on April 20.
Jester King head brewer Garrett Crowell explains his decision to use kumquats in the newest beer in a blog post on Jester King’s website:
Spring is always a ‘fresh’ season to me, with everything tender and green. I felt the kumquats and the floral barrel-aged blended beer would approximate the delicate air of blossoming trees and flowers. The kumquats are the most springlike ingredient in the beer, as they were picked only a few days before going into the beer. So there is this interaction between the sensory and agricultural aspects of spring, that oftentimes are tangents of one another. There is even a metaphorical evolution of this season when tasting and smelling the beer. First you smell the flowers, and then the kumquats, just as you’d smell the citrus blossoms on the citrus tree followed by the citrus itself.
This is the fifth seasonal saison Jester King has released, following the original Hibernal Dichotomous in April 2014, Esitval Dichotomous in November 2014, Autumnal Dichotomous in January 2015 and 2015 Hibernal Dichotomous in March 2015.
According to the brewery, approximately 3,500 750ml bottles of 2015 Vernal Dichotomous will available ($14) for sale at the brewery on July 3, with a three bottle per person per day limit.