It may be only three days into 2017, but Jester King Brewery has already announced it’s next release.
The beer is 2016 Bière de Blanc du Bois, a 6.7 percent ABV blend of barrel aged sour beer fermented with the Austin-based brewery’s mixed culture of native yeast and bacteria before being refermented with Texas-grown Blanc du Bois grapes, an American hybrid varietal. This is the third time the ale has been released after it debuted in Dec. 2014, with the second incarnation coming in October of last year.
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.
As with the first two releases, Bière de Blanc du Bois is packaged in 500ml bottles ($20) and will go on sale at the Jester King tasting room on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. Approximately 1,800 bottles are available and there will be a limit of two bottles per person per day.