The latest incarnation of Jester King Brewery’s peach sour ale will be sold only two days shy of a full year after last year’s version.
Friday, the Austin-based brewery will once again be rereleasing 分桃, pronounced Fēn Táo, a 5.95 percent ABV barrel-aged wild beer refermented with peaches from Fredericksburg, Texas. According to the brewery, the base beer in the newest incarnation of Fēn Táo spent “about a year” aging in neutral oak barrels, followed by refermentation on the peaches in a foudre.
This will be the third release of Fēn Táo, after the beer debuted for the first time on Sept. 12. 2014 with approximately 1,800 bottles available and was released again on Aug. 28, 2015 with approximately 5,000 bottles available.
The name of the beer is explained in a blog post on Jester King’s website from when it was first announced:
With this setting in mind, I began to explore the relevant Chinese symbology and folklore. I quickly discovered a tale about two lovers. Upon biting into a peach, one lover is surprised by its deliciousness and without hesitation offers the remainder to his same-sex lover, wanting him to share the experience of its beauty. Eventually the phrase 分桃, meaning “The Shared Peach,” became a Chinese byword for homosexuality, born out of a time, prior to Western influence, when homosexuality was accepted as a normal facet of life.
According to a post on Jester King’s website, Fēn Táo will again be packaged in 500ml bottles ($20) and there will be approximately 1,600 bottles available with a limit of two bottles per person per day when it goes on sale on Aug. 26. However, unlike the most recent releases of 2016 Atrial Rubicite (5.1 percent ABV) and 2016 Montmorency vs. Balaton last month, the bottles will be sold all at once, with no staggered sale days.