Jester King Brewery’s beer named after an organism that feeds on dead organic material is returning for the fifth time tomorrow.
The Austin-based brewery will be selling 2018 Detritivore, a 5.5 percent ABV farmhouse ale refermented with the same cherries used in the production of Montmorency vs. Balaton barrel-aged sour ale (6.7 percent ABV.) This is not the first time that Jester King has used this process, as Demi-Tone (6.3 percent ABV) is refermented with the same blueberries that were used in Colour Five and La Vie en Rose (6.2 percent ABV) is refermented with the “spent” raspberries that were used for Atrial Rubicite (5.8 percent ABV.)
This will be the fifth batch of Detritivore released by Jester King since the beer debuted in 2014:
- Detritivore Batch 1 — July 11, 2014
- Detritivore Batch 2 — May 29, 2015
- 2016 Detritivore — Aug 19, 2016
- 2017 Detritivore — Oct. 13, 2017
- 2018 Detritivore — Aug. 3, 2018
“The inspiration for this beer comes from a beer made by Cantillon pre-Jean Van Roy in which they refermented the cherries initially used for their Kriek creating a new beer with a lighter cherry flavor,“ reads a post on Jester King’s Facebook page. “We find the second use of the fruit tends to result in a beer that still exhibited the color, aroma, and flavor of the fruit but in a more subtle manner.”
According to Jester King, approximately 2,100 750ml bottles ($18) of 2018 Detritivore will be available when it goes on sale on Aug. 3 with a limit of four bottles per person per day.