After releasing 2019 Atrial Rubicite back in May, Jester King Brewery has announced it will be selling an additional small number of the popular beer today, but the reason behind the release might be a bit upsetting to some fans.
According to a post on the Austin, Texas-based brewery’s Facebook page, the reason there are extra bottles to sell is simple: there will be no Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite this year. The brewery had put away some of this year’s production of the raspberry sour to age in sherry barrels, but decided not to go forward with the plan due to the quality of the sherry barrels that were to be used.
“When the barrels showed up, we were not confident in the process of aging Atrial Rubicite in these particular barrels,” said Sean Spiller, senior brewer at Jester King, in a post on the brewery’s Facebook page. “In years past, we’ve had issues with Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite turning acetic (sharp acidity) in the barrel. This forced us to make the painful decision to not release the beer.”
Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite debuted in 2015 packaged in 330ml bottles with a one bottle per person purchase limit. In addition, this is not the first time that the beer has been scrapped: the entire production of 2017 Sherry Barrel Atrial Rubicite was turned into malt vinegar after it was deemed to be too acetic.
Per the brewery, there will be approximately 340 500ml bottles ($20) available for sale starting today, with interesting parties limited to three bottles per person per day.