This weekend, Jester King Brewery is releasing a beer named after a process that is being used to produce it.
The release in question is Bière de Coupage, a 6.3 percent ABV farmhouse ale that combines 1,500 liters of the Austin-based brewery’s SPON 100% spontaneously fermented beer and 2,000 liters of another “young farmhouse ale.” The resulting creation was then dry-hopped with Czech Saaz hops at a rate of 0.5 pounds per barrel.
“We’ve practiced the technique of bière de coupage at Jester King since 2011,” reads a post on Jester King’s website. “We originally blended young beer with mature barrel-aged beer to make Jester King Das Wunderkind. Several of our other beers involve this technique as well. In 2013, we began the long-term project of making 100% spontaneously fermented beer inspired by the tradition of Belgian Lambic, for what would ultimately become our SPON series.”
The name Bière de Coupage refers to a technique of blending fresh, young beer with mature, barrel-aged beer, and the process is traditionally used in the production of saisons. Jester King has utilized the bière de coupage technique before, most notably in releases like Fantôme Del Rey, 2016 Estival Dichotomous and Salt Lick Pecan Wood Smoked Saison, among others.
According to a post on Jester King’s website, Bière de Coupage will be packaged in 750ml bottles ($24) and will have approximately 3,400 bottles available with a purchased limit of three bottles per person when it goes on sale on Aug. 25.