Six months after Jester King Brewery sold the first three SPON variants, two more have been announced.
The first new variant is SPON Blueberry & Pitaya, a 5.7 percent ABV blend of two-year-old 100 percent spontaneously fermented ale that has been refermented with both blueberries and pitayas, which is also known as dragonfruit. According to Jester King, although the front label reads “blended on FEB 02 2017”, that was actually the bottling date.
In addition, the Austin-based brewery will be releasing SPON Albarino & Blanc du Bois, a 6.7 percent ABV blend of two-year-old 100 percent spontaneously fermented beer refermented on albarino & blanc du bois grapes that was packaged on Sept. 26, 2016.
Introducing SPON Blueberry & Pitaya and SPON Albariño & Blanc du Bois We’re very pleased to introduce two new beers in our SPON series – SPON Blueberry & Pitaya and SPON Albariño & Blanc du Bois. Our SPON series are 100% spontaneously fermented beers produced using the traditional method of making authentic Belgian Lambic. For these two beers, we refermented one with Texas blueberries and pitaya (a.k.a. dragonfruit) and one with Texas Albariño & Blanc du Bois grapes. Both beers are a blend of two year old spontaneously fermented beer created using this method: 1) A turbid mash of Hill Country well water and Texas malted barley and raw wheat; 2) A four hour boil with hops aged for at least two years in our barn; 3) Overnight cooling and inoculation of the entire batch of wort in our coolship; 4) 100% spontaneous fermentation; 5) Two years of aging and maturation in oak puncheons; 6) Blending; 7) Refermentation with fruit; 8) Packaging; 9) 100% refermentation and maturation of the beer in the serving vessel (kegs and bottles places on their sides) for several more months; and 10) No addition of any chemicals, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners at any point in the process. Our inspiration and intent was to follow the traditional method of making authentic Belgian Lambic, but to do so with our own well water, local grain, aged hops, native yeast and bacteria, and Texas fruit, so as to create something entirely unique to our own environment in the Texas Hill Country. SPON Blueberry & Pitaya is 5.7% alcohol by volume, 21 IBU, 3.3 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.002 (0.5 degrees Plato). It was packaged on February 2nd, 2017. Please note, there’s an inaccuracy on the front label. It says “blended on FEB 02 2017”, when this is actually the bottling date. SPON Albariño & Blanc du Bois is 6.7% alcohol by volume, 21 IBU, 3.4 pH, and also has a finishing gravity of 1.002 (0.5 degrees Plato). It was packaged on September 29th, 2016. SPON Blueberry & Pitaya and SPON Albariño & Blanc du Bois will be released on Friday, June 30th when our tasting room opens at 4pm. Please see our blog for complete details about the release.
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In November 2016, Jester King debuted its first 100 percent spontaneously fermented beer named 2016 SPON — Méthode Gueuze, a blend of one-, two- and three-year-old 100 percent spontaneously fermented beer that was made using the same traditional method that produces authentic Belgian gueule. The brewery followed that in December with the release of three different variants: 2016 SPON — Raspberry & Cherry, 2016 SPON — Peach & Apricot and 2016 SPON — Flor.
According to a post on Jester King’s website, both SPON Blueberry & Pitaya and SPON Albariño & Blanc du Bois will be packaged in 375ml bottles ($25) and will have a three bottle per person per day purchase limit when they go on sale on June 30. Each variant will have approximately 2,700 bottles available.