After almost a year of waiting, Jester King Brewery’s Omniscience & Proselytism, a barrel-aged, wild beer refermented with strawberries, is set to make its return, this time in bottles.
Omniscience & Proselytism was released for the first time last October at the 2013 Funk n’ Sour fest held at the Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas, but it was only sold on draft at the event. Roughly 3,000 500-ml ($16) bottles are being released this week, with sales beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10 at the brewery. There will be a limit of one bottle per person per day, but it will also be available on draft in the tasting room. In addition to the bottling, there is a slight change in the fruit used for the second release. While the first incarnation of the beer used local strawberries, the 2014 version uses strawberries from Oregon. The beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized with an ABV of 5.3 percent.
“For our second blend of Omniscience & Proselytism, we sent mature, sour beer aged for months in oak barrels into a foudre filled with several hundred pounds of strawberries,” said the Austin-based brewery in a post on its website. “We then allowed the wild yeast and bacteria in the beer to referment the sugars in the fruit to complete dryness. The result is a tart, dry beer with interesting flavors and aromas from the fruit, as well as the yeast and bacteria. We don’t add fruit to flavor filtered and/or pasteurized beer to make a ‘beer cooler’. Rather, we ferment the fruit in the same way wine grapes are fermented to make wine, so that the finished beer is something greater than the sum of the parts.”