Fans of Jester King Brewery’s strawberry sour beer will be very happy this weekend.
That is because the Austin, Texas-based brewery will be releasing 2018 Omniscience & Proselytism, a 5.3 percent ABV barrel-aged sour beer refermented with 2.5 pounds per gallon of fresh strawberries sourced from Marburger Farms and Engel Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. This is the fifth time that Omniscience & Proselytism has been released, with the first incarnation sold as a draft-only option in Oct. 2013 at that year’s Funk n’ Sour fest held at Jester King.
“Strawberries are a tricky fruit to work with,” reads a post on Jester King’s Facebook page. “For one, their character can be fairly subtle. On top of that, we believe that when heavily processed, they can lead to flavors that present as plastic-y, medicinal or otherwise artificial. In our experience, zero processing is what helps create the flavor and aromas we’re proud to present. We simply take the strawberries from the farm stems and all, put them inside a foudre (large oak tank), add mature barrel-aged beer, then let the fruit refermentation occur. It’s just that simple.”
According to Jester King, 2018 Omniscience & Proselytism will once again be packaged in 500ml bottles ($20) with approximately 3,000 bottles available and a purchase limit of four bottles per person when it goes on sale on June 29 exclusively at the brewery.