A brand new variant of Jester King Brewery’s Provenance ale features fruit that was added to the boil during brewing for the first time.
According to a post on the Austin-based brewery’s Facebook page, the beer is Provenance Black Lime, a 5.6 percent ABV farmhouse ale brewed with black limes, which is a type of processed lime source from G&S Orchards in Walworth, N.Y. While previous Provenance releases featured citrus juice and zest that were added after primary fermentation and just before packaging, the newest variant features black limes that were added in the boil, resulting in beer that is “deeper in color, with more caramel notes and more body.”
“We took limes from G&S Orchards and sliced them into ¼ inch disks, then dehydrated those disks at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 days,” said Damien Brockway, executive chef at Jester King. “The process is a slow caramelization of the sugars within the fruit as well as enzymatic oxidation of the flesh. This process definitely changes the flavor to something still reminiscent of the original fruit but has a distinct caramel quality, elevated acidity, and tea-like character.”
Jester King has released a number of different incarnations in its Provenance Series in the past, including Provenance – Lemon & Lime (5.7 percent ABV), Provenance – Orange & Grapefruit (5.5 percent ABV) and Provenance – Tangerine & Clementine (6.2 percent ABV.)
Provenance Black Lime will be packaged in 750ml bottles ($13) with approximately 480 bottles available and will have a two bottle per person per day purchase limit when it goes on sale on Aug. 22.