The second seasonal saison from Jester King Brewery will go on sale tomorrow.
The Austin, Texas-based brewery has announced its newest release, Estival Dichotomous, a “summer saison” that measures in at 6 percent ABV. It was brewers in early July 2014, refermented with chamomile and strawberries, and has spent the last three months aging in bottles.
“It was fermented with our unique mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from our land in the Texas Hill Country, and then refermented with strawberries,” explains a blog post on Jester King’s website. “Finally, it underwent a long term refermentation and maturation in bottles, kegs, and casks over the course of three months. Mixed culture fermentation is a very slow and patient process, so while Estival Dichotomous is evocative of the summer, its release is not tied to the season from which it originated.”
The art for the Estival Dichotomous was produced by Josh Cockrell, who is responsible for the art of many of Jester King’s releases. Estival Dichotomous represents the second of four planned releases, with each being tied to a particular season.
“All four labels are indeed part of the same concept,” Cockrell told Tenemu. “The idea being that though we try to create a division in our minds through the use of definition (place being part of that), the human element is an inseparable part of nature itself. So, in order to fully understand a sense of place one has to recognize it as a function of time to see the influence of humanity in nature and its return influence on humanity.”
In April, Jester King released its first seasonal saison named Hibernal Dichotomous, a blend of 63 percent farmhouse ale that was breeder in November and 25 percent barrel-aged beer made with lavender, rosemary and spearmint that was brewed in November 2012. The final 12 percent of the blend came from freshly-pressed watermelon juice.
Estival Dichotomous will be released in 750ml bottles ($12) and on draft starting Friday at the brewery, There is a limit of three bottles per person, per day. Approximately 3,000 bottles of Estival Dichotomous were produced, and other than a few special events, it will only be available at the brewery.