Austin, Texas based Jester King Craft Brewery is set to release their latest offer 分 桃 (pronounced Fēn táo) — a barrel-aged wild beer refermented with peaches from the Texas Hill Country. This sour ale slowly ferments for months in oak barrels with naturally occurring wild yeast and native souring bacteria, then sits one of their oak tanks and stuffed with several hundred pounds of fresh peaches from Fredericksburg, Texas. The beer to referments the peaches to dryness, resulting in a one of a kind sour ale that reflects the Texas Hill Country.
The guys had hoped to make this beer last year, bit an untimely late freeze in 2013 decimated the peach crop in the Hill Country, forcing they guys to wait until this years crop. "Like all of our beers that incorporate fruit, we do not add the fruit as a flavoring to filtered and/or pasteurized beer. Rather, we allow wild yeast and bacteria to referment the fruit, much like grape juice is fermented to make wine. The purpose is to create new flavors and aromas through fermentation that are greater than the sum of their parts." Says JK.
Fēn Táo was brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, and hops. It was fermented with their mixed culture of brewers yeast, naturally occurring wild yeast ( which is really something to see the guys collect on their room) and native souring bacteria. The peaches are from the Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg, Texas and is is 6.4% alcohol by volume.
Fēn Táo will be released on Friday, September 12th at Jester King Brewery at 4pm. Get their early, only 150 cases (500ml x 12) are available, which will be sold exclusively at Jester King Brewery (500ml / $16), with a limit of 1 bottle per person per day.
The label art for Fēn Táo was created by the brewery's Josh Cockrell.