Jester King 2019 Spon 3 Year BlendJester King
Style: Sour/Wild Ale (Geuze)
2019 SPON Three Year Blend is our blend of 100% spontaneously fermented beer from 2018, 2017, and 2016. To make the beer, we brew with well water, Texas-grown malted barley and raw wheat, and aged hops from the attic of our barn. We let the wort rest overnight in our coolship and collect wild yeast and bacteria from our environment. The next morning we move the wort into oak barrels and allow the beer to 100% spontaneously ferment (no yeast or other microbes pitched). After longterm fermentation and maturation, we create a blend that stretches the course of three years. The blend is then packaged in bottles and kegs and allowed to referment and mature for almost another year before release.
Why do we pursue this process? To us, it's the ultimate partnership between time, place, and people. We're taking one night of the year, one location on the doorstep of the Hill Country, and one group of people to create something that will never exist again. The beer is a unique cross section of these three variables. We believe this special process is worthy of pursuit, not just at Jester King, but all over the world.
Our 2019 blend is our 4th "vintage", following 2018, 2017, and 2016. We've been pursuing spontaneous fermentation at Jester King since February of 2013. Back then, we built a coolship, waited for a cold night, let the wort rest overnight in the cool air, then moved the wort into oak barrels. To our amazement, a few days later the wort began fermenting. Flash forward to today, and we're about to begin our 8th winter of spontaneous fermentation.