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Introducing 2016 Bière de Lenoir, Jester King’s Barrel Aged Sour Beer Refermented on Texas Grown Grapes

Introducing 2016 Bière de Lenoir, Jester King’s Barrel Aged Sour Beer Refermented on Texas Grown Grapes

We’re excited to introduce 2016 Jester King Bière de Lenoir, our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Texas-grown Lenoir grapes! This is the first time we’ve ever worked with Lenoir grapes.

Bière de Lenoir is a blend of barrel aged beer brewed with Hill Country well water, malted and raw grains from our friends at Blacklands Malt, fresh and aged hops, and fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria. It matured in oak barrels for eight to fourteen months before blending and refermenting with Lenoir grapes (also known as Black Spanish) from Torre di Pietra Vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was packaged in bottles and kegs on October 24th, 2016 and is 100% naturally refermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. At the time of bottling, Bière de Lenoir was 6.9% alcohol by volume, 1.002 specific gravity (0.5 degrees Plato), 11 IBU, and 3.4 pH.

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Bière de Lenoir will be released at our tasting room when it opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 10. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go ($20/500ml). We have roughly 3,000 bottles available with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. Aside from special events, 2016 Jester King Bière de Lenoir will only be available at Jester King.

Special thanks to our friends Maya Shabi, Veronica Nikitenko, and Habeab Kurdi for helping us crush the grapes! Special thanks as well to Torre di Pietra Vineyards for growing them. The label art is by Josh Cockrell. Photos by Tyler Malone (the good ones anyway).


Jeffrey Stuffings, Jester King Founder

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The Jester King team works on the new sour beer.


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Jester King’s Maya Shabi, Habeab Kurdi and Veronica Nikitenko (L-R) work on the new beer.


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Founder Jeff Stuffings works with the grapes.


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Jester King introduces 2016 Bière de Lenoir, a sour beer.




Contact Info

Company: Jester King Brewery
Contact: Jeffrey Stuffings