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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 2, 2014

January 2, 2014

•Austin, Texas-based Jester King Brewery has released its latest beer, La Vie en Rose, an unspiced Farmhouse Ale that was refermented with the same raspberries used in its Atrial Rubicite. The brewers wanted to reuse the raspberries used in making the Atrial Rubicite after noticing they were still full of flavor and aroma. The 6.2%-abv farmhouse ale was fermented for a total of four months to complete dryness. Bottles of the new release (750-ml.) will be available at the Jester King Brewery’s tasting room this month and next.

•Upright Brewing has kicked off 2014 with the release of three new unique brews: a new version of its barrel-aged Billy the Mountain, a hotter version of its sour barrel-aged chili beer Fatali Four and the first edition of a new Coffee Stout. Billy the Mountain is a slightly tart English-style Olde Ale fermented with British ale yeast, with 20% of the blend having undergone three years of barrel aging and adding to its vinous quality at 9.1% abv. Fatali Four is a blend of the brewery’s wheat beer that was matured in former wine and gin barrels with the addition of chili peppers. The 4.5%-abv brew is hotter than previous versions with a light tartness and balance similar to some sparkling wines. The new Coffee Stout was matured in former wine casks and blended with cold press coffee and is 7% abv.

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