Monday, February 21, 2011

Jester King Event at Anvil

Relatively new brewery Jester King is having a major beer bash at Anvil this coming Saturday, that should be a must go to local craft beer folks.
I've been impressed with JK ever since I had their English Dark Mild a few months back. An amazing beer that clocks in at a very sessionable 3.8%. Since that time, they've released a very good Imperial Stout and a Rye IPA. Anvil was the first place in Houston to get their beers and is hosting what looks like a pretty solid event. I just recieved the press release so here are the details:

And now, on Saturday, February 26 at 4pm, Anvil’s co-owner Kevin Floyd announces a special Jester King Craft Brewery Day, where he will tap six different Jester King brews, some of which are limited editions. Jeff Stuffings, one of the three “jesters” who own and operate the Austin-based craft brewery will be there to meet Anvil customers and to talk beer and the Jester King philosophy of brewing with anyone who wants to chat with him.
What’s on Tap to Drink?
Dry Hopped Wychmaker Rye IPA cask:
This is one of the first Dry Hopped Wychmaker Casks to come out of the Jester King brewery. Wytchmaker is brewed with organic base malt, 15% malted rye and 3 lbs. of hops per barrel. It’s an aggressively hopped rye IPA, but is mashed at a low temperature and sparingly uses unfermentable malts to finish dry.

Black Metal RIS cask:
A big hit when it was released around Christmas, Black Metal is Jester King’s winter seasonal release. Weighing in at about 10% ABV, it’s filled with huge flavors of roast, chocolate, burnt malt and alcohol and carries a hint of leather. This is the second brewing of this Imperial Stout, but the first time the Jester King guys have offered it in a cask.

Boxer's Revenge Farmhouse Provision Ale keg:
A farmhouse-style blonde ale, Boxer Revenge is aged in French oak barrels with wild yeast, heavily dry hopped and about 9% ABV; it is also the first of three authentic farmhouse ales to be brewed as part of Jester King’s year-round lineup. This particular keg is one of a few left over from the Jester King Grand Opening party held in Austin the last weekend in January.

Wychmaker Rye IPA keg:
Compare it to the cask!

Commercial Suicide Oaked Dark Mild keg:
A blend of 70% dark mild and 30% dark mild aged in medium toast, Kentucky oak barrels (new barrels, not whiskey). At 3.3% ABV, they packed as much flavor as possible into a true session ale. The malted barley and hops in the beer are all English.

Commercial Suicide, aged in Whiskey barrel keg:
Aged in George Dickel Tennessee whiskey barrels, and originally released in November, 2010.