Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous (2015)

Brewed by Jester King Craft Brewery

Wild Specialty Beer4.9% ABV29 IBU

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RateBeer Score    91 Overall   88 Style

2015 Hibernal Dichotomous was brewed in late December 2014 with Hill Country well water, malted barley, flaked oats, beets, hops, orange juice, orange zest, and thyme. It is a different recipe from 2014 Hibernal, which was a blend of pressed watermelon juice, young farmhouse ale, and mature barrel-aged beer brewed with rosemary, lavender, and spearmint. For this winter’s beer, we wanted the ingredients to reflect the flavors of winter in Texas using quintessential Texas winter produce. Peeled and grated raw beets from Johnson’s Backyard Garden were added to the mash, and orange juice and zest from G and S Groves and fresh thyme from Pure Luck Farm were added to the whirlpool. It was then fermented in stainless steel with our unique mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery in the Texas Hill Country. About six weeks into the fermentation, we added more peeled and grated raw beets, orange juice, and orange zest. Finally, the beer was naturally carbonated by refermentation in bottles, kegs, and casks. Mixed culture fermentation is a very slow and patient process, so while Hibernal Dichotomous is evocative of the winter, its release comes in the spring.

Hibernal Dichotomous is 4.9% alcohol by volume, 29 IBU, has a finishing gravity of 1.002, and was 3.5 pH at the time of bottling.


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