Hill Country farmhouse brewery Jester King has been working with another Austin king: culinary star, Paul Qui. On Thursday, the brewery, known for wild ales and fermented beers introduced Equipoise, a beer made in collaboration with Qui.
The Jester King blog describes it as “a farmhouse ale brewed with ginger salt and tarragon, and refermented with cantaloupe.”
A big fan of Qui’s since his early days at Uchiko, the brewery was inspired by the balance and subtlety in his cuisine. Jester King created the beer based around the principles of balance and equilibrium. A secondary goal of the collaboration was to create a low-alcohol, summery beer that could be shared and enjoyed over the course of a meal — that's why Equipoise is bottled in 1.5 liter-magnums.
For all you beer geeks, here are the official stats: “Equipoise is 4.2% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.000 (0 degrees Plato), and was 4.32 pH and 26 IBUs at the time of bottling in October of 2014.”
The light and summery beer will be released on April 3 at Jester King; it will be available by the glass and in to-go bottles. Around 1,350 bottles will be available, which, judging by the popularity of Jester King and Qui, may not be nearly enough.