Introducing 2017 Hibernal Dichotomous

June 21, 2017

We’re pleased to introduce 2017 Hibernal Dichotomous — our farmhouse ale brewed with grapefruit zest, fresh rosemary, and dried red chilis.

For our Dichotomous beers, our take on seasonality is a little outside the norm. We seek to make beer that’s of a particular season, rather than for a season. As a result, our Hibernal (or winter) Dichotomous is being released during the following Texas summer.

Here’s our Head Brewer Averie Swanson’s explanation of the motivation for 2017 Hibernal Dichotomous:

“(It) stemmed from the abundance of awesome Texas citrus that we have been working with over the last couple of months. Coming up with cool ideas for how to use it all has been fun. This particular flavor combination came to me while making baked grapefruits at home. I happened to have fresh rosemary, dried chili flakes, and brown sugar at the house and tried it on a whim. I really enjoyed how the heat of the chili and the depth of the rosemary highlighted the citrus notes, making them brighter in comparison. The brown sugar also helped tone down a bit of the bitterness in the grapefruit. Overall it was a pretty dynamic flavor experience. The recipe (for 2017 Hibernal Dichotomous) is an adaptation of that experience.”

2017 Hibernal Dichotomous was brewed with Hill Country well water, Texas pale malt from Blacklands Malt, malted spelt, honey malt, hops, grapefruit zest, fresh rosemary, and dried red chilis. It was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria. We packaged 2017 Hibernal Dichotomous on April 19, 2017. It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized, 5.8 percent alcohol by volume, 21 IBU, 3.7 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 degrees Plato).

2017 Hibernal Dichotomous will be released at Jester King on Friday, June 23rd at 4pm. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go ($14/750ml). We have about 2,700 bottles. There’s no bottle limit. We anticipate that a small portion of the batch will be sent out for distribution in Texas.

Lastly, for those wondering about 2016 Autumnal Dichotomous, it’s still slowly fermenting / maturing and will be released when it’s ready!

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Brewer Sean Spiller