The beer: Autumnal Dichotomous
Brewery: Jester King Brewery in Austin
Style: Farmhouse ale/saison; a pale ale style that’s generally well-carbonated and refreshing, with a fruity character and spice notes. These ales were originally brewed in the cooler months of the year and released in the summer.
The pitch: Produced with Texas Satsuma mandarin oranges and cinnamon, this is a refreshing, light-bodied ale. Nicely carbonated, it pours a billowy head that holds a bready and slightly funky aroma. The cinnamon notes are restrained, taking a back seat to the ale’s citrus flavors and earthy-funky notes. There’s very little bitterness, but the ale is crisp and dry. A touch of mandarin zest comes through in the finish.
Fun facts: Jester King specializes in farmhouse ales, switching up the flavor profiles with the seasons. This one, the seventh in its Dichotomous series, was brewed in the fall and released in February. It was made with flavors of the season – hence the reference in its name. A second batch of this ale was shipped to Dallas stores last week.
Serve it, pair it: Although it’s easy to drink on its own, it would pair well with spicy dishes, ceviches, salads, fried foods, poultry and funky cheeses.
Get some: In limited release, the ale is sold in 750 ml bottles for about $11.99. Sold at select Whole Foods Market and Central Market stores; Spec’s; Pogo’s; Choice Beverage; Kegs and Barrel; and small beer and wine stores with a good selection of craft beer.
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