If you’ve been at Jester King this weekend relishing the farmhouse brewery’s latest release, the peachy Fen Tao, you might have noticed an Argus Cidery bottle that isn’t anywhere else just yet.
Argus Cidery’s 2014 Perennial hits store and bar shelves tomorrow, but in the meantime, pick up a bottle of it at Jester King today to guarantee that it’ll make its way to your home stash of beer and cider — you’ll be glad you did.
The Dripping Springs cidery, located down the road from Jester King, is making Perennial an annual tradition that won’t taste the same every time, thanks to the apples sourced each time. While the 2013 release featured apples from two different Texas terrains, the Panhandle and Bandera County, the 2014 version has fruit sourced primarily from Argus’ grower in Northwest Arkansas.
Even though many of the apples in this blend have originated from another state, the 2014 Perennial doesn’t stray too far from the 2013 Perennial.
“The blend of apples has changed a bit, but the yeast profiles drive a flavor profile similar to that of the last year,” the cidery’s Wes Mickel said. “This release lacks the minerality and vegetal nature of last year, but makes up for it in an added fruity profile, the change coming from the soil composition and growing region.”
According to the cidery’s tasting notes, Perennial 2014 is “a combination of Jonathan, Spygold, Melrose, Red and Golden Delicious apples” that deliver “a straighforward apple palate, with a finish of our natural Hill Country yeast characteristics and the residual flavors from aging in French and American oak cider barrels.”
Taste it and you’ll pick up notes of cherry, lemon and grass with a tart, dry finish. The cider clocks in at 6.7 percent ABV.
Jester King is opened until 9 p.m. today. When you’re grabbing your two bottles of Fen Tao, don’t forget to add Argus Cidery Perennial to your tab as well.