The cluster of booze makers along Fitzhugh Road in Dripping Springs — including Jester King Brewery, Treaty Oak Distilling and Argus Cidery — aren’t just neighbors; they’re good friends who like to talk shop, swap drinks and help each other out when possible. The latest example of this collaborative spirit is Revolution Spirits’ newest release, a line of farmhouse fruit liqueurs using the leftover pulp from the fruited sours that Jester King makes.
Revolution Spirits, which is most known for its Austin Reserve Gin, is debuting these liqueurs tomorrow at the distillery in limited numbers. The Farmhouse Series Fruit Liqueurs, in flavors of raspberry, apricot and cherry, are so few that visitors to Revolution can purchase one bottle of each at a time.
After Jester King finished production of three of its farmhouse ales — Atrial Rubicite and La Vie en Rose, Aurelian Lure and Montmorency vs. Balaton — the brewery passed along the remaining fruit pulp from each of these beers to Revolution Spirits down the road. Revolution then distilled the raspberry, apricot and cherry leftovers into liqueurs.
“We capture the character of both the fruit and the wild yeast and bacteria used in the fermentation of the beers, creating a complex blend of flavors that is completely unlike a traditional fruit infusion,” according to a post on Revolution Spirits’ Facebook page.
Distillery founder Mark Shilling said via email that there wasn’t “a specific profile we were looking for but rather to let fruit and the spirit sort of tell us what it wanted to be.”
“I’d compare the farmhouse series to an old world red wine, more earthy, subtle and complex whereas your more typical fruit liqueurs I would liken to a big, in-your-face fruit bomb,” he said, noting that only a small amount of added sweetness contributes to each of the liqueurs’ final flavors.
This series is just one of the many boozy, see-how-it-goes experiments that Shilling and Revolution Spirits enjoy doing — and yet another that sour beer-focused neighbor Jester King has helped them with (the brewery also provided Revolution with an old barrel that had formerly aged RU-55, Jester King’s farmhouse red ale, for the distillery’s Single Barrel series).
“We’re really focused on making creative, fun and unique products so it was really easy to say, ‘Hey, so what are you gonna do with fruit when you’re finished with it?’ while at the same time thinking, ‘Hmm, wonder if we could something cool with it,'” Shilling said.
Tomorrow, the day the fruit liqueurs debut, Revolution Spirits is open from 1 to 7 p.m. at 12345 Pauls Valley Rd. For more information, visit revolutionspirits.com.