Jester King Collaborates with Bread Maker for ‘Kvass’ Farmhouse Ale

On Friday, November 25, when Jester King Brewery’s tasting room opens early at Noon, it will be releasing “Kvass” a farmhouse ale brewed with bread from Miche Bread in Austin, Texas.

Miche Bread, which is owned and baked by Sandeep Gyawali, is truly delicious and inspiring said Jester King founder Jeffery Stuffings.

“We felt an immediate kinship with Gyawali upon learning about his process,” he said. “He mills his flour in-house using heritage grains, and he allows the bread to naturally leaven for several days with native yeast and bacteria, thereby creating all sorts of interesting flavors and aromas. Given our own use of Texas barley and wheat, and our spontaneous fermentation with native microbes, we knew we had to work with Sandeep somehow. Making a Kvass together seemed like a natural fit. Kvassis a low alcohol fermented beverage made with bread. It has been around in Eastern Europe for centuries.”

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Kvass was brewed with Gyawali at Jester King on July 19 with well water, malted barley from Blacklands Malt, malted rye, hops, and 140 pounds of Miche Bread in the mash. The low gravity wort (1.023 / 6.0 Plato) was fermented in stainless steel with a mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria. It was packaged on August 22 and allowed it to naturally referment in bottles and kegs. At the time of packaging, Kvass was 3.4 percent alcohol by volume, 25 IBU, 4.2 pH, and had a gravity of 1.002 (0.5 Plato). The label art was created by Josh Cockrell of Jester King. Gyawali wrote the back of the label.

“We hope you enjoy this small, earthy, very drinkable little beer,” Stuffings said. “A whole lot of love went into making it. Big thanks to Sandeep for working with us and making incredible bread.”

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