Jester King Le Petit Prince
This feels a little surreal to write. It has certainly been a long-time coming. We first brewed Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer in 2012. We’ve been brewing it once or twice per year since. Originally inspired by Brasserie Dupont’s table beer called Avril. We sought to make a low-alcohol beer that’s dry, drinkable, refreshing, crisp, hoppy with a little bit of beguiling yeast character that only wild fermentation with native yeast can create. Le Petit Prince is probably our favorite beer we make. It’s certainly the truest to our core philosophy of beer making.
After having people ask if we’d ever put it in cans for about a decade, we finally decided to. The recipe is well water from the Trinity Aquifer, Texas-grown malted barley and wheat, a blend of organic Perle and Fuggle hops from The Oregon Hophouse (both kettle and dry hops), and natural fermentation with native yeast. We always release it very fresh so the hop character is still vibrant. In this case, Le Petit Prince is a little younger and fresher than we normally release it, as the beer was force carbonated prior to canning, as opposed to our normal natural conditioning in bottles.
We hope you enjoy the inaugural Jester King Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer canning run! We think the crisp hoppiness, herbal bitterness, and low-alcohol dryness will be a nice flavor combination this Texas summer. We will most certainly continue to bottle Le Petit Prince in the future (in some green bottles too)!