Jester King Brewery reached out to chef Paul Qui to collaborate on their next beer, resulting the Equipose, made with pureed fermented cantaloupes from Johnson's Backyard Garden. The name stems from the "balance and equilibrium" found in Qui’s cuisine. On the website, the brewery explained:
We’ve long been immensely impressed with the subtlety, restraint, balance, and delicateness of Chef Qui’s cuisine. The thoughtfulness with which he creates layers of flavors has led to some of the most complex dishes we’ve ever tasted. Based on Chef Qui’s principles and philosophy, we similarly wanted to create a subtle, balanced beer that wouldn’t overwhelm the palate.
The low-alcohol beer also features ginger salt and dried tarragon.The label art was inspired by the decor and food at the chef's namesake restaurant.
The beer will be available starting on Friday, April 3 at Jester King's tasting room. In total, there will be about 1,350 1.5 liter bottles available at $24. Don’t stock up, though, because there's a limit of one per customer. Qui will also host a beer dinner featuring the label sometime later this spring. Last fall, Jester King teamed up with barbecue master Aaron Franklin to create the Figlet beer.