2 days ago
We’re very exited to announce that this Saturday, April 22nd at Noon at Jester King is the Texas debut of De Garde Brewing in Tillamook, Oregon! De Garde is one of our favorite breweries in the world and does a spectacular job at making spontaneously fermented beers that reflect the unique microflora of coastal Oregon. The philosophical kinship we share with them is very great, and we consider them an inspiration. We have much, much respect for De Garde, count Linsey and Trevor Rogers as close friends, and are honored to have their beer at our tasting room.
We’ll have two De Garde beers available when we open on Saturday:
With Friends Like These — 6.4% abv / Collaboration with Jackie O’s Brewery Athens, Ohio
Foeder fermented golden wild ale, refermented on late harvest Muscat grapes and conditioned with wild yeast and bacteria from Jackie O’s.
The Broken Truck 5% abv
Named after their “cursed old brewery truck” known to constantly break down, this wild ale is a blend of four different years from their Lambic inspired barrels.
With Friends Like These will be available both in bottles to go ($15/bottle, 750ml, ~500 bottles, limit 1) and by the glass ($4/4oz and $6/8oz). The Broken Truck will only be available by the glass in 4oz. pours (~425 pours available, limit 2 pours per customer).
We’re also thrilled to have Trevor Rogers, founder of De Garde, onsite at our tasting room on Saturday at Noon!
On a less positive note, this Saturday’s lineup was supposed to also include the release of Elements of Composition — our collaboration with De Garde and Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Sadly, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has not approved this beer for Texas. TABC’s position is that an out of state brewery licensed in Texas cannot collaborate with a Texas brewpub. They consider such a collaboration a violation of the three tier system. Jester King is officially licensed as a brewpub in Texas and is considered a retailer. De Garde is considered a manufacturer. Thus, TABC believes a three tier violation exists.
Our position is that a collaboration is creative meeting of the minds, and that the State does not have the power to quash such artistic expression. We believe it is unconstitutional for the State to censor us from telling our customers truthful and factual information about how a beer was made. Ultimately, we believe the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution will win the day, and we’ll eventually be able to get State approval for collaborations with out of state breweries licensed in Texas. We will do everything in our power to fight TABC over this matter, and are prepared to go to court to protect our First Amendment rights.
Regardless, we won’t let this impending battle with TABC over collaborations damper the occasion! De Garde in Texas is a beautiful thing, and we’ll have great reason to celebrate this Saturday. We hope you’ll join us Saturday to mark this momentous occasion for craft beer in Texas! Lastly, thank you to our friends at Flood Independent Distribution for helping make De Garde in Texas a reality.
Jester King Brewery
9 days ago
This Friday, April 14th at 4pm, we’ll be releasing Jester King Grim Harvest! Grim Harvest is our farmhouse ale refermented with the “spent” blackberries from Jester King Nocturn Chrysalis.
Several years ago, we noticed that the refermented fruit from our beer still had a lot of character left in it. So we decided to do a second refermentation of the fruit to draw out more of that character. The inspiration for this technique also came from reading that Cantillon had once done this. The result was beers like La Vie en Rose (raspberries) and Detritivore (cherries). We have now completed this technique with blackberries for Grim Harvest. Although, to be precise, a few years ago beer from a second refermentation of blackberries made its way into Synthesis Analogous.
Grim Harvest was bottled on August 12, 2016. It’s 5.8% alcohol by volume, 14 IBU, 3.4 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.000 (0 degrees Plato). We only have 800 bottles available for sale (750ml/$18). The bottle limit is one per customer per day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough Grim Harvest to fill any kegs, so it will only be available at bottles to go. Grim Harvest will only be available at Jester King until the bottles are sold out.
We’ve been looking forward to releasing the second refermentation of the blackberries from Nocturn Chrysalis (working title “Blackberry 2”) for quite some time, so we hope you enjoy!
17 days ago
We’re pleased to introduce Cerveza de Mezquite — a farmhouse ale brewed with mesquite beans foraged from the Texas Hill Country!
Mesquite beans have intrigued us for quite some time. We’ve long seen them growing on the mesquite trees all around us, but up until now, we’ve yet to make beer with them. Perhaps what intrigued us the most is their aroma, which we’d describe as having a brown sugar / molasses character. In this case, we took the beans (pictured below), hand-crushed them, and added them late in the boil.
The base beer was quite simple, brewed on September 14, 2016 with malted barley from Blacklands Malt, malted wheat, rolled oats, and Goldings hops. Cerveza de Mezquite was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria. It was packaged on October 19, 2016 and 100% naturally conditioned through refermentation in bottles and kegs. At the time of packaging, Cerveza de Mezquite was 5.6% alcohol by volume, 29 IBU, 4.4 pH, and 1.002 specific gravity (0.5 degrees Plato).
Cerveza de Mezquite is dedicated to former Jester King brewer Ismael Salas.
We’ll release Cerveza de Mezquite at our tasting room at 4pm on Friday, April 7th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$14). The bottle limit is 4 bottles per customer per day. Approximately 3,500 bottles are available. After the initial release at Jester King, we anticipate Cerveza de Mezquite will see limited distribution in Texas.
17 days ago
Wicked Weed Brewing is back this weekend at our tasting room!
This Friday at 4pm, we’ll be releasing the following bottles:
La Bonte Plum (360 bottles, limit 2)
Recurrant (240 bottles, limit 2)
Marina (120 bottles, limit 2)
Medora (120 bottles, limit 2)
Montmaretto (120 bottles, limit 2)
Obilivion (48 bottles, limit 1)
Genesis (48 bottles, limit 1)
Old Fashioned (48 bottles, limit 1)
Dark Age (48 bottles, limit 1)
…and starting Saturday at Noon, we’ll have a Wicked Weed rotating tap featuring Recurrant, La Bonte Plum, Garcon de Ferme, and Monmaretto!
25 days ago
We’re pleased to introduce Jester King Rare Corals, a farmhouse ale refermented with guava, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, toasted coconut, and chamomile!
Rare Corals was brewed in September, 2016 with unfiltered Hill Country well water, two-row malted barley from Blacklands Malt, raw wheat, rolled oats, and hops. It was fermented in a stainless steel tank with our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria. It was then refermented with ~1,200 pounds (combined) of guava, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, toasted coconut, and chamomile. Rare Corals was bottled on December 5th, 2016 and was 100% naturally refermented in bottles and kegs. It’s 5.3% alcohol by volume, 22 IBU, 3.7pH, and has a finishing gravity of 0.999 (-0.3 degrees Plato).
Rare Corals will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, March 31st. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$16). We have approximately 2,000 bottles available for sale with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. With only 2,000 bottles available for the whole batch, we don’t anticipate that Rare Corals will be distributed beyond our tasting room, aside from some special events.