Jester King Craft Brewery

2016 Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois

3 January 2017


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This Friday, January 6th at 4pm, we’ll be releasing 2016 Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois! Bière de Blanc du Bois is a blend of barrel aged sour beer fermented with our mixed culture of native yeast and bacteria, refermented with Texas-grown Blanc du Bois grapes.

It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go. We have about 1,800 bottles (500ml/$20), and the bottle limit is two per customer per day. Aside from special events, Bière de Blanc du Bois will only be available at our tasting room.

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Introducing Jester King Super Ultramega Hyperforce

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Averie Swanson Promoted to Head Brewer!

20 December 2016


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We have a very exciting announcement to make at Jester King Brewery! We could not be more pleased to announce that our Brewery Production Manager Averie Swanson has been promoted to Head Brewer!


Averie has been with us at Jester King for over four years now. She has risen from volunteer, to apprentice, to brewer, to Brewery Production Manager, to Head Brewer! She has displayed wonderful commitment, intelligence, ingenuity, and leadership along the way. Her promotion is testament to the power of hard work and dedication.


As our Brewery Production Manager, Averie oversaw and ran beer making at Jester King. She coordinated our brewing and fermentation schedule, managed barrel aging, blending, and fruit refermentation, supervised our brewers and packaging team, sourced raw materials, came up with scores of creative new ideas for beers, and fixed innumerable everyday problems through sheer commitment and grit. She will continue on with all of these responsibilities as Head Brewer.


On top of all these duties, Averie has been a wealth of new and powerful ideas for other parts of the business, as a member of Jester King’s management team. She has and will continue to represent Jester King with professionalism and class at home and abroad by managing our offsite events and giving brewery tours.


Overall, we could not be more pleased with the job Averie has done over the years at Jester King, and can not think of a more deserved and qualified person for this promotion. We’re excited to see an important driver of our process and product over the last several years take the helm. We fully expect her to continue to do great things for us for years to come!


If you happen across Averie at the brewery or out there in the beer world, I’d encourage you to congratulate her on this most merited accomplishment.


Cheers,


Jeffrey Stuffings
Founder
Jester King Brewery


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Head Brewer Garrett Crowell Leaves Jester King

19 December 2016


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We’d like congratulate our Head Brewer Garrett Crowell on his decision to pursue opening his own brewery!


Garrett has done wonderful work for us during his almost three years as our Head Brewer and two years prior to that as brewer and volunteer. Most notably, he created our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria that we use to ferment all our beer, apart from our 100% spontaneous fermentations. Through his thoughtfulness, creativity, and skill, Garrett has done an exemplary job helping us make beer tied to a time, place, and people. His work has helped us document our natural surroundings through beer and breath life into our core philosophy. He’s also done a wonderful job representing us publicly and spreading the gospel of mixed culture fermentation. We expect continued great things from Garrett going forward.


We encourage you to wish Garrett the best as he pursues the next step in his exciting brewing career. He can be reached going forward at garrettmcrowell@gmail.com.


Cheers,


Jeffrey Stuffings
Founder
Jester King Brewery


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Jester King to Form Partnership to Help Fair Isle Brewing in Seattle, Washington

14 December 2016





We’re pleased and excited to announce that Jester King has agreed to form a partnership to help Fair Isle Brewing in Seattle, Washington! Fair Isle is a brewery in planning headed by longtime friend Andrew Pogue and his business partner Geoffrey Barker. Andrew and Geoffrey plan on opening a Seattle brewery focused on mixed culture fermentation and local agriculture in early 2018. While Fair Isle is squarely Andrew and Geoffrey’s creation and vision, Jester King will help along the way with its guidance, advice, and creative input. Jester King will own a small stake in Fair Isle Brewing.


Andrew Pogue is an old friend of Jester King founders Jeffrey Stuffings and Michael Steffing. Andrew used to live in Austin, Texas and helped out Jeff and Michael during Jester King’s early days. Andrew helped build our tasting room bar, helped us brew and bottle, gave us ideas on new beers, and did video and photography work for Jester King, including this video from Frazer Pogue that we’re particularly fond of. Now seven years later, we’re happy and excited to return the favor by helping Andrew and his partner Geoffrey get their vision off the ground and see it succeed. We know Andrew and Geoffrey to be very smart, hard working, thoughtful individuals, and we expect great things from them in the months and years ahead.


To get things started with Fair Isle, we brewed a batch of beer together at Jester King in November. We brewed a mixed culture farmhouse ale fermented in stainless steel with Washington Fireweed. We expect this beer to be released sometime this winter or spring at Jester King, and plan on sending some to Washington!


If you’d like to learn more about Fair Isle, Andrew, and Geoffrey, here’s a link to their website, Facebook page, and Instagram.


We look forward to seeing Andrew and Geoffrey make progress toward opening in 2018, and ultimately making what we expect to be great beer. We look forward to helping them along the way!


— Jeffrey Stuffings, Founder, Jester King Brewery
Michael Steffing, Founder, Jester King Brewery


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Jeffrey Stuffings, Andrew Pogue, Geoffrey Barker (Photos by Tyler Malone / Second Shooter)


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Brewing at Jester King in November


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Fireweed bagged before being added late in the boil

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