Jester King Craft Brewery

Introducing Jester King Demi-Tone

8 June 2017


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This Friday, June 9th at 4pm, we’ll be releasing Jester King Demi-Tone! Demi Tone is our farmhouse ale refermented with the “spent” blueberries from Jester King Colour Five.


Demi-Tone (blueberries) follows in our lineup of refermentations with spent fruit, which includes La Vie en Rose (raspberries), Detritivore (cherries), and Grim Harvest (blackberries). The result of refermenting on spent fruit is a more subtle fruit character and arguably more complexity in terms of the fermentation profile.


We’ve always been a little cautious when working with blueberries, as we’ve encountered acetic (vinegary) issues in the past, which we’ve always dumped down the drain. Some may recall our Blueberry FAIL of 2014, which resulted in a beer with some very harsh, sharp acidity. We’ve come a long way since our first attempt of working with blueberries, and we believe Demi-Tone is a really great expression of one of our core philosophies — allowing native yeast and bacteria to create interesting flavors and aromas through the fermentation of grains and fruit.


Demi-Tone was made by taking a young (1-2 month old) farmhouse ale brewed with well water, malted barley, malted wheat, oats, and hops, and refermenting it with the spent (or leftover) blueberries from Jester King Colour Five. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. Demi-Tone is 6.3% alcohol by volume, 11 IBU, 3.6 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 Plato). It was packaged on March 7th, 2017. It is our first ever batch.


The artwork for Demi-Tone, like all our labels, was created by Josh Cockrell of Jester King and is inspired by music theory and sacred geometry.


Demi-Tone will be available by the glass and in bottles to go. We have approximately 1,400 bottles available (750ml/$18). The bottle limit is one per customer per day. Aside from special events, Demi-Tone will only be available at Jester King. We hope you enjoy!


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Introducing Jackie O's / Jester King Final Entropy

1 June 2017


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We’re excited to introduce Final Entropy — our collaboration with Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery in Athens, Ohio. For Final Entropy, we kept things remarkably simple and made a Kolsch inspired beer. For those who’ve been following us throughout the years, you’ve probably noticed how in addition to making barrel aged sour beers inspired by breweries like Jolly Pumpkin, fruit refermentations inspired by breweries like De Ranke, and spontaneous fermentations inspired by breweries like Cantillon, sometimes we like to brew simple, little, hoppy, dry beers for enjoying around the brewery. A visit from our good friend Brad Clark of Jackie O’s gave us a chance to indulge in this desire.


We brewed with Hill Country well water, German malted barley, and Fuggles and Saaz hops. We fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture. One thing we’ve learned over the years is that even though all our beer contains souring bacteria, if we brew with a pretty big dose of hops, our beer doesn’t become sour, at least not for quite a while. We love sour beer, but we don’t do sour for the sake of sour. We want balanced, drinkable beer, and sometimes that means making something bitter without much acidity. Like Yvan de Baets wrote, Saison is “either sour or very bitter”, and that’s something we can influence through our hop additions.


Final Entropy is 5.3% alcohol by volume, 1.001 specific gravity (0.3 degrees Plato), 45 IBU, and 4.3 pH. It was brewed on November 21, 2016 and packaged on January 3, 2017. It will be released at our tasting room on Friday, June 2nd at 4pm by the glass and in bottles to go. We have about 2,800 bottles available (750ml x $9), and we anticipate that some of the batch will be distributed outside our tasting room. There is no bottle limit. We also will have Final Entropy t-shirts for sale.


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2017 Boxer's Revenge Release

25 May 2017


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This Memorial Day weekend, we’re releasing 2017 Boxer’s Revenge — our barrel-aged, sour strong ale! Boxer’s Revenge is a blend of beer fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria, aged in oak barrels for 8 to 14 months, blended, and naturally conditioned. It also happens to be the first beer we ever brewed back in 2010.


2017 Boxer’s Revenge, like all its predecessors, is a simple beer. It’s brewed with well water, malted barley from Blacklands Malt, malted wheat, and hops. It was initially fermented with our mixed culture in a stainless steel tank, then transferred to neutral oak barrels for long-term aging and maturation.


This year’s Boxer’s Revenge is 9.5% alcohol by volume, 1.004 specific gravity (1.0 degree Plato), 16 IBU, and 3.4 pH. It was packaged in March and is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.


2017 Boxer’s Revenge will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, May 26th. It will be available by the glass and at bottles to go. This year’s blend is pretty big! We’ll have about 6,500 bottles available (750ml/$18). There’s no bottle limit, and we expect some 2017 Boxer’s Revenge to be distributed beyond Jester King. Finally, we’re open this Memorial Day too from 12-9pm. Cheers!


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Introducing Jester King Queen's Order

18 May 2017



We’re pleased to introduce Jester King Queen’s Order — a farmhouse ale brewed with Texas Guajillo honey and Texas-grown Eureka and Ujukitsu lemons, brewed to celebrate the 2017 Honey Beer Summit in Austin later this month!


The Guajillo honey was collected by Koch Ranches in the Hill Country and the Eureka and Ujukitsu lemons were grown at River’s End Nursery in the Rio Grande Valley.


Queen’s order was brewed on February 13th, 2017 with Hill Country well water, organic pilsner malt, malted spelt, rolled oats, Perle hops, Guajillo honey, and Texas lemons we dried in-house. It was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria. Queen’s order was packaged on April 4th, 2017, and 100% naturally conditioned. At the time of packaging, it was 4.0% alcohol by volume, 40 IBU, 4.2pH, and 1.000 specific gravity (0 degrees Plato).


Queen’s Order will be available at our tasting room by the glass and at bottles to go when we open at 4pm on Friday, May 19th. About 2,000 bottles are available (750ml/$14), and we don’t anticipate any distribution aside from special events. There is no bottle limit.



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2017 RU55 Barrel Aged Sour Red Ale

17 May 2017


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This Friday, May 19th at 4pm, we’re releasing our 2017 blend of RU55 Barrel Aged Sour Red Ale! RU55 is inspired by the barrel aged sour red ales of Flanders, and is one of our favorite beers to make. We ferment it in neutral oak barrels for 8 to 14 months with our mixed culture prior to blending.


Most of our grain bills are pretty simple. For instance, we typically brew with pale two-row malt, malted wheat, and a small percentage of flaked or raw grains. RU55 has always been one of the exceptions to this approach. We brew it with three different base malts (Pilsner, Two Row, Munich) and four different caramel malts (C-60, C-120, Carared, and Melanoidin).


2017 RU55 is 6.2% alcohol by volume, 16 IBU, 3.4 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.004 (1.0 degrees Plato). As always, RU55 is dedicated to our friend and brewer Russ Beattie, who helped us brew our very first batches at Jester King.


This Friday, 2017 RU55 will be available by the glass and in bottles to go at our tasting room. We have about 7,000 bottles available (750ml/$18). There’s no bottle limit, and we anticipate that some of 2017 RU55 will see distribution beyond Jester King.

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