This Friday, March 24th at 4pm, we’ll be releasing this year’s batch of Colour Five, our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Texas blueberries!
It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (500ml/$20). The bottle limit is two per customer per day. About 3,400 bottles are available. Aside from special events, Colour Five will not be available beyond our tasting room.
This year’s batch is refermented with blueberries harvested this past fall in Northeast Texas. It’s 6.0% alcohol by volume, 8 IBU, 3.2 pH, and had a finishing gravity of 1.000 (0 Plato).
22 March 2017
15 March 2017
We’re pleased to introduce Jester King / Freigeist Sing•along Deathmatch — a farmhouse ale brewed with rosemary smoked honey from Stiles Switch BBQ, refermented with Mexican plums!
Last August, our good friend Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist Bierkultur in Köln, Germany came to visit us at Jester King. We brewed a medium strength wort with water, barley, wheat, rye, and hops, then added rosemary smoked honey to the boil. Prior to the brew day, we took Texas wildflower honey to Stiles Switch BBQ in Austin and smoked the honey in their pits over rosemary sprigs. We then added the rosemary smoked honey late in the boil. After fermenting in a stainless steel tank for a few weeks, we took Mexican plums, de-pitted and pureed them in-house, and refermented them with the beer. The beer was then packaged in September and naturally conditioned in bottles and kegs.
Sing•along Deathmatch is 5.6% alcohol by volume, 45 IBU, and has a pH of 3.7. Its finishing gravity is 0.999 (-0.3 degrees Plato). The label art was designed by Josh Cockrell. Sing•along Deathmatch is our second collaboration with Freigeist, following Sauer Power in 2012.
It will be released at Jester King at 4pm on Friday, March 17th and will be available by the glass and in bottles to go. About 2,000 bottles are available (750ml / $16 / no bottle limit). Aside from special events and keg tappings, it will only be available at Jester King.
Sebastian Sauer and Sean Spiller
8 March 2017
We couldn’t be happier and more excited to introduce Jester King Part & Parcel — the first beer in modern history brewed with 100% Texas grown and malted grain. For four years now, Blacklands Malt in Leander, Texas has been on a mission to create the first Texas grown and malted barley. That mission, led by Brandon Ade of Blacklands, became a reality back in October when he delivered us a dark Munich malt called “Endeavor” made from 100% two-row winter barley. The malt was grown near Brownfield, Texas, close to Lubbock. We were honored Brandon entrusted us with making a beer from this historic malt.
Part & Parcel, made from just well water, Texas barley, hops, yeast, and bacteria, is a great example of our philosophy on farmhouse ales. In this case, the land told us what beer to make, not the other way around. We didn’t set out to create a specific flavor/aroma profile. Rather, we took what was available to us from our surroundings, which then determined how the beer tasted and smelled. We didn’t “master” the beer by bending nature to our will. We took what nature gave us and presented it as straightforwardly as we could.
Specifically, the barley from Brownfield was rich in protein, which develops color and flavor more easily in the kiln. According to Brandon, high protein grain is best used to make darker malts because they can develop rich melanoidin compounds and phenolics (or the “yummy stuff”, as Brandon puts it). So again, the character of the grain helped determine the type of beer we made, not the other way around. We think this embodies farmhouse brewing and was befitting the first ever Texas grown malt.
The label for Part & Parcel was created by our in-house artist Josh Cockrell. The artwork is literally an aerial view of Brownfield, Texas (where the malt came from) depicted in water color. Here’s a photo of Josh creating the artwork for Part & Parcel:
Josh Cockrell painting the label art for Part & Parcel
Part & Parcel was brewed on October 3rd, 2016 with Hill Country well water, 100% Endeavor malt from Blacklands, Perle hops, and our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria. We think it’s the first single malt and single hop (or “SMASH” beer) we’ve made. It’s 5.5% alcohol by volume, 29 IBU, 3.7 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.007. It was packaged on November 21st, 2016 and is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.
Part & Parcel will be released at Jester King on Friday, March 10th at 4pm. Brandon Ade from Blacklands will be at Jester King at 1pm on Saturday, March 11th during the release weekend. Please come out and meet him! It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$14). We only have about 1,300 bottles for sale with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. Aside from special events, Part & Parcel will not be available outside our tasting room.
As we wrote back in October, we want to thank Brandon Ade of Blacklands Malt very, very much for all his hard work and persistence. This accomplishment of his has been a true labor of love, and he has made a major leap forward as far as revitalizing a dormant barley growing industry in Texas. We consider Brandon to be a true pioneer, and we’re very grateful he’s allowed us to work with him along the way.
6 March 2017
We’re very excited that Allison Huffman has joined our brewing team at Jester King! Allison has been part of the Jester King family for quite some time having worked in our tasting room and served as our brewing apprentice. We’re thrilled to have her as a Brewer here at Jester King! Allison is part of a brewing team consisting of Sean Spiller and Mike Calle, led by our Head Brewer Averie Swanson.
2 March 2017
This Friday at 4pm when our tasting room opens, we’ll be releasing Fair Voyage, our collaboration with Fair Isle Brewing in Seattle, Washington! Fair Voyage was brewed with Washington fireweed and fermented with combined mixed cultures of native yeast and bacteria from Jester King and Fair Isle.
Fair Voyage will be available by the glass and in bottles to go. Approximately 2,500 bottles are available. No bottle limit. We do not anticipate Fair Voyage will be available outside our tasting room apart from special events. We’re excited to be joined by Andrew Pogue and Geoffrey Barker of Fair Isle for the release!