Jester King Craft Brewery

Introducing Jester King / La Sirène Song of Binding

16 November 2017

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We’re excited to announce the release of Song of Binding — our collaboration with La Sirène Brewing in Melbourne, Australia! For Song of Binding, which was brewed in April of 2016, we inoculated wort in our coolship and racked it onto the yeast cake in one of our foudres for primary fermentation. We then matured the beer in French oak Pinot Noir barrels for fourteen months.

Song of Binding was one of the first experiments we did where we placed an immersion chiller in our coolship to aid the cooling process. We don’t do this practice for our SPON beers (100% spontaneously fermented) for the sake of being as traditional as possible, but for beers that are more experimental, we’ve enjoyed seeing if we can extend coolship season a few weeks into the spring by using an immersion chiller.

Song of Binding was brewed with Hill Country well water, malted pilsner, malted wheat, fresh hops, and aged hops. It was inoculated in our coolship with airborne yeast and bacteria, then pitched with our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria. It was initially fermented in an oak foudre, followed by Pinot Noir barrels. It’s 6.9% alcohol by volume, 20 IBU, 3.3 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 pH). It was brewed in April, 2016, and blended and packaged in July of 2017. It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. This is our first and only blend to date.

We’d like to thank Costa Nikias of La Sirène for traveling all the way from Australia to brew with us! He’s one of the swellest persons in the brewery industry, and it’s a pleasure and honor to call him a friend.

Song of Binding will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, November 17th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$18). We have about 2,000 bottles with a bottle limit of four per customer per day. Aside from special events and a small handful of onsite accounts, we don’t anticipate that Song of Binding be available outside our tasting room.

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2017 Nocturn Chrysalis

7 November 2017

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We’re pleased to announce 2017 Nocturn Chrysalis — our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Marion blackberries! This is our fifth blend of Nocturn Chrysalis. The first blend was released in September, 2013.

2017 Nocturn Chrysalis is 5.1% alcohol by volume, 7 IBU, 3.3 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.003 (0.75 Plato). It was packaged in August, 2017.

Nocturn Chrysalis will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, November 10th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (500ml/$20). We have about 7,000 bottles with a bottle limit of four per customer per day. We also packaged 180 1.5L magnum bottles, which will be sold through a lottery in the future. Aside from special events and a small handful of onsite accounts, Nocturn Chrysalis will only be available at our tasting room. We also harvested the Marion blackberries from 2017 Nocturn Chrysalis for a future batch of Grim Harvest.


Finally, here’s a little refresher from our artist Joshua Cockrell on the meaning behind the name and artwork:

“The first chapter (Atrial Rubicite) left us with the physical image of change, the gruesome and beautiful visceral nature of it. This gave us cause to look towards the spiritual world for parallels, to give meaning and context to the concept of change. And so in the the last chapter (Omniscience & Proselytism) we gained a certain vision, a spiritual omniscience. The ability to see into the spiritual world, to see its inner working and the details of the occult and religion. But in the core of these things we have found the deepest darkness and have become enveloped in its depths. What prayer exists to save us from such a darkness?

The darkness itself is part of that hope. It gives a context to light. So, just as soon as one reaches the peak of darkness one has already begun the shift back towards light, towards daybreak. The chrysalis of darkness breaks as the first sliver of light falls upon it, and we are let free to explore the receding tide of darkness, not as prisoners of it, but as beings birthed out of it. Is it not the constant change in balance of darkness and lightness that give rise to vision itself? What understanding can truly be had without first giving context to knowledge? Nocturn Chrysalis — the body of change and answer to the deliverance from darkness.”

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2017 分桃 (Fēn táo) Magnum Bottle Lottery

7 November 2017

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As we mentioned earlier this year, we’re moving to a lottery system for our super-limited releases. We’re doing this to avoid the drama and frustration experienced by our customers and staff during this year’s Atrial Rubicite release. We mentioned throughout the years that we want very much for Jester King to be a peaceful, relaxing, family-friendly place to visit. Unfortunately, our poor planning created circumstances this past summer where that wasn’t the case. Again, we’re sorry for that and feel bad for the folks who went to great lengths for bottles and unfairly came away empty-handed.

As a result, like we said we’re moving to a lottery for super-limited releases, starting with 2017 分桃 (Fēn táo) magnum bottles. Below are the details and a button to sign up for the lottery. We’re sure the new system isn’t perfect and has flaws, but it should accomplish our number one goal, which again, is having Jester King always be a peaceful, friendly, relaxing place to visit. Cheers.

2017 分桃 (Fēn táo) Magnum Bottle Lottery Details, Rules and Signup

*Starting Tuesday, November 7th at 9:00am (CST), you may enter a lottery for the chance to purchase a 2017 分桃 (Fēn táo) magnum bottle (1.5L). Entering your name in the lottery does not guarantee you a bottle.

*We will close submissions at 8:00pm (CST) on Wednesday, November 8th. Winners of the of the drawing will be contacted Friday, November 10th by 10:00pm (CST).

*You will be expected to pay for your ticket by Friday, November 17th by 4pm (CST) or your ticket will go to someone else. PLEASE NOTE: You must pay for your ticket via a link that will be sent — you WILL NOT be able to pay for your ticket in person at the brewery.

*If you are chosen, the name given for the drawing MUST MATCH the name on your license or government ID and furthermore, must match purchase information (in other words, you need to pickup the bottle yourself). If it does not, you will lose your ticket and your money will be refunded. Absolutely no proxies. Please bring a printed or mobile confirmation of your purchase. Please DO NOT enter the lottery if you are not certain that you are able to pick up your bottle!

*Bottle pickup will be during our regular tasting room hours for the next 3 weeks with no exceptions:

Friday 11.17, 11.24 & 12.01 From 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday 11.18, 11.25 & 12.02 From 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Sunday 11.19, 11.26 & 12.03 From 12:00pm – 7:00m

*If you fail to pickup your purchase in time, your order will be refunded and the bottle will be resold or held for future events. We do not have storage/staff to allow pickups during non-tasting room hours or after Sunday, November 19, 2017.

*170 bottles available

*$75 per bottle + fees

*Must be 21 or over

*Multiple entries will be disqualified.

*Limit to one per person.

*No ticket gifting or proxies.

*If you have addition questions or need assistance, please e-mail

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Jester King Tree Planting Day — Volunteers Needed

2 November 2017

We’re planting 125 fruit trees from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, November 11th and could use some help!

Volunteers will help us plant several different varieties of trees such as medlar, sea buckthorn, persimmon, fig, and pomegranate. The crisp morning breeze will be accompanied by an acoustic strings performance. It is the perfect opportunity to learn proper methods of tree propagation, and connect with the Earth. After we’re done planting, we’ll have free beer available for everyone!

All we ask is that you show up on-time, bring gloves and a water bottle, and wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that are appropriate for the weather. We’re capping the number of volunteers at 100. There will be signs at the brewery directing you where to go when you arrive.

We thank you in advance for helping us begin the next chapter of fruit growing at Jester King!

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2017 SPON — Three Year Blend

30 October 2017


We’re very excited to announce that on this Friday, November 3rd, we’ll be releasing our 2017 SPON — Three Year Blend!

2017 SPON — Three Year Blend is a blend of three different vintages — 2014, 2015 and 2016 — of 100% spontaneously fermented beer. Our goal is to make beer inextricably linked to our time, place, and people by harnessing the microflora, climate, and ecology of the Texas Hill Country.

Simplicity and patience are the key elements at play. We add Texas-grown malted barley from Blacklands Malt and raw, Texas-grown wheat to the mash, boil with gnarly old hops that have been sitting in our barn attic since 2013, let the wort sit out overnight and collect native microflora from the air, then spontaneously ferment it in oak barrels without pitching any yeast. From there, we see what slowly develops as the years go by, and then blend and bottle it, if it’s any good.

When it comes to spontaneous fermentation, the Belgian Lambic tradition lit the path for us by showing us how unique and beautiful spontaneously fermented beer could be. We’ve tried to learn from what came before us and allow it to adapt to our own surroundings. We know of no simpler or more elemental way of making beer that’s tied to place than making sugar water with what’s around us, and letting the microbes at the brewery turn it into beer. Like our natural wine maker friend Lewis Dickson says, “Our secret is that there is no secret”.

For our 2017 blending season, we made five separate, distinct blends bottled on different dates:

2017 SPON 1 — Three Year Blend (Bottled on January 25, 2017)
2017 SPON 2 — Three Year Blend (Bottled on January 31, 2017)
2017 SPON 3 — Three Year Blend (Bottled on February 6, 2017)
2017 SPON 4 — Three Year Blend (Bottled on February 13, 2017)
2017 SPON 5 — Three Year Blend (Bottled on February 15, 2017)

All the blends contain roughly 17% three year old beer, 33% two year old beer, and 50% one year old beer. The 2017 blends were made by our Head Brewer Averie Swanson.

The first two blends will be released at 4pm on Friday, November 3rd at our tasting room. Blends 3, 4, and 5 will be released sometime later this year. 2017 SPON 1 — Three Year Blend is 5.6 percent alcohol by volume, 42 IBU, 3.4 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.002 (0.5 Plato). 2017 SPON 2 — Three Year Blend is 5.8 percent alcohol by volume, 39 IBU, 3.3 pH, and also has a finishing gravity of 1.002 (0.5 Plato).

Both blends will be available by the glass and in bottles to go. Here are the quantities, bottle limits, and pricing for the first two blends:

2017 SPON 1 — Three Year Blend, 375ml, $20, 1,800 bottles, limit 3 bottles per customer per day
2017 SPON 1 — Three Year Blend, 750ml, $36, 1,150 bottles, limit 3 bottles per customer per day
2017 SPON 2 — Three Year Blend, 375ml, $20, 1,400 bottles, limit 3 bottles per customer per day
2017 SPON 2 — Three Year Blend, 750ml, $36, 1,075 bottles, limit 3 bottles per customer per day

Like we did for our 2016 blends, we’ll be holding back a pretty significant portion of our 2017 blends for long term cellaring and to have available at our tasting room every weekend to enjoy onsite. Our 2017 blends will not see distribution and will only be available outside our brewery for special events.

Finally, 2017 SPON — Three Year Blend adheres to the standard of Méthode Traditionnelle. As we’ve written in the past, it has been an enormous challenge trying to decipher a stylistic name for spontaneously fermented beer inspired by Lambic, but made outside the traditional region. Saying “G(u)euze-style” or “Lambic-style” without using the actual “G-word” or “L-word” creates a conundrum. Fortunately, such problems do not exist when it comes to other styles like Pilsner, IPA, and Tripel! We like and support the notion of having it mean something when a brewer says their beer is Lambic-style or Lambic-inspired. The beer should in fact be 100% spontaneously fermented and adhere to a simple, elemental process. Aside from this however, we have little desire for politics and discord, and are content to make beer tied to our surroundings at our tiny brewery in the Texas Hill Country, and share it with those who come to visit us.

We hope you enjoy our 2017 blends! They took a lot of time and patience to produce, and represent a simple, authentic expression of time, place, and people.


Jeffrey Stuffings
Founder, Jester King Brewery





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