Jester King Craft Brewery

Beer from The Bruery at Jester King!

31 March 2016



We’re very excited to announce that starting this weekend, beer from The Bruery in Orange County, California will be available at our tasting room! The Bruery is one of the places that helped inspire the creation of Jester King. In particular, our founder Jeffrey Stuffings looked toward The Bruery in 2008-2009 for guidance both in terms of brewing and starting a business. We couldn’t be more excited to sell their beer alongside ours in our tasting room!


On Friday and Saturday, Jardinier and Gypsy Tart will be available by the glass and at bottles to go. On Sunday at Noon, we’re having a special event at Jester King with The Bruery founder Patrick Rue! Jardinier, Gypsy Tart, Mischief, White Oak, and Imperial Cabinet will be on draught, and Jardinier, Mischief, Saison Rue, Gypsy Tart, White Oak, Imperial Cabinet, and So Happens It’s Tuesday are available at bottles to go! It’s worth noting that Imperial Cabinet is the first collaboration beer we’ve brewed outside of Texas that we’ve been able to legally sell in our tasting room, which we’re also very excited about. We hope to see you this weekend!



Jeffrey Stuffings, Patrick Rue, Ron Extract


---

"2015" Zwanze Day at Jester King is April 14th!

30 March 2016


We’re very excited to finally announce the date for “2015” Zwanze Day at Jester King — Thursday, April 14th, 2016 from 6pm to 10pm.



If you’re not familiar, Zwanze Day is the time of year when Brasserie Cantillon simultaneously releases a new, very special beer at dozens of locations around the world. 2015 Zwanze Day happened back on September 19, 2015. Although Jester King had the honor of being a location, we postponed 2015 Zwanze Day (with Cantillon’s blessing) until Cantillon could officially be licensed for sale in Texas. Unfortunately, Texas law makes it very hard to get beer from small breweries into our state. The Texas government sends the message that if you’re not prepared to sell at least 1,000 cases of beer per year in the state, you have no business being here.


Fortunately, due to help and good will from Cantillon, Shelton Brothers Importers, Flood Independent Distribution, and Jester King (if we may say so ourselves), Cantillon is now licensed in Texas! We previously wrote last year about our efforts on this front. As we mentioned, we’re using Zwanze Day as a vehicle to raise money for Texas beer law reform and to make it easier for small, out-of-state breweries to enter our state. Half the cost of every ticket ($25) will be donated to the Texas Craft Brewers Guild Legislative Committee and/or Open the Taps. Tickets are $50 and include a 4 oz. pour of 2015 Zwanze (a spontaneously fermented stout), a cheese pairing from Antonellis Cheese Shop, a custom Jester King 2015 Zwanze Day souvenir glass featuring the artwork shown above, and the aforementioned $25 donation. Two-hundred tickets will be available.


Guests will also have the first opportunity to purchase Cantillon bottles and draught legally sold in Texas. We expect to have Cantillon Gueuze and Kriek available for purchase on draught, and bottles of Bruocsella Grand Cru, Kriek, and Gueuze available to go. Due to the small number of Cantillon bottles we will be receiving from Shelton Brothers, customers will be limited to purchasing one bottle of Cantillon (either Bruocsella Grand Cru, Kriek, or Gueuze). We’ll have just enough bottles so that every ticket holder can buy one bottle. Also, we will just apply our standard markup to the Cantillon bottles and draught. No price gouging from us.


We’re hosting a lottery for the 200 tickets. To enter, please follow the link below and enter the requested information, including whether you wish to purchase one or two tickets if your name is selected. Lottery entry will close at midnight on Sunday, April 3rd. We’ll then notify lottery winners by the close of business on Monday, April 4th. Lottery winners will have 48 hours to purchase tickets. If tickets aren’t purchased within 48 hours, we’ll randomly select another entrant to offer the tickets.


You must be 21 or older to enter the lottery. One entry per person. Double entries will be eliminated. You must show up with a valid ID that matches the name on the ticket. Tickets are non-transferrable.


Finally, we’ll be announcing a few surprises for Zwanze Day in the coming days, which will include some special beer releases and special guests. We’ll also be allowing a bottle share for ticket holders at Zwanze Day again this year. Our neighbor Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza will be open during Zwanze Day for ticket holders.


We’re excited the long wait to have Cantillon in Texas is over and that “2015” Zwanze Day is finally here!




---

Introducing 18th Street Brewery / Jester King Multifarious

24 March 2016



We’re excited to introduce Multifarious, our collaboration with 18th Street Brewery in Hammond, Indiana! For Multifarious, we sought to achieve complex results through a very simple process. We took the classic, comforting texture and aroma of oatmeal stout, added a different dimension with smoked malt, and let it slowly evolve through mixed culture fermentation with native yeast and bacteria. It was brewed with the mindset of creating a beer that is subtle, succinct, and above all — drinkable. It’s no secret at this point that we’ve been intrigued for quite some time now with subtlety, simplicity, and restraint. We often measure our work by asking the question, “Would we want to drink a full glass of this beer, and then ask for another?” In working with 18th Street Brewery on Multifarious, we feel we were able to achieve this!


Multifarious was brewed on November 18th, 2015 with raw Hill Country well water, malted barley, malted wheat, oats, and hops, and was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of brewers yeast, and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the land and air around our brewery. It is 100% naturally conditioned through refermentation in bottles, kegs, and casks. At the time of packaging, Multifarious was 6.6% alcohol by volume, 34 IBU, 4.2 pH, and 1.005 specific gravity. It was packaged on January 5th, 2016.


Multifarious will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, March 25th. It will be available by the glass, as well as to go in bottles (750ml/$12). Approximately 2,700 bottles are available. There is no bottle limit, and we expect some of the batch to see distribution in Texas beyond Jester King through Flood Independent Distribution.


Working with Drew Fox of 18th Street Brewery on Multifarious was a real treat and honor. It was extra special as well to collaborate with a brewer who shares some of our Midwestern roots. We look forward brewing at Drew’s brewery sometime later this year!



Jeffrey Stuffings, Drew Fox, Ron Extract


The artwork for Multifarious was designed in-house by Josh Cockrell. Here’s Josh’s commentary on the artwork:

“Multifarious is essentially the form of a human skull created by the arrangement of various fantastical microorganisms. At the top of the skull, representing brain activity, thoughtfulness and creative effort, we have the colorful mixed culture. The eye sockets/nose are stylistically represented with text that spells out ‘multifarious’. Below this, the teeth and mouth of the skull is made up of a nearly inactive, greyed, homogeneous, and expressionless conglomerate of what is essentially cultured brewers yeast. This represents the thoughtless and devouring consumerism that plagues humankind and the beer industry alike. And why is it in a skull? Because skulls are *&#$@ brutal and this is a brutal reality I am addressing here.


The word Multifarious has relevance to both the beer and the artistic voice in multiple ways. The beer is certainly a more obvious connection. It is the mixed culture fermentation of a collaboration recipe involving two breweries with different locations and backgrounds. But the word has social relevance as well. I wish for it to stand as an allied voice that speaks to create a space for something other than the dominant culture I am a part of. I think the name Multifarious speaks well to what can be said. It is a call to recognize and preserve the diversity that exists within our world. Pacification through homogenization has been a tool to subdue true equality. There is a quote I ran across while researching the creative for this beer that I liked a lot: ‘The day of peace and oneness is over, the day of the great fight into multifariousness is at hand.’ Peace so often equates to a pacifism that results in inactivity. I want to fight for the representation of others. While I can’t in good conscience create a representation of another culture with my own voice, I can call out to peers to respect, recognize, and fight for these voices to have more space in this world.”











Multifarious glassware



---

All-Dichotomous Beer Dinner at Jester King with The Hollow

18 March 2016



We’re excited to announce our first ever All-Dichotomous beer dinner at Jester King with Georgetown, Texas restaurant The Hollow, featuring every single Jester King Dichotomous beer ever made. The al fresco dinner will be on Thursday, March 31st from 6:30 to 9:30pm at Jester King’s beautiful ranch in the Texas Hill Country on the outskirts of Austin.

Chef Jacob Hilbert of The Hollow will prepare an eight-course dinner paired with every beer from our Dichotomous series, which spans from 2014 Hibernal Dichotomous to our yet-to-be released 2016 Hibernal Dichomotous. Each Dichotomous beer encapsulates the feeling of a particular season, and the menu will transport you through two years of culinary sense memories. Chef Jacob has emerged as one of our favorite chefs in the world, and we’re thrilled to have him prepare this unique meal for only 30 guests.

To learn more about The Hollow, read the March 17, 2016 review from Matthew Odam at The Austin-American Statesman.

Menu:

2016 Hibernal Dichotomous Soon to be announced
Pairing to be determined.

2014 Estival Dichotomous Summer saison brewed with chamomile and strawberries
Charred aged hamachi, fermented wild leek, hibiscus, cucumber, henbit

2014 Autumnal Dichotomous Autumn saison brewed with squash, longpepper, and sage
Terrine of vegetables, caramelized cinnamon and lemon vinaigrette, crispy preserved quail cracklins

2015 Hibernal Dichotomous Winter saison brewed with beets, oranges, and thyme
Braised pork cheek, orange, Cuban oregano, wild water herbs, bottle-conditioned fermented carrot, ginger, turmeric

2015 Vernal Dichotomous Spring saison fermented with kumquats, lavender, spearmint, and rosemary
Pairing to be determined

2015 Estival Dichotomous Summer saison brewed with honeydew, cantaloupe, galia, and watermelon
Escolar, mint, mushroom miso

2015 Autumnal Dichotomous Autumn saison brewed with satsuma mandarins and cinnamon
Mechoui of lamb, charred bread, herbs, yoghurt, jardinière

2014 Hibernal Dichotomous Winter saison brewed with watermelon, lavender, spearmint, and rosemary
Duck à la ficelle over cedar, wildflowers, sauce diable

Price:

$140 per person, not including gratuity.

LINK TO TICKETS




---

Jon and Patrick from Arizona Wilderness this Saturday at JK

17 March 2016



This Saturday afternoon, we’re excited to be joined at Jester King by Jonathan Buford and Patrick Ware of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.! Jon and Patrick sent us some special beers, which we’ll be pouring free samples of starting at Noon:

White Canyon Blonde Stout
Suit-n-tIePA
Baboquivari Blonde
Rim Country Framboise Noir
Tres Alamo Tripel – Chardonnay Barrel Aged
Saddle Mountain Saison

We hope you’ll join us and come out to meet Jon and Patrick!

---

« Older Newer »