Jester King Craft Brewery

Jester King Saison Américaine Batch 2

11 January 2018

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This Friday, January 12th, we’ll be releasing our second batch of Saison Américaine. Jester King Saison Américaine is our take on an American-inspired version of the style. We interpret this to mean more acidity in the profile of the beer. Classic saison from Europe, in our experience, tends to have low amounts of perceived acidity. American counterparts (with many exceptions) often have noticeable acidity through mixed fermentation in wood vessels.

For Saison Américaine, we age a simple wort brewed with well water, malted barley, raw wheat and hops in one of our oak foudres for a few months and allow the bacteria in our mixed culture to create acidity. The acidity is bolstered by a relatively low dose of hops in the boil. Our mixed culture is pretty sensitive to hops, and a fairly large dose in the boil tends to keep our beer from becoming sour for several months.

Saison Américaine batch 2 is 5.9% alcohol by volume, 15 IBU, 3.8 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 Plato). It was brewed on September 12th, 2017 and packaged on November 28th, 2017. It will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm this Friday and well be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$14). We have about 2,900 bottles available, and there’s no bottle limit. We anticipate that some of batch 2 will be distributed beyond our tasting room.

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Introducing 2017 SPON — Muscat

28 December 2017


Tomorrow is our final beer release of 2017. We’ll be debuting 2017 SPON — Muscat, a 100% spontaneous beer refermented with Muscat grapes grown in northeast Texas!

The base for 2017 SPON — Muscat is a blend of four puncheon barrels from our 2016 coolship season (about 422 gallons or 1,600 liters worth of beer) blended on August 15, 2017. The base blend was then refermented with about 1,000 pounds (454 kg) of Muscat grapes for a fruit to beer ratio of about 2.4 pounds per gallon (0.3 kg / liter). After about two months of refermentation and maturation, the beer was packaged on October 12, 2017. About 1,100 liters were packaged and about 500 liters were sent for further aging as part of a special project. 2017 SPON — Muscat is 6.2% alcohol by volume, 25 IBU, 3.5 pH, and 1.001 specific gravity (0.25 Plato).

2017 SPON — Muscat will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, December 29th. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (375ml/$25). We have about 2,400 bottles available with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. Aside from special events, 2017 SPON — Muscat will only be available at our tasting room.

We hope you enjoy our last release of the year! We look forward to sharing what’s in store from us next year!






Vague Recollection — 2017 Syrah & Sangiovese

22 December 2017


Today we’re excited to release Vague Recollection — 2017 Syrah & Sangiovese, our farmhouse ale aged on the pomace from Syrah & Sangiovese grapes.

As our followers know well, we’re fans of taking the byproduct or “waste” from one beer and using it to make another. We do this with “spent” raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and blueberries, and in 2016 we started doing it with wine grape pomace. The pomace is what’s leftover after running wine grapes through a crusher/de-stemmer (skins, stems, and seeds).

Wine grapes going into the crusher/de-stemmer

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Wine grape pomace

One of the things we like about this technique is the subtlety of the resulting flavors and aromas. Whereas beers like Cerveza de Tempranillo and Bière de Blanc du Bois are more hybrids of beer making and wine making, Vague Recollection is firmly in the beer camp. Aging on the pomace creates a really nice texture and delicateness to a very well attenuated base beer.

2017 Vague Recollection was packaged on October 24th, 2017. It’s 6.0% alcohol by volume, 16 IBU, 3.5 pH, and 1.001 specific gravity (0.25 Plato). It will be released when our tasting room opens today, December 22nd and will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$18). We have about 6,500 bottles, and there’s no bottle limit. Aside from special events, we do not anticipate that Vague Recollection will be available outside our tasting room.







2017 SPON 5 — Three Year Blend

20 December 2017


This Friday, we’ll release our fifth and final SPON three year blend of the year. The blend consists of 100% spontaneously fermented beer from 2016, 2015, and 2014, which then matured in bottles and kegs for almost another full year. Altogether, the beer took nearly four years to make.

Our fifth blend of the year was brewed with unfiltered Hill Country well water, Texas malted barley, raw Texas wheat, and aged hops from the attic of our barn. It was cooled overnight in our coolship and inoculated with naturally occurring airborne yeast and bacteria. It was 100% spontaneously fermented in oak barrels, blended across multiple years, and naturally conditioned in kegs and bottles placed on their sides. It was blended on February 14th, 2017 and packaged the following day. It’s 5.8 percent alcohol by volume, 32 IBU, 3.3 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.002 (0.5 Plato).

2017 SPON 5 — Three Year Blend will be released when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, December 22nd. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go:

375ml bottles / 1,350 bottles / $20 / limit three per customer per day
750ml bottles / 1,000 bottles / $36 / limit three per customer per day

Outside of special events, 2017 SPON 5 — Three Year Blend will only be available at our tasting room.





Colonel Toby Batch 2

15 December 2017


Today we’re releasing our second batch of Colonel Toby, our collaboration with The Kernel Brewery in London, England. We call Colonel Toby “a hoppy little farmhouse ale”, because…well…it’s really just that. We love making beers that are either dry and tart, or dry and bitter, and Colonel Toby definitely falls into the latter category.

So how do we go about making beers that fall into these two general categories? Not to over simplify things, because mixed culture fermentation constantly throws us surprises, but for the beers we want to present dry and bitter, we brew with more hops and ferment warmer (78F and above) in a stainless steel tank for a relatively short period of time (a few weeks). The pH of the beer at packaging is usually above 4.0. By contrast, the beers we commit to oak are hopped at lower rates and go through a long, slow maturation at cellar temp (around 60F). They typically end up around 3.4 pH and have perceivable acidity.

As we’ve mentioned before, our inspiration stems equally from breweries like Brasserie de la Senne and Brasserie De Ranke, who make wonderfully elegant beer that’s dry and bitter, as well as from breweries like Jolly Pumpkin and Cantillon, who make spectacular beer that’s more acid-driven. Sometimes this gets forgotten in the shadow of our barrel aged fruit refermentations and our 100% spontaneously fermented beers, which is fine. We get pretty excited too about blending the worlds of wine and beer through our use of fruit, or making beer without even pitching yeast using a coolship (which is still pretty magical to us). But sometimes it’s fun to remind people that a major part of our roots came from drinking beers like De Ranke XX Bitter, De la Senne Taras Boulba, and Dupont Avril.

Anyhow, we hope you enjoy this year’s Colonel Toby! It really is just a simple little hoppy beer, which we hope is befitting of The Kernel Brewery and all the wonderful work they’re doing.


Jeff Stuffings

Colonel Toby Batch 2 was brewed on October 16th and 17th with well water, Crisp Maris Otter, rolled oats, Cascade hops, and fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria. Prior to packaging on November 20th and 21st, it was dry hopped with Citra and Centennial. Colonel Toby is 3.0% alcohol by volume, 54 IBU, 4.4 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 Plato).

It will be released on Friday, December 15th at 4pm at our tasting room and will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750ml/$9). We have about 6,000 bottles available. There’s no bottle limit, and it will be distributed beyond Jester King by our friends at Flood Independent Distribution. Art by Josh Cockrell. Photography by Tyler Malone / Second Shooter.






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