Jester King Craft Brewery

Introducing Bruery Terreux / Jester King Imperial Cabinet

3 November 2015

We’re very excited to announce Imperial Cabinet — our collaboration with Bruery Terreux! Imperial Cabinet is a barrel-fermented farmhouse ale inspired by a New Orleans classic cocktail invented in the 1880s called the Ramos Gin Fizz. As is often the case with our collaborative projects, it was fermented with a blend of microorganisms from Bruery Terreux and Jester King, so as to explore the the interesting and unpredictable directions that mixed culture fermentation can take a beer.

Designing the beer around the recipe for the classic cocktail was a lot of fun! The grist consisted of a high percentage of unmalted wheat and rolled oats to mimic the creaminess of the drink. Higher alcohol (8-9% abv) was another starting point, and gin botanicals (rosemary, lavender, juniper, and cubeb pepper) were added to the boil. Dried orange blossoms were also added to the boil, as the cocktail recipe calls for orange blossom water. A roughly year-long, mixed culture fermentation in oak barrels with yeast and bacteria from both Bruery Terreux and Jester King, helped promote tartness and acidity in the beer. In the cocktail, the tartness comes from lemon and lime juice. During the final few weeks in oak, we added orange peel, lemon zest, lime zest, and vanilla beans. The citrus peel and zest further plays upon the characteristics of gin. There’s some controversy about whether the original cocktail recipe called for vanilla, but we thought it was a tasty addition.

Imperial Cabinet was brewed at The Bruery in Placentia, California in November of 2014. It then spent ten months maturing in oak barrels prior to refermentation in the bottle. Imperial Cabinet is 8.3% alcohol by volume. The name “Imperial Cabinet” comes from Imperial Cabinet Saloon, where the Ramos Gin Fizz was created by Henry C. Ramos. The label art was created by Jester King’s in-house artist Josh Cockrell.

We here at Jester King are thrilled with the way Imperial Cabinet came out. We’d like very much for beer drinkers in Texas to be able to taste it too! Unfortunately, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission code makes it very difficult for small, out of state breweries to sell their beer in our home state. Texas charges brewers about $7K every twenty-four months to sell both “beer” and “ale”. The result of these massive licensing fees is that many small, artisanal brewers bypass Texas for other more friendly markets. Afterall, why would a small brewer pay $7K to sell its beer in Texas, when it can just sell it in another state? The way the system works, it tends to be the larger brewers seeking to expand their national footprint that end up coming to Texas. When we sent beer earlier this year to Oregon for the Craft Brewers Conference, it cost us $10. If an Oregon brewer wants to send its beer to Texas, it costs $7K. This isn’t right, is anti-small business, needs to change, and is why Imperial Cabinet will not be sold in Texas.

Regardless of our frustrations over the highly-regulatory beer laws in Texas that routinely hurt small brewers and are propped up by the large distributors in our state, it was a joy working with The Bruery. During Jester King’s startup phase, The Bruery was a great inspiration. We were encouraged by how they successfully started a brewery without having to make an IPA, a blonde ale, and an amber ale, but rather excelled at challenging palates and creating new flavors through their skill, creativity, and willingness to experiment. Thanks to Patrick Rue, founder of The Bruery, for hosting us at his impressive facility, and to brewer Andrew Bell for helping shape a collaboration beer we’re truly thrilled with! Cheers!


North Texas Beer Week Events!

3 November 2015

We have some great events scheduled for the first Saturday of North Texas Beer Week this year!

On Saturday, November 7th, we’ll start off with a beer brunch at The Meddlesome Moth in Dallas. Chef Rick Graff will prepare a special 4-course brunch menu to pair with some rare Jester King beers:

Welcome beer and passed Hors d’oeuvre: 2014 Le Petit Prince with braised pork belly, preserved lemon, crackling

1st Course: Atrial Rubicite Blend 5 with old fashioned stuffed french toast with pistachio almond granola & coffee maple syrup

2nd Course: Snörkel paired with gravlax, smoked sea salt, bagel crisp with maitake mushroom creme fraiche and pickled red onion

3rd Course: Aurelian Lure paired with roasted bacon wrapped guinea hen breast with ragu of lacinto kale, braised guinea hen leg and apricot

4th Course: Biere de Blanc du Bois Blend 2 with trio of duck prosciutto, rabbit rillettes and truffle brie with toasted brioche and huckleberry jam

The brunch starts at 10am. Tickets are $65 for the general public and $55 for Delirium Guild Members. Tickets can be purchased through this link.

At Noon on Saturday, November 7th at The Harvest House in Denton, Texas, Jester King co-owner Ron Extract will participate in a Brewers Rights Town Hall Q & A. Ron will be joined by Michael Peticolas of Peticolas Brewing Co., Chip McElroy of Live Oak Brewing Co., Rhett Keisler of Revolver Brewing Co., and Brad Farbstein of Real Ale Brewing Co. The event will be an open discussion of legislative issues facing Texas craft brewers. Topics will include the current Peticolas/Live Oak/Revolver lawsuit, the past Jester King lawsuit, the Deep Ellum lawsuit, and the approach to legislative improvement. The proceeds from the following kegs on draught will be donated to Open the Taps and the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.

Real Ale Scots Gone Wild
Peticolas Golden Opportunity
Peticolas Wintervention
Revolver Sidewinder
Jester King/Live Oak Kollaborationsbier
Live Oak Pilz
Revolver Blood and Honey

Jester King co-owner Ron Extract

Finally, Saturday, November 7th is Untapped Dallas. Representing Jester King at the event will be brewer Ismael Salas. We’re sending 2015 Estival Dichotomous, Mad Meg, and Synthesis Analogous.

Jester King brewer Ismael Salas


Introducing Bière de Blanc du Bois Blend 2

26 October 2015

We’re pleased to announce the upcoming release of Bière de Blanc du Bois Blend 2 — our barrel-aged farmhouse ale refermented with Blanc du Bois grapes grown only about 30 miles west of Jester King. Texas has a unique climate for growing grapes. Less hearty varietals like Pinot Noir don’t do well here given our hot, dry climate. Rather, grapes that can deal with thin, rocky soil and high temperatures tend to do better. Blanc du Bois is one of the varietals hearty enough to cope with our native environment, and that’s why we love making beer with it. Our philosophy is to focus on what’s unique to the land around us, so as to make beer with a sense of place. Working with Blanc du Bois grapes grown down the road from our brewery is part and parcel of this philosophy.

Bière de Blanc du Bois Blend 2 will be released this Thursday, October 29th at our annual Funk n’ Sour Fest. Initially, it will only be available to Funk n’ Sour Fest ticket holders, who will be permitted to purchase four bottles per person. Funk n’ Sour Fest tickets can be purchased HERE.

The general release of Bière de Blanc du Bois Blend 2 will happen the following day on Friday, October 30th when our tasting room opens at 4pm with a limit of two bottles per customer per day (500ml, $16/bottle). About 3,500 bottles total were packaged. We do not anticipate it being available beyond Jester King, aside from a few special events.

Central Texas grown Blanc du Bois grapes at Jester King prior to re-fermentation


Jester King Beer Dinner at Gardner 10/27

22 October 2015

We’re pleased to announce that on Tuesday, October 27th at during Austin Beer Week, there will be a seven course beer dinner at Gardner! We’ve been tremendously impressed with Gardner since they opened last year, and have been inspired by the thoughtfulness and creativity with which they have approached our beer dinner with them.

Here’s the menu for the dinner, which can also be viewed here.


Funk Metal: Malted Barley Cracker, Black Garlic Puree
Dehydrated Scallop Cocktail with Jester King Vinegar: Beet Tataki, Apple, Ginger, Coriander, Benne Seed

El Cedro: Shrimp, Acorn Squash, Chicken Skin, Garlic, Autumn Herbs

Snörkel: Smoked Fish Dip, Fermented Mushroom Wheat Crackers (Family Style)

Bière de Miel: Brussels Sprouts, Pumpkin Seed Miso, Pickled Ramps, Goat Cheese

Wytchmaker: Braised Escarole, Charred Grapefruit, Rye- Duck Offal Stuffing

分桃 (Fēn táo): Pork Loin, Pinto Beans, Peach Vinegar Broth

2015 Estival Dichotomous: Beer poured over shaved ice with dried melons and basil

Foudreweizen: Chocolate, Roasted Banana Ice Cream, Dulce de Leche, Sesame

The dinner is $100 per person. The reception starts at 6:00pm and seating begins at 6:45pm. Reservations can be made through Gardner’s reservation page.


2015 Jester King Funk n' Sour Fest

14 October 2015

UPDATE — 10/30/15

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2015 Funk n’ Sour Fest last night! We felt the event went great, and that if we may say so ourselves, we created just the type of laid-back, relaxed, enjoyable environment we wanted to present some of the very best in Texas food, beer, wine, and cider. Thanks as well to all the exceptional chefs, brewers, cider and wine makers in attendance. You’re doing Texas proud! Cheers and looking forward to next year!

We’re excited to announce this year’s Jester King Funk n’ Sour Fest! The event will again be a chance to present food and drink pairings created by some of our very favorite central Texas restaurants, and producers of artisan beer, wine, and cider from around the world. It will take place at Jester King Brewery on Thursday, October 29th during Austin Beer Week from 7pm to 10pm.

This year, we’re thrilled to have created what we believe is an exceptional lineup of participants that will lead to a truly one of a kind event. The following twelve restaurants will create dishes paired with beer, wine or cider from the following artisan producers:

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop with Texas Keeper Cider

Contigo with Blue Owl Brewing Co.

Gardner with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

The Granary with Jester King Brewery

The Hollow with Jester King Brewery

La Condesa with Freetail Brewing Co.

Lenoir with La Cruz de Comal Wines

The Mercantile with Argus Cidery

The Monterey with 5 Stones Artisan Brewery

Noble Sandwich Co. with Brouwerij De Ranke

Salt & Time with Stillwater Artisanal, and

Salty Sow with Lewis Wines

Again, we’re really excited to be able to host a special event like this where some of the very best restaurants in central Texas get to team-up with some of our favorite breweries, wineries, and cideries.

In an effort to create a relaxed, laid back environment to enjoy the unique event, guests are free to revisit the various pairings multiple times while supplies last. Unlike last year where guests were limited to trying each pairing only once, there will be no check cards this time around! Guests can enjoy walking the grounds around Jester King from tent to tent enjoying the various pairings as they please and revisiting their favorites.

Tickets to the event are $85 and can be purchased HERE . Only 300 tickets are available.

We hope you’ll join us on the 29th for this one of kind event that celebrates the exciting connections between artisan food and drinks!


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