Jester King Craft Brewery

Introducing Jester King Birra di Sangiovese

21 November 2017


This Friday, November 24th, when our tasting room opens early at Noon, we’ll be debuting in Birra di Sangiovese! Birra di Sangiovese is our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Sangiovese grapes grown at Tyler Farms & Vineyard in Midland, Texas. We got a really great haul of several different varieties of Texas wine grapes this past August, including Sangiovese, Syrah, Muscat, and Blanc du Bois. After fruit refermentation and bottle/keg refermentation this summer and fall, our 2017 wine grape beers are coming out!

In August, we blended eight 225L oak barrels of mature barrel aged sour beer and added about 1,100 pounds of hand-harvested Sangiovese grapes for refermentation. After around a month of fruit refermentation, we racked the beer off the grapes and naturally conditioned it in bottles and kegs.

Birra di Sangiovese was packaged on September 20, 2017. It’s 7.4 percent alcohol by volume, 9 IBU, 3.5 pH, and 0.999 specific gravity (-0.25 Plato). This is our first ever blend. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go in our tasting room (500ml/$20). We have about 1,600 bottles available with a bottle limit of three per customer per day. Birra di Sangiovese will only be available at our tasting room and at special events. We hope you enjoy it!






2017 Jester King Bière de Syrah

17 November 2017


We’re excited to announce that 2017 Jester King Bière de Syrah will be released today!

Bière de Syrah is barrel-aged sour beer refermented with Texas Syrah grapes! This is our second-ever release of Bière de Syrah and the first with Texas-grown Syrah grapes. Our first blend released in 2015 was refermented with grapes from California. This year’s grapes came from northeast Texas.

2017 Bière de Syrah was blended in August and packaged in September. It’s 6.6% alcohol by volume, 10 IBU, 3.4 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.000 (0 degrees Plato). We refermented about 775 gallons of barrel aged sour beer with about 1,500 pounds of Syrah grapes.

2017 Bière de Syrah will be released today (Friday, November 17th, 2017) at 4pm. It will be available by the glass and at bottles to go. We have about 2,400 bottles available (500ml/$20) with a bottle limit of 3 per customer per day. Aside from special events, 2017 Bière de Syrah will only be available at our tasting room.





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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