Brewery, Kitchen, Farm & Event Hall in the Beautiful Texas Hill Country
Jester King is a brewery, kitchen, farm & event hall on a beautiful 165 acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country. We make food & drink uniquely tied to a time, place & people. We're a welcoming place for people of all ages to enjoy community, fun & hospitality in a very special setting.
SPON Day is traditionally when we release our annual three year blend of spontaneously fermented beer, feature some of our favorite spontaneously fermented beers and wines, and celebrate the holiday season. As our service model at Jester King Brewery & Kitchen has changed significantly this year to ensure a safe and positive experience for our guests, we are expanding to five days of SPON!
The 2020 SPON Three Year Blend will be released on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, and will be available while supplies last by the glass onsite and in bottles to take home.
The 2020 SPON Three Year Blend is our fifth "vintage", and is a blend of 100% spontaneously fermented beer from 2019, 2018, and 2017. We've been pursuing spontaneous fermentation at Jester King since February of 2013, and we're excited to begin our ninth winter of spontaneous fermentation soon.more
We're happy to release a new beer today called Hominimania -- a pale lager brewed with hominy (corn that has been nixtamalized)!
We've been really interested in corn as a brewing ingredient for some time now, and we wanted to experiment with nixtamalized corn. Nixtamalization involves soaking the dried corn kernels in a lye solution to soften them. Once softened, the kernels can be ground to make grits or masa flour. In our case, we added the nixtamalized corn to our mash!
We sourced Texas-grown Hickory King White Corn from our friends at TexMalt in Fort Worth. TexMalt was gracious enough to nixtamalize the corn for us prior to brewing, so in essence, this beer is very much a collaboration with TexMalt.
We're really intrigued by the results! While still crisp, hoppy, dry, and drinkable like a pale lager, there's an unmistakable masa flour character to the beer, which makes us feel like we've done justice to hominy.
Hominimania was lagered for five weeks prior to...more
Today we're releasing a new farmhouse ale refermented with four different types of Texas summer melons -- Watermelon, Casaba melon, Santa Claus melon, and Sugar Kiss melon!
Back in August of this year, we received a wonderful harvest of Texas melons at Jester King. We took the local melons and hand-processed them in-house. The melons were highly aromatic and flavorful and were among some of the best we've worked with. We then took the melons, added them to fresh farmhouse ale, and let them ferment to total dryness. Our goal was to take beautiful, seasonal fruit we're quite fond of, treat it in a very simple, straightforward manner, yet produce results that are unique and dynamic through the "magic" of wild fermentation with native yeast.
Farmhouse Ale Refermented with Texas Summer Melons was brewed in August with well water, malted barley, malted oats, wheat, and hops. It was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture, and refermented with the summer melons. It's 5.8% alcohol by volume, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned....more
Daylight Savings Time ended on Sunday, November 1st, which means that the sun rises and sets much earlier, and cooler weather is upon us here in the Texas Hill Country. We are modifying our seating options as well as hours for Jester King Brewery & Kitchen to accommodate these seasonal changes and offer the best experience possible.more
Today at Noon, we're excited to release Jester King DDH IPA -- Galaxy, Simcoe, Citra!
Brewed with Texas malted barley from TexMalt, flaked oats, and raw wheat, and intensely dry-hopped pre-and-post primary fermentation with Galaxy, Simcoe, and Citra Cryo at a rate of 4 pounds per barrel. Jester King DDH IPA is balanced, drinkable, and bursting with intense citrus, tropical hop flavor and aroma. It was packaged last Thursday and goes on sale today at Noon. 6.8% abv.
Here's the link to order for pickup at Jester King: https://www.toasttab.com/jesterkingbrewery/v3. Four-packs of 16 oz. cans are $18. We have about 200 cases. No purchase limit. Proxies welcome (please designate when...more
Today we're pleased to release our next fruited Grisette! Our latest is with Montmorency and Balaton cherries! We added equal parts of each variety to Grisette-style beer at a ratio of about 1.25 pounds per gallon. Our goal was to make a very drinkable beer, low in acidity, with present but not overwhelming fruit character. With an emphasis on balance and drinkability, we primary-fermented the Grisette in stainless steel for a few weeks, then added the cherries for secondary fermentation in stainless as well. Our intent is for our fruited-Grisettes to be enjoyed fresh, while the fruit character is still vibrant and the fermentation character is "clean".
Cherry Grisette is 5.3% abv. It's unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. It's available for online ordering and pickup at Jester King now. Here's the link to order:...more
Today at Noon central we're releasing I Voted Today DDH American Pale Ale! Our I Voted Today beer is part of a nationwide voter awareness initiative led by Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. A portion of the proceeds from Jester King I Voted Today will go to Jolt Initiative, a non-partisan, non-profit, statewide organization in Texas working to increase the civic participation of Latinos to build a stronger democracy and ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.
I Voted Today was brewed with Blacklands Malt Silver Star Two Row, Malted Oats from Texmalt, Centennial, Amarillo, and Simcoe. It was double dry-hopped with more Centennial, Amarillo, and Simcoe, as well as Centennial and Simcoe Cryo. We get classic dank, piney, citrusy APA character with a firm, rounded bitterness. 5.9% ABV and canned on October 2nd, 2020.
I Voted Today will be released at Jester King on Monday, October 5th, 2020 at Noon CST. We have about 200 cases....more
We're pleased to release 2020 SPON Muscat! SPON Muscat is 100% spontaneously fermented beer aged in oak barrels for one to three years refermented with Texas-grown Muscat grapes. We let the unfermented beer rest overnight in our coolship, then 100% spontaneously ferment with native yeast. Our goal is to capture the terroir of the Texas Hill Country through the "magic" of spontaneous fermentation.
Muscat is one of our favorite grapes to work with. It imparts a honeysuckle, cotton candy, elderflower, tropical fruit character we're quite fond of. We added the crushed grapes to a mature blend of SPON, then let it ferment to total dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. 7.3% abv.
2020 SPON Muscat is now on sale! Here's the link to order online:...more
We're pleased to release Blacklands Helles Munich-style Lager -- brewed in collaboration with our friends at Blacklands Malt in celebration of their 7th anniversary! It was seven years ago that Blacklands brought local, craft malt to Texas. In celebration of their pioneering effort, we brewed a Helles with 100% White Horn Pilsner Malt with Blacklands. We found this fitting, as White Horn Pilsner was Blackland's first batch of malt.
Blacklands Helles was single-decoction brewed in August with softened Hill Country well water, White Horn Pilsner Malt, and Tettnang, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, and Spalter Select hops. It was fermented with lager yeast from Community Cultures Yeast Lab, then lagered for five weeks. Clean, crisp, fairly hoppy, and very drinkable. 4.8% abv.
Blacklands Helles is now on sale! Here's the link to order online:...more