2019 Blog

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This Thursday, December 19th when our kitchen and tasting room open at 4pm, we're pleased to introduce Jester King Less Dots! Less Dots is a farmhouse ale aged on the "spent" black currants from Jester King More Dots.

Less Dots joins Detritivore (cherries), La Vie en Rose (raspberries), Demitone (blueberries), Grim Harvest (blackberries), and...

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We're very pleased and excited to introduce Jester King Unfiltered Pilsner!

Unfiltered Pilsner is a single decoction, German-inspired Pilsner brewed with Hill Country well water, Blacklands Pilsner malt, a touch of raw grains from Barton Springs Mill, and German Hallertauer Mittelfrueh hops. It was lagered for five weeks in a horizontal dairy tank at Jester King prior to kegging.

We’ve had a deep love and appreciation for pale...

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We're pleased to introduce Agresto – brewed in collaboration with Birrificio Italiano!

Agresto is a barrel-aged farmhouse ale brewed with wild Italian fennel flower, black pepper, and refermented with Texas-grown unripe Black Spanish grapes. Agresto shares its name with a Tuscan condiment, popular during the Renaissance, that was made by farmers during the grape growing season from unripe...

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We're very pleased to introduce Moonshot -- a 100% spontaneously fermented beer with Tennessee oats, rose hips, and lemongrass brewed in collaboration with Yazoo Brewing Company in Nashville!

Back in January of 2017, our long time friend and inspiration Brandon Jones of Yazoo & Embrace the Funk traveled to Austin to...

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This Saturday, December 7th at Noon for SPON Day, we'll be releasing Jester King 2019 SPON Three Year Blend!

2019 SPON Three Year Blend is our blend of 100% spontaneously fermented beer from 2018, 2017, and 2016. To make the beer, we brew with well water, Texas-grown malted barley and raw wheat, and aged hops from the attic of our barn. We let the wort rest overnight in our coolship and collect wild yeast and bacteria from our...

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Early this week we announced Jester King More Dots -- a barrel aged wild ale refermented with black currants. We took a small portion of the batch prior to refermentation and bottled it still to create what we're simply calling "More Dots Still".

We've experimented with packaging beers still before. By "still", we mean without refermentation in...

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On Black Friday at Noon, we're opening up a portion of our beer cellar and making available some special rarities. Please see the list below!

The sale starts at Noon this Friday (11/29). First come, first served. To promote fairness, the limit is six bottles per purchase (with only one of the six bottles being a magnum). However, guests are welcome to make multiple trips through the line while supplies last.

2015 Ol' Oi...


On Black Friday (November 29th) at Noon, we're pleased to release Jester King More Dots -- barrel aged wild ale refermented with black currants!

To make More Dots, we created a blend of Jester King Das Überkind with an average age of around one year. Das Überkind is our un-fruited barrel aged wild ale brewed with well water, local grain, and aged hops, and fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native...

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We're pleased to announce Derpy Citra -- a double dry hopped American pale ale we brewed at Jester King in collaboration with our friends at American Solera!

Derpy Citra is a draft only beer and will only be available at Jester King. It will be released today -- Thursday, November 21st -- when our tasting room and kitchen open at 4pm.

Here are some specs...

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Bread making is the most fulfilling work I've ever done. Being given the opportunity to learn from our talented chefs at Jester King Kitchen and share the results of our process with our guests brings me immense happiness. This happiness has inspired me to share our process and philosophy:

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This Friday, November 15th at 4pm, we'll be releasing Bière de Syrah Blend 3!

Bière de Syrah is mature barrel aged wild beer refermented with Texas Syrah grapes. We brew wort with well water, local grain from Blacklands Malt, and a blend of fresh and aged hops. We primary ferment the wort in stainless steel before racking to neutral oak for long term maturation (typically around 12 to 18 months). We then crush and de-stem the grapes...


UPDATE 12/6/19

SPON Day at Jester King is tomorrow at Noon!

It should be warm, sunny weather, so we hope you'll join us for holiday fun and a celebration of spontaneous fermentation!

Here's the rundown:

SPONTANEOUS BEER (by the glass)

2019 Moonshot (collaboration w/ Yazoo)

2019 SPON Three Year Blend

2018 SPON Three Year Blend


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This Friday, November 8th, we're releasing Balcones Whiskey Barrel Aged Montmorency vs. Balaton!

Balcones Whiskey Barrel Aged Montmorency vs. Balaton is our 2019 batch of MvB aged for seven months in Balcones Distillery Baby Blue Whiskey barrels! It will be released at 4pm on the 8th when our tasting room and kitchen opens to the public. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to...

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This Thursday at 4pm on Halloween, we're releasing our latest batch of Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout!

Black Metal takes inspiration from both the English and Franco-Belgian brewing traditions. We combine English speciality malts with well water, local base malt from our friends at Blacklands, and wild fermentation with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria.

This batch (no. 21) was brewed in...


Today at 4pm, we releasing Coolship Roadtrip -- a 100% spontaneously fermented blend with our friends from American Solera that's nearly four years in the making.

Back on a cold winter night in February of 2016, we filled our coolship with wort, chilled it overnight, drove it all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma the next day, and put it into barrels at Prairie Artisan Ales (now American Solera) for spontaneous fermentation. We then did the...

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We're pleased to introduce our newest beer -- Jester King Femme Sauvage!

Brewed in support and with the help of the Pink Boots Society, Femme Savage is a hoppy farmhouse ale dry hopped with Mosaic, Loral, Glacier, Simcoe, and Sabro hops. The hops for the beer were provided by the Pink Boots Society.

Femme Sauvage was inspired by some of our favorite crisp, dry, hoppy Franco-Belgian...

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We're excited to release Rare Corals batch 2 this Thursday at 4pm!

Rare Corals is our farmhouse ale fermented with guava, mango, lime juice and zest, toasted coconut, and chamomile!

This is the first batch we've released since the spring of 2017. It's 5.3% alcohol by volume, 18 IBU, 3.8 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.006 (1.5 Plato). It was brewed in July with well water, Blacklands Malt Silver Star Texas Two Row, malted...

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It is homecoming season, as we introduce the new stud to our goat heard! This year, we followed our hearts on this damn fine looking buck with a pleasant demeanor and kind presence. For his name, we have decided on “DJ”, in honor of Daniel Johnston, a shining star of our city who has now passed on.

Based on fertility cycles, we are expecting the first of our babies on Valentine’s Day, 2020, following a 150 day gestation period. With...


Tickets are on sale for The Goat Mile!

The Goat Mile is a mile run through the hills and trails at Jester King with Farmer Peppy and our goats! It will take place every Saturday and Sunday in October from 11am to Noon.

The hour will consist of 15 minutes of stretching, 30 minutes of running with the goats with stops for calisthenics, and 15 minutes of cool down. Farmer Peppy will have weights available for those wishing to make...

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One of our favorite times of year is when summer passes and the rains return. It allows us to sow our fall cover crop, which helps create healthy soil. Our cover crop is a mixture of broom corn, pumpkin, nasturtium, clover, and millet. We pitch our seeds by broadcasting. It has a lower germination rate than drilling it into our soil by tractor. But we compensate by laying a sheet of mulch on top.

This year we're using a new strategy!...

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To mow or not to mow? The Americas are built upon a prairie system -- a symbiosis of grasses and grazers. Previously, the natural ecosystem mainly existed off of bison, elk, and deer. Now days, a combination of animal and machine is necessary to repair damaged land. As perennial grasses grow upwards, they drill roots deep into the soil allowing for water permeation and storage. When the grass is cut from the top, it naturally releases...

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2019 Zwanze Day at Jester King is this Saturday, September 28th at Noon! Zwanze Day is when Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium simultaneously releases a special beer at over 40 locations around the world. Jester King is honored and grateful to be one of the locations.

Here's Cantillon's description of 2019 Zwanze:

"On March 1st 2016, we brewed a smoked Lambic using a blend of classic pilsner malt and smoked malt. Rather...


We're pleased to announce the participants for 2019 Funk n' Sour Fest on October 24th!

Funk n' Sour Fest is our opportunity to bring together some of the very best restaurants, wineries, breweries, cideries, and artisanal producers we know for an amazing evening of pairings, sensory excitement, and fun! True to the past, we've created some truly excellent partnerships (listed below). Each team will collaborate to create two food and...


We're pleased to introduce a new collaboration today with The Brooklyn Brewery and Southold Farm + Cellar called Three to Make Ready -- a barrel aged wild ale matured on wine lees!

For several years now, we've been interested in seeing the impact that...


In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and cut down on paper waste, we're discontinuing cardboard, "single-use" six-pack carriers at our Bottles to Go tent. Throughout the course of a year, we give away approximately 10,000 cardboard carriers, which creates significant paper waste. We were inspired by the City of Austin's Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance to make this change....