2020 Blog

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We're pleased to introduce Jester King Barrel Aged Wild Ale with Jambolan Plums!

Finding interesting Texas fruits and fermenting them with our beer is perhaps our favorite thing to do at Jester King. In this case, we found a new fruit we'd never worked with before grown in southern Texas -- Jambolan plums! Native to India, Burma, Ceylon and the Andaman Islands, the...

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We're excited to introduce Jester King Nocturne Serenade -- Imperial Stout Refermented with Blackberries!

Nocturne Serenade is our second Imperial Stout refermented with fruit following Black Atrial earlier this year. We brewed a high gravity wort with Maris Otter, double roasted crystal, chocolate malt, oats, and wheat, then fermented in stainless steel with English ale yeast. We then refermented Marion blackberries with the beer at a...

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Today we're releasing batch 2 of our Dry-Hopped Oat Saison with Desert Yeast!

Our desert yeast series features native yeast strains captured in the West Texas high desert by our friends at Community Cultures Yeast Lab in San Antonio. For batch 2, the yeast was foraged from a salvia plant high in the Chisos Mountains near Big...

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Today at 3pm CST we're excited to release 2020 SPON Three Year Blend!

SPON Three Year Blend is 100% spontaneously fermented beer inspired by authentic Belgian Gueuze. It's a blend of three different "vintages" of beer -- in this case beer from 2019, 2018, and 2017 coolship seasons. 2020 is our 5th three year blend following our 2016 to 2019 releases.

To create SPON, we combine unfiltered well water from the Trinity Aquifer and...

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We're pleased to celebrate ten years of Jester King having first begun brewing in 2010! In recognition of our 10th anniversary, we're releasing two new beers as an ode to our past and present -- a DDH IPA and a Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale with Triticale & Oats! Both our anniversary beers are now available to go and to enjoy onsite at Jester King.

Our 10th-anniversary DDH IPA is dry-hopped with Idaho 7 cryo, Citra, and El Dorado at a...

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Today at 3pm CST we're releasing our Blackberry Grisette! It's the latest in our lineup of fruited grisettes. These are highly drinkable, session-strength farmhouse ales with great texture, balanced fermentation character, and moderate fruit intensity. They are very much designed to be beers for drinking.

Blackberry Grisette was brewed with well water, Blacklands White Horn Pilsner malt, malted wheat, flaked oats, and a blend of fresh...

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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...

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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...

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Starting this Friday, November 27th at 11am CST, we're having our annual Black Friday cellar sale!

Below is the list of the cellar beers we'll have available. As a nod to our past, as well as to our local supporters, our Black Friday release will be onsite only (no online sales). To purchase cellar bottles, please visit our cellar release tent onsite at Jester King. No reservation is required to purchase bottles. A reservation is...

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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...

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Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Jester King presents a pre-sale, including some of our newest seasonal bakery items along as two special holiday food offerings to round out your family meal! Pick up a loaf of our tasty Hill Country Sourdough bread (seen above) or another tasty side offering, along with Jester King beer or one of the wonderful guest wines and ciders available for curbside pickup.



Our philosophy at Jester King is strongly rooted in creating a sense of place, by tying our guests' experience to a time, place, and people. Whether dining onsite in one of our lands, eating hearth baked Hill Country sourdough bread that you picked up curbside, or enjoying one of our beers purchased from your local retailer, our intent is to build a connection and experience with our guests and community.


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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.

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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...

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We're pleased and excited to bring back Space Waves -- our collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales!

Space Waves is a farmhouse ale with cherries, lime juice, and lime zest, originally brewed in 2016. For batch 2, we brewed with well water, White Horn Pilsner malt from Blacklands, flaked oats from TexMalt, and Mandarina Bavaria hops. We added two pounds per gallon of Montmorency and Balaton cherries and 400 pounds of limes (juiced...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Nearly one hundred runners participated in the Black is Beautiful 5K Fun Run co-presented by Jester King, Beer Garden Run, and Marvis Dixon on Saturday, October 17th. In the interest of health and safety on our trails, masked runners took to the course in physically distanced waves of ten. Participants were encouraged to time themselves rather than compete against others. Check out the photo gallery...

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Today we're releasing our latest co-ferment, which features Texas-grown Lomanto grapes!

For our co-ferments, we combine massive quantities of fruit with wort (unfermented beer) and let them ferment together to total dryness through mixed culture fermentation. In this case, we chose a grape that's new to us called Lomanto. Lomanto is a hybrid of...

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Today at Noon Central we're releasing Cerveza de Tempranillo Blend 4! Cerveza de Tempranillo is barrel-aged wild ale refermented with Tempranillo grapes from the 2020 harvest!

We received the Tempranillo grapes back in August during the heart of the Texas summer. Tempranillo grapes are primarily grown in Spain and Portugal. They're a black grape with thicker skins that can thrive in warmer climates with less precipitation. We've become...

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Our philosophy at Jester King is strongly rooted in creating a sense of place, by tying our guests experience to a time, place, and people. Whether dining onsite in one of our lands, eating hearth baked Hill Country sourdough bread that you picked up curbside, or enjoying one of our beers purchased from your local retailer, our intent is to build a connection and experience with our guests and community.

We could not foster these...

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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,...


Community concern is a core value of our Jester King philosophy, and fuels our ongoing charitable efforts. While monetary donations are vital to nonprofit organizations, we and our community can support worthy causes in other ways.

Through volunteerism with our JK Volunteer Corps and charitable giving via our...

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We're pleased to release Nocturn Chrysalis Batch 7! Nocturn Chrysalis is our barrel-aged wild ale refermented with six pounds per gallon of Marion Blackberries!

We blended mature beer aged in oak barrels with native yeast, added the blackberries, then let the fruit referment to total dryness. We then naturally conditioned the beer through refermentation in bottles and kegs.

We're quite happy with how our 7th batch of Nocturn...