Meet Jester King Beverage Director Anne Claire Brewer

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 relationships without the people who work tirelessly every week at Jester King, from the front of house to our kitchen, our production team to our artists, and many more! With this in mind, we continue our Jester King staff spotlight series so you can get to know our team.

Next up for our Staff Spotlight Series meet Anne Claire Brewer who has worked at Jester King for three years. She started out in the tasting room, advanced to front of house management and currently serves as the Beverage Director for Jester King Brewery & Kitchen.

What is your background?

I moved here from Mississippi in 2013 and started bartending as a way to make money while I went to University of Texas at Austin. I bartended in West Campus for three years before moving to Rainey Street District to work for Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden in 2015. I knew that I eventually wanted to work for a brewery and I was thrilled to be hired as a tasting room staff member in May 2017.

What attracted you to working at Jester King?

The people! I loved coming to visit. Everyone working here is so knowledgeable and passionate about the styles we do and about our philosophy.

What does our philosophy of “time, place and people” mean to you?

Beer that is created represents a specific season or a specific memory that takes place in our part of the world. In a way, it's like taking a snapshot of everything going on in one moment out here.

What do you love most about working at Jester King?

I still think the people are what keep me going everyday! I love to spend time with everyone here. I would never trade the friendships made here for anything.

What are a few of your favorite Jester King beers? A few of your favorite food menu items?

My favorite Jester King beer that we've ever made is the Perennial collaboration from 2018 called "Enigmatic Taxa." I still dream about that juicy grapefruit flavor. Honorable mentions include blueberry co-fermentation, Colonel Toby, and Unfiltered Pilsner.

My favorite dishes that our kitchen has put out has been anything that was part of the Jester King Kitchen Supper Club. Hamachi with granita, the Valentine's Day spaghetti & meatballs, and I wholeheartedly believe that we make the best sourdough loaves in town.


What else do you enjoy drinking?

My favorite things to drink at home are skin-contact natural wines and lagers. in my fridge right now is some Carolina Gatti 'Ratatuja' Pet Nat, Cruz de Comal Shango “Buen Comienzo” vermouth, and Live Oak Pre-war Pils.

What’s on your bucket list?

I want to scuba dive around the coast of Italy and Spain. I love the culture, food, and wine put out by that region.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My spare time is taken up by various food & fermentation projects at home. I am fortunate to have spent most of my income on cooking appliances and accessories. My partner and I do meat smoking, curing, pickling, lacto-fermenting, breadmaking, and baking every off day we get.

I Can’t Live Without:

Food & beverage -- it sounds obvious but my quality of life would decline significantly if i had to switch to a diet of only mass-produced food and beverage. My greatest joy in life is enjoying a full meal thoughtfully made with local ingredients paired with high quality beverage and conversation.

Be sure to check out our guest wine selection specially curated by Anne Claire, and stay tuned for an update on our special offerings for Beaujolais Day 2020 on Thursday, November 19!