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.