Our Wine and Cider
The process behind making wild and spontaneous beers – fruit refermentation, barrel aging, blending, etc. – is related to winemaking. Winemaking is a natural extension of the way we make beer at Jester King, and we use the same approach and philosophy. We utilize our own groundwater source and Texas grapes and fruit for wine and Texas apples for our cider. Our wine and cider products are fermented with JK mixed culture in stainless steel vessels.
We're excited to introduce the latest offering in our new wine and cider series -- Jester King Farmhouse Cider Co-Fermented with Sangiovese Grape Must! Wine and cider are natural extensions of making farmhouse beer, and we're excited to now be able to create them at Jester King.
Earlier this month we released Jester King Farmhouse Cider, which was made from a blend of Red Cortland, Winesap, and Arkansas Black apples from the Texas panhandle. When we were pressing the juice for our Farmhouse Cider last fall, we took a portion of it and blended it with Sangiovese grape must from Livermore Valley, California. We let the blend of apple juice and grape must co-ferment in stainless steel with our JK mixed culture to total dryness. We then naturally conditioned the wine/cider hybrid in 750ml bottles. 11.3 % alcohol by volume.
Jester King Farmhouse Cider Co-Fermented with Sangiovese Grape Must is now available at Jester King! Given the low bottle count (97 bottles), it's only available onsite at our restaurant -- open Wednesday to Sunday every week. Sorry, no bottles to go....more
Today we're very excited to introduce Jester King Texas Blueberry Wine!
Texas Blueberry Wine is made from 100% Texas blueberries from Echo Springs Blueberry Farm in Murchison, Texas (about 90 miles southeast of Dallas). Last fall, we took blueberries from the 2020 harvest, crushed them, pitched our mixed culture, and fermented them to total dryness in stainless steel. We bottled the wine still without any sulphites, sugars, or additives (just blueberries and yeast/bacteria). Like with our recent Texas Farmhouse Cider, we adopted a very simple process designed to feature the character of the Texas blueberries and their interaction with native yeast during fermentation. 7.2% abv.
Sensory-wise we get a mix of gin botanicals, dark berries, and blueberry yogurt. We recommend serving Texas Blueberry Wine slightly chilled.
Available now at Jester King! Onsite only by the glass or bottle. Sorry, no bottles to go. 292 bottles available. We're open...more
We're very excited to introduce our first-ever cider! Jester King Farmhouse Cider is a mixed fermentation cider made from 100% Texas-grown apples!
Last October, we received Red Cortland, Winesap, and Arkansas Black apples from Sweet Ruthie's River Ranch in Canadian, Texas (Texas panhandle). Our team juiced the apples in-house at Jester King. We pitched the juice with our mixed culture -- the same one used to ferment our farmhouse ales -- and fermented to total dryness in stainless steel. We then naturally conditioned the cider in 750ml bottles. No additives or sulfites. Our process was remarkably simple so as to feature the character of the Texas apples and the complexity of mixed culture fermentation with native yeast and bacteria. 8.0% abv.
We get notes of yellow plum, cinnamon sugar, muscat grapes, golden raisins, honeydew melons, and lemon meringue.
Jester King Farmhouse Cider is now available at Jester King! Because of the low bottle count (384 bottles), we're limiting Farmhouse Cider to onsite drinking only...more
Today we're releasing 2020 Texas wine grape harvest: Have We Met – 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon!
Have We Met – 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cab Sauv from Sulphur Bluff, Texas. Foot-stomped, whole cluster grapes were 100% spontaneously fermented with native yeast. Aged in neutral oak. 11.3% abv. This is the second wine we've released from the 2020 harvest.
We have 504 bottles (750ml/$28). It's exclusively available at Jester King by the glass or bottle (onsite consumption only).
The art for Have We Met? – 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is by JOSHUA COCKRELL. Photography by JESSICA ATTIE.more
We're very excited to announce the release of the first-ever wine we made at Jester King! -- Have We Met? – 2020 Carbonic Black Spanish!
Winemaking is something we've taken great inspiration from for several years. The process behind making wild and spontaneous beers – fruit refermentation, barrel aging, blending, etc. – is related to winemaking. It's related so much that we've felt a kinship with our local winemakers in central Texas, and we're grateful to call several of them friends. Winemaking felt like a natural extension of the way we make beer at Jester King, and it's something we've aspired to do for some time.
Then along came the "Beer To Go" bill of 2019, which made it legal for production breweries to sell beer to take home from their taprooms. This was a win for production breweries in Texas first and foremost, but it also opened the door for us to make wine at Jester King. Here's how -- We need to sell beer to go to be a viable business. Since production breweries can now do this, we can be a production brewery (not a brewpub). Production breweries can...more