Our Wine & 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.
Due to the seasonality and availability of grapes and other fruits used in our wine & cider, these libations are limited release and currently only available for onsite consumption.
We're excited to announce the release of Afield — our 2021 Cinsaut wine made in collaboration with our friends at Field Recordings Winery in Paso Robles, California, and American Solera Brewery in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
For Afield, we took 100% 2021 Cinsaut grapes grown in the California Central Coast and had them undergo carbonic maceration (fermenting the grapes from the inside out using natural CO2 pressure). Interestingly, the carbonic maceration took place in transit! The grapes were sealed upon shipment to Texas, and spontaneously fermented during their journey in the presence of native yeast. After we received the grapes at Jester King, we pressed them and racked the wine to neutral oak for about four months. We then blended and bottled without the addition of any sulfites or other preservatives. Afield is just Cinsaut grapes and native yeast, nothing else. 8.8% abv.
Thank you to Field Recordings and American Solera for working this us! Both our industry friends we greatly respect, admire, and draw inspiration from.
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We're very excited to release our first wine from last year's Texas grape harvest — Jester King 2021 Blanc du Bois! Our 2021 Blanc du Bois is made from 100% Blanc du Bois grapes grown in Sulphur Bluff, east of Dallas. We received the grapes last August and fermented on skins for about a month, yielding an orange wine. Fermentation was started by pitching our mixed culture — the same one we use to ferment our farmhouse beer. We then pressed the grapes and aged the wine in neutral oak barrels for about five months. Finally, we blended and bottled without the addition of any sulfites or other preservatives. Our 2021 Blanc du Bois is just grapes and our mixed culture — nothing else added or removed.
We love the fruity, tropical character of Blanc du Bois and have been using it for years in our beer. We're really excited to have finally made wine with it. Blanc du Bois is a hybrid grape developed in Florida. It does well in our hot Texas climate and is resistant to Pierce's Disease. By no means a sparkling wine, expect a little bit of natural carbonation in the bottle through...more
We're excited to release this year's batch of Jester King Blueberry Wine! This wine is 100% blueberries fermented with our house mixed culture. We don't add anything else but blueberries and yeast.
After the crush, we did primary fermentation in stainless steel, then pressed and racked to neutral oak for six months. We blended and packaged the wine still. 7.9% abv.
This year, the blueberries came from Michigan instead of Texas. The 2021 Texas freeze severely reduced the quantity of blueberries we were able to get from Texas growers. The Texas-grown ones we were able to get went to Colour Five and Recented, our collaboration with Pinthouse. We hope you enjoy our latest wine from Jester King! More to come...
Head to the brewery starting April 12, 2022 to get a glass or purchase bottles to go (750ml/$30) onsite in the Jester King shop. We have about 400 bottles available. 11 bottle limit per person. Shipping/delivery illegal in Texas.
Artwork by Joshua Cockrell. Photo by Jess Attie.more
Our first wine release of the new year is here — Jester King 2022 Sparkling Cherry Wine!
Our Sparkling Cherry Wine is a blend of 50% Balaton and 50% Montmorency cherries from Michigan. We fermented the cherries with our house mixed culture last May, then aged the wine in oak barrels for seven months. We then naturally conditioned the wine through refermentation in the bottle. No additives, preservatives, adjunct ingredients, or anything else. Just fruit, yeast, and time. 5.5% abv.
This cherry wine is a lot of fun. Despite the very simple process, the flavors and aromatics leap out of the glass. We got bold aromas of cherry pie and marzipan. It finished around zero Plato, so it's fully fermented and dry. We hope you enjoy the first Jester King wine of 2022. More to come!
Head to the brewery this week to get a glass or purchase bottles to go (750ml/$24) onsite in the Jester King shop. Also available to-go here: https://bit.ly/3sGkaUg. We have about 450 bottles available. 11 bottle limit per person. Shipping/delivery illegal in Texas.
Art by Joshua Cockrell....more
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
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