Go To Jester King Brewery
By Eric Sturniolo
Photos by Annie Shustrin and Eric Sturniolo
When in Austin, eat tacos, eat breakfast tacos, eat BBQ, and go to Jester King Brewery. About a 30 minute drive southwest of Downtown Austin, into the Texas Hill Country, sits Jester King. Founded in 2010, Jester King focuses on mixed culture and spontaneous fermentation. Sitting on a 200 acre ranch/farm, it’s the epitome of a classic farmhouse brewery.
Open Friday through Sunday, the taproom offers extensive options of draft and bottle pours, including some outside brews. They have a gigantic to-go bottle list as well. Tours of their brew house and barrel-aging facility (including a coolship!) are sometimes led by the owner/brewer himself, Jeffrey Stuffings.
The space is impressive. A small taproom is surrounded by huge open fields dotted with picnic tables. A gigantic barn with a dirt floor is filled with communal tables is found next to a pizza shack, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza, the only food option on premise. Get the Willie (topped with brisket and jalapenos).
While their more classic spontaneously fermented farmhouse ales are certainly world class, they do insanely cool things with local and interesting ingredients. Some standouts included:
Super Ultramega Hyperforce – farmhouse ale with ginger, salt, tarragon, and cantaloup
Fantome Del Ray- farmhouse ale with truffle honey, black peppercorns, and coriander
Fair Voyage-brewed with fireweed, one of the first plants to grow after a forest fire
Figlet- brewed with smoked figs
El Cedro- aged on Spanish cedar spirals
For you home brewers, check out some recipes they’ve released on their blog.
Jester King is located at:
13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736
and is open: