The first thing you’ll notice about this central Texas brewery is how far out in the middle of nowhere it seems to be. This is absolutely a GOOD thing. Jester King sits in the hill country outskirts of Austin, right down the street from another landmark; Nutty Brown Cafe.
Driving down the dirt and gravel road, you’re then welcomed by an open area with a barn and old stone building. Plenty of parking is available, so just keep going towards the back and follow the crowd. The weekends definitely get busy.
The Jester King website states:
Jester King is an authentic farmhouse brewery committed to making wild ales and spontaneously fermented beers that reflect the unique character of our location in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Like the small farmhouse breweries that inspired us, we pursue beer making that involves time, patience, unique fermentation, full attenuation, and refermentation in the serving vessel. We use water from our well, locally grown and malted grains, and native wild yeast to make beer with a sense of place unique to our brewery.
One of the special things to know about this place is the fact that a lot of the releases are brewery releases only. Warning: the crowd on release day is massive, so get there early. When you get there be on the lookout for the bottle sale tent. Here is where you can purchase bottles to take home or to chill and drink on site. More on that in a bit…
Another great thing about Jester King is that it’s family friendly. There are plenty of outdoor games to play, room to run around and plenty of seating for groups or families or just yourself. If you do want to drink on site it is recommended that you bring an ice chest. There is no outside alcohol or food allowed, but I have seen people bring ice in their ice chests. There are plenty of water coolers around the site, so don’t worry about overheating, but it’s ranch land- not a whole lot of shade, so when it’s hot it gets really warm.
One salvage to all of this is the Jester King neighbor, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza. Please visit the website for more information. But quick version: pizza, its own bar and plenty of shade.We recommend:
- -Make sure you try any Jester King offering first, but know that they have guest breweries available as well.
- -If you get hungry, visit Stanley’s Pizza next door. Really good offerings!
If you make the trip let us know what you thought and any tips you may have!