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Jester King Craft Brewery – Cutting Edge Brewery

Jester King Craft Brewery, located in Texas Hill Country west of Austin, is on the forefront of the craft beer scene in Texas. They are a small farmhouse brewery that is committed to using as many local and organic ingredients as possible. All of their beers undergo a secondary bottle fermentation which result in some fantastic beers but can also lead, sadly, to some failures (the recall of Commercial Suicide due to fermentation problems, for example). Jester King has produced only unfiltered, unpasteurized beer, and with their barrel program are actively explored the world beyond cultured brewers’ yeast.

Jester King was founded by Jeff Stuffings and Michael Steffing in the early fall of 2010 and has quickly garnered a reputation of being on the cutting edge. They first teamed up with Mikkeller on a beer last summer called Drink’in The Sunbelt. In August they will release their second collaboration with Mikkeller called “Weasel King,” a special Texas edition of Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch with the addition of smoked malt and chipotle pepper. It was brewed on November 16th, when Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Thomas Schön from Mikkeller came to Texas. Mikkeller is known mostly for avant garde beers that cross the spectrum from “hop-bombs” to intense stouts to “regular lagers.”  Their gypsy brewing style perfectly pairs with what Jester King is doing in their “little” bit of the US, Texas: challenge the main stream and see where it takes you. Mikkel wants to bring some of the US craft beer inventiveness back to his native Denmark and hopes that collaborative brews such as Weasel King will do just that. I look at Drink’in–their first collaboration–as more of a “let’s get used to working together” beer and then we’ll go from there.

The brewery extends its “no-holds-barred” belief beyond the beer and beyond the legislative to its label art. Luckily for me, as a label collector, the Jester King labels are foil-based and can easily be removed without the need to soak. Unfortunately, acquiring the Jester King beers aren’t very easy. There is one store, Specs Online, that sells Texas beers including some Jester King beers, on their website for delivery out of state. I have ordered from them in the past. Please check to see if they deliver to your state.

I’ve only had the opportunity to try Drink’in The Sunbelt, which was so-so–around a B+ for me. I will have to admit that I bought it for the label AS the style–pale wheat ale–isn’t one of my favorites. Drink’in, to me, was a good introduction to Jester King’s style. I do have a number of others to try soon and will review them here as they become available.

I make it a point to try breweries and beers that try to push the envelope of what one is used to drinking. That doesn’t mean the stranger, the better…A brewery must still do it right and stick to what they believe in. Jester King does just that.

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Written by Bob Pack

Simply put, Bob is a beer lover. He goes out of his way to try new beers whenever he can find them. The love of trying new beers had resulted in a beer label collection of over 1400. When it comes down to it, Bob is a hop head. He loves IPAs (including double and black). Stouts are a close second. His tweet reviews on @nova_beer are simple and approachable. Let him know what you think. Find Bob Pack on Google Plus

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