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Jester King Brewery

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318
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4.59
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Jester King BreweryJester King Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

13005 Fitzhugh Road, Bld. B
Austin, Texas, 78736
United States

(512) 537-5100 | map
jesterkingbrewery.com

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Photo of ChuletaTX512
3.78/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 5

We had our class reunion here and had no idea what to expect. Service is slow but texas friendly, with plenty of hipsters to lighten the mood. Great views all over and very much worth the short drive from lake Travis or other austin areas.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the best, family friendly, fun places to drink beer I've been to. Lots of Millennials with lots of kids playing and having a great time. Such a young vibe and so many beers. There is the Jester King sour/farmhouse lineup on tap, then a wide assortment of Texas brewed beers, then a wide selection of bottles from around the country/world. And live music! Lots of parking and lots of seating under roof and out in the shade and/or sun. This place has great beer, and you have to go just to hang out. Unbeatable!

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.29/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This was a highlight of our trip to Austin. We managed to hit it on the perfect day and hung out under the trees for probably 4 hours. Jester King has awesome grounds with a ton of space. We loved being able to sample so many different beers as well as take them to go.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

With the multiple bars on property, the bottle sales, the selection is spectacular. Local beers, Jester King beers (of course), beers from around the US, and beers from around the world. Add wine and cider to the mix. The vibe? I mean ... this is a rambling farm in beautiful hill country. Places to frolic and a number of different venues to explore from tin walled barns, to picnic tables, to grassy fields. One of the few truly magical beer destinations in the US.

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Photo of dbannister
4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Jester King is located on the outskirts of Austin. It is about a 30 minute drive with no traffic.

The brewery lies on what seems to be an old farm. Its a really nicely laid out property with food options also located there (a wood burning pizza place seemed pretty popular).

The way the brewery is set up, you can buy your bottles outside and/or you can do some tastings where you pick up the glasses inside and drink on benches outside.

I'm not really sure how it would work in the rain, but on the sunny day I visited, it was really awesome. I'd say it should definitely be on your places to visit in Austin.

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Photo of FanbladeNoise
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I was visiting a buddy in Dallas and we devided to make the journey down to JK for the weekend. All I can say is that it was like nothing I have ever seen before. Huge tasting "facility" with outdoor stations and an indoor tap room. Gave me a feel of a German beer garden, except WAY BETTER.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is hands down the best brewery experience I have had. I got to JK every 4-6 weeks and have a great time each visit. The property is beautiful and relaxing sitting in the Texas hill countries. I absolutely love this brewery and their beer.

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Photo of Ohiou84
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great place. Good selection of their own beers, plus many guest bottles for sale. Do yourself a favor and come hungry. Brick oven pizzas for sale right next door. Kids and dogs welcome, very laid back vibe. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.26/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Jester King Brewery is located away from the suburbs in a quiet isolated location that is somewhat hard to find. However, it is a cozy place with a great vibe, lots of great beer, and not just their own beer. Their beer menu was very large. There’s plenty of outside seating that’s spread out and yet partially heated when it’s cold. They have friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic service and prices are reasonable. You get the food right across the yard from a pizza restaurant that has very good pizza.

Unfortunately the line for the food is horrendous, which is why some people drive several miles to get something else (as I said it’s isolated), or bring their own food. The very long pizza line is an unfortunate joy-killer that they need to fix. I did not lower the service rating because the restaurant is separate from the Brewery (so part of the Vibe instead). This is why I am rating it as low vibe, despite the otherwise good vibe.

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Photo of NealioATX
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've spent my last two birthday's at Jester King. My only regret? Waiting so long and not coming frequently enough! I've never encountered bad service. They have a small outdoor bar with a few on draft and a few bottles. The bar inside can have a long line but can move fast. Great beer selections too (duh). Also, if you come, you HAVE to go to Stanley's! It's some of the best pizza in the city!

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Photo of SuburbanCowboy
4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

You can't beat the cool vibe of the location. Like a giant outdoor party everyday. Service is pretty slow, but they have a great attention to detail and the beer is fantastic.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is an oasis. As opposed to respite from the desert, it's more of an escape from the traffic jams, suits, techies, panhandlers, beggars, and stench of Austin. If you're not from Austin, and want to know the best way to enjoy your visit to this brewery, which offers some of the most refreshing farmhouse ales imaginable, then PM me.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.5/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool, rustic setting on a working farm down a long road in what seems like the middle of nowhere. Visited from CA luckily during release of Aurelian Lure so it may have been busier than usual which may have led to the line to get beer on tap being quite long. It was very organized, workers were helpful and cool & they had many different stations setup for bottle purchases & beer on tap. Family friendly and guest vibes were also very positive/friendly. Unfortunately they don't serve food but there's a pizza place literally right next to it...100 feet away. That line for pizza was crazy long (worth it though) but my wife and I divided and conquered for beer/food purchases. They basically share eating/drinking space with one another. All beers were amazing. Jester king really only has sour beers but they had a large # of beers on tap and bottles to take home too including guest bottles. Highly recommend.

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Photo of SunglassesJoe
4.5/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great time. The "tour" of the brewery was awesome and interesting.
Beers were great. The pizza on location is awesome too. Plan to be out there for the day but it's well worth it. Bring a bunch of friends and have a good time.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Not enough shade for Texas summers, but during milder weather it's a joy to be on the grounds. Friendliness of staff is patchy -- from slightly put-out to super nice (the former being, oddly, some of the order takers and the latter being workers like the empty glass retriever and hand stamper). Can't really fault them for being so busy that lines take a long time, but certainly would like all the staff to be as nice and friendly and helpful as some of them are.

Also their awareness and accommodation of novice visitors/beer enthusiasts is similarly lacking. If at all possible, I'd highly, highly recommend making your first visit with someone who knows the ropes, otherwise you will likely feel like you're slowing down an already overburdened system. I'll definitely return, and look forward to it, but I feel like I'm a lot more on my own than I should be in terms of enjoying my time there as a newcomer on his own. Great sour-style beer and pleasant hill country, farmhouse atmosphere, with a top-notch pizza place basically on the same grounds, it's just the learning curve of being a helpful patron is a little more than I expected or would hope, though some really friendly staff can be found there.

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Photo of gman1602
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place in Austin making some very interesting brews in the wild/traditional farmhouse style as well as experimenting with everything. Definitely worth checking out for the Hill Country views, great beers, and truly passionate employees and brewers here. The on-site pizza place makes some great pies and their guest taps and bottles are truly exceptional.

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Photo of Premo88
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jester King is truly the mecca of craft beer in Texas. Obviously, JK specializes in sour beer, so the average macro-brew drinker is going to struggle to enjoy their beer, but JK smartly brings in beers from other breweries that are much tamer than their farmhouse ales. That's only part of what makes it a cool place for all to enjoy. The location is unbeatable, and the rustic farm setting in the outskirts of the Texas hill country work hand-in-hand with giving their beers a framework of "place", something the brewery is very proud of and rightly so. Also, JK's bottle shop allows you to buy their beers to go as well as a huge list of Texas, American-made and imported beers that tend to exist in the sour/farmhouse ale/lambic family ... though if you scan their inventory closely, you can find something for almost any beer drinker, and chances are very good that JK's bottle shop is the only place in Texas you'll be able to find that beer.

Add in the fact that they're side-by-side with Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza, which also has a cool Texas-oriented craft beer selection, and you have a craft beer nirvana perfect for an all-day excursion.

Oh ... and they're dog friendly, so bring your dog!

The only caveat: It's basically outdoors. Between JK and Stanley's Pizza, they do a good job of offering shade, fans and misters to help keep you cool, and if the heat is really beating you up, the brewery tour lets you get in their barrel room which is in the 60s, a great break from the Texas sun. But the bottomline is if you're susceptible to the elements, time your visit to JK during the fall/winter/spring when the outside weather fits your liking.

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Photo of Scooter694
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Have nothing bad to say about this place. I went when they released Nocturn. Even though there was a lot a lot of people we still got a table to sit on and have some of their beers. Their staff was super friendly also. Ill definitely be making a habit to visit this brewery more often.

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Photo of M_chav
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Awesome place, outside of town seems like it's a 30 drive minimum for anyone coming from Austin. It's a converted farm, straight up, no better way I could describe it. Good place to sit down and spend a few hours at.

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Photo of nickfl
4.36/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Certainly one of the neatest brewery locations I have ever been to. Its not that far from Austin, but it feels like you are well and truly out in the middle of nowhere on a farm. They are a short distance down a dirt road with unpaved, but plentiful parking areas. The facility itself is spread out over a few acres with several seating areas, including plenty of covered seating during Texas thunderstorms. The selection of house beers is good, though not as plentiful as I might have hoped. They also have a pizza place on site, though I understand it to be a technically separate business, and the pizza is excellent, with the added bonus that the pizza place has quite a good beer selection unto itself, though no Jester King beer there for whatever reason. Overall, it lived up to my expectations and it is a must see if you are near Austin.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jester King has one of the best sites for a brewery I have ever visited. You are out in the middle of the TX hill country enjoying beer that is based on that terroir. On a regular weekend (aka non-fruited sour release), the vibe is laid back and everyone from yuppies, families with young children, hipsters, hippies, and regular Joe Sixpacks can have a great time. While the beer styles may not be for everyone, Stanley's has a good tap selection with more "conventional" craft beer, as well as brick oven pizza and delicious garlic knots. The place can become a cluster during a fruited sour release but they do the best they can to move the crowds through the line and prevent circumvention of the bottle limits. More work needs to be done on this front but JK has shown itself to be flexible and willing to try new things. One of the best breweries in American and I feel fortunate to live in relatively close proximity.

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Photo of Jeffjjpkiser1
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by when they weren't open. Very accommodating to let me purchase to take with me. Ended up drinking on the spot all alone. Awesome experience, will visit again!!

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Photo of TheBeerTrekker
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I first visited Jester King in 2014, I was in Houston and decided to make the drive to Austin to visit this brewery that I had heard so much about and also to take some pictures for my project. The drive to Austin was very uneventful until I reached Hill Country, the landscape of the road changes and the journey to reach the brewery begins. The place is tucked in the middle of nowhere, all you see is open space and a small farm-like structures.

On my first visit I went on a day that they were not opened for business in order to take my shots and not bother anyone in the process. I was able to enjoy the quiet and tranquility of the place, very nice experience. On my second visit I decided to go on a weekend and brought some family members to experience the real deal with the place buzzing with people, needless to say it was a big hit with everyone.

I can easily say that Jester King is on my top breweries I have visited anywhere in the world and I have been to a few, what I like the most is the simplicity of it all, they make amazing beers, the energy of the place is great, the people are very welcoming and you can just grab a beer, sit down and enjoy the view and if you are lucky enough enjoy some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen.

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Photo of bfranks
1.28/5  rDev -72.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1

Jester King is an appropriate name as these guys are certainly the king of pretenders when it comes to making good beer. I saw this place and its brews were highly rated so I figured it was worth a shot. I couldn't have been more wrong, this is the worst brewery I've ever been to. I have no idea how it's rated so highly. To me, this place is the "emperor's new clothes of breweries". Everyone can see how inadequate it is but are tricked by the effort and painfully inefficient brewing "techniques" used to make this swill.

This place felt like going to a renaissance festival where an novice brewer was showcasing their spoiled experiments. One beer I had literally tasted and smelled like band aids and stomach bile.

Don't buy into the hype, save your time and cash and visit a different Austin brewery.

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Photo of sd123
4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

cool vibe but very crowded (~30-40 minute wait initially but did improve after that) and not as many of their beers on tap as i would have expected. they had some interesting beers from other breweries but i went to try their beers of which they had 8 on tap which was ok but i was hoping for more. still a cool place to visit and the pizza place has plenty more great beers

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Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX
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