Jester King Brewery
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 6,028
Beer Avg: 4.05
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
4.9/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Jester King is hands down my favorite brewery to visit. The beers, some of which are my favorite, help a lot, but the location is perfect. Set outside of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, Jester King is a huge contrast from those breweries set in industrial parks. With all the seating outside, even hot summer days can be enjoyed in the shade of an oak tree or the large covered area next door to the brewery.
Jester King is all farmhouse and sour ales and the quality of these is very high. There's usually a beer on cask available. The number of drafts varies and there is sometimes the same beer available in the main taproom and at the outdoor station since lines can get long. Even if you don't like their beers, there is an extensive list of bottles you can buy to consume there or take with you to go. Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza next door has a variety of beers on tap and in bottles, which can be purchased to go as well.
Service is great. Everyone is friendly and seems to love what they're doing. Outside of the brewery, employees often answer questions on their facebook page and on the forums here on BA. Signing up for new beer releases online has also been a breeze.
Jester King serves no food but you can get food next door from Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza. I've only had it once but that one time it was very good.
03-05-2014 22:49:53 | More by wtkphoto
4.46/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was really looking forward to checking out Jester King's new taproom having heard such amazing things about it. When you first drive up it is really impressive. Huge barn/brewery on the left and a large pavilion off to the left, connected to the pizza shop. Walking up to the brewery it really strikes you how beautiful the setting really is. Lots of stone, trees and picnic tables scattered amongst them. All of this lends itself to making an incredible atmosphere to drink beers in. We grabbed a table in the shade and just enjoyed the natural environment. Some of the other people should really learn to control their kids as they were really hurting others enjoyment but we tried not to let that bother us to much. Quality was quite high. As I said earlier the space is amazing while the beers are served in nice wine glasses. Service was solid all around, the initial wait was a bit much since they didn't really have a defined line and people just kept walking past us to make their own. Selection was great, both in house and to go. I love that they post the menu's on their website so I could plan out a few of the beers I was looking to try. I didn't try the food as I was still full from my Franklin BBQ lunch, humble brag, so I didn't try the pizza but from what I saw it looked excellent. Prices were more than reasonable, both the drafts and bottles to go. Overall an absolutely amazing place to have a beer, especially theirs. I would love to have this place around me. I will definitely return the next time I am in Austin.
02-24-2014 02:55:12 | More by orangesol
4.5/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.75 | $$
Visited this barrel house and tasting room on a warm Saturday afternoon in October. It was an incredible way to spend the day in South Texas. Amazing atmosphere with picnic tables scattered across the shaded Hill Country landscape. Large and small groups of people eating snacks with their beers, Frisbees being tossed, kids playing tag, etc. It was a nice, laid-back atmosphere.
And the beer--amazing! There were about a half dozen Jester King beers available to try at sample sizes, by the glass, or by the bottle to go. There were also dozens of other producers' beers available to drink or to go, mostly small artisanal breweries from Texas and Belgium. The selection was amazing. The JK beers were amazing and as good as any sour beers I've had in Belgium, crafted with even more creativity, in my opinion.
The bar staff was hard working and had efficient procedures to keep wait times to a minimum despite the huge numbers of people clamoring for sour beers (in Texas!?!?). The prices were reasonable, with JK beers about $4-6 per glass and $8-16 per 750 ml bottle, and of course they have the best selection around.
Food was limited to only pizza made by a nearby "farmhouse" pizzeria, but it smelled good. They also seemed OK with bringing your own picnic, which is what most seemed to do. Food is the only place where their rating will suffer in this review.
Finally, they do guided tours of their barrel aging warehouses periodically throughout the day. The love and dedication for their craft was apparent as you walked among the barrels of sleeping, mysterious ales. The operation was huge and seemed to go on forever, but all done with care for the final product. I've been to Sherry bodegas in Spain and Port cellars in Porto, and even to Cantillon in Belgium. Believe me, Jester King is cut from the same cloth and they truly have a world-class operation going. See it if you ever have a chance!
01-26-2014 17:19:46 | More by Radome
Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX
99 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.