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Jester King Brewery

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BEER AVG
4.06/5
Based on:
60 Beers
16,689 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 48
Visits: 293
Avg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

13005 Fitzhugh Road, Bld. B
Austin, Texas, 78736
United States
phone: (512) 537-5100 | map
jesterkingbrewery.com

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Reviews: 48 | Visits: 293
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +9.4%
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 -1.3%
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 +1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -3.9%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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%
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 -4.6%
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 +2%
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 +2.8%
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 +9.4%
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%
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 -3.9%
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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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Amazing location, one of the most beautiful breweries I have ever visited. Extensive tap offerings of Jester King beer as well as a well curated list of beers from other world renowned breweries. Bottles to go list was a dream come true. Must visit if you're in Austin and into beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Man, Jester King.

A lot to love and a few things to hate (or just strongly dislike).

The beer selection is ridiculous obviously. Jester King's taps are all awesome and you can't go wrong with any beer here. Add to that that Jester King's brewery location (behind Stanley's, but I'll get to that) also sells a ton of other bottled beers for on-site consumption and takeaway plus sake, wines and ciders and there's something here to please just about every drinker. And if one's still not satisfied then Stanley's pizza which is in front of Jester King's taproom has a bunch of other beers from Texas breweries like Live Oak, St. Arnold and others around the country. It's beer galore and getting wasted comes pretty easily.

Let me reiterate, there's tons of great beer here, from Jester King and others. At a separate tent one can buy Jester King bottles (not in the taproom, but outside separately, which I mention because this was new to me). So again, so much good beer to buy and consume. I will say that some of the bottle prices feel high, but I guess it's the selection that makes it all forgivable.

As for the vibe, it's pretty awesome being in Hill Country, having a great breeze in the spring and perfect weather. Tons of wide open space and tables abound, plus the pizza spot seem like a perfect combination. But damn if this shit ain't crowded to NYC subway proportions. Worse still are that there are a lot of entitled people walking around not knowing niceties like "Excuse me" or incapable of hiding their sense of superiority. They don't believe in lines, rules, or sharing their area with lesser people. It's pretty obnoxious. Thus the lower score in this area.

Service takes a hit for the ridiculously long lines, which one can't fault a brewery for, other than not finding a better way to serve people more quickly and efficiently. All I know is hour and fifteen waits for food and 20 minute waits for beers ain't that cool anywhere.

In the end, this place is still awesome and quite the experience but I had to highlight some of the drawbacks because there's room for improvement here.

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Photo of JamLand
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

First let me admit I am a complete homer when it comes to Jester King. The service is usually good, but occasionally not the best. Selection varies depending on what they have on a particular weekend. If they have any of their fruited sours on, then the selection is perfect. Most importantly, I have yet to go to a brewery with a better setting than the farm Jester King is on. No matter what special release or event, you never feel crowded. Plenty of parking and there are some perfect Austin weather days that make this place magical.

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Photo of Tommo
3.26/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Edit: Spring - winter 2015 - This is an edit, what was once an amazing brewery, has succumbed to their amazingness. To be brief, i used to come on any given release weekend, and there were several beers (750s) that i would buy. Recently, everything tastes like it has been fermented at very high temperatures. Lots of plastic and bandaids. At first, with the release of the 2015 provenances, i coped with this bs. However, it has become overwhelming. When you go to jester king on an average weekend, the beers are average at best. I am sad


This review encompasses many many visits.

Overall-

Vibe- The people who work here are f*cking awesome. They are all so nice, especially on a quiet friday evening.

Quality- Unbeatable. I like sours and saisons. This is the embodiment of what i try to accomplish with homebrewing. Its funky and wierd and not every bottle is perfect, but i love their beer

Service- Ok so this is their lowest score. They are bad at getting things done on a busy saturday, which is why i would never go at 2pm the weekend atrial rubicite comes out. Other than that, they rock

Selection- refer to quality. They dont always have amazing bottle selection, often just decent, but when its good its great

I feel their bottle says it all and anyone who doesnt like this place can shove off. They make what they like and its good. Its just like freaking Hill Farmstead though, dont show up at 2pm on a release saturday (or really any saturday at 2)

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Photo of Jaxbrew
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Jester King Brewery in February 2015 while celebrating my soon to be brother-in-law's bachelor party in Austin, TX. My trek to Jester King involved a stop at Southwest Parkway Market, and an Uber drop off in JK's muddy parking lot with a 40lb box of top notch brews from SWPM and a huge smile warped from ear to ear. I approached the outdoor merch and bottles to go stand winded from my walk uphill, and a cheerful fella welcomed me with a ginormous smile on his face. I explained I was from PA, on a solo mission to conquer beer heaven as it is in Texas. The sign on the way in specifically said "No outside alcohol permitted," however, the gentleman gladly placed my box in a safe place whilst I consumed some of the best barrel aged beer in the world in the tasting room. My Texas experience was surreal in itself, but Jester King was a beer nerd's dream come true. Thanks for the awesome hospitality and warm and fuzzy feeling I got from being there.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

As good as advertised. On a farm far away from the hustle and bustle of Austin, one finds sours amongst, the best in the country. Did a large flight because I wasn't sure I would be back again. Servers seemed to really understand beer and were attentive to a geeks needs. Selection was great. The best beer experience I had in Texas at a brewery.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.8/5  rDev +5%

An absolutely fantastic place.

Incredible atmosphere in the hill country just outside of Austin. Right next to a pizza parlor, with outdoor wooden benches everywhere. Limestone steps, fire pits, and a home country feeling. The grounds are large, and visited at night time with strung patio lights and lanterns, and of course the chandelier hanging from an outside tree.

Excellent staff with a great product. Bottle are also available for sale here to take home, but also not just their beer but even some other brews as well (some from the Austin and surrounding area).

Great vibe, and some real decent saisons and wilds produced too. Some miss the mark, but others hit the buttons wonderfully. Ciders, sodas, and lots of other options for drinkers as well besides beer. Nestled on a cool country night by the bench with the lights it reminded me of some of the beer gardens I went to in Germany at night.

Even took a bunch of non beer drinkers here and they were wowed and wanted to come back. If that doesn't say it nothing will.

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Photo of Olga2622
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Jester King Brewery's best attribute (besides the superb beer) is its location. Leaving the city of Austin and only driving for 30 minutes you are teleported into the countryside. The brewery itself overlooks a scenic field demarcated with low but beautiful trees (especially on Friday when the brewery is less busy and the field is not yet used for parking!) Once the seasons start changing and yes that does happen in Austin there are two fire pits which once again when burning heighten your senses and enjoyment of being in a tranquil and beautiful place. For me personally seating around the fire while drinking their latest beer this week its was the Colour Five was an experience that I will not soon forget. This ability to create new memories by going to the brewery is what makes Jester King a force to be reckoned with!

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Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX
99 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.