Jester King Brewery

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(512) 537-5100 | map
jesterkingbrewery.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
92
Reviews:
2,667
Ratings:
21,201
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.66/5
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
378
pDev:
8.8%
 
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 378
Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Sprawling farm location set well outside of Austin. On site, there are 4 different bars, each with various taps and bottle pours available. A small merch stand offers up bottles to-go, along with other Jester King merchandise. Seating is dispersed throughout the facility, with a large, open air canopy covering perhaps half the seating. Other picnic tables are sprawled out between the two sets of bars, all of which are in open air. There is a good amount of shade available for a little cooler drinking temperature. Staff service and friendliness varied widely. Some were down right rude, and others were very pleased to help. Fortunately, the average seemed to at least be enjoying what they did, making it a fair experience for the consumer. Selection is, as one may suspect, focused on Jester King beers - which are a bit odd styled for most. Standard IPAs, stouts, wheats, etc. may be available via the guest tap lists, but even those tend to be focused on the same styles Jester King is known for producing. For this reason, it did not please the other people in my party, otherwise as someone who enjoys saisons, wilds and sour ales - it's a sublime spot to stop and enjoy a few brews.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

JK is an experience, more so than a place (perhaps part of this feeling is that today is St Patty's Day) but this is one sprawling, massive beer mecca. 3 service bars at different spots, 100s of picnic tables... open, airy, and crowded. Maybe 10 of their own beers on tap, plus guest taps and wine. (Why anyone would drink wine here when there are so many wine-like excellent beers is beyond me) plus bottles a d cans to go. Friendly server, food, pizza and I think some sort of truck, live music under the tent... the 3 beers I had were very nice to exceptional. Great time.

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Photo of dankabier1
3.99/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Fantastic brewery with on site pizza oven. All outdoor seating or some under barn. Heaters and firepits when cold. 3 separate bars. Benches tables and chairs.

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Photo of Boj
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I like this place, but don't really get the hype. Every time I have been here, it has been packed and long lines for beer. The beer is good but very expensive. If you are in the area, definitely have to stop. Would not make it a destination myself.

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Photo of Luckydog91
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Went on a rainy Saturday. Beers were awesome, grounds were beautiful and the Brewhouse tour was informative and intimate.

Overall had a great time but was glad the inclimate weather kept the crowd down. After speaking with some of the employees I get the impression things get a little crowded on a typical Saturday.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Finally made it to JK. Unsure what to expect but had a great time. Walking the Hill Country grounds between the 3 differently stocked bars and a happy crowd was really cool. JK team was consistently knowledgeable; friendly and helpful. Had more than a few good Beer talks, and learned a lot. One special moment was when being told a beer I had requested had just “kicked”... another staff person said “hold on” and went back up to main building and returned hand delivering me a snifter full of the beer. Way cool.
Had time only for about an hour or so, but could have spent the wholeday.
Great place, great beer and great Beer. Can’t wait to go back

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Photo of SummitFox
4.36/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

The best brewery location I have visited. Lots of parking for the lofty ranch-turned brewery. Multiple pour locations was helpful in easing the crowded line that led into the main bar area. There was plenty of seating throughout multiple portions of the acreage, including standalone tables, a converted barn which boasts a pizza maker, and lots of a land to wonder while you sip! Overall large selection of their beers with the primary focus on farmhouse and sour ales. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

what can you say about this place, except for that its totally a destination brewery, and that they are hands down making some of the finest beers in the land, and by in the land i mean in the world. i have wanted to come here forever and finally got the chance. it was a gorgeous sunny day with a pleasant breeze blowing through, i could not imagine more perfect weather to set the scene here. its a bit of a drive from austin proper, but a pretty enough one, and you pull in a rather rural space, more of a compound than a single space, with a lager barn looking structure that is the brewery and main bar, but then also an outside bar with a different beer list, and a couple of lower bars with different lists still, more of a beer hall setup down there. they have a wood fired pizza kitchen on site, a bottle and merch to go area, some live music set up, and patches of pretty shade trees with picnic tables underneath them. the whole thing is idyllic and serene and as rustic and charming as i hoped it would be, time just flew by here. the service was solid for just how many people were here. its all spread out enough that it never felt busy, but there had to be a few hundred people on the property! the beers speak for themselves, but it was cool to find some special and uncommon ones here like spon variants and a cool collaboration with fonta flora, among others. all wild, all interesting, all inspired, just so awesome, one could theoretically sit here and drink forever and never get bored. we were greeted warmly upon arrival, they even have parking attendants! i didnt do the tour, couldnt tear myself away from the heady beer list, but now i have a reason to go back. the whole experience was just fantastic. the pizza was great, the beers were world class, they even have some cool guest bottles for there and to go, and it was well worth the effort required to visit this place. i have always loved them, but our trip here cemented jester king as one of my absolute favorites. do not miss a chance to go here!

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Photo of SDRedDevil
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bucket list destination! Expansive area with multiple seating areas, games and bars. Each bar has the same core beers and some variation. To go beer is in a separate spot and everyone is super helpful (they have 12 bottle shippers!). The beers are amazing and its soo relaxing that it makes you forget its 105 degrees outside...

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Photo of puck1225
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Had a great time! A bit apprehensive going in, and missed the turnoff the first time past, but the staff helps you get things figured out fast. Excellent pizza available on site - I recommend this as well.

Very laid back, kids seem to have as great a time as the adults, dog friendly too. Beer selection is great! Even if the funky farmhouse ales aren’t your thing, there are guests beers that are also excellent.

If you get the chance, go, even better if you can go when the weather is cool - all outside. Very hot in June when I was there.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This is most likely my favorite place on the planet. The whole staff is knowledgeable, polite, and fun. Sean gave a great tour with tons of information and answered every question.

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Photo of bblazer0
4.84/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great rotating bottles from other smaller breweries you can not find anywhere else in town. Jeff is personable and always a joy to talk to when around. Plus who can forget about the amazing pizza from Stanley's? Pizza+Beer+Hill Country=a great way to spend the afternoon.

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Photo of dnallohb
4.24/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Awesome atmosphere, very spacious and shaded outside seating area with a covered pavilion to grab a bite at. Unique and interesting great beers that vary week to week, they specialize in a lot of Farmhouse Ales -- but plenty of variety. Will definitely visit again.

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Photo of Bryan12345
2.75/5  rDev -41%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75

I really wanted to like Jester King. After all the hype, and how it was supposedly synonymous with Austin craft beer...
The one word that sums up my experience is PRETENTIOUS. And 90% of their beers were saisons?? We had a much better time next door at the pizza place, and the guest taps there honestly contained better beer. Nice to go once, but we won't be back.

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Photo of jhavs
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great place to hang out in the middle of nowhere. A short drive to the country from downtown Austin in a working ranch. Lots of outdoor seating. Taproom set up inside, outdoor beer station as well. Excellent quality farmhouse brews are poured via tap or out of the bottle depending on the beer. They have a ton of beers from other brewers available as well. A bottle to go and swag station is set up with a long list of retail bottles.

Great and friendly service. Tours offered throughout the day. Cornhole set up. Pizza place right in the same location. Looked good but I did not try.

Multiple pour sizes from 4oz to 8oz to 12 oz depending on the brew.

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Photo of manbearpack
4.8/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Jester King is a great place to visit when you want to have great beer and escape the congestion of Austin. Nestled away on a farm west of the city it is a nice change of pace from the normal brewery taproom. Only open 3 days a week they always have a great tap selection and extensive bottle list. Most of the seating is outdoors which is great for spring, fall and winter, but it can be a bit hot during the summer. JK doesn't sell food, but Stanely's next door has good pizza and more beer, you can also walk over with your JK pours.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

probably the BEST brewery i've been to to date. reminded my a lot of the HF atmosphere w/ the country side scenic views but the outdoor gathering spot for visitors is absolutely insane! plus killer food to boot. pours are extremely generous and plentiful. no limits here. will go back again.

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Photo of DrewLikesBeer
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The spot is in the middle of nowhere, gorgeous Texas countryside. Cool buildings and layout, amazing beers for onsite consumption as well as take away (they can vary on options very widely). Only downside is you can't bring in outside food and you are limited to the one pizza place that's not owned by them but right next to everything. Pizza is awesome, just if you don't want that you are out of luck.

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Photo of ChuletaTX512
3.78/5  rDev -18.9%
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 +7.3%
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 -7.9%
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 -0.6%
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 +2.6%
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 -9%
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 BeerSamurai34
5/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX
Brewery rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 21,201 ratings