Jester King Brewery

Jester King BreweryJester King Brewery
Jester King BreweryJester King Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(512) 537-5100 | map

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Jester King is an authentic farmhouse brewery located in the beautiful Hill Country on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. We make farmhouse ales and spontaneously fermented beers tied to a time, place, and people.
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I wanted to try some of Jester King's famous wild ales. Unfortunately, there was only a single wild ale on tap, which I didn't order, because the description didn't appeal to me. I sampled a variety of saisons, which were only of average quality. On the positive side, the site is truly lovely and worth a visit if you're in the area.

Feb 28, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I would throw 5 across the board but want to leave room for absolute perfection.

this place is splendid. world-class selection and quality, easy and down to earth vibe + goats (it's a farm, y'all).
service was quick, well communicated, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and considerate.
super big bonus points for managing all of that during a pandemic.

if you are coming to Austin, and you want a truly weird and funky and unique brew experience, this is the one to choose. there are so many great breweries in this area, but this one transcends to something entirely different thanks to the location and overall vibe.

once in a blue moon, you may even luck out on a day that they happen to have gotten a Cantillon order or some such unexpected miracle.

Sep 16, 2020
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socon67 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Ann experience like no other. Brewery is on a farm and spread out, with multiple bars. People with their kids, pets, you name it. Very chill atmosphere. Service was great as they explain the beers, food, and anything else you need. They sell bottles to go (rare for Texas breweries).

Styles are centric to saisons, wilds, and sours. All were really good. Certainly a unique place to visit.

Jul 12, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Jun 11, 2019
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Mar 17, 2019
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dankabier1 from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Feb 09, 2019
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Boj from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Oct 31, 2018
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Luckydog91 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Sep 20, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Aug 27, 2018
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SummitFox from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Aug 25, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Jul 16, 2018
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SDRedDevil from California

5/5  rDev +7.5%
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...

Jun 25, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Jun 04, 2018
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It is hard to say any bad things about this location. The facility itself, which is a bit off the beaten path, is gorgeous. Just a huge outdoor space with shaded and sunny picnic-style seating. So many families, kids, dogs floating around for a very friendly environment. Super friendly staff. Nice variety and selection within the farmhouse and sour styles of beer, if that is your thing, and usually a handful of unique offerings, ingredient wise, on the menu as well. An absolute must hit if you are anywhere near the Austin area.

May 09, 2018
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Feb 26, 2018
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bblazer0 from Texas

4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Sep 27, 2017
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dnallohb from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Sep 16, 2017
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Bryan12345 from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Aug 12, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Apr 19, 2017
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manbearpack from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Mar 28, 2017
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 30, 2016
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DrewLikesBeer from Florida

4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Nov 28, 2016
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ChuletaTX512 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Jun 06, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

5/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Apr 24, 2016
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MNBeerGeek from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Apr 12, 2016
Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX
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