Jester King Craft Brewery

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  1. rainerschuhsler

    rainerschuhsler (0) May 17, 2012 Texas

    Yes! Will you sell bottles of Ol Oi and Experimental Sour for off-site consumption?
  2. PhatAtUT

    PhatAtUT (0) Jul 31, 2009 Texas

    those are some pretty steep prices
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  3. Daemose

    Daemose (0) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

    doh. nevermind. just read the blog entry.

    thats dissappointing. i liked the old tasting menu.
  4. WhiteRock

    WhiteRock (0) May 23, 2013 Texas

    Have you considered offering a flight, maybe 2 oz, of say 5 or 6 beers for around $10? That way people could still taste a majority of your beers and then decide after that what beer they want to order more of. I know this would appeal to people like my wife that aren't really familiar with your beer but would still like to sample everything and decide what they want more of and still feel like they haven't spent a lot of money.
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  5. HopAG

    HopAG (0) Sep 22, 2012 Texas

    Oh wow, the times are most certainly changing.

    I'm just glad for bigger pours.

    Jeff you should still add some form of touring option to allow out of towners or newbies be able to try a wide variety of styles without having to break the bank.

  6. HopAG

    HopAG (0) Sep 22, 2012 Texas

    great minds think alike, I was typing the same thing
  7. Daemose

    Daemose (0) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

  8. mattisloco

    mattisloco (0) Feb 13, 2007 Texas

  9. Lutter

    Lutter (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Congratulations, Jeff!

    Stoked for full pours and more limited beers available.

    I also personally don't mind paying a bit more for better selection of JK beers, bigger pours, expanded hours (eventually), and hopefully shorter lines in the main taproom.
  10. Daemose

    Daemose (0) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

    After reading the full article, I realized I am a huge asshole, and that this is awesome and very exciting for the future of the brewery.
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  11. johnsaulrubio

    johnsaulrubio (0) Dec 2, 2006 Texas

    I, for one, like the new menu. It lets me put more money toward the stuff I really want to drink, and allows me to be able to spend a day there and drink to suit my mood.

    Sure, it's a bit more expensive than it was- but the prices are still reasonable.

    And put my name in the slot marked "flights=good" as well. A build-your-own 6-beer flight for $12 or $13 would be amazing.
  12. kevinscott

    kevinscott (0) Oct 21, 2008 Texas

    I think a flight option is crucial to continue exposing new people to the lineup. If you ever visit breweries in other states they tend to offer 1 or 2 oz tasters at a reasonable price or a build your own flight option.

    I am looking forward to the new setup.
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  13. cam_williams

    cam_williams (0) Oct 3, 2012 Texas

    Really excited this is happening! People are initially going to think the prices are high, but us in Texas have always dealt with the tour, free glass, and taste beer. It is going to be a shock to some, but better overall. With the way it is now, Jester King and other breweries will be able to make much more on their beers and put more money back into expanding, facilities, etc. Exciting times ahead for Texas breweries!
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  14. Lutter

    Lutter (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Oh, I think there will be a lot of pushback initially from people initially.

    I'm particularly interested to see how Stanley's works into their plans.

    The biggest loss here is guest taps... I was consistently amazed at some of those beers. I think we (and the brewery) are gaining more than we'll lose, however.
  15. AdamR46

    AdamR46 (0) Nov 18, 2011 Texas

    Guest taps can be made available at Stanleys maybe?
  16. jesterkingbeer

    jesterkingbeer (0) Jun 28, 2010 Texas

    Thanks for the supportive words and feedback. I'll definitely keep in mind what you wrote about sample flights. We're going to build a better bar before expanding our hours this fall. So I could see that being something we add to our menu.

    - Jeff
  17. Lutter

    Lutter (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Uh, no. :slight_smile:

    There will be guest taps there (heck, there are now)... but they're not going to be able to sell most of those guest beers that were available for reasons I won't get into here, lol.
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  18. Daemose

    Daemose (0) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

    Ritterguts Gose. Aww yeah.
  19. WhiteRock

    WhiteRock (0) May 23, 2013 Texas

    Just wanted to add that I am not trying to sound negative about the new changes at Jester King, I personally think it's great that next time I go I can try some of the beers that are hard to get. Being able to sell bottles for off site consumption is another great addition, though not for my wallet. My suggestion about having flights was based on the fact I just went to JK for the first time Saturday and my wife and I really enjoyed getting to sample a bunch of different beers for a good price. My wife's family will be in town in September and we plan on going back to JK and I think they would find the flight option as an appealing choice and a good starter for those that have never had JK.
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  20. jesterkingbeer

    jesterkingbeer (0) Jun 28, 2010 Texas

    Stanley's will continue to pour beer from other breweries besides Jester King. Unfortunately, Stanley's or any other Texas bar for that matter, will not be able to pour the guest beers we brought in from Shelton Brothers for our Saturday tastings. Those beers aren't licensed for sale in Texas, so they could only be given away for free.

    - Jeff
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  21. mattchow

    mattchow (0) Jun 24, 2012 Texas

    Do you have the same choice dilemma when you go into a normal bar or do you stick to what you know?
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  22. Lutter

    Lutter (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I'd like to point out that for $12, you can sample their entire regular lineup as 4oz samples (the first 5 beers).
  23. ShowerBeer_

    ShowerBeer_ (0) Jun 17, 2013 Texas

    Unfortunate but probably the norm. The last few beer tours (Austin,Houston,Dallas) I went on gave out 2oz samples. I'm guessing the 6oz samples were an added bonus until everyone and their mom got wind that Jester King is making quality beer. I'll tak 2oz of JK over none anyday.
  24. WhiteRock

    WhiteRock (0) May 23, 2013 Texas

    If possible I always try something new. Rarely stick with the same beer every time I go out.
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  25. andys_war_hall

    andys_war_hall (110) Dec 7, 2012 Texas

    I'm sure that I am going to get buried for this but I have to ask.

    So how are the new laws going to effect new JK releases going forward? I know that there will likely be "bottle release parties" for Viking Metal, and Atrial Rubicite. But does that mean they will be sold ONLY at the brewery, and ONLY on that certain day?

    I'm concerned that living anywhere but Austin, will limit what I have access to. I've braced myself for the fact that I may never have the pleasure of tasting those listed above. I know I could make it down for the bottle release parties, but I would rather that be the exception not the rule.

    Let me also say, I am excited for JK, and really glad that they will be able to make more money and grow their business. Hopefully I will be able to keep enjoying the fruits of their labor.
  26. kmello69

    kmello69 (0) Nov 27, 2011 Texas

    Very happy to see this all coming to reality.

    Personally, for selfish reasons, I was hoping that by cutting out the middle man bottle prices would drop a little, justifying the cost of the drive out to JK (45 minute drive each way for me), but that doesn't look to be the case. Oh well, you can't get everything you want. At least the money is going to the brewer.
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  27. nsheehan

    nsheehan (0) Jul 3, 2011 Texas

    Yes, but then the next three are $10 more, and the next four are $13.5 more. I was hoping to go to JK soon and would be a little disappointed if it's going to cost over $30 to sample their twelve tap room beers. I'd pay $15 or maybe $20 for smaller pours of most/all the tap room beers. Also, the four outdoor beers don't even have a sampler size. I was looking forward to sampling RU-55 and Funk Metal (well, all of the beers, I've only had a couple so far). Without sampler sizes I don't know if I'll be able to try them (for $ and because I might be driving and I'm not trying to push my limit).

    I strongly fall on the side of good samplers (with WhiteRock et al.), 2 or 3 oz pours in sets of six or so, for a fair price (for both consumers and JK). For reference, the first time I went to Russian River the sampler was extremely well priced, on the side of generous. IIRC, you can choose six (or more?) beers from one or both sides of their menu (American side/Belgian side), for under $10 per side.

    IMO breweries should try their best to provide the best sampler they can, as the people who get them are oftentimes A. wanting to try as many of the beers as possible and decide if this is a brewery they want to regularly support (buy bottles off the shelf).
    B. Visiting the area and want to try all the beers, and I'd say beer tourism (for Austin and JK) won't get far if good samplers aren't offered.
  28. bccocx

    bccocx (0) Jan 13, 2007 Texas

    Please look again:

    Commercial Suicide - 16 oz. - $4
    Viking Metal - 8 oz. - $6
    RU55 - 8 oz. - $6
    Funk Metal - 8 oz. - $6
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  29. kmello69

    kmello69 (0) Nov 27, 2011 Texas

    Not sure 8 and 16 oz are considered "samples" - dude wants to be able to drive home. :wink:
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  30. bccocx

    bccocx (0) Jan 13, 2007 Texas

    Yeah I guess those would be considered very "healthy samples." I'm hoping that you can get .5 - 1.0 oz. sample if you want to "try before you buy" much like many bars offer. I think this would be really helpful for those getting into craft beer.
  31. jbeezification

    jbeezification (0) Jun 6, 2012 Texas

    Screw those guys, there should be more for me!!
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  32. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster (0) Sep 21, 2012 Texas

    Fairly pricey for a tap room.
  33. air

    air (0) Mar 28, 2007 Texas

    Yup, I say no harm in asking. Can't imagine why someone pouring the beer would be opposed to that; I definitely would be ok with it if I were the one pouring.
  34. aschwab

    aschwab (0) Mar 3, 2009 Texas

    For selfish reasons, I have always liked the way the breweries operated before to be able to get a glass and samples for $10.

    However, I am extremely happy that this law passed for the breweries.

    With that said, I find these prices steep for what you are offering. It is just my opinion...but most tap rooms that I have been to throughout the US seem to have very good prices for their beers. They encourage people to try a lot of their beers. This menu seems to do the opposite.
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  35. OrificeBizarre

    OrificeBizarre (0) Aug 4, 2012 Texas

    i hope i can still buy a glass and get my pours in that.
  36. cmoody91

    cmoody91 (0) Mar 21, 2010 Illinois

    Wonderful news guys!! The tap room menu looks amazing, and seriously, those are still AMAZING prices. I would seriously love if more bars/taprooms in Chicago had pricing closer to what you guys have listed, as well as the option of different serving sizes. Can't wait to try the Experimental Sour, Ol Oi and Viking Metal, that menu makes me jealous.

    Congrats again Jeff and everyone else at Jester King.
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  37. aschwab

    aschwab (0) Mar 3, 2009 Texas

    They clearly state you can't do what they have been doing.

    You can probably buy a glass.

    You can buy pours.

    But you wont be able just to pay $10 and get 6 pours....
  38. jesterkingbeer

    jesterkingbeer (0) Jun 28, 2010 Texas

    Yes, our bar tenders will be instructed to let people try a small pour (~0.5-1.0 oz.) for free in order to see if you'd like to purchase a glass.

    - Jeff
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  39. nsheehan

    nsheehan (0) Jul 3, 2011 Texas


    Exactly, I have never seen a sample size larger than 6oz, and that's what I'd consider healthy. 8oz is a half pint.
    Err, I should clarify. I've never seen a purchased sample larger than 6oz. The way TX breweries have done free half-glass samples (or whatever you see/call it) has maybe conditioned Texans to think of 8oz as a sample...
    But trying a brewery's whole lineup at 8oz a pop... can take some time, not that that I've seen that offered if they have more than a handful of beers.

    I would be surprised if you couldn't get a tiny 0.5oz taster, but if that's the only way to get less than 8oz of the outdoor beers, I suppose some people will ask for a tiny 0.5oz taster of all four beers. So then the consumer might look like a d-bag, but the bartender looks like a d-bag to the consumer if he/she says no, and good will isn't built.

    I was able to try every beer Russian River had on tap for just under $20, I think 13 beers. And at 2 or 3oz. each I was very ready for more samplers when we got to Lagunitas an hour later. I'm just bringing up RR because I recognize sour and barrel-aged beers are more difficult and expensive to make, so it's a decent comparison sampler wise.
    Edit: Saw JK post above, still curious about people asking to 'tiny sample' all outdoor beers.
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  40. jamescain

    jamescain (0) Jul 14, 2009 Texas

    I think its funny how people complained about the old way and they wanted to be able to just buy a glass. Now people can do that and they realize how good of a deal the old way was before the change. Personally I'm glad the law has changed.

    JK's prices are actually very reasonably priced. Most tap rooms throughout the US are not selling BA sours/wild ales.
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