Jester King Brewery & WeldWerks Brewing Collaborate on Rex Machina Hazy IPA

Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Rex Machina, a special collaboration with WeldWerks Brewing (Greeley, Colorado), at noon on Friday, June 12.

Rex Machina is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale built upon a base of “Silver Star Two Row malt from Blacklands Malt and a quarter-ton of flaked and malted oats and wheat.” To ensure that Rex Machina (6.7% ABV) bursts with plenty of hop-sourced juiciness, the beer was then “dry hopped aggressively, first with WeldWerks super-expressive, hand-picked lot of El Dorado, then again with a new hop blend called Trident, which lends an intense tropical, passion fruit character.”

Rex Machina will officially release at Jester King Brewery at noon on June 12 and will hang around only as long as supplies last (only 200 cases produced). This Limited Release offering will be available by the glass, in 32 oz. crowlers and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($16 per 4-pack, limit of one case per customer). If you are interested in getting your hands on Rex Machina, you can order online for pickup anytime 7 days a week from 12-8 p.m. or make a reservation so that you can get a crowler filled or enjoy by the glass on-site. Rex Machina is a brewery exclusive release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Rex Machina from Jester King Brewery & WeldWerks Brewing

Release – Limited; June 12, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
Featured Hops – El Dorado & Trident hop blend
Malts – Silver Star 2- Row from Blacklands Malt, flaked and malted oats & wheat
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Online Ordering for Pickup – https://www.toasttab.com/jesterkingbrewery/v3
Distribution – None. Brewery only


Jester King Brewery Issues a Love Letter to Lager with Release of Unfiltered Pilsner

JesterkinglogoJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Jester King Unfiltered Pilsner, the brewery’s first ever pale lager in cans, on Wednesday, April 8.

Meant to embrace a brewer’s love for lager and all the good things that come from “patience and simplicity,” Jester King Unfiltered Pilsner was brewed with “a wort with Hill Country well water (which [the brewery] softened), White Horn Pilsner Malt from [Jester King’s] friends at Blacklands Malt, and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops.” The patience mentioned above surfaces in this beer in two ways:

  • The brewers employed “a single decoction mash, which involves removing part of the main mash and cooking it separately for a period of time, in an effort to yield malt complexity and melanoidin production.”
  • The brewers then “fermented the wort with German lager yeast from Community Cultures Yeast Lab in San Antonio, then lagered the beer for six weeks in a horizontal dairy tank.”

Just as its name suggests, Jester King Unfiltered Pilsner was left unfiltered and unpasteurized and clocks in at 5.1% ABV.

Jester King Unfiltered Pilsner will debut at Jester King Brewery at noon on April 8 (if you are local to the brewery, you can set up your drive through pickup by clicking here or by calling 512-661-8736), and limited distribution is expected to begin shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Jester King’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Jester King Unfiltered Pilsner from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; April 8, 2020
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5.1%
Featured Malts – White Horn Pilsner Malt from Blacklands Malt
Featured Hops – Hallertau Mittelfruh
Yeast – German lager yeast from Community Cultures Yeast Lab
Fun Fact – A note on lagers from Jester King: “Like a lot of brewers and beer geeks, pale lagers have had a special place in our hearts for a long time. For instance, when we receive a box of beer from our brewer friends in other parts of the world, it’s usually the pale lagers that get picked through the fastest. We remember waiting on our loading dock for our first ever shipment of Live Oak Pilz cans to arrive at Jester King and celebrating the moment. At beer festivals, we’re quick to locate the breweries pouring Pilsner or Helles. In central Texas, we’re pretty spoiled to be home to some of the best lager brewers in the country.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Limited

Jester King Brewery Set to Drop More Dots on Black Friday

JesterKingMoreDots3Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for More Dots, a Barrel-aged Wild Ale refermented with black currants, on Black Friday, November 29.

Here to put the black currant in Black Friday, More Dots starts with a blend of Das Überkind, the brewery’s “un-fruited barrel aged wild ale . . . fermented with [its] mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria,” with an “average age of around one year.” The blended beer went on to be “racked . . . out of oak barrels and into a stainless steel tank, then refermented . . . with 2,000 pounds of black currants from Samson Farms in Everson, Washington.” Once it achieved “total dryness,” More Dots (5.8% ABV) was finally “packaged . . . into bottles and kegs for natural conditioning / refermentation.”

More Dots will release exclusively in the Tasting Room & Kitchen at Jester King Brewery at noon on Black Friday, November 29. This Limited Release offering will be available in 500ml bottles for the cost of $20 each (limit of four bottles per person).  More Dots will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for More Dots from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; November 29, 2019
Style – Wild Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 10
Treatment – Blend of un-fruited Barrel-aged Wild Ale refermented with 2,000 pounds of black currants
Availability – 500ml bottles
Bottle Count – +/- 2,300
Distribution – None; brewery exclusive release

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Jester King Brewery To Release Tasting Room Exclusive Provenance Black Lime

JesterkinglogoJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Provenance Black Lime on Thursday, August 22.

Arriving as the next installment in Jester King’s citrus-themed series, Provenance Black Lime (5.6% ABV) is a Farmhouse Ale that incorporates black limes in the boil of “a similar [base beer] to previous Provenance iterations.”  This approach produces a beer that is “deeper in color, with more caramel notes and more body” than past Provenance releases.

“We took limes from G&S Orchards and sliced them into ¼ inch disks, then dehydrated those disks at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 days. The process is a slow caramelization of the sugars within the fruit as well as enzymatic oxidation of the flesh. This process definitely changes the flavor to something still reminiscent of the original fruit but has a distinct caramel quality, elevated acidity, and tea-like character.”

 

– Damien Brockway, Jester King Executive Chef 

Provenance Black Lime will release exclusively in the Tasting Room & Kitchen at Jester King Brewery at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 22.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles for the cost of $13 each (limit of two (2) bottles per person per day).  Provenance Black Lime will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Provenance Black Lime from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; August 22, 2019
Style – Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 5.6%
Added Ingredients – Black limes that were processed in-house by Jester King
Fun Fact – “We’ve made Provenance beers in the past with different types of citrus. This one, however, is the first time we’ve processed the citrus in our Kitchen.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Bottle Count – 480 bottles 
Bottle Limit – Two (2) bottles per person per day
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

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Jester King Brewery Introduces Pattinson Porter

JesterkinglogoJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Pattinson Porter, a special collaboration with beer historian and writer Ron Pattinson, on August 8.

Brewed in March when Ron Pattinson visited Jester King for a speaking engagement, Pattinson Porter is a take on “a rare historical recipe for an East German Porter from the early to mid 20th century” that Pattinson brought along for the event.  This particular style of Porter was known for being “heavily toasted, highly hopped, and brettanomyces refermented.” Jester King put their twist on this beer by pitching it with their “mixed culture which contains several strains of brettanomyces rather than refermenting with brettanomyces.”  Pattinson Porter comes in at 8.4% ABV.

“Working with Ron Pattinson was a real honor for us at Jester King. He’s someone we’ve looked up to for years and learned a lot about beer from. History can easily be lost forever, so we’re grateful for Ron’s effort to preserve it when it comes to beer. Ron is also one of the most entertaining and engaging people we know in the beer world, so it was a real pleasure to host him at Jester King, brew with him, and have him lecture on the history of sour beer in Germany.”

 

– Jeffrey Stuffings, Co-founder of Jester King Brewery

Pattinson Porter will make its debut at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 8 at the Tasting Room & Kitchen at Jester King Brewery and distribution is anticipated to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Jester King’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Pattinson Porter from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; August 8, 2019
Style – East German Porter
ABV – 8.4%
Malts – Weyermann Munich, Caramunich, Carafa III & Blacklands Brownfield
Hops – Liberty
Fermentation – Pitched with Jester King’s house mixed culture & fermented for a little over 6 weeks in stainless steel
Availability – 750ml bottles
Bottle Count – (+/-) 1,700

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Jester King Brewery Introduces Mr. Mingo Hibiscus Saison

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Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mr. Mingo Hibiscus Saison on Thursday, July 4.

Born from the inspiration to “make a simple beer with a subtle adjunct”, Mr. Mingo is “a simple saison with barley and wheat from Blacklands Malt and raw Texas Hill Country water” sourced from the brewery’s on-site well.  The beer was then introduced to roselle hibiscus flowers “at the end of the boil and then later dry hopped with more. In total, [Jester King] used around 1 pound of hibiscus per barrel.”

Mr. Mingo will officially release at 4 p.m. on July 4 at the Tasting Room & Kitchen at Jester King Brewery and distribution is expected to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Jester King’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mr. Mingo Hibiscus Saison from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; launching July 4, 2019
Style – Saison/Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 5.9%
Added Ingredients – Roselle hibiscus flowers
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Bottle Count – (+/-) 4,500

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Jester King Brewery Sets Release Date for Cherry Wine Barrel-aged Moderne Dansk

JKModerne2Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Moderne Dansk, a cherry wine barrel-aged Wild Ale, on June 7.

Inspired by the delicious cherry wine offerings from “one of [Jester King’s] favorite wineries in the world — Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin in Harpelunde, Denmark”, Moderne Dansk is an American Wild Ale that was brewed with “well water, local grain, and a blend of fresh and aged hops, and fermented . . . with [the brewery’s] mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria.”  This base beer was then aged in Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin cherry wine barrels “for about a year before refermenting . . . with Stevnsbær cherry juice.”  After being “naturally refermented in bottles and kegs”, the completed Moderne Dansk (7.1% ABV) comes together to offer a “beautiful melding of the terroir from Frederiksdal and Jester King.”

Moderne Dansk will officially release in Jester King’s Tasting Room & Kitchen at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7 and is not expected to see distribution (“aside from special events”).  This Limited Release offering will be available for purchase by the glass and in 375ml bottles to go ($20 each, four [4] bottle limit per person per day).  This weekend’s Moderne Dansk release event will also feature “a special selection of Frederiksdal wines” and a small batch “still version” of Modern Danske that will be available by the glass only.  Prost!

Vital Information for Moderne Dansk from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; June 7, 2019
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 7.1%
Treatment – Aged in Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin cherry wine barrels for about a year, refermented with Stevnsbær cherry juice
Availability – 375ml bottles – $20 each, four (4) bottle limit per person per day
Bottle Count – 2,900 bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

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Creature Comforts Brewing & Jester King Brewery Re-Release Mutualism Farmhouse Lager

CCBC_MutualismStillWeb-8648Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mutualism, a Southern-style Farmhouse Lager brewed in collaboration with Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas), on May 11.

First released back in July 2016, Mutualism starts with a base Pilsner “brewed using local wheat and grits from Georgia-based DaySpring Farms.”  It then picks up its “Farmhouse” designation when finished with “a secondary fermentation with a blend of both Creature Comforts’ and Jester King’s house-mixed cultures of yeast and bacteria.  The beer was then bottle conditioned for five months.”  Coming in at an easy-drinking 6% ABV, Mutualism is described by both breweries as being “dry, round, and defined.”

“We feel that this beer is a beautiful balance of our two breweries,” said Blake Tyers, Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. “Our work together, and our house cultures working together created a mutually beneficial relationship revealed in the beauty of this beer.”

750ml bottles of Mutualism will officially release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 11.  This Limited Release offering is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mutualism from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; May 11, 2019
Style – Farmhouse Lager
ABV – 6%
Featured Ingredients – Local wheat and grits from Georgia-based DaySpring Farms
Fermentation – Mutualism underwent a secondary fermentation with a blend of both Creature Comforts’ and Jester King’s house-mixed cultures of yeast & bacteria
Fun Fact #1 – On the Mutualism project: “Creature Comforts and Jester King first released the collaborative brew in July 2016. The breweries bonded over a strong admiration for beers that represent a time and place, which inspired the blending of the two house cultures as well as the use of local grits, a staple in Southern homes.”
Fun Fact #2 – On the label artwork: “Creature Comforts resident artist, Melissa Merrill, designed the label art for Mutualism. The label depicts both breweries’ logos as one cohesive unit, representative of the symbiotic qualities of the beer. Inspired by the collaborative brew, Merrill painted the original artwork for the label with a watercolor medium derived from the two breweries’ combined house-mixed cultures.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room-only release at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

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Jester King Brewery Sets Release Date for Atrial Rubicite 2019

atrial19Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will host a bottle release for the 2019 batch of Atrial Rubicite on Friday, May 3.

Originally released in 2013 and now back for its 9th batch, Atrial Rubicite is a highly-coveted “barrel-aged Wild Ale refermented with raspberries.  This year’s batch of Atrial Rubicite is 5.5% alcohol by volume and was packaged in early April.”

Atrial Rubicite (2019) will officially release at Jester King’s Tasting Room & Restaurant at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 3.  This Limited Release offering will be available on draft and in 500ml bottles ($20 each, limit of six [6] bottles per guest per day).  Outside of special events, Atrial Rubicite is a brewery exclusive release that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Atrial Rubicite (2019) from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; May 3, 2019
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Treatment – “Raspberries were added to mature barrel-aged sour ale and refermented to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.” 
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Bottle Count – 7,500
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive

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Jester King Brewery Set to Release First Batch of SPON Muscat

muscat6Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has announced that it will officially release the 2018 vintage of SPON Muscat on Friday, March 22.

Arriving as the newest offering to come out Jester King’s SPON program, SPON Muscat is “a blend of 100% spontaneously fermented beer refermented with 2,000 pounds of Muscat grapes from Sulphur Bluff, Texas (2018 harvest).” The folks at the brewery report that the grapes reminded them “of honeysuckle and flowers, and refermented very nicely with SPON.” 2018 SPON Muscat (6.4% ABV) “was blended last September and packaged last December.”  The 2018 “vintage” date indicates the year the beer was packaged.

2018 SPON Muscat will officially release in Jester King’s Tasting Room & Restaurant on March 22.  This Limited Release offering will available by the glass and in 375ml bottles to go ($25 per bottle, limit of four bottles per customer per day).  Outside of special events, 2018 SPON Muscat is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for 2018 SPON Muscat from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; March 22, 2019
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 6.4%
Treatment – A blend of 100% spontaneously fermented beer refermented with 2,000 pounds of Muscat grapes from Sulphur Bluff, Texas
Fun Fact – On the SPON program – “Our SPON beers (short for ‘spontaneous’) are brewed with unfiltered well water, Texas malted barley, Texas raw wheat, and aged hops from our barn. The wort sits overnight in our coolship and collects wild yeast and bacteria from the air before spontaneously fermenting in oak barrels for typically one to three years. They are then conditioned in bottles and kegs through natural refermentation. As we state on our label, SPON is a unique reflection of the ecology of the Texas winter, the Texas Hill Country, and the people of Jester King.”
Availability – 375ml bottles ($25 each, limit of 4 per customer per day)
Distribution – None, brewery only

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