Tucked away down a windy road in between Dripping Springs and Austin, Texas, Jester King in all its glory resides.
Once you reach the front entrance all that separates you and world-class sours is a driveway that resembles a dirt bike track, but that’s beside the point. Once you do make it through the bumps and potholes, what awaits you is one of the coolest and finest breweries you will probably ever go to. After you park, walk up the stone steps leading up to the tap room and brewery, look to your right to see the beautiful open field. Take a seat at a picnic table, throw some beanbags and enjoy some fresh air. You won’t find any televisions or Wi-Fi here, just people drinking great beer and having great conversation. It is my favorite brewery that I have ever been to and highly recommend checking it out if you have never done so.
Jester King is touted as one of the best breweries in America and one of the premier sour brewers in the world.
What’s crazy about that is they have reached that status in less than five years, as Jester King’s first beer sold was in the fall of 2010. Jester King was dreamed up in 2009 by Jeff Stuffings, who then got his brother Michael on board along with former beer importer Ron Extract. Since their humble beginnings they have quickly shot up the ranks and are now sought out by beer drinkers all over the world.
Its most known for their fruited sours which to date have included these beers:
- Atrial – raspberry sour
- Aurelian Lure – apricot sour
- Biére De Blanc Du Bois – blanc du bois grape sour
- Cerveza De Tempranillo – tempranillo grape sour
- Colour Five – blueberry sour
- Montmorency Vs Balaton – cherry sour
- Nocturn – blackberry sour
- 分 桃 (Fēn Táo) – peach sour
People come form all over for the opportunity to purchase just one bottle of the coveted brews, since Jester King generally does a one bottle per person, per day rule with all of its fruited sours. You know you are doing something right as a brewery to be able to sell out of thousands of bottles of beer, over the course of a weekend, when it’s a one bottle a day limit.
Now to the beer, Jester King’s collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing, World’s Worst Twin, a barrel-aged beer fermented with blueberries.
World’s Worst Twin pours about a dark as a beer can be without being black. It’s an extremely dark brown and has a khaki head that hugs the edges of the glass with small, tight bubbles. Jester King uses a house yeast in all of the beers, which gives all of its offerings a very similar aroma. Besides the quintessential Jester King sour aroma from the yeast I am getting hints or roasted malt and coffee, some very faint blueberry and a small amount of vinegar.
Upfront I am getting a small amount of roasted coffee and malt flavors when I drink the beer close to fridge temperature, it then gives way to sour blueberry and tart flavors. However, as the beer warmed up the coffee and roasted malt became much more prominent and I really got a sense of what they were going for by making this a “coffee beer” without coffee.