In 2010, Jeffrey Stuffings and his brother Michael leased a plot of land that would eventually grow to become one of the most influential farmhouse breweries in America. Named Jester King Brewery—inspired by the Shakespeare play King Lear—the original four acres of land has now grown to more than 60, including brewing facilities, barrel storage, a large outdoor seating area, a small orchard, a farm and Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza.
An avid home brewer, Stuffings became dissatisfied with the legal world and decided he wanted to open a small brewery. Realizing he needed help with various other aspects of the business, Stuffings recruited his brother—who majored in physics at the University of Chicago and was working at a bank at the time—and the rest is history.
Since co-founding Jester King, Stuffings has repeated a version of the same mantra over and over: the beers his brewery creates are meant to create a connection not only to the people that produce the beers, but also to the physical location that they are brewed on. In order to facilitate this, Jester King uses locally sourced ingredients whenever it can, including pecans, honey, peaches, figs, wine grapes and even lemon bee balm. Recently, Jester King has begun the process of using its land around the brewery to grow some of the fruit and hops that it incorporates into its beers.
This portrait was taken in the barrel room at Jester King Brewery outside of Austin, Texas with a Sony a7RIII and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens wide open at 1/20 of a second. The ISO was set at 400 and there was only one source of light: a flash triggered remotely to Stuffings left. The photograph was converted from RAW in Photoshop 2018 and converted into black and white using custom actions.