Jester King Brewery

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Brewing tasks at Jester King Brewery, Austin, Texas

Jester King is a craft brewery in Austin, Texas that specializes in beer fermented with wild yeast. It is set on a 200-acre ranch about 18 miles west of Downtown Austin.

Jester King was founded in 2010 by Jeff Stuffings and Michael Steffing.[1] Joshua Cockrell was hired to create beer labels, which have won awards at the World Beer Championships packaging competition.[2]

In 2011 Jester King won a lawsuit against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which had prohibited beverages with an alcohol content greater than 4% from being labeled as "beer".[3] In honor of their legal campaign against regulation, the Brewers Association in 2014 presented Jester King with their F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry Award.[1] In December 2011, Jester King recalled a batch of its Commercial Suicide beer due to excessive gushing caused by over carbonation.[4]

In January 2016, Jester King purchased 58 acres of land surrounding their facility. At the time, Stuffings said the company was planning to enlarge the brewery and add a winery, a distillery and a farm-to-table restaurant to the complex.[5]

In December 2019, Jester King was named the number 1 brewery in Texas in the inaugural Texas Craft Beer Report published by the analytics organization Hopalytics.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Toon, Anna (May 2, 2014). "All Hail the Jester". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Kavehkar, Kimya (December 1, 2013). "Art of the Brew — Austin Monthly — December 2013 - Austin, TX". Austin Monthly. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Beach, Patrick (November 20, 2011). "Judge eliminates forced distinction between beer, ale". The Statesman. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Business Digest: Drugmaker to pay $84 million to settle Texas Medicaid fraud case; Austin craft brewery recalling over-carbonated beer prone to gushing". The Statesman. December 28, 2011. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2019. Austin-based Jester King Craft Brewery is recalling its Commercial Suicide beer. Bottles of the brew are "continuing to ferment beyond the projected finishing point" and have become over-carbonated, the brewer says. They may leak and could "gush extensively" when opened.
  5. ^ Auber, Arianna (January 6, 2015). "Jester King Brewery plans expansion into farming, winemaking". austin360. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Jester King Leads The Way in first Texas Craft Brewery Rankings". December 17, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2020.

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Coordinates: 30°13′51″N 97°59′57″W / 30.2307°N 97.9992°W / 30.2307; -97.9992