Since 2010, Jester King has been using spontaneous fermentation and native wild yeast to create unique farmhouse style ales. Each weekend, beer enthusiasts flock to their spacious Hill Country brewery and tasting room for free tours and small or large pours of their seasonal brews, as well as handpicked selections for the guest taps. The brewery has developed a cult following of sorts, attracting crowds for special releases. Standbys that are typically available include Wytchmaker, their floral farmhouse rye IPA, and El Cedro, a piney, hoppy cedar-aged ale.
It’s a good time to be a beer geek in the capitol of Texas, which is now home to over thirty breweries (not to mention Austin’s best cocktails bars and wine bars). The best breweries in Austin (and Austin’s beer scene in general) have grown by leaps and bounds in the past four years—due, in part, to the June 2013 beer law reform which doubled the amount of malt beverages that Texas brewpubs could manufacture and allowed them to sell products directly to customers on site. So if you’ve already explored our city’s excellent craft beer bars and want to go straight to the source, be sure to try these favorites.