Insight on the tastiest seasonal and limited winter beer from Austin’s local breweries.
By Leigh Anne Winger
Jester King Craft Brewery
13005 Fitzhugh Road, building B, Austin, TX 78736
Open Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Tours at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Your $10 will cover parking and entrance cost with access to the brewery grounds, a spot on any of the tours and a souvenir glass, which you can use to sample beer.
Jester King Craft Brewery, a farmhouse brewery located in the Texas Hill Country, is releasing limited availability brews this season, crafted specifically for Central Texas beer connoisseurs. The unique flavor in every Jester King beer is made from many organic ingredients—the brewery prides itself on the use of natural ingredients and many of the beers are USDA Certified Organic brews. Jester King uses a traditional slow and patient brewing technique, fermenting the beer in oak barrels, with all the flavor you can ask for in a craft brew. Here is a list of Jester King’s recently released limited beers:
This brew is inspired by an ancient Viking brewing style that’s still made off the coast of Sweden on the island of Gotland, using birch-smoked malt, oak-smoked wheat, flaked rye, juniper berries and sweet gale.
Packages: 750-milileter bottles and limited draught
Original Gravity (OG): 1.052; Final Gravity (FG): 1.004; Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 6.6 percent
For beer makers and enthusiasts alike, these numbers might mean something to you. For everyone else, the alcohol content (ABV) is probably the most important to note. The higher the ABV, the more strength and bold flavor a beer will have.
Water: Hill Country well water
Malts: Birchwood-smoked pilsner, beechwood-smoked malt, oaked-smoked wheat
Hops: East Kent Goldings
Yeast: Farmhouse yeast
Other Ingredients: Flaked rye, juniper berries, sweet gale
In collaboration with another great local brewery, Buddha’s Brew Kombucha, Jester King has released this limited brew in which fresh kombucha, an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea, is added to barrel-fermented sour wheat beer prior to bottling. This is also the first Jester King beer to be brewed entirely in oak.
Packages: 750-milileter bottles
OG: 1.038; FG: 1.002; ABV: 4.7 percent
Water: Hill Country well water
Malts: Pilsner, wheat, Caramunich, aciduated malt
Hops: Czech Saaz
Yeast: English ale yeast
Bacteria: Lactobacillus, live kombucha cultures
Other Ingredients: Buddha’s Brew Classic Kombucha
Jester King makes this beer by blending mature, sour, barrel-aged beer with fresh, dry-hopped beer prior to packaging and refermentation. It has a taste that is dry and lightly tart, with notes of citrus, barnyard and tropical fruit.
Packages: 750-milileter bottles
OG: 1.039; FG: 1.002; ABV: 4.5 percent
Water: Hill Country well water
Malts: Organic pilsner, organic two row, organic wheat, organic Caramunich
Hops: Czech Saaz, East Kent Goldings, Cascade, Columbus and/or other varieties depending on availability
Yeast: Farmhouse yeast, wild yeast from the Texas Hill Country
Bacteria: Lactobacillus and pediococcus
Not yet released, Jester King will soon be shipping out two new sour barrel-aged beers: Funk Metal, a sour, barrel-aged stout, originally based on a barrel-aged, sour version of their Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout; and Das Überkind, a similar packaging of the mature barrel stock that’s used to make Das Wunderkind, just with an added dose of dry hops.
Hops & Grain Craft Brewery
507 Calles St., Austin, TX 78702
Open Friday 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m.
Hops & Grain Craft Brewery is committed to brewing beer simply because they love it. This brewery operates on two separate brewing systems, a larger one for their year-round beers and a smaller pilot system for experimental beers. In true Austin fashion, the brewers at Hops & Grain are living one day at a time, with a passion for crafting the best brews. This season, Hops & Grain has two seasonal specials that you have to get your hands on: the Porter and Barleywine. The Porter has been fermented 100 percent in oak barrels. A strong American-style, the Barleywine is heavily hopped with a high alcohol content and top-notch flavors. Stop by Hops & Grain, where you can try the newest beers alongside their seven or eight other beers offered every Friday and Saturday in the taproom.
Other great seasonal brews to try this season:
- Guinness Generous Ale
- Samuel Adams Winter Classics
- Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
- Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome Ale
- Young’s Winter Warmer
- Shiner Holiday Cheer
- Newcastle Winter IPA
- Deschutes Jubelale
- New Belgium Snow Day
- Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer
- Odell Isolation Ale
- Harpoon Winter Warmer
Holiday Beer Tasting
Dec. 8, 3 to 5 p.m., The Ginger Man Pub, 301 Lavaca, Austin, Texas, 78701
For a fun holiday beer-tasting event, check out The Ginger Man Pub, which will feature 11 holiday and seasonal winter beers paired with cheeses from Austin’s own Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. The affair will also include trivia, prizes and presentations from special guest speakers. For more information or to reserve your seat, e-mail email@example.com or call 512.473.8801.
Most of the brews listed here can be found at your local Specs, Twin Liquors, H-E-B, Central Market stores or at your favorite Austin beer garden. The local breweries in this article also provide an extended list on their websites of where their beers can be found.
3Vajij I really liked your blog.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.
you have an amazing blog here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my weblog?
Perfect piece of work you have done, this website is really cool with superb information.
Some really fantastic articles on this web site , regards for contribution.
Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic article post. Will read on
Very good information. Lucky me I found your site by accident (stumbleupon). I ave book-marked it for later!
Thanks-a-mundo for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.
Very good article. I definitely appreciate this website. Thanks!
Thanks so much for the blog article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.
Really appreciate you sharing this blog article.Thanks Again. Will read on…
I think you have observed some very interesting points , regards for the post.
IE still is the market leader and a huge element of folks
There as a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.
There is clearly a bunch to identify about this. I assume you made various nice points in features also.
Keep up the fantastic piece of work, I read few articles on this website and I conceive that your website is really interesting and contains sets of great information.
You have brought up a very good details, regards for the post.
I value the blog article.Thanks Again. Really Great.
Really informative article.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.
louis neverfull it truly is an remarkable present in neatly style.
I truly appreciate this article.Much thanks again. Keep writing.
I think this is a real great post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.
Thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Fantastic.
Muchos Gracias for your article post. Awesome.
There is certainly a lot to find out about this subject. I love all of the points you ave made.
It as rather a great along with handy part of details. I will be satisfied that you simply contributed this convenient info about. Remember to keep us informed this way. Appreciate your spreading.
It as nearly impossible to find educated people in this particular topic, however, you seem like you know what you are talking about!
A round of applause for your blog.Thanks Again. Want more.
Normally I don at read post on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, very nice post.
There is visibly a lot to realize about this. I believe you made various nice points in features also.
I would be great if you could point me in the direction of
Major thanks for the article. Really Cool.
I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!
Wow! This could be one particular of the most useful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Great. I am also a specialist in this topic so I can understand your effort.
Well I definitely liked reading it. This tip procured by you is very effective for accurate planning.
Wow, what a video it is! Really fastidious quality video, the lesson given in this video is actually informative.
It as truly a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this helpful tidbit with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.
Really appreciate you sharing this blog. Really Great.
Im obliged for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on
If some one wants expert view concerning running
You ought to acquire at the really the very least two minutes when you could possibly be brushing your tooth.
Only wanna remark that you have a very nice site, I enjoy the layout it actually stands out.
My brother suggested I might like this website. He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You cann at imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!
Thanks-a-mundo for the article.Really thank you! Really Great.
Really appreciate you sharing this article post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.
Im grateful for the article.
Really Superb A round of applause for your blog. Thanks All over again. Keep writing.
the comments appаА аЂаar as if they are coming fr?m brain
Some truly superb information, Glad I observed this.
Looking forward to reading more. Great blog post. Awesome.
This is just what I ave been looking for all day long. Don at stop updating your blog.
Thank you ever so for you blog article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.
I truly appreciate this blog article.Much thanks again. Great.
Thanks again for the blog article.Much thanks again. Will read on…
Really informative blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.