Weekend Field Trip: Jester King Brewery + Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza

Having been a fan of Jester King’s high-end craft beers since they hit the market a few years ago, visiting the brewery has been on my Austin bucket list for sometime now. Jester King specializes in making food-friendly, farmhouse ales in large format bottles. Their brewing process is inspired by techniques commonly used at small, rustic breweries found throughout southern Belgium and northern France. (Read more about their unique process here.

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Jester King Brewery

As for the beer tastings, no two weekends are the same at Jester King Brewery. The brewery’s focus on small production means the tasting menu is consistently changing. While guests will find staples like Jester King’s popular La Petit Prince, they will also get the opportunity to sample seasonal beers as well. In addition, samples of other local favorite beers, ciders, coffees, and wine are available for tasting as well. Tastings are priced between $2-$4 for a 4 ounce pour or $5-$6 for a six ounce pour. Visit the Jester King Brewery Tasting Room Friday from 4-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, and Sunday 12-10pm. Free brewery tours are also available a various times throughout the day.
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Originally started as an on-site trailer, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza now cooks up its wood fire grilled pizzas in its new kitchen space underneath the large open air pavilion outside. Next to Stanley’s, there is a bar serving wine as well as a range of craft beers from across Texas (though no Jester King beer). Both lines require a little patience so I recommend dividing and conquering if you are with a friend. The pizza, however, is well worth the wait. The chewy, slightly charred crust is cooked to perfection and has a nice wood fire flavor. From brisket and jalapeño to prosciutto, mozzarella and truffle oil, it is hard to go wrong with any one of the gourmet pizza options. We especially loved the simpler pies like the Penelope with arugula, smoked speck, and cherry tomatoes. Between the delicious pizza, cold beer, and relaxing atmosphere, a trip to Jester King Brewery makes for quite a nice little Saturday.

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Penelope at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza – $13.75

Jester King Brewery is located at 13187 Fitzhugh Road, Austin, TX 78736. Open Fridays 4-10pm, Saturdays 12-10pm and Sundays 12-6pm.

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