This past weekend, Manny and I headed up to just outside of Austin, Texas, for a trip to one of my favorite breweries, Jester King. Not only is it a beautiful place, but they make very interesting, amazing beers. They focus on being a true “Farmhouse” brewery, and all of their beers are spontaneously fermented to some point. They were actually the impetus behind harvesting wild blueberry yeast for Bogues Beauregarde, as I have heard their brewmasters talking about how they use local flora and fauna to spontaneously ferment some of their beers.
While at Jester King, I met up with a friend I know through my beer group on Facebook, We Enjoy Beer Quite a Lot. Dan was in town from Virginia visiting his friend Gina, so we all met up for some good beers. Since Dan didn’t have a long time in Texas, Manny and I took him from Jester King along to another one of our favorite breweries, that happens to be literally on the way home, Real Ale. Real Ale is based in Blanco, and has been growing a lot this last year. They are only available in Texas, and do not get nearly as much fanfare as Jester King. They make a much more varied lineup of beers, but also have some great sours and wild beers in their Mysterium Verum series.
I think Dan enjoyed the beers Texas had to offer. But then, to make sure no one got left out, we stopped by Big Hops Growler Station on the way back into town to look at some other options form around the state. I was lucky enough to catch a pour of St. Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel #9 (bourbon barrel aged Pumpkinator) before it disappeared for ever. This was a fun day out for ideas and mostly to just enjoy some beer.