BBxB Day Out: Jester King and Real Ale

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.

Keep Austin Weird, they say.  So Jester King hung a chandelier in a tree. Like you do.

Keep Austin Weird, they say. So Jester King hung a chandelier in a tree. Like you do.

A selection of some of the beers that Manny and I tried...

A selection of some of the beers that Manny and I tried…

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.

My flight included (L-R) Morgum,

My flight included (L-R) Morgum Sour Porter, Full Moon Rye IPA (on cask with Citra), Brewer’s Cut: Helles Lager, and Lost Gold IPA which is one of my go-to every day beers.

The Mysterium Verum: Morgum was so good I had to have a full pour, the flight did not suffice.

The Mysterium Verum: Morgum was so good I had to have a full pour, the flight did not suffice.

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.

From us to you: Cheers!

From us to you: Cheers!

Brew day: Bogues Beauregarde

Bogues Beauregarde is a beer that may end up in our Brazen series, depending on how it works out.  The recipe its self is a pretty standard saison, dried out with some sugar and some brown sugar.  What makes it “brazen” is the fact that it is brewed using both a standard, Belgian saison yeas in addition to yeast that I cultured from the skins of blueberries.

The Ingredients...

The Ingredients… All pictures ©2015 BBxB

Enjoying a Ranger Creek San Antonio Beer Week 2015 saison whilst brewing this saison!

Enjoying a Ranger Creek San Antonio Beer Week 2015 saison whilst brewing this saison!

Had a few setbacks today… I (Ryan) brewed this one by myself so there were some issues that come with no second person for quality control.  I lost a little of the first runnings to an open valve (“Why is my foot hot… shit!”) and lost a little bit in the transfer to the fermenter just because it’s tough to move a pot that big by yourself, even if you are only brewing 3 gallons.

A beautiful day to brew.

A beautiful day to brew.

This little guy showed up to help, but he wasn't able to really lift much.  Mostly he just hung out and didn't really do much.  Slacker.

This little guy showed up to help, but he wasn’t able to really lift much. Mostly he just hung out and didn’t really do much. Slacker.

I was happy to get it done, and I was really happy to see some vigorous fermentation in less than 2 hours from the finish!  The fermenter is bubbling away right now, and I can’t wait to find out how Bogues Beauregarde ends up.

Hops go in...

Hops go in…

Enjoying a None More Black. while finishing the brew.  Damn, that's a tasty brew.

Enjoying a None More Black. while finishing the brew. Damn, that’s a tasty brew.

Hopefully this weekend, BBxB will be brewing Monogamy, our single hop IPA for our standard series.  Until then, here’s a video of the yeast burping.  Cheers!

Brew Day Playlist:
Puscifer – Conditions of my Parole
The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium
Deltron – Deltron 3030