Jester King‘s rural location (a Hill Country ranch about 40 minutes from downtown Austin) and limited public hours (it’s closed Monday through Thursday) hasn’t kept its farmhouse headquarters from becoming one of Texas’ most talked-about breweries. When we stopped by, founder Jeffrey Stuffings and the rest of his merry crew were moving thousands—thousands!—of their beloved Montmorency vs. Balaton bottles. Not bad for a palate-pounding sour beer, re-fermented with cherries and sold almost exclusively by word-of-mouth.
With its considerable outdoor seating, this is a fun place to meet a group of friends. Make a night of it by trying whatever’s on tap and ordering a pie from Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza next door. Just watch the hours—they too are closed during the week and stop serving at 5 p.m. on Sundays.
13187 Fitzhugh Rd., Austin, TX; 512-537-5100.