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Old 01-21-2014, 02:11 AM   #21
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Sounds like Midway in Denton. It's a craft beer store disguised as a gas station.

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Old 01-29-2014, 01:39 PM   #22
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I'll be in Austin this weekend, might have to check it out. My folks live near Bee Cave, and it doesn't look that far from there.

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Old 01-29-2014, 01:46 PM   #23
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Sounds like Midway in Denton. It's a craft beer store disguised as a gas station.
I work in Denton and have never heard of this place. I must give it a visit!
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I was in South Austin yesterday helping my brother move, and found myself with about an hour to kill, so I rode my motorcycle out to Jester King for a quick look around. I didn't have time to go on the brewery tour, or even to hang out and drink a little bit, but I bought a few bottles to try out. Normally I find breweries to be a little boring (you've seen one shiny SS tank, you've just about seen 'me all), but JK seemed like a pretty cool place. Tons of people hanging out outside, drinking, listening to live blues music, eating pizza from the restaurant on site... I'm definitely going back some time for a longer visit.

After spending several hours in the hot sun moving heavy furniture, my brother and I decided a celebratory drink was in order... We ended up draining all three bottles I had bought, $46 worth of beer.

First was RU55, the sour red. We found it to be VERY tart. I liked it, but it was probably my least favorite of the three.
Next was Funk Metal, a sour barrel-aged stout. This was our favorite. The toasty stout flavors balanced the tartness well.
Last was Das Wunderkind, a saison. Probably my favorite saison I've had to date. Very refreshing.

I can't wait to go back.


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I've been to Central Market, World Market and Specs; all my go to places for JK. It's hen's teeth. CM said JK is no longer selling to them. The others had only one variety. I'll try a bigger Specs.

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I've been to Central Market, World Market and Specs; all my go to places for JK. It's hen's teeth. CM said JK is no longer selling to them. The others had only one variety. I'll try a bigger Specs.
About a month back JK switched distributors to Flood. I know they stopped selling to my HEB at that time and HEB pretty much just sold off their remaining stock. I got word last week that Flood is now going to start distribution to HEB so Central Market should see some replenishment of their JK stock in the future. I'm hoping to see some rarer beers instead of the regulars. Fingers crossed!
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FYI, HEB Pearland still has Noble King, Mad Meg, and Commercial Suicide.

For those Mad Meg nay-sayers, let the bottle breath a little before pouring (or let it sit in your glass some). I had Mad Meg on Day 1 and thought it was awful. I "re-capped" my bottle and had the rest on Day 2 and thought it was REALLY good! So weird! Just an FYI.

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Their rare stuff doesn't see any distribution, the seasonals see limited distribution and are generally sold out within a day or two. Flood seems to hit D&Q pretty often with seasonal releases, and Brandon always tweets out when new bottles hit his store.

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Going to be there this weekend with a buddy who's visiting Austin. Will be my 2nd time out there. Looking forward to trying their newest - Hibernal Dichotomous.

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Make sure to try the pizza place on-site if you go to Jester King. It's really good.

I'm a huge Jester King fan. I've been there 4 or 5 times already, and we may go back again this weekend. Their brewery/ranch is beautiful, their beers are awesome, and I appreciate the way they brew beer and their activism in regards to distribution and local laws. However, I do get somewhat confused and frustrated with their production at times.

One of my absolute favorite beers, Boxer's Revenge, disappeared from store shelves a while back. Then it disappeared from the brewery menu. Now it appears to be back on a limited release basis (or at least it was). Same with RU55, which both my wife and I like a lot.

I understand that they're a small brewery trying to do things naturally "the right way," but it's getting hard to predict what they will have on tap when and even harder to predict what they will release to who in terms of making their products available in stores.

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