Jester King’s 2014 Funk N Sour Fest Information
Jester King Brewery is hosting its annual Funk n Sour fest on Thursday, October 30th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is coinciding with Austin Beer Week, so y’all know it’s going to be spectacular.
The team at JKB decided to mix things up by pairing beer, wine and cider with food from some of the top spots in central Texas. From their blog,” We’re creating teams of chefs and brewers or wine makers to showcase the diverse connections between artisan food and beverages, and to open up discussion between chefs, brewers, wine makers, and attendees. Each restaurant will serve two small plates paired with two different beers or wines.”
Jester King took to its blog to announce the following teams to present their pairings:
Dai Due paired with wines from La Cruz de Comal Wines
Noble Sandwich Co. paired with beers from 5 Stones Artisan Brewery
Contigo paired with beers from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
The Salty Sow paired with beers from Prairie Artisan Ales
The Monterey paired with beers from Brouwerij De Ranke
…and Qui paired with beers from Jester King Brewery
There is also going to be a special cheese and cider pairing. Selections from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop will be paired with Gobernador Sidra Naturala and a cider from Virtue Cider.
So great Texas eateries and at least one Texas brew will be on hand for the tasting. Not too shabby.
Tickets will be available on the Jester King website starting the 16th of October at noon. Cost and availability have yet to be announced, but I can’t imagine this is going to house a ton of people. According to Jester King, this event will have a more intimate feel to it, so it looks like it will be around 250 to 300 people.
From Jester King: Our motivation to change the format of this year’s fest is in part because, frankly, we’re a lot more excited about great food and beer or wine pairings than a large-scale beer festival. It’s also based on the fact that because of changes to Texas law, we’re now able to present a beer selection at Jester King every single weekend that surpasses what our Funk n Sour Fest was in the past. Prior to the law change, we’d only serve our most limited and sought-after beers at our larger events because it was illegal to sell these beers at our brewery. Texas law created an odd disincentive for us to offer our most limited beers on-site, when we could otherwise sell them in the marketplace. That’s no longer the case.
We can legally offer everything we have ready at our brewery, along with guest beers, ciders, wines, and sakés from some of our favorite artisan producers. The appeal of large special events as a time for visitors to drink our most limited beers isn’t there anymore, because we now offer these beers whenever we’re open. As a result, we feel less pressure to host larger events, especially since we want Jester King to be a serene, tranquil, rustic place where guests can bring their families, enjoy our beers, chat with friends, and take in the beautiful scenery.
No argument from us. The beautiful thing about the growth of this brewery are the words quoted above. If they have an opportunity to bring sincere events like this in between the big shin-digs on the weekends- then by all means, do them.