Jester King has brewed up a couple of collaborations with other breweries before — but the Hill Country brewery hasn’t released two in the same weekend until now. Starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, the taproom will have the World’s Worst Twin, an oak barrel-aged beer refermented with blueberries, and Natural Union, a farmhouse ale with lemon beebalm and rosemary, available on draft and in bottles. And on Saturday, the out-of-state brewers who helped bring each of the beers to life will be at Jester King to celebrate the releases.
Jester King teamed up first with Evil Twin Brewing’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø “to make a beer inspired by one of his favorite coffees, without actually adding any coffee to the beer,” according to Jester King’s blog. World’s Worst Twin, a 5.5 percent ABV ale, was fermented in oak barrels for six months, then re-fermented with blueberries grown in East Texas and conditioned in bottles and kegs. Jarnit-Bjergsø, the owner and prolific brewer behind gypsy operation Evil Twin, will be at the brewery throughout the day Saturday and at Wright Bros. Brew & Brew for a beer and coffee pairing on Sunday morning.
The other collaboration, the 7.1 percent ABV Natural Union, was done with Prairie Artisan Ales’ Chase Healey, who helped to produce a beer that highlighted “our similar brewing philosophies, which incorporate locally sourced ingredients and mixed culture fermentation,” a blog post said. “Chase brought rosemary grown in a garden near his Oklahoma brewery to Jester King, and Jester King Head Brewer Garrett Crowell picked lemon beebalm growing in a pasture near the brewery for the beer.”
Even the label art for Natural Union was a collaborative effort. Both Prairie and Jester King have consistently memorable beer labels, and that’s thanks to Josh Cockrell, Jester King’s label designer, and Colin Healey, Chase Healey’s younger brother and a co-founder of Prairie. They decided to depict “Garrett Crowell with a basket of lemon bee-balm and Chase Healey with a handful of rosemary” (and not much else, it’s worth noting).
Like World’s Worst Twin, it’ll also be available at the taproom beginning on Friday, but at different quantities: there will be 900 bottles of Natural Union, $14 with a limit of one per person per day, versus 1,600 bottles of World’s Worst, $16 with a limit of one per person per day. Both will have accompanying glassware.
Jester King is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.