Jester King named among best breweries in the South

One of Central Texas’ most popular craft breweries is also one of South’s best, according to a ranking by Southern Living.

Jester King Brewery was ranked No. 7 on the magazine’s list of the 10 best breweries in the South.

Photo by Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Lambic fans, rejoice: Jester King is helping to bring the revered beers of Cantillon to Texas.

“Jester King has become a pilgrimage site for beer geeks across the world where they come to see how they produce hyperlocal beers, from growing their own grain and fruit to using well water from underneath their property,” the magazine wrote.

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Jester King has long made lists of the region’s best breweries, and it’s in the process of expanding: Last year, the brewery purchased 58 acres of land near the current property with the plan to start farming this spring, including planting an orchard and going grapes. The brewery owners’ long-term goals include a farm-to-table restaurant and livestock to support cheese-making and cured meats, as well as distilling and winemaking using fruit and grains grown onsite, and an apiary on the land to produce honey. And yes, the brewery’s tasty tart beers are here to stay.

Other Austin staples also made Southern Living’s “best of the South” lists, including naming the Driskill Bar the best bar in Texas  and naming Austin’s Uncommon Objects as one of the best shops in the South.

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Southern Living names an Austin bar the best in the state

Southern Living magazine has taken on the job of naming the best bar in every Southern state. Despite the fact Texas is not in the South, they went ahead and included the Lone Star State. Their #1 choice, without explanation? The Driskill Bar at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin.

Sure, it’s not as dark as it once was, and you won’t find a dazzling array of craft cocktails on the menu, but the vibe is right and the staff is always very cool, even when simultaneously inundated with SEC football fans and Austin Film Festival goers.

(Contributed by Mark Knight.)

Check out Southern Living’s complete list to see the best bars from Louisiana to Virginia.