I was afraid JK wouldn't live up to the hype. Wow, was I wrong. A bit outside of Austin in Hill Country. If you don't know where you're going this will be hard to find. Brewery was on a dirt road about a 1/4 mile of the highway tucked back in there. Very expansive but you don't have to trek all over to get the beer. Very open with 4 beer bars all serving different stuff. About 25 different things on tap with a number of other locals as well along with wines and ciders for the non beer lovers. Great area for kids too. Service was almost too laid back and friendly. Some of the best I've ever had. Pizza from Stanley's was on point and great for the price. They do 4, 8 or 12 oz pours. The beers on tap are immensely better than what they bottle. Prepare to pay though. I spent $100 for a t-shirt, 12" pizza, 2 ciders for my wife, and about 15 4oz pours. Worth every penny though. If there was a perfect brewery, this would probably be it. My only small complaint is since all the seating in 95% outside, there could be a few more fans. It was 112 out when I was there and it was HOT, but worth it. Sunday afternoon was surprisingly not busy either.
This is truly a superlative beer place. The only downside is that it is kind of far out in the country (i.e., within Austin city limits somehow). The place is a large outdoor area with park benches. There is an indoor bar and an outdoor bar, each pouring different beers, meaning the selection of JK beers is vast (in addition to the guest taps). There is also an area to buy bottles for take home with a pretty hefty bottle selection including a bunch of Belgian lambics. They also have a restaurant next door where you can buy what looked like pretty good pizza. There is truly very little wrong with this place. In fact, just visiting this place raised my estimation of JK by a few levels (never having been overly impressed with the few bottled offerings I have had by them, that is prior to the bottled offerings I had at the place). I didn't take the tour, but I am sure it is pretty cool.
What an incredible spot. It's a massive farm-like area, with a humungous parking lot, and sprawling outside area for enjoying the many beers. Two main bars - one inside, one outside, and a bottle shop area with an extensive selection. All beers available in 4, 8 and 12 oz. pours - some are expensive, but given the beers, it's reasonable enough - just be prepared to spend some money. Service is extremely friendly and helpful. The lines can sure get long though. An absolute must-hit when in Austin.
Wow! What an awesome spot. Huge sprawling yard when it’s nice out with an outside bar station as well. Huge barn down the hill with a pizza place (great food) and another whole tap list available from the two bars there. Did the tour, was great to see their barrel ageing and the coolship. Great spot!
Visited on a Saturday night around 7 PM. The brewery is located off the beaten path by about two or three miles. It turns out, the turn is fairly easy to miss when the fog is thick and your GPS doesn’t know exactly where to turn. It has the feel of driving onto a ranch. Once you do get to the parking lot, at night, you can see a huge lit grass yard with picnic tables set up close to the brewery.
Sidenote: There is a pizza place closer to the parking lot. I didn’t go in there, but the friends that I brought said their pizza is excellent.
The brewery tasting room itself is somewhat small. There is a bar with standing room only and about 5 people could drink beer there at a time. However, there was plenty of seating just off from the tasting room, and you could wander the grounds with your beer as well if the feeling struck you. Service was excellent. The bartender was very helpful, as were the three men working in the bottle/to go/merch area off from the tasting room. Of note, there is an outdoor tasting area. I missed that part, as I learned they close that down at dark. Judging by the menu, it would be pretty nice as well. They had a cask of their new SPON series and several other bottled beers they were pouring from that spot.
After you have a beer, you are encouraged to look around the brewhouse. This too was smaller than anticipated given their international presence. I saw about 10 stainless fermenters and in another room maybe 100 to 150 barrels.
The only real knock against this place is that the beer prices were on the high side, but not outrageously so.
This place is a must see for any beer fan. I would love to make it back here some day with a little more time.
Excellent brewery out on a ranch outside of Austin. These brewers are true artisans of craft beer and the whole experience was pleasant and well organized. Kid friendly. The food rating is for the separate group that runs the pizza shack next door.
Awesome brewery. It’s close to Austin but still feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. Has this cool little dirt patch area with some grass and tables right next to basically a barn with some pizza & food options. The wait for the taps is pleasant enough, and you can do a whole variety of different pour sizes. They have cornhole, and bottle service. It’s just so cool. Tough to describe, but really exceptional.
Visited with the wife while on a business trip in Austin. A cool little place out off the city. Indoor and outdoor pouring station each pouring 4 or 5 on tap, with an equal number of bottled options. Lots of people but a very laid back place. There is an adjacent pizza place that serves up okay (but not great by East Coast standards) pie. The beer....I tried eight 4-oz samples. A lot of them taste similar and honestly aren’t the best sours. The Black Metal (the least sour or farmhousy, ironically) is far and away the best beer. It’s worth the trip for that alone. All in all, though, I’m glad I came.