New beer releases at Jester King Brewery can draw lines of eager fans hours beforehand — and there's a reason for that. The Hill Country brewery focused on farmhouse ales and spontaneously fermented beers is one of the most lauded beer producers in the area and recently received another honor to prove it.

The readers of leading beer publication Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine were asked to vote in the magazine's reader's choice lists, with categories ranging from favorite beers to preferred hops. And in one of them, Jester King was ranked as the fourth best small brewery in the world.

"As we're not that far removed from being a collection of homebrewers, it's surreal to be on a list with such esteemed breweries," according to Jester King's Facebook post announcing the ranking.

Other breweries on the Best Small Brewery list include New York's Other Half, Colorado's WeldWerks, Missouri's Side Project and Pennsylvania's Tired Hands.  The second-ranked brewery is from Belgium — Cantillon. The Brussels beer maker, masters at spontaneous fermentation, has been hugely influential for Jester King and led owner Jeff Stuffings to introduce the brewery's own spontaneous fermentation program a couple of years ago.

All of the breweries have to make fewer than 15,00 barrels annually to qualify for placement on the list. Thousands of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine and newsletter subscribers were polled in August about each of the reader's choice awards, according to the publication.

Thirsty for some Jester King suds? The farmhouse brewery is open an extra day this week to produce Funk 'n' Sour Fest, one of Austin's most underrated food and beverage pairing events. In Jester King's beer garden, the festival pairs some of Jester King's favorite local restaurants with a different beer, wine or cider from craft producers such as Oddwood Ales and Texas Keeper Cider. It'll be your first chance to try beers from Roughhouse Brewing and one of the last chances to have bites from the closing Lox, Box & Barrel.

Jester King purchased the land where the nearby Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza was located earlier this year and has been making some big changes at the on-site restaurant of late. Now, there's even spontaneously fermented bread on the menu.


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