Craft Beer Club: Jester King’s El Cedro Hoppy Cedar-Aged Ale

Jester King Brewery El CedroI am a big fan of a sister beer from Jester King, The Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye India Pale Ale, and only happened to pick up a bottle of El Cedro after finding the Wytchmaker out of stock at my local grocery store. I was pleasantly surprised.

You can tell a lot of love was put into its making when you see its beautiful reddish hue as the beer settles in your glass. El Cedro is not your typical beer (no beer from Jester King is), and is successfully able to pull off providing the perfect balance of fruitiness with hoppiness. It is neither too fruity nor too hoppy for my taste.

I would recommend this beer for anyone looking to try something new and is looking to get away from traditional ales or IPA’s. It’s definitely not a light beer; however, it’s refreshingly smooth and it will make a great addition to my beer rotation as we head into the summer.

El Cedro is an 8.0% ABV farmhouse ale brewed by Jester King in the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin, Texas. Jester King describes it’s flavor by saying, “It combines tropical, fruity hop flavor and aroma with funky, barnyard yeast character and the unique flavor and aromatics of Spanish Cedar.”

On a scale of Piss Poor (1) to Perfection in a Glass (10), I give it an 8. How do you rate El Cedro Hoppy Cedar-Aged Ale?

Local Brewery Wins Battle But Not War

There are countless things that make the city that houses our headquarters (Austin, Texas) great, one of them being the enthusiasm for cold drinks and the brands that create those delicious beers, wines, and liquors. Local brewery, Jester King, and its two co-plaintiff’s Authentic Beverage Company and Zax Restaurant & Bar, recently won a case against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) regarding a select few of its strict rules.

The ruling basically said that you can now call it like you see it – beer can now be called, “beer” and ale can now be referred to as “ale” (whereas it was not allowed before).  The conclusion also resulted in allowing craft breweries to let their fans know where they distribute their goods (AKA adding a “where to buy section” on their websites).

However, craft breweries are still not treated as wineries and cannot sell their product onsite under the Equal Protection Clause.

Though they didn’t win it all, we’re supportive of the craft brewers here in Austin and proudly store their bottles of beer or kegs in our beverage coolers and kegerators.

Cheers and happy holidays!