Hill Country spot Jester King Brewery added a new executive chef to its lineup: Damien Brockway. He’s now cooking at the brewery’s on-site restaurant and kitchen, which had been formerly the Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza space, at 13005 Fitzhugh Road.
Now Jester King’s restaurant expanded Stanley’s previously pizza-heavy menu, with more dishes like burrata, house-cured charcuterie, house-made bread, smoked ham, and aged pork loins. Of course, wood-fired pizza still remains, with pies toppings like house-made chorizo, oyster mushrooms, raclette, fennel, chilies, etc. There are also cookies courtesy of pastry chef Sarah Prieto.
Brockway has already been cooking at the brewery restaurant since August, incorporating more beer techniques into its food like fermentation, as well as adding beer elements and using Jester King farm produce in dishes.
Brockway isn’t new to working with Jester King. The chef has collaborated on many beer dinners during his time at Uchiko and now-shuttered tasting menu restaurant Counter 3.Five.VII.
Before joining Jester King, Brockway was going to open the Line Austin Hotel’s rooftop restaurant P6, but he left the restaurant earlier this summer. He had been the executive chef of Counter 3.Five.VII, the chef de cuisine at Uchiko, and other restaurants.
Originally, Georgetown chef Jacob Hilbert had been attached to open Jester King’s previously announced standalone restaurant (which is different from what Brockway is currently running). He left to open a new restaurant, Ramble Restaurant and Farmhouse Grill, in Salado, Texas.
Jester King’s restaurant is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
That standalone restaurant is still in the works, said Jester King co-founder Jeffrey Stuffings, but it’s a ways away at this point. The brewery is focusing on brewing beer and cultivating its farmland for now.
Next up for the brewery is the Funk ‘n’ Sour Fest on Thursday, October 25, featuring beer and wine pairings (from the brewery itself as well as others) with Austin restaurants. It takes place on Thursday, October 25 from 6 to 10 p.m.
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