Video Tip: The Terroir of Water and its Impact on the Character of Farmhouse Ales

Traditionally, farmhouse brewers were homebrewers—and when it comes to water, there’s a lot to be said for making the most of what you have to brew distinctive beers. Here, Jester King’s Jeff Stuffings explains the importance of well water to their ales.

Jeff Stuffings Aug 18, 2021

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Austin’s Jester King is one of the most revered farmhouse breweries in North America, with its focus on taking advantage of its terroir to produce highly drinkable saisons and other rustic ales. One of its best-known beers is Le Petit Prince, a table-strength saison packed with flavor despite being a quencher below 3 percent ABV.

In the information-packed 98-minute video course, Jester King founder Jeff Stuffings goes into great detail on their approach to brewing delicious, characterful farmhouse ales firmly rooted in their place. He explains how they manage their mixed house yeast culture—and how to develop your own. Among other topics, he also discusses building character and balance into lower-strength saisons and table beers.

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