In an Instagram post featuring a lovely panoramic view of Texas Hill Country, Jester King Brewery announced their acquisition of another 107 acres of land with the purchase of the rest of the Ceres Park Ranch. The new parcel includes the Ceres Park Ranch Event Center and Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza, the restaurant that sits next door to the brewery.
The purchase brings the total amount of land belonging to the brewery to 165 acres. The Jester King founders have been clear in the past, and again with this announcement, that part of their goal as a company is to preserve green space in the area outside Austin, keeping it free from residential development. This additional land supports that goal.
As they said in the announcement:
"We're very happy that this land will not fall prey to encroaching residential development. Green space is becoming increasingly fleeting on the outskirts of Austin, and aside from agriculture, our land will not be developed. It will remain a beautiful place for people to enjoy long into the future."
They emphasized that nothing will change at Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza right now, except that Jester King beer will now be available at the restaurant.
Having the Ceres Park Ranch Event Center will allow the brewery to offer a location for weddings and other special events, something they didn't have the space for before. They plan to open it up for bookings later this year.
JESTER KING PURCHASES 107 ACRES, EVENT CENTER & STANLEY'S FARMHOUSE PIZZA We're very excited to announce that Jester King has purchased the remainder of Ceres Park Ranch, which is the place it has called home since 2010! The purchase includes 107 acres of land, the Ceres Park Ranch Event Center, and Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza. The land purchase brings the total acreage owned by Jester King up to 165. We had previously purchased 58 acres in 2015. We're very happy that this land will not fall prey to encroaching residential development. Green space is becoming increasingly fleeting on the outskirts of Austin, and aside from agriculture, our land will not be developed. It will remain a beautiful place for people to enjoy long into the future. We're also very excited to now own Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza! Stanley's has been our neighbor since 2012 and has helped make the experience of visiting the ranch a special one. We've been big fans of their pizza, beautiful old barn, and sprawling pasture for a long time. Very little will change at Stanley's at the outset. We respect their people, business, community they've created, and their guests / followers. Like us, they pride themselves on being a family-friendly place for people to relax and enjoy time with friends and family in a serene setting. Over time, it will be natural for Stanley's to slowly evolve to better fit our philosophy and approach. We're excited about making the kitchen an extension of our land and farm, and achieving greater symmetry between their food and our beer. The only tangible change at the outset will be that our beer will now be available at Stanley's. Otherwise, everything else will be the same including the open hours. We're also glad to now own the Ceres Park Ranch Event Center! We've had to turn down requests for weddings and events at Jester King for a long time because we didn't have a space. We're excited to soon be able to offer this space to our guests. We'll open it up for bookings later this year. All in all, we're very grateful for the opportunity to now own the whole ranch. We have a responsibility (please click on the link in our bio to read the rest of the post)
In addition to the brewery, Jester King has a three acre vineyard on site, as well as a hopyard, pumpkin patch, and peach orchard. And goats -- lots of adorable goats that you can see during their farm tours offered every Saturday at 2 p.m.