Jester King Grand Opening
I next asked my nephew if he wanted to go, but his was helping his sister move into her new apartment.
Oktoberfest, and we will be spending some time in the next few months lining up the Texas craft beers for the festival. (Stay tuned for more Oktoberfest deatils.) Fortunately, Katherine was free, so we headed off to Jester King.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may know that I tend to go overboard on planning, and when Jester King's blog put a Google Map on the page, I got directions from that. Shortest route from my house to Mr. Stuffings' dream come true was through Pedernales Falls State Park. Ranch Roads, baby!
We finally arrived at Jester King. We parked and walked downhill to the big covered pavilion where several dozen people were milling around, including one of Satan's friends. I purchased a nice looking tulip shaped taster glass, and was told I would get three free refills. In retrospect, I should have purchased the pint glass, but the snifter glass will look better on my shelf.
We stood around and watch as car after car pulled into the property. I went back for another farmhouse ale, and made my way through fairly easily. Back out to the conversation as still more cars pulled into the field-now-parking lot. My third trip through the line (although officially my second since one of the servers failed to mark my wristband--Oopsie!), I was tenth in line and it took almost 15 minutes. The place was filling up rapidly.
Finally at the table, I had a Barrel Aged Commercial Suicide, and weaved my way through the crowd who had taken three steps away from the bar and started forming a knot of friends, intent on impeding the traffic flow; out from under the shed, through the circles of folding canvas chairs that look all the world like circled wagon trains awaiting an Indian attack. There was a circle of chairs in each space between pillars of the shed roof, forcing us to brush by the pillar and brush the backs of two chairs on each side. Directly in front of me now was another circle of chairs. People had unconsciously arranged their circles in a bowling pin arrangement.
When we finished our beers, we decided to abandon the Grand Opening, even though we were having a good time, and repair to The Barber Shop, a new craft beer bar in Dripping Springs. But first we had to get out. We walked up the hill and saw that the line to get a wristband was halfway up the hill to the parking lot!
It took fifteen minutes for us to reach Fitzhugh Road, as the inbound string of cars let the outbound few snake around obstacles, and through narrow gates, past them. I guess they figured there would get our parking places when they got there. Finally on the road, we began estimating the crowd size. Katherine said 700. I said closer to a thousand and guessed that the final head count might be 2000 people, not all there at one time.
And by the way, The Barber Shop is a cool place, too.
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