14 December 2016
From Jester King:
We’re pleased and excited to announce that Jester King has agreed to form a partnership to help Fair Isle Brewing in Seattle, Washington! Fair Isle is a brewery in planning headed by longtime friend Andrew Pogue and his business partner Geoffrey Barker. Andrew and Geoffrey plan on opening a Seattle brewery focused on mixed culture fermentation and local agriculture in early 2018. While Fair Isle is squarely Andrew and Geoffrey’s creation and vision, Jester King will help along the way with its guidance, advice, and creative input. Jester King will own a small stake in Fair Isle Brewing.
Andrew Pogue is an old friend of Jester King founders Jeffrey Stuffings and Michael Steffing. Andrew used to live in Austin, Texas and helped out Jeff and Michael during Jester King’s early days. Andrew helped build our tasting room bar, helped us brew and bottle, gave us ideas on new beers, and did video and photography work for Jester King, including this video from Frazer Pogue that we’re particularly fond of. Now seven years later, we’re happy and excited to return the favor by helping Andrew and his partner Geoffrey get their vision off the ground and see it succeed. We know Andrew and Geoffrey to be very smart, hard working, thoughtful individuals, and we expect great things from them in the months and years ahead.
To get things started with Fair Isle, we brewed a batch of beer together at Jester King in November. We brewed a mixed culture farmhouse ale fermented in stainless steel with Washington Fireweed. We expect this beer to be released sometime this winter or spring at Jester King, and plan on sending some to Washington!
We look forward to seeing Andrew and Geoffrey make progress toward opening in 2018, and ultimately making what we expect to be great beer. We look forward to helping them along the way!
— Jeffrey Stuffings, Founder, Jester King Brewery
Michael Steffing, Founder, Jester King Brewery
Jeffrey Stuffings, Andrew Pogue, Geoffrey Barker (Photos by Tyler Malone / Second Shooter)