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Weird and Unusual Places to Visit in Austin, TX From Bees to Breweries to Goats

Carol Lennox

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Goats at Jester King Brewery.Photo from Jester King Brewery website

Jester King Brewery is more than a brewery. Solar panel powered, and sitting on 165 acres of conservation land, Jester King Brewery is a sustainable venture for the owners, and adventure for you.

Tours and tastings are held every day except Monday and Tuesday. And there are goats. You can make reservations to spend 45 minutes any Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. to go on a goat walk with a herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats, learn how to herd them, and about holistic grazing.

Other goat experiences are hosted on Thursdays and Fridays from 6-7pm and Saturdays and Sundays 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Make reservations to spend 45 minutes inside the goat pen with the herd. Your ticket also gets you pizza and beer after the goat walk and goat experience.

On Saturdays at 2:00 and 4:00 you can tour the brewery.,learn how Jester King beers are fermented, and have access to buying beer on the property. There are also tastings, and you can come have pizza and beer anytime, with a reservation. All dining is outdoors.

The Texas Honey Bee Farm is located at 9874 Wier Loop Circle, Austin, TX 78736. The farm is open for visitors on Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. They offer several tours, with the most immersive "The Bee Experience." Their website describes the tour which costs $300 for up to four people. Additional people can be accommodated for an extra $50 per person.

We will suit you up in a bee suit and take you out with an experienced beekeeper to get up close and personal with a live working bee colony.

If that is a little to intense an experience for you, you can choose the Private Hive or On The Spot tours. For the first the website describes,

Relax in our bee proof, shaded, screened Bee Deck and see a beekeeper work a hive of bees and explain basic beekeeping practices and honey bee biology.

The "Private Hive" tour is $100 for up to five people, and $20 a person for any additional people. The tour is an hour long, with honey tastings afterwards.

Impromptu "On The Spot" tours are done through the onsite store when you show up. Total time is 15 to 30 minutes. and the best times are 10:30-12:30 or 2:30-4:30 Wednesday through Friday. Saturdays may be very busy and wait times vary. It's $10 for the first person in a group, and $5 for the rest. Their website says,

This is an impromptu guided tour with a staff member that typically begins out on the Bee Observation Deck where you can watch bees from the safety of a screened in porch.  If time allows you may also go outside on the farm grounds to peek into some observation windows on the top bar hives or see the chickens and ducks in the back. 

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My purpose is to inspire and inform. You can read more by me on Medium.com/@carollennox, and on the Good Men Project. I've had a lifetime of valuable experiences, and I want to share the lessons I've learned readily, or been forced to learn. I'm a psychotherapist, a hypnotherapist, a mother to my amazing son, Blake Scott, whom I write about often. I also write about race, equality, social justice, sex, government, and Mindfulness, not in that order.

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