A Fresh New Year, A Funky French Cider, and Black Crack on Tap…the Aristocrats!

Happy New Year! Time to wash off the grime and bad juju 2017 left behind and look ahead to 2018. And to celebrate, we’ve brought in Martin House as our January Brewery of the Month. Pick up 6 packs of their Salty Lady, True Love, and Friday IPA for $6.99.

Then, WhichCraft Lamar has a special cache of cider we want you to try: Le Pere Jules Cidre Brut 2014, from Normandie, France. These few cases are the only ones in Texas, and if you’ve never tried it, we can’t suggest this unique cider enough. Dry, complex, and slightly hazy, this has notes of green olives and blue cheese along with the earthy apple and pear. Time is running out to take home a bottle, so do it now. And this weekend, we’re offering it for only $10.99! Sacré bleu!


Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 5-7pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, January 4th
Amy with Goose Island returns to Lamar to sample their new Cooper Project No. 3: a barrel-aged porter. We’ll also sample Sofie and offer their Juicy Double for $4.99.

Friday, January 5th
It’s a weekend of WhichCraft-curated samplings. First up this Friday, we’ll sample Buffalo Bayou Comrade Cowbell, Le Pere Jules Cidre Brut 2014, No Coast Take a Chill Pils, and Odell Drumroll. And to celebrate the final weekend of outgoing GM Tim Vela, he will be bringing something special from his cellar as we say goodbye forever.

Saturday, January 6th
Night two of in-house tasting. What do we have in store for the sequel? How about Austin Beerworks Black Thunder, Real Ale Axis, Hops & Grain Porter Culture, and Zilker Coffee Milk Stout. And of course, another super-secret, super-special bottle. Don’t miss your chance to bid farewell to Tim before he leaves the WhichCraft family.

Thursday, January 11th
We welcome in Buffalo Bayou to sample some of their tasty beers. On the menu: Turtle Murder, Fiiiiiigaro, 1836 Copper Ale, and Sam’s Daily.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Friday, January 5th
5-8pm: Get ready for a special night with Southern Star. First, we’ll tap kegs of their Black Crack and Humidity Amber. We’ll also sample cans of their Bombshell Blonde.

Wednesday, January 10th
7:00pm:  Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Weekly free event that puts your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included!

Thursday, January 11th
5-8pm: Love Real Ale? Sure, we all do. Then don’t miss it as we tap Hans’ Pils and Phoenixx. We’ll also have two different types of glassware: a general Real Ale glass and then a specific Hans pilsner glass.


New Beers This Week

(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)

Back In Stock: Elgin Meadery Small Batch Honey Wine, Roughtail Everything Rhymes with Orange, Roughtail E-Juice, Strange Land Entire Porter

Karbach Hop Delusion – You are in a state of full Hop Delusion, but you knew what you signed up for when you popped this bottle. You knew that it had over 100 IBUs of hop bitterness and that it was dry hopped with insane amounts of Galaxy and Comet hops, but you chose to drink it anyway. It’s difficult to say if you will ever snap out of it, for you have been smitten with the disorder that many can never overcome. 9% ABV / Houston, TX / RateBeer 98 / Availability: Good

New Belgium VooDoo Ranger Juicy Haze – Packed with bright tropical aromas and brilliant citrusy flavors, this unfiltered IPA wraps up with a pleasantly smooth finish. 7.5% ABV / Ft. Collins, CO / Availability: Good

Destihl Cranberry Criek – This evolved by merging tart cranberries with sweet cherries, normally associated with a traditional Kriek, but in a kettle sour beer that is wonderfully intricate, balanced, fruity and tart. They then dry-hopped this crimson-colored beer for a touch of citrus aroma and flavor, adding another layer of complexity and a perfect finish. 5% ABV / Normal, IL / Availability: Decent

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA – Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops! / 17% ABV / Milton, DE / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Very Limited

Flying Man Weedhopper Honey Wheat – Weedhopper is a smooth refreshing German style Honey Wheat. Think of it as an alt-beer with a twist. Honey and molasses add a subtle complexity that sets this beer apart from other wheat beers. 5.2% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good

Flying Man Air Racer IPA – Tons of hop character and expression this beer truly has the immense balance and drinkability that is the corner stone to all Flying Man beers. 7.1% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good 

Founder’s Sumatra Mountain Brown – This bold, imperial brown ale gets its body from a team of malts, including caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly-balanced imperial brown ale to a decadent level. 9% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

Rogue 6 Hop IPA – The first in a fresh crop of Rogue Farms IPAs, crafted entirely from ingredients they grow in Oregon’s renowned Willamette Valley. Rogue farms Revolution, Independent, Alluvial, Rebel, Liberty and Freedom hops in six-hop IPA to create a well-balanced, drinkable IPA grown from ground to glass. 6.66% ABV / Newport, OR / Availability: Decent / RateBeer 90 / SoLa Only

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2017 – Sierra’s Bigfoot barley wine has been brewed annually all the way back to 1983. It is pretty much the gold standard of American-style barley wines. High ABV, heavily hopped, and can age for multiple years under the right conditions. 9.6% ABV / Chico, CA / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only 

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing – Some beers need a little polishing to get ready to go out into the world, while others—the hop-heavy, rowdy, crowd-pleasers—should just be left alone. Sierra Nevada wanted to share this brewery-only treat with you: Hazy Little Thing, their unfiltered, unprocessed IPA, straight from the tanks and into the can. 6.7% ABV / Chino, CA / RateBeer 81 / Availability: Decent

Stone Tangerine Express (Cans) – Wonderful citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Dry and crisp with a balanced, but significant bitterness. 6.7% ABV / Escondido, CA / RateBeer 92 / Availability: Decent

Harpoon Super Dark – A barrel-aged version of their Dark, this is dark (duh), malty, smooth, with a chocolatey sweetness and depth of flavor from 12 months of aging in oak barrels. 10% ABV / Boston, MA / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Fairweather Cider Common – Mellow but also kind of yellow. Their Common cider is your daily driver: super dry and refreshing with a farmhouse style. 6.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good / Mueller Only


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

 

Epic Big Bad Baptista – Inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. The cinnamon adds another layer of complexity and accentuates the earthy character of Mexican Coffee, but more importantly, it captures the essence of a place and its culture. 12% ABV / Salt Lake City, Utah / RateBeer 100

Community Texas Helles – A traditional German-style lager that is bright, golden and crisp…perfect for warm-weather, craft-beer drinking, which is year-round here in Austin.  Crush it, bro! 5% ABV / Dallas, TX

Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet – A double-barreled shot of Magnum hops and lupulin dust — pure, concentrated hop flavor — is blasted directly into the tank to emphasize the intense pine and citrus flavors of classic West Coast hops. 8% ABV / Chico, CA / Availability: Decent

Lone Pint Yellow Rose – A SMaSH, Single Malt and Single Hop, IPA using a caboodle (technical term for a large amount of malt) of malt and a new hop released in 2012 called Mosaic. Whole cone Mosaic is used for bittering, flavoring, and aroma in the kettle; it is also massively dry hopped. The beer is named after a Texas Heroine. Tasting notes: chalk-white head with a very clean malt backbone. The hops impart strong grapefruit, pineapple, and blueberry flavor and aroma. A strong beer that is extremely quaffable. 6.8% ABV / Magnolia, TX / BeerAdvocate 98

Red Horn Wonder Boy Hefe – It’s wonderous, the delicate and delicious balance of spicy and fruity esters in Wonder Boy Hefeweizen. This smooth, rich yet refreshing ale is their Texas twist on a favorite style. Soft white wheat, bready Munich malt, and German pilsner malts build the backbone, American Cascade hops add a unique yet subtle citrusy note, but their unique yeast blend does the heavy lifting. 5% ABV / Cedar Park, TX

Southern Heights Where’s My Flannel – English mild ale. 4.9% ABV / Austin, TX

Funkwerks Tropic King – Bursting with aromas of passion fruit, mango, and peach, this Imperial Saison is brewed using New Zealand Rakau hops. Combined with notes of pepper and ginger produced by their house yeast strain, Tropic King has a unique flavor that has gained a loyal following. 8% ABV / Ft. Collins, CO / RateBeer 93

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero – Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chile plus cinnamon plus organic vanilla extract plus a chocolate-eating, beer-drinking, Clown Shoes-wearing, multi-limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label. That’s the recipe for a Chocolate Sombrero! 9% ABV / Ipswich, MA / RateBeer 97


This Week’s Specials

  • As we click over to January, make sure to pick up six packs of Martin House, our new Brewery of the Month. We’ll be offering their Salty Lady, True Love, and Friday IPA for $6.99 all month.
  • Six packs of Copperhead’s Bite Me are on sale for $4.99.

South Lamar Specials

  • Until we run out of it, 22oz. bottles of Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical cider is on sale for $3.99. A great deal for a fantastic cider.

Mueller Specials

  • Wild Car Weekend! If the NFL is playing on one of our TVs, it’s Happy Hour at Mueller. Get in here, people!

Parking at WhichCraft Mueller. The garage behind us on McBee is free to use.

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