Avery Tasting and Advent Calendars

Tonight! Yes, tonight! Make your way to the Mueller location tonight between 5 & 8pm for a Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass special with Avery’s White Rascal and Bourbon barrel-aged Vanilla Bean Stout. We’ll also be sampling their Real Peel straight outta the can, yo.

And we’re getting a jumpstart on one of our favorite holiday traditions: the WhichCraft Advent Calendar! Count down to Christmas with 24 different beers, each to be opened every day in December leading up to the 25th. Pre-sales of these popular boxes begin today, Thursday, October 12th. Purchases can be made in person at either WhichCraft location, or by calling Lamar at (512) 600-1088, or Mueller at (512) 655-2899. Here’s the skinny (deep breath…):

– We’ll be offering sealed boxes, each including 24 different 12oz. beers (because exactly 24 beers fit in a case…coincidence?!). Boxes will be pre-sold for $100+tax, and pickups will begin Friday, November 17. We ask that you pay in full when you reserve it, and you can choose which location you’d like to pick it up.

– We’ll only be selling a total of 150 of these holiday treats, so make sure to order yours now!

– Here’s the most supremely awesome part:

– A few GOLDEN BOXES will be created, which will look identical to all of the others. In each Golden Box, the 24 beers will equal TWICE the retail value of the normal boxes. That’s right, your math isn’t fooling you: your $100 box will contain $200 worth of beer.

– These Golden Boxes will be indistinguishable from their brethren, and even WhichCraft staff won’t know which will be the Golden Boxes. When you arrive to pick up your box, you get to choose at random from the boxes still available.

– There will be one Golden Box created for every 50 Advent Calendars sold.

NOTE: Shipping beers into, out of, or within Texas is prohibited by state law. So all boxes must be picked up in person (though sending a proxy is acceptable).

Finally, we were in the sporting mood at Lamar and wanted to play a game. As you know, we have Austin’s largest singles wall, but just how large is it? How many different beers are there on the shelf? We know the answer, but do you? If think you do, go to our Facebook page, tag a friend, shoot us a message with the total, and you and your friend might win a $15 Gift Card. Play on, playa.

 


Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, October 12th
Don’t miss Terry with Alaskan Brewing as they sample their Mocha Milk Stout, Husky IPA, and GABF Gold Medal-winning Heritage Coffee Brown.

Friday, October 13th
We’re kicking off a weekend of in-house tastings by popping some tasty botts. Come by to sample Texas Keeper Heirloom, Buffalo Bayou Pumpkin Spice, Abita Peach, and Elysian Dark o’ the Moon.

Saturday, October 14th
Are Mom and Dad still gone? Cool, then let’s sneak a few more bottles off the shelves. Flavor your usual WhichCraft outing with another in-house tasting of Tallgrass Strawberry Shortcake, Tupps Northbound 75, and Buffalo Bayou Comrade Cowbell. But shhhhhh, don’t tell Mom.

Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, October 12th
5-8pm:  Avery Brewing has themselves a good old fashioned Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass for their Vanilla Bean Stout, White Rascal, and samples of Real Peel.

Friday, October 6th
5-8pm:  Alex from Independence drops by Mueller to tap a keg of their Shiny Diamonds (oooh, shiny) for a Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass. Also make sure to try a sample of their Oklahoma Suks and Stash IPA. Because they’re delicious, that’s why!

Saturday, October 14th
4-7pm:  Don’t miss John Harrod with Rentsch Brewing at Mueller. We’re tapping their Hefeweizen for one of them BTBKTG specials, and sampling their IPA and Weizenbock, too.

Wednesday, October 18th
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, October 19th
5-8pm:  Holy cow, Veronica with Lone Pint in our Mueller location? Believe it. And believe we’ll have Yellow Rose and Zeno’s Pale Ale on tap to celebrate this joyous occasion.


New Beers This Week

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

Back in Stock: Squatters Hop Rising DIPA (Pink cans for Breast Cancer Awareness), Dinkel Acker CD Pils, Blue Owl Little Boss, Blue Owl Spirit Animal, Mikkeller Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse Raspberry, Unity Vibrations Bourbon Peach, Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Founders All Day IPA, Bishops Blood Orange.

Elysian Dark o’ the MoonStout brewed with pumpkin, and pumpkin seeds with cinnamon added. Spookily smooth and chocolaty with a hint of cinnamon – brewed annually for Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival. 7.6% ABV / Seattle, WA / RateBeer 97 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Elysian Great Pumpkin –The world’s first Imperial pumpkin ale. Brewed with Pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts. Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle, and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. 8.1% ABV / Seattle, WA / RateBeer 95 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Brazos Valley High Noon – Vic Secret IPA. Brenham, TX / Availability: Good

Martin House Saturday IPA (Blood Orange Friday IPA) – Saturday IPA is the follow up to their year-round brew, Friday IPA. It’s lower on the IBU scale but is a bit boozier with a heavier mouthfeel. Saturday’s hops include: Mandarina Bavaria, Zythos, and Hull Melon. As you would assume, these select hops give this brew the perfect touch of citrus. To complement the hops, they also added 200lbs of blood orange puree, which completes this fruity IPA. 8% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Decent (arriving soon)

Jester King Bière de Miel – On brewday, they added raw, Texas wildflower honey from Good Flow Honey Co. in Austin, Texas late in the boil. After the first several weeks of fermentation, they added more honey to the beer. Finally, the beer was 100% naturally-refermented in bottles, kegs, and casks using more of the raw, Texas wildflower honey. In addition to the honey, Bière de Miel was brewed with Hill Country well water, malted barley, malted wheat, and hops. 5.8% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Limited

Buffalo Bayou Pumpkin Spice Latte – Buffalo Bayou takes their Gingerbread Stout, mashes in pumpkins and then ages it on Amaya’s Coffee like they do for Buffalo Sunset. 9.5% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Buffalo Bayou Comrade Cowbell – Blurring the lines between Imperial Red and Barley Wine, this brew is aggressively hop-forward and dangerously sessionable. 9.8%ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

De Proefbrouwerij Abtsolution – They’re thrilled to welcome Daniel Carey of New Glarus Brewing Company as their 11th annual partner in this series. In the true spirit of the project, they created a beer based on the classic Belgian Abt style, with unique Wisconson contributions including Santiam and Chinook hops. To further highlight the Dairy State, they’ve added lactose for extra mouthfeel and richness. The result is a dark ale from their use of French and American oak, along with spicy hop notes. This ale is designed to drink now, but it will evolve beautifully over the next 1-2 years. Enjoy Abtsolution with roasted meats, rich cheese, and of course, friends. 9% ABV / Lochristi – Hijfte, Belgium / RateBeer 98 / Availability: Limited

Stone Xocoveza Each year, Stone holds an American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned homebrewing competition, the champion of which gets their recipe brewed and distributed nationwide by Stone. This year’s winner, Chris Banker, helped keep them grounded to their homebrewing roots by introducing flavors consistent with their regional palate. His chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper, and coffee-infused milk stout was built to mimic the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, a beloved specialty from their neighbors to the south, as their collaborators from Baja California, Cervezeria Insurgente, will attest. Layered with tiers of earthiness, spice, and roast, this creamy, semisweet, blue-ribbon beer confirms that the spirit of the American homebrewer is not only alive and kicking but thriving at an all-time high. 8.1% ABV / Escondido, CA / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Founder’s Harvest Ale This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a large puffy white two-finger head. First sip of this beer rewards with a super juicy hop presence bursting with fresh orange and lemon citrus, then continues to introduce toasted malt undertones. 7.6% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Victory Black Forest Cake – Sweet meets savory in their Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry. Roasted malt balances out lush cherry flavor and ends with a bittersweet finish. 7.5% ABV / Downingtown, PA / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Cascade One Way or Another – A project designed in collaboration with their friends at Bruery Terreux, One Way or Another is a blend of sour triple ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with regional ingredients: Oregon marionberries and California Meyer lemons. With each brewery crafting their own blend, this limited offering illustrates how a single recipe can be interpreted One Way or Another. 7.9% ABV / Portland, OR / Availability: Decent / Mueller Only 


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Red Horn Beach Bear – Summer pale brewed with whole-leaf American hops and a special blend of American and English malts. This ale is crisp with a refreshingly subtle sweetness balanced by grassy, tropical, and melon hop notes. Whole-leaf hops provide unique hop characteristics that add floral and herbal qualities that just don’t come through in standard pelletized hops. A blend of Chinook, Cascade, and Azacca leaf hops make Beach Bear a beer that just tastes like summer. 5.8% ABV / Cedar Park, TX

Moontower Semi-Dry – This blend of Old World bittersweets and New World culinary apples mirrors their studious respect for tradition and the crafty ingenuity they employ to bring you this very balance of the orchard in a can. Not too sweet, and made from nothing but apples, it’s a modern ode to their own heritage. 6.5% ABV / Austin, TX

New Holland Dragon’s Milk – Dragon’s Milk is a 17th Century term used to describe the strong beer usually reserved for royalty. This strong ale was aged in oak for over 120 days. The aging process extracts flavors from the wood, which contribute to its complex character. Hints of bourbon flavor perfectly compliment its roasted malts to produce a beer fit for a King. 11% ABV / Holland, MI / RateBeer 98

Firestone Walker Propagator Generation One – Generation One, an unfiltered West Coast-style IPA, a Venice IPA of sorts. This is the first experimental beer brewed at their 10hl Kaspar-Schulz brewhouse, an unfiltered IPA that bridges the gap between the juice-like hazy NE-style IPAs and dry, bitter, West Coast/San Diego-style IPAs. This beer is full of bold hop aromatics and flavors, reminiscent of peach, grapefruit, and pineapple, with a crisp, bitter finish – making it devilishly drinkable. 7.6% ABV / Paso Robles, CA

Prairie Vape Tricks –  Sour ale aged on cherries. 5.9% ABV / Tulsa, OK

Avery Vanilla Bean Stout – A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel, and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout. After Raspberry Sour, this is the 2nd installment of Avery’s Botanicals & Barrels series. 10.8% ABV / Boulder, CO / RateBeer 98

Avery White Rascal – A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or “white” ale, this Rascal is unfiltered and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, producing a refreshingly classic ale. 5.6% ABV / Boulder, CO


This Week’s Specials

  • Enjoy Collective Brewing Project’s Petite Golden Sour, Suspicious Delicious, and Urban Funk House for $8.99 all month.
  • Pick up a bottle (or bottles!) of Lazy Magnolia Quad 10 w/ Pecans for only $5.99.
  • Pick up a 4 pack of Knee Deep’s Breaking Bud for $6.99.

Mueller Specials

  • If the NFL or the Astros (go ‘Stros!) are playing on one of our TVs, it’s Happy Hour at Mueller. Get in here, people!

South Lamar Specials

  • Victory’s Black Board Series Peach Belgian Blonde is on sale for $7.99/6pk.

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

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