It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, really, baseball is in full swing, the weather has been beautiful, and this week we celebrate two big holidays. First, on April 7, it’s National Beer Day! As if you needed an excuse, now you have one. Let’s all raise a glass to the reason you’re reading this, why we’re almost celebrating our third anniversary, and to the cause of – and solution to – all of life’s problems. Then, on Saturday, it’s National Saison Day. After a long day of tilling and toiling in the field, might we suggest Lakewood Brewing’s Till & Toil? Or perhaps Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ace, or the nigh-perfect Saison Dupont? Or all three! You can’t go wrong celebrating this classic farmhouse style.
Voting is still underway for the AIBA Armadillo Awards, which means there’s still time to vote for WhichCraft Tap Room in the Austin Customer Experience Category. To even be nominated is amazing among other stellar local businesses…but you should still vote for us, and all the other nominees here.
And we’re excited to have Deep Ellum Brewing as our Brewery of the Month. This Dallas brewery puts out some fantastic beers, and we’re offering their IPA, Easy Peasy IPA, and Dallas Blonde, at $6.99/6pk all month long.
And finally, WhichCraft Mueller will be hosting a Beer & Cheese pairing Tuesday, April 18, courtesy of Global Beer Network. Along with Petrus 50/50 and Bavik Super Pils on draft, we’ll also offer Gulden Draak, Wittekerke Wild, and one other special beer in package. We’ll have five artisan cheeses to go with each beer. This will take place 7:00-8:30pm; more information can be found here.
Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Friday, April 7th
WhichCraft Beer Store is hosting a free in-house tasting. Beers included in the tasting will be Avery Apricot Sour, Community Witbier, 903 Land of Milk & Honey, North Peak Stormy, and the Prairie Paradise.
Saturday, April 8th
Maura from Alesmith drops by to sample their IPA, Spezial German Pils, and their Tony Gwynn homage .394 San Diego Pale Ale. Don’t miss it!
Wednesday, April, 12
We welcome in Aaron from Southern Star Brewing Company as he opens up their full line-up. See you there.
Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller
Thursday, April 6th
5-8pm – Daniel from Goliad Brewing will be here to sample their full catalog, including General Zaragoza, a Mexican lager.
Friday, April 7th
4:30-7:30pm – Lexi with Deep Ellum rings in our newest Brewery of the Month as we tap their Barrel Crusher and Dallas Blonde, then sample their Easy Peasy IPA and Dream Crusher DIPA.
Saturday, April 8th
2-5pm – Come by to taste some of New Braunfels Brewing Co., as we tap their Blondine and Kelly offers tastes of Hopfenstopfen, PKL FKR, and Saison de Clementine…perfect for Nat’l Saison Day.
Wednesday, April 12th
7:00pm – WhichCraft Tap Room is hosting its Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Come in for this free event and put your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included!
New Beers This Week
(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)
Back in Stock at WhichCraft SoLa: Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose; Jolly Pumpkin Smashed, Grabbed, & Hop Dusted; Collective Brewing Project Petite Golden Sour; Lone Pint Yellow Rose; 903 – Mythical Creature IPA.
Southern Star Negura Bunget – A Transylvanian-inspired dark ale with dark, roasty notes, named after the Romanian black metal band. 5.8% ABV / Conroe, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Nine Band June Bug Wheat – Light, crisp, refreshing with a citrusy glow. 5.3% ABV / Allen, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Nine Band The Badge Blonde – A salute to the men and women from the police, fire, and EMS, this honey blonde has a light body with a hint of sweetness from local honey. 4.9% ABV / Allen, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Nine Band Cactus Cat Kolsch – Made in the classic German manner, Cactus Cat is light and crisp with grassy and biscuit notes. 5.2% ABV / Allen, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Nine Band Pale Ale – Nine Band’s flagship brew is made with premium Liberty hops, giving this easy drinking ale just a bit of a spicy, citrusy kick. 6% ABV / Allen, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
No Label Don Jalapeno – Based on their Pale Horse Ale, this beer is brewed with 60lbs of jalapenos: 30lbs raw and 30lbs roasted (seeds included). Que picante! 6.7% ABV / Katy, TX / BeerAdvocate 85 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Cascade Sang du Chêne – “Blood of the oak.” This blend showcases sour strong blond and tripel ales aged in three large format oak vessels: foudres, puncheons, and hogsheads. Oak influences are the highlight of the Sang du Chêne, providing flavors of toasted sugars, vanilla and spice complemented by the bright acidity and fruity character of the beer. 9.4% ABV / Portland, OR / RateBeer 94 / Availability: Limited
Martin House Mind on my Money – This beer is pretty gangsta. Orange peel and juniper berries added to a very strong and simple base beer equal a beer you might mistake for gin and juice. 9.3% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Decent
Crafted Artisan The Dispear – Pear and honey wine with cardamom added. 6% ABV / Mogadore, OH / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only
Crafted Artisan Chocol’ha – Honey wine with cocoa and spices added. The ancient Mayans held both honey and chocolate as sacred. Crafted Artisan has combined these ingredients with cinnamon, vanilla, and a bit of heat from light additions of ancho and guajillo chiles. Enjoy this modern take on an ancient beverage…just don’t lose your head. 6% ABV / Mogadore, OH / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only
Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Cider – Zesty and citrus-y cider crafted with bright red Sicilian blood oranges. 5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Coronado Islander IPA – Named after Coronado Island, their original India Pale Ale is a liquid expression of hometown pride. Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus hops combine to provide an explosive burst of piney bitterness and luscious notes of apricot, grapefruit, and mango that are sure to evoke imagery of swaying palms and sun-kissed shores. 7% ABV / Coronado, CA / RateBeer 92 / Availability: Decent
Coronado Orange Avenue Wit – A spiced California-style Wit that’s both refreshing and complex. Brewed with wheat, coriander, California orange peel, and local orange blossom honey. From the first sip to the last, you’ll find subtle flavors of bread, spice, citrus, and a thirst-quenching orange honey finish. 5.2% ABV / Coronado, CA / BeerAdvocate 80 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Coronado Sting Ray IPA – This easy-drinking IPA will transport you to a tropical paradise the moment it hits your lips. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Southern Cross hops provide flavors and aromas of tropical fruits and sun-kissed citrus with soft accents of nectarine and peach. 7.9% ABV / Coronado, CA / RateBeer 93 / Availability: Decent
Freetail Texas Harvest – Made in collaboration with Reddy Vineyards, Harvest used their harvest Tannat and blended the must with 18-month-old Ananke, then refermented and blended for 4 months in Carbono barrels. A blend of tobacco, cherry, and oak fill the bouquet, augmented through this inspired secondary barrel fermentation, then bottle-finished with Champagne yeast, resulting in one of their strongest wild ales. 9% ABV / San Antonio, TX / Availability: Decent
Freetail B^4 – This Bourbon Barrel Brett Brown is a happy accident, the salvation of a few things that went awry into something that went aright. B^4 is the a blend of TexiCali Brown Ale refermented with molasses in second-run bourbon barrels and blended with unhopped TexiCali that was inoculated in wine barrels with lactobacillus. The resulting blend was then bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Finishing at 7%, the flavor profile is of dark orchard fruits, raisinets, and faint molasses. 7% ABV / San Antonio, TX / Availability: Decent
Buffalo Bayou Maple Chili Jam – Sweet heat with a touch of smoke. Raspberries and blackberries up front, chiles on the back. Aged on maple with a tangy, dry pepper finish. Pairs well with brontosaurus ribs, creamed corn, and even your uncle’s charred, brick-hard attempts at a hot dog. 8.8% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
2016 Deschutes The Abyss Scotch – Complex earthy, smoky, and oak notes play against a refined, yet boozy, mix of sweet and bitterness. This remarkably-limited version was 100% barrel-aged for 12 months in scotch whiskey casks. 12.3% ABV / Bend, OR / RateBeer 100 / Availability: Extremely Limited / Mueller Only
Avery Apricot Sour – Bushels of juicy apricots and bright bursts of barrel-aged tartness are seamlessly infused to cultivate this deliciously distinctive and succulent sour ale. 7.3% ABV / Boulder, CO / RateBeer 92 / Availability: Limited
New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Tap Room (Mueller)
Full Draft List Available on our Website
Save the World Bonus Pastor w/ Cherries – A scotch ale that puts a Belgian spin on the traditional “wee heavy.” This medium-bodied ale starts with rich malt and caramel, rounds with hints of nut and dried fruit, and ends with a clean and medium-dry finish. Then taking sour cherries, they aged them in brandy, and then added them to their Bonus Pastor resulting in this delectable beer. It starts with a richly effervescent delicious cherry nose, then your palate is greeted with a wonderful balance of caramel, toffee, and roast molasses, and finally a slightly sweet, lingering cherry warmth finishes out the experience. A lively, medium-body sipper. 7.1% ABV / Marble Falls, TX
Save the World Froctum Bonum w/ Passion Fruit – A refreshing example of the traditional farmhouse ale brewed with passion fruit. The distinctive aroma and flavors are of sweet malts, zesty citrus, passion fruit, and peppery spices with a hint of earthiness. It has a medium body and a crisp, dry finish. A robust and versatile ale. 7.2% ABV / Marble Falls, TX
Hi Sign The Fiddler Irish Red – 4.5% ABV / Austin, TX
No Label Havana Nights – Formerly known as Mojito Lime Gose. This beer is a refreshing tart and fruity wheat ale with a salt character and a hint of mint. 5% ABV / Katy, TX
Community Texas Helles – A traditional German style lager that is bright, golden and crisp- perfect for warm weather craft beer drinking! We lager it for 6 weeks and brew it using all German malts and hops, and a clean Bavarian yeast strain producing an incredibly refreshing, light-bodied summer time brew! 5% ABV / Dallas, TX
Live Oak Gold – Live Oak Gold is inspired by the pale lager that is the daily drinking beer of the Bavarian people. This is a crisp, bright lager that showcases soft malt flavors and is spiced with fine noble hops of the Hallertau region. Slow, cold fermentation and lengthy secondary conditioning produce a beer that is brilliant and beautiful. Please enjoy this beautiful artifact of a culture that places enjoyment of this fine lager bier at the center of polite society. 4.8% ABV / Austin, TX
The Bruery Or Xata – Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. Our homage to the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon, and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a little extra creamy character. These ingredients meld together to create a taste and experience that hints at horchata, but it’s much more than that. The flavor is hard to describe, but for those who know it, you know you love it.
Whitestone Cedrela – Named after the genus of several species in the mahogany family, Spanish Cedar being one, this beer will get your attention. One of their most proud creations, this gem will display white pepper and grapefruit notes after being aged on Spanish Cedar in the fermenter. Crisp and refreshing makes for a perfect warm weather beer. 5% ABV / Cedar Park, TX
Austin Beerworks Heisenberg – Banana, clove, and bubblegum yeast characteristics but with a really light body and clean finish. 4.8% ABV / Austin, TX
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 (HBC 369). It is a daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14), one of our favorite hops. 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 / RateBeer 98
Zilker Murderino – Dark like a porter, hoppy like an IPA. This Cascadian Dark Ale has Citra, Centennial, Nugget, and Simcoe hops. 7%ABV / Austin, TX
Live Oak IPA – Originally created during the great hop crisis of 2006 when the Cascade hop was unavailable, this IPA returns as a vehicle to explore the varieties of hop offerings of the Pacific Northwest. Please enjoy these carefully chosen varieties, fresh-picked and brewed with the American hop connoisseur in mind. 6% ABV / Austin, TX
Buffalo Bayou More Cowbell – Surprisingly balanced and drinkable, given its stats with 118 IBU. The stripped-down malt bill lets the Noble hops go crazy with floral and grassy bouquets. 9% ABV / Houston, TX / BeerAdvocate 83
Austin Eastciders Pineapple – For an exotic twist, this blended heirloom bittersweet and culinary apples with a taste of the tropics. Golden, ripe, and delicious pineapples have been married into their dry cider to give you a refreshing pineapple experience. Enjoy! 5% ABV / Austin, TX
TX Keeper No. 1 – Texas Keeper No. 1 is a blend of five apples fermented individually and blended to craft a well-balanced, highly drinkable dry cider with notes of peach, pear, tropical fruit, light green apple, and a crisp lingering acidity. 6.8% ABV / Austin, TX
(512) Nitro Pecan Porter – Nearly black in color, (512) Pecan Porter is made with Organic US 2-row and Crystal malts along with Baird’s Chocolate and Black malts. Its full body and malty sweetness are balanced with subtle pecan aroma and flavor from locally grown pecans. Yet another true Austin original! 6.8% ABV / Austin, TX
Last Stand BPA – Belgian inspired strong pale ale, light in color with a very balanced taste. Notes of citrus, spice, and esters imparted by the Noble hops and Trappist yeast. 8.9% ABV / Austin, TX
Brooklyn Black Ops – Intense Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels and 100% bottle refermented. 11.5% ABV / Brooklyn, NY / RateBeer 99
Gigantic Pipewrench – Gigantic IPA aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels for 3 months. Botanicals from the gin meld perfectly with citrus-y hops and subtle wood in an incredibly complex beer. 8% ABV / Portland, OR / RateBeer 93
Deschutes 2016 The Abyss – A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice, and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate. 50% aged for 12 months in Bourbon, Oregon Oak, & Pinot Noir casks. 11.1% ABV / Bend, OR / RateBeer 100
This weekend, take home a bottle of Prairie Paradise, their fantastic coconut and vanilla Imperial Stout, for 6.99/bottle. And for the month of April, we’re continuing our specials for 4th Tap’s Sun Eater and Real Ale’s Pinsetter.