Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! While both locations will be closed as we spend the day deep in a turkey and pie-induced coma, we’ll be back open on Friday for normal business hours. Then, on Saturday 11/25 at Lamar, we’ll be breaking open the cellar at noon and selling some of our special bottles in celebration of Small Business Saturday. Come and feast your eyes on these fantastic aged beers…and maybe take a few of them home, too. We’ll also be selling Goose Island’s delicious BCBS (Stout and Barley Wine) starting at noon at both locations. One each per customer, so get yours before they’re gone.
And another week, another reminder about letting us know how much you love us via the Austin Beer Guide Awards. Of course, there are plenty of other categories to celebrate everything fantastic in our town’s world of beer. Check out this link and vote for your favorite brewery, beer, and *ahem* bottle shop and beer bar.
Have you picked up your Advent Calendar yet? You have? Good. For the rest of you, they’re sitting pretty at both of our locations. And we’ve also had plenty of walk-up purchases, so if you missed the pre-order deadline, you better get one now before the month starts and we sell out. Fight back against stale chocolate and get something you really want: 24 special beers to be enjoyed each day of December leading up to Christmas. So if you’ve been naughty or nice, you’ve earned this holiday treat.
Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Wednesday, November 23rd
5-8pm: We love our Brewery of the Month so much we’re bringing them in again. Brazos Valley drops by the shop to again sample their core lineup ($5.99 6pks!), and offer their new Big Spoon Tres Leches Stout. Perfect dessert for a certain dinner you’ll be having tomorrow.
Thursday, November 23rd
Friday, November 24th
Shake off that food hangover and make your way to Lamar as Uncle Billy’s drops by for a tasting of their lineup: Green Room, Barton Springs, and Lazy Day.
Saturday, November 25th
12-3pm: Because we like to keep a good thing going, we welcome Uncle Billy’s back for part two of a back-to-back tasting.
6-8pm: End the night by sampling the latest WhichCraft-curated sampling. On the menu: Harpoon Vanilla Bean Porter, Absolution Angel’s Demise, Last Stand Coffee Porter, and 4th Tap Yule Cat. C’est magnifique!
Tuesday, November 28th
8-10pm: Strange Land Float Night? Is that as crazy and delicious as it sounds? Find out as we make ice cream and beer concoctions of their Last Gentleman, Entire Porter, and Old North Road English strong ale.
Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller
Thursday, November 23rd
Friday, November 24th
5-8pm: Avoid your family and drop by Mueller as we welcome in Oasis. We’ll tap their Luchesa lager and have a few more samples to taste.
Saturday, November 25th
4-7pm: Holy cow, Blue Owl will be tapping their Saison Puede aged in Infinite Monkey red wine barrels and sampling a few of their other tasty beverages. Get down here!
Wednesday, November 29th
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, November 30th
5-8pm: Don’t miss Whitestone as we tap their Melted Snowman winter warmer. We’ll also sample their blonde and IPA.
New Beers This Week
(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)
Bell’s Arabicadabra – Arabicadabra is brewed with a cold coffee extract made at the brewery using a combination of fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans and Sumatra coffee beans. A little brewers’ magic transforms locally roasted Arabica beans and a variety of specialty malts into a creamy, intense coffee stout. 5.5% ABV / Galesburg, MI / RateBeer 96 / Availability: Decent
Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury – Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury… Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Blending a pair of Belgian abbey-style yeasts into a recipe more akin to a roasty stout, Hell Hath No Fury… Ale offers up warm, roasted notes of coffee & dark chocolate together with the fruity & clove-like aromas. 7.5% ABV / Galesburg, MI / RateBeer 95 / Availability: Decent
Bell’s Expedition Stout – One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages. 10.1% ABV / Galesburg, MI / RateBeer 100 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only
Bell’s Winter Warmer – A Wheat Ale brewed with American Wheat and a proprietary blend of Hefe and classic Belgian-style yeasts. A refreshing winter alternative created from the subtle fusion of two classic flavors. 5% ABV / Galesburg, MI / Availability: Good
Full Sail Wreck the Halls – This annual favorite is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA and a winter warmer. The result is a bold brew that celebrates the holidays with an intriguing blend of Centennial hops providing elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body. Dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor. 6.5% ABV / Hood River, OR / RateBeer 89 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Victory Mighty Things – Imperial IPA brewed with whole-flower American hops. 8.3% ABV / Downingtown, PA / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Blackwater Draw Ole St. Nipplaus – This rich and delicious double milk stout is rounded off with peppermint. Brewed using over 150 pounds of turbinado sugar, over 240 pounds of honey, and a variety of roasted malts to produce a slightly sweet and rich chocolate flavor. 7.2% ABV / College Station, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
4th Tap Yule Cat – Spiced winter amber ale. 7.2% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good
Tupps Full Grown Nick – Holiday spiced Imperial Stout. 12.1% ABV / McKinney, TX / Availability: Good
Community Snickerdoodle – Their take on that irresistible, home-made treat…in beer form! They use Heirloom Marris Otter malt to lend a distinct bready and crackery base flavor, then infuse freshly pureed vanilla beans and whole cinnamon sticks to create an amazing blend of flavors that leaves you craving that next bite…er, sip! 5.2% ABV / Dallas, TX / Availability: Good
St. Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel 19 – Christmas Ale Aged in Chardonnay barrels with cherries and brettanomyces. The base beer for Bishop’s Barrel 19 is their Christmas Ale, a rich, hearty ale brewed for the holiday season. It’s aged in Chardonnay barrels with tart cherries and three strains of brettanomyces. 8.9% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Decent / Check Friday at Both Locations
New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom
Full Draft List Available on our Website
Celis Grand Cru – A heartier version of Celis White. Made with select hops, Celis Grand Cru is brewed with the bright flavors of lemon peel and mellow coriander, which give a robust finish to the classic wheat beer. Perfect for the cool fall and winter months, or when you want a beer slightly bolder in flavor. 9% ABV / Austin, TX
Live Oak Big Bark – European malted barley lends it a soft body with a depth of malty richness and aroma. Small additions of noble hops gently balance characteristics of the malt. Cold fermentation and conditioning assure a beer with a clean finish, showcasing the interplay of the malt and hops. A beer of fine malt character and subtle hop nuance, it is accessible, smooth, and satisfying. 4.9% ABV / Austin, TX
Lagunitas Born Yesterday – A newborn version of their reborn pale, New Dogtown Pale, with a fresh addition: virgin hops from the trellised lands of the verdant Yakima Valley. Unkilned for an immaculate reception, then deliver the resulting lil’ brew in 24 hours. Congrats, it’s a beer! 6.5% ABV / Petaluma, CA / RateBeer 99
Pinthouse Pizza Electric Jellyfish – Brewed with some exciting hop varieties featuring Citra, Simcoe, Azacca, and Galaxy hops, Electric Jellyfish enjoys a bright tropical citrus character along with notes of orange, lemon, lychee, and a floral backbone. The Jellyfish is a hazy, new-school IPA focusing on the juicy hop flavor and aroma while keeping the bitterness balanced and refreshing. 6.5% ABV / Austin, TX / RateBeer 97
This Week’s Specials
- Enjoy Brazos Valley Brewing all month, with six packs of their Mama Tried, 7 Spanish Angels, Killin’ Time, and Willin’ for just $5.99. Holy guacamole!
South Lamar Specials
- Pick up a 6-pack of Deep Ellum’s Hop Seeker for $5.99!
- If the NFL is playing on one of our TVs, it’s Happy Hour at Mueller. Get in here, people!