We at WhichCraft are so pleased to announce the grand opening of our new Mueller location, WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop. As the name suggests, the new shop will feature thirty rotating draft lines in addition to its extensive selection of packaged craft beer. We have created an extensive coffee program for those times when it’s too early for beer (yeah right!). Our coffee bar will offer a variety of espresso drinks, pour over coffee and cold brew. Full details on this new location, including our address and hours of operation, can be found on our Blog. We’ll see you there!
This weekend only! WhichCraft Beer Store on South Lamar is offering four packs of Odell Brombeere for only $7.99. This blackberry gose is a balance of tangy and sweet, and as crisp and lively as a summer evening. Come in and stave off stout weather for one more week, while supplies last.
Looking for a vote to really get excited about? The Austin Beer Guide 2016 Best of Readers’ Poll voting has begun! This is an opportunity for you to weigh in on some of the best beers and breweries that are coming up around Austin. There are a number of categories for you to make your opinion heard, including Best Brewery, Best New Beer and Austin’s 2016 Beer Personality of the Year. WhichCraft Beer Store is eligible in the category of Best Bottle Shop, and if you believe in our mission and our service then we would be grateful for your vote. The link to the voting page can be found here.
WhichCraft hits the road this Saturday! We’re headed to THE best sausage-and-polka-and-lederhosen-and-beer event of the year…Wurstfest! We have organized a shuttle to and from the event, and we’ll be hitting a few breweries along the way. The trip was a HUGE success last year and we expect it to be even more fun this year. This shindig kicks off SATURDAY at noon, and tickets are still available on our Eventbrite page.
Christmas is right around the corner and WhichCraft Beer Store is gearing up with pre-sales of our annual advent calendars. These customized cases are a great way to make the holidays even more festive by surprising you with a new beer every day leading up to Christmas! Full details on WhichCraft’s Advent Calendar pre-sale can be found on our Blog. These calendars are a huge hit every year, but only a limited number are available so place your orders now. Purchases can be made either in person or over the phone. A valid form of ID will be required to pick up your calendars. All pick ups will take place at WhichCraft’s South Lamar location. Cheers!
Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Thursday, November 10th – TONIGHT!
5-7pm – Nick from Ballast Point Brewing will be behind the tasting bar to serve up free tasters of Grunion, Sculpin and Victory at Sea.
Friday, November 11th
Our good friends from New Braunfels Brewing Company will be stopping by to host a free guided tasting of Blondine, La Fluers Du Mal and Cosmic Dancer. Consider it a sneak preview of the beers we’ll enjoy when we visit the brewery on our Wurstfest Road Trip, on Nov. 12th.
Saturday, November 12th
12-2pm – Joining us from Cibolo, our friends from 5 Stones will be in the shop to sample out some of their delicious adjunct brews. Beers included in the tasting will be Rain on the Scarecrow, Pompous Monkey, Mellow Rainbow and TOBY G’s.
6-8pm – Meridian Hive will be here to showcase their line of craft meads. Free tasters of Bounty, Rhapsody and Huajilla will be available.
Tuesday, November 15th
3 Nations Brewing will be behind the tasting bar to host a free guided sample of their Texas Gold, Bull’s English Brown, American Wit and GPA.
Wednesday, November 16th
Our good friend Lori from Pedernales Brewing Company will be stopping by to serve up free samples of Bitter Battle, and Texas Hop Bomb #3.
Thursday, November 17th
Holly, from Real Ale Brewing Company will be joining us for a very special tasting and beer release. At the shop, we will be tasting the 19th & 20th Anniversary beer with bottles for sale. We will also have very limited edition 20th Anniversary Gift Packs for sale during the tasting. Gift Packs will include a bottle of 20th Anniversary & Barrel Aged 20th Anniversary beer.
New Beers This Week
Back in Stock: Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose, Martin House Salty Lady, Community Yessir!, Knee Deep Imperial Tanilla, New Belgium Ben & Jerry’s Cookies n’ Cream Ale, Twisted X Austin Lager, Twisted X Cow Creek, Infamous Sweep the Leg, Independence Cucumber Red Bud, Gulden Draak Whiskey Barrel Aged, Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter, Sixpoint Bengali, Sixpoint Resin, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde 12pks
Weekend Special: Odell Brombeere 4pks/$7.99. (Through Sunday)
Jester King 2016 Vernal Dichotomous – Farmhouse ale brewed with grilled lemons and smoked paprika. 5.2% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Limited
Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat – Tallgrass’ winter seasonal, featuring their Buffalo Sweat oatmeal stout aged on a handful of vanilla beans. 5% ABV / Manhattan, KS / Ratebeer 93 / Availability: Decent
Destihl Plum Sour Stout – Plum Sour Stout rebels against style boundaries as it opens with a bold fusion of fruitiness and chocolatey roast. Dark fruit flavors then take hold, evoking memories of plum jam and chocolate-covered cherries to bring everything into balance. The result is a light-bodied and refreshingly tart stout that’s just plum sour!! 5.6% ABV / Bloomington, IL / Availability: Good
North Peak Dubious – North Peak Dubious is a Dark Chocolate Stout that has the perfect combination of chocolate, roast and black malts resulting in a smooth rich beer. Judicious use of hops bring out a complex, yet subtle bittering finished off with a big Goldings nose. 5.3% ABV / Traverse City, MI / Beeradvocate 81 / Availability: Good
North Peak Blitzen Festivus – North Peak Blitzen is a Festivus Ale with raisin, current and berry notes attributed to Bramling Cross hops, 3 types of Crystal malts, Cara and Chocolate malt. A combination of citrus peel and citrus pith flavors are accented by the Hercules, Cascade and Pilgrim hops added throughout the boil.6.8% ABV / Traverse City, MI / Beeradvocate 83 / Availability: Good
Harpoon UFO Winter Blonde – Vanilla Cold Brew Ale. Like a winter’s snowfall, soft, vanilla, and light, with a hint of coffee this season’s refreshing delight. 4.9% ABV / Boston, MA / Availability: Good
Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo – Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the back country woods of Central PA. Pennsylvania Tuxedo Brewed in collaboration with Family Run outerwear company Woolrich, two like-minded companies came together to make a beer with Pacific Northwest hop varieties to make a concoction with a grassy citrus kick complimented by the resinous conifer qualities of fresh green Spruce Tips. 8.5% ABV / Milton, DE / Beeradvocate 88 / Availability: Good
Upslope Christmas – Celebrating the wintry nights and lights of the season, this lightly spiced English old ale is caramel colored and malty sweet. Second generation to the traditional Winter Warmer, allspice, orange peel and ginger round out the piney aroma of crushed juniper berries.8.2% ABV / Boulder, CO / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Good
Dogfish Head Beer for Breakfast – They took the original Chicory recipe, doubled the grain bill to hit 10% ABV, and tricked it out with all other sorts of delicious Breakfast-minded ingredients including lactose sugar (the sugar that lends Milk Stouts their character); barley malt smoked over local Fifer Orchards wood; maple syrup harvested from trees at Northfield Mount Hermon. 10% ABV / Milton, DE / Availability: Decent
Ska Euphoria Pale Ale – An India Pale Ale, the Euphoria is crafted with piles and piles of Golding hops to provide a unique spicy finish. 6.1% ABV / Durango, CO / Beeradvocate 86 / Availability: Good
Oskar Blue Barrel Aged Ten FIDY – A Bourbon barrel aged version of the Ten FIDY Russian Imperial Stout. 12.5% ABV / Longmont, CO / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Limited
Avery Mephistopheles 2015 – Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liquorice, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. Boulder, CO / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Limited
Meridian Hive Bounty – Honey Apple Wine Aged 8 Months in Bourbon Barrels, Spirit-barrel aging delivers depth and warmth to this silky smooth blend of dark organic tropical honey and great northern heirloom apples. 14.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good
Independence Brown Sabbath – Brewed with american white wheat for a crisp dry flavor followed with a slightly sweet malt finish. Inspired by german pilsners brewed as an ale and filtered for a clean refreshing finish. Austin, TX / Availability: Good
(512) Wild Bear – (512)’s first excursion into the world of so-called wild fermentation, Wild Bear’s origins lie in our Fall seasonal, BRUIN. After primary fermentation, they added Brettanomyces yeast and Pediococcus bacteria cultures, and aged the blend in new oak barrels for over 10 months. 9% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 90 / Availability: Limited
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Free New Braunfels Brewing Company Tasting! Details Above.
Free Meridian Hive Meadery Tasting! Details Above.