Beer Rescue Program – Current 7/31

Here is the updated list of beers needing rescue.  Still not sure what this program is?  Read more here.

  • New Belgium Rampant IPA
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • Uinta Hop Nosh IPA
  • Uinta Wyld Extra Pale Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • St Arnold Elissa
  • Boulevard Pop Up IPA
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
  • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
  • Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s
  • Oskar Blues Gubna
  • Brooklyn Blast
  • Dogfish 61 Minute IPA
  • Shiner Wild Hare
  • Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale
  • Independence Pale Ale
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA
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International Beer Day! Plus New Beers & Tasting Events

Friday, August 1st is International Beer Day!  What does that mean, you ask?  Well, it’s basically a celebration of the world’s best beverage.  Our friends @ Do512 put together this nice recap & recommendations from a host of local beer experts, including our very own owner Jody!  Do your part to celebrate the holiday by swinging by your favorite bottle shop and picking up something delicious.  Prost!  

 

Thanks for your continued support for our Beer Rescue Program.  Here is an updated list of rescue beers.

Upcoming Events, All 6-8pm

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Upslope Brewery rep Kendra will be joining us to taste the excellent selection of beers including Craft Lager, Pale Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, IPA and Imperial IPA.  All are in cans and are perfect for the first week of August.  She’ll also have free samples of the not-yet-released Thai-style White IPA.  And in honor of this fantastic new brew we’ll be having some spring rolls catered in as well, all for free.  Can it get better than that??

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
This past weekend we welcomed our very first mead into the shop!  Meridian Hive Meadery is a local company who are kicking out 2 different meads now available for purchase.  The Discovery is a traditional mead and the Frontier is a dry-hopped version.  Join Evan from the brewery to sample these 2 tasty meads.

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Join us for a very special tasting event as we welcome in the guys from brand new home brew shop SoCo Homebrew opening sometime in the next couple weeks.  Mike Campbell, Joseph Butler and Chris Ellison have each picked out their 2 favorite beers from our selection and will be in the store tasting them for free and talking about Austin’s newest homebrew supply store.  Come support a new small local beer business!
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New Beers This Week

Victory V12 Belgian Quad—This rich Quad offers up notes of apricots and plums and a sweet caramel maltiness, with a surprisingly dry finish. A decadent treat, but never over-the-top. 12% ABV/Downingtown, PA

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti—A solid 95 on Beer Advocate, the Espresso Yeti offers up everything it promises: a rich, velvety malt, a healthy dose of local Denver coffee, and smooth vanilla hints of oak. 9.5% ABV/Denver, CO

Great Divide Heyday—This Belgian Style Witbier uses oats to add an extra-creamy body, providing a biscuity base for the spicy yeast. Lemony, refreshing, light but hearty, it is an excellent beer for summer. 5.2% ABV/Denver, CO

Brooklyn Pilsner—Combining Old World ingredients from the Czech Republic and Germany, Brooklyn designed this German-style pilsner to include a healthy dose of Saaz hops for a little peppery kick at the end. Light, crisp, and proudly adjunct-free, if you’re a fan of the style, you will love this beer. 5.1% ABV/Brooklyn, NY

Bastogne la Trouffette Junifer—A Belgian Dark Strong Ale brewed with juniper berries to add a pine-like complexity to an already complex beer. Notes of plum and molasses leap out, balanced by a well-attenuated finish. Orval yeast lends a clove-like spiciness. Intricate but never busy. 7.8% ABV/Belgium

BFM Cuvee Alex Le Rouge* – This Imperial Stout has notes of chocolate, cocoa and coffee, and comes in at an impressive 10.3% ABV.  Saignelégier, Switzerland  *Arriving Friday

Petrus Blonde* – A very approachable blonde ale from Petrus which still finishes tart like their other offerings. 6.6% ABV/Harelbeke, Belgium  *Arriving Friday

Wasatch Devastator Doppelbock* – This beer has caramel and roasted malt characteristics with hints of red fruit and nuts.  Lingers and coats the palate with a thick & chewy mouthfeel.  8% ABV/Park City, UT

Meridian Hive Discovery—A traditional mead brewed locally with orange blossom honey. Light and floral, with notes of orange and lemon. Pleasantly effervescent  and medium-light in body. 7% ABV/Austin, TX

Meridian Hive Frontier—Meridian takes their traditional mead and kicks it up a notch by dry-hopping it. The hop aroma lends the sweet mead a touch of tropical fruitiness and herbal spiciness. It drinks not unlike a fruit-forward Riesling. 7% ABV/Austin, TX

Samuel Adams Tetravis—The newest from the Sam Adams Barrel Room series, this Belgian Style Quad hosts notes of molasses, plum, and fig with a tart and spicy Belgian yeast,  and bottle conditioned with champagne yeast for a lifting finish. At 10.2 %, it will likely age beautifully. 10.2% ABV/Boston, MA

Samuel Adams New World Tripel—A barrel-aged Belgian Style Tripel from the Sam Adams Barrel Room series. Lemony, with notes of clove and banana, and a clean finish from conditioning in the bottle. Light oak lingers on the palate, along with a  swirl of strawberries and caramel. 10% ABV/Boston, MA

Weekend Tastings

Friday

Brooklyn Pilsner

Great Divide Heyday

Avery Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale

Plus one bonus last minute addition!

Saturday

Sam Adams Tetravis

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

Atwater Cherry Wheat

Plus one bonus last minute addition!

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This Week’s Tasting Events, New Beers, and FREE BBQ!

Thanks for your help and support for our Beer Rescue Program.  Here is an updated list of rescue beers.

Upcoming Events, All 6-8pm Unless Otherwise Noted

Friday, July 25th, 2014
A very special celebrity tasting!  Christine Celis of Celis Brewery fame will join us to taste beers from her imported beer portfolio, courtesy of Artisanal Imports & Authentic Beverages.  We’ll be tasting SIX incredible Belgian imports for free, and you’ll get to talk with Christine and hear her spin tales of her father’s work at Hoegaarden and Celis Brewery here in Austin.  Tasting:  Brouwers Verzet Oud Bruin sour brown, Triporteur Heaven & Hell, Lupulus, Ter Dolen Kriek, and Aspall Blush cider.  Epic tasting!

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 12pm – 3pm
How’s this for a wicked tasting event??  The crew from Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que on Barton Springs will be invading WhichCraft from 12-3pm and tasting not only their bready & deliciously crisp Humbucker Helles and Green Room IPA, but also Uncle Billy’s BBQ!  We’ll be setting up a few tables out on our patio to sample the beer & BBQ and it’s all free!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
We’re lucky to have Lexington Brewing Company rep Coleman Yates at the store from 6-8pm tasting all four barrel aged offerings they have in stock:  Peach Barrel Wheat, Bourbon Ale, Bourbon Barley Wine and Bourbon Barrel Stout.

New Beers This Week

Deschutes Not the Stoic – A limited edition Belgian-Style Quad brewed with pomegranate molasses and aged for 11 months in 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Rye Whiskey Barrels, this beer is deeply complex and worth cellaring. 12.1% ABV/Bend, OR

Prairie Hop – Another fantastic release from the folks in Krebs, OK.  This one is a hop driven saison dry hopped with Citra and Simcoe.  With a characteristically dry finish, this is another one to drink quickly (don’t cellar) but savor.  7% ABV/Krebs, OK

Prairie Ale – A classic saison, this version is brewed with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar.  A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer.  Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.  8.2% ABV/ Krebs, OK

Unibroue Grande Reserve 17 – This Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale is aged in French oak, refermented in the bottle, and has an incredibly intricate flavor, with notes of oak, plum, and raisins. 10% ABV/Quebec, Canada

Stone Unapologetic IPA – Stone teamed up with Heretic and Beachwood Brewing Co.s to create this unique Double IPA. Brewed with four experimental hop varieties, it is citrusy, fruity, and tropical, with a subtle earthiness.  9% ABV/Escondido, CA

Odell 59’er – A well-balanced brew, it skirts the line between an amber and a red ale, with a strong malty backbone and just the right amount of hops. The signature beer of the Colorado Mountain Brewing Company. 5.2% ABV/Colorado Springs, CO

De Proef Lozen Bier – This Belgian brew pours deep amber with suspended sediment and a big, frothy head. The aroma is candylike with big sugary smells and cherry melded with smooth but obvious alcohol. The flavor is brash with a wallop of alcohol.  10% ABV/Hijfte, Belgium

Ola Dubh 16 and 21 year – These incredible imperial stouts from the UK are aged in 16 and 21 year Highland Park scotch whiskey barrels.  Add these to our current selection of 12 and 18 year and create yourself a wonderful little gift pack.  8% and 10.5% ABV/Alva, Central, Scotland

Uncle Billy’s Green Room IPA – Austin brewpub Uncle Billy’s has only recently started distributing. This American IPA is light in body but packed with hop aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. 6.5% ABV/Austin, TX

Lagunitas Little Sumpin Extra – This Double IPA is brewed with wheat for an extra-creamy mouthfeel. The hops leap out with notes of pine and citrus. Light in color, but big in body. 8.5% ABV/Petaluma, CA

Lexington Kentucky Bourbon Barley Wine – A traditional American-Style Barleywine aged in freshly decanted Kentucky bourbon barrels. With a rich, malty backbone and a citrusy, aromatic hoppiness, this beer is delicious fresh, and will only improve with time. 10% ABV/Lexington, KY

Lexington Kentucky Bourbon Ale – This award-winning beer is an English Strong Ale aged for at least 6 weeks in fresh bourbon barrels. Notes of vanilla and oak make it a fantastic after-dinner drink. 8.2%/Lexington, KY

Solid Rock Cho’Sen – Brewed in collaboration with local restaurateur John Cho of Cho Sushi, this beer was designed to be a perfect accompaniment to sushi. Light in body with flaked rice and gingery hops, and plenty of peppery Saaz. 7.1% ABV/Spicewood, TX

Circle Hop Overboard Pale Ale – The latest release from local Circle Brewing!  Overflowing with hop flavor and aroma, this pale lives up to its name and then some. Munich and caramel malt sweetness counterbalances the hop excess to a remarkable degree of harmony. Not overly bitter, this pale has everything you want … just don’t go too overboard.  4.7% ABV/Austin, TX

Buffalo Bayou Summer’s Wit – This Belgian Witbier is brewed with hibiscus flowers, ginger, coriander, and orange peel. As refreshing and summery as the name suggests. 6% ABV/Houston, TX

Buffalo Bayou Gingerbread Stout (Nov 2013 release) – Bottle conditioned for one year, this limited release is deliciously malty, with a healthy dose of—you guessed it—ginger. 10% ABV/Houston, TX

Reissdorf Kolsch – This is one of the original Kölschs from Cologne, Germany with a pleasant, full-bodied, and uniquely light but bready taste.  Clean, crisp but still flavorful.  4.8% ABV/Cologne, Germany

Crabbie’s Ginger – Here by popular demand, Crabbie’s is the UK’s classic ginger beer, with a spicy yet crisp flavor with a citrusy and warming finish.  Easy drinking but still plenty of spice.  4.8% ABV/Edinburgh, Scotland

Meridian Hive Discovery MEAD – Our very first mead option in your favorite bottle shop!  Clean, orange blossom honey aroma, a slightly sweet, yet delicate flavor, a medium-light body, and a crisp finish. The overall impression is somewhere between a white table wine and a saké.  7% ABV/Austin, TX

Southern Star Walloon – Southern Star’s summer seasonal is a Belgian Grisette which isn’t a style you typically hear of.  Developed in the 1800s, it was the traditional thirst quencher of coal miners and factory workers and is similar in style to a saison.  5.5% ABV/Conroe, TX

Weekend Tastings

Friday

Very special event with Christine Celis… see above!  6-8pm

Saturday

12pm – 3pm – Uncle Billy’s free beer & BBQ

Normal 6-8pm Saturday Tasting

Solid Rock Cho’Sen

Circle Hop Overboard Pale Ale

Buffalo Bayou Summer’s Wit

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp (Double IPA Bomber)

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