Happy Thanksgiving from WhichCraft!

Thanks so much to everyone who pre-ordered a Craft Beer Advent Calendar! The WhichCraft crew (and a half dozen wonderful volunteers!) spent all week gift wrapping a grand total of 75 cases of beers. That’s 1800 individually wrapped beers! They are now all ready for pick up any day beginning tomorrow, Friday 11/28. For those that pre-ordered, you essentially have roughly a 1 in 17 chance to win a golden box! Best of luck.

 

We are closed Thanksgiving (nom nom nom) but are open normal hours on Black Friday, 11am – 10pm.

 

Speaking for the WhichCraft crew, we are all extremely thankful this Thanksgiving for our wonderful customers. We are continually reminded how much fun it is to run this store. We love our customers and thank you for your continued support of our small local bottle shop.

New Beers This Week

Infamous Sweep the Leg – This beer gets our vote for most awesome beer name of the year. Also bonus points for the Cobra Kai logo on the label as well. The beer itself is a peanut butter stout which tastes like a liquid Reese’s in a bottle. Nuff said. 7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet

Austin Eastciders Small Batch #1 – Well, I can’t find much info online about this first in the Eastciders Small Batch series. We’re sure it’s delicious, so just give it a try!

5 Stones Camo – Seth & crew first brewed this beer in 2013 and it was such a hit they brought it back this winter. It’s a pale stout in which they use fresh coffee beans to trick the senses. It pours a nice golden in color but has the same roasty flavor you’d expect from a stout. 7.8% ABV/Cibolo, TX/Ratebeer 85

5 Stones Toby G’s – Brewed as a tribute to Seth’s father, the base beer here is generally considered a brown ale to which pecans, vanilla and TX honey are added.  7.2% ABV/Cibolo, TX/Beer Advocate 85

Oddwood Saison – One of the more unique “new” breweries to start up recently, this is actually a side project from Adelbert’s head brewer Taylor Ziebarth. He is committed to all barrel aged and funky/sour beers, and his first bottle release is a saison aged in oak with brettanomyces added. Expect more excellent things from Taylor going forward.  6.4% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet

Deschutes Chasin Freshies – Deschutes was able to get their hands on enough Mosaic wet hops to put out this year’s version of Chasin Freshies. Expect big floral and citrusy aroma & flavor. Drink fresh! 7.2% ABV/Bend, OR/Ratebeer 98

Scaldis Noel – One of the holiday season’s most anticipated annual releases, the Scaldis Noel is a Belgian Strong Dark ale with flavors of dark fruit – figs, dates, raisins, etc.  At 12% ABV it comes in 11.2 oz bottles in 4 packs and singles. Happy Holidays! 12% ABV/Pipaix, Belgium/Ratebeer 97

Scaldis Peche – What do you get when you brew a slightly lighter version of classic Scaldis amber and add peach juice? A deliciously drinkable beer with a heady aroma of peach, a well-balanced malt character, and a surprisingly dry finish. 8.5% ABV/Pipaix, Belgium/Beer Advocate 82

Southern Star Le Mort Vivant – This biere de garde from Southern Star is rustic, malty and complex. Displays subtle notes of baked apples and stewed pears in the nose and flavor. Hints of anise and delicate spice. 6.6% ABV/Conroe, TX/Beer Advocate 81

Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome – This seasonal beer is a limited edition brewed for the short days and long nights of winter. The full body resulting from fermentation in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ and the luxurious malt character, which will appeal to a broad range of drinkers, is balanced against whole-dried Fuggle and Golding hops.  6% ABV/Tadcaster, England/Beer Advocate 83

Rahr & Sons Rahrzehnt – Rahr commemorates their 10th anniversarsy with this imperial chocolate milk stout. 9% ABV/Fort Woth, TX/No ratings yet

Rahr Winter Warmer – Wonderfully robust, rich and full-bodied, Rahr’s Winter Warmer is created in the fine British tradition of strong, dark holiday ales.  8.5% ABV/Fort Woth, TX/Ratebeer 86

Mateo y Bernabe 25 – Imported from Spain, this is a hand-crafted strong, dark ale.  Prepared in the Belgian or Abbey style. Reddish-brown in colour, sweet and fruity with overtone hints of spices. Well-rounded and rich, its full-bodied flavour seduces and lingers.  5.2% ABV/Logrono, Spain/no ratings yet

Lazy Magnolia Black Creek Stout – Wade into darker waters with Lazy Magnolia’s Black Creek Imperial Stout. Black as the bayou on a moonless winter night, this 8.5% Southern-Style Imperial Stout begins with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee, followed by a savory blend of roasted barley and caramel flavors, with a velvety-sweet finish. 8.5% ABV/Kiln, MS/Beer Advocate 88

Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies

5 Stones Toby G’s

Infamous Sweep the Leg Peanut Butter Stout

One other random thing we’ll open up

Saturday

5 Stones Camo

De Ranke Pere Noel

Oddwood Saison

One other random thing we’ll open up

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Only a Few Craft Beer Advent Calendar Pre-Sale Spots Left!

Well we’re officially pre-selling our Craft Beer Advent Calendars until Sunday 11/23. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. Tired of watching your kids have all the fun with their crappy milk chocolate advent calendars? Treat yourself! Great as gifts.   UPDATE: We only have ELEVEN pre-sale slots left for these calendars! Order ASAP or risk missing out! Phone pre-orders are fine: call the store during regular business hours, 512-600-1088. 

The holiday shopping season is fast approaching and we need your help! Do you have any empty 6-pack holders sitting around the house collecting dust? Recycle them with us this holiday! We go through an insane amount of 6 pack carriers, so help your empty carriers extend their life! Thanks in advance.

The fantastic Austin Beer Guide is still taking votes for their annual voting for their Best Of edition which will be released on Thursday December 18th.  Hit the link here and vote for all your favorites in local craft beer from 2014. We’d certainly love if you wanted to vote for us for Best Bottle Shop! Enter WhichCraft in question #11, and we’ll see you 12/18 at the ABG winter guide release party!

We will be closed Thanksgiving (nom nom nom) but open normal hours on Black Friday, 11am – 10pm. Also Black Friday is the first day you can pick up your craft beer advent calendars (assuming you pre-ordered) as well as the annual Goose Island Bourbon County release. Details in next week’s newsletter.

Upcoming Events, 6-8pm

No tasting events booked next week… enjoy the holiday week with your loved ones!!

New Beers This Week

Uinta Sea Legs Baltic Porter – Complex and drinkable, Sea Legs delivers flavors of roasted malt and chocolate. Sea Legs was aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 12 months adding toasted vanilla and bourbon notes to the flavor profile. This Medium-bodied Baltic Porter has a complex malt profile and mild hop bitterness.  8% ABV/Salt Lake City, UT/Ratebeer 99

Dogfish Olde School Barleywine – Brewed from 100% Maris Otter pale ale malt, a blend of fine hops and conditioned on dates and figs.  If you’re just getting into cellaring beer, this is a great one to start your collection on.  Over time, the beer dries out and the pit fruit flavors come forward and the hops recede.  15% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 98

Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux – Bons Vœux (Good Wishes) is a blond high fermentation beer, re-fermented in the bottle. First brewed in 1970, this is a coppery blond beer with aromas of hops.  Dupont’s selection of yeasts and a long maturation phase with hopping gives it flavor and a characteristic and complex taste.  9.5% ABV/Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium/Ratebeer 99

Revolver Blood & Honey – Here by popular demand! We’ve been anxiously awaiting Revolver to send their bottled beers to Austin and the wait is over.  Blood & Honey is an unfiltered deep golden ale made with malted two row barley and wheat. The brew is finished with Blood Orange zest, local Fall Creek Farms Honey and other spices that bring special flavors to this unique beer.  7% ABV/Granbury, TX/Beer Advocate 87

Revolver Bock – Caramel and toffee notes bring a full and satisfying body to this classic style. Northern Brewer and Willamette hops balance the sweetness of the malt.  6.5% ABV/Granbury, TX/Beer Advocate 87

Revolver High Brass Blonde Ale – A smooth and drinkable blonde ale brewed with the palest pilsner malt and select caramel malts. The flavor is malty without being heavy. The beer is finished with Saphir hops from Germany.  6% ABV/Granbury, TX/Beer Advocate 81

Seattle Cider Company is barely over a year old and they’re already making very good and balanced cider using all Pacific Northwest apples. They just launched this week in Texas so we’re very excited to have their ciders in the store. They have two ciders in 4 pack 16-oz cans, Dry (Brix: 0) and Semi-Sweet (Brix: 3).

Seattle Cider Three Pepper* – Featuring an aroma of fresh, green jalapeños paired with a unique flavor profile, combining the taste of poblano, habanero and jalapeño peppers, this cider offers a kick followed by a subtly sweet finish.  6.9% ABV/Seattle, WA  *Arriving Friday

Seattle Cider Pumpkin Spice* – This semi-sweet cider is a blend of 5 apples and is copper in color and perfect for fall. Fermented with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, it offers hints of the season’s favorite spices followed by just a touch of pumpkin. 6.9% ABV/Seattle, WA  *Arriving Friday

Harpoon Chocolate Stout – Harpoon Chocolate Stout is brewed with an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate. This one has been part of the Harpoon seasonal lineup since 2010 and is a chocolate lover’s delight.  5.9% ABV/Boston, MA/Ratebeer 96

Deep Ellum Oak Cliff – An oatmeal brown ale with Panamanian coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee added. The coffee beans were personally delivered to the brewery and the beans were coarse ground at the brewery just before making the cold brew coffee and adding it to the fermentation tank. 7.5% ABV/Dallas, TX/Ratebeer 90 

Upslope Christmas – 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.  Beer Advocate 85

Great Divide Peach Grand Cru – Peach Grand Cru is Great Divide’s newest limited offering. Brewed with Colorado fruit picked right at the peak of ripeness, this Belgian-style ale marries two of our Colorado’s well-known offerings: great beer and fresh Palisade peaches. Both sophisticated and balanced, this extraordinary, aromatic ale was born to be savored beyond the orchard.  12% ABV/Denver, CO/Ratebeer 83

Petrus Winter #9*– Petrus’ holidays seasonal is a caramel red Belgian strong ale and is only brewed in November. Its mild flavor is the perfect starting point for pleasant holidays. Rich, dark fruit flavor, as well as molasses and caramel.  9% ABV/Harelbeke, Belgium/Ratebeer 82  *Arriving Friday

Victory Winter Cheers – A wheat ale, combining German wheat and barley malts, oats, torrified wheat and whole flower Tettnang and Citra hops, this fruity and warming holiday brew delivers a refreshing finish, with spicy hints of banana, clove and citrus.  6.7% ABV/Downington, PA/Beer Advocate 82

Sixpoint Global Warmer – An Imperial Red ale of global proportions, rich with toasted malt and enough bright hops to warm you through the winter. Comes in Sixpoint’s iconic skinny 12 oz cans in 6 packs.  Caramel red in color but still aggressively hopped like an IPA.  7% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Beer Advocate 88

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa – Sailing Santa is a blend of St Arnold’s Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA with some spices added. The result is a pleasantly hoppy strong dark ale with spices.  A blend of each base beer is brewed and then it is blended in the fermenter with spices added.  7% ABV/Houston, TX/No ratings, as beer recipe changes each year.

FYI Founders Backwoods Bastard is back in stock.

ARRIVING FRIDAY:  Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Community Mosaic, Vienna Lager, Witbier and Legion Imperial Stout, as well as Lakewood Temptress, Hop Trapp, Vienna Lager & Zomer Pils.

Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Revolver Blood & Honey

Community Legion Imperial Stout

Deep Ellum Oak Cliff Coffee Ale

One other random thing we’ll open up

Saturday

Community Mosaic

Victory Winter Cheers

Adelbert’s Sundowner Biere Brut

One other random thing we’ll open up

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Beer Rescue Program – Updated 11/20

Here is the updated list of beers needing rescue. Read more about what this program is here.

  • New Braunfels Oktooberfest
  • Ayinger Oktoberfest
  • Firestone Union Jack IPA
  • Great Divide Showdown Rye IPA
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

 

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