Our good friends at Save the World Brewing have paired up with one of Austin’s excellent farm-to-table restaurants, Fork & Vine, to offer a curated beer dinner menu. On Wednesday, March 4th, join the crew from STW as they match up 5 of their well balanced Belgian-style beers with a unique and one-time 5 course menu from Executive Chef Camden Stuerzenberger at Fork & Vine. Tickets are highly limited, so purchase them here ASAP before they sell out!
Also next Wednesday, March 4th is the second in our series of beer & small plate pairings with our neighbors at Patika Coffee just across the street from WhichCraft. We selected 4 beers (actually, 3 beers plus 1 cider) that the crew from Patika will be pairing up with 4 delectable food selections. Tickets for this event are also quite limited, so be sure to grab them soon.
Read Sahara’s latest blog post on Cellaring 101 here.
Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm
New Southern Star Austin rep Black Murrah will be in the house pouring free samples of Pine Belt pale ale, Valkyrie Double IPA, Bombshell Blonde, Buried Hatchet Stout & Red Cockaded imperial red. BONUS: We’ll be raffling off the ability to purchase the last 6 bottles of Black Crack from the 2014 shipment we received.
Monday, March 2nd
As you may have now heard, our friends at Oasis TX Brewing Company are embroiled in a lawsuit with New Belgium Brewing Company over the rights to the beer name Slow Ride. We’re having a free tasting event on Monday 3/2 to support Oasis TX, and also selling all 6 packs for only $7 that day. Read more about the background and event here.
Brand new Oskar Blues Austin sales rep Hodge (previously of Adelbert’s) will be at the tasting bar pouring a few Oskar Blues perennial favorites in addition to the brand new Icey PA, a white IPA brewed in collaboration with a Denver ski company. Also, when’s the last time you tried Ten Fidy? That stuff is so good! We’ll be tasting that one too.
New Beers This Week
Back in stock: Lone Pint Yellow Rose (just arrived today… hurry!)
Unibroue Troy Pistoles – Strong Belgian type ale similar to a Port wine! Is as dark as can be, mellow in taste with an aroma of ripe fruits. It can be compared to an old porto and is brewed from well roasted malt. 9% ABV/Chambly, Quebec/Ratebeer 100/Availability:
Hops & Grain Greenhouse Batch #15 – I swear, the guys @ H&G want you to drink Greenhouse, only Greenhouse, and nothing else so help you God. This is their third Greenhouse release in about 6 weeks, and this one packs a ton of citrusy hop aroma & flavor. Citra takes front & center stage, so there’s zero chance you’re not gonna love this one. Also featuring Cascade, Centennial & Falconers Flight. 7.7% ABV/Austin, TX/Jody’s rating: 1000/Availability: plenty
Adelbert’s 2013 Vintage Nun Sour Witbier – This year’s Vintage Nun is a blend of Adelbert’s Naked Nun wit which then spent two years aging in red wine oak barrels. A portion of the barrels were spontaneously fermented. The result is a tart, well balanced, refreshing ale, with notes of oak, red wine, unique barrel funk, and citrus fruit. It pairs with salty or herbed cheeses, smoked meat and fruit. 5.8% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent but limited
Nebraska Melange a Trois – Melange a Trois begins with a wonderfully strong Belgian-Style Blonde Ale and moves into the extraordinary category through an additional 6 month French Oak Chardonnay Wine Barrel maturation. The essence of Chardonnay permeates while a subtle sweetness remains from the ale itself. Oak tannins combine to create a fascinating mesh of dry, sweet, and wine-like character. 11.3% ABV/Papillion, NE/Ratebeer 98/Availability: very limited
Nebraska Black Betty –Black Betty is Nebraska Brewing Co’s most sought after annual release. This Stranahan’s Whiskey barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates, the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palette are the hops – held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouthfeel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties. 9% ABV/Papillion, NE/Ratebeer 99/Availability: very limited
Goliad Golden Ale – A light yet complex malt body giving a slight bready note is accentuated by a subtle citrus nose. An easy drinking blonde ale. 5.2% ABV/Goliad, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent
Goliad Redfish IPA – Redfish IPA is a true to style American IPA. A strong malt body with a caramel flavor that brings balance to the four assertive hops used to produce this session drinkable IPA. A nose containing spicy, earthy grapefruit is achieved with five different hop additions. 6% ABV/Goliad, TX/No ratings yet/ Availability: decent
Goliad Presidio La Bahia Black Hefe –Made with an emphasis on what makes a Hefeweizen great, banana and spicy clove greet the nose. A smooth dark chocolate center takes this beer out of the guidelines and into your mouth. ? ABV/ Goliad, TX/No ratings yet/ Availability: decent
Oskar Blues Icey PA White IPA – A wheat IPA brewed in celebration of Colorado winter and Oskar Blues’ partnership with Denver’s Icelantic Skis, exclusively for the Colorado Old Chicago “I Love Beer” Mini Tour. Hoppy but a bit chewy from the wheat added. 7% ABV/Longmont, CO/Ratebeer 92/Availability: plenty
Squatters Takeout Rye IPA – Spicy & earthy rye add to the citrusy hop flavor & aroma. Well balanced and easy drinking. 6.25% ABV/Salt Lake City, UT/No ratings yet/Availability: limited
Wasatch Polygamy Porter Nitro – Wasatch Brewery’s popular Polygamy Porter is now available in a nitro bottle! Enjoy roasty chocolate malt flavor but with lovely little tongue-tickling bubbles. 6% ABV/Park City, UT/Availability: plenty
Sierra Nevada Nooner (now in cans!) – Sierra Nevada’s Nooner is a German-style pilsner that is dry hopped with whole cone hops. The best part – it now comes in cans! 12 packs, 6 packs and singles available. 5.2% ABV/Chico, CA/Ratebeer 89/Availability: plenty.
New Belgium Session IPA – A blend of seven hop varieties, led by exotic Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin, twist together brilliant tropical scents of melon, peach, lime and grapefruit for a vividly fruity aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma, while balancing a malty-sweet yet clean start and hoppy bitterness in the back. Light bodied and extra quaffable, Slow Ride Session IPA brings the finish line to you. 4.5% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Ratebeer 87/Availability: decent
Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Maui Bikini Blonde Lager
Moonlight Meadery Red Dress (a black currant mead!)
Viven Smoked Porter
Unibroue Trois Pistoles
Hops & Grain Greenhouse Batch #15
Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale
Adelbert’s Vintage Nun Sour Witbier
One more random thing we’ll open up