Haven’t bought tickets yet to our 1 year anniversary party yet? Well whatcha waiting for?? We’ve partnered with Hops & Grain to throw an anniversary party and tickets are only $15 but going fast. See details and buy tickets here. Check out the sweet anniversary glass you’ll get free with ticket purchase!
This Saturday we’ll be hanging out at the Untapped Festival happening out at Carson Creek Ranch. It’s a perfect marriage of craft beer and music, boasting a truly excellent music selection in addition, of course, to the crazy awesome slate of beers. The full list of beer has now been released… see here. Tickets are very reasonably priced & available here. Stop by and see us at our booth!
Sahara’s latest blog post & corresponding curated 6 pack features an insider look at what it takes to study for and pass the Certified Cicerone tasting exam. For those that don’t know, the Cicerone program is the beer equivalent of Sommelier, and the exam features a blind taste test in which the user tastes a beer and has to choose which of two styles it is. Read more here and purchase the blind 6 pack in store today!
Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm
Thursday, April 16th
Seth Jones just joined the Utah Brewers cooperative representing Wasatch & Squatters breweries and will be at the tasting bar pouring free samples of a whole host of their beers. Getcha getcha some.
Wednesday, April 22nd
Our ex-employee Arjit Mahapatra is 1) pretty darn great and 2) now a distributor rep for Flood Distribution, who distributes some excellent brands such as Jester King, Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeller, etc. We were just talking today about how many great Virtue ciders we now have in stock so we agreed it’s about high time for a Virtue-only tasting event. If you’re a cider fan this is not a tasting to miss! Even if you’re not, expand your mind!
Thursday, April 23rd
Upslope Brewing has a brand new rep based in Austin and we’ll be breaking him in with a tasting event featuring their IPA, Brown Ale, Foreign Export Stout and the Belgian Pale Ale.
New Beers This Week
Back in stock: New Braunfels Fleurs du Mal, Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, Infamous Sweep the Leg, Virtue Cidre Nouveau.
Prairie Bible Belt* – Batch #2 arrives Friday! This one is a collaboration between Prairie and Evil Twin Brewing out of NY. Evil Twin’s world famous Even More Jesus imperial stout is the base recipe for this brew which then gets an addition of coffee, cacao beans, vanilla beans & chili peppers. 13% ABV/Krebs, OK/Ratebeer 100/Availability: decent, but will go fast/*Arriving Friday
Buffalo Bayou Vanilla Mocha Sunset – Buffalo Bayou’s third collaboration with hometown Amaya Coffee Roasting Co, this one is a great mix of coffee roast and smooth vanilla flavor. 9.2% ABV/Houston, TX/Beer Advocate 88/Availability: decent
Stone Imperial Russian Stout – This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of chocolate, coffee, black currants, anise and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with. Bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavors dominate but there is a slightly astringent & bitter finish. 10.6% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: limited
Stone Imperial Russian Stout w/ Chai Spice – Just like the Old Guardian series, Stone does “odd beers for odd years” takes on their standard recipes. This one is a chai-spiced version which incorporates cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger & a bit of black pepper. 10.6% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 92/Availability: limited
Dogfish Head Black & Blue – Black & Blue is golden Belgian Ale made with over 300 lbs of fresh blackberries and blueberries. It is tart and fruity; the beautiful interplay of fruit, spice, and alcohol is complimented by a soft malt profile, and a high level of carbonation. 10% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 87/Availability: limited
Boulevard Spring Belle* – Spring Belle Saison marries the crisp, spicy flavor of a traditional farmhouse saison, with its citrusy hop notes, to the fresh floral aromas of chamomile, rose petals, and elderflower. Late hopping with Calypso and Lemon Drop rounds out this drinkable spring bouquet. 6.2% ABV/Kansas City, MO/Beer Advocate 84/Availability: limited/*Arriving Friday
Boulevard Saison Brett* – One of the Smokestack series’ most sought-after annual releases, the Saison Brett is assertively dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy & tart/funky quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the “Brett” character, if that’s what you’re after. 8.5% ABV/Kansas City, MO/Ratebeer 100/Availability: limited/*Arriving Friday
Virtue Offalgood Cider – Virtue Cidery out of Michigan is without a doubt one of the premier cideries we have access to in Texas. Their most recent releases are part of a series of chef collaborations. The Offalgood cider is a collab with Chef Chris Cosentino from Cockscomb Restaurant in SF. It’s a full-bodied blend of bittersweet and bittersharp apple varieties, offering aromas of overripe apple and the orchard, and a dry, crisp, citrusy flavor, supported by hearty tannins. Delicious. 6.7% ABV/Fennville, MI/No ratings/Availability: limited
Virtue The Publican – Chef Paul Kahn from The Publican in Chicago collaborated on this cider. The release blends several heirloom apple varieties including bittersweets, Winesap, and Northern Spy, to offer a full-body, ripe apple and farm aromatics, a crisp, nutty flavor, and rich tannins. 6.5% ABV/Fennville, MI/No ratings/Availability: limited
Moonlight Meadery Fury – Spicy mead! Talk about a taste explosion. Habanero, Ghost & Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers combine for a most unique flavor combo. 13.8% ABV/Londonderry, NH/No ratings/Availability: limited
Moonlight Meadery Curiosity – Curiosity is made by aging Moonlight’s wildflower honey mead in barrels for 2 years, where wild funky yeasts went to work. You will note the lightest sour tang on the sides of your tongue, with slight impression from the oak of soft hints of coconut and vanilla. 14% ABV/Londonderry, NH/No ratings/Availability: limited
Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Branchline 2nd Anniversary Ale
Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown
Stone Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout
Branchline Woodcutter Rye IPA
5 Stones Manmosa
Hollows & Fentimans Ginger Beer
Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale