Last Chance for Untapped Fest Tickets! Also Anniversary Party Tix Going Fast. New: Prairie Bible Belt, Boulevard Saison Brett, Stone, Buffalo Bayou & Free Tastings

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 hereCheck 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

Friday

 Branchline 2nd Anniversary Ale

Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown

Stone Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout

Virtue Ledbury

Saturday

Branchline Woodcutter Rye IPA

5 Stones Manmosa

Hollows & Fentimans Ginger Beer

Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale

Tickets! New Beers Including Releases from Infamous, Calavera, Oasis TX, Ommegang, Independence, Ranger Creek & Real Ale

Can you believe next month is our one year anniversary already?? This year has been absolutely fantastic and it has been incredible getting to know so many of you, our loyal customers. We’re celebrating by throwing a birthday blowout party and YOU’RE invited! We’ve partnered with Hops & Grain to throw an anniversary party and tickets are only $15! See details and buy tickets hereCheck out the sweet anniversary glass you’ll get free with ticket purchase!

 

Have you seen or heard about the superb Untapped Festival happening here in Austin on Saturday 4/18? 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

 

 

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 9th

We’ll be breaking in new Ballast Point rep Nick Picciandra by tasting out the Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Longfin Lager and Even Keel Session IPA.

Tuesday, April 14th

Ranger Creek just released their 2015 version of the Strawberry Milk Stout so we’ll be sampling it out in addition to Red Headed Stranger Red IPA, Love Struck Hefe and Small Batch #10, a Belgian-style Tripel with cardamom.

Wednesday, April 15th

The man/the myth/the beard Myk O’Connor will be back at the tasting bar sampling out the latest from Founders Brewing including Black Rye IPA (which will be on sale for only $10 for a 4 pack!), Dirty Bastard, All Day IPA, Porter & Imperial Stout. We’ll also be doing a very special cellar release of Blushing Monk (a Belgian dark ale with raspberries) as well as 2015 KBS! Don’t miss it. We won’t be selling any Blushing Monk or KBS before the tasting starts at 6pm.

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.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: To Ol/Mikkeller Betelgueuze, Founders Porter, Stiegl Radler, Great Divide Orabelle Tripel.

Infamous Infamy Olde Ale – A very unique new release from Infamous based on President Thomas Jefferson’s “plug nickel pale ale” recipe from the late 1700s. Smoked oats from Schmidt Family BBQ (one of oldest BBQ families in the state), blueberry honey, and grits combine to make this a big, rich and luxurious ale. 9.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Hops & Grain Greenhouse Batch #18* – The boys @ H&G clearly weren’t joking when they threatened to drop a new batch of Greenhouse every other week a few months ago. The bounty continues with New Zealand Wakatu, Amarillo & Meridian. 7.7% ABV/Austin, TX/*Arriving Friday

Independence RedBud Berliner Weisse – Welcome to your #SummertimeSlammer, one of Zach’s favorite phrases. A 4.5% slightly tart wheat beer in canned 6 packs, this will most likely be a staple of your cooler for pool parties this summer. 4.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Oasis Brewing Lake Monster Batch 2 – Oasis TX Brewing just released their second batch of the Lake Monster series, which will always be barrel aged beers of some sort in 4 pack cans. This version is a wee heavy (scotch ale) aged in red wine barrels. It’s quite limited so hurry down!

Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown – Lagunitas brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of their 20-day suspension that followed. The California alcoholic beverage commission conducted an undercover investigation of their brewery, finding them guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.” 9.75% ABV/Petaluma, CA/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty

Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout – Calavera is a Mexican craft brewery from Mexico City and just started distributing to the Austin area. The brewmaster is originally from Belgium so tends to make styles with a Belgian pedigree but a Mexican slant. The first release is an imperial stout in 4 packs and singles that has 4 chilis (Ancho, Guahillo, Morita & Chipotle) throw in for a bit of spice. Think of it like Prairie Bomb’s little brother. 9% ABV/Mexico City, MX/Ratebeer 89/Availability: limited

Calavera American Pale Ale – A subtly hopped American-style pale ale using Chinook hops for bittering, and late additions of Centennial and Tomahawk with a smooth malty background. 6.5% ABV/Mexico City, MX/Beer Advocate 81/Availability: limited

Rahr & Sons Regulator Doppelbock – Rahr’s seasonal doppelbock release in bombers took home a bronze medal at GABF this past fall. Intensely malty, rich and roasty. 8.5% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/Beer Advocate 86/Availability: decent

Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout – One of Ranger Creek’s most loved releases, the Strawberry Milk Stout uses 500 pounds of Poteet, Texas strawberries to create a delicious and completely unique beer. The result is a dark, rich, creamy stout with a slight roastiness and undertones of rich chocolate, complemented by fresh strawberry flavor and aroma. 5.6% ABV/San Antonio, TX/Beer Advocate 85/Availability: decent

Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison – The 5th in the Ommegang/Game of Thrones release series, Three-Eyed Raven is brewed with a carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts, including malted rye, midnight wheat (provides depth of color but not the roasty flavor of a dark beer), and dark candi sugar. It’s hopped with Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettnang, and Bravo hops, which give the beer a spicy, fruity character. A fair amount of late-addition hops are added for character. 7.2% ABV/Cooperstown, NY/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Real Ale Kriek – The latest from the Brewers’ Cut series from Real Ale, the Kriek is a Belgian-style Brown Ale of subtle caramel and dark malt character aged with tart cherries from the Willamette Valley. Available in 4 packs and singles. 8% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Sierra Nevada Harvest (Idaho 7 Hops) – For a brewery that has been around for nearly 30 years, Sierra continues to innovate and put out new & interesting beer styles. Their Hop Harvest series is 5 different IPAs released annually, and the first features Idaho 7 hops, a new hop varietal. Complex fruity aromas of orange and apricot mesh with hints of black tea-like character and a pleasant fresh herbal bouquet. 6.5% ABV/Chico, CA/Ratebeer 88/Availability: plenty

Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Single Hop Idaho 7 Hops

Infamous Infamy Olde Ale

Southern Tier Where the Helles Summer

Saturday

Calavera American Pale Ale

Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale

Our 1st Anniversary Party & Untapped Tickets Are Available! Sahara’s Blog #3 Plus Free Tastings All Week Next Week!

Can you believe next month is our one year anniversary already?? This year has been absolutely fantastic and it has been incredible getting to know so many of you, our loyal customers. We’re celebrating by throwing a birthday blowout party and YOU’RE invited! We’ve partnered with Hops & Grain to throw an anniversary party and tickets are only $15! See details and buy tickets here.

 

Have you seen or heard about the superb Untapped Festival happening here in Austin on Saturday 4/18? 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 beer list has yet to be released, but we DO know that there will be 277 total beers, 68 IPA or Imperial IPA and 25+ barrel aged beers. Tickets are very reasonably priced & available here

 

 

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 2nd – Tonight!

Artisanal Imports is the US importer for some excellent and very well known Belgian beers, and we’re incredibly lucky to have their US headquarters right here in south Austin! We’ll be focusing on the import portfolio from St. Feuillien. Not only do they make well balanced Belgian beers but they also starting putting a dry hopped version of their saison into 4 packs cans! Talk about a fantastic summer pool sipper. Taste the whole lineup for free.

Monday, April 6th

Stone Brewing’s Steve Ponsetti will be in the house pouring free samples of Cali-Belgique, Enjoy By 4-20-15, Old Guardian & Delicious IPA!

Tuesday, April 7th

Odell rep Todd Ewing will be sampling out a handful of the fantastic Odell beers. Which ones will be a mystery!

Wednesday, April 8th

Kerrie from Rahr & Sons will be sampling out the new Bucking Bock and Iron Joe bourbon barrel scotch ale as well as Pride of Texas Pale ale and Regulator Doppelbock.

Thursday, April 9th

We’ll be breaking in new Ballast Point rep Nick Picciandra by tasting out the Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Longfin Lager, Victory at Sea and Even Keel Session IPA.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: 5 Stones Manmosa, Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery Double IPA, Adelbert’s Vintage Nun Sour Witbier.

Oasis Meta Modern Session IPA – Sessionable, Citrus, Summertime – Oh boy are we excited for this one to drop. Local sessionable beer experts Oasis TX Brewing just dropped their 4.5% session IPA dry hopped with nothing but citra and mosaic. A citrus bomb! This is going to be a go-to pool beer for you this summer, guaranteed. 4.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: a little now, but tons arriving tomorrow

5 Stones Beary’s Porridge – Brown Sugar, Raspberries, Cinnamon – 5 Stones are the kings of adjunct ales, and this one is a rich, sweet & a bit fruity. Oats provide a slightly chewy base for the porridge-like concoction of flavors. 7.1% ABV/Cibolo, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Clown Shoes Crasher in the Rye – Smokey, Whiskey, Rich – Clown Shoes’ latest release features oak smoked malt from right here in our fair region of Texas, courtesy of Blacklands Maltery in Leander. A touch of rye malt adds a bit of spiciness to the imperial stout which is then aged 100% in rum and bourbon barrels and blended! 11.5% ABV/Ipswich, MA/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Brooklyn Summer Ale 4 pack cans – Crisp, Light, Summery – Brooklyn just released their summer hit in 4 pack 16 oz cans! This is a great light & refreshing poolside slammer, and who doesn’t love 16 oz cans? 2-row British malts hopped with a mix of German & American hops. 5% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Beer Advocate 81/Availability: plenty

Seguin 9 Pin Kolsch – Bready, Biscuit, Crisp – Seguin Brewing’s latest bomber release is their 9 Pin Kolsch, a lighty & slightly sweet kolsch. 9 Pin bowling is a popular pastime in Seguin, apparently, so this beer is an homage to that history. 6.8% ABV/Seguin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Real Ale Brewers Cut Helles – Crisp, Biscuity, Dry – Real Ale’s Brewers’ Cut series is a way for the brewers to continually put out new and different receipes. This release is the Helles, a German style that has simple flavors but is very difficult to make well. Clean, bready, light & refreshing. 4.5% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings/Availability: plenty

Real Ale Real Heavy – Caramel, Peat, Toast – The 2nd in Real Ale’s new year-round bomber series, this is a rich, dense and malty wee heavy/scotch ale. English Crystal malt, English malts and house English yeast make this a very traditional wee heavy. 9.3% ABV/Blanco, TX/Ratebeer 91/Availability: plenty

Real Ale Red King Imperial Red – Bitter, Malty, Toffee – The 3rd bomber from Real Ale is a big hoppy & malty imperial red. A little bit of toffee sweetness counterbalances the hop profile nicely. 8.6% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Stone Old Guardian – Sweet, Bitter, Rich – Stone’s annual release of Old Guardian Barley Wine is one that will cellar with the best of them. Being a Stone release, it’s very large & malty but of course extremely aggressively hopped. A lot of folks like to build “verticals” of this beer – essentially buying a bottle of each year as they come out and then tasting them all together with friends. 11.2% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent

Stone Old Guardian Extra Hoppy – Sweet, Rich, Hoppy – Every odd year Stone puts out a variation on their Old Guardian, and this year it’s an extra hoppy version. As if you even needed to guess. The dry hopping is with a newly experimental hop variety called Azacca. 11.2% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: limited

Crispin Venus Reigns* – Pear, Red Wine, Sweet – Crispin continues their barrel aging program with a pear cider that has been aged in red wine casks. 6.9% ABV/Minneapolis, MN/No ratings yet/*Arriving Friday/Availability: plenty

St Arnold Lawnmower (now in cans!) – Crisp, Bready, Light – St Arnold’s classic summer kolsch Lawnmower is now in 6 pack cans! Perfect timing for summer. 4.9% ABV/Houston, TX/Beer Advocate 80/Availability: plenty

Buffalo Bayou Black Raz – Vanilla, Raspberry, Chocolate – Dessert in a glass, the latest release from Buffalo Bayou is a stout that features a wonderfully decadent interplay of vanilla, raspberry & chocolate. 8% ABV/Houston, TX/Beer Advocate 87/Availability: plenty

Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

5 Stones Beary’s Porridge

Oasis TX Meta Modern Session IPA

Real Ale Real Heavy

Prairie Limo Tint

Saturday

Seguin 9 Pin Kolsch

Real Ale Helles

Circle Devil’s Envy

Brooklyn Summer Ale