Father’s Day Gift Packs, Donations for Flood Victims, and Big Bend Beers Launching Tomorrow!

Pre-orders for Father’s Day Gift Packs are available now in the store. See an example here. For $25 ($30 retail value), you get a t-shirt (you choose size & color), a WhichCraft glass, a koozie, a bottle opener & a keychain. You can also add an optional gift card above & beyond this amount. Father’s Day is June 21st, and you can pick up your completed gift pack any time Saturday, June 13th.

Starting now we’re accepting donations for the Hays County Food Bank to help victims of the massive flood damage that has taken place for our neighbors to the south. They’re seeking pop-top cans and single-serving snacks, and nothing that requires refrigeration. A full list of what they’re seeking is here. Get 5% off your WhichCraft purchase when you donate items!

We’re excited to be one of only about a dozen places in town to offer pre-sales of the Austin Passbook, a local guide that allows for 2-for-1 deals at a whole host of food and event destinations in Austin. At $20, if you use it only twice it pays for itself! Find out more and pre-purchase your book here. We’re also selling the books at WhichCraft, which are active from June 1st – October 1st. 

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Wednesday, June 3rd

New Brooklyn Brewery rep Chris Peña will be in the house dishing out free samples of Brooklyn Summer Ale, Sorachi Ace 4 packs, and Local 1.

Thursday, June 4th

Abita rep Hunter Roberts will be sampling out Wrought Iron IPA, Seersucker Summer pils, Andygator doppelbock and Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. We’ll also be tasting the brand new 2 Boots Saison collaboration with Birra Del Borgo arriving next week.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Cuvee de Jacobins (arriving Friday), Calavera Pale Ale, Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout, Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown, Green Flash Soul Style.

Big Bend beers will finally be hitting the Austin market! They’ve been brewing since 2012 out in Alpine, TX, and are led by brewmaster Steve Henderson, who was one of the original Austin craft beer pioneers. He brewed at Waterloo Brewpub back in the 90s before moving over to Live Oak and brewing there for over a decade. Austin is the first market they’re distributing to outside of West Texas, and we’re excited for their 5 different varieties to arrive this Friday. We’ll also be doing a custom 5-pack mixer with one each of their beers for $9! The beers are: Tejas Lager (light, easy drinking lager), Terlingua Gold (slightly sweet blonde ale), Big Bend Hefeweizen (the closest thing you can get to Live Oak’s hef in a can!), Frontera IPA and 22 Porter.

Oddwood Saison – We’re excited to have this one back in stock for the first time in about 4 months. Taylor, the head brewer at Adelbert’s, started a side project Oddwood Ales and is committed to not only aging but fermenting his beers in oak. This saison is aged in red wine barrels and uses Belgian yeast strains as well as brettanomyces for a nice farmhouse tartness. 6.4% ABV/Austin, TX/Beer Advocate 90/Availability: decent

Prairie Eliza5beth * – One of the two new Prairie releases, Eliza5beth (yes, actual spelling) is a golden farmhouse ale aged on apricots to allow sourness and light fruit flavors to add complexity to the beer.  7% ABV/Krebs, OK/Ratebeer 99/*Arriving Friday/Availability:  limited

Prairie Gold* – Prairie Gold is a dry, highly effervescent saison fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, lactobacillus and 2 strains of brettanomyces. This beer highlights the various yeasts and bacteria used to make it. Lemon, pear, white wine grapes, and a touch of funk dominate the flavor and aroma in this champagne like beer. 7% ABV/Krebs, OK/Ratebeer 98/*Arriving Friday/Availability: limited

Save the World Verbum in Tenbris Double Chocolate Milk Stout – Save the World’s latest seasonal release is a decadent stout brewed with cocoa nibs and peppermint. It is full bodied with malt sweetness at the beginning and a lingering rich medium-dry finish. 7.5% ABV/Marble Falls, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Save the World Princeps Pacis Tripel – Back in stock for the first time in 2015, three different grains combine with three different hops to create a delightful balance of floral hops, lightly sweet malt, spice, and hints of citrus fruits. It is medium bodied with a lightly sweet finish and a hint of warmth. ​8.7% ABV/Marble Falls, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Victory Sour Monkey – Victory Sour Monkey is a new twist on the brewery’s year round favorite, Golden Monkey. The Belgian-style tripel has spent some time fermenting with Brettanomyces yeast and souring bacteria. Aroma is very varied with lemon, sour, and mild brettanomyces notes. Flavor follows with a tart acidity. 9.5% ABV/Downington, PA/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited

Rogue Sriracha Stout – Rogue partnered with the iconic hot sauce maker Huy Fong to combine their popular Sriracha hot sauce with a roasty stout. The result is pretty much what you’d expect. 5.7% ABV/Newport, OR/Ratebeer 82/Availability: very limited

Great Divide Rumble – Rumble is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. 7.1% ABV/Denver, CO/Ratebeer 94/Availability: decent

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Save the World Verbum in Tenbris Double Chocolate Milk Stout

Reinaert Wild Sour Ale

Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam Barley Wine

Green Flash Soul Style IPA

Saturday

South Austin Crossroads Coffee Stout

Calavera American Pale Ale

Alvinne Wild Undressed

Big Bend Hefeweizen

Get Your Austin Passbooks! Strange Land Launching in Bottles, as well as New Releases From Real Ale, Martin House & Karbach.

We’re excited to be one of only about a dozen places in town to offer pre-sales of the Austin Passbook, a local guide that allows for 2-for-1 deals at a whole host of food and event destinations in Austin. At $20, if you use it only twice it pays for itself! Find out more and pre-purchase your book here. We’re also selling the books at WhichCraft, which are active from June 1st – October 1st. 

Hey we just got brand new trucker hats made! Check it out here. Only $10!

Sahara’s latest blog post (#4 in the series if you’re counting) is all about saisons, a perfect springtime beer as the temperature outside steadily climbs upward. Read more here and pick up your curated 6 pack in the shop during the month of May.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, May 21st – TONIGHT!

We will be having Harpoon Brewery rep Mike Zanti in to help guild us through a tasting of their fine liquids. We will be serving UFO White, UFO Big Squeeze & Harpoon Summer (all in cans), and also Leviathan double IPA.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Lone Pint Yellow Rose (arriving Friday!), Laguitas Sucks (6 packs), Boulevard Hibiscus Gose (arriving Friday), Lagunitas Censored (6 packs), Oasis TX Meta Modern IPA (arriving Friday), Prairie Funky Gold Amarillo, BFM La Muele.

Bear Republic Mach 10 Double IPA* – In an unfortunate turn of events, the drought in California is forcing Bear Republic to pull out of Texas distribution in a few months. The last release we’ll get from them is Mach 10, a double IPA featuring citrusy Cascade and spicy English First Gold hops. Come get Bear Republic before it’s too late! 9.2% ABV/Cloverdale, CA/Ratebeer 97/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

5 Stones Sprung IPA – 5 Stones’ latest release is moving away from the very citrus-forward beers they typically do to put out an IPA with heather tips, dried elderflowers and wildflower honey. You’ll get some piney notes from the heather tips and sweetness from the honey but plenty of hop aroma as well. 6.2% ABV/Cibolo, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

We’re very excited to announce that local Strange Land Brewery will now be releasing packaged beers out in the market. They’ve been brewing & distributing their beers on draft for a few months now, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting their bombers to be released so we can actually sell them here. We’ll be getting a whole load of their beer delivered this Friday 5/22. Read below for details:

Strange Land Entire Porter* – A traditional British porter with rich dark malts and British hops & yeast. Delicate chocolate notes with a spicy hop flavor. 6.8% ABV/Austin, TX/Beer Advocate 85/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Strange Land Ploughshare Saison* – Ploughshare is light and dry, with a subtle sweetness from malted wheat.  Easy to drink, dry and a farmhouse finish. 6.2% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Strange Land Alemannia Alt* – Alemannia is crafted in the old-world German Altbier tradition, from a time before lager yeasts were discovered. German hops impart hints of clove and pepper, and light malts bestow a character of freshly baked bread. 4.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Strange Land Sanctum Belgian Dubbel* – Savor the complex and distinctive Belgian nose before delighting in a rich maltiness accentuated by hints of plum and a cloistered hoppiness. 6.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Strange Land Last Gentleman Bourbon Porter* – Beginning its life as Entire Porter and left to mature for sixty days under the mellowing effects of bourbon-infused oak, the velvety Last Gentleman is gallant, sophisticated, and rebellious — as if he were the reckoning between all good teachings, wanton desire, and the rising and setting of the sun. 6.8% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Strange Land Atholl Brose Scotch* – In 1475, the 1st Earl of Atholl vanquished his enemies after filling their well with an intoxicating mixture of Scotch whisky, oats and honey. This legend has been kept alive by the equally legendary whisky concoction known as Atholl Brose. Drawing inspiration from this tradition, this scotch ale is brewed with with Central Texas Wildflower honey, flaked oats, and oak infused with a blend of single malt Scotch whiskies. 8.9% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Real Ale 19th Anniversary Baltic Porter – Real Ale celebrated their 19th anniversary a couple months ago and this Baltic porter is a special release commemorating that event. Using a traditional roasted malt base to give notes of coffee & cocoa, the Baltic porter is then fermented with lager yeast for a clean & crisp finish. 7.7% ABV/Blanco, TX/Beer Advocate 86/Availabilty: plenty

Real Ale Brewers Cut Belgian Pale Ale – Belgian Pale Ales were the answer to the explosive growth of European pilsners in the mid-twentieth century. They are not aggressively hopped like American pale ales, but instead are maltier with a spicy yeast character. Real Ale’s version features Mandarina Bavaria hops which are very citrusy & orange in character. 5.4% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Martin House Gateway Blonde – An homage to the large mountain bike trail in Martin House’s home of Fort Worth, this is an easy drinking blonde ale perfect for the summer weather. 5% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Martin House Cellarman’s IPA – Martin House recently launched their Cellarman’s IPA series in cans in which they pick a single hop to feature. So similar to the H&G Greenhouse series, you’ll always see the same can but the hops may be different from time to time. The current batch features only Chinook hops and is in 6 pack cans. 7% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire iO Saison – Aged in oak with wild yeasts and bottle conditioned, the latest saison from Jolly Pumpkin also features rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus for a very floral aroma & flavor. 6.8% ABV/Dexter, MI/Ratebeer 99/Availability: very limited

Thistly Cross Apple Cider* – Brand new to TX, Thistly Cross is Scotland’s first cidery to export out of Scotland. They consider it farmhouse cider brewed with champagne yeast for a dry finish. The original cider is a clean, dry & sparkling apple cider. 6.2% ABV/Scotland/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Thistly Cross Ginger Cider* – A medium sweet cider with bright golden colour. Soft mouthfeel with ginger dominating the palate due to the infused blend of fresh root ginger, pressed on an apple press. A well balanced, full bodied and refreshing cider which should unite ginger lovers the world over. 4% ABV/Scotland/ Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Thistly Cross Elderflower* – The fresh fruitiness of apples combines with the heavy citrus zest of elderflowers to give a unique aroma and warm caramel color. Actual elderflowers are added; their pungent astringency bestows a rich, complex flavor laced with fruit notes. Classic pear esters underpin subtle floral sweetness. 4% ABV/Scotland/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Thistly Cross Whisky Cask* – Aged in Glen Moray whisky casks for a gentle whisky flavor initially intermingles with subtle, medium dry cider, giving way to the distinctive full bodied flavor of the cask, finishing with overtones of whisky. 6.9% ABV/Scotland/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Mateo y Bernabe 7 Fermin* – Hailing from the La Rioja region of Spain, this red ale is brewed exclusively with locally grown La Riojan hops, a beer literally steeped in the La Riojan terrain, imparting regional aromas and flavors. 7 Fermín is an earth beer with a palate pleasing bitterness, fruit tones, light spiciness, and solid malt backbone; effervescent, medium body, dry finish. 6.2% ABV/Logroño, Spain/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Karbach Staycation – A hybrid barley & wheat session ale coming in at only 4.8% ABV. Dry hopped with Bavarian Mandarina for a big citrusy punch. 4.8% ABV/Houston, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Clown Shoes Fistful of Unidragon Bourbon Barrel Stout

5 Stones Sprung IPA

Real Ale Belgian Pale Ale

One more random thing we’ll open up

Saturday

Martin House Cellarman’s IPA

Southern Tier Choklat

Karbach Staycation

Branchline 2nd Anniversary Belgian IPA

Get Your Road Trip #3 Tickets! Also Austin Passbooks Now Available For Sale. New Beers From Jester King, Buffalo Bayou, ABW, H&G & New Braunfels.

Road Trip #3 is happening on Saturday, May 30th! This one is going to be a blast; we’re headed to Jester King, Last Stand Brewing & Strange Land Brewing. Event details and tickets are on sale here

 

We’re excited to be one of only about a dozen places in town to offer pre-sales of the Austin Passbook, a local guide that allows for 2-for-1 deals at a whole host of food and event destinations in Austin. At $20, if you use it only twice it pays for itself! Find out more and pre-purchase your book here. We’re also selling the books at WhichCraft, which are active from June 1st – October 1st. 

 

Sahara’s latest blog post (#4 in the series if you’re counting) is all about saisons, a perfect springtime beer as the temperature outside steadily climbs upward. Read more here and pick up your curated 6 pack in the shop during the month of May.

If you’re interested, check out these new articles that were published that included two of our very own staff members! Sahara helped choose the new “official” beer of Austin, courtesy of The Chronicle, and Jody picked his summer go-to beer for Austin Monthly mag.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, May 21st

We will be having Harpoon Brewery rep Mike Zanti in to help guild us through a tasting of their fine liquids. We will be serving UFO White, UFO Big Squeeze & Harpoon Summer (all in cans), and also Leviathan double IPA.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Community Mosaic (bottled on Tuesday!), Adelbert’s Vintage Monks, Ballast Point Piper Down, Ballast Point Tongue Buckler, Karbach Hop Delusion, Independence Red Bud, Green Flash Silva Stout, Harpoon Leviathan Double IPA.

Hops & Grain Greenhouse Batch 20 – Batch 20 features Lemondrop & Belma hops for a citrusy punch and a floral finish. 7.7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings/Availability: plenty

Jester King Hibernal Dichotomos* – It’s not every week we get new Jester King beers, so we’re always super excited when we get even limited quantity of JK. The 2015 Hibernal Dichotomos features winter ingredients paired with JK’s well water and blended house yeast culture. Beets were used in the mash to give the beer a pinkish/red hue, while oranges from the Valley were used for both their juice & zest resulting in a light, fruity & dry finish. Bottles will ONLY be released starting at 6pm Friday 5/15. 5.0% ABV/Austin, TX/Beer Advocate 95/Availability: very limited, limit 1 per household/*ONLY being released at 6pm on Friday 5/15

Jester King Black Metal* – Black Metal is the other beer we’re extremely lucky to get a limited quantity of, and it will only be released for sale at 6pm on Friday 5/15, limit 1 per household. This is the first batch of Black Metal to be released in 18 months, and the first batch using only the JK house farmhouse yeast blend. The resulting brew is considerably different than previous batches. Read Jeffrey Stuffings’ description here. 9.1% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited, limit 1 per household/*ONLY being released at 6pm on Friday 5/15

Buffalo Bayou Rotundone – Buffalo Bayou’s latest release is a peppery, fruity yet dry saison. It features both pink and green peppercorns with a crisp malt base for a citrusy component but dry finish. The name Rotundone comes from the chemical compound found in both peppercorns as well as some grape skins. Interestingly, 1 in 5 people can’t smell the compound that the rest of us are quite sensitive to. 8.2% ABV/Houston, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Buffalo Bayou Bourbon Barrel Smoke on the Bayou – The standard Smoke on the Bayou is a strong scotch ale that used smoked malt from three different local Houston BBQ joints. This version was then aged in Jack Daniels bourbon barrels. Only 12 cases total came to Austin. 9% ABV/Houston, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Prairie Noir – Our apologies, these never arrived from the distributor last Friday. We received our shipment of Noir yesterday, so we still have a good quantity available as of this email going out.

Er Boqueron – Now this is certainly interesting. It’s a blonde ale brewed by Cervesa Artesenal de Xativa in Valencia, Spain, and uses Mediterranean Sea salt water in the brew. It will be light, slight fruity and with a hint of salt to it. Comes only as a single 12 oz. 5.6% ABV/Valenia, Spain/Beer Advocate 80/Availability: decent

New Braunfels Senor Sauced Fuego – New Braunfels’ continues to release their small batch wheat beers, and this on happens to coincide with them celebrating their 2nd anniversary this Saturday if you feel like making a road trip to New Braunfels. This one is a dry hopped wheat beer brewed with cinnamon, aged on oak with ghost chilis added. Fans of spicy beers will love this one. 7.2% ABV/New Braunfels, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery Half IPA – The latest in the Heavy Machinery rotating IPA series is the “Half IPA,” which is really just a dry hopped pale ale. Centennial and Citra hops are used during dry hopping so it will be only slightly bitter but big on hop flavor & aroma. 5.6% ABV/Austin, TX/Beer Advocate 90/Availability: plenty, but will go fast.

Birra del Borgo Perle Ai Porci – Inspired by the Nordic tradition, this unique one is a dark colored stout. During the brew, fresh oysters and clams were added along with their shells. The oysters were rare Fin de Claire N2 oysters from Brittany’s coast. Its aroma has beautiful roasted, slightly savory and mineral notes given by the shell. It has a creamy and full-bodied mouthfeel, with a pleasant, not too strong salty ending. 5.5% ABV/Borgorose, Italy/Ratebeer 88/Availability: limited

Ace Blackjack – Ace Cider took a 100% Gravenstein apple cider and aged it in chardonnay barrels to commerorate their 21st anniversary of the cidery. 9% ABV/Sebastopol, CA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Uinta Monkshine – A light & refreshing Belgian blonde ale features tangy influences of the yeast, assertive malt, and light, hoppy flavor. Also aromas of allspice and fruit. 6.8% ABV/Salt Lake City, UT/Beer Advocate 81/Availability: decent

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum – Sierra’s biggest and baddest Imperial IPA, this one is hopped, dry-hopped, then torpedoed (Sierra’s proprietary hop-infusion device) to be a huge, piney hop beast. 10.4% ABV/Chico, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

 Jester King Black Metal (only a single bottle to sample out)

Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse

Austin Beerworks Half IPA

Ballast Point Piper Down Scotch Ale

Saturday

JK’s Scrumpy Hard Cider

Hops & Grain Greenhouse #20

Upslope Belgian Pale Ale

Branchline 5am to Midnight