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Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm
Thursday, June 25th – TONIGHT!
Cory Rossmeissl, the rep with the best head of hair out of any brewery rep in Austin, will be back at the tasting bar dishing out free samples of their three newest releases from our favorite not-for-profit brewery based in Marble Falls. Cory also picked up three fantastic cheeses from our friends @ Henri’s Cheese Shop to pair with the beer.
The Princeps Pacis is a traditional Belgian style Tripel with a bit of spice and sweetness. It will be paired with manchego-style goat cheese from Spain. The Sanguis Barleywine is boozy and complex but a bit of brettanomyces cuts the sweetness that most barleywines posess. It will be paired with a raw cow & sheep cheese from Italy. And in a stylistic departure from most of their other beers, they recently released Verbum in Tenebris – a double chocolate milk stout with mint added. Paired with a gouda-style cow cheese from Holland. YUM.
Tuesday, June 30th
Four words: Jaguar Shark Release Party. Local brewpub Pinthouse Pizza is not only working on opening a South Austin this fall which we’re super excited about, but they’re also releasing Jaguar Shark bottles, their multiple medal-winning bourbon barrel aged dry Irish stout. They’re having a release party at the brewpub this Saturday, but we’re ridiculously lucky to be one of only 2 spots in town who will also sell the bottles. We’ll be getting 2 cases and will raffle off the right to purchase them during a bottle release event next Tuesday 6/30. Two drawings will happen – at 6:30 and 7pm. Limit 1 bottle per household, and if you’re here for both drawings you get a second raffle ticket to increase your chances. Raffle tickets are free, but obviously if you win you have to buy the bottle.
Wednesday, July 1st
Goliad Brewing has a new rep in town so we’re breaking him in with a free tasting happening Wedn 7/1. Dan Dillon will be here pouring free samples of La Bahia black hefeweizen, Redfish IPA & Golden ale.
Thursday, July 2nd
Stone Brewing rep Steve Ponsetti will be back at the tasting bar sampling out Ruination v2.0, Points Unknown IPA, Saison & HiFi + LoFi Mixtape. These are some pretty interesting beers so you’re not going to want to miss it!
New Beers This Week
Back in stock: Stone Points Unknown, Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Community Mosaic (arriving Friday).
St Bernardus Oak Aged Abt 12 – This is a must try for any Belgian beer lovers. St Bernardus makes one of the best (if not THE best) Belgian quadrupel we can get year-round in TX. This version of the same beer undergoes a 6 month aging in calvados (apple brandy) casks. Ummmmm, yes please. 11% ABV/Watou, Belgium/Ratebeer 98/Availability: very limited
Jester King Lemon & Lime and Orange & Grapefruit Provenance* – Jester King’s Provenance series features farmhouse ales that are brewed with different varieties of citrus fruit. We’ll be getting 2 varieties on Friday – the Lemon/Lime & the Orange/Grapefruit. 5.7% & 5.5% ABV respectively/Availability: limited
Jester King Commercial Suicide* – Inspired by English mild ales, this farmhouse version retains characteristics of the inspiration but uses JK’s house yeast blend to funk it up a bit. 2.9% ABV/Austin, TX/Availability: limited/*Arriving Friday
Strange Land Bishops Gate Barleywine – An abundance of malted barley gives Bishopsgate a rich complexity, starting with a floral nose and ending with a full-bodied toffee finish. These intense flavors are aged for sixty days and, if cellared, will continue to mingle and harmonize for years. 10.9% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty
Texas Keeper Grafter Rosé – 93% Rome Beauty apples (American heirloom), 7% TX tempranillo grapes. Slightly effervescent, 8.6%. notes of strawberries & cream. Fermented & aged 7 months. Clear bottle. Only 125 cases made.
Avery Lilikoi Kepolo – A new 4 pack can from Avery, this will be a great beer for the warmer days that are now upon us. A Belgian-style witbier with spices & passion fruit added for a spicy & slightly tart finish. 5.6% ABV/Boulder, CO/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited
North Coast Puck Petite Saison – Originally brewed as 25th anniversary beer, Puck petite saison is a sessionable 4% ABV using pils and wheat malts. It’s fermented using the same yeast strain as the Le Merle Saison for a dry & spicy finish. 4% ABV/Fort Bragg, CA/Ratebeer 85/Availability: decent
Deep Ellum Easy Peasy Session IPA – Deep Ellum out of Dallas is getting in the session IPA game with their Easy Peasy session IPA brewed with tangerine and lemon peel for a very citrusy & thirst-quenching brew. 5.2% ABV/Dallas, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent
Founders Double Trouble – Founders’ popular Imperial IPA is back in 4 packs, with 86 IBUs and an aggressive hop profile backed up a beefy malt backbone. 9.4% ABV/Grand Rapids, MI/Ratebeer 99/Availability: limited
Upslope Thai IPA – Uplsope’s fan favorite summer seasonal is back: brewed with Belgian wit yeast strain but is hopped like an American IPA. The kicker is they add seven Asian-inspired spices for a truly unique beer. 6.5% ABV/Boulder, CO/Ratebeer 91/Availability: limited
Texian Liberty Brett IPA – I can’t find a ton of info online about this one, but I do know it’s a brettanomyces IPA in 22 oz bombers!
Community Razzy* – The Razzy starts its life as Community’s gold medal winning witbier. After primary fermentation they add natural raspberry puree during secondary fermentation for a slightly sweet & gently spicy ale. 5.5% ABV/Dallas, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday
Community Sundial Session IPA* – Centennial, Simco & Amarillo combine for a nice hoppy flavor & aroma but in only a 4.5% brew. 6 pack cans for your poolside drinking pleasure. 4.5% ABV/Dallas, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Texas Keeper Grafter Series Rosé Cider
Clown Shoes Date Night Saison
Deep Ellum Easy Peasy IPA
North Coast Brother Thelonious
Upslope Thai White IPA
North Coast Puck Petite Saison
5 Stones Norma Jeane
Real Ale Anniversary XIV Baltic Porter