Jester King Back in Stock As Well As New Beers From Mikkeller, To Øl, De Ranke, New Braunfels, Guadalupe & Ranger Creek.

We just recently launched a fancy new website, and we’re happy to now offer a Special Order program for customers. We have the ability to special order cases and kegs, with a few caveats. 1) it has to be legal to sell in Texas obviously, 2) You need to be willing to purchase an entire case or keg worth of the beer and put down a $15 deposit. Send in an order form and let us research whether we can get that favorite beer you’ve always wanted! Note: If you’re unsure on whether a particular US brewery distributes to TX, this is a handy tool we like to use.

Sahara’s latest blog post, #6 in the series, is titled Nice to Wheat You, and explores the life of wheat beers. It can be found here.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, July 30th – TONIGHT!

New South Austin rep Carolyn will be in the house with samples of all the South Austin canned beers: Kol’, Luckenbock, Crossroads Coffee Stout, Texas Pale Ale & 6 String Saison. We’ll also be selling a mixed 5 pack with one of each of their beers for $12.50!

Tuesday, August 4th

We have a new No Label Brewing rep so we’re breaking him in by hosting a tasting featuring Ridgeback Amber, El Hefe Hefeweizen, Lavendar Witbier and their new Suburban Funk, a cherry sour from the Off Label series.

Wednesday, August 5th

We also have a new Original Sin rep here in town, so he’ll be sampling out the two year-round ciders from Original Sin – a dry cider and cherry cider, in addition to their seasonal Elderberry.

Thursday, August 6th

We’ll be tasting Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer! Straight up AND we’ll have some vanilla ice cream available for mini-root beer floats. Yum yum.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Mikkeller Monk’s Brew, To Øl Snowball Saison, De Ranke Guldenberg, De Ranke XX and XXX Bitter, Ranger Creek Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown, Stone Farking Wheaton W00t Stout, Prairie Gold 3 Liter bottle!, and 4 from Jester King: Orange/Grapefruit Provenance, Lemon/Lime Provenance, Biere de Miel and Mag Meg.

New Braunfels Bauernhaus Uber – Bauernhaus is the German word for farmhouse, and this brew takes Shiva’s Tears weizenbock and bottle conditions with NBBC’s house sour yeast strain. Residual sugar in the bottle makes it slightly sour.  8.5% ABV/New Braunfels, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Hops & Grain Greenhouse Batch #25* – Bravo, Centennial and Cascade make up the dry hopping regimen for Batch 25. 7.7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday

Guadalupe Belgian Texas Honey – Guadalupe tweaks their own popular TX Honey Ale recipe with Belgian yeast for a slightly fruity taste. If you like Belgian blonde ales, you’ll love this brew. 7.75% ABV/New Braunfels, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Guadalupe Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout – Guadalupe’s decadent Chocolate Stout gets an added kick from spending 6 months in bourbon barrels. This is the first release from Guadalupe’s barrel program so we’re excited to try it! 7.44% ABV/New Braunfels, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

To Øl Black Maria – To Øl from Denmark makes some truly awesome beers, and Black Maria is one of their best. It’s an American-inspired black IPA that uses the highly roasted Carafa malt but relatively low amounts of caramel & chocolate malts. This results in less residual sweetness than a typical stout. Columbus, Centennial, Galaxy, Cascade hops. 8.1% ABV/Copenhagen, Denmark/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited

Mikkeller Spontanframboos – The Spontan series from Mikkeller explores spontaneously fermented ales, and in this particular version they aged it on raspberries for a tart and fruity finish. 7.7% ABV/Copenhagen, Denmark/Ratebeer 98/Availability: very limited

Mikkeller Zest Please – This one is a porter brewed with orange zest for a chocolatey but citrusy twist. 7% ABV/Copenhagen, Denmark/Ratebeer 97/Availability: decent

Mikkeller Draft Bear Imperial Pilsner – In an effort to buck the standard Danish pilsner trend, Mikkeller upped the ABV but kept the clean lager yeast finish in this 8% imperial pilsner. 8% ABV/Copenhagen, Denmark/Ratebeer 97/Availability: limited

Mikkeller It’s Alive – Mikkeller’s ode to the classic Trappist beer Orval, this is a wild ale fermented with brettanomyces and an aggressive hop character. 8% ABV/Copenhagen, Denmark/Ratebeer 96/Availability: limited

Clown Shoes Mangö – Mangö is an American-style kölsch (whatever that means) brewed with sweet orange peel and magno for a refreshing summer sipper. 6.5% ABV/Ipswich, MA/Ratebeer 88/Availability: plenty

Small Town Not Your Father’s Root Beer – This is probably the most controversial release in the beer community as of late. The beer itself tastes exactly like root beer but is actually 5.9% ABV.  It’s sweet but delicious. The rights to distribute were bought by Pabst not too long ago, and now this is the single fastest growing alcohol product in the USA. 5.9% ABV/Beer Advocate 87/Availability: plenty

North Coast Bourbon Barrel Old Stock – A few months ago we got a single case of this extremely limited beer and sold it out immediately. Shockingly, our distributor still had a few cases sitting in the warehouse this week so naturally we snapped them up. One of the most cellarable beers ever, Old Stock old ale, gets the bourbon barrel treatment here and emerges as a boozy, complex, malty beast. And oh yeah, this is the 2013 vintage. Get some. 14.1% ABV/Fort Bragg, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: decent but will go fast.

Ranger Creek Purple Rhine* – Texas’ only brewery/distillery out of San Antonio is releasing their summer seasonal, a prickly pear Berliner Weisse. It’s a little higher ABV than a traditional Berliner Weisse. It will come in 4 packs (and singles of course) and will be quite delicious! 5.7% ABV/San Antonio, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

New Braunfels Uber

Seguin Summer Blonde

Community Razzy

Epic Brainless Belgian Golden

Saturday

 5 Stones Fracking Blackstrap

New Braunfels Wasserweiss

Deep Ellum Easy Peasy

Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam

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It’s Christmas in July! $5 Lagunitas Sucks Quarts & Great Deals on All Sorts of Beers.

It’s Christmas in July! Starting tonight through Sunday we’re celebrating the 100° weather by having all sorts of great sales & promos, such as:

  • $5 Lagunitas Sucks quarts. Yes, that’s 32 oz of Double IPA for $5.
  • Mikkeller To/From/Via Holiday Porter 750mL – save $3 on each
  • Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 750mL – save $2 on each
  • De Ranke Pere Noel 750mL – save $3 on each.
  • A limited amount of Christmas in July Advent Calendars. 12 surprise beers!
  • Green Dot sale… specials on all sorts of other things that have a green sticker on the price tag.

Sahara’s latest blog post, #6 in the series, is titled Nice to Wheat You, and explores the life of wheat beers. It can be found here.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, July 23rd – TONIGHT!

We’ve never had a Lazy Magnolia tasting so we figured we may as well change that by inviting Dave from the brewery to the tasting bar to sample out their 10th anniversary quad with pecans, Lazy Saison, Southern Hopspitality IPA and Southern Pecan brown ale.

Wednesday, July 29th

The man, the beard, the legend Myk O’Connor is coming back to the tasting bar to dish out free samples of a few favorite year-round offerings from Founders Brewing: All Day IPA and Dirty Bastard in addition to a couple seasonal favorites too: Rubaeus and one other fancy one.

Thursday, July 30th

New South Austin rep Carolyn will be in the house with samples off all the South Austin canned beers: Kol’, Luckenbock, Crossroads Coffee Stout, Texas Pale Ale & 6 String Saison.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Naughty Brewing Kentucky Streetwalker, Stone Farking Wheaton W00t Stout, Stone Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard, Oasis Meta Modern Session IPA, Community Mosaic IPA, Community Witbier, Upslope Thai White IPA.

Nebraska Ninja Gnome* – Nebraska Brewing Company has a pretty superb barrel program and the Ninja Gnome is certainly going to be interesting. It’s an imperial amber ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove and then aged in South American rum barrels. 10.6% ABV/Papillion, NE/No ratings yet/Availability: limited/*Arriving Friday

Nebraska Barrel Aged Hop Anomaly* – For this barrel aged beauty the Nebraska crew took their Belgian-style IPA and aged it for 6 months in French chardonnay barrels. 10.6% ABV/Papillion, NE/No ratings yet/Availability: limited/*Arriving Friday

Texian Summer Sandia* – All I can find online about this beer is that it is a watermelon wheat beer packaged in bombers. Sounds refreshing! 5.3% ABV/Richmond, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited/*Arriving Friday

Texian Charlie Foxtrot* – Back by popular demand, Texian’s Charlie Foxtrot is an imperial Berliner Weisse, which is basically just a higher ABV version of the style with a good amount of tartness. 7.5% ABV/Richmond, TX/Ratebeer 90/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

No Label Suburban Funk Cherry Sour* – Another beer I can’t find a ton of info online for, this is the latest in the No Label “Off Label” series. It’s a cherry wheat beer with some tartness as well. 6.87% ABV/Katy, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Victory Saison du BUFF – A 3-way collaboration between Victory, Dogfish Head & Stone Brewing, this saison was originally brewed at each brewery back in 2010. BUFF stands for Brewers United for the Freedom of Flavor. It’s a saison brewed with parsley, lemon thyme, sage & rosemary. Refreshing! 6.8% ABV/Downington, PA/Ratebeer 91/Availability: decent

Stone Enjoy After 7-4-16 – Stone’s popular Enjoy By series gets a visit from Brettanomyces yeast to create their Enjoy After series. Spiked with brett in the bottle, this beer will continue to evolve and become more tart & funky with time. They recommend cellaring this beer for a year for the brett to really do its thing. 7% ABV/Escondido, CA/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited

New Belgium Long Table Farmhouse Ale – New Belgium’s summer/fall seasonal is a farmhouse ale in the Belgian & French tradition. They use a traditional saison yeast strain and pinch of rye for a bit of spiciness. A bit more aggressively hopped than a traditional saison. 6.2% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Beer Advocate 87/Availability: limited

La Socarrada – Another beer from the brewery who brought you Er Boqueron, a beer made with Mediterranean sea salt, this on is a blonde/golden ale brewed with rosemary & honey. Comes in both 330mL and 750mL bottles. 6% ABV/Valencia, Spain/Beer Advocate 84/Availability: decent

Meridian Hive Huajilla Mead – A traditional mead using mild Huajilla honey originating from southwest Texas. Hints of citrus, apple and spice with a soft and clean finish. 13.2% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Lazy Magnolia 10 – A 10th anniversary beer from Lazy Magnolia in Mississippi! Very limited release and we’re lucky to get a single case. They drew inspiration from their Southern Pecan brown ale brewed with pecans and added pecans to their Belgian Quad recipe for a rich & decadent birthday beer. 10% ABV/Kiln, MS/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Meridian Hive Huajilla

New Belgium Long Table

Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA

One other random thing we’ll open up

Saturday

 Uncle Billy’s Lazy Day Lager

Green Flash Imperial IPA

Victory Saison du BUFF

One other random thing we’ll open up

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New Farmhouse Sours from Seattle, New From Prairie, Stone & Buffalo Bayou. Also Sahara’s Blog #6!

Keep an eye out in next week’s newsletter for our Christmas in July promotion! Starting next Thursday 7/24 we’re celebrating the 100° weather by having all sorts of great sales & promos. To include, among other things, $5 32-oz Lagunitas Sucks quarts, 12 days of July Christmas advent calendars, special cellared holiday beers and other random specials. Stay tuned!

Sahara’s latest blog post, #6 in the series, is titled Nice to Wheat You, and explores the life of wheat beers. It can be found here.

This Saturday we will bid adieu to one of our first employees, Zach Flaten, who is leaving us to work full time at Jester King. If you’re free on Saturday, swing on by to say goodbye and thanks to Zach, have some cake, and taste a random bottle or two.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, July 16th – TONIGHT!

Scott Meyers from Revolver will be in the house dishing out free samples of the core year-round beers from that little brewery in Granbury. Blood & Honey, High Brass Blonde, Bock and Sidewinder Pale Ale.

Tuesday, July 21st

It’s Belgian Independence Day! Celebrate with us by coming to a free tasting of a whole host of Belgian beers and 10% off all Belgian beers as well!

Wednesday, July 22nd

Avery Brewing rep Justin Sutherland will be here pouring free samples of Liliko’i Kepolo (Belgian witbier w/ passion fruit), Maharaja Double IPA and Joe’s Pilsner. We’ll also be releasing a few goodies from the cellar we’ve been holding onto as well! Expect some barrel aged awesomeness.

Thursday, July 23rd

We’ve never had a Lazy Magnolia tasting so we figured we may as well change that by inviting Dave from the brewery to the tasting bar to sample out their 10th anniversary quad with pecans, Lazy Saison, an IPA and Southern Pecan.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Community Razzy, Community Sundial, Avery Liliko’I Kepolo Passion Fruit Witbier, Jester King Das Wunderkind (batch #18), Odell Brombere Blackberry Gose.

Stone’s Farking Wheaton W00t Stout – 2 summers ago Stone Brewing partnered with actor Wil Wheaton and creator of Fark.com Drew Curtis to create the W00t Stout, an imperial stout with rye, wheat & pecans. They upped the ante this year by aging last year’s batch in bourbon barrels for an entire year, then blending a portion of that into this year’s brew. The result is an awesome 13% imperial stout that will cellar well. 13% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent but will go fast.

Prairie Brett C* – Prairie is back at it with their latest release, the Brett C. It’s a Cascade and Citra hopped farmhouse ale conditioned with brettanomyces and a touch of sea salt. A great farmhouse thirst quencher for the summer months. 8.1% ABV/Tulsa, OK/Beer Advocate 90/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday

Urban Family Brett Baby Cakes* – Urban Family out of Seattle is dropping FIVE new beers on us this week. The first is Brett Baby Cakes, a tangerine ale brewed with brettanomyces. 6.45% ABV/Seattle, WA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Urban Family Brennan* – A farmhouse ale aged for 8 months in white wine barrels with three different types of brettanomyces and dry hopped with a touch of Amarillo hops. 7% ABV/Seattle, WA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Urban Family Dale* – Same base farmhouse beer and barrels as Brennan, but aged with two lactobacillus cultures and dry hopped with a touch of Citra. 7.2% ABV/Seattle, WA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Urban Family Lady of the Night* – Citra, Amarillo and Centennial combine with a lactobacillus soured pale ale.  Seattle, WA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Urban Family Through the Eyes* – This farmhouse ale is primary fermented with a 100% blend of Brettanomyces and dry hopped with Azaaca hops. 6.9% ABV/ Seattle, WA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Buffalo Bayou Gingerbread Stout* – Buffalo Bayou’s popular Gingerbread Stout is back! Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove flavors. Just in time for our Christmas in July promo!

Buffalo Bayou Bananas Foster* – Another unique brew from the mad scientists in Houston. A dunkel weisse was the base recipe that was fermented with a yeast strain and at a temperature to accentuate the banana-flavored esters. Cocoa nibs were added to create an ode to the delicious Bananas Foster dessert. 8.6% ABV/Houston, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA* – Boulevard just starting canning their brand new IPA called Heavy Lifting, based on their popular tap room-only release Mid-Coast IPA. Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Topaz & Cascade hops for a zesty & piney hop flavor. 6.2% ABV/Kansas City, MO/Ratebeer 90/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Chimay Dorée – Distributed to the US for the first time ever, Chimay’s Dorée is a Belgian patersbier (“father’s beer”), and is what the monks drink as a table beer with their meals. It traditionally didn’t make it outside of the walls of the monastery until recently. Reminiscent of a Belgian witbier with a bit of spice. Comes in 11.2 oz bottles as singles or 4 packs. 4.8% ABV/Baileux, Belgium/Availability: limited

Seguin Lake Breeze Summer Blonde – Seguin Brewing just released their summer seasonal, an easy drinking blonde ale in bombers that pairs well with your trip to the lake. 5.9% ABV/Seguin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Seguin Freedom Fiesta Ale – Brewed and bottled specifically for the annual Freedom Fiesta party that takes over the whole city of Seguin, Brian & Shuan mimicked a Vienna-style lager but instead pitched ale yeast for a slightly fruitier end result. 12 oz 4 packs and singles.

Grapevine Hopfest United IPA – Grapevine’s new year-round IPA HopFest is a delicious and balanced blend of 10 different hops from the major growing regions in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. 6 packs cans. 6.5% ABV/Grapevine, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse – One of the original Berliner Weisses straight from Germany. Slighty tart wheat beer from the same brewery who makes the original Gose. 3% ABV/Leipzig, Germany/Beer Advocate 84/Availability: plenty

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Seguin Freedom Fiesta

Urban Family Brett Baby Cakes

Great Divide 20th Anniversary Ale

Community Sundial Session IPA

Saturday

South Austin Kol’ Beer

5 Stones Norma Jeane

Smuttynose Gravitation

Firestone Walker Union Jack

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