We’re happy to announce three breweries brand new to Texas: Evil Twin Brewing (mostly) out of New York, Stillwater Artisanal from Maryland and Bayou Teche from Louisiana. Both Evil Twin and Stillwater make some very highly rated beers that they contract brew out of Stratford, CT. We are selling mix packs of each of these new breweries so you can taste one of each of their new beers all in one simple pack. Plus you save a buck or two!
We’re very excited to launch our very first Flight Kit. We curated a selection of 12 different fall beers — an even mix of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers. It’s a great way to explore the styles without having to spend a bunch of time choosing them all yourself. Each flight kit comes with a code that allows you to visit the Case for Beer website and read about each of the beers we selected. It links to their Beer Advocate profiles as well as a little write up of each beer and why we chose it. The kits are $40 while supplies last and would make a great gift.
This weekend is the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The awards portion of the event is taking place on Saturday; follow our Twitter feed Saturday as any Texas winners are announced. For Saturday evening’s tasting we’ll select a random sampling of these winners and pour them for free.
Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm
Thursday, September 24th – TONIGHT!
Grapevine just released a new bomber, the 10 Gauge Belgian IPA, so we’ll be sampling that in addition to their Saison de Festivals, Sir Williams brown ale and their year round IPA Hopfest.
Monday, September 28th: 6:30 – 8pm
It’s Hops & Grain’s A Pale Mosaic release day! We’ll have it for sale beginning when we open on Monday. Founder & Owner Josh Hare as well as sales rep extraordinaire William Bearden will be in the house from 6:30-8pm pouring free samples. Grab any 2 H&G 6 packs and get a free H&G tasting glass.
Tuesday, September 29th
It’s international coffee day! So we’ll be having our own little coffee-themed tasting including Clown Shoes Coffee Pecan Pie Porter, Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout, BFM XIV Weizenbock, Buffalo Bayou Buffalo Sunset. We’ll also be cellar releasing some coffee beers from months/years past!
Wednesday, September 30th
Join Hodge from Oskar Blues for a tasting and cellar release of last year’s Ten Fidy. This year’s Ten Fidy imperial stout just landed today, so we’ll be sampling that along with Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub and the new year-round IPA.
Thursday, October 1st
Seth from Wasatch will be at the tasting bar pouring free samples of Black O’Lantern, Wasatch Pumpkin, Hop Rising & Takeout Rye IPA. Join us!
New Beers This Week
Back in stock: 5 Stones Frederick Burg, Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Great Divide 21st Anniversary Sour, Smutty Labs Peach Smoked Berliner Weisse, Jester King Das Wunderkind, Buffalo Bayou Buffalo Sunset, Buffalo Bayou More Cowbell (canned a week ago!), Alvinne Omega sour, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2014, and a fresh batch of Avery Maharaja bottled 3 weeks ago. 2015 Oskar Blues Ten Fidy imperial stout just landed!
Hops & Grain A Pale Mosaic* – The boys from East Austin are back again with the much anticipated year-round IPA featuring the cool kid hops Mosaic. It’s an insanely citrusy IPA that is going to become your new “always gotta have it in my fridge” IPA. NOTE: We won’t be getting our shipment until Monday morning though, which is the official release day.
Clown Shoes Coffee Pecan Pie Porter – Each year Clown Shoes tweaks their Pecan Pie Porter recipe, and this year’s seasonal release is a coffee version using locally roasted coffee. Smooth porter flavors with sweet roast and rich nutty notes. 8% ABV/Ipswich, MA/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty
Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA – One of the Heavy Machinery Series’ most anticipated releases is the Wet Hop IPA. ABW flew in a bunch of freshly picked hops from the Northwest to make sweet, sweet hop nectar. Comes in 4 packs 16 oz cans. 7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty but will go fast
Stillwater Stereo – Stillwater isn’t the type of brewery to release many IPAs, but this one uses a combination of pilsner malt with 6 hops sourced from around the globe for a citrusy & piney but crisp finish. 7% ABV/Baltimore, MD/Ratebeer 95/Availability: plenty
Stillwater Vacuum Readymade – A complex blend of various smoked, caramel and subdued roasted malts lay the base for a combination of piney, dank and (dark) fruity hops. In other words, a slightly smoky black IPA. 8% ABV/Baltimore, MD/Ratebeer 93/Availability: plenty
Stillwater Surround – This massive oak smoked imperial wheat stout overtakes your senses with flavor & aromas of dark chocolate, molasses, roast, smoke, earth & wood. 10% ABV/Baltimore, MD/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty
Evil Twin Falco – The only release from Evil Twin so far in 4 packs 16-oz cans, this IPA is a perfect blend of citrusy hops and light malt character. Very drinkable. 7% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 94/Availability: plenty
Evil Twin Soft DK – An imperial stout with hints of molasses, banana and vanilla. Surprisingly very drinkable at 10.4% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 99/Availability: plenty
Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny – A fluffy and precious saison brewed on the beautiful island of Fanø on the west coast of Denmark. 7% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 94/Availability: plenty
Evil Twin Yin – One half of a huge ABV black and tan, the Yin is an imperial stout that can of course be drank on its own. 10% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 99/Availability: plenty
Evil Twin Yang – The other half of this insane black and tan… both the stout and the IPA are each 10% ABV. Not for the faint of heart! 10% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty
Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout – Another 99 rated huge imperial stout. Roasty, rich & decadent. 12% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 99/Availability: plenty
Ranger Creek Small Batch #11 Apricot Sour* – The 2nd sour to come from Ranger Creek’s Small Batch series, we here at the shop got a sneak preview of this apricot sour and really enjoyed it. It has a good amount of tartness to balance out the apricot flavor. The base beer was a Belgian blonde that then spent a year in barrels with souring bacteria before the fresh apricots were added. 8.4% ABV/San Antonio, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday
South Austin Evel Ale – That’s right, a beer from South Austin Brewing using the official Evel Knievel logo & trademark. It’s an American blonde ale, slightly sweet with a subtle hop bite. 6 pack cans. 4.7% ABV /Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Ranger Creek Small Batch #11 Apricot Sour
5 Stones Frederick Burg
Evil Twin Yang
To Ol By Udder Means Milk Stout
GABF Festival winners! As Texas breweries take home medals at the GABF festival in Denver we’ll throw them in the Saturday tasting.