Three Brand New Breweries in Texas! Also Hops & Grain A Pale Mosaic Releases Monday.

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

Friday

Ranger Creek Small Batch #11 Apricot Sour

5 Stones Frederick Burg

Stillwater Surround

Evil Twin Yang

To Ol By Udder Means Milk Stout

Saturday

GABF Festival winners! As Texas breweries take home medals at the GABF festival in Denver we’ll throw them in the Saturday tasting.

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Our First Flight Kits Are Now Available! Also Brooklyn Cellar Release Tasting & Tons of New Beers.

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.

Sahara’s Blog #7 is all beer recipes. She built a custom 6 pack that comes with recipes for each beer. Check it out here!

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Tuesday, September 22nd

Aaron Anderson from Victory Brewing will be in the house sampling out the rebranded Headwaters sort-of pale ale that’s now in cans. It’s also the season for their Festbier so we’ll be trying that along with the Moonglow Weizenbock seasonal and awesome imperial stout Storm King.

Wednesday, September 23rd

Brooklyn Brewery is back with their two fall releases – Oktoberfest and Pumpkin ale. We also always love to sample the Local series, so we’ll try their Belgian golden ale Local 1 as well. We’ll keep the Belgian theme up with a sampling of K is for Kriek – a Belgian ale aged in bourbon barrels with cherries added. Also don’t miss our CELLAR RELEASE! First come first serve, 1 bottle per person. Limited amounts of Cuvee Noire, Black Ops and Hand & Seal.

Thursday, September 24th

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.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Sixpoint Sweet Action, Sixpoint Resin, Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

Founders reDANKulous – This Imperial Red IPA utilizes Chinook, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops to create an aroma that is truly… well… dank! A walloping 90 IBUs, with roasted barley, and caramalt for a hint of sweetness. 9.5% ABV/Grand Rapids, MI/99 Ratebeer Score/Availability: Plenty

Karbach Krunkin Punkin – Munich and Crystal malts serve as the base for this beer, brewed with baked sugar pumpkins. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are added at the end of the brew, and it is fermented with Belgian yeast for an extra hint of spice. 7.9% ABV/Houston, TX/92 Ratebeer Score/Availability: Limited seasonal release

Infamous Pumpkin Massacre – A seasonal release from infamous, Massacre is a pumpkin pecan porter with pumpkin pie spices. 7.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No rating/Limited seasonal release

Grapevine 10 Gauge – Named after Bonnie and Clyde’s weapon of choice (the couple often sought refuge in Grapevine, TX), this beer features a spicy Belgian yeast strain, combined with dank American hops. 7.2% ABV/Grapevine, TX/No rating/Availability: Plenty

Lazy Magnolia Bramblin’ Man – The newest release in Lazy Magnolia’s Back Porch Series, this medium-bodied Bavarian Wheat Ale is blended with blackberries and a touch of sourness. 5.1% ABV/Kiln, MS/No rating/Availability: Limited seasonal release

Dogfish Head Punkin – One of the most sought after annual pumpkin releases, Punkin comes in 4 packs and will surely go fast this year, so make sure to grab some while you can. It’s a full bodied brown ale with hints of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices. 7% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 87/Availability: plenty but will go fast.

Hops & Grain Greenhouse #30* – This time with Centennial and Cascade! *Arriving Friday

Strangeland The Headless Gentleman – A bottled conditioned Imperial Bourbon Pumpkin Porter. 8.9% ABV/Austin, TX/No Rating/ Availability: Limited Seasonal Release

Victory Headwater – A hoppy Pale Ale with pilsner and vienna malts accomapnied by citra and simcoe hops. 5.2 ABV/Downington, PA/91 Ratebeer Score/Availability: Plenty

Rahr & Sons The Fort Worth – A session ale from Fort Worth, proceeds from the sales go to family members of The Fort Worth combat ship. 4.5% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/No Rating/Availability: Extremely Limited

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday – All Pumpkin!

Strangeland Headless Gentleman

Infamous Pumpkin Massacre

Central City Patrick O’ Pumpkin

Karbach Krunkin Punkin

Saturday

Hops & Grain Greenhouse #30

Bayou Teche Passione

Elevation 7437

One other thing we’ll open up

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It’s Lakewood Temptress Weekend! On Sale for $9.99 Through Monday, When We Release French Quarter Temptress.

It’s Lakewood Temptress weekend! We’re celebrating the release of the very limited French Quarter Temptress next Monday 9/14 by having a megasale on 4 packs of Lakewood’s Temptress Imperial Milk Stout. 4 packs are normally $13.50, but starting tonight through Monday you can buy them (no limit) at $9.99 each. Perfect timing for our cooler weather to hit Austin. See below for details about FQT and the release timing.

Sahara’s Blog #7 is hot off the press and is all beer recipes. She built a custom 6 pack that comes with recipes for each beer. Check it out here!

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, September 10th – TONIGHT!

Texas Keeper Cider is releasing their brand new fall cider this week – a blend of three American Heirloom apples. We’ll have the crew from TX Keeper here to sample you on that as well as their fantastic No 1 and Cider Weizen.

Friday, September 11th

Andrew from 5 Stones will be at the tasting bar pouring free samples of all the latest releases from your favorite adjunct-brewery down in Cibolo, TX. We’ll be sampling Pompous Monkey, Spanish Monk, Fracking Blackstrap and I’ll Be Your Basilberry. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, September 12th

Ex-employee and generally wonderful person Arjit Mahapatra will be combining two of Flood Distribution’s meads with two Jolly Pumpkin beers in our Saturday tasting. We’ll be sampling the sparkling meads from Craft Meadery – Meadjito and Ninja Dragon, as well as Luciernaga and Fuego del Otoño from Jolly Pumpkin.

Tuesday, September 15th

New Epic Brewing rep Davis Howe will be pouring samples of last year’s cellared Imperial Pumpkin Porter in addition to Elder Brett Saison, Hop Syndrome hoppy lager & Escape to Colorado IPA.

Wednesday, September 16th

Revoler’s new rep Jonathon Seaborn will be sampling the most recent new bottle release – an American IPA called Ironhead. We’ll also sample Bock and Blood & Honey for good measure.

Thursday, September 17th

Blake Murrah from Southern Star is an all-around nice guy, so come say hi while he samples out Walloon farmhouse ale, Buried Hatchet stout, Pinebelt pale ale and Red Cockaded imperial red ale.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock:  Martin House Salty Lady, Martin House Pretzel Stout, Independence Oklahoma Sucks, Real Ale Three Lions, Stone Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard, Er Boqueron Mediterranean Sea Salt ale, Green Flash Natura Morta Plum, New Braunfels Mexican Cannon.

Lakewood French Quarter Temptress* – We were lucky enough to secure a couple cases of the very highly anticipated French Quarter Temptress. Lakewood took spent bourbon barrels from their BBT release and aged green coffee beans for four months in them. They were then roasted and added to their 9% imperial milk stout along with some chicory for a very rich & unique combo. NOTE: Release date for these is Monday 9/14, beginning when we open at 11am. Under NO circumstances will we sell anyone a bottle prior to then, per the brewery’s request. 9.1% ABV/Garland, TX/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited and will go fast/*Will not sell before 11am Monday, Sept 14th.

Dogfish Head Kvasir – Part of Dogfish’s ancient ales series, The recipe for Kvasir was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500‐year‐old Danish drinking vessel. Analysis showed ingredients to be wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale, yarrow, honey and birch syrup. 10% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 88/Availability: plenty

Smuttlabs Smoked Peach Short Weisse – Smuttynose out of New Hampshire has a special series called Smuttlabs, and this is the first release Texas has received. It uses a touch of smoked malt and peaches on a base of a Berliner weisse. 6.9% ABV/Hampton, NH/Ratebeer 84/Availability: limited

Texas Keeper Heirloom – A brand new release from TX Keeper that just walked through our door, this is a blend of three heirloom apples: Rhode Island Greening is the 2nd oldest apple in the US, dating from around 1650. Rome Beauty and Ben Davis were also added before the blend being aged in lightly toasted French oak barrels. Dry, fruity, complex and delicious. Taste it tonight! 7.9% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

903 Brewers from Sherman, TX is a family-run affair that only distributes to Austin very sporadically. We were lucky enough to get a shipment this week when owner/brewer Jeremy Roberts was dropping off his beer at Live Oak for transportation to the GABF festival in Denver at the end of the month. We got cans of Citra on Top, their brown sugar and citra hopped IPA, Trot Line saison, Land of Milk & Honey, a lactose and TX honey ale, and Sasquatch, an imperial milk stout. Try all 4 in a pre-made mixed 4 pack!

Circle Hop Overboard Session IPA – You may recognize the name, though the packaging and hop bill has changed in the latest release of Hop Overboard. It’s now a session IPA, and the body has been lightened a bit. It still comes in 6 pack bottles; try the new recipe! 4.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Elevation 7437 Double IPA – Aromatic notes of tangerine, pine, grapefruit and mango. Chinook, Galena, Simcoe, Citra & Mosiac create a very citrusy and balanced double IPA. Now in 4 packs and singles! 8.37% ABV/Poncha Springs, CO/Ratebeer 93/Availability: plenty

Elevation Third Base – Also in 4 packs, this Belgian tripel has hints of black pepper, lemon and orange peel. 9% ABV/Poncha Springs, CO/Beer Advocate 84/Availability: plenty

Elevation Apis IV – Again, now in 4 packs, Apis IV is a Belgian-style quadrupel, which pours dark brown with hues of orange and red, a thick creamy off-white head, and traditional Belgian lacing. The beer has notes of bread, dark plums, figs, molasses, and honey, balanced by light earthy and floral hop aromas. 10.7% ABV/Poncha Springs, CO/Ratebeer 94/Availability: plenty

No Label Nightmare on 1st Street – No Label’s annual pumpkin release is an imperial pumpkin ale. Aromas of allspice, cinnamon, and other spices. 9.27% ABV/Katy, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

5 Stones I’ll Be Your Basilberry – The latest 5 Stones release is an ale made with fresh blackberries and basil. Fruity but balanced, a great end-of-the-summer brew. 6.5% ABV/Cibolo, TX/Availability: plenty

Schmaltz Bock Bock –Shmaltz Bock Bock has spent months in a blend of bourbon barrels, including Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, and Buffalo Trace. It gains its toasty, rich malt body and nutty caramel flavor from distinctive European malts, such as Vienna, Munich and Crystal, to make a traditional bock base. 9.2% ABV/Clifton Park, NY/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty

Schmaltz Death of a Contract Brewer Black IPA – Schmaltz’s fall seasonal is a highly rated black IPA that’s a good mixture of roasted malt flavor and piney hop presence. Comes in 4 packs and singles. 7% ABV/Clifton Park, NY/Ratebeer 96/Availability: plenty

Central City Patrick o’ Pumpkin – Central City out of Vancouver BC makes some very good hoppy beers, but this is their first barrel aged release we’ve received down here in Texas. It’s a full-bodied pumpkin ale aged in bourbon barrels for a spicy & rich finish. 8% ABV/Vancouver, Canada/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

5 Stones Brewing in the house! Details above.

Saturday

Arjit from Flood Distribution in the house! Arjit’s Mead & Greet

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