Grab Those Wurstfest Bus Trip Tickets, It’s Next Weekend! Also Prairie Vanilla Noir & Backwoods Bastard Are Here.

 Wurstfest 2015 road trip is ON! Details and tickets for Saturday, Nov 7th are here and Saturday the 14th are here. It’s $60 including all taxes and fees, though you need to cover Wurstfest tickets and brewery tasting fees (TABC rules). On the 7th we’ll be visiting Middleton & New Braunfels Brewing Companies prior to heading to the festival, and on the 14th it’ll be Guadalupe & New Braunfels. This trip was a blast last year; please come with us!

WhichCraft Advent Calendar pre-sales are now available! For those that bought last year, you know how fun these boxes are. Pickup will begin in mid-November and we’re reviving the supremely awesome GOLDEN BOX concept. Full details of the program and how to pre-order are here.

Austin Beer Week is still here! Only a few days are left, though there are still plenty of awesome events happening… see here for the whole calendar.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, October 29th – TONIGHT!

Upslope is back with their very popular Pumpkin Ale in 16oz cans in addition to the year round IPA, Imperial IPA (19.2 oz can!) and Brown ale.

Friday, October 30th

Blake Murrah from Southern Star is always a treat and we love hosting him at the tasting bar. This time around they are releasing their brand new IPA Honesty of Reason! We’ll also be sampling out Buried Hatched stout, Bombshell blonde and Walloon farmhouse ale.

Tuesday, November 3rd

It has been a looooong time since we’ve had an Adelbert’s tasting in the store so we’re inviting Sarah from the brewery in to sample out the new Whimsical Series Hibiscus Saison in addition to Tripel Treat (rum barrel aged Tripel B… details below) and a few other from the year-round lineup. It will be awesome!

Wednesday, November 4th

BLUE OWL IS HERE. REPEAT. BLUE OWL IS HERE. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. IF IT IS, WE’LL NEVER FORGIVE JEFF & SUZY. Beer should be arriving on Tuesday; taste it for free Wednesday.

Friday, November 6th

Revolver rep Johnathon is back in the house releasing the brand new Mother’s Little Fracker stout seasonal. It will arrive next Thursday, so taste it shortly after it releases! Also sampling Blood & Honey and Ironhead IPA.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Silly Scotch Port Barrel, Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin, plenty more Alpine Nelson rye IPA.

Prairie Flare – Prairie always has awesome label art, and this one is an ode to the movie Office Space, see here. It’s a gose with (slightly tart & salty wheat beer) with orange and coriander added. 500mL format. 5.4% ABV/Tulsa, OK/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Prairie Vanilla Noir – Vanilla Noir is Prairie Noir (whiskey barrel aged imperial stout) aged on organic, fair trade vanilla beans. The vanilla flavor compliments the whiskey barrel aging process and adds a delicious layer to the beer. 12.5% ABV/Tulsa, OK/Ratebeer 96/Availability: plenty but will go fast

Adelbert’s Triple Treat – Adelbert’s Tripel B Belgian-style tripel matures in the same barrels Treaty Oak Distillery uses to make their Barrel Reserve rum. Beginning with a surprisingly fruity nose, this ale exquisitely balances notes of warming rum, soft coconut and buttery oak. 11.7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Hops & Greenhouse #34 (yes, I meant to do that) – 100% Nugget hops. Whoaaaaa.

Founders Backwoods Bastard – Founders normally outstanding scotch ale Dirty Bastard gets the bourbon barrel treatment in this perfect 100 rated beer. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. 10.2% ABV/Grand Rapids, MI/Ratebeer 100/Availability: It makes me happy to say this… we have plenty.


Sierra Nevada Celebration 
– Sierra can’t start brewing Celebration until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way. First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops. 6.8% ABV/Chico, CA/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty


St. Bernardus Christmas 
– St.Bernardus Christmas Ale is a dark seasonal brewed in the classic ‘Quadrupel’ style of Belgium’s best abbey ales. It offers a spicy, mint-like flavor profile exuding the tastes of warming alcohol, fermented molasses, apricots, licorice and marzipan that are highligted by the perfect balance of brewing sugars. 10% ABV/Watou, Belgium/Ratebeer 99/Availability: limited

Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal – Sierra’s deliciously dark Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Barrel aging is a strange science; it mellows some characteristics of the original beer while intensifying others. Narwhal’s aggressive roastiness has calmed, but the rich, chocolate-like malt backbone is brought to the fore. Black as midnight, this intense stout is complex with notes of cocoa and espresso balanced with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut from the oak casks. 12.9% ABV/Chico, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: very limited

Southern Star Honesty of Reason – It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a new beer from Southern Star but this one is worth the wait. It’s a fairly dank IPA that uses Simcoe, Amarillo & Centennial. Hard bitterness but still with a lemon peel/zest character and medium bodied. Very good and quite limited. 6.8% ABV/Conroe, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

5 Stones Sleepy Hollow – Ale handcrafted with mesquite smoked pumpkins with traditional pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg & cinnamon. 7.7% ABV/Cibolo, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

5 Stones Barrel Aged Sleepy Hollow – The same beer as above but aged in Caribbean rum barrels. Yum! 10.4% ABV/Cibolo, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Strangeland Old North Road – Strangeland keeps up their streak of cool & limited releases with an English Strong Ale brewed with vanilla, rum and oak. Winter is coming, so drink like it! 8.9% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Clown Shoes Flight of the Angry Beast – The 4th release in the “Beast” series, this ridiculous barrel aged stout is blended 1/3 Undead Party Crasher aged in bourbon barrels, 1/3 Blaecorn Unidragon aged in scotch barrels and 1/3 Billionaire aged in scotch barrels. Insanity. 10.75% ABV/Ipswich, MA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Silly Scotch Bourbon Barrel – The rich & delicious scotch ale from Brasserie Silly out of Silly, Belgium gets the Jack Daniels bourbon barrel treatment. The previous barrel versions of this same beer (cognac and port barrels respectively) were both awesome, and we’re sure this one will be too. 11% ABV/Silly, Belgium/No ratings/Availability: limited

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Southern Star’s release of the brand new Honesty of Reason IPA! Plus a few others; details above.

Saturday

Stone Enjoy By 10-31-15

Strangeland Old North Road

Alpine Nelson

Sierra Nevada Narwhal

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Epic Pumpkinator Release Tonight! Plus Advent Calendar Pre-Sales, Wurstfest Tix & Alpine Beers Launch.

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator is here! See here for details: we won’t be selling any bottles prior to 6pm tonight.

While supplies last, we’re offering 6 pack bottles of their Victory Festbier for only $5.99! Limit 1 per customer so we can spread the love around. This easy drinking Märzen lager is perfect for this fake fall weather and whatever you have planned this weekend. Normal retail price was $11.50.

Wurstfest 2015 road trip is ON! Details and tickets for Saturday, Nov 7th are here and Saturday the 14th are here. It’s $60 including all taxes and fees, though you need to cover Wurstfest tickets and brewery tasting fees (TABC rules). On the 7th we’ll be visiting Middleton & New Braunfels Brewing Companies prior to heading to the festival, and on the 14th it’ll be Guadalupe & New Braunfels. This trip was a blast last year; please come with us!

WhichCraft Advent Calendar pre-sales are now available! For those that bought last year, you know how fun these boxes are. Pickup will begin in mid-November and we’re reviving the supremely awesome GOLDEN BOX concept. Full details of the program and how to pre-order are here.

Austin Beer Week kicks off this Friday and goes for 10 days. There are a TON of awesome events happening… see here for the whole calendar.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Wednesday, October 21st – TONIGHT! 

The most epic Pumpkinator event of all time. Mary from Saint Arnold will be here pouring free samples of various things and we’re doing an insane cellar release of four years of Pumpkinator as well as tons of Bishops Barrel and Divine Reserve. See here for details.

Thursday, October 22nd

Jeremiah from Uinta will be back in the house dishing out free samples of Detour Double IPA, Hop Nosh, Punk’n and the outstanding black quad aged in bourbon barrels Labyrinth.

Friday, October 23rd

4th Tap Brewing in North Central Austin is the newest kid on the block, formally opening their doors just a few short weeks ago. Their first three beers in cans released last week, and we’re excited to host their founders John & Chris in the tasting bar to sample out all three.

Monday, October 26th

Adam from Circle Brewing will be celebrating Austin Beer Week in style with a huge beers & cheese pairing… for FREE! We’ll be sampling literally everything from Circle as well as cheese pairings Adam worked out with our friends at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop in Hyde Park. Absolutely free.

Tuesday, October 27th

Jason Hirsch from South Austin will be back at the tasting bar dishing out the new Evel Ale blonde ale in addition to the other year-round faves from the local brewery.

Monday, October 29th

Brandon Wubs from Upslope is back with their very popular Pumpkin Ale in 16oz cans in addition to the year round IPA, Imperial IPA (19.2 oz can!) and Brown ale.

Friday, October 30th

Blake Murrah from Southern Star is always a treat and we love hosting him at the tasting bar. This time around they are releasing their brand new IPA Honesty of Reason! We’ll also be sampling out Buried Hatched stout & Bombshell blonde as well as one other.

New Beers This Week

Alaskan Coffee Brown* – A collaboration with local coffee roaster Heritage Coffee in Juneau, the coffee is quite present in this nutty & roasty brown ale. English ales are typically malty-sweet, often with a rich, caramel or toffee-like character. 7% ABV/Juneau, AK/Ratebeer 85/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Thursday


Stone Double Bastard* 
– Stone’s even more aggressive cousin of Arrogant Bastard is Double Bastard, a gigantically hoppy & malty American strong ale. Caramel sweetness backed up by Stone’s stereotypically hop-forward finish. 11% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Thursday


Green Flash Segal Ranch Session IPA* – Segal Ranch Session IPA features Tomahawk, Centennial and Cascade hops that were hand-selected by Green Flash’s Brewmaster exclusively from Segal Ranch in Yakima, Washington. The verdant pungency and citrus aromatics from Tomahawk hops serve as the perfect base layer to allow the flavors of bright floral and pine sap from Centennial hops to emerge on the palate. 4.5% ABV/San Diego, CA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Thursday


Sierra Nevada Narwhal
* – Sierra’s ever popular imperial stout, Narwhal features incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come. 10.2% ABV/Chico, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Thursday

Breckenridge 471 Double IPA Bourbon Barrel Aged – Breckenridge’s special releases never disappoint, and this time around they took their 471 Double IPA and aged it in Buffalo Trace & Wild Turkey barrels. 9.2% ABV/Denver, CO/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited/*Arriving Thursday

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – Pumpkinator is brewed with a combination of pale two row, caramel and black malts, Cascade and Liberty hops for a background hop flavor and pumpkin for a rich mouthfeel. Molasses, brown sugar and spices make it feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies. WILL ONLY BE SOLD STARTING AT 6PM ON WEDNESDAY 10/21 UNTIL SOLD OUT. See details about our tasting tonight on the release of previous cellared years. 10% ABV/Houston, TX/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty but will go fast

Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery Belgian IPA – The Heavy Machinery series is back! This time with Belgian IPA. Belgian yeast’s fruity esters sit well with the tropical fruit notes from the hops ABW chose to use. You’d never guess this beer comes in at 9.5% given how easily it goes down. 9.5% ABV/Austin, TX/Ratebeer 92/Availability: plenty

Alpine Hoppy Birthday* – Green Flash partnered with Alpine Brewing within the past year, and now we all benefit from the partnership by Alpine’s extremely highly rated and sought after IPAs finally making it out of Southern California. Hoppy Birthday is Alpine’s anniversary session IPA with a blend of 6 hops. 5.25% ABV/Alpine, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent/*Arriving Thursday

Alpine Nelson* – A Golden Rye IPA featuring an outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 7% ABV/Alpine, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: decent/*Arriving Thursday

Founders Breakfast Stout – IT’S BACK! Jody’s favorite winter seasonal is simply the best nightcap you can hope for. Double chocolate, coffee, oatmeal stout. Just perfection. 8.3% ABV/Grand Rapids, MI/Ratebeer 100/Availability: plenty

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

John & Chris from 4th Tap in the house! See details above.

Saturday

Austin Beerworks Belgian IPA

Founders Double Trouble

5 Stones Aloha Piña

Great Divide 20th Anniversary ale

Ska Nefarious Ten Pin

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$5.99 Victory Festbier 6-packs! Advent Calendar Pre-Sales Now Available! Wurstfest Bus Tour Tickets On Sale Now!

We’ve worked with our friends at Victory Brewing again for another screaming deal. While supplies last, we’re offering 6 pack bottles of their Victory Festbier for only $5.99! Limit 1 per customer so we can spread the love around. This easy drinking Märzen lager is perfect for this fake fall weather and whatever you have planned this weekend. Normal retail price was $11.50.

Wurstfest 2015 road trip is ON! Details and tickets for Saturday, Nov 7th are here and Saturday the 14th are here. It’s $60 including all taxes and fees, though you need to cover Wurstfest tickets and brewery tasting fees (TABC rules). On the 7th we’ll be visiting Middleton & New Braunfels Brewing Companies prior to heading to the festival, and on the 14th it’ll be Guadalupe & New Braunfels. This trip was a blast last year; please come with us!

WhichCraft Advent Calendar pre-sales are now available! For those that bought last year, you know how fun these boxes are. Pickup will begin in mid-November and we’re reviving the supremely awesome GOLDEN BOX concept. Full details of the program and how to pre-order are here.

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator releases next Wednesday 10/21. We’re having an insane release event; see here for details.

New local brewing 4th Tap is already launching their cans in the market! See below for details; we’ll be receiving our shipment tomorrow (Friday, 10/16).

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, October 15th – TONIGHT!

Hunter Roberts from Abita will be be sampling Strawgator (a blend of Strawberry lager & Andygator doppelbock), Wrought Iron IPA, Pecan Harvest, Bad Mothershucker Oyster Stout and Bourbon Street Imperial Stout.

Friday, October 16th – 11am – 2pm Lunchtime Tasting!

The always smiley William Bearden from Hops & Grain will be at the tasting bar releasing the “new” Alteration – H&G’s new fall seasonal! You may recognize this roasty & nutty altbier but they’ve since moved it to the seasonal lineup. We’ll also be tasting A Pale Mosaic and Porter Culture

Friday, October 16th – 6-8pm

Deep Ellum has some stellar releases we’ll be sampling out for our evening tasting. The Hop Seeker (see below) is a wet hop IPA, the Four Swords quad got the cabernet barrel treatment, and the year-round Deep Ellum IPA and Double Brown Stout will also be featured.

Tuesday, October 20th 

Justin Sutherland from Avery will be here tasting some Avery faves: Liliko’i Kepolo (passion fruit witbier), Hog Heaven barleywine, Avery IPA and Maharaja Double IPA. We’ll also be cellar releasing some great barrel aged stuff from previous months/years! There are simply too many to list.

Wednesday, October 21st 

The most epic Pumpkinator event of all time. Mary from Saint Arnold will be here pouring free samples of various things and we’re doing an insane cellar release of four years of Pumpkinator as well as tons of Bishops Barrel and Divine Reserve. See here for details.

Thursday, October 22nd

Jeremiah from Uinta will be back in the house dishing out free samples of Detour Double IPA, Hop Nosh, Punk’n and the outstanding black quad aged in bourbon barrels Labyrinth.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: 5 Stones Aloha Piña (arriving Friday), Oasis Meta Modern, Hops & Grain A Pale Mosaic.

4th Tap Long Walk Grapefruit IPA* – 4th Tap is already coming to the market with cans, and their grapefruit IPA is exactly that – an intensely fruity and slightly bitter IPA made with real Texas grapefruit. A classic citrusy hop profile. 7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday

4th Tap Renewal Tamarind Wheat Ale* – A wheat ale with a strong tart streak from the inclusion of Tamarind. Similar to a sour, but with a cleaner tart finish. 5.8% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday

4th Tap Sun Eater Sorghum Ale* – Made with all native Texas ingredients, this ale leaves out both hops and barley making it a true gruit beer. Flavored with rosemary and lemon peel and naturally 100% gluten-free. 4.8% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday

Rahr & Sons Drahthaar Double IPA – Hops dominate, but a sweet maltiness is there just enough to compliment and balance. Extra sugar is added to increase the punch while lightening the body so the hops can shine. Warriar, Cascade & Simcoe hops take center stage. 9.2% ABV/Fort Woth, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Rahr & Sons Tenderfoot Barleywine – A hybrid American Barleywine using an English Ale Yeast. While west coast hops appear to dominate at first taste, it eventually gives way to the sweet maltiness that warms you during the winter. Warrior, Cascade, Amarillo hops. 11.5% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Saint Arnold Art Car IPA – St Arnold’s new year-round Art Car IPA is an American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest.
The nose is a blend of apricot and tropical fruit and mango. The taste starts with a big bitter blood orange that morphs into mangos and sweet tropical fruits. 7.1% ABV/Houston, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Deschutes Jubelale – Don’t look now! The first holiday beer is hitting the shelf, even though it’s literally 96 degrees outside right now. At least Jubelable is one of the better holiday beers. A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. 6.7% ABV/Bend, OR/Ratebeer 95/Availability: decent

Deep Ellum Cabernet Barrel Aged 4 Swords Quad – Deep Ellum took their medal-winning Belgian Quad and aged it for over a year in Cabernet barrels from Calais Winery. Will go fast! 9.5% ABV/Dallas, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited

Deep Ellum Hop Seeker – Deep Ellum’s first quarterly rotating IPA release is Hop Seeker, a 100% wet hopped IPA. Centennial fresh hops in the boil were followed by Equinox dry hop. Equinox is a newer variety that has a pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics, including lemon, lime and papaya. 5.6% ABV/Dallas, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Victory Vital IPA –Vital IPA is Victory’s newest IPA release in 6 pack cans, and is packed full of fresh, crisp and fruity notes driven by whole flower American hops and robust German malts. Simcoe, Citra & Chinook lend aromas of pine, tropical fruits and stone fruits. 6.5% ABV/Downington, PA/Ratebeer 85/Availability: plenty

Evil Twin Hipster Ale – An American pale ale created as an ode to hipster neighborhoods all around the world. Light, refreshing, resiny & piney hops but with a grapefruit bitterness at the end. 5.5% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 89/Availability: plenty

Stone Vertical Epic – Stone is celebrating their upcoming 20th anniversary by reaching back into the recipe archives and bringing out a bunch of fan favorites from past years. This release is 08-08-08, packed with floral, spicy essence from Belgian yeast plus plenty of hoppy New World character, it’s Stone’s West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers. 8.9% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 97/Availability: decent

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

We’ll be hosting Deep Ellum brewing out of Dallas. See details above!

Saturday, 6-8 pm

Victory Festbier – only $5.99!

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

Boulevard Chocolate

Upslope Pumpkin

Meridian Hive Huajilla

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