It’s Bourbon County Week! Pick it up on Saturday During Our Cellar Release Event. Happy Thanksgiving. :)

We’ll be celebrating Small Business Saturday this Saturday at 12 noon when we’ll be releasing our allocation of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. We’ll also be pulling a bunch of random stuff out of our cellar in the store, so get a chance to buy some great beers that have been released in previous months/years! To include (but not limited to): Firestone Walker, Prairie, Mikkeller, Odell, Founders, Boulevard, Deschutes, Dogfish Head & many others. Don’t miss it!

The polls are now open for this year’s Austin Beer Guide Best Of Readers’ poll, so we encourage you to cast your votes for all of your favorite things from the Austin beer world this year. Voting takes place here. The issue release party will be Thursday, December 17th at ABGB and is open to the public! We would certainly be honored to received your vote for the Best Bottle Shop category. 🙂

If you pre-ordered an advent calendar it is ready for pickup! Stop by any time during our normal business hours.

We’d just like to take this Thanksgiving opportunity to thank you, our customers, for supporting small/local business and shopping with us. We thoroughly love everything about this industry and we’re eternally grateful & thankful for being able to continue to serve you! We will be closed during Thanksgiving but back open on Friday normal hours. Enjoy Turkey Day!

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Tuesday, December 1st 

Dave Zane from Lazy Magnolia in Mississippi will be back at the tasting bar sampling out four beers from our friends to the east: Bramblin Man blackberry berliner weisse, “10” Anniversary quadrupel, Lazy Saison and Jefferson Sweet Potato Stout.

Tuesday, December 1st 

Abita’s Hunter Roberts will be back pouring free samples of the new Bad Mother Shucker Oyster Stout as well as Christmas Ale & Pecan Harvest.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2014 (750mL), Deschutes Fresh Squeezed.

New holiday gift packs in stock: Robinson’s Trooper (2 beers, glass & t-shirt), Ommegang (750 mLs of Hennepin, Three Philosophers and State of Indulgence stout plus a glass).

Odell Piña Agria – A sour pineapple beer aged for 9 months with pineapple, lactobacillus, & brettanomyces. Bright tropical aromas of fruit and melon with a subtle sweet malt and pineapple backdrop. 6.5% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Ratebeer 95/Availability: decent

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Jaune barrels) – The always outstanding BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a biere de garde that ages in oak barrels. For the Grand Cru annual release, Jerome the head brewer then chooses very limited and special casks of a spirit or wine to then age further. This time it was Vin Jaune, which is essentially a French dry sherry wine. 11% ABV/Switzerland/No ratings for this vintage/Availability: very limited

Lone Pint Po-Cha-N-Quar-Hip III Braggot – We’ve never had many braggots available for purchase here at WhichCraft, but in the last 2 weeks two different ones from TX breweries have been released. They are ale-honey wine hybrids dating back to the middle ages or even later. Bright orange-yellow color with a hoppy apricot and honey scented white head; robust wildflower honey and apricot flavor, followed by clean hop bitterness, finishing with light herbally sweetness. 6% ABV/Magnolia, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Independence Ten Barleywine – Recently Indy celebrated their eleventh anniversary, but due to the recent brewery expansion they decided to keep their 11th Anniversary ale as just a taproom-only draft release. So they dug back in time and brewed last year’s popular anniversary beer to release again. It’s a huge, hoppy American-style barleywine that comes in singles and 4 packs and drinks almost like a triple IPA. 9.8% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings/Availability: decent

Upslope Christmas – A lightly spiced English old ale that is caramel colored and malty sweet. Second generation to the traditional Winter Warmer, allspice, orange peel and ginger round out the piney aroma of crushed juniper berries. 8.2% ABV/Boulder, CO/Beer Advocate 84/Availability: plenty

Delirium Noel – The annual holiday Belgian-style release from Delirium is a big rich quadrupel with some holiday spices added. A Christmas classic. 10% ABV/Melle, Belgium/Ratebeer 95/Availability: decent

Circle Devil’s Envy – Last year Circle’s Devil’s Envy was quite popular so we’re happy to see it come back this year. They take their Envy amber ale and age it in bourbon barrels for a familiar whisky bite. At only 4.8% this is like whisky soda. 4.8% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Alpine Duet – Alpine’s original 100 rated IPA that put them on the map in the hoppy beer world. A blend of Simcoe and Amarillo make for hoppy goodness. 7% ABV/Alpine, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: plenty

Hops & Grain Greenhouse #35 – It’s baaaaaack. New Zealand Wakatu and Green Bullet hops. 7.7% ABV/Austin, TX/Availability: plehty

Prairie Christmas Bomb – Prairie’s famed stout Bomb gets the Christmas spice treatment with some cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla and other spices that pair up well with the coffee, cocoa and chiles. Rich and awesome. No limit!! 11% ABV/Tulsa, OK/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty, no limit

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Alpine Duet

Lone Pint Braggot

Circle Devil’s Envy

Rogness Thorhildur

Saturday

Deep Ellum Oak Cliff Coffee Ale

La Sacorrada

Hops & Grain Greenhouse #35

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

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Austin Beer Guide Readers’ Poll is Now Open! Also Last Chance for Advent Calendars & More New Holiday Beers.

The polls are now open for this year’s Austin Beer Guide Best Of Readers’ poll, so we encourage you to cast your votes for all of your favorite things from the Austin beer world this year. Voting takes place here. The issue release party will be Thursday, December 17th at ABGB and is open to the public! We would certainly be honored to received your vote for the Best Bottle Shop category. 🙂

We’re in the home stretch of Advent Calendars sales. We only have 10 Tier 1 boxes left for sale and 9 Tier 2s. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to choose a GOLDEN BOX! Full details of the program and how to purchase are here.

 

Mark your calendars for Small Business Saturday (Nov 28th), when we’ll be releasing our allocation of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout at 12 noon. We’ll also be pulling a bunch of random stuff out of our cellar in the store, so get a chance to buy some great beers that have been released in previous months/years! More details in next week’s email.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, November 19th – TONIGHT!

Our originally scheduled tasting this evening got moved so we decided to just open up some random new stuff for the fun of it! Uinta Cockeyed Cooper bourbon barrel barleywine, St Arnold Sailing Santa, Four Corners La Lechuza and Alpine Hoppy Birthday.

Friday, November 20th

Kelly Meyer, owner & founder of New Braunfels Brewing Company, will be joining us for a very special Sangre de Shiva vertical tasting. There have been three blends using Shiva’s Tears weizenbock and aging it in various red wine barrels. We’ll be sampling each of the three blends and Kelly will also be pairing each with a different cheese. Don’t miss this event!

Saturday, November 21st

Andrew from 5 Stones Brewing is back with their fall seasonals – Sleepy Hollow, a pumpkin ale with spices, as well as the rum barrel aged version of the same beer. We’ll also be sampling Melo Rainbow (saison with cantaloupe & rainbow peppercorn) and Lightning Bug (black IPA with citrus zest).

Tuesday, November 24th

John Sikes from Independence Brewing will be back at the bar sampling the brand new Hop Brownie (details below) as well as some other Indy faves: Reaper Madness black IPA, Indy Ten Barleywine and Power & Light.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Jester King Mad Meg, Jester King Wytchmaker, Deep Ellum Oak Cliff Coffee Ale.

Community Ascension Coffee Porter – Community Brewing partnered with Ascension coffee house in their neighborhood to roast and brew this Baltic porter. Cold-brewed coffee was infused into this rich & roasty porter that is a multiple beer medal winner, including a bronze at 2014 GABF. 6.9% ABV/Dallas, TX/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty

Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale – The latest in Stone’s collaboration series is 24 Carrot Golden ale, made to taste like carrot cake. Stone holds an annual homebrew competition and this year’s winner, Juli Goldenberg, got to brew her winning recipe on the big system at Stone. Carrots, raisins and cinnamon were added to this Belgian-style golden strong. 8.5% ABV/Escondido, CA/Beer Advocate 83/Availability: limited

Karbach Yule Shoot Your Eye Out – Karbach’s holiday seasonal and ode to the movie A Christmas Story is your typical winter warmer with Christmas spices added. Ginger, cocoa nibs, orange peel, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. This year in 4 pack cans! 8% ABV/Houston, TX/Beer Advocate 85/Availability: limited/

North Coast Grand Cru – What was originally North Coast’s 20th anniversary ale, this is brewed exclusively with pilsner malt and agave syrup to help boost the ABV before resting in bourbon barrels. Belgian yeast brings some slightly fruity esters to the party resulting in a rich and decadent brew worthy of being called the excellent North Coast Brewery’s grand cru. 12.9% ABV/Fort Bragg, CA/Ratebeer 93/Availability: very limited

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa – Sailing Santa is a blend of Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA with spices added. The result is a pleasantly hoppy strong dark ale with spices. For the 2015 version, SA used a brand new hop called Snap, which is actually a blend of hops, spices and botanicals. The new hop adds a ginger snap aroma and a complexity that makes Sailing Santa taste like the holidays. 7.2% ABV/Houston, TX/No ratings yet on this batch/Availability: limited

Four Corners La Lechuza S’more Stout – Four Corners attempted to make a beer reminiscent of everyone’s favorite campfire snack. A creamy stout base on which cinnamon and semi-sweet chocolate sit. 7.6% ABV/Dallas, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Independence Hop Brownie – Indy’s latest seasonal 4 pack release is a very hoppy brown ale brewed with chocolate malt, dry cocoa powder and hazelnut. Apollo, Nugget and Columbus give a very piney hop kick. 5.6% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Deschutes Black Butte XVII – Deschutes’ 27th Anniversary Imperial Porter was brewed with cocoa nibs, pomegranate molasses and select spices, blended with apricot puree, and then aged in bourbon barrels. The result is a truly exquisite ale with bold chocolate character, inspired flavors of fruit, and just a pinch of spice. 11% ABV/Bend, OR/Ratebeer 99/Availability: extremely limited

Strangeland Dewi Sant Braggot – Braggots blend two of the world’s oldest drinks – beer and mead. Mead is essentially fermented honey wine, and braggots either were blended malt/honey wort prior to fermentation, or honey added to fully fermented beer at the time of purchase in a pub, for example. Strangeland resurrected this old style with their own twist using Texas honey. 13.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Karbach FUN Series #12 Trigave – The twelfth beer in the FUN series is a Belgian-style tripel aged in Dulce Vida Extra Añejo barrels. Extremely limited and will go fast. 10% ABV/Houston, TX/No ratings yet

Alpine Pure Hoppiness – A West Coast Double IPA So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. In 6 packs. 8% ABV/Alpine, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: extremely limited

Avery Raja Double IPA – The little brother of Maharaja, also brazenly bitter with a fierce hop bite. 4 pack cans. 8% ABV/Boulder, CO/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited

Lagunitas Brown Shugga – Originally a failed attempt at a 1997 batch of Old GnarlyWine barley wine that ended up being one of Lagunitas’ most popular brews. Brown cane sugar is added to boost the ABV and give a rich sweetness. 9.8% ABV/Petaluma, CA/Ratebeer 96/Availability: limited

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout – Brooklyn uses three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. It is brewed every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years. 10% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 100/Availability: decent

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

New Braunfels Brewing Company Sangre de Shive vertical tasting! Details above.

Saturday

5 Stones free tasting! Details above.

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Austin Beer Guide Readers’ Poll is Now Open! Also Advent Calendar Pre-Sales Continue & a Whole Bunch of New Beers This Week.

The polls are now open for this year’s Austin Beer Guide Best Of Readers’ poll, so we encourage you to cast your votes for all of your favorite things from the Austin beer world this year. Voting takes place here. The issue release party will be Thursday, December 17th at ABGB and is open to the public! We would certainly be honored to received your vote for the Best Bottle Shop category. 🙂

No plans this weekend? Join us for the last Wurstfest bus tour! Tickets can be purchased here. We’ll be visiting both Guadalupe & New Braunfels Brewing Companies prior to heading to Wurstfest.

 

Still haven’t pre-ordered your Advent Calendar yet? Don’t miss out! We’re only making a limited amount of these and the first beer is supposed to be opened December 1st!  We’re also reviving the supremely awesome GOLDEN BOX concept. Full details of the program and how to pre-order are here.

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, November 12th – TONIGHT!

Joe Dotson from Original Sin will be back at the tasting bar dishing out free samples of their original apple cider as well as the excellent cherry and elderberry versions. Cider-riffic!

Friday, November 13th 

Shannon Brewing from Keller TX is launching next week and we’re celebrating by having a free tasting with all 4 of their new releases that arrive next week! Irish Red, Blonde, IPA and Chocolate Stout.

Saturday, November 14th – 3 to 5 pm

Amy from Goose Island will be here tasting the whole lineup of sour sisters minus Madame Rose for an epic fruited sour tasting. Lolita, Gillian, Juliet &  Halia will all be open for free samples as well as available for purchase. We’ll also have special pricing on 4 packs of Sofie & Matilda. If you like fruited sours this is not a tasting to miss!

Saturday, November 14th – 6 to 8 pm

Megan from Freetail Brewing will be back in the house pouring free samples of the two brand new La Muerta releases – both imperial stouts, and one aged partially in Elijah Craig barrels! **While Supplies Last… These are very limited and will NOT be sold prior to the event**

Tuesday, November 17th

The always affable Blake Murrah from Southern Star Brewing will be back to sample out the brand new Honesty of Reason IPA just released a couple weeks ago. We had to reschedule this tasting due the fact that it was originally scheduled 2 weeks ago Friday when it flooded! Blake couldn’t make it in from Wimberley. We’ll also be tasting Bombshell Blonde and Buried Hatchet.

Wednesday, November 18th

The entertaining Irishman Daniel Dillon will be at the tasting bar pouring free samples of the 3 Goliad Brewing mainstays plus the brand new seasonal Roustabout dry stout.

Friday, November 20th

Kelly Meyer, owner & founder of New Braunfels Brewing Company, will be joining us for a very special Sangre de Shiva vertical tasting. There have been three blends taking Shiva’s Tears weizenbock and aging it in various red wine barrels. We’ll be sampling each of the three blends and Kelly will also be pairing each with a different cheese. Don’t miss this event!

Saturday, November 21st

Andrew from 5 Stones Brewing is back with their fall seasonals – Sleepy Hollow, a pumpkin ale with spices, as well as the rum barrel aged version of the same beer. We’ll also be sampling Melo Rainbow (saison with cantaloupe & rainbow peppercorn) and Lightning Bug (black IPA with citrus zest).

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Ballast Point Victory at Sea 6 packs (arriving Friday), Avery Raspberry Sour, Avery Twenty Two, Alpine Hoppy Birthday, Rodenbach Caractere Rouge.

512 Whisky Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter – We always get so excited every time we get to sell 512’s beers, as they don’t normally bottle or can they ever-popular lineup. In this installment they brewed a double strength batch and then aged it for months in whisky barrels to make for a big, roasty, boozy delight. 9.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings on this batch/Availability: very limited and will go fast

Freetail La Muerta* – One of Freetail’s most sought after annual release is an imperial stout released to commemorate Dia de los Muertos.  A big, lush imperial stout, La Muerta is full of roast, smoke and chocolate flavors from an array of specialty malts that go into this big black ale. 9.1% ABV/San Antonio, TX/Ratebeer 98/Availability: extremely limited & will not be released prior to Saturday night’s tasting event.

Freetail La Muerta Barrel Aged* – The exact same beer as above except it got the bourbon barrel treatment courtesy of 12 year Elijah Craig barrels. 11.4% ABV/San Antonio, TX/No ratings yet on this batch//Availability: extremely limited & will not be released prior to Saturday night’s tasting event.

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad* – Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore. 11.8% ABV/Kansas City, MO/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Goliad Roustabout Stout* – Goliad is back with their first packaged seasonal release, a dry American stout. Roasty coffee & cocoa flavors but with a very dry finish. 7% ABV/Goliad, TX/No ratings yet/*Arriving Friday

Brooklyn Defender IPA – An annual collaboration done with the New York Comic Con every year, this 4th year’s batch is a bright, juicy, West Coast-style IPA that takes on a reddish twist from a dash of roasted malt. Bold, fruity, hop bitterness and an intensely resinous nose lead the way into a dry finish that blazes the trail for your next sip. 6.7% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 88/Availability: plenty

Odell Friek – Created by combining framboises (raspberries) with kriek lambic style ales. Odell took ales fermented with wild yeast and tart cherries and moved them into oak barrels to age and sour—taking on the cherry flavors. Then, immediately prior to the final blending, the brewers throw in handpicked framboises from Schroyer Family Farms in Fort Collins. Making for sweet and tart flavors that mingle on the tongue with a sparkling dry finish. 6.9% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Ratebeer 99/Availability: very limited

Stone Double Bastard in the Rye – Rye whiskey barrel aging melds midpalate with Double Bastard Ale’s colossal hop and malt presence, adding dimension to the beer’s already deep caramel-like flavors. 12.7% ABV/Escondido, CA/Beer Advocate 91/Availability: very limited

Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Porter (bourbon barrel aged) – Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Porter starts as a big, chocolatey ale which then undergoes months of aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Brace yourself for complex notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, berries, and dried fruit, coming to intensify you. 11.8% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 97/Availability: very limited

Jester King Black Metal – English Imperial Stout meets the Franco-Belgian Farmhouse tradition in this dry, drinkable beer. Pitch black in color with notes of chocolate, roasted and black malts coupled with earthy, peppery and floral farmhouse esters. This batch was fermented a slightly higher temperature than the other most recent batches which resulted in not quite as much farmhouse character. Just a fantastic batch. 9.3% ABV/Austin, TX/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty

No Label Elda M Milk Stout* – Elda M is a milk stout brewed with 10 different malts. Rich flavors of roasted and chocolate malts with a hint of coffee. This stout is creamy and sweet but not overly filling. 6.89% ABV/Katy, TX/Ratebeer 86/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

We just got another huge shipment of new Evil Twin and Stillwater beers, so naturally we’ve made brand new mixed packs of each. 5 packs of Evil Twin and 6 packs of Stillwater… try every single new beer!

From Evil Twin we received:

Evil Twin Ashtray Heart (smokey imperial stout, 8.9% ABV), Freudian Slip (barley wine, 10.3% ABV), Lil’ B (imperial porter, 11.5% ABV), Molotov Lite (imperial IPA, 8.5% ABV), Molotov Cocktail (triple IPA, 13% ABV).

From Stillwater we received:

Why Can’t IBU (Belgian IPA, 5.7% ABV), Stateside Saison (saison, 6.8% ABV), Of Love & Regret (saison with the addition of flowers/herbs, 7% ABV), As Follows (Belgian strong ale, 9% ABV), Cellar Door (witbier, 6.6% ABV), Autumnal (biere de garde, 7.2% ABV), Projector (imperial IPA, 9% ABV).

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Shannon Brewing release event! Details above.

Saturday 3-5 pm

 Awesome Goose Island sour tasting!

Saturday 6-8 pm

 Awesome Freetail La Muerta release & tasting!

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