Happy New Year from WhichCraft!

Happy New Year everyone! We’re open normal hours today and tonight but we’ll be closed on New Years Day. We’ll have random beers open all day and night long today though, so swing on by to try some random stuff! Also, please plan a safe ride home for yourself tonight if you decide to go out! See y’all in 2016.

Free In-Store Tastings

Wednesday, January 6th

Oskar Blues rep Hodge will be back sampling out the brand new Death By Coconut porter that will be releasing next week. We’ll also sample their new-ish IPA as well as classics Dale’s Pale Ale & Ten Fidy. We’ll also be releasing some singles of 2014 Ten Fidy for purchase.

Thursday, January 7th

Uinta’s Jeremiah York will be at the tasting bar with the new Port of Call Belgian Dark ale aged in port barrels as well as Hop Nosh IPA, Baba black lager and Sea Legs barrel aged baltic porter. Join us!

New Beers This Week

Back in stock:  Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA, Victory Java Cask, Deschutes Black Butte XXVII, Jester King Biere de Miel.

Stone Xocoveza – Last year, Stone collaborated with homebrewer Chris Banker via their annual homebrew competition to create an insanely decadent milk stout. It’s modeled after Mexican hot cocoa and features coffee, cocoa, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. This year it’s in 6 packs (and singles!) and we guarantee it’ll be your cold weather go-to until it’s gone. 8.1% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: plenty but will go fast

Adelbert’s Barrel of Love – The latest in the Vintage Series from Adelbert’s takes their Belgian-style quadrupel and ages it in Treaty Oak whisky barrels. Dark Belgian candi sugar ups the ABV while the Trappist yeast strain adds dark fruit notes of plums, figs, raisins, etc. The barrel brings vanilla, oak and caramel to the party. 11% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availabilty: decent

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea – Ballast Point’s popular imperial porter with vanilla and coffee gets a twist of peppermint for a perfect winter brew. Delicious! 10% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Closed – Happy New Year!

Saturday

Stone Xocoveza

Ska Euphoria Pale Ale

Ridgeway Very Bad Elf

Schmaltz Hanukkah

Merry Christmas from WhichCraft!

Well another year is coming to a close and we can’t be thankful enough for your continued support and patronage this year. We’re lucky to be able to do what we do and share so many wonderful beers with y’all. You each have many places from which to choose where to buy beer but we’re continually grateful for your visits to us. 2016 has big things in store for us, we can’t wait to continue forward on our journey of bringing great beer to the people! From Jody, Melissa, Tim, Candace, Nic D, Nick C, Rob and Kris – Merry Christmas!

We’ll be closed Christmas Day, but regular hours beginning Saturday 12/26. Enjoy the holiday!

Free In-Store Tastings

Wednesday, December 30th

Ranger Creek has a brand new Austin rep, so we’re breaking her in with a tasting of the brand new bourbon barrel Russian Imperial Stout they just released (see below). We’ll also try some standard RC faves. Don’t miss it!

New Beers This Week

Back in stock:  Epic Big Bad Baptist, Ballast Point Calm Before the Storm, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, De Proef Wekken Sour, Anchor Christmas, Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Stone Coffee Milk Stout, Brooklyn Black Ops, Jester King Noble King (fresh batch!).

Rahr & Sons Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer – One of the most popular annual releases from Rahr & Sons, they take a rich & malty winter warmer and age it for 3-4 months in bourbon barrels. Oaky, vanilla, rich & slightly sweet. 9% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/Ratebeer 98/Availability: very limited

Rahr & Sons 11th Anniversary – Rahr celebrated their 11th anniversary this year and crowned the achievement by making a huge Russian imperial stout brewed with coconut. The coffee and chocolate flavors mesh well with the coconut; a great beer to drink for the season! 9% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited

Ranger Creek Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout – This huge Russian Imperial Stout clocks in at 13.3% ABV and was aged in a combination of first-fill Wild Turkey bourbon and Ranger Creek .36 bourbon barrels. The nose features toffee, raisin, and sweet, boozy bourbon notes. Roasted malt, oak, and vanilla dominate the taste with more nuanced flavors of caramel and cherry developing as it warms. 13.3% ABV/San Antonio, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Zilker Coffee Milk Stout – The boys from Zilker are back with their third canned beer. Not bad for being less than a year old! This one is a 5.9% coffee milk stout inspired by Café Cubano. Lactose milk sugar adds the sweetness and Zilker used freshly roasted beans from fellow east-siders Flat Track Coffee Roasters. In crushable 6 pack format. Canned on Tuesday! 5.9% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: a sh*t ton

No Label Perpetual Peace – Last year, No Label’s Perpetual Peace bourbon barrel aged wee heavy was a huge hit, and it’s back with a fresh batch now. Plenty of  bourbon flavor comes through and sits well with the rich caramel and toffee flavors of the wee heavy. 9.5% ABV/Katy, TX/Ratebeer 93/Availability: limited

Ballast Point Homework Series Robust Porter – Homebrewers, take note. The first in  Ballast Point’s Homework Series just hit Texas. For those that don’t (yet) homebrew, maybe this will encourage you to start! Each bottle has a neck hanger that lays out the exact ingredients you’d need to brew the beer. That way you can take it to your local homebrew show (shout out to SoCo Homebrew!) and they’ll help you source the ingredients to make your own batch. Dark black with ruby red highlights, this Robust Porter is rich and complex. A blend of UK malts, chocolate rye and Belgian candi sugar provide a sweet chocolate, yet rich earthy quality. Malt forward with an aroma full of roasted malts, toffee and dark fruit. 7.8% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 93/Availability: plenty

Real Ale Ghost Eye – Real Ale partnered up with local metal band The Sword for the second time this fall to brew a batch of beer. Ghost Eye is the name of a song off of their recent record. It’s an oatmeal stout which is silky smooth with nice hints of coffee and chocolate. At 6.5% ABV it’s not as thick and heavy as some stouts out there, but certainly goes down easy. 6.5% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Freetail Despertardo en Manzanilla – The first batch of Witicus double rye wit at their S Presa brewpub was aged in a combination of our old pub barrels that produced Ananke and Woodicus. What came out was a lightly tart but slightly fruity ale. 5.3% ABV/San Antonio, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Closed – Merry Christmas!

Saturday

Zilker Coffee Milk Stout

Hops & Grain Greenhouse Batch #37

Ballast Point Robust Porter Homework Series

Victory Winter Cheers

Holiday Mega Sale NOW Through Sunday! Stock Up & Save.

We’re having a huge mega sale to celebrate the holidays and as a customer appreciation event thanking you all for your continued loyalty this year. The promo is simple: Spend $50 save 10%, spend $100 save 15% and spend $200 and save 20%! Treat yourself, buy some gifts, go crazy! Now through end of business Sunday 12/20.

Starting this Saturday we’ll be having our 12 Days of Christmas (Tastings). That’s right, we have a free tasting every single day between Saturday the 12th and Christmas eve. Every day is a great one to visit your favorite bottle shop! See the full list below.

We’re happy to offer Victory Brewing’s winter seasonal Winter Cheers 6 packs for only $6.99 while supplies last! Winter Cheers is made with wheat and barley malt and citra hops for a citrusy kick.

Multiple people have asked about when and how we’ll be releasing Hops & Grain Volumes of Oak. We’ll be throwing a free tasting, release and ugly Christmas sweater party on Tuesday 12/22. All details are here.

12 Days of Christmas In-Store Tastings!

Thursday, December 17th – TONIGHT!

BLACK CRACK. Southern Star’s bourbon barrel Buried Hatchet stout is going to be in single 16 oz cans this year. It is extremely limited and will be first come first serve starting at 6pm. We’ll crack open a can for free samples while supplies last in addition to the others we’ll be sampling – Buried Hatchet, Pine Belt pale ale and Bombshell Blonde.

Friday, December 18th

Seth from Wasatch & Squatters will be back pouring the fantastic winter weather Outer Darkness – an imperial stout made with molasses for a rich & decadent finish. We’ll also have Hop Rising double IPA and First One Down winter warmer for tasting.

Saturday, December 19th

Ex-employee and all around cool dude Arjit Mahapatra will be back at the tasting bar with the latest Mikkeller and To Ol releases. These two breweries make some outstanding beers; don’t miss this tasting!

Sunday, December 20th – 2 to 4pm

Celebrate the last day of our mega holiday sale with a free tasting 2 to 4pm! We’ll be opening up a few new releases that hit this week.

Monday, December 21st

Real Ale collaborated for the second time with the band The Sword and this time they made an oatmeal stout called Ghost Eye. You can watch the making of the beer here. Holly from Real Ale will be back sampling it out in addition to Blackberry Saison and Phoenixx which was just released today!

Tuesday, December 22nd

Our epic Hops & Grain ugly sweater Christmas party, free tasting and Volumes of Oak release night. All details are here.

Wednesday, December 23rd

Kerrie Crosby from Rahr & Sons will be back with a special pre-Christmas tasting! Join us.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Stone Coffee Milk Stout, 6 packs of Save the World Patersbier, Witbier and Belgian pale ale, Real Ale Phoenixx.

Southern Star Black Crack – Southern Star ages their normally outstanding Buried Hatchet stout in bourbon barrels to create a boozy, rich winter treat. Comes in single 16 oz cans! Extremely limited and WILL BE RELEASED STARTING AT 6PM TONIGHT. 10% ABV/Conroe, TX/No ratings yet on this batch/Availability: extremely limited

Brooklyn Black Ops – Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bottles, Brooklyn Black Ops is a robust stout aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes. 10.5% ABV/Brooklyn, NY/Ratebeer 100/Availability: decent but will go fast.

Victory Java Cask – A collaboration with a Philadelphia’s based restaurant chain, this one is a coffee stout aged in bourbon barrels. Rich aromas of coffee precede an inviting blend of sweet bourbon, oak and a hint of alcohol. A complex fusion of dark chocolate, roasted barley and vanilla is rounded out by robust coffee and a warming heat in this unique and very drinkable stout. 14.3% ABV/Downington, PA/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Breckenridge Anniversary Rum Barrel Imperial Porter – The recipe starts with an imperial version of Breck’s popular Vanilla Porter, resulting in more prominent flavors and stronger alcohol. It is then aged in Barbados rum barrels to which fresh, wet, vanilla beans from the Veracruz region of Mexico were added. This exotic beer is full of flavor with notes of rum, raisin, and an oaky vanilla finish. 9.8% ABV/Breckenridge, CO/No ratings yet/Availability: extremely limited

Deep Ellum Play Date – A twist on their standard Dallas Blonde as the base that is then fermented to dryness with Medjool Dates. The earthy tea presence of the dates plays well with acidity to create an ale that is truly free-spirited and unique in character. First 12 customers get a free matching glass!  5.4% ABV/Dallas, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/

Stone Sorry Not Sorry – The latest in Stone’s collaboration series is with Bale Breaker Brewing out of Yakima Valley, WA and 4 Hands Brewing from St Louis. They used a couple of experimental hop varieties along with Simcoe, Warrior and Mosaic for a citrusy, melony, stone-fruit-forward IPA. Pureed peaches upped the fruit factor and play well with the hops. 9.3% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 98/Availbility: limited

Revolver Mullet Cutter – Brewed with a ridiculous amount of Weyermann Abbey malt for a slight honey sweetness, this beer is finished with three kettle hops: Summit, East Kent Goldings and Brambling Cross and is dry hopped with Citra. Revolver’s first seasonal release in a bomber! 9% ABV/Granbury, TX/Ratebeer 93/Availability: limited

Clown Shoes Evil Crawfish – The tale goes a bar-goer walked into a bar and tried ordering Clown Shoes’ Eagle Claw Fist beer by asking for an “evil crawfish.” Clown Shoes of course had to make a beer by that name, so here you have an imperial red IPA dry hopped with citra, simcoe, mosaic and nelson sauvin. 9% ABV/Ipswich, MA/Beer Advocate 86/Availability: limited

Meridian Hive Rhapsody – The newest release from local meadsters Meridian Hive is a sessionable honey and blackberry wine made with orange blossom honey. With just enough sweetness to achieve a harmonious balance with tannin and acidity, this nectar pairs well with cheese. Semi-sweet and sparkling. 7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Texas Keeper Cider Noir – If you like cider and you haven’t tried any of the special seasonal releases from hyper-local cider makers TX Keeper you’re just missing out. The Cider Noir is a single varietal cider (Northern Spy apples) to which dark Belgian candi sugar was added to up the ABV before being fermented out. Also orange peel and pecans were added for more flavor kick. 10.1% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Free Wasatch tasting!

Saturday

Free Mikkeler and To Ol tasting!