Welcome to Texas: Hanssens Artisanal Sours & JW Lees Barleywine!

We’re very excited to launch two excellent new imports into the Texas market: JW Lees from the UK and Hanssens Artisanal from Belgium. We’re getting multiple varieties from each producer, and both are arriving sometime on Friday. We’re getting a larger assortment and more varieties than anywhere else in the city, so don’t miss out on these awesome special releases.

JW Lees’ history as a brewery dates back to the early 1800s in rural England. The brewery has been making their historic Harvest Ale once annually for decades. They use freshly harvested ingredients in each batch, so there are subtle differences year to year based on these changes. The beer is essentially a British barleywine, which develops ever richer flavors over time. We’ll be selling vintages going back to the early 2000s. Yes, you read that right! We’ll also have multiple vintages aged in various casks – Lagavulin (scotch), Sherry, Port and Calvados casks. All in all, we’ll have over 15 different versions of this incredibly rich & historic barleywine.

Hanssens Artisanal is the last true independent Gueuze blender in the world. Gueuze is essentially lambic that has been spontaneously fermented, then aged in oak barrels, then blended with other vintages to create funky, tart and complex beers. They also referment on various fruits, similar to Jester King, for a fruity kick. There are only a few true gueuzes we get in Texas, and this stuff is just fantastic. Multiple different versions will be available, including the kriek, raspberry, strawberry, and gueuze.

Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm

Thursday, January 28th – TONIGHT!

Daniel from Goliad will be back again sampling out the Goliad Stout and Golden ale.

Friday, January 29th

Audacity from Denton will be here sampling out their three new beers recently released in Austin: Sunset Vienna Lager, Bulletproof pale ale and Cream Soda ale.

Saturday, January 30th

Founders’ Myk O’Connor has shaved his beard for 2016, which means he can now see his chest without looking in the mirror for the first time in 7 years. What does this have to do with our Founders tasting? Nothing! But we will be sampling the newly released Imperial Stout along with the brand new Azacca IPA that just landed. We’ll also sample Dirty Bastard (now in cans!) and release 12 bottles for sale of 2015 KBS (limit 1 per household). First come first serve starting at 6pm.

Tuesday, February 2nd

Taylor Ziebarth, former head brewer at Adelbert’s, left the brewery a number of months ago to formally launch Oddwood Ales, the side project he pioneered while still at Adelbert’s. They’ll be releasing their very popular brett Saison again next week, as well as the brand new Taming the Savage Beast barrel aged sour. Try these brand new beers for free and meet Taylor!

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: De Ranke XX Bitter, Jester King Figlet, Jester King Commercial Suicide, Jester King Wytchmaker, Southern Star Black Crack, Deep Ellum Play Date, Prairie Coffee Okie, Guadalupe Apple Pie TX Honey ale, Guadalupe Scotch ale, Founders Dirty Bastard (now in cans!).

Oasis Lake Monster Double IPA – Lake Monster is a rotating series from Oasis put out once every few months, and the third batch in the series is a double IPA. I’m not able to find much info on it online, but it is 9% ABV and has a strong malt backbone to stand up to the citrus & tropical hop bill. 9% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: extremely limited

Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA – Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face with its very danky hop aroma derived from Simcoe and Citra hops. 11.25% ABV/Auburn, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent

Karbach Three Legged Stout – This inky Imperial Stout pours black into the glass with a brown head. Aroma of roasted grain with a slight hint of licorice. Full bodied with plenty of dark chocolate flavor leads into a long, smooth finish. 9.2% ABV/Houston, TX/Ratebeer 95/Availability: plenty

New Belgium Blackberry Barley Wine – Blackberry Barley Wine channels the elegant spirit of a classic English barley wine, but with a kiss of blackberry to elevate the sip beyond convention. A deep wash of caramelized sugar and toasted bread, courtesy of Caramel Munich malts, adopts subtle laces of floral fruit. 10% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Beer Advocate 81/Availability: decent

Dogfish Head Immort Ale – First brewed at Dogfish’s brewpub in 1995, Immort is fermented with a blend of English and Belgian yeasts, then aged in the big oak tanks at the brewery. Maple syrup from Red Brook Farm (Sam’s family farm in Western Massachusetts), peat-smoked barley and vanilla are added, and the sweet and earthy flavors meld magnificently in the Immort Ale. 11% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty

Founders Azacca IPA – Founders’ first seasonal release of 2016, Azacca hops are a new hop blend out of Yakima Valley, Washington. Named for the Haitian god of agriculture, this hop boasts intense, tropical fruit notes. Azacca IPA includes a touch of caramel malt to provide a sweet backbone to the citrus, mango and orchard fruit flavors. 7% ABV/Grand Rapids, MI/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty

Rogness/Schoppe Collaboration Doppelsticke – Schoppe Private Stock Doppelsticke is a “double secret” version of the classic Altbier style. Brewed to a higher gravity than regular Altbier, it has a rich, malty flavor with a pronounced German hop flavor and bitterness. This is a collaboration with local homebrewer extraordinaire Mark Schoppe, a highly decorated homebrewer who has won numerous medals for his beers. 10% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Free Audacity tasting! Details above.

Saturday

Free Founders tasting! Details above including a KBS release.

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New Jester King in Stock, Prairie Coffee Okie Arriving Tomorrow and Community Barrel Aged Legion is Here!

The Southern Tier $5.99 promo was so popular last weekend we bought some more and will keep it rolling while supplies last. Enjoy!

Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm

Thursday, January 21st – TONIGHT until 7pm

3 Nations Brewing from Farmers Branch is fairly new to the market and we’re welcoming them to Austin with a free tasting happening tonight of their Bull’s English Brown Ale, German Pale Ale and American Wit.

Friday, January 22nd

Revolver has a new rep in town and we’ll be celebrating his arrival with a free tasting event featuring Mother’s Little Fracker stout, Mullet Cutter double IPA, Sidewinder pale ale and Revolver Bock.

Tuesday, January 26th

Mary from St Arnold will be back at the tasting bar, and this time releasing and tasting Bishops Barrel #12! We have a single case, so we’ll be pouring free samples from 2 bottles and selling the other 22 to customers. We’ll release 11 bottles at 6:30pm and 11 bottles at 7pm. If there are more than 11 customers at either time we’ll have a drawing. But at the very least you can try it for free as well as Art Car IPA, Boiler Room Berliner Weisse and Lawnmower.

Wednesday, January 27th

Mark Schoppe is a local multiple award-winning homebrewer who has partnered up with Rogness Brewing a number of times for various recipes. The latest is a pale weizenbock, or a strong wheat beer. Munich and wheat malts create a bready flavor and traditional German ale yeast create the banana & clove esters expected for the style. We’ll be sampling it out and selling whatever quantity we have left at that time!

Thursday, January 28th

Daniel from Goliad will be back again sampling out the Goliad Stout and Golden ale.

Friday, January 29th

Audacity from Denton will be here sampling out their three new beers recently released in Austin: Sunset Vienna Lager, Bulletproof pale ale and Cream Soda ale.

Saturday, January 30th

Founders’ Myk O’Connor has shaved his beard for 2016, which means he can now see his chest without looking in the mirror for the first time in 7 years. What does this have to do with our Founders tasting? Nothing! But we will be sampling and releasing both 2015 and 2014 versions of Imperial Stout along with the brand new Azacca IPA releasing next week. We’ll also sample Dirty Bastard and release 12 bottles for sale of 2015 KBS (limit 1 per household). More details next week.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Zilker Marco IPA (canned fresh yesterday!), Live Oak Hefeweizen, Great Divide 21st Anniversary sour, Goose Island Madame Rose, Real Ale ESB, Alpine Hoppy Birthday (6 packs and singles!), Upslope Oatmeal Stout, Southern Tier Chokat (4 packs and singles!), Stone/Sierra NXS.

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout – Named after the farmer Lugene who uses Odell’s spent grain to feed his cows, this decadent winter seasonal uses lactose milk sugar and chocolate for a rich and creamy finish. 8.5% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Ratebeer 98/Availability: decent

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti – A generous infusion of Denver’s own Pablo’s espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this base beer, combining with vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile. 9.5% ABV/Denver, CO/Ratebeer 100/Availability: plenty

Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball – Technically an American strong ale, this is a beast of a brew at 9.4%. Malty, hoppy, roasty and toasty. 9.4% ABV/Petaluma, CA/Ratebeer 93/Availability: plenty

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout – Locally roasted coffee is paired with a large malt base for a rich & roasty finish. 9.62% ABV/Petaluma, CA/Ratebeer 95/Availability: plenty

Jester King Figlet – Jester King partnered up with worldwide barbeque hero Aaron Franklin for this unique farmhouse brew. They took Johnson City-grown figs and smoked them over the legendary pits at Franklin BBQ before adding them to the brew. Very dry, lightly tart and slightly smoky. 6.5% ABV/Austin, TX/Ratebeer 93/Availability: decent

Jester King Kollaborationsbier – JK partnered up with Austin beer pioneers Live Oak and their supremely awesome Pilz on this collaboration. Live Oak made a batch of wort using their decoction mash process, then shipped that wort over to Jester King so JK’s house mixed yeast culture could ferment the heck out of it. What results is the classic nutty, slightly roasty base malt flavor of Pilz but the very dry and slightly funky finish of most JK beers. 4.2% ABV/Austin, TX/Beer Advocate 86/Availability: decent

Community Barrel Aged Legion – Yup, you read that right. Community’s superb Russian Imperial Stout spent time in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels and was literally bottled this Tuesday. These come in 12 oz 4 packs and will age very well, so if you’re looking for a good beer to cellar to see how a barrel aged beer will change with time, this would be a great candidate to do so. Drink one fresh and age the other 3 to see how they develop with time. 11.6% ABV/Dallas, TX/Ratebeer 99/Availability: plenty with no limit!

Knee Deep Hoptologist – An American Double IPA Ale that packs a punch when it comes to hops. The aroma and flavors will give you citrus and pine with a slight malt sweetness that finishes dry. Cascade, Citra, Columbus, Magnum and Hersbrucker hops were used. 9% ABV/Auburn, CA/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty

Founders Imperial Stout – Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body. It’s also quite hoppy for the style, clocking in at 75 IBUs. Another beer that will cellar quite well. 10.5% ABV/Grand Rapids, MI/Ratebeer 100/Availability: plenty

Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Tangerine zest carries the flavor throughout, accented by bright, floral, tropical flavors and a juicy finish. Brewed with American malts and a blend of Citra and Cascade hops. 6.5% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 96/Availability: decent

Prairie Coffee Okie* – Okie is Prairie’s whisky barrel aged imperial brown ale, and for this special release they added some locally roasted coffee for an additional roasted kick. Intense coffee flavors along with notes of caramel, toffee and vanilla. **Arriving Friday** 13% ABV/Tulsa, OK/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited (1 per person)/*Arriving Friday

Destihl Flanders Red* – The beer geek in me takes issue with something being called a “Flanders red” that is not actually from the Belgian region of Flanders nor is barrel aged as the style implies. Alas, that is what Destihl has decided to call their newest 4 pack can release. It is modeled after a traditional Flanders red, but the flavor is achieved via sour mash or kettle souring as opposed to the extended barrel aging distinctive of the style. If you’ve had Blue Owl’s Van Dayum sour red ale on draft around town, expect something similar here. 6.1% ABV/Bloomington, Illinois/Beer Advocate 83/Availability: decent

Freetail 7th Anniversary Bat Rastard English Strong Ale* – We know very little about this 7th anniversary brew from Freetail besides the fact that it is an English strong ale packaged in 22 oz bombers. Knowing the folks from Freetail we’re sure it will be delicious though! *Arriving Friday

Stone Stochasticity Grainiac – This hoppy, deep amber-hued beer was created to shine a light on rare, unexplored grains seldom used in the brewing world. In addition to barley, wheat, rye and triticale, malted millet and malted buckwheat were added to bring the total unique grain count to nine. The earthy, nutty notes of granola found in this experimental multigrain malt bomb are complemented by the citrusy, floral flavors of four classic American hops. Also dry-hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops. 8.5% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 92/Availability: decent

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Free Revolver tasting! Details above.

Saturday

Uinta Detour Double IPA

5 Stones Heavens to Murgatroid

Community Barrel Aged Legion

Live Oak Hefeweizen

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Southern Tier Tangier 6 Packs Only $5.99 While Supplies Last!

We worked with one of our suppliers to secure a special buy – Southern Tier Tangier session IPA brewed with tangerine peels – at a low price of $5.99 while supplies last. They’ll be arriving around noon this Friday 1/14; we hope to see you this weekend!

Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm

Thursday, January 14th – TONIGHT!

Angi Wilkes from Meridian Hive Meadery will be at our tasting bar tonight sampling out two still and two sparkling meads. Rhapsody is a sparkling blackberry, Discovery is a straight up orange blossom sparkling mead. Wildfire adds cinnamon, hibiscus and peppermint for some spiciness and Blackberry Blossom is a dry still mead. Yum!

Friday, January 15th

Arjit from Flood Distributing will be back, this time exploring the excellent lineup of Jolly Pumpkin farmhouse ales out of Dexter, Michigan. We’ll be tasting Maracaibo Especial, Bam Biere, Bam Noire, Fuego del Otoño, Oro de Calabaza and Noel de Calabaza. Jolly Pumpkin is some of the most underrated beer we get in Texas. If you like farmhouse funk and are a fan of Jester King, this is the tasting for you!

Saturday, January 16th

We’re helping to launch Bull Creek Brewing from Liberty Hill by inviting founder & head brewer Julia to the tasting bar to sample out all 4 newly released beers. See details about those four in the section below.

Wednesday, January 20th

4th Tap Brewing Co-op is the new production brewery in town, and they’re in the same “brewers’ circle” in north central Austin. Laura Christie will be here from the brewery pouring free samples of their three canned releases – Long Walk Grapefruit IPA, Renewal Tamarind Wheat ale and the gluten free Sorghum-based Sun Eater.

Friday, January 22nd

Revolver has a new rep in town and we’ll be celebrating his arrival with a free tasting event featuring Mother’s Little Fracker stout, Mullet Cutter double IPA, Sidewinder pale ale and Revolver Bock.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout Nitro 4 packs, Strange Land Root Beer Porter, Breckenridge Rum Barrel Imperial Vanilla Porter, Stone NXS barrel aged double IPA, Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla, Uinta Port O Call, Sierra Nevada Otra Vez (now in cans!), Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tropical IPA, Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Real Ale Ghost Eye Oatmeal Stout, Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon, Odell Runoff Red IPA, Prairie Bomb (arriving Friday).

Live Oak Hefeweizen – We can’t overstate how exciting it is for Live Oak to finally begin canning their beers. They are an incredibly well respected Austin institution, and Austin drinkers have been waiting almost 20 years to be able to take cans of Live Oak to the pool, the greenbelt, to BBQs, or anywhere that doesn’t have draft beer. 6 packs, plenty in stock. This is the 2nd highest rated Hefeweizen made in the entire world. 5.2% ABV/Austin, TX/Beer Advocate 97/Availability: plenty

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2016 – Sierra’s Bigfoot barley wine has been brewed annually all the way back to 1983. It is pretty much the gold standard of American-style barley wines. High ABV, heavily hopped, and can age for multiple years under the right conditions. 9.6% ABV/Chico, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent

Rogness/Schoppe Private Stock Heller Weizenbock – Mark Schoppe is a local multiple award-winning homebrewer who has partnered up with Rogness Brewing a number of times for various receipes. The latest is a pale weizenbock, or a strong wheat beer. Munich and wheat malts create a bready flavor and traditional German ale yeast create the banana & clove esters expected for the style. Extremely limited production… only 120 bottles were released into the market. 7.3% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings/Availability: very limited

Knee Deep Breaking Bud – Knee Deep is a California-based brewery that is brand new to Texas and this is their first release into the market. Restrained bitterness and alcohol of a classic IPA with newer tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas of Mosaic, Simcoe and CTZI had this last night and absolutely loved it. 6.7% ABV/Auburn, CA/Ratebeer 98/Availability: decent

New Belgium Side Trip – During Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert’s last trip to Belgium, a side trip led him to Brouwerj Van Den Bossche and their Buffalo yeast strain that was then used for this Belgian-style pale ale. Bready, caramel-sweet malt base with a stone fruit hop profile. 6% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Beer Advocate 86/Availability: decent

New Belgium Glütiny – New Belgium is jumping into the gluten free world with their two newest releases, one of which is Glutiny golden ale. This is crafted using malted barley like normal beer but an enzyme is added with a specific function to reduce gluten in the finished product. Pale malt with some oats for body and Nugget, Cascade and Goldings hops. 5.2% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Bull Creek out of Liberty Hill just started bottling and distributing their beers outside the brewery. Longhorn Blonde is an easy drinking golden ale with a slightly biscuity malt flavor and light hoppiness. Iron Balls Imperial Stout has plenty of roasted malts create rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla and dark fruit flavors. Champs Au Sud Saison is dry and slightly spicy saison. And Tommy Raj IPA is an English-style IPA that is a bit more malty than American-style IPAs with a citrusy finish.

903 Brewers out of Sherman, TX officially entered the Austin market this week with their 4 year-round beers. We’ve actually carried them all before but this time around they’ll be readily available as opposed to the sporadic drops we’re received before. What’s available: Crackin’ Up Pecan Porter, Sasquatch Imperial Chocolcate Milk Stout, Milk & Honey Pale Stout and The Chosen One coconut cream ale.

Anchor Spring Saison – It’s nice to see American craft beer pioneers Anchor putting out new seasonals, and their saison uses some California-harvest ingredients for a CA twist on the traditional Belgian style. Lemongrass, lemon peel and ginger spice things up a bit but you can still expect a dry finish. 7.2% ABV/San Francisco, CA/Beer Advocate 82/Availability: limited

Real Ale Brewers Cut ESB – A new recipe, designed specifically to showcase the complex malt character of local maltsters Blacklands, this ESB highlights the unique bready and biscuity notes that this malt is known for. Accented with English crystal malt for color and a wisp of caramel sweetness, the Blacklands base is the star of the show. East Kent Goldings and Bramling Cross hops bring elements of herbal citrus and a spicy fruitiness to balance the malt. 5.2% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Austin Eastciders Hopped Cider – This is the first new can release from Austin Eastciders in quite some time. They took their traditional and vintage apples and paired them with hops for a floral and aromatic finish. 5.1% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings/Availabilty: decent

Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm

Friday

Jolly Pumpkin Tasting (details above)

Saturday

Bull Creek Brewing Tasting & Meet the Brewer

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