A Whole Slew of Free Tastings! Plus Figlet, Stone Xocoveza Charred and Pineapple Sculpin Releasing Saturday.

Texas Independence Day is March 2nd so we’re celebrating with a whole week of Texas-only brewery tastings. Starting next Tues 3/1 you can sip some suds from your favorite lone star state breweries. Details below.

Free In-Store Tastings

Thursday, February 25th – TONIGHT!

Joe Dotson from Original Sin will be back in the house sampling out his three ciders: Original, Elderberry and Cherry. Get yo cider on.

Friday, February 26th

Rebekah from Cycler’s Brewing will be at the tasting bar with her two beers to sample: 55-11 Imperial Red Ale and Domestique Witbier.

Saturday, February 27th – 12 to 3pm

Free Ballast Point tasting with Nick Whitley. Pouring samples Pineapple Sculpin, Peppermint Victory at Sea, Calico Amber and Homework #6 Robust Porter. Release of Mango Even Keel (extremely limited), Pineapple Sculpin and Watermelon Dorado (extremely limited)!

Saturday, February 27th – 6 to 8pm

Jeremiah York from Uinta Brewing will be back with Baba black lager, Hop Nosh IPA, Detour Double IPA and Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barleywine.

Tuesday, March 1st 

Big Bend Brewing will be back in the house pouring free samples of Terlingua Gold, #22 Porter, Hefeweizen & La Frontera IPA.

Wednesday, March 2nd

Infamous Brewing tasting with Bugsy’s amber, IPA, Double Tap double IPA and Sweep the Leg Peanut Butter Porter.

Wednesday, March 3rd

Shannon from Cedar Creek will be back with free samples of Lawn Ranger cream ale, Elliot’s Phone Home pale ale, Dankasauras IPA and Gone A Rye double rye IPA.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Jester King Figlet, Jester King Das Wunderkind, Nebraska Melange a Trois.

Stone Xocoveza Charred – If you had the standard version of Xocoveza this winter you know how incredible of a spiced stout it is. Based on Mexican hot cocoa, peppers, cocoa, coffee and spices combine for a great dessert beer. This version got the bourbon barrel treatment which gave an already complex beer even more complexity and flavor intensity, layering additional caramel-like and vanilla flavors on top of those already present. Aromas of rich coffee and dark chocolate are followed by nutmeg and cinnamon a lush, heavy mouthfeel laden with charred oak and toffee engulfs the palate on the first sip. 10% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: limited with no limit

Knee Deep Tanilla – This Vanilla Bean Porter is made with Grade A Tahitian vanilla beans to compliment the robust style porter. Tanilla carries a smooth chocolate flavor complemented by the delicate intensity of vanilla beans, and a rich aroma of coffee. 6.3% ABV/Auburn, CA/Ratebeer 84/Availability: plenty

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s – This beer is intended to be a sensory assault for hop lovers. At 8.0% ABV, four hop additions during the brew process, and a final wallop of excessive Columbus dry-hopping, this beer is not for hop haters. 8% ABV/Longmont, CO/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent

Meridian Hive Broken Crown Mead – Smoky chipotle peppers battle fiercely with raspberries for the aroma, while intense fruit fortifies the orange blossom honey character. Moderate pepper heat flanks sweetness without dominating. 12.2% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Odell The Meddler Oud Bruin – The Meddler oud bruin is comprised of several generations of brown ales, barrel aged and blended. Wild yeasts and Lactobacillus mix with the brew for over 18 months creating complexity and depth of flavor. Hints of malty sweet chocolate and vanilla toy with a hauntingly sour finish. 8.6% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Ratebeer 98/Availability: very limited

Ballast Point Black Marlin – A hoppy twist on the classic English Porter. Black Marlin is crafted from a unique blend of roasted and crystallized malts that give it a smooth, chocolaty, caramel profile. A healthy dose of American hops tweak the traditional style a bit. 6% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 95/Availability: plenty

Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin* – Pineapple Sculpin IPA came from one of many small-batch cask experiments to enhance the flavor of BP’s signature IPA. With so many tropical hop notes in Sculpin, the pineapple plays well with the natural hop flavors. Notes of apricot, mango and lemon. 7% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty/*Releasing Saturday at noon during our free Ballast Point tasting 12-3pm.

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday 6-9pm

Free Cycler’s Tasting! Details above.


Ballast Point Brewing free tasting with Nick! 12-3pm.

Uinta Brewing free tasting with Jeremiah! 6-8pm.


WhichCraft and Audio Zeal Present Head Can Beer Pairing! Plus Hans’ Pils on Mega Special.

 While supplies last, get your Real Ale Hans’ Pils fix! 6 packs of Hans’ are $5.99 and 12 packs are $11.99 until they’re gone. Yes, we realize that if you buy two 6 packs you will technically save a penny. But ya know what? That’s just the way it goes when we are essentially selling Hans at our cost, so get over it! 🙂 Not to mention, it’s easier to carry a boxed 12 pack than two 6 packs. So really what you’re doing is paying a penny for a convenient carrying box! OK I’m done. On to the good stuff…

Free In-Store Tastings

Thursday, February 18th – TONIGHT!

Kelly “the chancellor of New Braunfels” Meyer will be back at the tasting bar with free samples of his lineup of Bauernhaus slightly sour beers. All use New Braunfels Brewing Company’s base wheat beers that get an injection of the house sour yeast culture at the time of bottling. Blondine uses hefeweizen as a base, Schwartz uses dunkelweizen and Uber starts as a weizenbock. We’ll also sample the latest batch of his red wine barrel aged Weizenbock Sangre de Shiva! Just released this week.

Friday, February 19th

Talk about a unique pairing event! We partnered up with our neighbors at Audio Zeal for our first Head Can Beer Pairing event. Basically, as part of our normal Friday evening tasting, we’ll be selecting beers that will pair up with various songs that Audio Zeal owner Ragan will be playing on three different headphone systems. Beer and music, as life should be.

Saturday, February 20th – 1 to 6pm 

We partnered up with IBM on the beta of a digital beer pairing system that we’ll be piloting this Saturday and collecting data. Between the hours of 1-6pm, we’ll be having a free tasting of a number of different beers and asking customers to fill out a short iPad survey. Stop by any time and help us collect some pairing data while tasting some beers!

Saturday, February 20th – 6 to 8pm

Brand new Jolly Pumpkin/North Peak Brewing rep Daniel will have his first sampling event in his new role this Saturday from 6-8pm. We’ll sample all 5 of the new North Peak beers just released this week (details below).

Thursday, February 25th

Joe Dotson from Original Sin will be back in the house sampling out his three ciders: Original (dry), Elderberry and Cherry. Get yo cider on.

Friday, February 26th

Rebekah from Cycler’s Brewing will be at the tasting bar with her two beers to sample: 55-11 Imperial Red Ale and Domestique Witbier.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock:  Jester King Simple Means, New Braunfels Schwartz, Argus Perennial, Argus Tepache, Karbach Whiskey Barrel Quad, Green Flash Cosmic Ristretto, Avery Vanilla Bean Stout, Real Ale Café de Olla, Great Divide Titan IPA, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb (very limited; arriving Friday), Nebraska Hop Anomaly (Arriving Friday), Nebraska Melange a Trois (Arriving Friday).

Jolly Pumpkin/Evil Twin Innovator Man – It’s very tough to find much information about this one online, but it is definitely a collaboration between Jolly Pumpkin and Evil Twin and it is definitely a tart farmhouse ale brewed with strawberries. 6.8% ABV/Dexter, MI/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Boulevard Chocolate w/ Raspberries* – Boulevard paired up with a local chocolatier in Kansas City to make a raspberry-filled version of their popular Chocolate Ale. While some chocolate beers can be unbalanced and too sweet, this one gives great hints of chocolate flavor without the residual sweetness. We’re excited to try the raspberry version. 9.1% ABV/Kansas City, MO/Ratebeer 83/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

Boulevard Imperial Stout X w/ Coconut* – Using the base beer for Imperial Stout as a starting point, the brewers suspended just over two pounds per barrel of raw and toasted coconut flakes in porous bags in each fermentation tank. Finished, cooled beer was then transferred onto the flakes and allowed to rest for 48 hours to infuse the aroma and flavor of the coconut into the base beer. The resulting beer is a marriage of huge, round, chocolate and caramel notes from Imperial Stout, with smooth layers of sweet, toasted coconut notes. 11% ABV/Kansas City, MO/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty/*arriving Friday

Deep Ellum Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout – Each February Deep Ellum takes their double brown stout and adds real Red Tart & Dark Sweet Cherries at the beginning of fermentation and cacoa nibs at the end of conditioning. Rich, dark and delicious. 8% ABV/Dallas, TX/Ratebeer 88/Availability: plenty

903 Brewers Balcones Barrel Aged Sasquatch – This one took home a silver medal in the aged beer category at last year’s GABF. 903 took their Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout and aged it in Baby Blue bourbon barrels prior to bottling. 22 oz bomber format. 10.5% ABV/Sherman, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Argus Stellar – Argus’ newest release in 750mL format is a single variety of apple called Stellar known for its green apple and pear-like qualities. Lightly sparkling, this fruit forward cider has been aged in a combination of French oak casks over the last year. 6.7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Infamous Bugsy’s – It has been quite a while since Infamous released a new canned beer, so we’re happy they put the easy drinking Bugsy’s amber ale in 6 pack cans for the first time. 5.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Ommegang Shadow Brewer – Pours jet black with a thick tan head. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate lead – giving way to rich dark fruit notes and hints of spicy piney hops. Layers of malt, roast and chocolate cone through in the front pallet with moderate hop bitterness. The finish is thick and chewy, with oatmeal creaminess and pleasant lingering roast. 9.7% ABV/Cooperstown, NY/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Ommegang Rosetta – A brand new year-round release from Ommegang, this is stylistically a Belgian-inspired Kriek or cherry beer. Their head brewer’s recipe called for a perfectly balanced blend of old (aged on cherries at least three years) and young Flemish brown ale (or oud bruin) with a lively and fruity kriek, or cherry beer. The result is a complex yet refreshing mahogany-brown brew that is an intriguing interplay of tartness and sweetness. 5.6% ABV/Cooperstown, NY/Ratebeer 97/Availability: decent

Adelbert’s Contemplating Waterloo – This one was hugely popular last year so we’re excited Adelbert’s is releasing another batch. I believe this was the first barrel release they did in partnership with Treaty Oak Distilling. They took their Philosophizer saison and aged it in Treaty Oak’s Waterloo Antique Gin barrels. The result is a complex array of lavender, juniper and oak from the barrel balanced with the Philosophizer to create a smooth, warming ale. 9.1% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent but will go fast

Independence White Rabbit – Inspired by traditional Belgian witbiers, White Rabbit is delicately spiced with coriander and orange zest creating a pleasant fruity aroma. It’s medium-bodied with a slightly fruity, refreshing tang and a clean, zesty finish. 5.9% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA – The American Imperial IPA is most often characterized by a gold or copper color, citrus hop character, big malt body and lingering bitterness. The addition of jalapeño peppers lends itself to furthering this intensity, while effortlessly pairing with the style’s hop profile. 8.5% ABV/Juneau, AK/Ratebeer 91/Availability: plenty

Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura – A Belgian inspired stout that is dark, rich but slightly funky, brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops. A very complex beer, dark and acidic, but also roasty and sour. 8.1% ABV/Dexter, MI/Ratebeer 95/Availability: decent

Jolly Pumpkin/Stillwater Pinchadiscos – Another in the gypsy collaboration series, Jolly Pumpkin teamed up with the Stillwater Artisanal crew this time around to brew a tart and dry saison with lime, rose and lemongrass. Aroma of botanicals, lime zest, Brettanomyces and tea. 6.5% ABV/Dexter, MI/Ratebeer 96/Availability: plenty

Uinta Stompin’ Grounds Coffee Stout – The latest beer from Uinta’s Crooked Line series, this one is a coffee stout that was made with Salt Lake City’s Publik Coffee Roasters. The base beer is a Foreign/Export stout, so the coffee will play nicely with the roasted malt base. 8.1% ABV/Salt Lake City, UT/Ratebeer 93/Availability: plenty

Knee Deep Citra Pale Ale –A single hop, west coast-style American Pale Ale with intense hop flavor and aromas. It’s a citrus bomb that has grapefruit and passion fruit aromas with citrus lime flavors. 7% ABV/Auburn, CA/Ratebeer 96/Availability: plenty

Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker – Even though 2016 is only 6 weeks old, savvy craft enthusiasts will have already noticed a trend: fruit addition beers. Green Flash’s first seasonal release of the year uses a passion fruit tea and juice on a base Belgian witbier. It’s fruity, spicy and very easy drinking. 5.5% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 89/Availability: decent

Jolly Pumpkin owner/founder Ron Jeffries has been operating a second brewery for quite some time, called North Peak Brewing. They technically share the same facility as Jolly Pumpkin but brew very straightforward styles – greatly contrasted with the barrel aged, funky, sour Jolly Pumpkin releases. We have plenty of their five launch beers, and we’re offering $11 mixed 5 packs so you can try all 5 new beers. They are: Diabolical IPA, Siren Amber, Vicious Wheat IPA, Wandered Session IPA and Majestic Wheat.

Real Ale Helles – Real Ale’s spring seasonal uses German pilsner malt to give subtle malt sweetness while Hallertau Tradition hops provide the enticing aroma of this classic style. A dry finish, with moderate bitterness, makes this a true session beer. 4.5% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Cascade Blueberry* – What better way to celebrate Jester King’s Colour Five release this weekend than a brand new blueberry barrel aged sour from Cascade?? This sour ale blends wheat & blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for 6 months, then additionally aged 4 months on fresh blueberries. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak & a dusty floral note. Rich earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base note of blueberry skins. 7.33% ABV/Portland, OR/Ratebeer 99/Availability: very limited/*arriving Friday

Cascade Cranberry* – Produced once a year, it’s barrel aged seven months with 200 pounds of cranberries, hibiscus, sweet orange peel and Thai cinnamon. Light sweet floral notes of citrus and pink candy are noticed up front. Tart, dry hints of sweet cranberries & wild strawberries on the palate give way to a pronounced dryness in the finish, with notes of cranberries & hints of vanilla and cinnamon. 7% ABV/Portland, OR/Ratebeer 96/Availability: very limited/*arriving Friday

Nebraska Fathead* – Fathead started out as a strong Scotch Ale but has morphed over time into Barleywine territory. This beer features an addition of dark brown sugar to boost the alcohol and contribute a unique caramel/molasses character. Hopped with just enough Centennial and Cascade to offset the slight sweetness of this big, warming beer. It’s then aged 6 months in fresh whisky barrels. 12.1% ABV/Papillion, NE/Ratebeer 96/Availability: decent/*arriving Friday

Maybe arriving Friday: Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado, Pineapple Sculpin and Mango Even Keel. Unfortunately we won’t know until tomorrow morning if these beers will be arriving from the distributor. Follow our Twitter profile for the latest releases.

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday 6-9pm

Free Head Can Beer Pairing! Details above.

Saturday 6-8pm

North Peak Brewing free tasting with Daniel!


Happy Valentine’s Day from Hops & Grain and WhichCraft! Also Mixed Valentine’s 6 packs.

We’re hosting William and Sheila from Hops & Grain this Friday from 6-8pm for a special cheese/chocolate/beer pairing event. See details below and join us! It’s completely free and will be a blast. All H&G 6 packs are only $9 during the event.

Valentine’s day mixed packs are now available. See an example here!

Free In-Store Tastings

Thursday, February 11th – TONIGHT

We’ll be hosting Cedar Creek with free samples of Elliot’s Phoned Home, Dankasaurs IPA, Lawn Ranger Cream Ale & Gone a Rye double rye IPA.

Friday, February 12th – 6 to 9pm

Happy Valentine’s Day from Hops & Grain and WhichCraft! William will be gracing us with his presence and his extensive knowledge of the history of Schertz, TX. Free beer/cheese/dessert pairing! We’ll be pairing up Zoe & A Pale Mosaic with two different cheeses, then transitioning to Alt and Porter Culture paired up with 2 desserts. All for free because we love you! All H&G 6 packs are $9 during the event too.

Saturday, February 13th – 1 to 6pm 

We partnered up with IBM on the beta of a digital beer pairing system that we’ll be piloting this Saturday and collecting data. Between the hours of 1-6pm, we’ll be having a free tasting of a number of different beers and asking customers to fill out a short iPad survey. Stop by any time and help us collect some pairing data while tasting some beers!

Tuesday, February 16th

It’s been a heck of a long time since we’ve had Pedernales Brewing Co in the store for a free tasting, so we’re inviting new rep Marie in to sample out their brand new SMASH IPA (single malt and single hop), the first of a new series of SMASH bombers. It’s called Texas Hop Bomb and it’ll be released that day for the first time. We’ll also sample a few other Pedernales favorites.

Wednesday, February 17th

John Sikes from Independence Brewing will be back at the tasting bar for our RELEASE THE RABBIT event. White Rabbit Belgian witbier is back, so we’ll have plenty of that along with Austin Amber, Power & Light and Stash.

Thursday, February 18th

Kelly “the mayor of New Braunfels” Meyer will be back at the tasting bar with free samples of his lineup of Bauernhaus slightly sour beers. All use his base wheat beers that get an injection of the house sour yeast culture at the time of bottling. Blondine use hefeweizen as a base, Schwartz uses dunkelweizen and Uber starts as a weizenbock.

Friday, February 19th

More details will follow next week, but we’re partnering up with our neighbor Ragan Mena, owner of Audio Zeal, to throw the first Head Can Beer Pairing event. Basically, as part of our normal Friday evening tasting, we’ll be selecting beers that will pair up with various songs that Ragan will be playing on three different headphone systems. Beer and music, as life should be.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Avery Collaboration Not Litigation, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (extremely limited), Oddwood Taming the Savage Heart, Lakewood Sin Mint (arriving Friday), Breckenridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja (arriving Friday).

Jester King Autumnal Dichotomos* – 2015 Autumnal Dichotomous reflects memories of aromatic cinnamon and citrus baking in holiday treats. Cinnamon, Satsuma mandarins, and aromatic malts combine to create a comforting warmth balanced by a refreshing dryness. 6.8% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited/*Arriving Friday

Jester King Simple Means* –  Simple Means takes inspiration from German-style Altbier, native the German town of Düsseldorf, but uses Jester King’s native house yeast blend for a dry finish. Both the use of smoked malts and mixed fermentation with native yeast and bacteria predate modern brewing techniques, lending flavors to this farmhouse altbier that are evocative of a simpler, much earlier time. 5.6% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: limited/*Arriving Friday  

Jolly Pumpkin iO Saison – We got this beer first a number of months back and we’re excited to have it in again. Jolly Pumpkin makes some outstanding farmhouse ales and this saison was brewed with rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus. Floral and dry. 6.8% ABV/Dexter, MI/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited

Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb – This one is extremely limited so get here quick if you want one! Limit 1 per person. It’s Prairie’s ever popular Bomb imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chilies. 11.2% ABV/Tulsa, OK/Ratebeer 99/Availability: extremely limited, limit 1

Prairie Ape Snake – Another new release from Prairie, this is dark farmhouse ale dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight & Centennial hops. 7.9% ABV/Tulsa, OK/Ratebeer 95/Availability: plenty

Martin House Hibiscus Saison – What started as a souped up version of Martin House’s River House saison but with some hibiscus petals added for color and a tart, cranberry-like flavor. The higher ABV balances out the intense flavors and the dryness makes it especially refreshing. 7% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Green Flash Dia de Los Serranos – Turn up the heat with our Dia de los Serranos Double Stout. With rich layers of flavor reminiscent mole, this Double Stout reveals notes of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet bakers chocolate with a caliente kick of fresh Serrano Chiles. 8.8% ABV/San Diego, CA/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Real Ale White – While most Belgian-style witbiers are usually delicate and subtle, Real Ale’s is anything but. It’s brewed with traditional ingredients, such as unmalted wheat, orange peel and coriander, and fermented with their house Belgian yeast strain. With a dry hop level that matches an IPA, White features a commanding aroma more like its American peers than its Belgian ancestors. Tropical notes abound with a crisp, dry finish. 4.6% ABV/Blanco, TX/Ratebeer 92/Availability: decent

Avery Vanilla Bean Stout – A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel, and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout. After Raspberry Sour, this is the 2nd installment of Avery’s Botanicals & Barrels series. 10.8% ABV/Boulder, CO/Ratebeer 98/Availability: decent

Dogfish Head Oak Aged Noble Rot – This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from the addition of two unique white wine grapes. The first addition is the must of viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This ’noble rot’ reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is a pinot gris intensified by a process called ’dropping fruit,’ where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality and distinction of those left behind. It’s then aged in oak tanks for an entire year, making for a hazy ale that has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish. 9% ABV/Milton, De/No ratings yet/Availability: limited

Real Ale Café de Olla – Café de olla is a traditional way to prepare coffee in Mexico that has found its way to coffee shops and restaurant menus all over Texas. The distinct flavor of Café de olla is derived from cinnamon, spices, and piloncillo sugar. The maltiness of the base porter provides the subtle sweetness usually imparted by the café’s piloncillo, while the cinnamon and other spices serve as an appropriate foil to the chocolate notes of the beer. 6.6% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Great Divide Orabelle Belgian Tripel – Orabelle is brewed with barley, wheat, and rye. This Belgian-style tripel is a golden beauty. Its two yeast strains, orange peel, and dash of corriander impart suprising complexity and richness to this delicate ale. 8.3% ABV/Beer Advocate 87/Availability: decent

Dogfish Head Midas Touch – This was the first beer in Dogfish’s Ancient Ales series.

This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between beer, wine and mead, Midas will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike. 9% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 90/Availability: decent

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday 6-9pm

Free Hops & Grain Tasting! Details above.

Saturday 6-8pm

Real Ale Brewer’s Cut ESB

Martin House Hibiscus Saison

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA