Anniversary Party Tickets Are Now Live! Plus Prairie Pirate Bomb Arrives Tomorrow & The Bruery Launches Monday.

Our 2nd Anniversary Party tickets are now available! See details and buy tickets here. Independence Brewing is hosting the party and we’re making some slick anniversary glasses… check em out! The party is Sunday, April 24th from 2-6pm.


 We’re ridiculously excited to be the retail launch partner of The Bruery out of Orange County, California. Pretty much all of their beers are incredible. Their founder Patrick Rue is one of eleven Master Cicerones in the entire world. They are launching in Texas with six releases, and we’ll taste them all during our tasting on Monday. Bottles will be released when the tasting starts at 5pm on Monday 4/4.


We were nominated for a couple of Austin Independence Business Alliance awards – for Austin Customer Experience and Community Champion. Vote for us and your other favorite local businesses by following this link!


WhichCraft has been partnering with the St. Edward’s chapter of the Rosedale GO Project for the last several months. We are proud to have this group of capable young adults as active volunteers at our business. Participants include students Nadine, Tobin, Gerry, Kiki, Bruce and Alex. Adult mentors are Penny Shepard, Angela Hernandez and Zachary Savoie.

The Rosedale GO Project is a program for special needs students to prepare them for life after high school. Class consists of less academic and more vocational job training. Students learn life skills such as using public transportation, money management, job internship, job interviews, paying bills, and independent living. All this so that they may have a more fulfilling life after graduation.

The Rosedale Ride is a bike race intended to raise money for this important cause. The event will be held on April 2nd and will begin in North-Central Austin. Details on the event and how to donate can be found here. Additionally, cash donations will be accepted at WhichCraft. Stop in this weekend to grab some good beer and donate money to a good cause.

Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm except where noted

Thursday, March 31st – TONIGHT!

Zach Flaten (yes, THAT Zach!) is doing some tastings for the crew at Artisanal Imports based right here in Austin so he’ll be back at the tasting bar pouring free samples of some excellent Belgian imports: La Trappe Tripel, Kwak, Cuvee Jacobins Kriek and St Feuillien Saison.

Saturday, April 2nd

Mary from St Arnold will be back with free samples of the newest releases from Texas’ oldest craft brewery. We’ll be tasting Weedwacker, Summer Pils, Art Car IPA and the latest in the Divine Reserve series, an Adambier.

Monday, April 4th – 5 to 7:30pm

An epic Bruery launch party! Experimental Brewer Andrew Bell will be hosting this event as we pour free samples of all 6 of the beers they’re launching in the state plus one or two special treats you’ll have to show up to taste. See details on the 6 beers below. No limit on any of them except So Happens It’s Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 6th

Holly from Real Ale is back, this time with free samples of the new Lost Gold IPA cans, the Belgian Pale Ale brewers’ cut series, Ghost Eye Oatmeal Stout & Red King imperial red ale.

Thursday, April 7th

Daneil with Goliad Brewing will be back with their new Doppelbock in addition to Golden ale and Stout.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Deep Ellum Neato Bandito, Independence Austin Amber (now in cans!), Alpine Duet 6 pack, Karbach Staycation.

Prairie Pirate Bomb* – This is probably the most highly sought of the Bomb variants, and for good reason. This huge imperial stout with added cocoa, coffee, vanilla and ancho chile peppers then spends time in rum casks for added coconut and vanilla flavors. Arriving Friday, probably around lunch time. Limit 1 per person. 13% ABV/Tulsa, OK/Ratebeer 100/Availability: decent amount but will go fast, limit 1 per person

Knee Deep Belgo Hoptologist – Belgo Hoptologist is brewed with Citra, Columbus and Cascade hops which give this American Belgo Style IPA enormous hop aromas of American pine & grapefruit and eccentric fruit and phenols flavors from the Belgian yeast. 9% ABV/Auburn, CA/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty

Dogfish Head Squall IPA – An unfiltered, 100% bottle-conditioned, super-pungent imperial I.P.A. clocking in at 9% ABV and dry-hopped with Palisade, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, CTZ, and Willamette hops. 9% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 99/Availability: plenty

Victory XX Anniversary Imperial Pilsner –This bold pilsner, complete with fragrant noble German hops, delivers rich earthiness and light citrus flavors, creating a deliciously drinkable beer. Herbal and floral aromas of tea and hay meld with subtly spicy, grainy flavors in this golden straw colored Imperial Pilsner. 8% ABV/Downington, PA/Beer Advocate 87/Availability: plenty

Live Oak Pilz – Styled after the Bohemian classic, Pilz is a golden lager with a moderate hop bitterness and soft malt flavor. An intensive decoction mash is employed that contributes to the beer’s full body and rich color. Cold fermentation and lengthy secondary conditioning produce a brilliant beer that highlights the flavor of the spicy Saaz hops. 4.7% ABV/Austin, TX/Beer Advocate 89/Availability: plenty

Texian FM 359* – FM 359 is a brett saison brewed with a mixture of domesticated saccharomyces yeast strains as well as some “wild” brettanomyces yeast strains as well as lactobacillus bacteria. 8.4% ABV/Richmond, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday

The Bruery Gypsy Tart* – Gypsy Tart is a Flanders-style brown ale with a California touch. A beer that can trace it’s origins to Great Britain, but more famously perfected in western Belgium, has been updated through our own modern techniques, delivering the sweet body and mildly tart finish that has won over numerous generations of beer drinkers in Europe. 8.4% ABV/Anaheim, CA/Ratebeer 90/Availability: plenty, no limit/*Will be released Monday 4/4 at 5pm

The Bruery Jardinier* – Jardinier, which is French for “gardener,” was inspired by the fresh, sessionable beers so often found on the Belgian dinner table. Bright and flavorful with an assertive hop character, Jardinier is a perfect beer for any occasion, casual or ornate. 4.5% ABV/ Anaheim, CA/Beer Advocate 86/Availability: plenty, no limit/*Will be released Monday 4/4 at 5pm

The Bruery Mischief* – Mischief is a hoppy Belgian-style golden strong ale. Dry-hopped with American hops to add a layer of complexity and mystery to its fruity, dry Belgian-style character. Citrus and resin diabolically combine with ripe melon, pear and slight peppery spice in a precariously effervescent mixture. 8.5% ABV/ Anaheim, CA/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty, no limit/*Will be released Monday 4/4 at 5pm

The Bruery Terreux Saison Rue* – Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. 8.5% ABV/Anaheim, CA/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty, no limit/*Will be released Monday 4/4 at 5pm

The Bruery White Oak* – White Oak is a hardy, blended wheatwine-style ale, grafting elements reminiscent of caramel, vanilla, coconut and warm oak with the creamy complexity of wheat. Crisp effervescence spirals around sweet bourbon barrel-aged layers, expanding into a refreshingly robust ale. 12.5% ABV/Anaheim, CA/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty, no limit/*Will be released Monday 4/4 at 5pm

The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday* – The Bruery is excellent at hiding very high ABV in layers of malt complexity and this one is no exception. At 14% ABV this imperial stout drinks surprisingly easy. Tons of roasted malt gives flavors of caramel, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. 14% ABV/Anaheim, CA/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited, limit 1 per person/*Will be released Monday 4/4 at 5pm

Free Weekend Tastings – 6 to 8pm

Friday

Live Oak Pilz
Nebraska IPA
Uinta Detour Double IPA
Community Inspiration
North Coast Old Stock

Saturday 

Free St Arnold Tasting with Mary! Details above.

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Help WhichCraft in Supporting the Rosedale GO Project! Also, Get Community Inspiration for $6.99!

WhichCraft has been partnering with the St. Edward’s chapter of the Rosedale GO Project for the last several months. We are proud to have this group of capable young adults as active volunteers at our business. Participants include students Nadine, Tobin, Gerry, Kiki, Bruce and Alex. Adult mentors are Penny Shepard, Angela Hernandez and Zachary Savoie.

The Rosedale GO Project is a program for special needs students to prepare them for life after high school. Class consists of less academic and more vocational job training. Students learn life skills such as using public transportation, money management, job internship, job interviews, paying bills, and independent living. All this so that they may have a more fulfilling life after graduation.

The Rosedale Ride is a bike race intended to raise money for this important cause. The event will be held on April 2nd and will begin in North-Central Austin. Details on the event and how to donate can be found here. Additionally, cash donations will be accepted at WhichCraft. Stop in this weekend to grab some good beer and donate money to a good cause.

 

Can you believe next month is WhichCraft’s 2nd anniversary? We will be celebrating with our friends at Independence Brewing Company. Keep an eye out for a future email with event details and admission info.

We worked with one of our suppliers to secure a special price on Community’s Inspiration. For a limited time these Belgian quad four packs are available for $6.99 while supplies last.

Free In-Store Tastings – 6 to 8 PM

Thursday, March 24th – TONIGHT!

Come to talk to Oowee Products about how their unique leather accessories are made and sample some beers as well. Oowee employes people on the autism spectrum to make their leather goods… see details below!

Friday, March 25th

An Epic Tasting (Epic Brewing, that is) with Davis Howe. Hop Syndrome, Lil Brainless Raspberries, Escape to Colorado and Brainless on Peaches.

Tuesday, March 29th

John Sikes from Independence Brewing Company will be in the shop sampling Austin Amber Cans, White Rabbit, Power & Light and Convict Hill.

Wednesday, March 30th

Hunter Roberts with Abita Brewing Company will be at the tasting bar, giving out free samples of Big Easy IPA, Strawberry Harvest Lager, and Louisiana Spiced.

Thursday, March 31st

Zach from Artisinal Imports is stopping by to hand out free samples of awesome Belgian beers. Lineup includes La Trappe Tripel, Kwak, Cuvee Jacobins Kriek and St. Feiullien’s Saison.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Goose Island Madame Rose, Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion, 903 Barrel Aged Sasquatch, Blue Owl Spirit Animal, Upslope Brown Ale, Santan Moon Juice, Great Divide Colette Cans, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Buffalo Bayou More Cowbell, Buffalo Bayou Turtle Murder, Buffalo Bayou Black Raz, Zilker Brewing Marco IPA (Fresh Cans!)

Knee Deep Midnight HoppynessThis imperial black rye IPA has both a dark malt and high hop flavor: why have one or the other when you can have both? The rich malt flavor is complimented by a distinct yet balanced hop presence. Aromas and flavors of citrusy hops merge with a mild chocolate-like malt character. 9.5% ABV / Auburn, CA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Jester King Audio Palette – This spelty farmhouse ale with American hops, brewed in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal! The motivation behind Audio Palette stems from our mutual love of music. Stillwater Artisanal Founder/Owner Brian Strumke and Jester King Head Brewer Garrett Crowell are both musicians, and Garrett named the beer in reference to Brian’s musical background. 4.3% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

Stone PataskalaThe deep crimson hue is courtesy of a fairly new special German malt variety by BESTMALZ called Red X. Dry-hopped with Mosaic, Cascade and Amarillo hops, this beer is incredibly citrus-forward, rounded out with biscuit and toffee notes. 7.3% ABV / Escondido, CA / Ratebeer 97 / Availability: Decent

Stone Enjoy By 4.20.16 IPA  – This is a celebration of resinous green buds: Besides brewing this intense double IPA with more than 10 different hops, it’s been hop-burst and dry-hopped to amp up its peach and tropical fruit notes and overall hop factor. Brewed specifically NOT to last, this devastatingly dank, golden beauty should be enjoyed 4.20.16. 9.4% ABV / Escondido, CA / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Very Limited

Ovila Mixed Pack- A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing and a California based Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Ales is a modern take on Belgian-style abbey ales. When possible, the beers feature ingredients grown and harvests on the monks’ 600 acre working farm.Each box features three different 750 milliliter bottles of Ovila.  The styles include: Ovila Quad with Cherries, Ovila Brown with Mandarin & Cocoa, Ovila Saison with Sage. Chico, CA / Availability: Plenty

Ommegang Glimmerglass Deep straw to light amber in color with a thick, pure white head. The saison yeast strain gives off fruity aromas of pear, apple and slight citrus balanced with a delicate floral hop character and a touch of spiciness. Taste is very clean, with pronounced fruit flavors, delicate bready malt followed by welcomed spicing. Crisp finish with lingering yet subtle notes of yeast and touches of fruity pepper. 5.4% ABV / Cooperstown, NY / Ratebeer 94 / Availability: Decent

Schilling Cider London Dry- The recipe for this English pub-style cider is kept a secret by the cider mill, however London Dry is bone dry, apple forward, and highly refreshing. 6.5% ABV / Seattle, WA / Availability: Plenty

Abita Bayou Bootlegger* – Gluten-free and sweetened with pure Louisiana cane sugar, this handcrafted hard root beer delivers aromas of wintergreen, vanilla and sassafras with hints of clove and anise. 5.9% ABV / Covington, LA / Availability: Plenty / *Arriving Friday

Abita Louisiana Spiced* – With hints of cayenne, celery, paprika, lemon peel and bay leaves, this beer has all the savory elements of a crawfish boil. Hopped with Cascades for a citrus flavor, it is refreshing, crisp and slightly sweet. 5.1% ABV / Covington, LA / Availability: Plenty / *Arriving Friday

Abita Big Easy* – This Session IPA is brewed with lemon peels and dry hopped with Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe for a hoppy aroma of citrus, fruit and pine. 4.5% ABV / Covington, LA / Availability: Plenty / *Arriving Friday

Abita Strawberry Harvest* – Abita Strawberry Harvest is a lager brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. Real Louisiana strawberry juice is added after filtration resulting in a crisp lager with a sweet strawberry flavor, aroma and haze. 4.2% ABV / Covington. LA / Beeradvocate: 80 / Availability: Plenty / *Arriving Friday

Lakewood Raspberry Temptress* – Lakewood takes the already alluring Temptress milk stout and sets her up with nearly a ton of fresh Oregon raspberry purée to really get her juices flowing. This lovely lady spends a small honeymoon conditioning and really getting to know her raspberry beau before she is sent off to bottles. 9.1% ABV / Garland, TX / Ratebeer 93 / Availability: Extremely Limited – *Arriving Friday

BS Brewing Honey Pecan* – ThisPecan Ale is made with locally bought, REAL pecans honey sourced from local bee keepers. Add a little vanilla to the mix and a simple yet delicious grain bill, this ale is made for the hometown feel and anyone that loves pecans roasted with honey! Light hop additions balance perfectly to allow you to fully enjoy both the honey and the pecans. 6.1% ABV / Seguin, TX / Availability: Plenty / *Arriving Friday

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday

Free Epic tasting! Details above.

Saturday 

Stone Enjoy By 4.20.16., Community Inspiration, St. Arnold’s Divine Reserve 16, Texas Keeper Grafter Blanc and 5 Stones Beary’s Porridge.

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Enter to Win the WhichCraft Madness Bracket Challenge! Also JW Lees Tasting on Saturday.

Back after popular demand – the WhichCraft Madness bracket challenge! Over the next 2 weeks you’ll have a chance to vote for your favorite readily available Texas beer. Read all the details here; fill out a bracket and vote on our social media channels over the next few weeks.

Three tastings this Saturday! We’ve been helping you all week to #AvoidSXSW with some great new beers and free tasting events and this Saturday we’ve got three free tastings lined up, so any time is a great one to visit us. The big tasting is Saturday night when we go crazy with multiple years and cask finishes of JW Lees’ Harvest ale. Details below.

Free In-Store Tastings

Friday, March 18th

Angi from Meridian Hive will be back at the tasting bar, this time pouring free mead samples of the new Fireweed (details below) as well as Broken Crown, Discovery and Rhapsody.

Saturday, March 19th – 12pm to 2pm

We haven’t yet had a Schilling Cider tasting, so we decided to change that by inviting Eric to our tasting bar to sample out the whole lineup of ciders from Seattle.

Saturday, March 19th – 6pm to 8pm

Jon Lundbom from B United Importers will be here for a very special JW Lees’ Harvest Ale tasting event. Brewed only once a year, JW Lees is essentially a British-style barleywine that ages incredibly well. We’ll be sampling vintages going all the way back to 2002 (!) as well as some cask-aged versions of various years. 10% off all JW Lees products during the tasting! We’ll also be creating handy little mixed 4 packs.

Thursday, March 24th

Come to talk to Oowee Products about how their unique leather accessories are made and sample some beers as well. Oowee employes people on the autism spectrum to make their leather goods… see details below!

Friday, March 25th

An Epic Tasting (Epic Brewing, that is) with Davis Howe. Hop Syndrome, Lil Brainless Raspberries, Escape to Colorado and Brainless on Peaches.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Cascade Blueberry, Austin Eastciders Hopped Cider, Ducato BrettPeat Daydream, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s, Adelbert’s Contemplating Waterloo, Oddwood Taming the Savage Heart.

Montucky Cold Snacks – Two Montana friends wanted a light American-style lager while also making money to give to charity. These come in 16 oz 6 packs for only $6 (!) while also giving 8% of profits away to charity. If you need some lake or river beers,  these are for you. 4% ABV/Bozeman, MT/Availability: plenty

Freigeist Geisterzug Gose – Based on a recipe dating back at least six hundred years, this is Freigeist’s quirky version of the nearly-extinct traditional sour beer of Leipzig. “Geisterzug” (“Ghost Train”) spruced gose is unusually complex, funky, and full-bodied, the perfect modern-day medieval German ale. 5.2% ABV/Stolberg, Germany/Ratebeer 85/Availability: decent

Freigeist Geisterzug Quince – Based on Freigeist’s ancient spruced Gose recipe, Geisterzug Quince features all the complexity, funkiness, and body of the of the original but gose (get it?!) one step further by adding tart & flavorful real fruit & vegetable during fermentation. 5.2% ABV/Stolberg, Germany/Ratebeer 88/Availability: decent

Freigeist Abraxxxas Pear – Inspired by the rare and nearly-extinct eastern German tart wheat beer once known as “Lichtenhainer”, Abraxxxas is sour and complex, with a balancing smoky maltiness. As freakily drinkable as it is challenging, this ale was deemed an instant classic upon it’s release in the U.S. The pear version adds, you guessed it, pear during fermentation. 6% ABV/Stolberg, Germany/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Freigeist Abraxxxas Apple – Same exact beer as above but fermented with Apple. 6% ABV/Stolberg, Germany/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Unity Vibrations Raspberry – Unity Vibrations from Michigan makes kombucha beer, which uses traditional beer ingredients as well as kombucha ingredients for a beer-strength ABV. They use open air fermentation and all ingredients are organic, gluten free, vegan and bottle conditioned. This particular one is refermented on raspberries. 8% ABV/Ypsilanti, MI/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Destihl Dubbel – Destihl’s Belgian-style Dubbel pours a dark brown color and with a dense, mousse-like head. Aromas of caramel malt & rich chocolate malt alongside ripe, banana-like fruity esters that finish with malt sweetness, chocolate-like flavors and a dry finish. 7.5% ABV/Bloomington, Illinois/No ratings yet/Availability: decent

Strange Land Ebulon – Strange Land’s latest release is an elderberry-infused strong ale in bombers. Can’t find much more info online about this one. 10.9% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Knee Deep Hop Shortage Triple IPA – The cousin of Knee Deep’s Simtra, but brewed with only Centennial and Chinook hops. Gigantic hop bomb of a triple IPA. 11.3% ABV/Auburn, CA/Ratebeer 96/Availability: plenty

Firestone Walker 805 Blonde – A light, refreshing blonde ale crafted for the California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops,

creating a versatile beer with a clean finish. 4.7% ABV/Paso Robles, CA/Availability: decent

Goliad Doppelbock – A complex malt build and higher alcohol content combine to create a near religious experience. German Noble Hops do little to tame the strong full body developed by monks as a “liquid bread” to cleanse the soul during periods of fasting. Lagered for 12 weeks to provide a clean rich finish. 7.1% ABV/Goliad, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Bear Republic Café Racer 15 – Café Racer 15 features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops which are complimented by a dry malt finish. The result is a high revving Double IPA that is loud and assertive, much like the rebellious street racers who inspired it. 9.75% ABV/Healdsburg, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent

Meridian Hive Fireweed – Fireweed honey comes from the Pacific Northwest. Intensely floral in its character, the aromas resemble fresh cut flowers and honeysuckle. The flavor carries notes of creme brulee and hazelnut. This is a traditional still higher-ABV mead. 13.5% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA – Each year Gubna is reinvented with a new hop bill. Brewed with whole-leaf Galena hops, the brewers then added Columbus and Sorachi Ace to GUBNA 5.0, which spikes the beer with spicy, blackcurrant notes and subtle citrus overtones. GUBNA is dry-hopped with prodigious amounts of El Dorado, Comet, and Chinook hops, creating a dank, dense, pineapple & lemon zest nose and unique blend of grapefruit, apricot, and herbs, while finishing clean and bitter. 10% ABV/Longmont, CO/Ratebeer 98/Availability: decent

Upslope Belgian Pale Ale – Wonderfully deceptive, this light bodied Belgian-Style Ale is full of flavor with an alcoholic kick. Trappist Ale yeast provides fruity esters that are balanced out with coriander on the finish. 7.5% ABV/Boulder, CO/Beer Advocate 84/Availability: decent

We have new leather stamped koozies and coasters that were made by Oowee Products out of North Carolina. They are hand made and hand stitched leather, and Oowee since their founding has been providing employment to members of the Autism Society of North Carolina who hand stitch each koozie. Buy one and support a great cause!

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday

Free Meridian Hive mead tasting!

Saturday 

THREE FREE TASTINGS! Details above.

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