Award Winning Boulevard Beers on Sale this Weekend!

This week we at WhichCraft are highlighting one of our favorite Midwestern Breweries by giving you the opportunity to bundle and save! Boulevard Brewing Co burst onto the craft beer scene in 1989 and took Kansas City by storm with a variety of IPAs and the now hometown favorite, KC Pils. Since then they have become a nationally recognized brewery with delicious year-round beers and sought after seasonal releases.

Beginning Friday, select Boulevard 750s will be reduced in price, and the more you buy the more you save! See promotional details at the top of this newsletter. $10.00 minimum price on all Boulevard bottles.


A big Thank You to all those who came out to Independence Brewing last Sunday to celebrate WhichCraft’s second anniversary. We at the shop could not have been more thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with you. The support of our customers makes all the difference. For those who were not able to make it, WhichCraft Anniversary Two glassware is available for sale in the merchandise section of our store.

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

Thursday, April 28th – TONIGHT!

BS Brewing Company will be in the shop to pour free samples of their Pecan ale made with local honey and real pecans.

Friday, April 29th

Scott from Audacity Brew House will be behind the bar handing out tasters of their new Abby Tripel in the beautifuly adorned bombers. Also included in the lineup will be their Sunset Vienna Lager, Bulletproof Texas Pale Ale and Evil Cream Soda.

Saturday, April 30th

WhichCraft will be hosting a free in-store tasting of some newly available beers as well as some of our favorites. The tasting list will include Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Circle Archetype IPA, Founders Imperial Stout and Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad.

Wednesday, May 4th

May the 4th be with you! The Galactic Empire is trying to rid this quadrant of delicious craft beer, but a small band of rebel craft beer sellers is fighting back by offering a Light Side vs. Dark Side beer tasting. Hurry in, because these free tasters will be moving faster than paragraphs of scrolling yellow text. Light Side beers include Real Ale Hans’ (Shot First) Pils, Save the World (You’re My Only Hope) Agnus Dei and Twisted X (X-Wing) Fuego. Dark Side beers include SanTan Moon Juice IPA (With Galactic Empire Hops), Southern Star (Destroyer) Bombshell Blonde and Founders (Emperor Palpatine) Imperial Stout.

New Beers This Week

Back in Stock: JW Lee’s 2001 Harvest Ale, Zilker Coffee Milk Stout, Austin Eastciders Hopped Cider, Austin Eastciders Texas Honey, Austin Eastciders Original Dry, Infamous Double Tap, Martin House Salty Lady, Martin House Cellarman’s Reserve IPA, Avery Raja, Oddwood Taming the Savage Heart, SanTan Moon Juice, Oskar Blues Gubna, Alpine Duet 6pk, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Delirium Tremens.

Knee Deep Imperial TanillaA 10 % ABV version of Tanilla. With more hop bitterness to balance the chocolate, expresso and vanilla malt sweetness. Drink at your own risk. This is a big beer, but drinks way too easy. 10% ABV / Auburn, CA / Ratebeer 97 / Availability: Decent

Clown Shoes Moses and the Misfits Moses and the Misfits is an Imperial Cream Ale with cacao nibs and vanilla beans added for a unique contrast in flavor, and it was brewed in celebration of Clown Shoes’ 6th anniversary. 9.1% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Beeradvocate 83 / Availability: Decent

Green Flash Natura Morta Cherry – This evolution of the Belgian-style Saison is foudre-fermented with Brettanomyces, then aged and re-fermented in red wine barrels with sweet, dark cherry puree. After 6 months, a crimson ale with champagne effervescence is released, offering notes of ripe stone fruit and barrel-drawn tannins.6.5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Ratebeer 88 / Availability: Very Limited

Mahr’s Brau Mastodon Lager – Mastodon is a chuggable but deliciously complex unfiltered classic Franconian keller/lager. 5.2% ABV / Bamberg, Germany / Beeradvocate 85 / Availability: Decent

North Peak Burly – North Peak Burly is an American Pale Ale with a twist. A Belgian yeast strain and Willamette and Cascade hops give Burly it’s esther-filled and noticeably bitter taste. Dry hopped with Cascade and Simcoe. 6.5% ABV / Traverse City, MI / Ratebeer 92 / Availability: Plenty

Audacity Abbey Tripel – To bring this classic style to life they started with the finest Belgian Vienna malts, Candied Sugar and a historical Belgian Yeast. Add some American ingenuity and you get a beautiful amber gold brew with thick white head. Sweet fruit aromas and flavors reminiscent of pineapple. 10.2% ABV / Denton, TX / Availability: Plenty

Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown – This bold, imperial brown ale gets its body from a team of malts including Caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of Chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly balanced imperial brown ale to a decadent level. 9.2% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / Ratebeer 98 / Availability: Decent

Harpoon Camp Wannamango – This pale ale brewed with mango begins with a subtle tropical aroma of passion fruit and mango. Golden-copper in color, it has a light body, slight hop bitterness, and malty sweetness, and finishes with a kiss of mango. 5% ABV / Boston, MA / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Plenty

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday

6-8 pm, Free Audacity Brew House Tasting! Details Above.

Saturday 

6-8 pm, Free Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Circle Archetype IPA, Founders Imperial Stout and Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad tasting! Details Above.

It’s Not Too Late to Get Your WhichCraft 2nd Anniversary Party Tix!

Its not too late to grab your ticket to the WhichCraft 2nd Anniversary Party happening this Sunday!  If you don’t have yours yet, you can pick one up right here. If RSVPs aren’t your thing, you can show up at the party and buy a ticket day of (Cash Only). Don’t miss this chance to celebrate this milestone with all of your fellow beer nerds, and toast all the amazing things yet to come.

Independence Brewing is hosting the party and we’ve made some exclusive anniversary glasses… check em out! The party is Sunday, April 24th from 2-6pm.


WhichCraft Beer Store is accepting donations until May 4th for the Rosedale GO Project. This important program puts special needs adults into the work place, and helps them develop important life skills. Stop by the store to make a cash donation and you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win some exclusive donated beer. So far, four cases of rare brews have been collected for this raffle and more are expected before the drawing. Come in to WhichCraft and take a look at the complete list.


We still have St. Sebastiaan’s Grand Reserve in stock! Our special discounted price on these bombers will continue until we are sold out. For a limited time these one pint bottles are available for only $4.99 with no bottle limit. Stop in to grab some before they’re gone!

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

Thursday, April 21st – TONIGHT!

Jeremiah from Uinta Brewing Co will be behind the bar, giving out free samples of their Hop Nosh, Detour, Ready Set Gose and the new release of Birthday Suit sour raspberry ale.

Friday, April 22nd

Julie from 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative will be stopping by to sample out their full line up of canned beers. The list includes Long Walk Grapefruit IPA, Renewal and Sun Eater.

Saturday, April 23rd 12-2 pm

We at WhichCraft will be hosting a special tasting of our favorite Root Beer influenced brews. Free samples of Abita Boyou Bootlegger, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, Strange Land Root Beer Porter, Audacity Evil Cream Soda and Non-Alcoholic St. Arnold Root Beer.

Saturday, April 23rd 6-8 pm

Our Friends from Zilker Brewing Company will be in the shop for a free tasting event. Brews being sampled will include their Coffee Milk Stout, Pale Ale, the acclaimed Marco IPA and ‘something’ in a growler. The suspense is killing us too.

Tuesday, April 26th

Our good friend Austin Caplinger from Deep Ellum will be behind the tasting bar and handing out samples of Rye Pils, Neato Bandito, Easy Peasy and Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout. We figured we’d show him a warm welcome by doing a cellar release of Deep Ellum’s Numb Comfort Barleywine. First come first serve, limit one per person.

Wednesday, April 27th

Woody from Green Flash brewing Company will be her to let customers sample their Tangerine Soul Style, Passion, Fruit Kicker, Pacific Gem and Silva Stout.

New Beers This Week

Back in Stock: Sixpoint Resin, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Lagunitas The Waldos (Plenty and No Limit), Ommegang Rosetta, Ommegang Game of Thrones Iron Throne, Knee Deep Lupulin River, New Braunfels Mexican Cannon, Uinta Hop Nosh, Uinta Detour, Texian FM 359, Oddwood Taming the Savage Heart, Stone Pataskala, Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style, Lakewood Temptress (Arriving Friday), Dogfish Head Squall. 

Southern Star Conspiracy Theory – Amarillo and Simcoe hops dominate both flavor and aroma. A lite, but noticeable caramel malt backbone boosts the drinkability of this true West-coast style IPA. 6.5% ABV / Conroe, TX / Availability: Decent

Clown Shoes American Monastic – This beer features 7 premium hop varieties and a Belgian yeast strain. 8.5% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Ratebeer 95 / Availability: Good

Clown Shoes The Barista – A Clown Shoes legend, Brown Angel, put away her dancing shoes to focus on extracting espresso, brewing coffee and pouring latte art with Zen-like focus. The Barista Breakfast Brown is crafted with Maris Otter malt, flaked oatmeal, cold brewed espresso, milk sugars and the spirit of angel wings.8% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Ratebeer 97 / Availability: Good

*Prairie & Friends TRVE Edition – A base gose with a proprietary strain of lactobacillus for the kettle souring and to acidify the beer. A judicious amount of Hawaiian Black Lava salt was used in the boil to add just a touch of salinity. Over-ripened peaches were macerated and added to wine barrels, onto which the beer was laid to rest for about four months. 6.66 ABV / Tulsa, OK / Ratebeer 87 / Availability: Limited / *Arriving Friday

*Prairie Vous Francais – This farmhouse ale is brewed to be refreshing. It is brewed with barley, oats, and wheat to build a foundation for saaz hops and brettanomyces bruxellensis to play. This beer is meant to be slightly tart and a touch hoppy. 4% ABV / Tulsa, OK / Ratebeer 97 / Availability: Limited / *Arriving Friday

Schilling Grapefruit – New Packaging. Grapefruit flavors tempered by a touch of apple sweetness, and a crisp, dry finish. 6% ABV / Auburn, WA / Availability: Plenty

Alaskan Kicker IPA – The brewers at Alaskan Brewing Company used five hop varieties to create Kicker Session IPA. All that hop flavor is carried with a light to medium malt body. 4.5% ABV / Juneau, AK / Availability: Decent

Dogfish 120 Minute – Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops. 18% ABV / Milton, DE / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Extremely Limited, limit 1 per person

Ommegang Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms – Seven Kingdoms is a marriage of a traditional Belgian-style wheat and a hop-forward American ale – but unlike so many of the marriages on the show, the resulting hoppy wheat is pleasant, playful and inspired. 6.9% ABV / Cooperstown, NY / Beeradvocate 88 / Availability: Decent

Uinta Birthday Suit – Brewed in celebration of Uinta’s 23rd anniversary, this American Sour Ale bares a lambic malt base, and a belgian yeat character. Raspberries intermingle adding sweet fruit aroma and au-naturale earthiness to this frisky, tart birthday ale. 7.6% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT  / Availability: Limited

Meridian Hive OM – Aromas of cocoa, citrus, plum, and orange blossom honey harmonize perfectly with flavors of the orange muscat grape blended in this excellently sweet pyment. 14.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Plenty

New Belgium Heavy Melon – Brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel, this crushable ale rips with a blast of melon notes. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus climax with an enticing aroma, and set up an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness. 5% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Availability: Decent

Green Flash Pacific Gem – This Single Hopped Pale Ale is built on an English malt base of Golden Promise, 2-Row malted barley, and Caramalt to allow the hop qualities to shine through. Pacific Gem’s hop intensity presents top notes of pungent pine and grapefruit rind accented by guava with a long, lingering finish. 4.5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Decent

Circle Archetype IPA – Earthy, lemony, oaky and effervescent, when you open this bottle of Archetypa Historical IPA, you’re reliving a part of history. 7.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

*Bridgeport Stumptown CandyPeel IPA – Brewed with three types of hops–Styrian Golding, Centennial, and Crystal–this is a hop-forward, full-flavor IPA. Styrian Golding hops, the cornerstone of this brew, are added at the end of boil to capture the candy-orange quality and aroma. This flavor-profile is complemented with a dash of orange peel. Vienna malt is used to add a slightly sweet taste and perfect balance providing your taste buds with a fresh-twist to the traditional IPA. 6.5% ABV / Portland, OR / Availability: Good / *Arriving Friday

*Deschutes Armory XPA – This XPA gets its bitter twist from Nugget, and Northern Brewer hops, then delivers a pronounced citrus kick from Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops. 5.9% ABV / Bend, OR / Ratebeer 87 / Availability: Good / *Arriving Friday

*Shiner Strawberry Blonde – Made with fresh, homegrown strawberries from Poteet, Texas, Strawberry Blonde combines pale and wheat malts for a refreshing taste and smooth finish. 4.3% ABV / Shiner, TX / Beeradvocate 83 / Availability: Plenty / *Arriving Friday

*Hops & Grain Greenhouse Eureka Hops – The latest release in the Greenhouse series features nothing but Eureka hops. Eureka! 7.6% ABV / Austin, TX / Beeradvocate 87 / Availability: Decent / *Arriving Friday

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday

6-8 pm, Free 4th Tap Tasting! Details Above.

Saturday 

12-2 pm, Special Root Beer Tasting! Details Above.

6-8 Free Zilker Brewing Tasting! Details Above.

Tickets for the WhichCraft Anniversary Party are Going Fast. Plus, Black Crack Cellar Release Tonight!

Our 2nd Anniversary Party tickets are currently on sale! If you havn’t grabbed your ticket yet, you can still get them here. Don’t miss this chance to hear our founder, Jody Reyes, sing his all time greatest karaoke hits! Should his track list include Blink-182 or Brittany Spears? Tweet us @WhichCraftATX using #JodyOke to tell us what you think.

Independence Brewing is hosting the party and we’ve made some exclusive anniversary glasses… check em out! The party is Sunday, April 24th from 2-6pm.


This weekend we will be offering a special price on a beer that has become a cult classic among some of Austin’s most discerning drinkers. Montucky Cold Snack 6 packs will be available for the low low price of $5.99. Come grab some of this drinking-mans beer today!


We still have St. Sebastiaan’s Grand Reserve in stock! Our special discounted price on these bombers will continue until we are sold out. For a limited time these one pint bottles are available for only $4.99 with no bottle limit. Stop in to grab some before they’re gone!

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

Thursday, April 14th – TONIGHT!

Blake from Southern Star Brewing will be in the shop passing our free samples of their new Spring Pils, as wall as their Pine Belt Pale Ale and Buried Hatchet Stout. We will be welcoming them with a special cellar release of the renown Black Crack Stout, already aged 6 months. Limit one per person.

Friday, April 15th 12-2pm

Desthil will be behind the bar for a special daytime tasting. We have tasters of Clarice, Here Gose Nothing, Saint Dekkera Excommunie Quatre and Saint Dekkera Le Diplomate available at no charge.

Friday, April 15th 6-8pm

Adam from Odell brewing company will be joining us to sample out their new Tree Shaker IPA, as well as 90 Shilling old ale.

Saturday, April 16th 12-2pm

Peanut from Brooklyn Brewing will be here to do a big ol’ barrel aged tasting. Free samples of Brooklyn Summer, Quintaceratops and and Intensified Coffee Porter will be available.

Saturday, April 16th 5-8pm

Dan from Jolly Pumpkin will be here serving up samples of iO, Marcaibo, Oro de Calabaza and North Peak Vicious.

Tuesday, April 19th

Kevin from Circle brewing is stopping by to sample out their Hop Overboard session IPA, Envy amber, Blur hefeweizen and the Archtype IPA which is just releasing next week.

Wednesday, April 20th 4:20-6:20pm

Ty from Seattle Cider will be behind the bar to pass out samples of their Citrus, Semi Sweet and Dry cider.

Wednesday, April 20th 6:20-8:20pm

Save The World will be in the house and letting people try free samples of their witbier, pater, saison and Belgian pale ale.

New Beers This Week

Returning: Knee Deep Simtra, Argus Stellar, Brooklyn Quintaceratops, Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Porter, Destihl Counter Clockweisse, Destihl Here Gose Nothing, Bayerischer Leipziger Gose, Prairie Funky Gold Simcoe, Avery Raspberry Sour, Boulevard Raddler, Lone Pint Yellow Rose (arriving Friday), Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado, Ballast Point Mango Even Keel, Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin (All Ballast Point arriving Friday depending on delivery).

Southern Star Spring Pils – This German-Style Pilsner is a smooth drinking pils with a crisp finish. 5.25% ABV / Conroe, TX / Availability: Decent

Avery Samael’sA super-caramelly, oak-aged strong English-style ale, brewed with Columbus, Fuggels hops and two-row barley, caramel 150L malt. 16.9% ABV / Boulder, CO / Ratebeer 95 / Availability: Limited      

Avery  Lunctis Viribus – (Translation “Joined Forces”)  is a blend of 50% ale aged in Tequila barrels and 50% ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. 8.3% ABV / Boulder, CO / Availability: Very Limited

Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale – The dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas was Inspired by treasure hunters and made for all to enjoy. 11.5% ABV / Petaluma, CA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Limited

Odell Tree Shaker – Colorado’s Western Slope is home to some of the world’s juiciest, most delicious peaches. Tree Shaker was brewed with 3,000 pounds of them, giving it bright citrus hop character and subtle fruity sweetness. 8% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Ratebeer 94 / Availability: Decent

Ranger Creek Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse – This Berliner Weisse is dry hopped using Azacca, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. The beer underwent a natural bottle souring process using Lactobacillus which imparts a noticeable Tartness. The dry hop addition provides citrus and tropical fruit notes of mango, papaya and grapefruit in the aroma. This refreshing, clean, tart brew is best enjoyed fresh. 6.2% ABV / San Antonio, TX / Availability: Decent

Martin House Mind on my Money – Inspired by a popular mixed drink, this beer is pretty gangsta. Orange peel and juniper berries added to a very strong and simple base beer equal a beer you might mistake for gin and juice. 9.3% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Decent.

Bridgeport Brewing Sumptown Candy Peel IPA* – CandyPeel IPA experiments with Styrian Goldings hops to provide an impactful candy orange/citrus aroma and flavor. With a strong malt backbone, Candypeel is a balanced beer that’s refreshing and delicious. 6.5% ABV / Portland, OR / Availability: Good / *Arriving Friday

Shmaltz Vulcan IPA* – Federation of Beer announces that Shmaltz Brewing Company of Clifton Park, NY has brewed a new Star Trek-themed beer called Vulcan Ale – The Genesis Effect, that is now available on Planet Earth. It is a red session IPA. 5.4% ABV / Clifton Park, NY / Availability: Decent / *Arriving Friday

Jolly Pumpkin Hamajang – Blend of Sea Buckthorn Fandango and Innovator Man 6.5% ABV / Ann Arbor, MI / Ratebeer 96 / Availability: Decent

Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars – A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather. 7% ABV / Ann Arbor, MI / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday

12-2pm, Free Destihl Brewing Tasting! Details Above.

6-8pm, Free Odell Breing Company Tasting! Details Above.

Saturday 

12-2pm, Free Brooklyn Barrel Aged Tasting! Details Above.

5-8pm, Free Jolly Pumpkin Tasting! Details Above.