Huge Memorial Day Weekend Mix-and-Match Sale! Plus, Memorial Day Dunk Tank at ABGB.

WhichCraft Beer Store wishes you a happy Memorial Day weekend, and we’re having an amazing Green Sticker Sale to make it even better. Beginning today, over 75 items will be marked with green stickers and they will be anywhere from 10% to 35% off! Additionally, everything on the singles wall is 10% off and 6 packs of Real Ale Hans’ Pils are only $6.99 while supplies last. This is our way of getting summer started with a bang so don’t miss out.


The WhichCraft Crew is celebrating Memorial Day at the Hell Yes Project Party hosted by ABGB. Come join us on Monday and enjoy this incredible party aimed at channeling the energy of the beer industry into creating positive change in the community. We at WhichCraft will be showing our support by participating in the Celebrity Dunk Tank from 3-4 pm. All proceeds raised by the dunk tank will benefit Austin Habitat for Humanity and The House that Beer Built. More information can be found at the event’s Facebook page. Come enjoy some great craft beer and help us raise money by dunking us…if you can!

WhichCraft Beer store on South Lamar will be open regular hours on Memorial Day: 11am – 9pm.


We’re excited to be one of several places in town to be selling the Austin Passbook, a local guide that allows for 2-for-1 deals at a whole host of food and event destinations in Austin. At $25, if you use it only twice it pays for itself! Find out more and purchase your book here. We are also currently selling Austin Passbooks here at the shop. 

Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm

Thursday, May 26th – Tonight!

Schmitty from Real Ale will be paying us a visit and letting customers try a selection of their delicious beers. Tasting lineup will include Four Squared, Hans’ Pils, Brewers’ Cut Session IPA and their 19th & 20th anniversary beers!

Friday, May 27th

We will be welcoming Kadi Mayo, the new Brewery Rep from Deep Ellum, to the shop.  Her inaugural tasting will include free samples of Deep Ellum IPA, Dallas Blonde, Dream Crusher and the new Rye Pils.

Saturday, May 28th

 WhichCraft will be hosting a free store tasting. Beers included will be Middleton Bobcat Red, Victory Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner, Founders Old Curmudgeon and Knee Deep Tanilla.

New Beers This Week

Back in Stock: New Belgium Citradelic Cans, Zilker Marco IPA, Knee Deep Breaking Bud, 5 Stones Norma Jeane Blonde, Silly Scotch Bourbon Barrel,  De Proef Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale 750ml, Victory Prima Pils, Victory Kirsch Gose, Real Ale Four Squared, Oddwood Saison (we got the last 4 cases the distributor had).

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp sampler now available in 6 packs! Try all 6 beers from this incredible collaboration mixed-pack in a new, smaller format.

*Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin and Watermelon Dorado are now available in 6 pack CANS! Stop in to pick up these renowned fruit forward beers. *Arriving Friday

Victory Cage Radler – a spin on a German classic connects lemon freshness with crisp lager. Effervescent notes of lemonade, lemon zest, and a hint of graininess.Light, dry, and extremely drinkable, this clean and crisp lager is perfectly balanced with the flavors and aromas of fresh lemon. 3% ABV / Downington, PA / Availability: Decent

Dogfish Head Festina Peche – In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy! 4.5% ABV / Milton, DE / Beeradvocate 83 / Availability: Decent

Seguin 9-Pin Kolsch – This German inspired Kolsch is crafted with Pilsner and Munich malts and balanced with noble hops. Its straw colored body is complimented with a malt forward flavor and makes for a crisp, enjoyable, ale. 6.8% ABV / Seguin, TX / Availability: Plenty

Saint Arnold Icon (Green) 7220 Pale Ale – 7220 is a single-hop American Pale Ale that uses Hop No. 2010/72/20, a new experimental hop from Germany. Heavy hop additions during the later stages of the brewing process add notes of citrus, tropical fruit and “juicy fruit” to the aroma and flavor. 6.1% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Decent

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat – Alaskan Raspberry Wheat is an American-style Wheat Ale that highlights the bright flavors and inviting aroma of more than 3,000 pounds of real raspberries added during fermentation. Years of local demand through Alaskan’s Rough Draft program of draft-only releases and a Silver medal from the 2008 Great American Beer Festival make Alaskan Raspberry Wheat the perfect brew to launch the Alaskan Pilot Series. 6.5% ABV / Juneau, AL / Availability: Decent

Victory Kirsch Gose – A bold and bright step outside the norm, this new twist on an old-world German brewing process excites your senses with the sharp and sweet burst of fresh cherries. Effervescent and sublime, this session ale has an enticing and satisfying cherry fruit character. European tradition and American ingenuity come together in the truest sense as you Taste Victory in Kirsch Gose. 4.7% ABV / Downington, PA / Ratebeer 95 / Availability: Limited

Revolver Anodyne Wheat Wine – Brewed with 2 row pale malted barley, malted red wheat and honey this wheat wine is pale, fruity and deceptively drinkable. The strong ale is hopped with Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and German Mandarina for an enhanced tangerine and grape aroma and flavor. After fermentation, the beer is aged on oak chips for a subtle vanilla finish. 9% ABV / Granbury, TX / Availability: Decent

Texas Keeper Grafter Rose – Rome Beauty apples blended Tempranillo grapes from Pedernales cellar. Last year’s batch was fantastic and sold out quickly so dont miss out! Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

*Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout – Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout uses 500 pounds of Poteet, Texas strawberries to create a delicious and completely unique beer. The result is a dark, rich, creamy stout with a slight roastiness and undertones of rich chocolate, complemented by fresh strawberry flavor and aroma. 5.6% ABV / San Antonio, TX / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Limited / *Arriving Friday

 

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday

6-8 pm, Free Deep Ellum Brewing Company Tasting! Details Above.

Saturday 

6-8 pm, Free beer tasting of Middleton Bobcat Red, Victory Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner, Founders Old Curmudgeon and Knee Deep Tanilla! Details Above.

Austin Passbook Pre-Sales Have Begun! Plus, Join Us This Weekend for a Special Beer and Food Pairing

We’re excited to be one of only about a dozen places in town to offer pre-sales of the Austin Passbook, a local guide that allows for 2-for-1 deals at a whole host of food and event destinations in Austin. At $25, if you use it only twice it pays for itself! Find out more and pre-purchase your book here. Beginning soon, we will also be selling Austin Passbook here at the shop. 


In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, WhichCraft Beer Store is excited to be hosting a special beer and food pairing. We have been working with local restaurants to put together this exclusive menu, to be served side-by-side with some of our favorite brews. Please join us on Saturday, May 21st from 5-8pm for this free event.Pairings will include: Black Angus sliders with caramelized onions, provided by El Dorado Restaurant, paired with Community Public Ale; fennel and citrus cured salmon with pumpernickel, provided by Hi Hat Public House, paired with Saint Arnold 5 O’clock Pils; and a mystery beer and cheese pairing for dessert, with cheese being provided by our friends at Aviary Decor and Lounge. 

Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, May 19th – Tonight!

Our friends at Seguin Brewing will be here to sample out tasters of their Honey Pecan cream ale and Freedom Fiesta Ale.

Friday, May 20th

Schilling & Company Cider will be behind the bar to hand out free samples of their entire lineup. Cider fans, you wont want to miss this!

Saturday, May 21st 12-2pm

Marie from Pedernales Brewing will be stopping by to sample out some of their award winning brews. Included in the tasting lineup will be  Texas Hop Bomb #2, Lobo Kristall Weizen, Lobo Texas Lager and Lobo Negro.

Saturday, May 21st 5-8pm

A special beer and food pairing hosted by WhichCraft, in collaboration with El Dorado, Hi Hat Public House and Aviary Decor and Lounge. Details and menu at the top of this newsletter.

Tuesday, May 24th

Our friends from Rogness Brewing Company will be in the shop to give away samples of their Hefe, Boomslang IPL, Thorhildur Quad and Dopplestick.

Wednesday, May 25th

Circle Brewing will be in the house and pouring free samples of their complete lineup of packaged beers.

Thursday, May 26th

Schmitty from Real Ale will be paying us a visit and letting customers try a selection of their delicious beers. Tasting lineup will include Four Squared, Hans’ Pils, Session IPA and their 19th & 20th anniversary beers!

New Beers This Week

Back in Stock: Oasis Lake Monster, Ska Modus Mandarinna, Madame Rose, Clown Shoes Space Cake, Clown Shoes A Fist Full of Unidragon, Zilker Coffee Milk Stout, Sixpoint Jammer, Ommegang Glimmerglass, Karbach Hopadillo, Sierra Nevada Otra Vez, Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style, Real Ale Devil’s Backbone

Oddwoods Saison – Dry, tart, and funky farmhouse ale. Fermented in red wine barrels with a melange of yeast and bacteria. 6.4% ABV / Austin, TX / Beeradvocate 90 / Availability: Very Limited

The Bruery OR XATA – Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. This take on the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a little extra creamy character. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was carbonated horchata. The flavor is hard to describe, but for those who know it, you know you love it. 7.2% ABV / Placentia, CA / Ratebeer 90 / Availability: Very Limited / Limit 1 per person

The Bruery Poterie – Loosely based on an English-style old ale and fermented with The Bruery’s house yeast strain. This edition was 100% aged in oak barrels that previously held Scotch, imparting a subtle smoky complexity to complement the robust flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly. 14.8% ABV / Placentia, CA / Availability: Very Limited / Limit 1 per person

The Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness – Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that was aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivre™ or Black Tuesday. They were then then brought them over to Bruery Terreux and infected with a special blend of souring bacterias and wild yeasts. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty, sour stout. This unique beer has notes of tart plums, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak. 7.2% ABV / Anaheim, CA / Ratebeer 98 / Availability: Limited

The Bruery Terreux Humulus Terreux (Motueka Hops)- Each batch of Humulus Terreux will use a different hop varietal and one of the several strains of Brettanomyces yeasts that have been incubating in The Bruery Terreux’s laboratory to create a one of a kind, wildly traditional bière. The flavor possibilities are endless when combining possible hop notes of citrus, pine, flowers or grass with the barnyard funk, earth and tropics that can come from a 100% Brettanomyces fermentation. While each beer will showcase a different, distinct character, the overall result will always be dry, funky and delightfully hoppy. 6.3% ABV / Anaheim, CA / Ratebeer 91 / Availability: Limited

Austin Eastciders Pineapple – An exotic blend of heirloom, bittersweet and culinary apples with a taste of the tropics. Golden, ripe and delicious pineapples have been married into original dry cider to give you a refreshing pineapple experience. 5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

Anderson Valley Summer Solstice – Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale is not just your average summer seasonal. This unique copper colored ale is smooth, malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for that oh-so-drinkable, extra velvety flavor. 5% ABV / Boonville, CA / Availability: Decent

Ska Mexican Logger – The perfect Mexican lager. Light and refreshing, it really hits the spot after a long day of brutal chainsaw work. Brewed with the finest malt, Saaz hops, yeast, water, and love. 5.2% ABV / Durango, CA / Beeradvocate (Bros) 88 / Availability: Decent

Green Flash Styrian Golding IPA – 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. The zesty bitter orange peel qualities of Styrian Golding hops are balanced by the English malt base, offering a slightly spicy, assertive, herbal, and dry finish. 5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Availability: Decent

Buffalo Bayou Summer’s Wit – Buffalo Bayou took a classic Belgian Witbier yeast and fed it hibiscus flowers, ginger coriander, and orange peel. The old monks may be turning in their graves. 6% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Decent

Breckenridge Summer Bright – the perfect ale for summertime quaffing, nothing more. The craftsman’s touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest’s most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale. 4.5% ABV / Denver, CO / Availability: Decent

*Ballast Point Thai Chili Wahoo – Thai Chili Wahoo is a favorite for its complex balance of ingredients. Citrus and spice have long been a part of our trademark Wahoo White. In this edition, you’ll find a dose of Thai Chilis, even more heat from ginger, and a counterpunch of lime. The flavors in this beer need to be experienced first-hand. 4.5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Very Limited / *Arriving Friday

*Clown Shoes Blue Grass Billionaire – English Style Barleywine Ale – Aged In Bourbon Barrels. The third installation of Billionaire features Bourbon instead of Congac. The luxurious English Barleywine malt profile remains unchanged. 12% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Availability: Decent. / *Arriving Friday.

Stone Arrogant Bastard (6pk 16oz cans) – An aggressive American strong ale in new packaging. 7.2% ABV / Escondido, CA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Plenty

Stone IPA (6pk 12oz cans) – One of THE classic American IPA’s, newly packaged and ready for summer. 6.9% ABV / Escondido, CA / Ratebeer 100

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday

6-8 pm, Free Schilling & Company Cider Tasting! Details Above.

Saturday 

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

5-8 pm, Free beer and food pairing hosted by WhichCraft! Details Above.

It’s Not Too Late to Join Us at Untapped Fest. Plus, Special ACBW Cellar Release!

WhichCraft Beer Store is going to Austin Untapped Fest and we want you to come too. Don’t miss your chance to spend the day at beautiful Carson Creek Ranch, kicking back listening to some incredible live musical acts (including Atlas Genius and Deltron 3030), and most importantly…Drinking! This festival is your chance to try more than 300 different craft beers from breweries all over the country. You’ll also get to meet the brewers and converse with fellow beer-minded individuals like yourself. WhichCraft will be there to promote and celebrate beer culture and hand out some official WhichCraft SWAG. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, then click right here.


American Craft Beer Week is almost here and we at WhichCraft are celebrating with a series of free events at our store. In addition to a lineup of brewery lead tastings, we will be hosting our own house tasting of craft beers from around the country. Murica! This special tasting will feature one beer from the East Coast, one from the West Coast, one Texas local beer and one beer from right here in Austin! Please see our list of tastings below for more details.

In Addition to the tasting, we will be releasing a few beers from our cellar which will be available for purchase. Beers released will include 2014 Breckenridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Stout, 2014 Sierra Nevada Narwhal, 2014 Deschutes Abyss, 2015 Dogfish Head Old School, Odell Woodcut No. 8 and a few vintage Firestone Walker variants. Only a limited number of these beers will be available so don’t miss out! Both our special tasting and our cellar release will begin at 6pm on Tuesday, May 17th.


Be on the lookout for a special beer and food pairing hosted by WhichCraft in collaboration with a local restaurant. This event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 21st. Details to come.

Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, May 12th – Today 3-5pm

Whitney from Sixpoint Brewing Company will be behind the bar for a special daytime tasting. She’ll be passing out samples of Sixpoint’s full lineup of delicious brews.

Thursday, May 12th – Tonight 6-8pm

Our friends from Revolver Brewing Company will be in the shop to give out free samples of their Mullet Cutter IIPA, Sidewinder pale, High Brass blonde and Anodyne wheat wine with honey.

Friday, May 13th

Lexi from Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera will be joining us for a special tasting of their English Breakfast, American Breakfast and the ever popular Mexican Imperial Stout.

Saturday, May 14th

WhichCraft Beer Store will be hosting an in store tasting of 903 Blonde, Uinta Ready Set Gose, Guadalupe Scotch Ale, Uinta Dubhe black IPA and Strange Land Entire Porter.

Tuesday, May 17th

A special ACBW tasting hosted by your friends at WhichCraft. Tasting lineup will include Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Green Flash Pacific Gem, Real Ale 20th Anniversary Imperial Rye and Last Stand Coffee Porter. Cellar release will begin at 6pm, please see above for details.

Wednesday, May 18th

Taylor and Brett from Oddwood Brewing Company will be at the shop to dole out free samples of the wonderfully tart Taming the Savage Heart and Saison.

Thursday, May 19th

Our friends at Seguin Brewing will be here to sample out tasters of their Honey Pecan cream ale and Freedom Fiesta Ale.

New Beers This Week

Back in Stock. Sixpoint C.R.E.A.M., Sixpoint Bengali, Sixpoint Crisp, Victory Prima Pils (Cans), Last Stand Coffee Porter, Last Stand BPA, Goose Island Sofie, Goose Island Lolita, Grapevine Monarch (Pilsner), Busted Sandal Slippery Rock, Busted Sandal 210 Ale, Nebraska Apricot au Poivre, Bear Republic Mach 10, Hollows & Fentimans Ginger Beer, Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars, Mikkeller Mexas Ranger (330ml Bottles), Full Sail Imperial Bourbon Stout, Odell St. Lupulin.

Bear Republic Peter Brown Tribute – a malty American Brown Ale, brewed with molasses, brown sugar, and hopped with Cascade and Centennial.6.3% ABV / Healdsburg, CA / Ratebeer 88 / Availability: Decent

Bear Republic Pace Car – Hoppy aromas of pine and citrus, with a smooth malt flavor that empties your glass at a speedy pace. This Session IPA is the newest addition to the Racer family. 4% ABV / Healdsburg, CA / Availability: Decent

Real Ale 20th Anniversary – A throwback to the brewery’s first flagship beer, Full Moon Pale Rye – now available in its most recent iteration as Full Moon Rye IPA – the Anniversary Ale combines the unique spiciness of rye with abundant doses of American hops, resulting in a beer bold enough to celebrate 20 great years of brewing. 7.5% ABV / Blanco, TX / Availability: Decent

Green Flash Palate Wrecker – Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA ever brewed by Green Flash—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to the hop layering regimen for IPA. Brewed with almost 6 lbs/bbl of Columbus and Centennial hops to create this very bitter hop monster (tested at 149 IBU and no extracts). 9.5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Breckenridge Summer – the perfect ale for summertime quaffing, nothing more. SummerBright is the result. The craftsman’s touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest’s most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale. 4.5% ABV / Denver, CO / Availability: Plenty

Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter – remarkably complex, wildly popular ale combines hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee with an inventively delicious twist, for good measure. A vortex of flavors made even more alluring by a blast of nitrogen. 4.7% ABV / Denver, CO / Availability: Decent

Odell Prop Culture – An experiment with PROPagating different combinations of Belgian yeast CULTUREs and blending them in specific primary and secondary fermentations. The Saccharomyces cultures do the heavy lifting by converting the bulk of the wort sugars while the Brettanomyces cultures did the fine tuning to round out the flavor profile. The result of this experimentation led to PROP CULTURE, a project of 10+ yeast strains working together to create a fruit forward collage of flavors like pineapple, pear, mango, and banana balanced by a clove like spiciness. 7.1% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Availability: Very Limited / Limit 1 per person

Alamo Maibock – Made with Pilsner and Munich malts plus Herzrbucker hops, expect a strong Bavarian-style spring lager with a sweet toffee and caramel character. With a refreshingly crisp full bodied flavor. 6.9% ABV / San Antonio, TX / Availability: Decent

Mikkeller Not Just Another WitThe style taken to another level. Strong and hoppy. The world’s first IPW? Ingredients : Water, malt (pale and amber), unmalted wheat, flaked oats, hops (goldings, amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (orange peel and coriander seeds) and yeast. 7.6% ABV / Copenhagen, Denmark / Ratebeer 97 / Availability: Limited

Full Sail Session Wheat – a premium American-style Hefeweizen. It’s medium-bodied featuring aromas of malted wheat with a citrusy hop finish. As with all great Hefeweizens, going back to their German roots, just enough residual yeast remains to give it a hazy golden pour. 5.4% ABV / Hood River, OR / Availability: Plenty

Urban Family Hoppy Magnolia – Made with Citra hops and their proprietary farmhouse yeast, Urban Family’s Hoppy Magnolia is intended to be enjoyed fresh. With notes of grassy citrus hoppiness this farmhouse ale finishes slightly dry. 7.1% ABV / Seattle, WA / Availability: Decent

Free Weekend Tastings

Friday

6-8 pm, Free Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera Tasting! Details Above.

Saturday 

6-8 pm, Free 903 Blonde, Uinta Ready Set Gose, Guadalupe Scotch Ale, Uinta Dubhe and Strange Land Entire porter! Details Above.