WhichCraft is Wishing You and Yours a Happy Thanksgiving. Plenty of Free Tastings this Weekend and Plenty of New Beer at Both WhichCraft Locations.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at WhichCraft. WhichCraft Beer Store on South Lamar and WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop in Mueller are closed today. Both WhichCraft locations will reopen for normal business hours on Friday, November 25th. We hope that you enjoy the holiday!


At WhichCraft Beer Store, we love beer. But Lately we’ve been thinking, is there a way to make drinking beer even more awesome? And then it hit us…Pizza! This Saturday were combining a historically Bavarian beverage with an Italian delicacy for what just might be the most American tasting ever. We’re partnering with the guys at Toss Pizzeria and Pub to pair their delicious specialty pies with some of our favorite Texas beers. The best part is this event is it’s totally FREE, so come into WhichCraft Beer Store on Small Business Saturday from 6-8pm and support two small businesses at once!


Looking for a vote to really get excited about? The Austin Beer Guide 2016 Best of Readers’ Poll voting has begun! This is an opportunity for you to weigh in on some of the best beers and breweries that are coming up around Austin. There are a number of categories for you to make your opinion heard, including Best Brewery, Best New Beer and Austin’s 2016 Beer Personality of the Year. WhichCraft Beer Store is eligible in the category of Best Bottle Shop, and if you believe in our mission and our service then we would be grateful for your vote. The link to the voting page can be found here.


Christmas is right around the corner and WhichCraft Beer Store is ready to help put you in the holiday spirit with our Advent Beer Calendars. These customized cases are a great way to make the holidays even more festive by surprising you with a new beer every day leading up to Christmas! Full details on  WhichCraft’s Advent Calendars can be found on our Blog. These calendars are a huge hit every year, but only a limited number are available so come grab yours today. Purchases can be made either in person or over the phone. A valid form of ID will be required to pick up your calendars. All pick ups will take place at WhichCraft’s South Lamar location. Cheers!

Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, November 24th – TONIGHT!

Both WhichCraft Beer Store on South Lamar and WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop in Mueller will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday the 24th. Both WhichCraft locations will reopen for normal business hours on Friday, November 25th.

Friday, November 25th

WhichCraft Beer Store will be hosting the folks from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company for an exclusive free tasting of their Bourbon Barrel Ale, Honey Barrel Brown and Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Saturday, November 26th

12-2pm – As part of Small Business Saturday, WhichCraft Beer Store will be hosting a free tasting of Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island Brewing Company from 12-2pm. During the tasting we will be raffling off the opportunity to purchase bottles of BCBS and Bourbon County Brand Barleywine. Raffle drawings will take place at 12:30pm and 1pm.

6-8pm – WhichCraft Beer Store is be hosting Toss Pizzeria & Pub for a free pizza and beer pairing. We will be serving up free samples of some delicious Texas beers paired side by side with three signature creations from Toss Pizzeria on South 1st. Come on in on Small Business Saturday and support two small businesses at once!

Tuesday, November 29th

Justin from Left Hand Brewing will be behind the tasting bar to dole out free samples of Nitro Milk Stout, Wake Up Dead and Fade to Black.

Wednesday, November 30th

Stop by WhichCraft Beer Store and meet Hodge from Oskar Blues Brewery for a free tasting of Dale’s Pale Ale, IPA, Ten Fidy and Barrel Aged Ten Fidy.

Thursday, December 1st

Erik from Community Beer Company will be stopping by for a free tasting of Yessir! Pale Ale, Mosaic IPA, Community Witbier and their new Snicker Doodle Ale, an ale spiced with cinnamon and vanilla.

Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Wednesday, November 30th

6:00-8pm – WhichCraft Tap Room is hosting Jeremiah from Uinta Brewing Company for a special Pint Night, that will include free tasters of Pit Stop Sour IPA and Ready Set Gose. Come in and buy a pint of Uinta Rise and Pine Winter Warmer and keep the glass!

7:00pm – Which Craft Tap Room is hosting its first Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night. Come in for this free event and put your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included.

New Beers This Week

(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)

Back in Stock: Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale, Meridian Hive Haven 4pks, Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington Bourbon Barrel Stout, Lexington Honey Barrel Brown, 903 Sasquach, 4th Tap Sun Eater, Founders Breakfast Stout, Lakewood Holiday Bonus.  

Deep Ellum Fascinating Bellman – Oak Smoked Imperial Irish brown ale aged in Jameson Whiskey barrels. They selected fresh hops and smoked a portion of malt with Texas post oak. The resulting ale is fit for those who love complexity. 7.7% ABV / Dallas, TX / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Community Barrel Aged Legion, Macallan Scotch Barrels – Individual wooden barrels impart distinctly different flavors:vanilla, coconut, honey and toast, as well as any contribution from the barrels’ previous contents. The result is a beautiful marriage of the beer, barrel and spirit, contributing flavors of toffee, vanilla and candied fruits,all mingling with roasty, smooth Legion. 11.6% ABV / Dallas, TX / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Brooklyn Black Ops – Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bottles. “Black Ops” was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes. 10.5% ABV / Brooklyn, NY / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Limited

Alpine Pure Hoppiness – A West Coast Double IPA So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. Using hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and adding to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite. 8% ABV / Alpine, CA / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Odell Mountain Standard – Pours committingly dark with a light brown head and a slightly roasted hoppy nose. An ephemeral bitterness, the result of combining roasted malts with an assertive American hop profile, contributes to MST’s act of balance and harmony within nature or your glass. 9.5% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Ratebeer 98 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Uinta BA Stout – A barrel blended American Stout brewed with a copious amount of chocolate malt, roasted barley, and rolled oats before resting in Heaven Hills Bourbon barrels for 1 year. This beer fuses notes of roasted coffee and cacao nibs with an earthy bitterness provided by Willamette and Chinook hops to balance the finish. 7% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

Bishop Suicider – A combination of many different spices, including cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Made with sweet mead yeast, this cider has a hint of sweetness, 6.9% ABV / Dallas, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Alaskan Hopothermia – A Double IPA so bold and packed full of hop flavor that it could keep the wild wolves from the door of even the most remote cabin. 8.5% ABV / Juneau, AK / Ratebeer 91 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Victory Java Cask – Depth, complexity and richness occur when delicious ale ages in a barrel. Bourbon barrels deliver a bold and robust, chocolate malt-tinged stout. 14.3% ABV / Downington, PA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Adelbert’s Vintage Series Contemplating Waterloo – Philosophizer saison aged in Waterloo Antique Gin barrels. 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 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

Audacity Boss Raptor West Coast IPA – Citrus rind and zest aroma followed by grapefruit and tangerine, enough bitterness to keep it balanced. Oh yeah, then dry-hopped to punch you in the mouth!! 6.5% ABV / Denton, TX / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa – Sailing Santa is a deep copper colored blend of our Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA with spices added. The result is a pleasantly hoppy strong dark ale with spices. 7.2% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Tap Room (Mueller)

Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils – This pilsner is a clear golden color. Four additions of Saaz hops lend a spicy-floral hop component. 5.3% ABV / Longmont, CO / Beeradvocate 82 / Availability: Good

Last Stand SMaSH – This single malt and single hop (SMaSH) IPA uses pale malt and citra hops for bittering and aroma. Strong notes of citrus, grapefruit, melon and passion fruit. 7.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

Weekend Specials at WhichCraft Beer Store (South Lamar)

Community Trinity Tripel 4pks for only $4.99 – The smooth body and flavor come from select German Pils malts used for the grist, lending a deep golden hue and clean finish. The lack of complexity in the grist is necessary to highlight the stars of the show: three of the most beloved Belgian yeast strains and a new German hop variety called Mandarina Bavaria and also the famed Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. 9% ABV / Dallas, TX / Ratebeer 86

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

 Free Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company Tasting! Details Above.

Saturday

Free Pizza and Beer Pairing with Toss Pizzeria & Pub! Details Above.

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WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller is One Week Old! Advent Beer Calendars For Sale at WhichCraft Beer Store on South Lamar! Plenty of Limited Release Beers In Stock at Both Locations!

It has been one weeks since we opened the doors at WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop in the Mueller neighborhood, and the response has been unbelievable. Thank you to all those who have come out to support our new location and pick up some tasty beers/breakfast tacos. As the name suggests, the new shop features thirty rotating draft lines and an extensive selection of packaged craft beer. We are serving coffee as well, for those times when it’s too early for beer (yeah right!). Our coffee bar offers a variety of espresso drinks, pour over coffee and cold brew. Full details on this new location, including our address and hours of operation, can be found on our Blog. We’ll see you there!


Looking for a vote to really get excited about? The Austin Beer Guide 2016 Best of Readers’ Poll voting has begun! This is an opportunity for you to weigh in on some of the best beers and breweries that are coming up around Austin. There are a number of categories for you to make your opinion heard, including Best Brewery, Best New Beer and Austin’s 2016 Beer Personality of the Year. WhichCraft Beer Store is eligible in the category of Best Bottle Shop, and if you believe in our mission and our service then we would be grateful for your vote. The link to the voting page can be found here.


Christmas is right around the corner and WhichCraft Beer Store is ready to help put you in the holiday spirit with our Advent Beer Calendars. These customized cases are a great way to make the holidays even more festive by surprising you with a new beer every day leading up to Christmas! Full details on  WhichCraft’s Advent Calendars can be found on our Blog. These calendars are a huge hit every year, but only a limited number are available so come grab yours today. Purchases can be made either in person or over the phone. A valid form of ID will be required to pick up your calendars. All pick ups will take place at WhichCraft’s South Lamar location. Cheers!

Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, November 17th – TONIGHT!

Holly, from Real Ale Brewing Company will be joining us for a very special tasting and beer release. At the shop, we will be tasting the 19th & 20th Anniversary beer with bottles for sale. We will also have very limited edition 20th Anniversary Gift Packs that will be available for purchase via a raffle during the tasting. Gift Packs will include a bottle of 20th Anniversary Rye IPA and Barrel Aged 20th Anniversary Rye IPA.

Friday, November 18th

WhichCraft Beer Store will be hosting an exclusive tasting featuring Birrifico Del Ducato, the Italian brewery renown for its bright and inventive sour beers. We will be sampling their full assortment of delicious bottled sours.

Saturday, November 19th

12-3pm – The folks from Lakewood Brewing Company will be stopping by to pour some free samples of All Call Kolsch, Lakewood Lager and Thread Spinner Bourbon Barrel Barley wine. During the tasting, six packs of All Call Kolsch will be available for $7.99/each.

3-5pm – From right down the street, we’re hosting the folks from Uncle Billy’s Brew n’ Que for a special daytime tasting and BBQ pairing. We will be serving tasters of Lazy Day lager, Barton Springs Pale Ale and Green Room IPA alongside free samples of Uncle Billy’s delicious BBQ.

6-8pm – The good people from Sweet Water Brewing Company are joining us for a free tasting of their 420 IPA, Hash Session IPA and Festive Ale.

Monday, November 21st

Blue Owl Brewing’s own Tre will be behind the tasting bar to dish out free samples of Little Boss, Spirit Animal, Van Dayum! and Professor Black.

Wednesday, November 23rd

1-3pm – Our Good friend Mary from Saint Arnold will be stopping by to guide a free tasting of 5 O’Clock Pils, Santo, Saint Arnold Christmas Ale and Sailing Santa IPA.

Thursday, November 24th

WhichCraft Beer Store and WhichCraft Tap Room will be closed for Thanksgiving.

New Beers This Week

(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)

Back in Stock: Hops & Grain Greenhouse (El Dorado, Mridian), 4th Tap Sun Eater, Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA, Knee Deep Variety 6pk, Jester King Figlet, Hitachino Espresso Stout, Hitachino Real Ginger, The Bruery Poterie.  Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate, Real Ale Commissar.

Prairie Pirate Bomb – aged in rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping to add more body and smoothness to the already explosive and expressive flavors of Bomb! 14% ABV / Tulsa, OK / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Very Limited / Limit 2 Per Person

Lakewood Holiday Bonus – Holiday Bonus came to be. Brewed with stocking-stuffer flavors like chocolate and orange peel, this Robust Porter is both rewarding and festive. 6.6% ABV / Garland, TX / Ratebeer 92 / Availability: Limited

Elysian Space Dust Double IPA – The hopping is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo. 8.2% ABV / Seattle, WA / Ratebeer 96 / Availability: Decent

Collective Brewing Project The American – Sour Red Ale. 6.5% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Limited

Buffalo Bayou Gingerbread Stout – Sweet, creamy, slightly roasty stout with big nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves on the nose. Surprisingly easy-going mouthfeel. 10% ABV / Houston, TX / Ratebeer 93 / Availability: Decent

Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer – The finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation. This beer is blended with pure organic raspberry fruit juice and a previously cellared brew creating an unparalleled fruit ale. 5.1% ABV / Tadcaster, England / Beeradvocate 86 / Availability: Good

Adelbert’s Vintage Monks 2016 – Vintage Monks is a blend of our Trappist inspired ales which have spent up to two years aging in oak wine barrels. Each barrel imparts unique flavors of red wine, tart fruits and lovely funk. The blended result is a wonderfully complex ale that is beautifully balanced. 9.1% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 90 / Availability: Limited

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve – Rogue’s annual holiday offering, Santa’s Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops–including Chinook, and Centennial, and a mystery hop called Rudolph 6% ABV / Newport, OR / Ratebeer 86 / Availability: Decent

Real Ale 20th Anniversary Gift Pack – A commemorative gift box which includes one bottle of Real Ale 20th Anniversary Imperial Rye IPA, one bottle of Real Ale 20th Anniversary Imperial Rye IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels and a Real Ale 20th Anniversary IPA glass / Sales of these gift boxes will begin during the Real Ale tasting at 6pm on Thursday, November 17th (Tonight).

Breckenridge Christmas Ale – At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire. 7.4% ABV / Denver, CO / Availability: Good

Saint Bernardus Christmas – This specialty beer of 10% alc. vol. is characterized by its deep dark colour, with a creamy, thick head and a full, almost velvety taste with a fruity nose. It’s a seasonal ale, brewed annually for the holiday season. 10% ABV / Watou, Belgium / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Good

Upslope  Christmas – Celebrating the wintry nights and lights of the season, this lightly spiced English old ale is caramel colored and malty sweet. Second generation to the traditional Winter Warmer, allspice, orange peel and ginger round out the piney aroma of crushed juniper berries.8.2% ABV / Boulder, CO / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Good

New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Tap Room (Mueller)

Uncle Billy’s Bedroll Hazelnut Brown – A brown British ale centered around light, caramel-centric malty notes. 7.1% ABV / Austin, TX

Pinthouse Pizza Electric Jellyfish – Brewed with some of the newest and most exciting hop varieties featuring Equinox, Calypso, Citra, and Galaxy hops, Electric Jellyfish enjoys a bright tropical citrus character along with notes of orange, lemon, lychee, and a floral backbone. The Jellyfish is a new school IPA focusing on the juicy hop flavor and aroma while keeping the bitterness balanced and refreshing. 6.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 96

Live Oak Primus – Primus (pronounced, “pre moose”), is a dark, rich German-style Weizen beer (beer made with wheat malt) fermented with a very particular strain of brewers’ yeast that gives this beer its unique spicy and fruity character. 8% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 95

Weekend Specials At WhichCraft Beer Store (South Lamar)

Odell Brombeere 4pks for only $7.99

Community Trinity Tripel 4pks for only $4.99

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

 Free Birrifico Del Ducato Tasting! Details Above.

Saturday

Free Sweet Water Brewing Company Tasting! Details Above.

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WhichCraft Beer Store and WhichCraft Tap Room: Closed Thanksgiving Day

Both WhichCraft Beer Store on South Lamar and WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop in Mueller will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday the 24th. Both WhichCraft locations will reopen for normal business hours on Friday, November 25th.

WhichCraft Beer Store and WhichCraft Tap Room will be open during normal business hours on Wednesday, November 23rd.

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