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
Free Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company Tasting! Details Above.
Free Pizza and Beer Pairing with Toss Pizzeria & Pub! Details Above.