Bring It On, 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone! As you stock up for this night of reflection, revelry, and rambunctiousness, don’t forget to make WhichCraft your destination for that special beverage to ring in the New Year. Might I suggest a Hole Lang Syne from Rabbit Hole? Or maybe a Fin Du Monde seems appropriate for 2017. Either way, we have all your bases covered, including something easy-drinking to cry into when you watch The Apartment on New Year’s Day. Or is that just me?

New Year’s Day at the Tap Room we’ll help you nurse your hangover with specials all day. $5 craft beer Red Eyes, $5 coffee/Sputnik and Happy Hour specials all day.  We’ll also have Tacodeli tacos in the morning and free munchies while you watch your favorite bowl games.

Of course, a new year means a new month, which means a new brewery of said month. You guys killed it all month with Live Oak, and I know we’ll keep that momentum going with January. It’s Martin House! All month, get their Salty Lady, True Love, or Friday IPA for $6.99. We’re starting 2018 on a great note.


Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 5-7pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, December 28th
Oasis visits Lamar to sample some of their fantastic beers. We’ll see you there.

Friday, December 29th
We welcome in Sahara with Tupp’s to taste their Northbound 75, Black Ale, For Ella, and IPA.

Saturday, December 30th
Along with the appropriately-named Hole Lang Syne from Rabbit Hole in advance of the New Year, we’ll also sample their full lineup of  wonderful brews.

Thursday, January 4th
Amy with Goose Island returns to Lamar to sample their new Cooper Project. No. 3 is a barrel-aged porter. We’ll also sample Sofie and offer their Juicy Double for $4.99


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Wednesday, January 3rd
7:00pm:  Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Weekly free event that puts 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: All Live Oak Beers, BVB Big Spoon, Oasis, TX MetaModern

Goose Island Cooper Project No. 3 – Bourbon barrel-aged imperial porter brewed with chocolate malts and spices. 8.2% ABV / Chicago, IL / Availability: Decent 

Adelbert’s Contemplating Waterloo – 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: Decent / SOLA Only

Alamo Munich Dark – A winter dunkel-style dark lager with a smooth, subtle chocolate flavor and dry, creamy finish. 4.9% ABV / San Antonio, TX / Availability: Good / SOLA Only

Deep Ellum Oak Cliff – Dark brown ale infused with locally roasted coffee from Panama. 7.5% ABV / Dallas, TX / RateBeer 91 / Availability: Good / SOLA Only

Harpoon Super Dark – A bigger version of their beloved Dark. Dark, malty, smooth with a chocolatey sweetness and depth of flavor from 12 months of aging in oak barrels. 10% ABV / Boston, MA / Availability: Good / SOLA Only
Left Hand Hard Wired Nitro – Innately predisposed to be smooth when Poured Hard, this nitro coffee porter builds a pillowy, toffee-sweet head. Coffee and flavors of caramelized sugar, cacao, and hints of blueberry lead to a light, smoky finish. 6% ABV / Longmont, CO / RateBeer 95 / Availability: Decent / SOLA Only
Victory 4 Front – Brings innovative juicy hop varietals to the forefront with generous amounts of dry-hopped Cashmere leading the way. Tropical kiwi, cantaloupe, and tangy citrus bloom from Azacca, Lemondrop and Cashmere hops. 5.5% ABV / Downingtown, PA / Availability: Good
Victory Blood Orange – This rose-colored IPA explodes with citrus aromas, flavors of blood orange, and smooth maltiness. A balanced finish ends with a sweetness from the agave syrup. 7% ABV / Downingtown, PA / Availability: Good
Victory Mighty Things IPA – Daringly dry-hopped with loads of mighty whole flower American hops, this juicy Imperial IPA imparts vivid aromas and notes of biting citrus. 8.3% / Downingtown, PA / Availability: Good
Flying Man Water Bomber Watermelon Wheat – A light refreshing watermelon wheat that is extremely well balanced. 5.2% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good / SOLA Only
Anderson Valley Hobneelch’n – The wheat-based ale features Columbus, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Just like hobneelch’n means “dancing” in Boontling, this hoppy wheat ale waltzes in with big hop flavors and aromas without being overly bitter. A symphony of Citra and Simcoe hops create citrus, pine, and fruit aromas while subtle notes of wheat and biscuit-like malts play quietly in the background. 5% ABV / Boonville, CA / Availability: Good / SOLA Only
Martin House Old Mose – Wine barrel aged quad brewed with figs and plums. 13.3% ABV / Ft. Worth, TX / Availability: Decent
Arriving Friday –  
FiftyFifty Eclipse: Apple Brandy – Imperial Stout aged in apple brandy barrels. 11.9% ABV / Truckee, CA / Availability: Decent
FiftyFifty Eclipse: Vanilla – Imperial Stout aged on vanilla beans. 11.9% ABV / Truckee, CA / Availability: Decent
FiftyFifty Eclipse: Coffee – Imperial Stout aged on coffee beans. 11.9% ABV / Truckee, CA / Availability: Decent
FiftyFifty Eclipse: Evan Williams – Imperial Stout aged in Evan Williams barrels. 11.9% ABV / Truckee, CA / Availability: Decent
FiftyFifty Eclipse: Grand Cru – Imperial Stout aged in Grand Cru barrels. 11.9% ABV / Truckee, CA / Availability: Decent
FiftyFifty Eclipse: Rye Cuvee – Imperial Stout aged in a blend of rye whiskey barrels. 11.9% ABV / Truckee, CA / Availability: Decent
FiftyFifty Eclipse: Willet – Imperial Stout aged in Willet bourbon barrels. 11.9% ABV / Truckee, CA / Availability: Decent

New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Hops & Grain Dispensary Pale Ale –  Balanced and refreshing with a deliberate and expressive amount of hops added to showcase the complexity and excitement that their favorite ingredient contributes. 5.5% ABV / Austin, TX

The Bruery Terreux Frucht: Passionfruit – Known for a tart flavor profile and traditionally low ABV, this Berliner-Weisse gains even more funky notes and natural earthy-woodiness from its fermentation in the large oak foeder vessel. This installment adds passion fruit, which escalates the tartness, tropicality, and palate-cleansing prowess of the base beer. 4.3% ABV / Anaheim, CA / RateBeer 96

Moontower Semi-Dry – This blend of Old World bittersweets and New World culinary apples mirrors their studious respect for tradition and the crafty ingenuity they employ to bring you this very balance of the orchard in a can. Not too sweet, and made from nothing but apples, it’s a modern ode to their own heritage. 6.5% ABV / Austin, TX

Karbach Zee German Pils – Pour zee bier and watch as zee bubbles cascade towards zee top to develop a puffy white head. Like a true Pils, this bier is straw-gold in color, light bodied yet full of floral and spicy hop flavors that are zee signature characteristic for this style. Prost! 4.9% ABV / Houston, TX

Karbach BBH Espresso w/ Cuvee – Their special release BBH series. This one has a rich malt character with chocolate & vanilla notes. 11.5% ABV / Houston, TX

Treaty Oak Fitzhugh – This British Mils is made with a balance of 2-row, Carmel Wheat and toasted malts with just enough Mandarina Bavaria and East Kent Goldings hops to let the malt flavors shine through. The toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, orange, honey and lavender flavors pair well with a selection of charcuterie and cheese. 4.9% ABV / Dripping Springs, TX

Jester King WytchmakerWild yeast native to the Texas Hill Country lends a sense of place to this earthy, floral farmhouse rye beer. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. 6% ABV / Austin, TX / RateBeer 95

Southern Heights Tahitian Dreamin’- This majestic beauty tasting like a tropical voyage to the end of a rainbow. Brewed with Citra, Centennial, Simcoe and happiness. No reservations or tickets needed. 6.7% ABV / Austin, TX

Zilker Heavenly Daze – Named after their favorite ski run in Steamboat Springs, Co, this heavily dry-hopped IPA has loads of Mosaic powder, Citra hops, and Simcoe powder. This hop blend is best described as Dank Citrus. 6.8% ABV / Austin, TX

Upland Revive – Revive is a tart, tropical, and refreshing blond sour ale. Aromas of pineapple and herbal chamomile are followed by tart and tropical flavors from aging in wine barrels for 3-4 months. 6% ABV / Bloomington, IN


This Week’s Specials

  • As we click over to January, make sure to pick up six packs of Martin House, our new Brewery of the Month. We’ll be offering their Salty Lady, True Love, and Friday IPA for $6.99 all month.live oak sale at WhichCraft
  • Enjoy Live Oak six packs for a few more days as our December Brewery of the Month, with all six packs on sale for $7.99. Including their Primus Weizenbock. Primus! And as always…#CanTheGrodz

 

South Lamar Specials

  • Until we run out of it, 22oz. bottles of Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical cider is on sale for $3.99. A great deal for a fantastic cider.
  • Six packs of Copperhead’s Bite Me are on sale for $4.99.

Mueller Specials

  • Last week for regular season football. If the NFL is playing on one of our TVs, it’s Happy Hour at Mueller. Get in here, people!
  • Six packs of Copperhead’s Bite Me are on sale for $4.99.

Parking at WhichCraft Mueller. The garage behind us on McBee is free to use.

WhichCraft Is Hiring a General Manager For S Lamar

The WhichCraft family is shrinking as we say goodbye to one of our senior members: South Lamar’s General Manager, Tim Vela. We’ll hate to see him go but are excited for the great things he’ll do.

That said, we’ll need someone to fill those shoes. Think you have what it takes? Good, we hope so, too. We’re looking for a FT employee to handle a lot of the goings-on at Lamar: purchasing, managing, building rapport with our distributors, and being one of the main faces of Austin’s first craft-only bottle shop. All interested parties should send in their resumes to jody [at] whichcraftbeerstore.com.

I’m willing to review any and all resumes, but ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following types of experience:

  • People management and leadership
  • Craft beer knowledge – tasting, quality, brewing history and methods, styles, etc etc.
  • Retail
  • Hospitality or service industry
  • Sales
  • Hard work, self motivation, and autonomy. This role absolutely requires an independent worker and driven person.

Please send resumes by Wednesday, 12/27, I need to move fast on hiring for this position.

Cheers —

Jody Reyes

Founder, WhichCraft

 

The Return of Marfa Light

Merry Christmas! Was Santa, or any of the other Winter-themed, all-powerful, gift-bearing deities you worship nice to you this year? Regardless of where you fell on their list, we’ll have a nice sale for you on Boxing Day at Lamar. It’s the return of Marfa Light! Shake off that tinsel and get down here when we release it at 6pm on the 26th, it’ll go quick.

But before then, we’ll be closing both locations at 6pm on Sunday, 12/24, then closed all day on Christmas while we go a-wassailing, whatever the heck that means.

Congratulations to all the winners at last week’s Austin Beer Guide Awards. Among them, you guys voted us as the Best Beer Store and Best Beer Personality for Lamar’s own Tim Vela! We’re continually humbled by everyone’s support and patronage, thank you all for your votes.

And finally, on a sad note, we will soon be saying goodbye to the very same Best Beer Personality. Tim Vela will moving on to bigger and better pastures and we wish him all the best. This means we will be looking for someone to fill those big shoes as General Manager of South Lamar. Check the full post about the ins and outs of what this position entails. Have what it takes? We hope so, too!


Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 5-7pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, December 21st
Huzzah! Enchanted Manor Meadery is visiting Lamar, and they’ll be sampling their Traditional Renaissance Festival and Queen Mother’s Herbed and Spiced versions. Delicious for both royalty and the serfdom.

Friday, December 22nd
New Braunfels drops by Lamar for a sampling of their fruited sours. Lineup includes variants of their saison: Saison de Lenoir, Saison de Pasteque, Saison de Celemtine, and Saison de Roncier. Pucker up and drop on by.

Saturday, December 23rd
Don’t miss Julie with 4th Tap dropping by Lamar to sample their full lineup of Yule Cat, Bat Country, Zephyr, Long Walk, and Renewal.

Monday, December 25th
Clo-ho-hosed.

Tuesday, December 26th
6pm: Like we said above, don’t miss our release of Big Bend’s fantastic barrel-aged stout, Marfa Light.

Wednesday, December 27th
We enjoy Southern Star, and heck, we know you do, too. Come by to sample their Blood Belt, Buried Hatchet, Black Crack, and Winter Warmer.

Thursday, December 28th
Oasis visits Lamar to sample some of their fantastic beers. We’ll see you there.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, December 21st
5-8pm: Frank with Saint Arnold makes the trip to Mueller to tap their White Noise witbier and sample their 20th Anniversary Barley Wine and Bishop’s Barrel 19.

Friday, December 22nd
5-8pm:  We’re dreaming of a Black Christmas when Left Hand drops by Mueller and tap their Black Saison. Also, we’ll sample their Nitro Milk Stout and Wake Up Dead in cans.

Saturday, December 23
4-7pm: Don’t miss Karbach when we tap their BBH Espresso and Zee Pils, and we’ll also be releasing the brand spankin’ new BBH.

Monday, December 25th
Clo-ho-hosed.

Wednesday, December 27th
7:00pm:  Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Weekly free event that puts 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: Real Ale Hans’ Pils, Celis White, Prairie No Chill, To Ol Jule Maellk, Le Pere Jules, Deep Ellum Easy Peasy, Live Oak…all ‘dem!

Karbach Zee German Pils – Pour zee bier and watch as zee bubbles cascade towards zee top to develop a puffy white head. Like a true Pils, this bier is straw-gold in color, light bodied yet full of floral and spicy hop flavors that are zee signature characteristic for this style. Prost! 4.9% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Good

903 Winter Sasquatch – Sasquatch with vanilla, frankincense and chocolate. 10.3% ABV / Sherman, TX / Availability: Decent

Tupps Full Grown Man – This robust yet drinkable stout is brewed with obscene amounts of dark roasted malts. This full flavored bad boy gives off dark stone fruit and tobacco notes as well as rich, dark caramel and burnt toast. Full Grown Man pours with a nice medium brown head that lingers well after it hits the glass. This is a beer to share and will age incredibly well. 11.9% ABV / McKinney, TX / Availability: Good

Brazos Valley Lefty – El Dorado-hopped hazy IPA. Brenham, TX / Availability: Good

Woodcreek Vanilla Porter – Crafted to unite all of your senses in one glorious moment. This little beauty tempts with aromas of roasty chocolate and exotic Madagascar vanilla bean. One drink and your palate is treated to bold, dark flavors complemented by a silky smooth vanilla finish. So which is better, chocolate or vanilla? Why not both? 5.4% ABV / Rockwall, TX / Availability: Good

Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet – A double-barreled shot of Magnum hops and lupulin dust — pure, concentrated hop flavor — is blasted directly into the tank to emphasize the intense pine and citrus flavors of classic West Coast hops. 8% ABV / Chico, CA / Availability: Decent

Lagunitas Olde Gnarlywine – The Annual release of their Barley wine is dated and built to last. Flavors evolve as hop bitterness yields to crazy caramel and rich toffee flavors. 10.6% ABV / Petaluma, CA / RateBeer 98 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Oasis Early Morning Shakes – Coffee pale ale. Juicy Citra hops come through at first sip, followed by more Uganda and Bali coffee finish. A true sensory thrill ride. 4.9% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good

Rogue Hazelutely Chocolatabulous – Dark, decadent, and delicious fusion of two Rogue favorites – Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Chocolate Stout. 5.7% ABV / Newport, OR / RateBeer 93 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Harpoon Fresh Tracks – Hop forward without being bitter, this single-hop Pale Ale showcases the piney, citrusy character of Centennial hops. Bright and golden, light and drinkable, the subtle malt flavor lets the hops shine. 6.2% ABV / Boston, MA / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Gigantic Most Premium – Strong aromas of ripe raspberry fruitiness and a definite whiff of its 10% alcohol. There’s quite a lot of roast in the aroma as well, with smoky, woodiness that’s reminiscent of a campfire. All of these notes are quite strong and unrestrained—very little that’s subtle about this one. 10% ABV / Portland, OR / RateBeer 97 / Availability: Decent

Gigantic Most Most Premium – Blacker than the uncaring hearts of the Czars of Russia, richer than their estates, more decadent than their palaces, and larger than their empire, this bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout is truly MOST Most Premium. 12.3% ABV / Portland, OR / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Limited

Gigantic Catch 23 Pale Ale – Their newest seasonal made with the Experimental 527 hop. It has a tropical mango hoppiness. 5.6% ABV / Portland, OR / RateBeer 87 / Availability: Good

Brouwerij de Ranke Kriek De Ranke – Kriek de Ranke is a real Belgian sour ale fermented with cherries and then blended with real lambic. It is unfiltered and unpasterized. The de Ranke brewery was founded by two good friends: Nino Bacelle & Guido Devose. To them, brewing is a weekend hobby, not an occupation. For a few hours every week they make small batches of what many consider the best specialty beers. Their beers are robust and flavorful. They use the best Hallertau and Brewer’s Gold varieties of hops. 7% ABV / Dottignes, Belgium / RateBeer 98 / Availability: Decent

Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress – Everything you love about their Imperial Milk Stout, but boozier and nicely-aged. One could go so far as saying Bourbon Barrel Temptress is the “cougar” of milk stouts. Hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, and roasted coffee intertwine for a boozy, dangerously smooth treat. Take your time with her and she’ll reward you. 11.3% ABV / Garland, TX / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Limited

Mikkeller Black Hole – Daring, vulgar and extreme. From the very beginning, Mikkeller’s goal has been to push the limit and with this warming, intense imperial stout, a new chapter in the Danish beer history has been written. The high bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the malt and alcohol, creates a good balance which makes Black Hole an explosion of nuances, but also leaves a feeling of a perfect and complex beer – in the heavyweight category. 13.1% ABV / Copenhagen, Denmark / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

 

Roughtail Everything Rhymes with Orange – Soft, pillowy mouthfeel, hazy and non-filtered with juicy citrusy hops and a fluffy white head. This IPA features mid-low bitterness and a full, soft body while still finishing dry and clean like the rest of the Roughtail lineup. Simcoe hops are featured, with Citra and Mosaic providing backup and complexity. 7% ABV / Oklahoma City, OK / RateBeer 97

Austin Beerwoks Sputnik Oats. Cuvee Coffee. Alcohol. And we have liftoff! You get an intense coffee aroma and bold flavor that perfectly compliments the silky oats and high alcohol. It will take your taste buds to orbit. 8% ABV / Austin, TX / RateBeer 98

North Coast Old Rasputin Nitro – Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish. 9% ABV / Fort Bragg, CA / RateBeer 100

Left Hand Saison Au Ble du Minuit – Dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. Mild tartness with Colorado barley and midnight wheat. 6.8% ABV / Longmont, CO

Pinthouse Pizza Electric Jellyfish – Brewed with some exciting hop varieties featuring Citra, Simcoe, Azacca, 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 hazy, new-school IPA focusing on the juicy hop flavor and aroma while keeping the bitterness balanced and refreshing. 6.5% ABV / Austin, TX / RateBeer 97

Saint Arnold White Noise – A crisp, citrusy Belgian-style Witbier, based on the original Celis White recipe with some oats added for a little extra body. To this, there is a dry-hopped addition of Citra hops that amps everything up. The nose is citrus and spices with a light banana. There is a pleasant round body that is light and creamy. The citrus of the orange peel blends nicely with the citrus from the hops and the coriander creates a liveliness on the finish. 5.3% ABV / Houston, TX


This Week’s Specials

  • Enjoy Live Oak six packs all month as our Brewery of the Month, with all six packs on sale for $7.99. Including their Primus Weizenbock. Primus! And as always…#CanTheGrodz

live oak sale at WhichCraft

South Lamar Specials

  • Until we run out of it, 22oz. bottles of Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical cider is on sale for $3.99. A great deal for a fantastic cider.
  • Six packs of Copperhead’s Bite Me are on sale for $4.99.

Mueller Specials

  • If the NFL is playing on one of our TVs, it’s Happy Hour at Mueller. Get in here, people!

Parking at WhichCraft Mueller. The garage behind us on McBee is free to use.