Blame It on the Blaaaaack Staarrrr…

Saturday, January 27, 4-7pm. Mark it, dude. We’ll invite in Black Star Co-Op to tap two variations of their Dockhand Series porter: one with Barrett’s coffee, and one on nitro with SRSLY Chocolate. We’ll be offering a special flight: a 5oz pour of each and a shot of Barrett’s espresso (the same used in the beer), and some chocolate for $10. What a deal! We’ll also offer normal pours of the beer, too, sillies.

Also, you’ll have two chances to catch ex-Lamar GM and current Full Clip rep Tim Vela as he samples a lineup the distributor’s beers. First up, tonight at Lamar, he’ll sample some of HopFusion’s tasty brews: Go Easy, Fur Slipper, Feisty Blonde, and Hairpin Rye. Then, Friday at Mueller, we’ll sample Roughtail’s fantastic IPA on tap, Everything Rhymes with Orange, along with Hoptometrist, Pale Ale, and maybe another.

And to let people know, WhichCraft Mueller will be closing early at 4:30 on Sunday, January 28, for a special event, so plan your day drinking accordingly.


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

Thursday, January 25th
We go above and beyond the usual brewery sampling and bring in a whole dang distributor. Don’t miss Full Clip and some guy named Tim…Vaylah (?)…as he returns to WhichCraft to sample beers from HopFusion: Hairpin Rye, Go Easy, Feisty Blonde, and Fur Slipper.

Friday, January 26th
Come by for a WhichCraft-sponsored tasting as we pull some beers off the shelves. This week’s sampling, we have some fantastic bottles: Collective Brewing Project American Sour Red, Anderson Valley Hobneelch’n, NOLA Hopitoulous, and the new Clown Shoes Once Upon a Time in the Far East.

Saturday, January 27th
Andrew from 5 Stones drops by to sample their newly-canned Manmosa, Back from Bridge City, and Frederick Burg.

Tuesday, January 30th
Hunter with Abita visits the store to sample their new Mardi Gras Bock, along with the 30*90, and Grapefruit Honey.

Thursday, February 1st
What’s up? Oh, nothing. Just ringing in a new month with a sampling from that fine Austin brewery, Celis. Don’t miss a chance to sample that wonderful White, along with the Citrus Grandis and Pale Bock. 


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, January 25th
5-8pm: Holy cow, you guys. Brazos Valley will be by the shop to tap their Salted Caramel Porter on nitro. I mean, you’re not gonna miss that, right? And samples of their other canned delights? This is just too good to miss.

Friday, January 26th
5-8pm: Another Full Clip and Tim Vela appearance at WhichCraft. This time, we’re sampling Roughtail’s Everything Rhymes with Orange on tap, and cans of Hoptometrist and Pale Ale.

roughtail at WhichCraft

Saturday, January 27th
4-7pm: As mentioned above, get over to Mueller to try two variations of their Dockhand Series porter, along with Barrett’s espresso and SRSLY chocolate.

Wednesday, January 31st
7:00pm:  Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Weekly free event that puts your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included!

Thursday, February 1st
5-8pm: To celebrate the new Saison-A-Fond from Oasis, we’ve put it on tap and invited Morgan from the brewery to come by. Don’t miss it.


New Beers This Week

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

Back in Stock: Prairie Pirate Noir (Lamar)

Adelbert’s Travelin’ Man – A “new school intercontinental IPA.” This beer is a soft, juicy, flavor bomb of an IPA with an amalgamation of tastes and aromas spanning the hop rainbow. It’s a fresh beer that should be consumed quickly, but can continue to evolve in the package for months due to massive dry hopping and biotransformations. 6.2% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good

Cigar City Jai Alai – Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish. 7.5% ABV / Tampa, FL / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Limited

Cigar City Guayabera – With notes of tangerine, lime, and berries, the exclusive use of Citra hops in this beer creates a flavor that’s at once unique and recognizable, while its dry, crisp character and moderate alcohol make it as refreshing and functional as a crisp linen guayabera. 5.5% ABV / Tampa, FL / RateBeer 95 / Availability: Limited

Cigar City Tampa-Style Lager – This Tampa-style Lager is inspired by the traditional German-style Helles, which translates to “light colored.” Perfect for the Florida (or Texas) heat, it’s a beer that’s made for drinkin’ when it’s truly hotter than helles outside. 4.5% ABV / Tampa, FL / Availability: Decent

Bell’s Hopslam – Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repetoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style. 10% ABV / Galesburg, MI / RateBeer 100 / Availability: Limited

Clown Shoes Once Upon a Time in the Far East – Imperial stout brewed with cold-brewed Vietnamese coffee. 14% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Availability: Limited

Firestone Walker Leo v. Ursus #4: Wookus – An imperial black rye IPA that is wickedly hoppy, righteously spicy, and fearsome in flavor. While exhibiting DNA from its Wookey Jack ancestry, Wookus offers next-generation attitude with amplified hop aromatics and a bit of rebellious dankness. The result is a beer that blends the familiar with the ferocious. 8.2% ABV / Paso Robles, CA / RateBeer 92 / Availability: Decent

Champion Fruitbasket A DIPA-strength west coast IPA hopped exclusively with Mosaic hop. Known for its fruity, earthly, and herbal notes, this hop dancers with the peel and juices of blood oranges and red grapefruits. 8% ABV / Charlottesville, VA / RateBeer 95 / Availability: Decent

Left Hand Well Played Red IPA – Experimental hops and specialty malts compose a beer that is sweet up front with robust hop character and a dry finish. 6.8% ABV / Longmont, CO / Availability: Good / SoLa Only


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

 

Freetail La Muerta Whiskey Port Cask Finished – Freetail has made La Muerta, a slightly smoky Imperial Stout, the last few years to honor Dia De Los Muertos.  They’ve also been doing some killer barrel treatments and adjunct versions of the beer.  This one was aged in whiskey barrels and then finished for several months in port casks, giving it a round almost sweet wine flavor to go along with the roast and smoke forward base beer. 9.9% ABV / San Antonio, TX

Buffalo Bayou Y’alloha – This subtly sweet and tart Blonde Ale brewed with mango, pineapple, and passion fruit is their answer for those 70 degree Texas winter days us drinkers want to enjoy on the patio in our shorts, daydreaming of getting lei’d. 5.2% ABV / Houston, TX

Bell’s Amber Ale – The beer that helped build their brewery; Bell’s Amber Ale features both toasted and sweet caramel notes from carefully selected malts, balanced with herbal and citrus hop aromas. Capped by a clean bitterness, it’s incredibly versatile with food, but very tasty on its own. 5.8% ABV / Galesburg, MI

Blue Owl Lord Admiral Gravitas – Sour Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Brimstone Balcones barrels. 9% ABV / Austin, TX

Hi Sign Max Stout – A dark, richly roasted deep stout, with chocolate aromas. 6.6% ABV / Austin, TX

Epic Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptista – Imperial Stout aged in whiskey & rum barrels with cacao nibs, barrel-aged coffee beans and barrel-aged coconut added. 11.4% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / RateBeer 100

Southern Heights Dave’s Not Here IPA – American IPA, light body with tons of hop aroma. 7% ABV / Austin, TX


This Week’s Specials

  • Make sure to pick up six packs of Martin House, our January Brewery of the Month. We’ll be offering their Salty Lady, True Love, and Friday IPA for $6.99 all month.

  • Six packs of Copperhead’s Bite Me are on sale for $4.99.

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.

Mueller Specials

  • Pro Bowl week, hooray? But some more good news, everyone: WhichCraft Happy Hour is now every gul-durned day from 4-6pm!

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

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WhichCraft Is Hiring, and Icepocalypse 2018!

Have you always wanted to work at your favorite local bottle shop: talking beer, selling beer, and sometimes sampling said beer? Now’s your chance! We’re looking for someone – or someones – to work part-time at both of our locations. Prior retail experience is helpful, though not necessary, but you must have a love of beer (and coffee) and be helpful, outgoing, and willing to learn. Email resumes to jody [at] whichcraftbeerstore.com.

And you’ll notice our incoming beer list is a little small this week. With the freeze and inclement weather, our deliveries got backed up a bit. We’re still getting new beers this week, it’s just up in the air as of this pressing. But stay tuned to our other social media or heck, just come in and see for yourself. There’s always something great happening at both locations. Oh, and plenty of beer for sale, too. Let’s not forget that. Keep reading below and get yourselves edumicated.


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

Friday, January 19th
We welcome in Lagunitas to sample their Lil’ Sumpin Easy, Undercover Shutdown Ale, and their Imperial Stout. Don’t miss it.

Saturday, January 20th
We pull some bottles off the shelves and have ourselves a good ole’ in-house sampling. On the menu: fruited beers. Victory Blood Orange, Founders Rubaeus, Champion Fruit Casket, and Prairie Vape Tricks.

Wednesday, January 24th
Megan with Freetail drops by to sample their fantastic Texas Harvest Ale, B4, and Local Coffee Stout.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, January 18th
5-8pm: We’re big fans of Shacksbury Cider, so we’re tapping their Arlo cider and having them come by Mueller. Don’t miss this.

Saturday, January 20th
4-7pm: TX Keeper drops by Mueller to sample their Ciderweizen on tap, along with some of their fine Austin ciders.

Texas Keeper at WhichCraft

Wednesday, January 24th
7:00pm:  Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Weekly free event that puts your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included!

Thursday, January 25th
5-8pm: Holy cow, you guys. Brazos Valley will be by the shop to tap their Salted Caramel Porter on nitro. I mean, you’re not gonna miss that, right? And samples of their other canned delights? This is just too good to miss.


New Beers This Week

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

Austin Beerworks Ski Jeans – ABW/Odell session IPA collab. Odell brought a giant bale of private hop stash, ABW brought a tank of liquid nitrogen. Together they shattered frozen hops in a radical collaboration. Made in Odell’s original brewhouse right here at Austin Beerworks, Ski Jeans is a celebration of heritage, hops, and terrible slope attire. 7.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Limited

Bell’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cherry Stout – Aged for up to 12 months in whiskey barrels, their signature Cherry Stout evolves into something even more flavorful and complex. Notes of oak, vanilla and dark chocolate are intertwined with tart Michigan cherries in a stout that seduces the palate. 9.3% ABV / Kalamazoo, MI / Availability: Decent

New Belgium Single Foeder Felix No. 61 – Golden sour ale. Big lemon, lime, and starfruit aromas dance with citric acidity and a slightly sweet finish. 8.5% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Availability: Decent / Mueller Only

5 Stones Back from Bridge City – White IPA brewed with fresh grapefruit and coriander. Collaboration with Widmer Brothers. 6.3% ABV / New Braunfels, TX / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

5 Stones Manmosa – American Wheat Ale brewed with fresh Oranges and Orange Zest. 5.8% ABV / New Braunfels, TX / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

 

Martin House Reverie – Sour ale with pomegranate. 5.2% ABV / Fort Worth, TX  

Shacksbury Arlo – Aromatic, grapefruit, apple, and dry Apple varieties – A blend of eating apples from Sunrise Orchards in Vermont and European bittersweet apples Native yeast fermentation. 6.2% ABV / Shoreham, VT / Ratebeer 87 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

Odell Rupture – Rupture was born out of an obsession with getting the most out of each and every hop. In fact, they built a machine in their brewery to incorporate a unique fresh grind process. By grinding the whole hop, they “rupture” the lupulin inside – releasing the oil that gives the beer its flavor. And what they grind that day, they use that day. Leaving you a beer that’s fresh, aromatic, with an unparalleled bright, hoppy character. 6% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / RateBeer 94

Last Stand Saaz Blonde – A very light and refreshing blonde ale brewed with German pale malt, a touch of Munich malt and very lightly hopped with CZ Saaz hops. 5.8% ABV / Austin, TX

TX Keeper Ciderweizen -Made with witbiers and hefeweizens in mind. Their goal was to marry the underlying citrus and green apple notes of the Goldrush and Crispin apples with the lightly hopped and spiced character of old-world wheat beers. They used select yeast strains to accentuate the right fruit characters and dry hopped and dry-spiced the cider to finish. 7.4% ABV / Austin, TX

Weathered Souls Who’s Got the Juice Now? – A NE-style IPA with Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops. 7.5% ABV / San Antonio, TX

Pinthouse Pizza Bailing Room IPA – Brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Chinook hops, this dark tangerine-hued West Coast IPA boasts citrus, piney, and resinous notes. 7.2% ABV / Austin, TX

The Bruery Terreux Frucht: Passion Fruit – 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

Oasis Saison-A-Fond – A dry-hopped, traditional, American saison with wheat and rye, except they did a non-traditional mixed fermentation, meaning they fermented with two yeasts: the Saison Dupont yeast strain and their house lager strain (a very unique combination!). This saison is a deep straw yellow color, hazy, and was dry hopped with Sorachi Ace, giving it a distinct bright lemon and fresh mint aroma. Served in a goblet, it looks and smells like a big beer, but drinks incredibly well. 6.3% ABV / Austin, TX


This Week’s Specials

  • Make sure to pick up six packs of Martin House, our January Brewery of the Month. We’ll be offering their Salty Lady, True Love, and Friday IPA for $6.99 all month.

  • Six packs of Copperhead’s Bite Me are on sale for $4.99.

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.

Mueller Specials

  • Conference Finals! 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.

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A New GM and a Souped-Up Professor Black on Tap

The long search is over, and with the exit of Tim Vela as Lamar’s General Manager, we want to welcome Diku Desai as he fills those big shoes. Diku has been a home brewer for three years and is active in SAAZ South Austin Area Zymurgists). He’s also studying to be a Cicerone/BJCP, and has worked at both WhichCraft locations for several months. We’re excited for him to take over at Lamar, so come by and say hello…how about one of the many fine tastings listed below?

Then, make it a point to visit Mueller this week and next as we have a few great events lined up. Saturday, we’ll be tapping Blue Owl’s Salted Chocolate Double Cherry Professor Black with Jeremy from Blue Owl. Then, we’ll have a special Aventinus event on Tuesday, January 16, where we pour the standard Aventinus on draft, then sample 2014 Cuvee Barrique, Eisbock, and a vintage Aventinus from 2008. This event will be $15/person for 3oz. pours of all four delicious beers and a special Aventinus glass you get to take home. Event details can be found at the Facebook Event page.

Folks, there’s always something great happening at both locations. Oh, and plenty of beer for sale, too. Let’s not forget that.


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

Thursday, January 11th
6-8pm: We welcome in Buffalo Bayou to sample some of their tasty beers. On the menu: Turtle Murder, Fiiiiiigaro, 1836 Copper Ale, and Sam’s Daily.turtle murder at whichcraft

Friday, January 12th
To welcome in Diku as our GM, we’re having an in-store tasting. Drop by to sample Copperhead Bite Me, Martin House True Love, Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher, and Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous.

Saturday, January 13th
Don’t miss Southern Star at Lamar as we sample their full lineup of cans, including their Winter Warmer.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, January 11th
5-8pm: Love Real Ale? Sure, we all do. Then don’t miss it as we tap Hans’ Pils and sample their Axis IPA. We’ll also have a specific Hans pilsner glass for a Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass. Then, for ten extra dollars, you can try a vertical of their Sisyphus barley wine from 2004, 2009, and 2014. Boulder and hill not included, but what is included? Cheese. A beautiful cheese to complement this beautiful beer.

Friday, January 12th
5-8pm: It’s Martin House, our January Brewery of the Month! Drop by Mueller to sample their Reverie on tap, and have samples of their full lineup of BotM cans.

Saturday, January 13th
4-7pm: Jeremy with Blue Owl will be in to tap that fantastic barrel-aged Professor Black I described above. Get in before it’s gone, cuz you and I both know it will. Get gone, that is.

Tuesday, January 16th
5-9pm: Don’t miss the Aventinus tasting with Jon Lundbom. Again, we’ll be tasting the standard Aventinus on tap, a 2014 Cuvee Barrique, Eisbock, and a vintage Aventinus from 2008. This beer pairing, as mentioned above, will cost $15 for four 3oz pairs and a special Aventinus glass.

Wednesday, January 17th
7:00pm:  Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Weekly free event that puts your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included!

Thursday, January 18th
5-8pm: We’re big fans of Shacksbury Cider, so we’re tapping their Arlo cider and having them come by Mueller. Don’t miss this.


New Beers This Week

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

Back In Stock: Stone Xocoveza Charred, Prairie Vape Tricks, Funkwerks Pineapple Provincial

Ommegang 20th Anniversary – begins as a Belgian-style strong dark ale followed by maturation in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels for 6 months. The result is an immensely rich and complex beer worthy of drinking now, or perfect to age. 11.5% ABV / Cooperstown, NY / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Alaskan Baltic Porter – A deep, dense beer with an intricate array of aromas and flavors derived from substantial amounts of specialty malts, dark black cherries and whole gourmet vanilla beans. In order for the British to export their dark ales to the northern ports of the Baltic Sea, they were brewed stronger than normal to endure the long voyage. The extra warmth was welcomed in these countries with harsh winters and a taste for the robust, attributes that also fare well in Alaska. 9.8% ABV / Juneau, AK / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Lagunitas Sumpin’ Easy – A healthy dose of 2-row malted barley, a bit of wheaty-esque-ish-ness and loads of Ekuanot hops to create a super smooth and velvety ale with a fruit and resin-y- finish like biting into a freshly pickled peach. Easy! 5.7% ABV / Petaluma, CA / Availability: Good

Odell Settle Down Brown – This American Brown has a rich malt flavor with complex tropical fruit and caramel notes. 6.5% ABV / For Collins, CO / Availability: Good

Jester King Black MetalEnglish Imperial Stout meets the Franco-Belgian Farmhouse tradition in this dry, drinkable beer. Pitch black in color with notes of chocolate, roasted and black malts coupled with earthy, peppery, and floral farmhouse esters. 9.3% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 98 / Availability: Very Limited

Jester King Kernel Colonel Toby – A hoppy little farmhouse ale brewed in collaboration with Toby Munn from The Kernel Brewery in London. Dry hopped with Citra and Centennial hops. 3.4% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Limited

Dinkelacker Das Naturtrube – Unfiltered German pilsner brewed with Noble hops. 5% ABV / Stuttgart, Germany / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Dinkelacker Das Schwarze – A a jet-black, full-bodied beer that involves a complex brewing process and has an aromatic and tangy flavor. 4.9% ABV / Stuttgart, Germany / Availability: Good

Destihl Moonjumper – Fasten your space helmet because this stout will quickly have you orbiting the moon. Notes of roasted and chocolate malts round out our milk stout’s sweet side, creating a well-balanced beer with a smooth mouthfeel and creamy tan head. One sip of this medium-bodied stout will have you jumping over the moon for another. 6.1% ABV / Normal, IL / Availability: Good 


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

 

Schneider Weisse Aventinus Dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meet liquorice and roasty aromes. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish. 8.2% ABV / Kelheim, Germany / RateBeer 100

Alesmith Speedway Stout – Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. 12% ABV / San Diego, CA / Ratebeer 100

Blue Owl Salted Chocolate Double Cherry Professor Black – Weighed down with as many extra ingredients as an Adjunct Professor teaching seven sections; this special edition of Blue Owl’s Sour Cherry Stout has been enhanced with a double batch of cherries and salted chocolate.  Tasty, complex, sweet, and sour all at once.  Come get you some learnin’. 6.1% ABV / Austin, TX

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca – An artisan white ale brewed in the classic biere blanche tradition. Spiced with orange peel and coriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderful dry finish. 4.8% ABV / Dexter, MI / RateBeer 94

Real Ale Hans’ Pils – Hans! Hans? Hans. 5.3% ABV / Blanco, TX

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

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


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.

  • Six packs of Copperhead’s Bite Me are on sale for $4.99.

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.

Mueller Specials

  • Divisionals, AKA the best weekend of the play 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.

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