Hi Sign June Brewery of the Month

It got hot quick. We at WhichCraft fight back with cold beer. And for the month of June, our ammunition is Hi Sign Brewing. We’ll have six packs of their Shamus, Christie, and Wooderson for $7.99 all month long. We all do our part, so do yours and pick some up.

And mark your calendars for June 11, when we have the next iteration of our Style Night with the Beer Museum. Thanks to everyone who came out for the East vs. West Coast IPAs, now we’re moving on to a real summer treat: Goses. We’ll be comparing fruited and non-fruited varieties of this tart, salty beer, and discussing its history and intricacies. $20 for four 5 oz pours (and maybe a bonus or two!). Check here for more information.

Finally, we have some great events coming up. Check the calendars below for information on this week’s samplings, like Big Bend at both locations and 5 Stones at Lamar. So much goodness.


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

Thursday, May 31st
Andrew with 5 Stones drops by Lamar to sample their Aloha Pina and that sweet, sweet Shepherd’s Juice. Try some, buy some.

Friday, June 1st
Come check out a WhichCraft-curated sampling as we sample some beer from the shelves. Tonight’s menu: 4th Tap Strawberry Sun Eater, No Label Mojito Lime, and Argus Vinho Pearde. Fruitastic!

Saturday, June 2nd
Kenna with Big Bend takes the trip south to release their new barrel-aged stout, Charles, Prince of Whalez. If you missed it Friday at Mueller, don’t miss it here.

Thursday, June 7th
It’s always great when Save the World drops by, so don’t miss your chance to try some of their Belgian goodies.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Friday, June 1st
5-8pm: We welcome in Kenna with Big Bend for an event on two fronts. First, we’ll be selling their new barrel-aged stout, Charles, Prince of Whalez. And to celebrate their gold medal win at the World Beer Cup, we’ll be tapping their National Park hefeweizen and selling it in cans. Come check it out!

Saturday, June 2nd
4-7pm: It’s a Community Pint Night! We have their Brett’s Get It On IPA and Silly Gose on tap…Buy the beer, keep the glass.

Wednesday, June 6th
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: Strawberry Sun Eater (Lamar), Twisted X Gulf Kolsch (Lamar) Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars, New Belgium Hemperor, Hops & Grain Pellets & Powder

Sweetwater Tropical Lover – A tart, refreshing wheat ale brewed with mango, passionfruit, and guava. 4.8% ABV / Atlanta, GA / Availability: Good

Left Hand Peach Beerlini Radler – Light, bubbly and refreshing. An effervescent concoction of pale malts and peach nectar. 4.1% ABV / Longmont, CO / Availability: Good

Left Hand Black Currant Cream Ale Nitro – Super smooth with a light body, tart berries and vibrant color. 4.7% ABV / Longmont, CO / Availability: Good

Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday – A pale ale which features a delicious concoction of wet hops, reborn and unfiltered. 7.2% ABV / Petaluma, CA / RateBeer 98 / Availability: Decent 

Big Bend Charles, Prince of Whalez – Pastry Stout brewed with Cacao, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Belgian Candi Sugar, Lactose, Ancho Peppers, Cinnamon and Hazelnut. 9.9% ABV / Alpine, TX / Availability: Limited (Arriving Friday)

Clown Shoes Who’s on First – Summer ale brewed with passionfruit and pineapple puree. 4.8% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Availability: Good

Avery Go Play – Crisp, refreshing fruit, and it has what plants crave! Electrolytes! 5.7% ABV / Boulder, CO / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Odell Green Coyote – It sounds a little out there but just wait until you try this tomatillo sour. One will get notes of lemon, perfect pricker on the tongue and a slight salt finish. 5.1% ABV / Ft. Collins, CO / SoLa Only

Rogue 10 Hop – Brewmaster John Maier meticulously selected and blended 10 varieties of their aroma hops to create this behemoth on an IPA. 10.1% ABV / Newport, OR / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Rogue 5 Hop – Brewmaster John Maier meticulously selected and blended 5 varieties of their aroma hops with lightly roasted malts to create this smooth refreshing black IPA, the black sheep of our IPA family. 5.55% ABV / Newport, OR / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Collective Brewing Project Shadow Walker – Wood Folk aged on second use Montmorency Cherries originally used in Doom Berry. 5.38% ABV / Ft. Worth, TX / Availability: Decent

Tupps Raspberry Wheat – Wheat infused with raspberry. 5.7% ABV / McKinney, TX / Availability: Good

Bell’s 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve – This version was brewed in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of their Cherry Stout, another specialty beer that was first brewed in 1988 as a nod to a local homebrew club in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They brewed a version of Cherry Stout in 2001 using oak chips and cherry pits. This time around, they decided to brew with whole cherries and oak chips. Coming in at 9.0% alcohol by volume, this commemorative batch is a celebration of what Cherry Stout means to them. 9% ABV / Kalamazoo, MI / Availability: Limited (Limit 2 singles per person)


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Southern Star/Pink Boot Brew Wheat IPA – Pink Boots Society, a global nonprofit organization supporting women in the brewing profession, are thrilled to announce the release of an exclusive Wheat IPA hop blend to celebrate woman in the beer and brewing industry. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship funds. 6% ABV / Conroe, TX

BrainDead Foreign Export Stout – Oatmeal Extra Stout A complex black ale reminiscent of dark chocolate covered espresso beans & currants. Built on dark and caramel barley males with fruity American hops & a hint of licorice root. 6.6% ABV / Dallas, TX

Buffalo Bayou Dreamsicle -A homage to the ice cream truck chasing days of our youth. A blonde ale deepened with bright orange and sumptuous vanilla. Orange and vanilla complement each other perfectly resulting in a light-bodied refreshing treat to beat the Texas heat. 6% ABV / Houston, TX

Epic Triple Barrel Baptist – 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

Hops & Grain Porter Culture – Dark, pleasing, sturdy, decorous. Culture in the roots and roots in the culture Love to fuel the liquid and liquid to fuel the love Inspired by the greenest and green to be inspired  6.6% ABV / Austin, TX / RateBeer 90

TX Keeper Grafter Rose – Grafter Rosé is the first cider in their Grafter Series, ciders made from heirloom apples and vintage wine grapes. This release is predominately made with Rome Beauty apples, which pressed out a pale orange. They blended the finished cider with a small amount of red wine. The result is a beautifully rounded cider with notes of strawberries and cream, a hint of green apple, and a silky finish. Enjoy this ‘grafted’ cider on a summer afternoon. 8.3% ABV / Austin, TX

Saint Arnold/Brash Not a Collaboration – Definitely not a collaboration of a double dry hopped NEIPA with Brash. Hopped with Centennial, Citra, and Hallertau Blanc. 7.1% ABV / Houston, TX


This Week’s Specials

  • Hi Sign! June Brewery of the Month! 6pks of Shamus, Christie, and Wooderson are $7.99! Buy some now!

Mueller Specials

  • WhichCraft Happy Hour is now every gul-durned day from 4-6pm. Come and check the big board for current specials.

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

Sample Some More 512

Did you have a chance to try 512’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Pecan Porter last week at Mueller? No? Why not? You’re in luck, because on Friday, 5/25, Liam with 512 will be by Lamar to pour samples of said bottle. And at Mueller, we’ll be sampling Martin House’s Salty Lady with various flavored syrups tonight from 5-8. Then, tomorrow, we’ll welcome in Southern Star to pour samples of their collaboration with the Pink Boots Society, a Wheat IPA.

Come work at WhichCraft! Do it! You spend enough time here, why not get paid for it? We are still looking for few good people to work part-time. The position is primarily at our South Lamar location, but some Mueller shifts are available, too. Prior retail experience is helpful, though not necessary, but you must have a love of beer and be helpful, outgoing, and willing to learn. Email resumes to jody [at] whichcraftbeerstore.com. What do you have to lose?

Mark your calendars for June 11, when we have the next iteration of our Style Night with the Beer Museum. Thanks to everyone who came out for the East vs. West Coast IPAs, now we’re moving on to a real summer treat: Goses. We’ll be comparing fruited and non-fruited varieties of this tart, salty beer, and discussing its history and intricacies. $20 for four 5 oz pours (and maybe a bonus or two!). Check here for more information.

And you have one more week to buy our May Brewery of the Month, Austin Beerworks. Six packs of all their beers for $7.99. If it’s got a big A, it’s on sale, so come in and pick up a six pack or two now. What’s June’s Brewery of the Month? You’ll just have to find out next week.


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

Friday, May 25th
Didn’t you read above? It’s (512)’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Pecan Porter! Come by to try some!

Saturday, May 26th
Pop some botts with your friendly neighborhood Whichraft peeps. We’re sampling TX Keeper Grafter Rose, Bitter Sisters Cat Fight IPA, and Community Silly Gose.

Wednesday, May 30th
Don’t miss as Hodge with Oskar Blues comes by to sample their Fugli, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and Cigar City’s Guayabera.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, May 24th
5-8pm: Summers in Germany mean Berliner Weisse & Gose mit Schuss or with syrup.  Join us and Martin House Brewing as we’ll be pouring their Salty Lady with syrups including the traditional sweet Woodruff syrup.

Friday, May 25th
5-8pm: A Southern Star Brewing & Pink Boots Society collaboration, this exclusive Wheat IPA was brewed to celebrate woman in the beer and brewing industry. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the pink boots Society scholarship funds.

Saturday, May 26th
4-7pm: Save The World Brewing showcases their Rex Servus grisette – a refreshing, light wheat beer with a hint of lemon. Buy The Beer, Keep The Glass!

Wednesday, May 30th
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, May 31st
5-8pm: We’ll be pouring pints of Make Waves by NoCoast Brewing Co. out of Iowa. Buy The Beer, Keep The Glass.


New Beers This Week

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

Back in Stock: NXNW Zombie Dragon, Odell St. Lupulin (cans), Rogue Hazelnut Porter (Lamar), Victory Sour Monkey, Brooklyn Summer Ale, Jester King Wytchmaker, Buffalo Bayou Tropikal Rotundone

Uinta Mango Lime Pilsner – Crisp and immensely refreshing, this small batch pilsner features a mild malt flavor and herbal hop character, with hints of fresh mango and lime. 5.3% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Availability: Good

Tupps DDH IPA – Hopped twice with crazy amounts of Mosaic, Citra, and Galaxy, this IPA has great mouthfeel, low bitterness, and huge aroma. 6.9% ABV / McKinney, TX / Availability: Limited

Squatter’s Hop Rising Tropical – Their much-loved Double IPA is testing the tropical waters with notes of mango and citrus-derived entirely from exotic hops. 9% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Availability: Good

COOP Cherry Brandy DNR – DNR fermented with Montmorency Cherries and aged in Brandy Barrels for 10 months. 12.8% ABV / Oklahoma City, OK / Availability: Good

Victory Sour Monkey Remix –  Sometimes an instant classic is just begging for a Remix. Chardonnay barrel aging puts a whole new spin on their already tastefully twisted Sour Monkey, with notes of vanilla and oak, rounding out its lemony tart tang and dry finish. Experience this exclusive, next level evolution of their beloved Golden Monkey for yourself. 9.5% ABV / Downingtown, PA / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Ayinger Urweisse “The union of wheaty freshness and dark malt often produces a fullness of taste and complexity”, explains the world-famous English beer commentator Michael Jackson. This also applies to the Ayinger Urweisse, which is a strong amber-colored, yeast cloudy wheat beer. The beer is strong with the first taste and malty in aroma. The top-fermented, yeasty taste sensation is unmistakable. This beer is rich in sparkle and has just a touch of a special bitter quality. 5.8% ABV / Bavaria, Germany / Availability: Good / RateBeer 95 / SoLa Only

Erdinger Weissbier – A hazy golden color with a sizable head of foam. Smells strongly of lemon and grass with hints of grainy malts and hops. Taste is a smooth mix of lemon and grains with just a touch of banana. It’s sweet, but a little tart and earthy. Erding, Germany / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

NOLA Hurricane Saison – Brewed with five different types of malts, including one un-malted raw wheat, pilsner and aromatic malts, Hurricane Saison also contains three types of hops: Sterling, Kent Goldings, and Styrian Goldings. 6% ABV / New Orleans, LA / Availability: Good

Wild Tonic Tropical Tumeric Kombucha – Pineapple and orange notes intermingle with pepper and spice for a healthy tropical bite. 5.6% ABV / Cottonwood, AZ / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

TX Keeper Grafter Rosé – Grafter Rosé is the first cider in their Grafter Series: ciders made from heirloom apples and vintage wine grapes. This release is predominately made with Rome Beauty apples, which pressed out a pale orange. They blended the finished cider with a small amount of red wine. The result is a beautifully rounded cider with notes of strawberries and cream, a hint of green apple, and a silky finish. Enjoy this ‘grafted’ cider on a summer afternoon. 8.3% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

New Holland Hoptronix – Hoptronix 1-ups the game with its eye-popping bitterness. Mosaic hops give this IPA a dank aroma, yet it finished smooth and crisp. 9% ABV / New Holland, MI / RateBeer 88 / Availability: Decent

New Holland Tangerine Space Machine – New England IPA. Strong tangerine flavor with a mild hop finish. 6.8% ABV / New Holland, MI / Availability: Decent


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

 

COOP Fly Me Away NEIPA – Inspired by Oklahoma’s iconic Braniff Airways’ colorful culture, Fly Me Away IPA features fruity, juicy hop flavors. 7.6% ABV / Oklahoma City, OK

COOP Saturday Siren – a crisp and refreshing pilsner built for summer days. Dry hop additions of Idaho 007 and Comet bring new world flavor to this old world style. 5.4% ABV / Oklahoma, City, OK

Schneider Weisse/Brooklyn Hopfen-Weisse – Brewed in Brooklyn by Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler, this beer has a full orange color and the aromatics pair the banana and clove notes from the Schneider yeast with the mango and citrus qualities of the hops. The bitterness is robust but balanced, and the beer has a clean, hoppy finish. 8.5% ABV / Bavaria, Germany / RateBeer 99

Schneider Weisse Brotzeit Bier – Bavarian All-Day Breakfast Bier. Slightly sour & refreshing low alcohol brew made with sourdough yeast. 50% rye malt used (No Wheat!).sour Inspired by Hans Peter Drexler’s, Schneider’s head brewmaster, wild yeast Sourdough starter . 4.4% ABV / Bavaria, Germany

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 100


This Week’s Specials

  • Austin Beerworks! May Brewery of the Month! All 6pks are $7.99! Buy some now!

Mueller Specials

  • WhichCraft Happy Hour is now every gul-durned day from 4-6pm. Come and check the big board for current specials.

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

The Wonderful World of Wizardry

We’re super stoked about this pair of upcoming events. Make sure to drop by Lamar tomorrow Friday 5/18 at 5pm as Austin Beerworks helps us ring in our fourth anniversary with their very first 750ml bottle, Wizardry. This Imperial Stout has been aged in port and Witherspoon whiskey barrels with vanilla, chicory, and Vermont maple syrup. Pick up a bottle of this fantastic new beer. Then, try this beer again at Mueller on Saturday, May 19 from 4-7pm. We’ll be welcoming in (512) to sample their Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Pecan Porter (wow!), and we’ll be cracking open some Wizardry to sample alongside it for a barrel-aged double shot.

And in celebration of our continued existence, we’re selling all our packaged beer for 10% off this weekend. Starting now and going through Sunday, May 20, anything you take to go…10% off. Happy 4th anniversary to us!

And keep buying our May Brewery of the Month, Austin Beerworks. Six packs of all their beers for $7.99. If it’s got a big A, it’s on sale, so come in and pick up a six pack or two now.

And finally, we want you…yes, YOU…to work at your favorite local bottle shop: talking beer, selling beer, and sometimes sampling said beer. We’re looking for someone – or someones – to work part-time primarily at our South Lamar location, with some Mueller shifts available, too. Prior retail experience is helpful, though not necessary, but you must have a love of beer and be helpful, outgoing, and willing to learn. Email resumes to jody [at] whichcraftbeerstore.com.


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

Thursday, May 17th
Anthony with Meridian Hive returns to Lamar to open cans of their Trinity and Frontier meads.

Friday, May 18th
Wizardry launch! Don’t miss your chance to sample and buy Austin Beerworks’ first 750ml offering.

Saturday, May 19th
Pop some botts with your friendly neighborhood Whichraft peeps. We’re sampling Clown Shoes Galacticake, Traquair Jacobite, Elgin Bourbon Barrel Mead, and 3 Nations Lady Luck Horchata Ale.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, May 17th
5-8pm: Meet with Hodge from Oskar Blues as we have a showdown between their two lagers. In one corner: Oskar Blues Mama Little Yella Pils. In the other corner: Cigar City Tampa Lager. Come compare these two crushable beers and pick up a can of their BA Ten Fidy. Holy cow!

Friday, May 18th
5-8pm: COOP Ale Works from OKC drops by to tap their Take Me Away NEIPA and Saturday Siren dry-hopped pils on. And as an added bonus, we’ll try their Saturday Siren and DNR aged in brandy barrels with cherries, out of the bottle.

Saturday, May 19th
4-7pm: As if trying 512’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Pecan Porter isn’t enough, how about we throw in a sampling of Austin Beerwork’s Wizardry? Cool? Cool.

Tuesday, May 22nd
5-8pm:  We have ourselves a special Schneider Weisse event. On tap, we’ll have Brooklyner, a Mosaic-hopped helles weizenbock, and Brotzeitbier, a rye wheat. And in package, we’ll be sampling their Eisbock and Cuvee Barique.

Wednesday, May 23rd
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, May 24th
5-8pm: Summers in Germany mean Berliner Weisses & Goses mit Schuss, or with syrup. Join us and Martin House Brewing as we’ll be pouring their Salty Lady with syrups, including the traditional sweet Woodruff syrup.


New Beers This Week

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

Back in Stock: Firestone Walker Bretta Rose (Mueller)

Saint Arnold Not a Collaboration IPA – Not A Collaboration pours an opaque, gold/orange hue with a white head. The aroma bursts with a mixture of citrus, tropical fruit, and beautiful white grape character from the German hops. The flavor is an upfront citrus bomb with a mix of mango and juicy pineapple notes. The overall soft bitterness still provides a balanced hop flavor, which seems to mimic the pulp of the juice, but it doesn’t linger too long. 7.1% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

Oasis El Grito – Austin gose lager with lime and salt. 4.3% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good

Independence High Boy – A head-on collision between old school West Coast Double IPA and the East Coast IPA haze craze. A resinous and fully juiced beast of a beer that’s been double dry-hopped with loads of late addition hops, cryo hops, and souped up with an experimental hop extract. Flaked barley powers a body that roars like a pre-1977 Ford F-250, AKA the Highboy. 8.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good / Both Locations (Mueller Friday)

Founders Dankwood – What do you get when a big, bold imperial red IPA meets an oak bourbon barrel? A palate stunner that’ll send your senses spinning or, as we like to call it, Dankwood. Rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops. 12.2% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / RateBeer 90 / Availability: Limited

Barrow Swimming Hole – Honey Graham smell. With a slight refreshing sweet mouth feel. Great spring time beer. Salado, TX / 5.6% ABV / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

903 Gose – Lime with sea salt. 4.1% ABV / Sherman, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Champion Malibu Nights – Double IPA with tangerines and hibiscus. 8% ABV / Charlottesville, VA / Availability: Good

COOP Fly Me Away IPA – Fruit forward NEIPA. 7.8% ABV / Oklahoma City, OK / Availability: Good / Mueller Only

Circle Fanny Pack Kolsch – Fanny Pack Kolsch is pretty rad. A crisp, refreshing summer beer, the Fanny Pack is as cool, functional, and fashionable as it’s namesake. Bursting with only German Huell Melon hops, drinking this flavorful take on the bodacious Cologne classic is as righteous as hearing the sweet snap of your plastic fanny pack buckle. 4.8% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good / Mueller Friday

Martin House Mayahuel – Salty Lady aged in Tequila barrels. 5.5% ABV / Ft. Worth, TX / Availability: Limited / Mueller Only

Hops & Grain Saison de Carlita (Volumes of Funk) – Brewed in collaboration with Sour Duck Market Odd Duck using their sourdough yeast, Carlita. Then blended with their mixed culture saisons from their 15-barrel Foeder & barrels with apricots & raspberries. Austin, TX / Availability: Limited / Mueller Only


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

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

4th Tap Can U Dig It? – A full-bodied, super crushable, malty Amber Ale. 6% ABV / Austin, TX

Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils – a small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czechoslovakia famous. Mama’s is made with hearty amounts of pale malt, German specialty malts, and a blend of traditional (Saaz) and 21st century Bavarian hops. 4.7% ABV / Longmont, CO

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


This Week’s Specials

  • Austin Beerworks! May Brewery of the Month! All 6pks are $7.99! Buy some now!

Mueller Specials

  • WhichCraft Happy Hour is now every gul-durned day from 4-6pm. Come and check the big board for current specials.

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