Violet, We’re Selling Violet, Violet

Today, Thursday Aug 30, we’re officially welcoming in the newest addition to the Hi Sign canned family: Violet, their blueberry blonde. Drop by either location starting at 5pm to join in on the fun and take home a 6 pack. At Mueller, we’ll also be tapping their very timely Lucifer’s Fake News IPA. You’ll like it bigly. And as an added bonus, pick up 6pks of their Shamus, Wooderson and Violet for 8.99 all weekend starting today.

For the rest of this weekend, don’t miss some great events we have lined up. Friday at Lamar, Merchant du Vin will be in sampling various Ayinger beers, while at Mueller, we have a Firestone Walker Pint Night and Cellar Release. Four beers are on tap: their Lager, Velvet Merlin, Stickee Monkee, and UnderCurrant, along with an array of bottles from 2017 and older available for purchase. Limit one bottle to go per customer.

And don’t miss your chance to get funky with us! Join us and the Beer Museum on Monday, September 10th at 7pm, as we taste and learn about Belgian spontaneously fermented beer styles. We’ll be tasting a variety of Belgian Gueuze, Lambic, Kriek and Framboise. This event will be hosted at WhichCraft Tap Room. The Beer Museum will be setting up the traveling roadshow version of the museum’s exhibits and will dive deep into this fascinating beer style’s history, origins, and how it’s brewed. Our own Certified Cicerone Chuck Stephens will also provide in-depth knowledge about the ingredients used in each beer and tasting techniques. Expect 5 oz pours of four different beers plus a bonus beer or two. We’ll also be quizzing your knowledge and handing out prizes! Super Bonus: After the tasting, take 10% off your favorite Gueuze or Lambic from WhichCraft’s retail store! Buy tickets here.

Finally, thank you all for the outpouring of support and lamentations about the SoLa bottle shop closing. We’re still pretty beat up about it, but hey, this means we have a lot of beer we need to sell to make the final transfer to Mueller that much easier. So how about we double last week’s sale and take 20% all beer on the shelf in Lamar. Sound good? Great!


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

Thursday, August 30th
Hi Sign Violet release party! Try their new blueberry blonde and pick up 6pks of Violet, Shamus, and Wooderson for 8.99.

Friday, August 31st
We’re feeling continental, so don’t miss your chance to meet Hilda with Merchant du Vin and sample the Ayinger Pils, Samuel Smith Organic Lager, and Ayinger Oktoberfest .

Saturday, September 1st
2-4pm: Keep that afternoon sampling train a-rollin’ with New Braunfels Brewing Co, as we pop bottles of their Saison de Peche, Blondine, and Blanche de Braunfels.

Thursday, September 6th
Joe with Victory Brewing drops by to sample their Golden Monkey and Home Grown Lager.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, August 30th
Hi Sign Violet release party! Try their new blueberry blonde and pick up 6pks of Violet, Shamus, and Wooderson for 8.99. Also, we’re tapping their Lucifer’s Fake New IPA.

Friday, August 31st
5-8pm: It’s a Firestone Walker rare beer tapping! We have four of their beers on tap: Velvet Merlin, Lager, UnderCurrants, and Stickee Monkee. But that’s not all! We’re also opening the cellar and selling some aged Firestone Walker beers for purchase. Limit one bottle per customer.

Wednesday, September 5th
7-8pm:  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: Argus Lagered Cider (Mueller) , Argus Cherry Vin (Mueller)

Brazos Valley Brewing Bramble On – Tart Blackberry Wheat. Brenham, TX / Availability: Good

Odell Cloud Catcher – deliciously smooth, cloud-infused Milkshape IPA. Hop-forward with notes of creamsicle and peaches, it delivers a citrusy punch alongside its hazy, velvety texture. 6.8% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Availability: Decent

Martin House Nectar – Kombucha Sour with Prickly Pear and Ginger. 4.2% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Good


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Tupps DDH #3 – Hopped twice with crazy amounts of Citra, Idaho-7 and t’n’t this IPA has great mouthfeel, low bitterness, and huge aroma. 7.2% ABV / McKinney, TX

Celis Dark Odyssey – This full-bodied Oatmeal Stout from their Single Tank Series has an unreal, silky-smooth mouth feel. This unique beer also features a unique ingredient—roasted, de-husked dark malt. Chocolate malt has been added to boost the beer’s already rich and complex undertones. Mandarina hops were specifically chosen to enhance the interplay of chocolate, oats, malts and orange. Wonderfully rich and simply exquisite. 7.5% ABV / Austin, TX

Firestone Walker Lager – Made in the classic all-malt Munich Helles style, Firestone Lager demands technical perfection from their brewing team, with a transparent canvas that would otherwise reveal the smallest flaw. Gambrinus pilsner malt establishes a crisp, dry base with a soft mouthfeel, while noble German hops provide just a whisper of bitterness. The result is an impossibly smooth and immensely drinkable beer that aims to help redefine American Lager. 4.5% ABV / Paso Robles, CA

Community Razzy Wit – Razzy begins as our World Beer Cup Gold Medal-winning Witbier, a year-round offering. After primary fermentation, as add natural raspberry puree to create a secondary fermentation. 5.5% ABV / Dallas, TX

Hi Sign Lucifer’s Fake News – A deep piney resinous old school-to-the-bone West Coast IPA. 6 malts. 6 hops. 6.2% ABV / Austin, TX

Firestone Walker UnderCurrants – Using 12-36 month aged Agrestic Ale as a base, to which they add 1.5lbs/gal Black Currants, the beer undergoes the final maturation in our French Oak “Fruiders” for an additional four months. A convergence of supple tanning and deep purple pigments, gooseberry jam, a month-watering acidity and earthy leather elicit notes of a beer having vinous roots. 6.3% ABV / Paso Robles, CA / RateBeer 98


This Week’s Specials

  • Brazos Valley! August Brewery of the Month! Two-Step, Willin’, 7 Spanish Angels, and Mama Tried! $5.99 6pks! Holy cow!

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.

S Lamar Bottle Shop is Closing

WhichCraft Fans and Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that the WhichCraft family announces the closing of our S Lamar bottle shop effective September 22nd, 2018 after 4.5 years operating that location.

As you have seen with our opening and operation of the Mueller location, future WhichCrafts will incorporate draft beer and coffee into the business model, and the S Lamar real estate and city zoning unfortunately prohibits us from offering on-premise consumption at that location. After evaluating the prospects with the city and landlord, it was determined we’d only ever be able to operate a bottle shop at that location. The bottle shop-only model is not part of our future plans, as having draft beer not only gives people more reasons to visit, but also offers more choices for our customers. Having a tap room in addition to bottles cans not only makes the experience better for our customers, but also for our employees. So it made more sense to focus on that experience in Mueller since we tried and failed to change the zoning to allow for on-premise consumption.

S Lamar is where I started the company, and where I met many of our customers and fans for the first time. Your continued loyalty and patronage of a small business start-up gave me immense joy and helped through the initial struggles of a brand new business. We love being a part of the Austin beer community and the camaraderie we feel with local breweries. It saddens me to announce this closing but I thank you for your continued support as we figure out our next location(s).

It should be noted that Mueller continues to thrive for us and we will absolutely continue to operate that business as we have for close to 2 years now.

Yours in beer,

Jody Reyes

Founder & Owner, WhichCraft

 

 

Lamar WhichCraft News and Weekend Events

Folks, we hate to lead with bad news, but there’s no easy way to sugar coat it: after 4.5 years of being your go-to bottle shop, WhichCraft at South Lamar will be closing its doors on Saturday, September 22. The location at Mueller will still be open, but the bottle shop we have grown over this time while creating and fostering so many relationships with customers and breweries will be coming to an end. This isn’t a decision that’s easy to make, but has been dwelled over for some time. But again, the Mueller location will still be around, and in the time before we close Lamar, we need to sell some beer. Lots of beer. So starting today, take 10% off everything in the store. Help us make our final inventory that much easier by cleaning us out. And to everyone who has visited us and continue to make us your one-stop bottle shop, thank you. We never could have made it this far without your continued support.

But hey, that’s still a month away. This weekend, don’t miss some great events we have lined up. Friday at Lamar, sample some goodies from 5 Stones before they get gone, and at Mueller, we have a Founders Pint Night with their Porter and Mosaic Promise.

And of course, keep picking up 6 packs of said Brewery of the Month. All month long, we’ll be offering their Mama Tried IPA, Willin’ Mosaic Pale, 7 Spanish Angels, and Two-Step Pils for…$5.99. Holy cow! 


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

Thursday, August 23rd
Drop by to taste samples of Wild Tonic’s Kombucha.

Friday, August 24th
What are you doing tonight? Sampling some of 5 Stones’ beers, like orma Jean, Shepherd Warrior, Shepherd Boy? We thought so.

Saturday, August 25th
2-4pm: Keep that afternoon sampling train a-rollin’ with Pegasus City, as we open cans of their Canoneer, Sixth Floor, and DP&L Tripel.

Thursday, August 30th
It’s a can release of Hi Sign’s blueberry blonde, Violet. Ch-Check it out.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Friday, August 24th
5-8pm: Founders Pint Night! Don’t miss your chance to try their Mosaic Promise and Porter.

Wednesday, August 29th
7-8pm:  Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Weekly free event that puts your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included!

Thursday, August 30th
5-8pm: It’s a can release of Hi Sign’s blueberry blonde, Violet. And don’t miss your chance to try their tasty and topical Lucifer’s Fake News IPA. Ch-Check it out.


New Beers This Week

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

Back in Stock: Oskar Blues Hotbox, Victory Home Grown Lager, Jester King Das Wunderkind (Mueller Only, Arriving Friday)

Tupps DDH – Hopped twice with crazy amounts of Citra, Idaho-7 and t’n’t this IPA has great mouthfeel, low bitterness, and huge aroma. 7.2% ABV / McKinney, TX / Availability: Limited

Tupps Peach Apricot Wheat – American wheat ale brewed with peaches and apricots. 5.5% ABV / McKinney, TX / Availability: Good

4th Tap House of Torment – A delicious beer inspired by the season as well as terrified hallways jam-packed with monsters. Brewed with 240 pounds of fresh roasted pumpkin. 5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Trois Dames Brett Saison – A saison fermented w/ Brettanomyces Lambicus & Brettanomyces Bruxellensis yeasts. 6% ABV / Sainte-Croix, Switzerland / RateBeer 92 / Availability: Decent / Mueller Only (Arriving Friday)

Trois Dames Oud Bruin – A sour brown ale, brewed in the Flemish tradition, that rivals even the best Oud Bruins coming out of Belgium. Elegant and rustic, and full of complex flavors, berries, spice, and a hint of nuttiness, this is a great beer to share with friends on a special occasion. 7% ABV / Sainte-Croix, Switzerland / RateBeer 96 / Availability: Decent / Mueller Only (Arriving Friday)

Trois Dames L’Amoureuse Blanche – Born of a combination of dry saison and the freshly-squeezed juice of local grapes, blended and fermented together. The result is a relatively dry beer with a light, fruity, vinous nose. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and refermented in the bottle, L’Amoureuse will continue to evolve and grow more acidic over time, thanks to the wild yeasts that occur naturally on the grape skin. 8% ABV / Sainte-Croix, Switzerland / Availability: Decent / Mueller Only (Arriving Friday)

Jester King Vulgar Affectation – A nearly one year old farmhouse ale brewed with native lemon beebalm and horehound growing in the fields surrounding our brewery. 5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent / Mueller Only (Arriving Friday)

Jester King Deimos Companion – Ale brewed with papalo and refermented with lime juice and zest. This beer is part of a collaboration with their friends and neighbors, Revolution Spirits, who distilled Phobos’ Companion – a spirit intended to be blended with Deimos’ Companion to create a beer cocktail. Both the beer and the spirit are meant to stand on their own but when combined together, create an enhanced experience inspired by a michelada. 6.7% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Limited / Mueller Only (Arriving Friday)


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

 

Unibroue Terrible – La Terrible is a dark brown beer on lees and is part of a collection of exotic and refined Unibroue beers brewed using 100% natural raw materials. It may be drunk as an aperitif or as an after dinner digestive. It is equally a perfect accompaniment to the above-mentioned dishes or a pleasant alternative to coffee. 10.5% ABV / Quebec, Canada / RateBeer 99

Austin Beerworks Lotion in the Basket – Pearl Snap hopped with Citra. 5.3% ABV / Austin, TX

Founders Mosaic Promise – Mosaic Promise showcases two unique ingredients: Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. The versatility of the hop’s pleasing aroma and flavor characteristics and the traditional barley’s depth of flavor comprise this clean, rich, golden beer. 5.5% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / RateBeer 95

Founders Porter – Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter. 6.5% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / RateBeer 100

Pinthouse Pizza Bailing Room – New West Coast IPA. 7.2% ABV / Austin, TX

5 Stones Shepherd Boy – Pale Ale dry hopped with ridiculous amounts of Citra hops! 6.3% ABV / New Braunfels, TX

Upland Iridescent – Dried apricot and ginger were aged on their blonde sour base ale in wine barrels for 3-4 months to create this refreshing sour ale with aromas of apricot and ginger, followed by tart, tropical flavors. 5.7% ABV / Bloomington, IN / RateBeer 90

Bell’s Oberon – Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with our signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer. Made with only 4 ingredients, and without the use of any spices or fruit, Oberon is the color and scent of sunny afternoon. 5.8% ABV / Comstock, MI

Lagunitas Pils – rewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it Light and Crisp and easy to slam, yet full of real flavor and all the things you yearn for. 6% ABV / Petaluma, CA

Zilker Neon Summer – Hazy, light bodied, Azacca Hops. Session IPA. 5.2% ABV / Austin, TX 


This Week’s Specials

  • Brazos Valley! August Brewery of the Month! Two-Step, Willin’, 7 Spanish Angels, and Mama Tried! $5.99 6pks! Holy cow!

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.