Want to drink some free beer while watching someone homebrew in celebration of National Homebrew Day on May 2nd? Join the South Austin Homebrew Association at SoCo Homebrew for free beers from local breweries and some homebrew demos for anyone and everyone interested in homebrewing! We’ll be at SoCo Homebrew from 10am – 6pm. Bring something for the grill, bring some more beer, and if you want to brew, contact SoCo Homebrew and sign up. We’ll see you on Saturday 5/2 with beers, BBQ, and friends on SoCo. Cheers!
Sahara’s latest blog post (#3 in the series if you’re counting) is all about saisons, a perfect springtime beer as the temperature outside steadily climbs upward. Read more here and pick up your curated 6 pack in the shop during the month of May!
Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm
Thursday, April 30th – TONIGHT!
Believe it or not we’ve never had a Rogness tasting, so we decided to fix that by having Jon from the brewery into our tasting bar to pour free samples of Joie D’ete saison, Gigantophis triple IPA, Beardy Guard, Hefeweizen and Rook scotch ale. Join us!
Tuesday, May 5th
We helped launch Mexican craft brewery Calavera a couple weeks back with their two releases: an American-style pale ale and an imperial stout with four different chili peppers. Taste both for free!
Wednesday, May 6th
The always entertaining Matt Hogue will be in the house sampling out a combo of Ommegang and Boulevard beers, including the latest Game of Thrones dark saison, The Calling IPA, Spring Belle saison & one or two other random ones too.
New Beers This Week
Back in stock: Oasis Meta Modern (arriving Friday), Stone Delicious IPA, 5 Stones Camo, Odell St Lupulin (6 packs), Thirsty Planet Thirsty Goat Amber. Also, Community’s Mosaic IPA, and it was bottled literally 24 hours ago!
Clown Shoes A Fistful of Unidragon – Last fall Clown Shoes brewery out of Massachusetts used all malts from Blacklands Maltsters right here in Leander, TX to release a Texas-only imperial stout called the Good, the Bad & the Unidragon. They figured why not take this immensely popular stout and age it in bourbon barrels? 14% ABV/Ipswich, MA/No ratings yet/Availability: limited
Nebraska Apricot au Poivre Saison – An artful interpretation of a Belgian-style Saison created with Apricot Puree and Black Pepper. Aged for 6 months in third-use French Oak Chardonnay barrels. Delicate flavors and aromas of oak, apricot, chardonnay, and pepper intertwined in the barrel to achieve a flavor profile that is simultaneously complex and delightful. 6.8% ABV/Papillion, NE/Ratebeer 98/Availabilty: limited
Hops & Grain Greenhouse Batch 19 – Calypso hops! Batch #19 is an ode to the calypso hop and its pleasantly fruity aroma of apple, pear and citrus. Tons of tropical fruit aroma & flavor. 7.7% ABV/Austin, TX/No ratings/Availability: plenty
Prairie Somewhere* – Prairie Somewhere is a blend of golden farmhouse ale and a sour ale. Citrus fruit is used in the kettle to add intense orange and lime notes. Citrusy, tart & delicious. 7% ABV/Krebs, OK/Ratebeer 97/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday
Elevation Raspberry Gulch* – Raspberry Gulch is a fruited saison brewed with a traditional yeast strain from Belgium and brewed with nearly 18 pounds of raspberries per barrel. With notes of hay, spice, and raspberry, this beer is a perfect way to celebrate the end of winter and the start of your spring adventures. 8.25% ABV/Poncha Springs, CO/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday
Urban Family Death to Cereal* – A new one from the Urban Family brewery in Seattle, this one is a coffee stout with milk sugar and sterling hops. A smooth mouth feel and slightly sweet meshes with the roasted malt flavors. 6.64% ABV/Seattle, WA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday
Urban Family Hoppy Magnolia* – A dry hopped farmhouse ale, this is quite lush with fruit and the yeasty Belgian tang. Wonderful spicy aroma. Flavors of pear and a hint of dried apricot along with the light malt. 7% ABV/Seattle, WA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Friday
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog – Smuttynose’s new year round offering, this old ale or stock ale is rich & malty. The color varies from rich, dark amber to a very dark brown. This style features fruity, vinuous & deep, malty flavors, giving it an almost port-like qualities. 11% ABV/Hampton, NH/Ratebeer 95/Availability: decent
Green Flash Road Warrior – Green Flash’s summer seasonal imperial rye IPA combines Columbus and Mosaic hops, rich crystal and spicy rye malts pave the way for Mosaic and Amarillo dry hopping to boldly shine through in the finish. 9% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 98/Availabilty: decent
Deep Ellum Wealth & Taste – Deep Ellum’s latest barrel aged bomber is a strong, golden Belgian-style Ale brewed with Muscat grape juice, Grapefruit peel, rose hips and chamomile flowers and partially aged in Missouri White Oak barrels that spent the last seven to eight years housing Chardonnay in Napa. 9.4% ABV/Dallas, TX/Ratebeer 93/Availability: limited
Ballast Point Piper Down Scotch Ale – Using UK Maris Otter malt, roasted barley, UK hops and low fermentation temperatures, Ballast Point then let the brew’s sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor. 5.8% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 83/Availabilty: limited
Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red – A gigantic hoppy & malty imperial red ale from the hop-czars that are Ballast Point. Comes in bombers. 10% ABV/San Diego, CA/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Boulevard The Calling IPA
Epic Lil Brainless Raspberries
Founders Black Rye
Urban Family Citron Noir
Hops & Grain Greenhouse #19
Real Ale Red King Imperial Red
Thirsty Planet Thirsty Goat Amber
One more random thing we’ll open up