Tears falling down at the party…

Are you feeling like the saddest little baby in the room? Need something a little extra fun to pick ya up? Well, we’ve been REAL bumpin’ this last week and have got ALL KINDS of new beverages for ya to give a try. No need to get a grey hair for every scare you share.

Since our last chat we’ve added 11 new draft options!!! On the lighter side of things we’ve got a solid all arounder with Brewtorium’s Skee-Ball cream ale. Modern Time’s ICE Pilsner is a touch brighter, drier, and crisper… but both options are up for an easy going time. For some added malt and fruit notes, we have Willard’s Amber Ale and Bluebonnet’s Hefeweizen respectively. The latter of which is only made in and around Bluebonnet’s Oktoberfest… a real treat for us to have on draft. For those hop heads out there, this week has a smattering of new options- Symbol’s Hazy Red (its soooo good I had to bring it back!), the rich & velvety Tuxedo T-Shirt Black IPA from Circle, and a fresh new Hazy, Sleep Drifter, from Family Business. Finally, for those ready to get their pumpkin on we’ve tapped two gems- Tupps Full Grown Jack Imperial Stout and Save the World’s Jonah’s Relief Imperial Pumpkin ale. You’ll be hard pressed not to gourd yourself on these brews. And rumor has it, we may or may not be tapping a 2019 Pumpkinator in the not so distant future. But it’s just a rumor I’ve heard.

Here’s some killer news: ADVENT BOX PRE-SALES ARE LIVE!!! We’re very excited to bring back this crowd favorite holiday box of joy. And guess what? This year we’re making even more boxes available! With that in mind, we did sell out last year & y’all are making fast work of our stock… so don’t end up with just coal in your stocking and buy one soon. Boxes will be available for pick up by Friday, November 19th.

We’ve got some fun things happening on the package side of things this week. First off, I’m very excited to have Holidaily Brewing stocked. They’re super serious about making exceptional beer that just happens to be seriously gluten free. I believe everyone deserves good beer and these fine folks help to deliver on that idea. For something fun, try the new raft of smoothie sours from wild mind. Roughhouse just released their coffee stout collaboration with Shakey Graves. Peanut Butter Pretzel Stout and Black Forest Cake pastry ale are this week’s new releases from Martin House.

I’m so excited y’all! We’re getting into the thick of red wine season. My personal jam at the moment has to be the Sylvian Bock Neck. This blend of Gamay and Grenache sees extended carbonic maceration which yields a wine that is fresh, fruity, but still well structured with a touch of spice. (l)Equinox wines Find Your Happy Place is a South African take on Beaujolais. This wine is so light and fresh. It’s label art of a person floating in a pool hints at the lighthearted relaxing things you should be doing while enjoying it. For something on the adventurous side of things give Absentee PINK Rose a try. This 100% Carignan barrel aged rose will have you pondering it from the first sip to well long after the last. I’ve really not had anything like it before. Curious about the others? Well come on into the store for a chat or slide in our Insta DMs.

New month, new brewery. Folks, we’re stoked to have our friends at Willard’s Brewing in Pflugerville as our brewery of the month. For JUST $8.99 a six pack we have their Fistful of Fury Hazy IPA and Forbidden Helles Lager.

Later, y’all.


New & Returning Beers & Seltzers This Week

Back in StockOriginal Sin Black Widow, Left Hand White Russian Nitro, Saison Dupont Farmhouse, Stone Let’s Bee Homies, Blue Owl Mexican Martini Seltzer, Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen.

903 The Great Brewery Bake – This imperial stout is loaded with confectionary inspiration from our favorite amateur baking adventures. Flavors of buttery rich toffee meld into creamy toasted hazelnuts, resulting in a sweet and nutty swirl that complements the rich and roasty notes of dark chocolate. We baked this batch just for you! 12.3%ABV

903 Dank Hill IPA – This beers name is Dank Hill and it sells IPA and IPA accessories. This beer is set in its ways, boasting forward hoppiness and tempered yet meaningful sweetness. An early introduction of Citra and Azacca hops give Dank Hill punchy citrus flavor, laid back floral notes and lovable bitterness. Late additions of El Dorado and Amarillo lend notes of stone fruit, hoppy spiciness and juicy tropical fruit. Dank Hill is awfully nice, I tell ya what! 7.3%ABV

Roughhouse Shakey Graves Stout – Our imperial stout collaboration with the band Shakey Graves is rich and full-bodied with big chocolate notes, hints of toffee and candied figs, and balanced with roasted Cosmic coffee on the finish. 4-pack sales benefit the Central Texas Food Bank! 9.3%ABV

Spindletap Frostbite – IPA brewed with Cyro Columbus, Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe. Frostbite; our take on a West Coast-Style IPA. 7%ABV

Ranch Water Rio Red Grapefruit – Ranch Water with a Texas-sized squeeze of Rio Red Grapefruit juice. Our Rio Red hard seltzer is made with 100% organic agave, natural lime & Rio Red grapefruit juice. 4% ABV

Lone River Spicy Ranch Water – Ranch Water with a Texas kick. Our Spicy hard seltzer is made with 100% organic agave, natural lime juice & jalapeño flavors. 4% ABV

Blue Owl Kühlbox – There’s a new standard for your go-to cooler beer – Kühlbox Tart Kölsch. Oh-so-refreshing with a crushability that’s accompanied by noble hop flavors from a medley of German Saphir and Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops. This German-style Kölsch is crisp, social, and sessionable. 4.5% ABV

Odd Side Ales Stratapus -IPA dip-hopped with strata hops, blast your taste buds with refreshing notes of passionfruit and grapefruit. 6.8%

Wild Mind Atmosphere of Chaos – Smoothie-style Sour Ale with watermelon and strawberry. 4.5%

Wild Mind Apex of the Vortex – There is an absurd amount of cream of coconut in this beer – some cans, when the beer is chilled, the coconut will show up in your glass. Smoothie-style sour ale with pineapple, orange and coconut. 4.5%

Wild Mind Eternal Optimist– It’s wondrous, the delicate and delicious balance of spicy and fruity esters in Wonder Boy Hefeweizen. This smooth, rich yet

Wild Mind Sultry Mythical Creatures – It’s wondrous, the delicate and delicious balance of spicy and fruity esters in Wonder Boy Hefeweizen. This smooth, rich yet

Zilker 6 Year Beer – Our 6 year anniversary IPA 6.6%ABV

Martin House PB Pretzel Stout – Pretzel stout with peanut butter added. 6.5% ABV

Martin House Black Forest Cake – Black forest cake inspired ale. 10%ABV

Circle Tuxedo T-Shirt – Rolling five deep, with its friends Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade, Columbus, and Zythos, Tuxedo T Shirt won’t hesitate to hop burst all over your taste buds…but in a classy way. 6.5%ABV

Martin House Cherry Cobbler – Cherry Sour Ale with Graham Crackers and Lactose. 8% ABV

Austin Beerworks Wet Hop IPA – Strata is described as having characters of “Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Grapefruit, and Sweet Cannabis”. We gotta agree. 6.8% ABV

Celis Juicy IPA – Kissed with citrus forward hops. A hazy IPA that will transport you to a tropical paradise with its accentuated aroma and sensational mouthfeel. Floral and fun, this approachable IPA brings hop lovers a juicy satisfaction as well as helping new-to-IPA fans ease into their hop palate. Each sip will keep you thirsting for more. Pours hazy pale orange with frothy, paper-white head and a thick white lacing throughout

 

New Wines This Week

(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise To Go)

The Marigny Piquette – When wine is too much, and water is too little, there is Piquette. This “Wine Like Beverage” is made by re-fermenting the grape skins and stems after they are pressed, resulting in a highly-drinkable low-alcohol beverage that has been around since the dawn of time, but is experiencing a revival in the states in large part due to the efforts of our friends Wild Arc Farm in NY.

Our take on Piquette was made by filling closed top stainless steel tanks with pressed pomace (the leftover grape stuff I mentioned above) + water and giving that combo several days of maceration on skins and stems. After the liquid seemed to taste about right, it was drained to a new tank and sometimes, but not always, the pomace is re-pressed into that same tank. A small amount of underripe Pinot Noir juice was added to help adjust the acidity and general chemistry. This liquid was racked once, crossflow filtered and professionally bottled with CO2 added. The result is a crisp, clean drink that straddles the line of many of our favorite things (flavored fizzy water, beer, hard seltzer), while being completely unique and unto itself. Open at lunch, at the park, in the sun, by the river, or wherever you’d like a drink but don’t want to imbibe too much. 4.2% ABV

La Grange aux Belles La Chausee Rouge – La Grange aux Belles is a classic story of a young winemaker, Marc Houtin, finding inspiration in the natural wine movement and searching out some vines of his own.  In 2004, Houtin landed 9 hectares in Anjou and began making light, wines with short macerations, organically, with minimal sulfur… everything we want in natural Loire wine. Julien Bresteau now joins Marc in the production.

La Chausse Rouge is a light, chillable red made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Grolleau. 12.5% ABV

Sylvain Bock Neck 2019 – Grenache and Gamay. From Super Glou…”[This is] a tribute to the neck of Screatures, a huge volcanic rock looming over this special geological pocket of basalt, suited to grow both Grenache and Gamay. Harvested by hand in small boxes, the Grenache is picked at perfect ripeness, two weeks after the Gamay, before undergoing 2-3 weeks of carbonic maceration and 8 months in tank together.  Fruity and structured with a spicy, savory burst.” 12.5% ABV

(l)Equinox Winery Find Your Happy Place Red 2020 – Find Your Happy Place is the story of a spaceman that has travel the universe to find his happy place! This beaujolais style wine is made from Pinotage as a base varietal blended with Carignan & Grenache Noir. This is the second in the pool series, meaning it is very fun with light extractions of color and an easy fresh fruit flavor; whole bunches, partial carbonic maceration. A fresh and fun red wine for a transition into fall. 11.5% ABV

Absentee PINK Rose 2019 – From one of the most celebrated California natural wine producers. 100% Carignan grown organically in Mendocino. Vinified naturally. Fermented with native yeasts, no additives, no added sulfites. Only pristine, hand-harvested grapes. 14.5% alc

Il Folicello – Rosso Lambrusco NV – A rustic, dry Lambrusco with a mix of the grape’s signature fruity-floral and earthy funk. Refermentation is done in bottle, the old fashioned col fondo way, and left unfiltered. Grapes are organic and yeasts are all indigenous. This bottling is entirely comprised on the Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro variety.

Farming is entirely organic, no artificial fertilizers or sprays. Fermented with native yeasts to dryness, yet still bearing the aromatic levity of the varietal. This is bottle conditioned Lambrusco. Despite being traditional this is now a rarity as most Lambrusco is made with the bulk charmat method, a technique of fermenting in a tank that has been widely adopted as more economical. This fermentation in the bottle really add the the texture and complexity of the wine (think of Champagne versus Prosecco). The bottles are disgorged to remove the large sediment but not filtered or fined and without additives. – Tristen Gild

Sportoletti Assisi Grechetto Bianco 2019 – The Sportoletti family has been passionately dedicated to producing wine in Umbria for generations. In the late 1970s, brothers Ernesto and Remo turned their attention exclusively to winemaking. With great reverence for the teachings of their father Vittorio, they began to bottle wines under their own label. From that point on, they began a long journey in pursuit of the perfect balance between innovation and tradition, endeavoring to unleash the full potential of their terroir – situated on the hills between Spello and Assisi – where they now own 20 hectares of vineyards from which they produce an average of 200,000 bottles per year.

Intense straw yellow color, with scents of jasmine, white-fleshed peach and golden apple. Smooth and warm in the mouth, closing with a delicate mineral note

 

New Draft Beers This Week

(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)

Brewtorium Skee-Ball Champ Light, thirst-quenching, lawnmower ale. 5.3% ABV

Modern Times Ice – The flavor: cold. The crushability: maximum. Ice is our very first pils, and it brings the noise. Hopped with Czech Saaz and Australian Summer hops, before, like, so many weeks of lagering, Ice packs the flavor of the mighty San Diego mountains into a compact 4.8% ABV package.

Bluebonnet HefeweizenBrewed exclusively for the Oktoberfest celebration at the brewery, this classic German ale is cloudy and light golden in color capped with a thick white head. Subtle and well balanced clove and banana flavors play nicely with the acidic tartness of this beer that is refreshing sip after sip. 5% ABV

Isastegi Basque CiderIsastegi is a refreshing, dry natural cider from the verdant mountains of the Basque Country, high above the Bay of Biscay along Spain’s rugged and green northern coast. Innovation meets 500 years of tradition, making the authentic San Sebastián cider experience portable. 6% ABV

Willard’s Brewing Bill’s AmberAmber/Altbier. 4.7% ABV

Family Business Lupilin Sleep Drifter– Our newest hazy New England IPA 5.8%ABV

Circle Tuxedo Tshirt Black IPA– Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade, Columbus, and Zythos, Tuxedo 6.5% ABV

Symbol Lammas Red Hazy IPA-Brewed with Vienna and Munich malts and dry hopped with Citra, Ekuanot, Amarillo, Simco and Mosaic hops 7.5%ABV

Aqua Brew Pineapple Gose– Pineapple Gose 4.5%ABV

Save The World Jonahs Relief– Light caramel malt with hints of fruit and spice. 8.2% ABV

Tupps Full Grown Jack– With the addition of pumpkin spices, this huge, full-flavored imperial stout just grew a little bigger. Crack it open before he takes your head. 12.1%ABV

 

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Rumor has it…

Let’s start off this week’s email with some killer news: ADVENT BOX PRE-SALES START THIS WEEK!!! We’re very excited to bring back this crowd favorite holiday program. And guess what? This year we’re making even more boxes available! With that in mind, we did sell out last year… so don’t end up with just coal in your stocking and buy one soon. Boxes will be available for pick up by Friday, November 19th.

If you’re looking to wet your whistle this week, you’d be hard pressed to find a better all rounder’ than the Hitmaker Kolsch. Super light and approachable, this is definitely one of my favorite brews & takes on the style in town. B-52’s Tubular makes its debut on the tap wall this week. Bright citrus notes are complimented with rich malt tones and a balanced hop profile… aka mega crushable. Since we’re only midway through October, we’ve gotta keep it going with another festbier. Thankfully the party keeps a’ rolling with Hi Sign’s take on Oktoberfest. Its a real treat to bring y’all these fun one-offs. So hurry up on down and grab ya’ a pint!

On the package side of things we’ve got many fresh drops to talk about. First off, honorable mention goes out to our friends at Red Horn brewing. This week marks their first batch of package beer in the market, and we have all three options in stock. Currently the hop harvest is happening and we’re excited to have two fresh hop brews from Austin Beerworks & 3 Nations. We’d also like to congratulate Hedgehog for starting to can their beers, of which we have Car Hop & Hop and a Skip. Don’t miss those new releases from Untitled Art, Jester King, Circle, and The Bruery too!

In the wine department we show no signs of slowing down. This week’s new gems are all about the transition into fall. Being that October is Texas Wine month, you can support this budding industry and your taste buds by taking home either of the new Lost Draw selections. The Sangiovese has lush inky blue fruit notes with a tea like herbaceousness to keep things balanced. Their Petit Meunier is hands down the best sparkling wine from Texas I’ve ever had. Cochennet Gamay, Find Your Happy Place, and Open Face’s Maharaja are three reds done in a style i’m completely in love with- fresh, fruity, vibrant and oh so fun. You’ll definitely want some of these on hand for Thanksgiving. Wanting something bigger and bolder? Vinca Minor red blend is old vine (75+ year) Zinfandel & Carignan from Mendocino. Its an elegant take on everything we love about big California reds.

Are you looking for some extra coin in your pocket or spending more time with Austin’s best beer selection? Well you’re in luck! We are currently in search of part time help in the evenings and on the weekends. If you’re interested feel free to stop in the store for a chat or email me, justin@whichcraft.com.

New month, new brewery. Folks, we’re stoked to have our friends at Willard’s Brewing in Pflugerville as our brewery of the month. For JUST $8.99 a six pack we have their Fistful of Fury Hazy IPA, Forbidden Helles Lager, and Oktoberfest. They’ll also be in on the 22nd for a pint night. Don’t miss it!

Later, y’all.


New & Returning Beers & Seltzers This Week

Back in StockBlue Owl Bob’s Fine Pilsner, Brazos Valley Headed Out West, Westmalle Tripel, Real Ale Blakkr, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, Symbol Lammas Red Hazy IPA.

Red Horn Wonder Boy – It’s wondrous, the delicate and delicious balance of spicy and fruity esters in Wonder Boy Hefeweizen. This smooth, rich yet refreshing ale is our Texas twist on a favorite style. Soft white wheat, bready Vienna malt, and crisp Pilsner malt build the backbone, but our unique German yeast does the heavy lifting. Prosit! 5.4%ABV

Red Horn Hap Slappy – Nearly every craft beer fan that we speak to says they judge a brewery by its IPA. Well, we don’t see why we should be held to any lesser of a standard! Order up a HapSlappy and you won’t be let down. Brewed dry, HapSlappy has a crisp malty finish and balanced by an extremely palatable 75 IBUs from a burst of late kettle hops. Utilizing the unique characteristics of northwest American hops, HapSlappy achieves a citrusy, piney, and earthy balance. We finish this beer with whole leaf hops after the boil in a pressurized hop back system to give HapSlappy IPA a nose and flavor unlike the rest. 7%ABV

Red Horn Trail Runner – Trail Runner Golden Ale is our easy drinker! A perfect sipper to refresh after a run around Brushy Creek, a bike ride down Parmer Lane, a morning full of yard work, or a long day at the office. This crisp session ale is brewed to be subtly complex and incredibly approachable. We use a blend of German Pilsner and American Two Row Barley with a dash of light crystal malt to give TrailRunner a crisp yet malty finish. A dash of zesty and citrusy American finishing hops round out the palate. 5%ABV

Tupps Full Grown Jack – With the addition of pumpkin spices, this huge, full-flavored imperial stout just grew a little bigger. Crack it open before he takes your head. 12.1%ABV

21st Amendment Hell or High Mango – As the days get shorter, Lady Liberty glows at our sunset gate with her welcoming arms. A light and refreshing straw-colored beer, fruity and sweet, brewed with real mango’s, brimming with tropical floral notes. You’ll feel transported to an oasis during the orange and red leaves of fall. 4.9%ABV

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout – Originally our Brewmaster Garrett Oliver’s resume beer, Black Chocolate Stout is now a wintertime favorite among beer fans worldwide. Rich roasted malts come together to create an unmistakable dark chocolate flavor perfect for special occasions and late nights by the fire

Flying Embers Bubbly Brut – Introducing Kombucha Bubbly, fermented with real botanicals and champagne yeast then aged to perfection in Chardonnay wine barrels. This elegant alchemy results in a silky, sophisticated and beautifully balanced libation. 6.9% ABV

Owl’s Brew Boozy Tea Spiced Chai & Cranberry – A style perfect for the season. This limited edition Boozy Tea is made from fresh-brewed organic chai spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom) with a splash of apple and cranberry. 4.8% ABV

Odell Positive Latitude – Change your state of mind and come with us on a journey to a Positive Latitude. Loaded with passion fruit and juicy hops that amplify the tropical notes, this Imperial IPA will whisk you away on your next adventure. 8% ABV

Blue Owl Spiced Apple Fizz Seltzer – Brewed with apple, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and allspice, Spiced Apple Fizz has all your favorite fall flavors but with a light, and bright bubble that will have you fall-ing in love with seltzers all over again. 5% ABV

The Bruery Boysenberry Frucht – The latest fruit treatment in our Frucht series bursts forward with clusters of juicy boysenberries. This American Wild ale earns its notes of funkiness and natural wood character from resting in oak foeders. A balance of berry tartness and subtle floral-like sweetness round out this prost-worthy beer. 5% ABV

The Bruery Offshoot Pathways – The path to innovation is best travelled with friends— which is why we partnered with our friends at Yakima Chief Hops in Washington to use their experimental Cryo Pop hops (TRI-2304CR). Working closely with their R&D team, we developed this trailblazing Hazy IPA bursting with aromas of peach skin, creamy citrus, ripe pineapple, and fresh coconut that pours a perfectly hazy orange. The flavors follow suit with a hops-and-yeast based tropical medley of piña colada, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, and just a hint of freshly-cut grass. Enjoy the path less taken. 7% ABV

Dutchess Vale Pale Ale – Vale Pale Ale is a Fall seasonal Pale Ale with a rich golden hue and a spectrum of lush hop and malt expressions. Brewed with a base of Marris Otter and Pilsner Malt and notable accents of Munich, Spelt, Wheat and Oats and generously hopped with Azacca, Ekuanot, and Galaxy – Complex layers of the whole fruit basket emerge from juicy Peach, Guava and Mango to ethereal Papaya and Passionfruit on the finish. Married with clean woodsy notes of evergreens and a crisp backbone of bitterness, Vale is a complex yet effortlessly balanced and joyful Ale to celebrate the changing of seasons. 5% ABV

Equal Parts Gorlami Italian Pils – Gorlami is an Italian style pilsner brewed with German Pilsner malt, German Hops, German yeast, American water, and then dry hopped with more German Hops. Somehow dry hopping it makes it Italian style. We don’t know, we are just gonna go with it. Anyway, if you’re stuck somewhere and they’re only speaking in Italian, just say “Gorlami” and they’ll know instantly that you want a great pilsner. 5.1% ABV

Jester King Biere de Coupage – When it comes to our palates, they really love the meld of fresh, spicy, peppery, earthy, bitter farm beer with mellow funk and balanced acidity. Bière de Coupage is very much a best of both worlds beer for us, and one that we always look forward to releasing. 5.6% ABV

Jester King Oregon Hophouse – They’re excited for you to try this traditional farm beer brewed with well water, local grain, and native yeast, which highlights the terroir of The Oregon Hophouse! Hop terroir beer is a growing industry trend we’re happy to support. Special thanks to Patrick Leavy of The Oregon Hophouse to his multi-decade commitment to agriculture, quality, and organic growing. 6.9% ABV

Maine Beer Co Mo – A pale ale with a flavor profile of tangerine, apricot and orange with notes of passionfruit, pine and malt sweetness. 6%ABV

Untitled Art S’more Stout – Imperial Stout with Blackberry and Blueberry Puree, Cacao Nibs, Maple Syrup and Milk Sugar. 9% ABV

Untitled Art Mango Strawberry Lemonade Seltzer – This cider uses a blend of bittersweet apples and real cranberry juice for a tart yet light and refreshing beverage. Enjoy on its

Untitled Art Pineapple Papaya Lime Sour – Berliner Weiss Style Ale with Pineapple Puree, Red Papaya and Lime Juice. 6% ABV

Untitled Art Tropical Smoothie Seltzer – Hard Seltzer with Vanilla, Passionfruit, Peach & Pineapple fruit added. Collab w/Omnipollo 5%ABV

Untitled Art Juicy IPA – Rotating Hop juicy IPA. Version 11. 7% ABV

903 Home School Stout – Homeschool is an imperial stout boosted by additions of vanilla and coconut (a real teacher’s pet if you ask us). An inviting aroma emanating from this beer’s dark brown depths will lead you into its pool of bittersweet roasted malts, creamy coconut and sweet vanilla. 10.5% ABV

3 Nations Supa Fresh IPA – Fresh Strata hop IPA with a flavor profile of pineapple citrus and stone fruit on dark notes. 6.5% ABV

Martin House Twang A Rang – Mango Chile Sour 6.5%ABV

Modern Times Laser Rain – This cider uses a blend of bittersweet apples and real cranberry juice for a tart yet light and refreshing beverage. Enjoy on its

 

 

New Wines This Week

(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise To Go)

Lost Draw 2019 Sangiovese – Sangiovese is a relative newcomer to the Texas viticulture scene, however, the national grape of Italy and the heart and soul of Chianti has been producing world class wine from deep in the heart of Texas. Ruby red with bright cherry aromas that complement undertones of leather and anise. On the palate, this wine is dry and mellow with smooth tannins that make for a crowd pleasing, food friendly wine. 13.5% ABV

Lost Draw Pinot Meunier 2020 – This fun, Bubble Yum colored, fizzy wine is bursting with roses and raspberries. One hundred percent Pinot Meunier (the other grape Champagne can be made of) makes a delightful sparkler with bright acidity and fresh flavors. 11.2% ABV

M.F. W. Cochonnet Gamay 2019 – Inspired by the delicious, quaffable wines drank while playing pétanque with friends on sunny afternoons in France, we are excited to introduce Cochonnet! Sourced from growers we have worked with for years, Cochonnet is made with all organic or biodynamic grapes, fermented with native yeasts, and bottled in a 1L with a screw cap for a great price so you can drink it all day long.

Cochonnet Gamay is sourced from younger vine Gamay on granitic sand soils. The grapes are all harvested is by hand, only indigenous yeasts are used, and the wine undergoes a classic, partial whole-cluster fermentation with levage in cement for 8 months, yielding a bright, peppery rendition of Gamay perfect with a chill. The wine is very aromatic, displaying lively notes of red fruits, white pepper, with a juicy mouthfeel with plenty of zest and energy. 13% ABV

(l)Equinox Winery Find Your Happy Place Red 2020 – Find Your Happy Place is the story of a spaceman that has travel the universe to find his happy place! This beaujolais style wine is made from Pinotage as a base varietal blended with Carignan & Grenache Noir. This is the second in the pool series, meaning it is very fun with light extractions of color and an easy fresh fruit flavor; whole bunches, partial carbonic maceration. A fresh and fun red wine for a transition into fall. 11.5% ABV

Open Face Wines Skin Contact White 2020 – Varietals: 40% Chardonnay, 40% Semillon, 20% Albriño. Co-Fermented. This delicate white wine has bright acid and fun lemon notes. 11.2% ABV

Open Face Wines Maherajah Red Blend 2020 – Equal blend between whole cluster Zinfandel & Gamay with extended maceration. Native yeast fermentation; 6 months neutral oak, unfined; 35 yr old Zin is dry farmed organically with no till from red rocky slopes of the top of Mt. Konockti in Lake County, CA. 20 yr old Gamay comes from Rebecca’s organic, dry farmed, no-till vineyard with steep slopes in Umpqua Valley south of Willamette.

Vinca Minor Mendocino Red Blend 2019 – Redwood Valley, Mendocino. Their point of view of Mendocino’s incredible viticulture history. Zinfandel and Carignan. Sourced from 75 year + vineyards and fermented with a small percentage of whole cluster. This wine was allowed to age in older french oak for sixteen months. 13.5 abv // 750 cases produced

 

New Draft Beers This Week

(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)

Hitmaker Kolsch Light, crisp, refreshing, with subtle hop characters. 5%ABV

Hi Sign FestbierHi-Sign’s take on the October classic. 5.4%ABV

Texas Keeper August CeriseDry, heirloom apple cider. Double fermented w/ sour cherries. 8.4%ABV

 B-52 TubularOur Classic West Coast Style IPA that’s dry-hopped with boatloads of Chinook and Southern Cross hops which provide zesty citrus, herbal pine, and peppery characteristics with a crisp bitter finish.6.5%ABV

 

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

Oh my, starry eyed surprise!

From sunrise to sunset and a good deal afterwards, it always feels like quite the party here a WhichCraft. I know these cooler temps have me seeing stars, especially out in the beer garden. All of this week’s new beverages are reasons for a party in their own right!

On the draft front I’m totally here for the Martin House Blue Dreams. Boy oh boy, does it ever deliver on the flavor front. She’s severing some blue raspberry realness, with the color ta’ boot! We’re jammin’ pretty hard on the hoppy front this week. We have fresh kegs from Meanwhile, Tupps, Lone Pint, and SpindleTap. Being that it’s October it’s more that apt that we have an Oktoberfest for ya fine folks, and we’ve delivered. Our pick from Family Business is doing things right with a long condition theirs since last March… so ya know it’s bringing some serious body and taste.

On the package front there are SO MANY options this week! We’ve brought back lots of fan favorites and kept it fresh with the one offs. That means you should pop in so we can provide the best recommendations for ya. As for our new wine options I’m smitten. Up first is the Pipeño from Escandalo wines in Chile. A blend of Pais and Cinsault, it’s the fresh and earthy wine I want as the seasons change. Then we have the Biancospino, a white Lambrusco. I’m willing to bet never have you ever tried one… and lemme tell ya the bubbles are on point and I’m living for notes of lemon zest & a touch of almond. So good friends!

Are you looking for some extra coin in your pocket or spending more time with Austin’s best beer selection? Well you’re in luck! We are currently in search of part time help in the evenings and on the weekends. If you’re interested feel free to stop in the store for a chat or email me, justin@whichcraft.com.

New month, new brewery. Folks, we’re stoked to have our friends at Willard’s Brewing in Pflugerville as our brewery of the month. For JUST $8.99 a six pack we have their Fistful of Fury Hazy IPA, Forbidden Helles Lager, and Oktoberfest. They’ll also be in on the 22nd for a pint night. Don’t miss it!

It’s like the party never ends…

Later, y’all.


New & Returning Beers, Ciders, & Seltzers This Week

Back in StockCelis Peche, Live Oak Oaktoberfest, Roughhouse Treeform Farmhouse IPA, Roughhouse Rice Lager, Adelbert’s October Rust, 4th Tap House of Torment, 101 Cider House Cactus Rose, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale,

Austin Eastciders Cranberry – This cider uses a blend of bittersweet apples and real cranberry juice for a tart yet light and refreshing beverage. Enjoy on its own or as a base for a holiday punch. 5% ABV

Shotgun Seltzer Red Paloma – Agave and Grapefruit spiked seltzer. 6.9% ABV

Tupps Cotton Candy Blonde – Brewed with Vienna and Munich malts and dry hopped with Citra, Ekuanot, Amarillo, Simcoe and Mosaic hops 7.5%ABV

Roughhouse Sordid Nature – Their dark saison was brewed with all English malts to provide a rich body with subtle roast aroma and a warming finish. 8.8% ABV

Martin House Salty Lady Watermelon – Salty Lady Gose with Watermelon. 5.2% ABV

Martin House Salty Lady Mango – Salty Lady Gose with Mango. 5.2% ABV

Martin House S’mores Stout – Imperial Stout with Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, and Chocolate.

Founders KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa – Here’s one for the cocoa lovers: KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa – the sumptuous, deep coffee and chocolate flavors of KBS rise to the next level with a swirl of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla to create a sweet-but-not-too-sweet barrel-aged drinking experience. It’s a whole new spin on KBS that’s sure to sweeten your spirits. 12% ABV

Stone Let’s Bee Homies – Nature is full of great collaborations. Take plants and pollinators for example – a symbiotic relationship that gives us fruits, vegetables and of course, honey. Although Stone and Deschutes have origins on near-opposite ends of the West Coast, our backyards are brought together in this hazy IPA brewed with equal parts Oregon blackberry honey and California orange blossom honey. 7.5% ABV

Luna Bay Booch Co Hibiscus Lavender Hard Kombucha – A pleasant palette of fresh floral flavors that’s simple, yet sweet. 6.5% ABV

Spindletap Candy Green – Wai-iti, Denali, & Vic Secret hopped hazy double IPA. 8% ABV

Original Sin Dry Rose Cider – A cider made with our proprietary blend of freshly pressed New York apples. OS Dry Rosé features a beautiful light pink color with a delicate nose, refreshing acidity and a smooth semi-dry finish. 6.5% ABV

Elgin Meadery Black Nectaris – Black Nectaris is an intensely fruity blackberry mead made with Marion blackberries and local wildflower honey, this is a rich and sweet melome. 11% ABV

Elgin Traditional Mead – Our traditional-style honey wine is crafted with Texas honey. This mead is perfect for when you crave a clean and simple mead that drinks sweet and imparts a beautiful sense of central Texas terroir. 13.5% ABV

Elgin Meadery Red Nectaris – Our traditional-style honey wine is crafted with Texas honey. This mead is perfect for when you crave a clean and simple mead that drinks sweet and imparts a beautiful sense of central Texas terroir. 13.5% ABV

Elgin Intricatus Bourbon Barrel – Intricatus is a semi-sweet to off dry mead made with wildflower honey harvested in central Texas. This mead opens with a bold vanilla bourbon profile with underlying but still assertive fruity notes of mango which give way to hints of caramel and a light oaky finish. After fermentation was complete, the mead spent a month in secondary steel tanks before being transferred to a single Bulleit bourbon barrel where it aged for almost three months. 14%ABV

Meridian Hive Electric Rickshaw – Honey Wine aged 4 months in oak barrels 12%ABV

Meridian Hive Currant State – Honey-Black Currant Cherry Wine. Aged on Hungarian Oak. 12.5%ABV

(512) Bock – A smooth dark lager with German malt & hops. 5.6%ABV

Real Ale Blakkr – Subtle dark malt and toffee character quickly yields to the citrus and tropical notes provided by a staggering amount of hops. Bonded by their love of brewing and love of metal, this unholy trinity of brewers has unleashed a crushing, black as night double IPA. Collaboration between Real Ale, Surly and Three Floyds. 9.99% ABV

Left Hand White Russian Nitro – Super smooth & decadent with coffee and vanilla. Abide with The Nitro, or White Russian Nitro, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. White Russian Nitro is takin’ er super smooth for all us craft beer drinkers out there. There’s a beverage here that’s for strikes and gutters; ups and downs. And, I don’t know about you, but I take comfort in that. With coffee, vanilla and notes of chocolate, this is a beer that really ties it all together. But, well, that’s just, like, our opinion, man. 8.9% ABV

Toppling Goliath Intergalactic Warrior – Galaxy and Warrior hops join forces to create a beer with a bitter punch. Big body, bold flavor, with a boost of citrus rind and just a kick of spiciness in the finish, Intergalactic Warrior is an India Pale Ale worth fighting for. 6.5% ABV

Toppling Goliath Dorothy’s New World Lager – Mildly hopped with Cascade hops, this lager is light in color and body, and clean to the taste. 5% ABV

Blue Owl Little Gose Peach Cobbler – Our refreshing salty-sour wheat is perfect for your summertime shenanigans. Be on the lookout for these limited variations of Little Gose.This summer’s Little Gose is sour peach cobbler for the Liquid Bake Sale benefiting the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. 3.4% ABV

The Bruery Chocolate Churriosity – Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with dulce de leche, milk sugar, cinnamon, and cacao nibs. Chocolate Churriosity is inspired by the decadent duo of freshly made churros dipped in an oooey, gooey, warm chocolate sauce, commonly found in Madrid. Brewed in collaboration with Horus Aged Ales, we aged this imperial stout in bourbon barrels then loaded it with milk sugar, dulce de leche, cinnamon, and a proper dose of cacao nibs. This tasty pastry stout will have you licking your fingers and asking for more. 13.7%ABV

Bruery Offshoot Stirred – Hazy DIPA with Mosaic and Cashmere hops Maybe they’re stirring up trouble, but this Hazy Double IPA is so straightforward yet so delicious. We brewed Stirred using primarily Mosaic hops for a true juice bomb, complemented by a touch of Cashmere hops to add a super smooth fruit character. Expect a pillowy body with notes and aromas of bubblegum, peaches, nectarine, pineapple, coconut, and mango. Seriously, all that just from the hops. Hop to it! 8.2%ABV

City Orchard Cider Fresca Plum – Plum infused fruit cider. 6.5%ABV

Põhjala Birthday Banger – Imperial Stout brewed with mountains of chocolate, cacao nibs, tonka beans, and vanilla for a big birthday celebration. 12.5%ABV

Põhjala Orange Gose – A citrus-forward gose brewed with Oranges, Coriander, Himalayan rock salt, and our house culture of lactobacillus. Taste: Refreshing citrus sour notes come through mixed with hints of fresh rye fields, and balanced out by a sweet, jammy orange juiciness. Even more floral zest shines through as the glass warms. 5.5% ABV

Põhjala Prenzlauer Berg – A rich and creamy sour wheat beer, brewed with raspberries. Taste: Sweet creamy raspberry with a tingling, zesty acidity. The light, almost farmhouse malt body slides slowly down the tongue almost as a meringue, balanced by a juicy creamy lactose touch. 4.5% ABV

Martin House Twang A Rang Mango Chile Sour 6.5%ABV

Austin Beerworks Black Thunder – If a stout and a pilsner had a lovechild, it would be Black Thunder. It would also be a miracle, because beer can’t “get it on.” This miniature powder keg starts with a roasted, bread-like complexity but finishes dry and clean like a pilsner. It’s dark, distinctive, and dry. 5.3%ABV

Ingenious Franken FroYo New England hazy milkshake style double IPA with strawberries, marshmallows, and milk sugar. 8%ABV

Ingenious Boo Berry Fluff – Tart berliner conditioned on blueberries and marshmallows. 6.8%ABV

Ingenious Stout Chocula -Imperial milk stout with chocolate and marshmallows. 10%ABV

Shacksbury Deer Snacks – Wild yeast and apple fermented cider 6%ABV

Nebraska Wick for Brains Pumpkin – Wick for Brains is our classic and painstakingly produced Fall Pumpkin Ale.  Instead of simply using spice, we use real pumpkin which lends a sweetness and pumpkin flavor not found in many Pumpkin Ales. Wonderful pumpkin pie spice intertwined in an Amber Ale creates a pumpkin sensation which is elegantly crafted.  Notes of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Ginger and Allspice blend perfectly in this seasonal Ale. 6.1%ABV

The Bruery Chocolate Churriosity – Chocolate Churriosity is inspired by the decadent duo of freshly made churros dipped in an oooey, gooey, warm chocolate sauce, commonly found in Madrid. Brewed in collaboration with Horus Aged Ales, we aged this imperial stout in bourbon barrels then loaded it with milk sugar, dulce de leche, cinnamon, and a proper dose of cacao nibs. This tasty pastry stout will have you licking your fingers and asking for more. 13.7%ABV

El Segundo Change of Plans – Today is one of those classic Southern California days that leaves the rest of the country envious. The sun is smiling upon us and the sky is so crystal clear a cloud wouldn’t dare show up to the party. Today is perfect. You pack the cooler, grab your beach chairs and the umbrella and head down to the ocean for a day of fun in the sun. After spending some time finding parking and then the perfect spot on the beach, you get all settled in because it’s time to kick back and rela… wait… what are these clouds? They’re moving so fast! Where’s the sun and the clear blue sky? This gross haze came out of nowhere and ruined everything! While the weather might not be reliable, thankfully El Segundo Brewing Company is and we’re ready for your change of plans… even if it’s hazy. 6.5% ABV

 

New Wines This Week

(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise To Go)

Escandalo Pipeño Tinto 2020 – Escandalo began in 2013 as a project to highlight old, abandoned vineyards (60-200yo) around Colchagua, Itata, Maule, and beyond. Mauricio searches out these old plots & the work in the vineyards remains extremely traditional with no chemicals used in the vines (only organic treatments or plant and citrus extracts the farmers have used for generations) and all harvesting is done by hand.

Maricio’s Pipeño is made from 50% País and 50% Cinsault, made in the traditional Chilean fashion: minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery; a wine to drink young; and one that displays amazing freshness and drinkability with flavors of berries, black pepper and rocks. Absolutely delicious and extremely glou-glou! 11-14% ABV

Vitivinicola Fangareggi – Biancospino NV – Vitivinicola Fangareggi was founded in 2005 by Giuseppe Fangareggi, even though the family has been growing Lambrusco since the 1800’s. Today, Giuseppe’s son, Matteo, runs the farm along with his mother, Margherita, and his uncle, Roberto. Giuseppe and Roberto take care of the vineyards, Margarita takes care of hospitality, and Matteo takes care of everything else, including the winemaking. Their wines are produced only from the family’s 24 hectares of vineyards spread across eight parcels in the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena. Most vineyard work is done by hand and the vineyards are practicing organic with an advanced integrated pest management protocol. In the cellar, Matteo uses only indigenous yeasts for primary fermentation to produce six types of sparkling wines, both red and white, with a focus on the production of Lambrusco.

The Biancospino is a blend of 85% Lambrusco di Sorbara (vinified white), 10% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Chardonnay. The grapes undergo a gentle, soft pressing followed by fermentation in steel tanks with indigenous yeasts and second fermentation according to the Charmat Method. Fresh, fragrant and fruity on the nose with aromas of apple, lemon and grapefruit. The palate is lively, textured and balanced with firm length and clean, persistent finish. An authentic and joyful wines, perfect with the meats and cheeses Emilia is known for. 11% ABV

 

New Draft Beers This Week

(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)

Family Business Oktoberfest True to the Marzen tradition, this malty amber lager was brewed in March and cold conditioned over time in preparation for the end of summer harvest celebration. Biscuit, toast, and caramel notes abound. 6.5%ABV

SpindleTap Stratospheric CloudsDIPA brewed with Strata and Galaxy hops 8%ABV

Tupps Day of the Dead Hazy PaleBrewed to celebrate the vibrancy of Day of the Dead, this double dry hopped pale ale is loaded with huge citrus and stone fruit flavor and aroma. Compared to it’s bigger brother, DDH IPA, Day of the Dead drinks lighter with a crisper body yet packs every bit of the aromatic punch that DDH IPA does. Massively dry hopped with Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic. 5.5% ABV

 Martin House Blue DreamsBlue Raspberry Sour 8%ABV

 

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