Battle of the IPAs

Ready for those May showers? Anything that hopefully tampers down the pollen menace that’s coated our cars and nasal cavities. But as we’re full bore into spring and baseball season, we’re also turning the page on another Brewery of the Month: Austin Beerworks! Starting May 1, we’ll be selling 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.

We have two great events lined up at the Mueller location you won’t want to miss. Tonight, we’re bringing in Real Ale for a belated birthday celebration, and they’ll be sampling their Swifty APA and 22nd Anniversary Berliner Weisse. Then not 24 hours later, we have an Odell-a-palooza planned. We’ll be offering a 5oz pour of their Bull Proof and Friek, along with a pint of Drumroll, for $15. What a delicious deal!

Doing anything May 7? Ya like tasting and discussing the nuances of beer? Then don’t miss as we bring back the WhichCraft/Beer Museum Style Night event, 7pm at the Tap Room. This time, we’re focusing on West Coast vs. New England IPAs. Run by our very own Certified Cicerone Chuck Stephens, we’ll cover the hops, malts, intricacies and histories of IPAs from Old England to California to New England, while we sip on three classic West Coast IPAs and three fresh New England styles. For $20, get 3-4oz pours of all six beers as we discuss them as a group. Check here for the Event page and to buy tickets.

And as we roll out April, it’s your last chance to take advantage of Last Stand Brewing as our Brewery of the Month. For a few more days, we’re offering Saaz Blonde and Simcoe Pale 6pks for $6.99 each, and Citra SMaSH and One Too IPA 6pks for $7.99.

Finally, WhichCraft is turning four. We’re growing up so fast, and we couldn’t have made it this far without the dedication of our customers and fantastic workforce. Thank you to everyone who continues to drink with us, talk beer with us, and support our habit of continually bringing you all the most delicious beer we can find. Stay tuned to this newsletter and all our social media outlets for upcoming info on Anniversary shindigs and/or throwdowns.

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

Thursday, April 26th
Kenna from Big Bend Brewing stops by with cans of their Hefeweizen, Terlingua Gold, and IPA.

Friday, April 27th
Jeremy from Blue Owl Brewing brings will be sampling out the new cans of Czech Czech Pils along with the rest of their core beers..

Saturday, April 21st
We welcome back Justin with Left Hand Brewing to sample their Juicy Goodness, Peach Beerlini, and Raspberry Lemon Gose.

Tuesday, May 1st
Don’t miss Austin’s own Argus Cidery, as Cam stops by to open bottles of their Lagered Cider and some of their other bottles. 

Wednesday, May 2nd
Aaron with Southern Star visits Lamar to sample their Humidity Kolsch, Spring Pils, and Blood Belt.

Thursday, May 3rd
We’re big fans of Alaskan Brewery, so make sure you drop by to taste their Spruce IPA, 212 Amber, and Smash Galaxy.

 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Thursday, April 26th
5-8pm: We help Real Ale Brewing celebrate their birthday with their 22nd Anniversary Berliner Weisse and Swifty APA on draft.  Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass. Make sure to try sample of their Grapefruit Gose and Phoenixx, too.

Friday, April 27th
5-8pm: We’re blowing it out with Colorado’s Odell Brewing. First, we’ll be offering a 5oz pour of their Bull Proof and Friek, along with a pint of Drumroll, for $15. It’s a beautiful thing!

odell at whichcraft

Saturday, April 28th
4-7pm: Big Bend Brewing Co. brings us their new Transcendence NEIPA on draft.  BTBKTG – Buy The Beer, Keep The Glass!

Wednesday, May 2nd
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 3rd
5-8pm: Drop by as we welcome in Victory Brewing to tap their Home Grown Lager, and sample their Kirsch Gose and Sour Monkey. It’s good stuff.

New Beers This Week

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

Back in Stock at S Lamar: Prairie Twist, Prairie Paradise, Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher (4pk Cans), Birrificio del Ducato Koji il Riso, Avery Ellie’s Brown, Lagunitas Citranesis, Founders Green Zebra, Stone Punk in Drublic

Prairie Era – Hoppy Farmhouse ale dosed with lemon zest, along with a combination of cascade and centennial hops for an extra kick of citrus. 4% ABV / Tulsa, OK / Availability: Good

Hitachino Nest Yuzu Lager – Plentiful use of Japanese yuzu gives this beer a delicate yet deep citrus flavor. Enjoy the refreshing acidity from yuzu and the crispness of a lager. 5.5% ABV / Naka-shi, Ibaraki, Japan / Availability: Good

Noble Rey Ice Bucket IPA – An American Pale Ale done in collaboration with ALS Foundation. 5.9% ABV / Dallas, TX / Availability: Good

Cascade Pearpawsterous – Barrel-aged Wheat Ale w/ pear & paw paw. 7.1% ABV / Portland, OR / Availability: Decent

Ballast Point Moscow Mule – Ginger, lime, refreshing; all the good things you’d expect from the cocktail of the same name. They started with a light, sour base beer and then loaded it up with tons of fresh ginger and lime zest. All that is missing is the copper cup. 10.2% ABV / San Diego, CA / Availability: Good

903 Sheer Hopulence – A malty, sweet treat that’s loaded with hops. Belma, Ella, Equinox, Cascade, and Idaho 7 hops all went in to make this beautiful beer. 8.8% ABV / Sherman, TX / Availability: Good

Brazos Valley For What It’s Worth – Amarillo IPA. 6.8% ABV / Brenham, TX / Availability: Good

Traquair Jacobite – A strong ale based on an ancient recipe, Jacobite Ale is spiced with hops as well as another traditional and ancient seasoning: coriander. Deep brown color; rich aroma of spice, chocolate and leather; full, creamy body. 8% ABV / Innerleithen, Peebleshire, Scotland / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Traquair House Ale – The traditional brewing process used in the production of Traquair House Ale consists of the following; 1. Traditional infusion mashing process. The wort is then drawn off and boiled during which process the hops are added. 2. The wort is now cooled and pitched with top fermenting yeast under controlled temperature. It is then fermented in oak over a period of seven days. The beer is then transferred into cold storage tanks or barrels and matured over a period of weeks. 7.2% ABV / Innerleithen, Peebleshire, Scotland / RateBeer 95 / Availability: Decent

Real Ale Zweiundzwanzig – German for 22. Slightly tart, drinkable berliner weisse to celebrate their 22nd Anniversary. 3.5% ABV / Blanco, TX / Availability: Good

Monschoff Kellerbier – This amber color, mild beer appeals to lovers of unfiltered beer, the way it used to be. A tradional Mönchshof beer specialty. 5.4% ABV / Kulmbach, Germany / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Monschoff Schwartz – Supremely drinkable, dry and beautifully hopped, yet loaded with dark malt flavor. 4.9% ABV / Kulmbach, Germany / SoLa Only

Oude Beersel Kriek – Created by adding whole fresh cherries to young lambic, which provides both seasoning and sparks another fermentation resulting in a product of great complexity. It has the acidity of champagne, the bouquet and delicate flavor of cherries, and balance of almondy dryness. Oude Beersel Kriek is the missing link between beer and wine. 4% ABV / Beersel, Belgium / RateBeer 86 / Availability: Decent

Blackwater Draw Hop Damn –  A single hop throwback to their Girls Pint Out collaboration Hazy Lady. They generously hop in the whirlpool and fermentor to create a juicy IPA . 6% ABV / College Station, TX / Availability: Good

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum TIPA – Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this big, whole-cone Imperial IPA. Resinous ‘new-school’ and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit – all culminating in a dry and lasting finish. 10.4% ABV / Chico, CA / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

North Coast Le Merle – A rustic ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute exotic aromas of tropical fruit. 7.9% ABV / Fort Bragg, CA / RateBeer 94 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Palma Louca –  A typical, refreshing and smooth, Brazilian style lager. 4% ABV / Jacarei, Brazil / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Jun Kombucha Blueberry Basil – Semi-sweet blueberry notes, balanced by a savory basil presence that is full bodied and appealing. 5.6% ABV / Cottonwood, AZ / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Real Ale Swifty – A refreshing revival of a classic American style – the American Pale Ale. With a light-medium body and bright citrus hops, Swifty APA delivers bold flavor, remarkable balance, and thirst-quenching crushability. 5% ABV / Blanco, TX

Real Ale Zweiundzwanzig – German for 22. Slightly tart, drinkable berliner weisse to celebrate their 22nd Anniversary. 3.5% ABV / Blanco, TX

Odell Drumroll – A bold, juicy, citrus-inspired and tropically hop forward APA that looks and tastes like pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit. 5.3% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / RateBeer 94

St. Elmo Carl Kolsch – A pale golden beer. Full-flavored yet very drinkable. Perfectly refreshing for the eight-month Texas summer. German Pilsner malt, Tettnanger hops, and clean Kolsch yeast come together in graceful harmony to make the perfect everyday beer. Come hang with Carl! 4.6% ABV / Austin, TX

NoCoast Make Waves – Malt forward English ale brewed with British ale yeast, roasted barley, and special B malts. 5% ABV / Oskaloosa, IA

Big Bend Transcendence IPA – Hazy New England style IPA with all the hop flava. 6.8% ABV / Alpine, TX

Brazos Valley Two Step Pilsner – Pilsner malt two steps with German Magnum and Saphir hops to create this light, crisp, and refreshing pilsner. 5.3% ABV / Brenham, TX

This Week’s Specials

  • For a few more days, make sure to pick up six packs of Saaz Blonde and Simcoe Pale Ale for $6.99, and Citra SMaSH and One Too IPA for $7.99.
  • 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.

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