We have a couple of treats on the calendar next week at both locations. First, on Tuesday at Mueller, we have a special Bruery beer and cheese flight lined up. Along with tapping kegs of their Share This: OC, Frucht: Peach, and popping some of their tasty bottles, you can speak with Marketing Manager Cambria Griffith and Production Supervisor Jeremy Grinkey. Jeremy comes from a wine background and enters Bruery to oversee their wild and sour production. Come ask him beer or wine questions, or how to rock a killer beard. This beer and cheese pairing is $20 to attend, and will consist of three cheeses and a total of five 5oz. pours: Share This: OC, Frucht: Peach, and three of your choosing from the vast array of open bottles. Check the link for more info and full list of bottles. No RSVP required, just show up!
Then we’ll welcome our Brewery of the Month, Collective Brewing Project, to Lamar on Thursday, October 26. Along with their fantastic staples we’re offering all month, there’s always something special or unique they’re putting together, including the new Raspberry Petite Golden Sour. Do yourself a favor and get your butts to Lamar.
And make Mueller WhichCraft your place to watch Game 6 of the Astros-Yankees series as they attempt to even it up. In celebration, we’re tapping a special, rare keg for these here Austin parts: 8th Wonder Dome Faux’m. We’ll be offering $4 pints of this Throwback Cream Ale for the entirety of the game.
Last week we posted (at length) about our Advent Calendars. Check out last week’s newsletter for the 411 about them, but long story short: you need to order one! $100 for 24 mystery beers, to be opened each day in December leading up to Christmas. They can be pre-ordered at either location, either in person or over the phone. We’re only making 150 of them this year, so order one now!
Finally, we were in the sporting mood at Lamar and wanted to play a game. As you know, we have Austin’s largest singles wall, but just how large is it? How many different beers are there on the shelf? We know the answer, but do you? If think you do, go to our Facebook page, tag a friend, shoot us a message with the total, and you and your friend might win a $15 Gift Card. Deadline is on the 31st, winner announced November 1st, so get your guess on.
Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Thursday, October 19th
Because NOW, and NOT August, is the perfect time for Oktoberfests, we’re having a sampling of the style. Drop by to try Brazos Valley Country Roads, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, and Shiner Oktoberfest. Prost!
Friday, October 20th
All the way from the Little Apple of Manhattan, KS, Davis with Tallgrass Brewing drops by Lamar to sample some of their flavorful brews, including Strawberry Shortcake, Blueberry Jam, Raspberry Jam, and their Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat.
Saturday, October 21st
The inmates are running the asylum Saturday night. We’re having our own tasting, sampling Left Hand Fade to Black, Hi Sign Shamus the Fiddler, Sweetwater Blue, and Abita To-Gose.
Thursday, October 26th
Collective Brewing Project! Brewery of the Month! Free tasting! Raspberry PGS! Why are you still reading, start camping out now!
Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller
Thursday, October 19th
5-8pm: Holy cow, Veronica with Lone Pint in our Mueller location? Believe it. And believe we’ll have Yellow Rose and Zeno’s Pale Ale on tap to celebrate this joyous occasion.
Friday, October 20th
5-8pm: Amy from Goose Island drops by for a Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass for their 4 Star Pils and Cooper Project #2, a Barrel-aged Blonde Doppelbock. We’ll also be sampling their Festbier while supplies last.
Tuesday, October 24th
6-9pm: You already know what’s happening: it’s our bodacious Bruery blowout! Just read above about how great this is going to be.
Wednesday, October 25th
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: Copperhead Black Venom, Delirium Tremens
North Peak Torrent – Cloudy Oat IPA. 6.7% ABV / Traverse City, MI / Availability: Decent
Straffe Hendrik Quadruple – A rich and intense dark Belgian ale. It is brewed with a subtle blend of specialty malts, which give the ale an extremely dark color and a chewy, malty, complex character. The quadruple combines a clean dryness with a warm, full-bodied mouthfeel and essences of fruit. Secondary fermentation in the bottle creates a living ale that can be aged and will have an evolution of taste profiles over time. 11% ABV / Bruges, Belgium / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only
Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale – The newest addition to the Chatoe Rogue series is Pumpkin Patch Ale, a beer made using fresh pumpkins grown in a patch that borders Rogue’s 42-acre hop yard. The pumpkins are picked, loaded into Rogue’s farm truck, driven immediately 77 miles to their brewery in Newport, quickly roasted, and pitched into the brew kettle to create a batch of Pumpkin Patch Ale. 5.6% ABV / Newport, OR / RateBeer 88 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only
Real Ale Coffee Porter – A rich, robust porter with a dry finish. Brewed with organic hops, malted barley, and Ruta Maya Shade Grown organic coffee beans from Chiapas, Mexico. 5.6% ABV / Blanco, TX / RateBeer 90 / Availability: Good
Left Hand Fade to Black Vol. 1: Foreign Stout – Pours black with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes that give way to a feeling of self loathing, burnt opportunities and smoked relationships. 8.5% ABV / Longmont, CO / RateBeer 96 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro – Black ale aged in their cellars for over four months before being unleashed. Hints of raisins, black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate are followed by earthy, herbal hop notes. Any apprehensions about the rest of your day are quickly forgotten, for whatever the mind expects, it finds. Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having. 10.2% ABV / Longmont, CO / RateBeer 96 / Availability: Good
Brooklyn Black Chocolate – An award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. Using three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, it achieves a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. Brewed every year for the winter season, it is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years. 10% ABV / Brooklyn, NY / RateBeer 100 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only
Odell Whiskey Barrel-Aged Lugene – Their Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout in Woody Creek Rye Whiskey barrels for six months. The result is a beer that is dynamic and complex, with aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and toffee, and a smooth but full-bodied mouthfeel with subtle flavors of rye spice and vanilla. 10.5% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Availability: Limited
Odell Ten Paces – Drawing on the natural tartness of the huckleberries, this American-style Wild Ale features a unique blend of yeast strains that produce a complex aroma of tropical fruit and clove spiciness while accentuating the deep fruit flavors. Will you be our huckleberry? 6.5% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only
Oskar Blues Death By Coconut – Intense pure liquid cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of theirdark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. This limited release specialty comes around once a year to satisfy that sweet tooth, so get ’em while you can before they disappear. 6.5% ABV / Longmont, CO / RateBeer 97 / Availability: Decent
Copperhead Bite Me – Blonde lager. 5.2% ABV / Conroe, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Independence Illustrated Man – Dark Sour that is tart and rounded out with blackberries, raspberries, and boysenberries. 6% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent / Both (Mueller Friday)
Bells Best Brown – A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in their fall & winter lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops. 5.8% ABV / Galesburg, MI / RateBeer 90 / Availability: Good
Rabbit Hole Midnight Snark – Midnight Snark is an export stout with notes of caramel, coffee, and cocoa with a medium dry finish. Aged more than 4 months in its Bourbon barrel prison, the beer fostered a bold spirit finish with dominant notes of vanilla and cocoa. Roasty and smooth with a haunting of oak and bourbon flavors, the unique nature of this beer means it will continue to develop and age over time. The Midnight Snark is best sought out when the autumn chill encroaches and the nights grow eerily long. 10.6% ABV / Justin, TX / Availability: Decent / Both (Mueller Friday)
Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods: Cocoa Coconut Narwhal – This very special version of their Narwhal Imperial Stout was brewed with toasted coconut and then left to mature in Kentucky Groupon barrels for nearly a year. To the barrels, they added additional coconut and cocoa nibs to create a uniquely rich and decadent stout. 11.8% ABV / Chico, CA / Availability: Limited / Mueller Only
New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom
Full Draft List Available on our Website
Rentsch Hefeweizen – A light refreshing wheat beer made with authentic German malt and hops. 5.5% ABV / Georgetown, TX
Hi Sign Future Man – New England-style IPA. 6.6% ABV / Austin, TX
Independence Shiny Diamonds – Crystal and Strata hops create fresh herbal and tropical hop flavors and lead to mild grapefruit peel notes. This hoppy pale ale finishes crisp, clean, and dry. Shiny Diamonds is subtle and complex, like the eyes of a cat in the black and blue. 5.8% ABV / Austin, TX
Lone Pint Zeno’s Pale Ale – An American Pale Ale, using American two-row malted barley and a touch of light Crystal malt in combination with two pungent and resinous, whole-cone American hops. The hops are added to the boil using strategery to yield a pleasant, yet satisfying, hop punch. 5.9% ABV / Magnolia, TX
Saint Arnold’s Pumpkinator – This beer is black with some ruby highlights. The nose is full of pumpkin pie spices and some alcohol. There are notes of nutmeg, caraway and vanilla. The taste starts with chocolate malt with a hint of spice and rolls into a warm spicy alcohol taste which has the effect of creating the balance that usually comes from the hop bitter. There is some hop bitter on the finish, but not much. Overall, this beer finishes relatively dry for such a big beer. As it warms, the spices move forward in the taste and the chocolate moves to the finish. The pumpkin provides a pleasant undertone and a nice mouthfeel. 10% ABV / Houston, TX / RateBeer 97
Meridian Hive Dynamo – Dynamo is a refreshingly flavorful and complex mead. A lightly carbonated fusion of dark tart cherry with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and almond result in this mouth-puckering winner. 6.5% ABV / Austin, TX
Bruery Frucht: Peach – Oak foeder-aged Berliner Weisse with peaches added, which add a ripe, juicy sweet character to the already tart and racy beer. 4.5% ABV / Anaheim, CA
This Week’s Specials
- Enjoy Collective Brewing Project’s Petite Golden Sour, Suspicious Delicious, and Urban Funk House for $8.99 all month.
- Pick up a 4 pack of Knee Deep’s Breaking Bud for $6.99.
- If the NFL or the Astros (go ‘Stros!) are playing on one of our TVs, it’s Happy Hour at Mueller. Get in here, people!
South Lamar Specials
- Victory’s Black Board Series Peach Belgian Blonde is on sale for $7.99/6pk.