Founders KBS Release & Tasting This Friday! Plus HAAM Day Next Tuesday.

Yup, you read that subject line correctly.  Myk O’Connor, Founders Brewery rep and owner of an incredible beard, will be dishing out free samples off all the fantastic Founders brews this Friday 9/19 from 6-8pm.  Think that’s all?  It’s not.  We have a case of the world famous Kentucky Breakfast Stout we’re selling as well.  Details of how to win a chance to buy a bottle are here.  We’re also offering 10% off all Founders for the night, and 20% off when you mix and match a full case (24 12oz beers)!  Not to mention the excellent Founders Porter just arrived today too!

If you like the service and products you receive from us, we’d certainly appreciate your feedback on a review forum like Yelp, Beer Advocate and/or Rate Beer! We love our customers and we hope you love us back. If you’d like to send any direct feedback, email holler[at]whichcraftbeerstore.com.

Next Tuesday 9/23 is HAAM Benefit Day in Austin.  Like countless other businesses in this great city of ours, we’re giving away 5% of the day’s proceeds to help support the rich musical culture we all love.  We also selected Victory Brewing out of Pennsylvania to have a tasting that night, so swing on by for free Victory samples and to help us donate money to HAAM.

 

Upcoming Events, 6-8pm

Thursday, September 18th – TONIGHT!

We’re lucky enough to help launch Save the World Brewing’s latest release!  Sol Hominis (meaning The Sun of Man) is a Belgian golden strong ale that comes in at an impressive 10% ABV.  Cory from the brewery will be in the house pouring free samples of all of their beers.  If you haven’t had STW beers yet, they are all excellently balanced versions of Belgian style ales.

Friday, September 19th

Four words:  Kentucky Breakfast Stout, suckas!  Details on how to win a chance to buy a bottle here.  Huge Founders savings (10% off everything, and 20% off when you mix & match a full case), free samples of everything except KBS, and all around good times.  Myk will maybe even let you touch his beard if you ask nicely.

Tuesday, September 23rd

Aaron Anderson from Victory Brewing out of Downingtown, PA will be in the house sampling out the new seasonal brews and a couple of old standbys from Victory.  This is one of the consistently highest rated breweries we can get regularly in TX, so swing on in and taste a few.

But that’s not all!  Tuesday 9/23 is HAAM Benefit Day in Austin, where tons of businesses each donate 5% of the day’s proceeds to support Austin musicians’ health care needs.  It’s a wonderful organization and buying beer is a great way to increase our donation to HAAM.  Win/Win!

Wednesday, September 24th

BBQ & Beer cowboy Frank Mancuso from Saint Arnold Brewing is always a pleasure having in the store, and he’ll kick out free samples of the St Arnold brews for your tippling pleasure.  As always, Frank has some ridiculous things in his cellar, so I’m sure he’ll bring out one or two old St Arnold brews from years past to sample out for free!

New Beers This Week

Prairie Standard* – Prairie Standard is Prairie’s everyday beer.  It’s a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. This beer is dry hopped 1lb per barrel of Motueka hops, a lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.  5.2% ABV/Krebs, OK/Ratebeer 98   *Arriving Friday

Clown Shoes The Good, The Bad & the Unidragon* – Clown Shoes brewed this special version of Blaecorn Unidragon using dark malts sourced Blacklands Malts right here in central Texas!  This beer will only be sold in Texas.  This one is highly allocated from our distributor, so come grab a bottle soon.  14% ABV/Ipswich, MA/No rating yet on Ratebeer or BA!   *Arriving Friday

903 Brewers Sugar on Top IPA – We’re lucky enough to be only one of TWO accounts in Austin to have beer.  903 Brewers from Sherman, TX are a husband & wife team kicking out delicious and unique beers.  This one is an IPA in which Jeremy throws a bit of brown sugar in right at the end of the boil to raise the ABV as well add a bit of sweetness to counteract the hop profile.  This was bottled on Tuesday, so it’s ridiculously fresh.  Get it before it’s gone!  8.7% ABV/Sherman, TX/Beer Advocate 85

Wolf 7 – In the aroma you distinguish mainly vanilla, white pepper and some fruity scents. The main palate is soft sweet, creamy with a sober alcohol impression. In the aftertaste you notice some stone fruits (peach, nectarine) and a soft and smooth bitterness is present.  7.4% ABV/Aarschot, Belgium/Beer Advocate 86

Southern Tier 2x Rye* – Southern Tier’s latest in their 2x series is a Rye IPA.  It has slightly spicy and earthy notes that the rye bring to the party.  It’s still an IPA though, coming in at 8.1% ABV.  The 2x series never disappoints, and we’re excited to try this one.  8.1% ABV/Lakewood, NY/Ratebeer 98   *Arriving Friday

Deschutes Doppel Dinkel Bock – This one wins for most creative name this week.  It’s a 10.7% doppelbock collaboration between Deschutes and Dinkelhauser Brewing from Germany.   Aromas of bubblegum, banana, clove, citrus, and a slight spiciness.  Rich, dark & velvety mouthfeel.  10.7% ABV/Bend, OR/Ratebeer 95

Dogfish Head Noble Rot – A sort of Saison, fermented with Botrytis-infected Viognier and Pinot Gris grapes. This beer is brewed with Pils malt, organic Hard Red Winter Wheat malt, Warrior hops, Willamette hops, Liberty hops, Saison yeast and Botrytis wine must.  9% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 94

Dogfish Head Positive Contact – Positive Contact is a cider-beer-hybrid very loosely based on a Belgian-style Wit beer brewed with a bunch of unconventional ingredients for the style.  Brewed with Fuji apple cider, cilantro & cayenne pepper.  This was then blended with a 50/50 wheat & barley beer to finish out the brew.  Very unique.  9% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 91

Dogfish Head 75 Minute – 75 Minute IPA is a blend of 60 and 90 Minute IPAs with a special whole leaf cascade dry-hopping session. Post-hopping the beer gets transferred into firkins and dosed with fresh yeast and maple syrup.  A very complex and delicious brew!  7.5% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 99

Founders Porter – A perfect 100 on Ratebeer!  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.  On sale this Friday!  Details above.  6.5% ABV/Grand Rapids, MI/Ratebeer 100

Anchor Saaremaa Island Ale – Inspired by Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s Estonian beer journey. Saaremaa Island Ale is a medium-bitter pale ale (6% ABV) with Old World hop flavor and aroma with a light body and clean finish.   This beer highlights a unique yeast strain Carpenter brought back from the island.  6% ABV/San Francisco, CA/Ratebeer 86

Breckenridge Autumn – Looking for a fresh take on an Oktoberfest beer? Breckenridge’s fall seasonal combines the malty goodness of a German lager with the clean crispness of an American ale. Brewed with Munich malts and a delicate blend of Bavarian hops.  Autumn Ale is a full-bodied treat with a nutty-sweet middle, a warming alcohol level and notes of toasted grains.  6.7% ABV/Denver, CO/Beer Advocate 81

Wells & Young’s Banana Bread – Here by popular demand, this beer isropically fruity; its ripe banana flavor, emphasized by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas and finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.  5.2% ABV/Bedford, England/Beer Advocate 79

Estrella Damm Inedit – A skillfully brewed blend of lager and wheat beer styles, Inedit uses a combination of barley malt, wheat, hops, coriander, orange peel, yeast and water. Uniquely brewed to create a complex aroma and opaque appearance, a floral nose leaves a sensation of fresh yeast and sweet spices. Lightly carbonated with a creamy texture, the soft full body leaves a long and lasting finish.  4.8% ABV/Barcelona, Spain/Beer Advocate 82

Fullers London Porter – Fuller’s London Porter, is widely regarded as the World’s Finest Porter.   Having won awards all over the world, London Porter is regularly voted the number one Porter on beer websites such as Ratebeer.  Rich, dark & complex.  5.4% ABV/London, England/Ratebeer 100

Smuttynose Pilsner – A German-style pilsner with a bright & crisp mouthfeel.  Soft bready malt and a bright & clean finish.  5.1% ABV/Hampton, NH/Ratebeer 88

No Label Black Wit-o* – Uniquely different dark wheat ale. This beer is brewed with a touch of star of anise at the end of the boil to give it a nice smooth finish with a slight hint of licorice.  7% ABV/Katy, TX/Ratebeer 77   *Arriving Friday

Alvinne Melchior* – Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and candi sugars are present in the nose along with some hints of spices. The taste initially starts off with a little sweetness but as the sediment is poured out of the bottle subtle flavors of mustard seeds become stronger and help to balance off the candi sugar. 11% ABV/Moen, Belgium/Ratebeer 81   *Arriving Friday

Wasatch Pumpkin* – Brewed with the finest barley and pure pumpkin, then spiced like your favorite holiday pie. This amber-hued ale is sure to please!  4% ABV/Park City, UT/Ratebeer 90   *Arriving Friday

Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

How many times can we say FOUNDERS?

Saturday

Southern Tier Harvest – a highly rated ESB

903 Brewers Sugar on Top IPA

Guadalupe TX Honey Ale

Kapuziner Schwarzbier

One more random thing we’ll open up!

Free Tasting Events & Tons of New Beers!

Thanks for your continued support for our Beer Rescue ProgramHere is an updated list of rescue beers.

 

Did you know we’re currently part of the Austin Habitat for Humanity House That Beer Built? We have these sweet glasses you can buy for $6 each and ALL of the profit goes to help build the home for the Huerta family. Support a great cause and get a cool glass!

 

If you like the service and products you receive from us, we’d certainly appreciate your feedback on a review forum like YelpBeer Advocate and/or Rate Beer! We love our customers and we hope you love us back. If you’d like to send any direct feedback, email holler[at]whichcraftbeerstore.com.

We’re happy to announce the statewide launch of Smuttynose!  They’ve been brewing solid and highly rated beers out of New Hampshire for two decades.  We have two beers in stock today and expect a couple more next week.  See below for details.  

Upcoming Events, 6-8pm

Wednesday, September 17th

A few weeks back a brand new cidery from right here in South Austin opened their doors.  We’re hosting the owners of Texas Keeper Cider this Wedn 9/17 as they sample out the very dry Texas Keeper #1.  It’s a blend of 5 different apple varieties and finished very dry.  No sweet cider here!

Thursday, September 18th

We’re lucky enough to be the very first retail partner to launch Save the World Brewing’s latest release!  Sol Hominis (meaning The Sun of Man) is a Belgian golden strong ale that comes in at an impressive 10% ABV.  Cory from the brewery will be in the house pouring free samples of all of their beers.  If you haven’t had STW beers yet, they are all excellently balanced versions of Belgian style ales.

Friday, September 19th

We couldn’t more excited to have a very special Friday evening tasting with Founders Brewing.  Founders is one of the best things to ever come out of Michigan, which is an impressive statement considering it shares that list with the likes of Tim Allen, Alice Cooper & Dave Coulier.  Myk O’Connor of Whisker Wars TV fame is now the Founders rep and he’ll be pouring free samples of all of the excellent Founders brews.

New Beers This Week

Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale – One of the most highly sought after pumpkin seasonals.  Punkin’ Ale is a full-bodied, spiced brown ale brewed with baked pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.   7% ABV/Milton, DE

Smuttynose Robust Porter – The first of the new Smuttynose beers to hit the market, this robust porter is a perfect example of the style, pulling in a 99 on ratebeer.com.  A hearty ebony colored ale that starts with a rich malty palate finished with clean hops and notes of coffee and chocolate.  5.7% ABV/Hampton, NH

Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA – The citrusy hop flavor comes from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams and is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as we bottle it unfiltered.  6.9% ABV/Hampton, NH

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Stout – The highly rated and sought after imperial stout from Oskar Blues is back in stock!  This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt.  Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.  10.5% ABV/Longmont, CO

Harpoon Pumpkin UFO – The malt combination provides a smooth body and slightly sweet flavor, which balances perfectly with the earthy notes derived from the pure pumpkin.  5.9% ABV/Boston, MA

Victory Helios – A Belgian style farmhouse ale with German malts, European hops & Belgian yeast.  Lots of barnyard funk notes and a bit of citrus, too.  Very dry, crisp & refreshing.  7.5% ABV/Downington, PA

Bavik Camaraderie* – A Belgian style tripel brewed in collaborate with BJ’s Brewhouse.  Spicy, fruity Belgian yeast sit on a nice malty backbone.  8% ABV/Harelbeke, Belgium   *Arriving Friday

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin – Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish.  5% ABV/Brooklyn, NY

Boulevard Hibiscus Gose* – A great introductory sour beer, Hibiscus Gose receives coriander and sea salt during boiling, then we steep dried hibiscus flowers at the end to create a vibrant pink hue (really, though, it’s pink!). The result is a tangy, sweet and sour ale with a refreshing citrus character.  4.2% ABV/Kansas City, MO  *Arriving Friday

Boulevard Bob’s 47 Oktoberfest* – Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest is a medium-bodied, dark amber brew with a malty flavor and well-balanced hop character. With this Munich-style lager we salute our friend Bob Werkowitch, Master Brewer and 1947 graduate of the U.S. Brewer‘s Academy. 5.8% ABV/Kansas City, MO  *Arriving Friday

Baladin Nora – One of the few brands we have in stock from Italy, this Egyptian inspired brew is spiced with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel.  Spicy, citrusy and herbal.  6.8% ABV/Piozzo, Italy

Baladin Isaac – The creamy head, the intentionally cloudy, apricot color and the scent of yeast and citrus, which blend into spicy harmonies of coriander and peeled oranges, call you from the glass. Refreshing to the palate, it has a light body and is very easy to drink. 5% ABV/Piozzo, Italy

Baladin Wayan – 5 cereals: barley, spelt, wheat, rye and buckwheat. 9 spices, of which 5 peppers, in a renewed mix. Fizzy and refreshing, with a light, slightly cloudy color.

Brouwerij Alvinne Wild West – Golden blond ale fermented with Brouwerij Alvinne’s Morpheus house yeast. Aged in Bordeaux red wine barrels for eight months. Discover the mildly sour taste of lactic acid produced by the Morpheus yeast.  6.0% ABV/Moen, Belgium

Abita Pecan Harvest – Abita’s fall seasonal from their Harvest series, this one is an amber brewed with Louisiana roasted pecans.  Since the base recipe isn’t as roasty as a pecan brown ale or porter, you do get a lot of pecan flavor in this one.  5.2% ABV/Abita Springs, LA

Abita Oktoberfest – Abita’s first Oktoberfest recipe is a bit chewier than other Marzens, so the resulting beer has a bit more bite than most.  It still finishes clean & crisip like a Marzen should should.  

Coffer Carbonated Cold Brewed Coffee – We’re excited to announce our very first non-alcoholic product in the store, a locally launched & produced cold brewed coffee product that is naturally fermented in the bottle using champagne yeast.  It’s still a food product at less than .5% ABV even given the bottle fermentation.  Smooth, rich and delicious!

Wasatch Black O’Lantern Pumpkin Stout* – A stout base receives a heaping of pumpkin spice to add to the roasted malt.  Spicy with notes of coffee and chocolate.  6.5% ABV/Park City, UT  *Arriving Friday

Brunehaut Triple* – A true gluten free Belgian Tripel!  *Arriving Friday

Biere du Boucanier Golden, Red and Dark* – All three of these Belgian style ales from Brouwerj Van Steenberge are highly rated and excellent examples of their respective styles.   *Arriving Friday

Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Coffer Carbonated Cold Brewed Coffee (yes, you read that right!)

Boulevard Hibiscus Gose

Smuttynose IPA

One more random thing we’ll open up!

Saturday

Smuttynose Robust Porter

Leipziger Gose

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale

One more random thing we’ll open up!

Beer Rescue Program – Updated 9/11

Here is the updated list of beers needing rescue.  Still not sure what this program is?  Read more here.

  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
  • Atwater Dirty Blonde
  • Buffalo Bayou Buffalo Sunset
  • Shiner Black Lager
  • Shiner Bock
  • St Arnold Homefront IPA
  • Session Lager