Tons of New Highly Rated Beers This Week!

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 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.

Upcoming Events, 6-8pm

Wednesday, September 10th

Josh Horowitz, co-founder of Infamous Brewing Co, will be in the house sampling out Hijack Cream Ale and their IPA free for customers.  He’ll also have one or two extra goodies to share with us!

New Beers This Week

To Ol Black Malts & Body Salts Black IPA – This is about as much flavor as you can pack into a 12 oz bottle.  Made with tons of roasted malt and a generous hop bill, French press coffee is also added to add a roasted coffee flavor.  This one will go fast!  9.0% ABV/Denmark

To Ol Goliat – One of the best coffee imperial stouts you’ll every try.  10.1 ABV, packed with roasted malt.  The coffee flavor is quite present by not overpowering.  Rich, dark fruit, roasted malt & deliciousness.

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza – Belgian Christmas ale (2013 vintage… don’t worry, it’s not yet that time of year!) aged in oak barrels.  Deep mahogany and malty, notes of figs, raisins, sugar plums, cashews and rum laden truffles.  9.0% ABV/Dexter, MI

Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga – The Firefly, an artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting o so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss.  6.5% ABV/Dexter, MI

Jester King Noble King – Earthy noble hops and rustic farmhouse yeast create an elegant balance in this dry and drinkable golden ale. Naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.  5.9%/Austin, TX

Brooklyn Ama Bruna – Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver partnered with Italian brewery Birra Amarcord to make this dubbel-style ale.  Like everything Brooklyn does, this beer was designed specifically to pair with food.  Plus the bottles look great!  7.5% ABV/Appechio, Italy

Brooklyn Ama Bionda – Bionda is a golden beer with a soft but complex floral and fruity character, born of aromatic malts, three types of hops, Italian Orange Blossom honey from Sicily, and water from springs that date to Roman times.  6% ABV/Appechio, Italy

Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout – It seems to be that time of year when breweries are beginning to roll out their big barrel aged offerings.  The Narwhal features incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.  10.2% ABV/Chico, CA

Avery The Beast Grand Cru – Another exceptional selection from the Avery barrel room, this annual release never disappoints.  High ABV (16%), rich, dark and complex.  Can be aged in your cellar for up to 10 years.  Drink one and age one.  16% ABV/Boulder, CO

Stone 18th Anniversary – Stone’s 18th Anniversary ale is a golden-brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops.   Tastes of earth, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and spicy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip.   8.5% ABV/Escondido, CA

Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider – Aroma is typical of sweet ciders with a cloy candy apple nose, but this time with a touch of Christmastime aroma. The flavor is earthy and pumpkinesque with candy red apple flavors and a sweet champagne yeast finish. 6.9% ABV/Middlebury, VT

Woodchuck Sour Cherry Cider – The latest from the Cellar Series line from Woodchuck, this bomber pairs cherries from Michigan with sweet and bittersweet apple varities.  6.9% ABV/Middlebury, VT

Full Sail “26” Cascade Pilsner – “26” is a Northwest take on a European classic and features intense aromas of pine and spice with citrus notes and is supported by a medium body, dry malty palate, and is balanced with a long, clean, herbal hop finish.  6% ABV/ Hood River, OR

Victory Festbier Oktoberfest – Seductively smooth, this medium-bodied amber beauty is akin to the great Oktoberfest beers of Munich. All German hops make this lager true to style. Patient cold aging makes it wonderfully smooth. 5.6% ABV/Downington, PA

Victory Moonglow Imperial Weizenbock – This dark amber wheat beer features fruity and spicy aromas galore. Significant strength underlies the pleasant citric appeal of this bock beer. Redolent with the flavors of harvest fruit, Moonglow typifies the traditional weizenbock-style so thoroughly enjoyed throughout Bavaria. Left unfiltered, its unique yeast strain gives Moonglow a radiance all its own. 8.7% ABV/Downington, PA

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin* – Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit.  9% ABV/Portland, ME   *Arriving Friday

Crown Valley Imperial Stout Pumpkin Smash – Crown Valley just launched recently in TX and they’re making some highly rated beers.  Their imperial pumpkin stout is deliciously roasted with dark chocolate and toffee notes with a hint of smoke and a little spice from the hops that give it a pine note. The pumpkin adds body and character for a great beer.  10.6% ABV/St. Genevieve, MO

Crown Valley Big Bison Ale – A bottle conditioned Belgian dubbel with notes of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, raisins and plums.  7.2% ABV/St. Genevieve, MO

Crown Valley Red Wine Barrel Aged Big Bison – The Big Bison was placed in red wine barrels for 2 months to develop a more velvety mouthfeel and depth of flavor.  7.2% ABV/St. Genevieve, MO

Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Crown Valley Red Wine Barrel Aged Big Bison Ale

Martin House Day Break

Lakewood Hop Trapp

One more random thing we’ll open up!

Saturday

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Sam Adams Fat Jack

Community Brewing Witbier (gold medal winner!)

One more random thing we’ll open up!

Beer Rescue Program – Updated 9/4

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

  • Real Ale Brewers Cut Signature Hop (Ultra)
  • Southern Tier 2x IPA
  • Stone Go-To IPA
  • Buffalo Bayou Meer Koebel
  • Shiner Family Reunion
  • Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
  • St Arnold Homefront IPA
  • Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA
  • Moa The Hoppit Pale Ale
  • Magic Hat #9

Don’t Miss Our High Five Sale All Labor Day Weekend Long!

It’s Labor Day this weekend!  That means school is back in session, lower temps are (hopefully) on the horizon, and it’s time to settle in for autumn.  Zach and Jody both celebrated birthdays this week, so we’re keeping the good times rolling by offering our very first MEGA SALE in WhichCraft history.  We love giving high fives so we’re excited to introduce our High Five Sale.  Basically for every $25 you spend you get $5 off.  Simple as that.  And there’s no limit to the amount off.  A perfect celebration of the holiday weekend!

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

In other news, Jody drove up to Dallas to pick up some fantastic beer we can’t normally get here in Austin from Lakewood, Community and Martin House brewing companies.  We’ll be sampling a few this weekend; read more below for details.  

In yet other news, did you know we’re currently part of the Austin Habitat 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!

Upcoming Events, 6-8pm

Wednesday, September 3rd

Oasis TX Brewing is one of the newest kids on the Austin scene and they’re kicking out sessionable styles that pair great with this time of year.  We’ll be inviting in Hamilton from the brewery to sample out their London Homesick British Bitter, Slow Ride Pale Ale and Luchesa Lager.  He may even have one special brew that isn’t in cans yet!

New Beers This Week

Prairie Cherry Funk* – Prairie’s latest offering is a farmhouse ale with cherries added.  Expect sweetness but also tartness and a few funky farmhouse flavors thrown in.  Prairie really doesn’t make anything bad, and we’re sure this one will go quickly.  7.5% ABV/Krebs, OK   *Arriving Friday

BFM Ambree Au Tarry Suchong*  – This is quite an interesting take on a smoked beer.  BFM out of Switzerland takes smoked tea leaves and adds them to the beer to lend earthy and peaty smoked flavor.  6% ABV/Switzerland   *Arriving Friday

Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam – Ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of rapscillion delight.  4.5% ABV/Dexter, MI

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere – An artisan golden farmhouse ale aged in oak barrels that is naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped.  4.5% ABV/Dexter, MI

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire – Dark, smooth, delicious.  Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish.  4.3% ABV/Dexter, MI

La Trappe Oak Aged Quadrupel – Talk about a rich beer.  The Trappist monks at Brewery Koeningshoeven really went wild when they took their quadrupel and aged it in oak barrels.  This particular vintage was blended in October 2011 and was 70% whiskey barrels and 30% new French oak.  Not to be missed.  10% ABV

Thai IPA Upslope – Brewed using Belgian Wit yeast, hopped like an American IPA and infused with seven Asian-inspired spices, this beer is far from traditional. The sharp, juicy citrus notes of the hops interplay with the unique Thai spice blend to create an unexpected, one of a kind refreshment.  6.5% ABV/Boulder, CO

Mission Brewing out of San Diego snuck up on the state with a very under-the-radar release.  We’re happy to have 4 beers in stock, and they come in insane 32-oz cans.  It’s like a mini growler!

Mission Cortez – A Belgian blonde ale, light, earthy and slightly spicy hop nose complemented by a lightly sweet pils malt character.  5% ABV/San Diego, CA

Mission IPA – A subtle malt character for a sturdy and balanced ale. An award winning interpretation of the popular style reflects both the history of the IPA and the distinctive and relatively modern American variation. Cascade and Centennial hops are employed generously and the result is an earthy ale that is most drinkable.  6.8% ABV/San Diego, CA

Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA – With intense hop character from the use of Cascade, CTZ, and Centennial hops, Shipwrecked drinks like an IPA but has the backbone of a double. Distinct, with depth and malt character perhaps not found in many other DIPA’s, it hits the spot.  9.25% ABV/San Diego, CA

Mission Conquistador – Pale golden color with soft lemon and melon esters and a bready malt body. Dry hopped with Centennial and experimental hops from the Yakima Valley.  If you like a hoppy IPA but don’t always care for the higher alcohol, this session extra pale ale is perfect.  4.8% ABV/San Diego, CA

5 Stones Aloha Pina – What’s considered 5 Stones’ signature beer, this is a combo of pineapple, sliced jalapeno and roasted jalapeno on the backbone of an American golden ale.  Quite unique.  6.43% ABV/Cibolo, TX

Harpoon Oktoberfest – The beer’s color is from a blend of Munich, chocolate, and pale malt. The thick head results in part from wheat malt added to the grist. Tettnang hops add a subtle spice nose that blends with the malt character. This beer is full-bodied, smooth, and malty. Willamette hops are used to provide a gentle bitterness and to balance any residual sweetness present from the malt. 5.3% ABV/Boston, MA

Great Divide Showdown Rye IPA – Showdown is an IPA reimagined. With a heaping addition of hardy rye, this copper-hued beauty delivers an unmistakable spicy rye character, while a burly dose of American hops evokes the piney aroma of untamed wilderness. Balanced, bold, and brave, Showdown claims the prize. 8.3% ABV/Denver, CO

Alaskan Pumpkin Porter – This imperial porter pumpkin beer combines the robust, full-bodied style of a porter with a crazy amount of pumpkin flavor.  7% ABV/Juneau, AK

Adelbert’s Flying Monks – Caramel and toffee aroma give way to a robust fruitiness from the Belgian yeast esters.  Notes of toffee, cinnamon and cardamom.  Rich, high ABV and round mouth feel.  10.9% ABV/Austin, TX

Lexington KY Pumpkin Barrel – Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale is a barrel-aged ale brewed with Kentucky-sourced pumpkin, richly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. As the ale is aged in fresh bourbon barrels, the sweetness of caramel and vanilla are imparted upon the brew and complement its spicier base.  10% ABV/Lexington, KY

Martin House River House – The River House Saison is something refreshing and easy drinking, but with an exciting and fascinating flavor.  A special yeast blend created by Martin House gives this beer hints pepper and earthiness.  Plenty of flavor and aroma hops yield a floral and citrusy essence.  5% ABV/Fort Worth, TX

Martin House Pretzel Stout – This 6.5% abv stout is as black as oil and is brewed with over six pounds of crushed sourdough pretzels per barrel.  The salty fingerprint of the pretzels works with the sweet and roasty flavors of the chocolate malted & roasted barley to give this beer a flavor that is much greater than the sum of its parts.  6.5% ABV/Fort Worth, TX

Lakewood Punkel – Is there a better fall treat than pumpkin pie? Nope, which is why there are so many pumpkin beers out there. Lakewood’s twist: Punkel has no pumpkin. It’s a dark, malty German lager enhanced by cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger. Perfect for weather only Texans would consider “fall.”  5.5% ABV/Garland, TX

Lakewood Lager –Lakewood has taken old world Vienna-Style lager and reintroduced it to beer lovers. Subtle caramel aromas, a coppery pour and a light malty sweetness paired with noble hop bitterness set this beer apart.  4.6% ABV/Garland, TX

Lakewood Hop Trapp – This IPA has more in common with its Trappist cousins than with the face shredding IPA’s of the west coast. While there is still a healthy bitter backbone and floral hop notes, this IPA is decidedly malty and complex with the addition of Belgian yeast. It’s the thinkin’ man’s IPA.   6.4% ABV/Garland, TX

Virtue Cidery out of Michigan is a very highly rated craft cidery started by the old brewmaster for 20 years at Goose Island.  He brings with him a hefty craft pedigree and his ciders are well balanced and made with excellent quality apples.  They just launched in Texas and we have 3 varities in stock.

Virtue Mitten –   The Mitten is a Winter cider, a blend of last seasons best, aged in bourbon barrels, with the new season’s fresh pressed apple juice. Straight cider, aged for 3 seasons, finds notes of vanilla, caramel and charred American oak, balanced with the best of the orchard, over-ripe apples and their sweet, tart, earthy juice.  6.8% ABV/Fennville, MI

Virtue Ledbury – The Ledbury Cider is an English-style medium cider crafted by Virtue with Tom Oliver, one of the world’s best cider makers. It’s not too dry, not too sweet. A blend of old world bittersweet apples and new world heirloom varieties are fermented with native yeast, adding a bit of farminess to the ripe apple nose. 6.0% ABV/Fennville, MI

Virtue Cidre Nouveau – Virtue “borrowed” an idea from Beaujolais producers for this fall seasonal – Beaujolais Nouveaeu, specifically. They picked the freshest fruit to make the freshest, youngest cider possible. The first release of the 2013 harvest. French, dry, sparkling, and a perfect new tradition at your Thanksgiving table. To be released each year on the second Thursday of November.  6.0% ABV/Fennville, MI

Sam Adams Fat Jack – This rich and luscious brew indulges in flavor with over 28Ibs of pumpkin per barrel, for a full bodied sweetness and deep russet color. Classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice ignite a warmth and spark that’s deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts.  8.5% ABV/Boston, MA

Kasteel Rouge* – Kasteel Rouge is principally a “blend” of two artisanal, quality products, Kasteel Donker and a cherry liqueur. The beer was launched in 2008 and is the “fruitiest” offering within the Kasteel beer range.  8% ABV/Ingelmunster, Belgium   *Arriving Friday

Clown Shoes Muffin Top* – Muffin Top combines the attributes of a Belgian Tripel with a huge burst of American hops. Intense flavors from the Belgian yeast, reminiscent of candied fruits, mix with the hop bitterness and sweet orange peel to create a unique take on a Belgian-Style ale.  10% ABV/Ipswich, MA   *Arriving Friday

No Label 11 Amp IPA* – This one goes to 11!  This is No Label’s take on a west coast IPA, so it has less malt character and more hops, the majority of which are added in the final minutes of the boil or later. Drinks dry but not too bitter.  7.2% ABV/Katy, TX   *Arriving Friday

Scotch Silly* – This is the base beer for the Port-Barrel aged version we also carry.  It offers a finely wooded nose hinting at hazelnut, and is therefore distinct from traditional British scotches. It has a more rounded taste letting a discreetly full-bodied bitterness come to the fore, and will naturally seduce you.  8% ABV/Silly, Belgium   *Arriving Friday

Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Community Mosaic IPA

Martin House River House Saison

Lakewood Lager

One more random thing we’ll open up!

Saturday

Martin House Pretzel Stout

Lakewood Punkel

No Label Amp 11 IPA

One more random thing we’ll open up!