Still looking for that special gift for that special person? Or for that hard-to-buy-for friend? Or even if you’ve been naughty or nice, we still have the perfect gift: BEER! I mean, socks are always cool, but c’mon…beer! And you’re in luck: this weekend, starting Thursday 12/14 and running through Sunday 12/17, spend $50 on all packaged (bottles and cans to-go) beer, take 10% off. $100? 15%. And spend $200…save 20%! Happy holidays, y’all.
And be sure to visit Mueller on Tuesday, December 19, for a beer and holiday treat pairing, curated by WhichCraft’s own Candace. Expect candy canes, cookies, and of course, a corresponding beverage to complement them. We love hosting these events, and we know you’ll love attending it. Price is $10 for four 5oz pours, along with a snack for each one, and it’ll run 5-9pm. Menu and beer details are still getting ironed out, but it’ll be a doozy. Check out the Event Page here. We hope to see you there for it. And don’t worry, it’s not first come, first served, so show up any time between 5 and 9. Cool? Cool.
Finally, tonight is the Austin Beer Guide Awards, where the local beer community all come together to celebrate the best this town had to offer over the last year. If you’ve been interested in meeting the people behind your favorite breweries or bottle shops, this is the place to be. And be sure to cheer on all the awards, too. This shindig goes down at ABGB on Oltorf (close to your favorite local bottle shop), and starts at 8pm.
Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 5-7pm Except Where Noted
Thursday, December 14th
You won’t want to miss Last Stand coming by to sample their full lineup of tasty brews: Citra SMaSH, Simcoe Pale Ale, Saaz Blonde, and Coffee Porter.
Friday, December 15th
We welcome in Odell for a double treat. First, we taste their Rupture, Isolation, and Mountain Standard. Then, Tim will have some of his chili he cooked with the Mountain Standard. You’re welcome.
Saturday, December 16th
12-3pm: Artisanal Imports and Uncle Billy’s drops by again for another early Saturday tasting. Taste the full lineup and also EZ Orchard’s Roman Beauty cider.
Tuesday, December 19th
Its always great to have Saint Arnold come by the store, and it’ll be no exception when we sample their Bishop’s Barrel 19, Icon Blue, and Christmas Ale.
Wednesday, December 20th
Megan with Freetail visits to sample some suds from this San Antonio brewery. We’ll have a great lineup, including their Barrel-Aged Local Coffee Stout.
Thursday, December 21st
Huzzah! Enchanted Manor Meadery is visiting Lamar, and they’ll be sampling their Traditional Renaissance Festival and Queen Mother’s Herbed and Spiced versions. Delicious for both royalty and the serfdom.
Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller
Friday, December 15th
5-8pm: Jeremiah with Hops & Grain drops by Mueller to tap their fantastic Lupulin Rodeo. And who knows, why don’t we sample some of their other canned delights, right?
Saturday, December 16th
5-9pm: As we mentioned above, our very own Candace will be hosting a beer and holiday treats pairing. Candy canes! Beer! Cookies! Beer! And more!
Wednesday, December 20th
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, December 21st
5-8pm: Frank with Saint Arnold makes the trip to Mueller to tap their White Noise witbier and sample their Bread Pudding and Icon Blue Chocolate Milk Stout.
New Beers This Week
(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)
Back in Stock: Goose Island BCB Stout
Santa Fe Adobe Igloo – A New Mexican answer to the classic Winter Warmer: dark red, full-bodied, and malt-forward. Traditionally, Winter Warmers are balanced with extra hops or a Wintery spice blend. This, instead, draws on rich culinary heritage and focuses on cacao nibs and red chile flakes. 6% ABV / Santa Fe, NM / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Deep Ellum Freak Flag – Inspired by a sour Flemish heritage, this unique red ale stands on its own as truly American. Fermented in barrels with bacteria, Freak Flag is anything but normal, with notes of barnyard oak, sweet malt, and tingling acidity. 7.8% ABV / Dallas, TX / Availability: Good
Victory Java Cask (12oz bottles) – Depth, complexity and richness occur when delicious ale ages in a barrel, just as friendship grows over the years. This stout was created in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s restaurants. Using their delicious hand-roasted JB’s Coffee, the bourbon barrels deliver a bold and robust, chocolate malt-tinged stout. 14.3% ABV / Downingtown, PA / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent
Victory Wisdom’s Hour – Behold, the magical complexity that is Wisdom’s Hour. This barrel-aged American sour ale features brettanomyces aromas and tart plum flavors that merge beautifully with undertones of spice, oak, and chocolate. Kettle acidification and aging on a mix of French and American oak red wine barrels give this beer a unique, drying, tannic finish. 9.5% ABV / Downingtown, PA / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only
Shacksbury Ginger Spritz – Low ABV session cider inspired by the classic Italian spritz tradition. Light body with ginger and citrus notes. 3.9% ABV / Shoreham, VT / Availability: Good
Shacksbury Deer Snacks – Meet Deer Snacks, a new canned wild apple limited release, and the first in their “Artist Series.” Unfiltered and unapologetic. Made from wild Vermont apples and fermented with wild yeast. 5.5% ABV / Shoreham, VT / Availability: Decent
Mikkeller Red & White – A hybrid between a Red Ale and Witbier, added a lot of American hops and bitter tropical orange peel. 8% ABV / Copenhagen, Denmark / RateBeer 96 / Availability: Decent
Jester King Figlet – Collaboration with Franklin Barbecue. Farmhouse ale refermented with smoked Texas figs. 6% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent
New Braunfels Brewing Heavenescent – Barrel-aged sour wheat that is a blend of multiple barrels of Blondine from that cellar. Some are second-use from previous projects, others are fairly neutral, and all blend together to create a complex sour beer. 5% ABV / New Braunfels, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Brooklyn Naranjito – The vivacious fruit lends a burst of juiciness, a fresh, ticklish aroma and a decidedly refreshing finish to this American pale ale. It’s amazing what a little orange (naranjito) can do. 4.5% ABV / Brooklyn, NY / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Breckenridge Nitro Chocolate Orange – Brewed with orange zest and locally sourced cacao (cold-pressed unroasted cocoa beans). Mandarina hops impart subtle aromas of tangerine which enhance the citrus flavors. The velvety texture of the nitrogen head completes this decadent wintertime indulgence. 6% ABV / Denver, CO / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Deschutes American Wheat – Originally brewed in small batches at their pubs, this crowd-pleasing American-style ale delivers a tempting citrus aroma and light wheat character. 5% ABV / Bend, OR / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Austin Beerworks Sputnik – Oats. Cuvee Coffee. Alcohol. And we have liftoff! Like the sight of a comet, the appearance of Sputnik has the locals thanking the brewing gods. You get an intense coffee aroma and bold flavor that perfectly compliments the silky oats and high alcohol. It will take your taste buds to orbit. 8% ABV / Austin, TX / RateBeer 98 / Availability: Very Limited / Mueller Only
Prairie Coffee Noir – Coffee Noir is Prairie Noir kicked up a notch! Whole roasted espresso beans are added to the barrels in order to enhance the roasted and chocolate malt flavors in this intense beer. 11.5% ABV / Tulsa, OK / RateBeer 96 / Availability: Limited
Prairie Noir – Bourbon barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stout. They brew this beer with a huge amount of oats to give it an ever so silky mouthfeel. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and toasted marshmallow can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. Notes of whiskey and caramel are also packed into this beer. 11% ABV / Tulsa, OK / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Limited
High West Bourbon BA Victory at Sea – A bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. They infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold-brewed coffee balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate. 12% ABV / San Diego, CA / Availability: Decent /Arriving Friday
New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom
Full Draft List Available on our Website
Copperhead Alpha Serpentis – All Galaxy IPA. Brewed with and dry-hopped twice with Galaxy hops. 6.9% ABV / Justin, TX
Community Texas Helles – A traditional German-style lager that is bright, golden and crisp…perfect for warm-weather, craft-beer drinking, which is year-round here in Austin. Crush it, bro! 5% ABV / Dallas, TX
Pinthouse Pizza Nitro Bearded Seal – This is a stronger version of a traditional dry Irish stout. Somewhere between a true dry Irish stout and a big imperial stout that captures some of the intensity of a higher ABV beer, but remains drinkable and complex. 6.1% ABV / Austin, TX / BeerAdvocate 84
Deschutes Black Butte XXIX – 29th Birthday Reserve. Porter brewed with Dutched cocoa, Belgian cinnamon, and cayenne. 50% aged in Bourbon and Rum barrels. 12.2% ABV / Bend, OR / RateBeer 99
(512) Nine Saison – Made with simple ingredients and traditional yeast. It’s dry and has a very nice hoppy character and is aged in French Chardonnay barrels. 6.8% ABV / Austin, TX
Texas Keeper Cider Noir – Made from 100% Northern Spy apples double fermented with extra dark Belgian candi, pecans, and orange peel. Belgian candi, made from beet and date sugar, is a classic component of Dubbel and Trippel ales. Dark fruit and toasted bread notes from the candi combine with ripe pear from the Spy. A hint of pecan and orange round out this stout cider. 10.1% ABV / Austin, TX
Dinkelacker CD-Pils – Pilsner brewed with Perle and Tettnager hops. 4.9% ABV / Stuttgart, Germany
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
3 Nations Xmas Milk Stout – Fantastic imperial stout brewed with the flavors of Christmas. 8.3% ABV / Farmers Branch, TX
This Week’s Specials
- Enjoy Live Oak six packs all month as our Brewery of the Month, with all six packs on sale for $7.99. Including their Primus Weizenbock. Primus! And as always…#CanTheGrodz
South Lamar Specials
- Pick up a 6-pack of Deep Ellum’s Hop Seeker for $5.99!
- Until we run out of it, 22oz. bottles of Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical cider is on sale for $3.99. A great deal for a fantastic cider.
- Six packs of Copperhead’s Bite Me are on sale for $4.99.
- If the NFL is playing on one of our TVs, it’s Happy Hour at Mueller. Get in here, people!