I’m still here… and so is the rest of the gang here at Whichcraft! I know the weather has been kinda gloomy this week, but keep in mind those May flowers just waiting to bloom. When the Sun does decide to pop out from those clouds come hang out with us in the beer garden for a pint! We’re cooking up some fun things for next week.
Two new brewery alerts! Welcome to the shelves East Brothers from Cali & D9 Brewing from North Carolina. We also have fresh stock from our friends out in Marble Falls, Bear King. On the wine front, there’s some super cool new sparkling and red options. Check them all out below.
Oh, also worth mentioning, we’ve grown our hours back! So they go as follows: Monday 8am-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 8am-11pm, Sunday 12pm-9pm.
We’re keeping Legal Draft Brewing in Arlington on retainer as our April Brewery of the month! We’ll have 6 packs of Accused Amber Lager, Nowhere But Texas Lager, and Smash and Grab IPA, all coming in at $8.99!
And as Sondheim wrote- In the Depression was I depressed? Nowhere near! Now go find your own big financier. Things are looking up.
New and Returning Beers This Week
Against The Grain Pile of Face -What’s the first thing you need to do when you start a brewery? Develop your logo, of course. With any potentially decent brewery, your logo must be a skull, it has to be a skull, you’ll be laughed out of the room if you don’t have a skull. So we went hunting in the area where all the great skulls have come from and were shit out of luck. By those fateful dumpsters all we found was this deformed neanderthal type deal, or maybe it’s from an ape, and a big ol’ pile of face. To celebrate our lack of success in finding a really cool skull, we are embracing another required cliché by brewing this American IPA. A modicum of simple malts provide the mediocre backbone to the mountain of various hops that are utilized and rotated throughout the brewing process. Look for dank overtones supported by various citrus and heirloom fruits. It’s the straight forward IPA that you always wanted from us. You lucky bastard. 6.5% ABV
Prairie Blueberry Boyfriend -5.4% ABV. Blueberry & Lemon Peel kettle sour.
Buchalada Raspberry Hibiscus -Raspberry Hibiscus Boozy Kombucha Seltzer. 4.5%
Weathered Souls Hardwood Classic Pils -Classic German Pilsner, 4.8% ABV
Weathered Souls West Coast IPA -Citra, Simcoe, Galaxy, and Mosaic Hops, 7% ABV
Austin Beerworks Heisenberg -The first in the Frog & Scorpion Limited IPA Series. It is a collaboration with the NTX Pink Boots Society Chapter. The
Avery Paws and Claws IPA -Avery’s brewers set out to make an IPA that would highlight the beauty of both West Coast and East Coast IPAs in one beer. The brewers use new school dry hopping techniques to give Paws & Claws IPA a genuine and juicy haze, while Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops deliver the piney hop flavor and aroma of your favorite West Coast IPA. 7.5% ABV
Bear King Empty Promise Raspberry Ale -The late and dry hopping methods give this approachable IPA a huge tropical fruit and citrus flavor and aroma. The “soft” bitterness from this brew sets itself apart from the classic West Coast IPAs. 6% ABV
Bear King Foggy Eyes NEIPA -The late and dry hopping methods give this approachable IPA a huge tropical fruit and citrus flavor and aroma. The “soft” bitterness from this brew sets itself apart from the classic West Coast IPAs. 6% ABV
Bear King Misty Lady Hazy IPA -They double dry-hopped this hazy IPA with Amarillo, Citra, Azacca, & Idaho Gem to achieve those citrusy-sweet vibes. The real zinger is the guava. It adds tasty notes of tropical zest and melon. 6.5% ABV
D9 Brewing Brewer’s Day Off Gose -Cucumber Melon Gose. 4.8% ABV
D9 Brewing Brown Sugar Brown Cow -This Mocha Brown ale needed a fanatical bovine with a brown sugar sweet side and a kick of Colombian coffee. Brown Sugar Brown Cow is brewed with chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and Colombian coffee. We added a hint of lactose, and this brew is a mocha coffee and cream concoction so good you’ll say its name. 6.6% ABV
D9 Brewing Hakuna Matata -Tropical IPA brewed using hops from the US, UK, Germany, Slovenia, and New Zealand. The result is a much more balanced, less bitter but more flavorful Dank-style IPA with hints of Mandarin Orange, Pineapple, Grapefruit, and Elderflower. 6.6% ABV
East Brother Gold IPA -An American hoppy wheat ale with a bright nose, distinctive texture — bold on the palate, dry finish. 7.3% ABV
East Brother Red IPA -An easy-going American IPA with a distinctive malt balance. A ton of peach and stone fruit hop character. 6.5% ABV
Fair State Dream Universe No 755 -Hazy IPA collaboration with Modist and Blackstack Brewing. 7% ABV
Maine Beer Co Spring -FLAVOR PROFILE: CITRUS (TANGERINE, GRAPEFRUIT), PINE AND FLORAL NOTES, DRIED APRICOT, UNDERLYING CARAMEL AND BREAD CRUST. 6.5% ABV
Maine Beer Co Wolfe’s Neck IPA -The first in the Frog & Scorpion Limited IPA Series. It is a collaboration with the NTX Pink Boots Society Chapter. The
Schramm’s Blackberry Mead -Schramm’s Blackberry Mead is made with raw, unfiltered honey and whole blackberries. It is an intensely fruity, medium sweet melomel with vanilla and cinnamon aromatics. This hand-crafted beverage pairs well with creamy cheeses, duck, veal and good company. Serve at cellar temperature or lightly chilled. 14% ABV
Schramm’s Red Agnes Mead -The first in the Frog & Scorpion Limited IPA Series. It is a collaboration with the NTX Pink Boots Society Chapter. The
New Wine This Week
(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)
Keush Origins Sparkling – Keush winery was created by Vahe Keushguerian with a desire to create a product that married extreme high elevation farming and un-grafted ancient varietals. The vineyards are planted on rich volcanic soil. It is an opus with a 6000 year origin. The vineyards are positioned 500 metres from the Armenian/Azeri border and at 1800 meters are the highest in the country and among the highest in the world. Keush is a pioneer in making a Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine from indigenous Armenian grape varietals.
Winemaker Arman Manoukian was born and raised in the wine region of Vayots Dzor. Arman received his BA and MA degrees in Viticulture at the Yerevan State Agrarian Institute and then went onto continue his education at the Viticulture and Enology School of Montpellier, France. He has been the chief winemaker for Keush since its inception in 2013. Jerome Barret is consulting winemaker. He has extensive experience working in Champagne, having worked as cellar master for two major champagne houses; Nicolas Feuillatte and Champagne Boizel.
Grapes sourced from Vayots Dzor province in Armenia. The vineyards are un-grafted, 60- 100 years old. Located between 1500- 1800m above sea level.
These are some of the highest elevation vineyards in the northern hemisphere, and at 1800 m, the highest elevation vineyards in the world that produce méthode traditionnelle.
Grape / Blend- Voskehat, Khatouni, Areni. Origin- Khachik, Vayots Dzor, Armenia.
Tasting Notes-Origins represents the perfect storm of limestone soil and volcanic rock growing idyllic crisp white grapes, ripened by sunlight from high elevation vineyards. A product born from a 6,000 – year- old viticulture history, Origins embodies the bold Armenian soul and its wine loving spirit. 12% ABV
L’Onesta Rosé Lambrusco -Sparkling dry wine, with a characteristic bouquet of violets. Ruby-red color with a dry but gentle finish, light and crisp. An excellent companion with many Italian dishes, especially those including parmesan, prosciutto, or balsamic vinegar. 11% ABV
William Chris 2018 Mourvèdre – William Chris Vineyards focuses on low intervention, 100% Texas-grown wine. Since 2008, winegrowers William “Bill” Blackmon and Chris Brundrett have expanded the estate vineyards and partnered with family-owned farms across the state to source only the highest-quality fruit.
Amazing — all Texas grapes and delicious. Not many red varietals in Texas that are so noteworthy. Deep purple hue. High alcohol. On the nose— forest floor, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and white pepper. On the palate- black currant, tobacco, cigar box, and cassis. 14.5% ABV
Cantina Gaffino “Tubbo” Merlot 2019 -The Tubbo is a pleasant expression of another grape that is now typical of our area: Merlot. The name of this wine, Tubbo, was inspired by an old edict of Pope Sixtus V who figured out how to regulate the wine sells through new measuring units like the litre. it was called tubbo
The merlot is the most environmental vineyard, able to interpret the areas of origin as a few vineyards and generating so wines totally different for every terroir. 13.5% ABV
New Draft Beers This Week
(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)
Prairie Blueberry Boyfriend– Sour ale with blueberries and lemon zest. 5.4% ABV
Original Sin Pineapple Haze Cider – This tropical fruit is indigenous to South America. In the wild, pineapple plants can yield fruit for up to 50 years. Pineapple cores contain high levels of bromelain, an enzyme which can be used to tenderize meats. The sweet and tart qualities of this fruit balance well against the natural acidity of freshly pressed apples. 6% ABV
Circle Anthem Ale – Triple IPA made with over 10 varieties of hops in boil, dry hopped initially with Simcoe and El Dorado, then Eureka and Galaxy, and finally Citra and Mosaic. 10% ABV
Odell Peach Stand – There’s nothing quite like the summer harvest of Palisade peaches. Peach Stand Rambler is our tribute to the hands that carefully tend those orchards. A Blonde Ale brewed to accentuate fresh Palisade peaches, this beer is refreshing and bright like a calm Colorado sunset. 5% ABV
Tupps Imperial Pastry Sour – Brewed with Graham crackers, blackberry and red currant. With a touch of biscuit malt, graham crackers and loads of fruit, this one drinks like fresh baked pie on a warm summer day. We’re giving grandma a run for her money. 8.9% ABV
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