WhichCraft 2016 Beer Advent Calendar Pre-Sales Now Available!

The holidays are a time to indulge and be merry. We at WhichCraft Beer Store are here to help with our own interpretation of the season’s most indulgent tradition…Advent Calendars! Except when you open one of our calendars you won’t find a small piece of dime store chocolate. These are calendars for grown ups, which means every day in December you’ll be treated to a different, delicious, fermented, fantastic, sudsy, surprise BEER! It’s the perfect way to fill yourself with Christmas spirit leading up to the big day on the 25th.

Pre-sales of these popular boxes begin today: Thursday, October 20th. Purchases can be made either in person at WhichCraft Beer Store on South Lamar,  or by calling us at  (512) 600-1088.

Here are the details:

– We’ll be making two tiers of boxes, each including 24 different beers (because exactly 24 beers fit in a case… coincidence?!)

– Tier 1 calendars will be pre-sold for $100+tax. Tier 2 calendars will be pre-sold for $150+tax.

– Pickup windows will be in mid November. The exact dates and times of the pickup windows will be announced at a later time, depending on the volume of orders we receive.

– Here’s the most supremely awesome part:

– A few GOLDEN BOXES will be created which will look identical to all of the others. In each golden box, the 24 beers in this box will equal TWICE the retail value of the normal boxes. For example, if you bought a $150 box and you happened to choose the golden box, the retail value of the beers in that box would add up to $300!

– These Golden Boxes will be indistinguishable from their brethren, and even WhichCraft staff won’t know which will be the Golden Boxes. When you arrive to pick up your box, you get to choose at random from the boxes still available.

– There will be one Golden Box created for every 25 Advent Calendars sold, across both Tier 1 and Tier 2 calendars.

Logistics of creating these require we will only sell a limited amount, so pre-order yours now!

NOTE: Shipping beers into, out of, or within Texas is prohibited by state law. So all boxes must be picked up in person (though sending a proxy is acceptable).

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$9 Victory Summer Love 12 packs are back! Also Zoe With Glassware, Yellow Rose Just Landed and Prairie Okie Comes Tomorrow.

Back by popular demand – Summer Love 12 packs! We blew out a ton of these awesome deals a couple weeks back and since it’s Labor Day weekend we figured we’d bring it back. For only $9 you get a 12 pack of cans and a 6 pack is only $5. Hurry – this big stack will go fast!

This weekend marks the start of the UT football season, and we believe Hops & Grain Zoe is the perfect tailgate beer. After all, the can is orange! So starting at 5pm this Friday 9/4 if you buy two 6 packs of Zoe you get a free glass as well!

This Saturday is the annual Art of the Brew event and it’s open to the public! It’s a very unique collaboration event with local artists and brewers. Co-Lab Projects pairs an artist up with a brewery to make a unique piece of art and a unique beer. It’s a suggested donation of $20 at the door. There’s also music all day and food trucks. We hope to see you there!

Sahara’s blog post #7: Craft Beer Cocktails! Making beer cocktails is a fun & creative way to add new elements to some of your favorite beers.

Also, Sahara’s next post next month will feature beer recipes, and we’re taking your suggestions! Send your favorite beer (food) recipes to Sahara@whichcraftbeerstore.com and she’ll pick her favorite 6, with each of the 6 winners getting a free key chain!

Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm

Thursday, September 3rd – TONIGHT!

Help launch Freetail Brewing in Austin! Megan will be pouring free samples of the whole Freetail lineup in addition to free samples of a couple hard-to-find Freetail brews as well! We just got a surprise shipment of the Komorebi and Peach Bexarliner, see details below. Taste them as well!

Wednesday, September 9th

The new Goose Island rep Byron will be here pouring free samples of the new Autumn ale and Oktoberfest along with year-round favorite Sofie. And we’ll have Bourbon County Barley Wine for sale! Limit 1 per person, sales beginning at 6pm sharp.

Thursday, September 10th

Texas Keeper Cider is releasing their brand new fall cider next week – a blend of three American Heirloom apples. We’ll have the crew from TX Keeper here to sample you on that as well as their fantastic No 1 and Cider Weizen.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Prairie Bomb!, Destihl Counter Clockweisse, Destihl Here Gose Nothin.

Prairie Okie* – Okie is an imperial brown ale aged in whiskey barrels. Notes of toffee and brown sugar are infused with sweet notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and molasses. 12% ABV/Tulsa, OK/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty but will go fast/*Arriving Friday

Hitachino Nest Anbai – Anbai directly translates to “salty plum,” and this brew is exactly that. It starts as a Belgian witbier base to which Japanese grown green sour plums and sea salt is then added for a slightly salty and plum brew. 7% ABV/Ibaraki, Japan/Ratebeer 89/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday

Freetail Komorebi – Freetail’s first specialty release to hit Austin! Komorebi is a Belgian-style Tripel brewed with pears and then 1/3 aged in freshly emptied Mezcal barrels with the other 2/3 aged in wine barrels and then blended together. Rich, fruity, boozy & delicious. Taste it for free tonight! 11.2% ABV/San Antonio, TX/No ratings/Availability: very limited

Freetail Peach Bexarliner – Also a very special & limited release, this is an imperial-strength Berliner Weisse refermented on Texas peaches. Taste it for free tonight! 6.5% ABV/San Antonio, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited

We just got in some brand new engraved wooden coasters! See them here. A set of 4 is $20, and we have either die cut around our logo or a square shape with a built-in bottle opener.

Argus 2014 Perennial – Local Argus Cidery is known for very interesting and spontaneously fermented ciders, and their 2014 harvest perennial is no exception. Very dry finish with a bit of brett and oak character. Slightly funky but still fruity. Very complex & excellent cider. 6.7% ABV/Austin, TX

Crafted Artisan Meadery Belgian Meadjito – Brand new to TX, Crafted Artisan Meadery is from Ohio and is making very interesting sparkling meads. Belgian Meadjito is crafted with 100% raw wildflower honey, fresh crushed mint, lime juice and Belgian yeast to create a unique take on two summertime favorites from both Belgium and Cuba. 6% ABV/Mogadore, OH/Availability: limited

Crafted Artisan Meadery Jinja Dragon – Hibiscus, ginger and a touch of black peppercorn spice up this sparkling mead. 6% ABV/Mogadore, OH/Availability: limited

Dogfish Head Punkin – One of the most sought after annual pumpkin releases, Punkin comes in 4 packs and will surely go fast this year, so make sure to grab some while you can. It’s a full bodied brown ale with hints of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices. 7% ABV/Milton, DE/Ratebeer 87/Availability: plenty but will go fast.


Avery The Kaiser
– Avery took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest – gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops – then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest. 9.5% ABV/Boulder, CO/Ratebeer 95/Availability: very limited


Great Divide 21st Anniversary Sour – Great Divide’s anniversary sour opens up with bright, tart, kiwi and citrus notes before mellowing out with a hint of oak and subtle white wine-like character. Soured with lactobacillus and brettanomyces and aged for 9 months in wine barrels, 21st Anniversary is notably complex while retaining a delicate approachability. 6.2% ABV/Denver, CO/Availability: limited


Real Ale Three Lions – Real Ale’s year-round bomber assortment just got a tad bit more awesome than it already was with the addition of this Imperial IPA and the Black Quad noted below. Three Lions is an 8% bomber for the awesome price of $6.50, just like the whole bomber series. This one features Simcoe, Amarillo & Lemondrop hops. 8% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Real Ale Black Quad – What once started in the Brewers’ Cut series is now a year-round bomber. A bounty of dried fruits, subtle roastiness, and a surprisingly dry finish combine for an ale of delicious dark complexity. All of this is complimented by the spiciness and fruit character provided by Real Ale’s house Belgian yeast strain. 10.5% ABV/Blanco, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

5 Stones Pompous Monkey – Seth & crew continue their string of adjunct releases with Pompous Monkey – a hefeweizen brewed with coconut and pomegranate! 5.6% ABV/Cibolo, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty

Baird Wabi-Sabi IPA – Wabi-Sabi is a uniquely Japanese and hybrid version of the craft beer worlds two most popular styles: Pale Ale and IPA. Local Japanese wasabi and green tea are combined deftly with several varieties of herbal-character hops. 6% ABV/Numazu, Japan/Availability: plenty

Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm

Friday

Victory Summer Love

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest

Dogfish Head Punkin

 Baird Wabi-Sabi IPA

Saturday

5 Stones Pompous Monkey

Ballas Point Pumpkin Down

Sam Adams Oktoberfest

Real Ale 3 Lions Imperial IPA

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Enter to win WhichCraft Madness! Vote for your favorite TX beer.

It’s March Madness time! We figured we’d join in the fun by putting together a little bracket contest complete with user voting for your favorite (readily available!) Texas craft beers. Here’s how it will work:

  • Starting Saturday 3/21, we’ll begin tweeting out the day’s matchups and asking for your vote using the hashtag #WhichCraftMadness. Each tweet is a vote. You have til midnight to vote.
  • We’ll also post the matchups on our facebook page and you can vote there if you happen to not be a tweeter.
  • The bracket will progress on the same timeline as the basketball tournament, with new matchups happening almost every day for just over 2 weeks.
  • Reminder: as your favorite beer progresses to the next round, your job isn’t done! Each new round is a new matchup, and no votes from previous rounds carry over.
  • Now, here’s the fun part: you get to make a bracket and pick the winners of each of the games! Go to this link, create a profile, and pick your winners. Points are assigned based on each matchup, with greater points awarding wins later in the tournament.
  • The winner of the entire bracket wins one of these fancy new wooden 6 pack holders and a WhichCraft glass. 2nd prize wins a t-shirt and a bottle opener. 3rd prize is… you’re fired.
  • Also, the last round coincides with the final four on Saturday, April 4th, and we’ll have an in-store tasting of the 4 beers in addition to online voting for them.

So hurry up and create a bracket! And don’t forget to follow our twitter and facebook pages to vote.

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