New City of Austin COVID Recommendations Announced and Our Response

Since the beginning of the shutdowns and lockdowns back in March, we’ve had our customers’ and employees’ safety top of mind when it comes to keeping everyone safe and healthy. The Austin Public Health Department as well as the state of Texas has published and updated its guidelines and requirements numerous times in the last 9+ months, and we’ve been quick to incorporate these changes into our operations.

To quote the Austin Public Health press release:

“The risk-based guidelines are not changes to local orders, rules or regulations for businesses; they are guidelines for individual actions and behaviors. However, changes to orders or additional restrictions may be necessary in the coming days in order to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.”

We feel that the cleanliness and separation standards we have in place won’t require us to close our doors to the public again; we believe our socially distanced tables and shopping experience is designed to keep everyone safe. Therefore, we’ll continue serving indoors (limited capacity), as well as in our large, new outdoor beer garden for the foreseeable future.

We will continue to be a leader in safe sanitation practices with all team members certified in safe beverage handling and a certified manager on every shift. All employees will be trained on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.

We will go above and beyond all the Minimum Standard Health Protocols for Bars and Restaurants adopted by the State, including:

  • Always maintaining appropriate social distancing between parties and tables.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available to all customers and employees, including upon entry.
  • Employees will wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the restaurant, between interactions with customers, and at least every 30 minutes.
  • We will clean and disinfect common areas and surfaces regularly. We will also clean and disinfect each table after every use. Table tents will be used to indicate ones that have been properly sanitized.

Guest COVID interactions:

  • We ask guests to place orders at the bar while wearing their mask. We will not be pouring samples until the appropriate time.
  • Anytime a guest is not seated as a table, we request that guests wear their mask.
  • Following the social distancing and sanitary guidelines that have been put in place to protect you and our other customers and employees.
  • Self-screening before entering the restaurant for any signs of COVID-19 including but not limited to a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or known close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • If you cannot enter the restaurant or are otherwise concerned about contracting COVID-19, please use our contactless delivery options.

WhichCraft Is Hiring a General Manager

WhichCraft is hiring a General Manager for the Mueller location. Think you have what it takes to manage Austin’s best bottle shop and tap room? All interested parties should send in their resumes to jody[at]whichcraftbeerstore.com. Please reach out if you’d like to view the full job description as well.

I’m willing to review any and all resumes, but ideal candidates will possess some or all of the following types of experience:

  • People management and leadership
  • Craft beer knowledge – tasting, quality, brewing history and methods, styles, etc.
  • Retail
  • Hospitality or service industry
  • Sales
  • Hard work, self motivation, and autonomy.

Please send resumes by next Friday 10/30.

Cheers —

Jody Reyes

Founder, WhichCraft

 

Back to the Future: A S Lamar Throwback!

I can’t thank everyone enough for still shopping with us. Y’all are great, and thanks for supporting your favorite local bottle shop. This is like a throwback to the S Lamar shop! I slung packaged beers for years at the OG bottle shop so I GOT THIS.

We’re still open 12pm – 8pm with options to still visit or call ahead for an order. You can call to place an order to come pick up, 512-655-2899. If you know what you’d like I’d be happy to put together an order for you, take credit card information over the phone, and run the order out to your car. You’re still welcome to visit the store as well; we’re having people keep their distance and sanitizing credit cards and pens during your purchase to minimize contact. Unfortunately I don’t have an easy way to publish our full current inventory online, and frankly I haven’t had much time to try and figure it out. Sorry about that!

On to a new month and that means a new Brewery of the Month! From now through April please enjoy all Live Oak 6 packs for $7.99! Epic beers, epic price, for the win.

– Jody


New Beers This Week

Back in stock – Shacksbury Vermonter, Shacksbury Bad Boy, 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon.

Bruery Offshoot Unwind Refreshing and crushable Pils, dry-hopped with Citra, Nelson, Simcoe and Sterling. 5.7% ABV / Placentia, CA / Availability: Decent

Bruery Bakery Oatmeal Cookie –Sink your teeth into this boldy decadent, freshly-baked imperial stout. This barrel-aged treat was brewed with old-fashioned oats and packed full of cinnamon, raisins, and granola for the perfect balance of sweetness, spice, and chocolatey richness, reminiscent of oatmeal cookies hot off the pan. 10.2% ABV / Placentia, CA / Availability: Decent

Zilker Heavenly Daze – This heavily dry hopped IPA has loads of Mosaic Powder, Citra Hops, and Simcoe Powder. This hop blend is best described Dank Citrus. 6.8% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent but going very fast!

3 Nations Devout Horchata – This Horchata variant of 3 Nations’ popular Devout series displays rich and powerful notes of coffee and vanilla. Its full body is exceedingly smooth, teeming with flavors of sweet vanilla, a soft tinge of cinnamon and a deliciously roasted bitterness. 8.3% ABV/ Carrollton, TX / Availability: Decent / Arriving Friday

Buffalo Bayou Thin Mint  – Sweet stout brewed with mint, vanilla, and dark chocolate malt. 8.2% ABV/ Houston, TX / Availability: Decent / Arriving Friday

Buffalo Bayou Lighten Up  – Easy drinking blonde ale. 4.6% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Decent / Arriving Friday

5 Stones Shepherd Juice – Pale ale dry hopped with ridiculous amounts of citra hops and conditioned with fresh squeezed orange juice. 6.3% ABV / New Braunfels, TX / Availability: Decent but will go fast! / Arriving Friday

Thirsty Planet Spot on Pils – True to style Czech-style pilsner. Saaz hops and Bohemian yeast. 4.4% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

Friends & Allies Batkeeper – Stout aged in Jameson Irish whiskey casks. 9.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

Martin House Piña Colada – Pineapple and Coconut Cream Ale. 5.4% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Plenty

Parking at WhichCraft Mueller. The garage behind us on McBee is free to use.