For one game…ONE GAME!…our Retriever-winning bracket had real legs. Oh well, at least we still have Happy Hour at Mueller active during every game of the NCAA Bracket.
Speaking of which, have you been following along with our #WhichCraftMadness bracket? Round 2 is up and running to find the Best Beer in Texas, and you should participate by voting. We’ll post two a day on our Facebook and Twitter pages, all updating on our bracket at challonge.com/WCTXBeerTourney, and the sweetest 16 are sure to make for some exciting matchups.
And keep coming in to pick up Independence 6 packs as our Brewery of the Month: Cowboys from Helles, Power & Light, and Austin Amber will be $6.99, and Stash IPA, Liberty Lunch, and Red Bud for $7.99. We also still have 6 packs of Community Texas Helles available for just $4.99, so get in to both locations today.
Finally, this Saturday, March 24, is Orval Day. We’re sampling that fantastic Belgian pale ale at both locations all day, with all proceeds going to charity. Get more info here, and make your plans to pick up a bottle (or two) on the 24th.
Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 5-7pm Except Where Noted
Thursday, March 22nd
Sahara with Tupps visits Lamar to open up cans of their Black Ale, Cotton Mill, For Ella, and Full Grown Scallywag
Friday, March 23rd
T.G.I.F! Kick off the weekend with Twisted X as we sample cans of their Whoa Mango and Gulf Kolsch.
Saturday, March 24th
Orval Day! As mentioned above, we’ll be sampling Orval all day. Check the Event Page for more details.
5-7pm: Saint Arnold! Come in to try some of their fantastic beers: Divine Reserve 18, Raspberry AF, Spring Bock, and Orange Show.
Tuesday, March 27th
Hunter with Abita drops by the shop to sample their Strawberry Lager, Creole Cream, 30*90, and Hop On.
Wednesday, March 28
We have tallboys of Rentsch’s new DDH IPA, and we’re selling them to you! Need more convincing? Come by and try it. Then buy a tallboy.
Thursday, March 29th
Don’t miss Meridian Hive at Lamar, as we welcome in Bailey to pour samples of their Fandango, Discovery, and Trinity.
Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller
Thursday, March 22nd
5-8pm: We welcome in our Brewery of the Month, Independence, to sample their Cowboys from Helles on draft, then sample their Power & Light and Austin Amber. And hey, they’re just $6.99/6pk!
Friday, March 23rd
5-8pm: Don’t miss Saint Arnold as they visit Mueller as we tap their new Orange Show blonde ale and Divine Reserve 18. We’ll also sample some of their cans, including their Pub Crawl and 5 O’Clock Pils.
Saturday, March 24th
4-7pm: We’re always excited to have Meridian Hive drop by. First, we’ll be offering their three-peppercorn mead Trinity on tap for the first time outside of their brewery, then offer samples of their bottled Fandango, Rhapsody, Haven, and Broken Crown.
Wednesday, March 28th
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, March 29th
5-8pm: Heard about this Ruby Red Cider from Austin Eastciders? I thought so, so why not visit Mueller to sample it on tap and try some of their other cans, too.
New Beers This Week
(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)
Back in Stock: 903 Chosen One (SoLa), Founders PC Pils, Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits (Mueller), Innis & Gunn Original (Mueller), Alaskan SMaSH Galaxy (Mueller), Anchor Brewers’ Nelson Pale (Mueller), Victory Sour Monkey (Cans), 5 Stones Shepherd Boy, Clown Shoes Baked Goods
Rentsch DDH IPA – Double dry-hopped IPA full of Cascade and Ekuanot. 8% ABV / Buda, TX / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only
Firestone Walker Bretta Rose 2018 – A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for six months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for four more months and voila (!), a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish. 5.3% ABV / Paso Robles, CA / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Limited
Firestone Walker Firestone Lager – Gambrinus pilsner malt establishes a crisp, dry base with a soft mouthfeel, while Noble German hops provide just a whisper of bitterness. The result is an impossibly smooth and immensely drinkable beer that aims to help redefine American Lager. 4.5% ABV / Paso Robles, CA / Availability: Good
4th Tap Kung Fu Robot – Finished entirely with Citra and Mosaic hops this IPA is juicy with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. A liberal addition of flaked oats gives the beer a creamy body. Juicy, creamy, and above all easy drinking. 7% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent
Brooklyn Summer Ale – Light-bodied refreshing summer pale ale. 5% ABV / Brooklyn, NY / Availability: Good
Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew (12oz bottle) – The Bitch is back, only this time they aged it on their oak and Palo tanks! An off-centered twist on their classic Bitches Brew, Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is still the same bold, dark, Imperial Stout you know and love! 9%ABV / Milton, DE / RateBeer 90 / Availability: Limited
Oasis Luchamosa – A perfect blend of their award-winning Luchesa Lager kellerbier and fresh Blood Orange juice creates a luxurious anytime radler. See also: canned sunshine. 5% ABV / Oasis, TX / Availability: Good
Stone Enjoy by 4.20.18 – Consistently delivered faster than any bottled IPA on the planet, Stone Enjoy By IPA facilitated a paradigm shift in respect for and enjoyment of hoppy beers by ensuring craft beer fans the ultimate level of freshness. This intense double IPA is brewed with more than 10 different hops, employing hop-bursting and dry-hopping techniques to amp up the peach and tropical fruit notes and overall hop factor. Brewed specifically NOT to last, this devastatingly fresh, golden beauty should be enjoyed within 37 days. 9.4% ABV / Escondido, CA / Availability: Decent
Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout – Built from the backbone of Stone’s classic Imperial Russian Stout, Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout certainly celebrates the hallmarks of the style – it pours jet-black with a fluffy chocolate head and tastes of deeply dark fruit flavors with rich chocolate and coffee overtones. Yet, however old world in nature, this particular rendition of an IRS is flavored with new world hops, intensifying its berry flavors and aroma while subtly introducing a juicy melon undertone. The result is a spectacularly sinful delight. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, comrade. 10.6% ABV / Excondido, CA / Availability: Decent
Legal Draft Free n Clear – A traditionally brewed Helles Lager with gluten removed in the brewing process. Crisp and clean, its light body and easy drinkability make it a refreshing treat for today’s active beer aficionado. 4.9% ABV / Arlington, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Rabbit Hole Berserker – A rich, sweet, full bodied Strong Scotch Ale. Its low hop bitterness and lightly toasted bread notes complement the rich caramel and dark fruit flavors that abound in this brew. Although the style sometimes is referred to as a “Wee Heavy,” their rendition of a Strong Scotch Ale strikes a perfect balance between sweet caramelized flavors and a velvety smooth finish. 8% ABV / Justin, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
New Braunfels Brewing Co. Jose the Rose Gose – Jose is a blend of 50% TX grown rose and 50% salty wheat beer. Bright, acidic, and light on the palate, this beer is an honest homage to the passionate winemakers of the TX wine industry. 7.5% ABV / New Braunfels, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Hops & Grain Terpene Dream – A hoppy American Pale Ale loaded with Mosaic, Chinook and Nugget hops delivering flavors & aromas of tangerine, grapefruit zest and berries. 5.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good (Arriving Friday)
New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom
Full Draft List Available on our Website
Real Ale Grapefruit Gose – A historic style from Northern Germany, Gose is a slightly sour wheat beer known for hints of coriander and a unique saltiness. In this twist on the style, they add fresh grapefruit purée after fermentation. The result is a delightfully tart and bright beer designed to refresh and renew, just in time for spring. 4.4% ABV / Blanco, TX
Two Wheel Brewing Race Pointe NEIPA – A ton of tropical fruit flavor is packed into this big IPA. Aromas of ripe mangoes and pineapple give way to flavors of peaches and apricots. They kept the bitterness low to let the tropical fruit flavors shine through. 8% ABV / Buda, TX
Live Oak Gold – Live Oak Gold is inspired by the pale lager that is the daily drinking beer of the Bavarian people. This is a crisp, bright lager that showcases soft malt flavors and is spiced with fine noble hops of the Hallertau region. Slow, cold fermentation and lengthy secondary conditioning produce a beer that is brilliant and beautiful. Please enjoy this beautiful artifact of a culture that places enjoyment of this fine lager bier at the center of polite society. 4.1% ABV / Austin, TX
Live Oak Hefeweizen – Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, HefeWeizen is cloudy and straw-colored with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with equal parts wheat and barley malts and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces harmonious notes of clove, banana, and vanilla. A proper execution of the classic style, this idiosyncratic Bavarian style is perfectly at home here in Texas. 5.2% ABV / RateBeer 98
(512) Pecan Porter – This nearly black Porter is made with US 2-row and Crystal malts along with Baird’s Chocolate and Black malts. Mild smooth hop bitterness is contrasted with sharp black malt bitterness. It has a full body and malty sweetness balanced with subtle pecan aroma and flavor from locally grown pecans. 6.8% ABV / Austin, TX / RateBeer 96
5 Stones Shepherd Boy – Pale Ale dry hopped with ridiculous amounts of Citra hops! 6.3% ABV / New Braunfels, TX
Firestone Walker Helldorado – An Imperial Blonde Ale or Blonde Barley Wine, Helldorado has the lightest color of any of the beers in their barrel program but carries a great deal of interesting barrel character: vanilla, light char, and amazing lavender-honey notes. Rich, boozy, honey liqueur character and loads of smooth, sweet, toasted malt to finish. The El Dorado hops dance in the background without playing a dominant role in the flavor profile. 13.2% ABV / Paso Robles, CA / RateBeer 99
Saint Arnold Orange Show – Blonde ale with real blood oranges. 5.3% ABV / Houston, TX
Shacksbury Dry – Dry as the desert with straightforward apple. 6.5% ABV / Shoreham, VT
Firestone Walker Electric Union – Collaboration with Pinthouse Pizza. Notes of peach, apricot & grapefruit with a pillowy mouthfeel make this an easy drinker with a subtle bitter snap at the end. 6.3% ABV / Paso Robles, CA
This Week’s Specials
- Make sure to pick up six packs of Independence, our March Brewery of the Month. We’ll be offering their Power & Light, Austin Amber, and Cowboys from Helles for $6.99, and their Stash, Red Bud, and Liberty Lunch for $7.99 all month.
- Community Texas Helles Six Packs for $4.99. Booyah!
South Lamar Dad Joke
- What’s red and bad for your teeth? A brick.
- WhichCraft Happy Hour is now every gul-durned day from 4-6pm, and during the NCAA Tournament, if there’s a game on our TV, it’s Happy Hour at Mueller.
Parking at WhichCraft Mueller. The garage behind us on McBee is free to use.