Saint Arnold Pumpkinator is here! See here for details: we won’t be selling any bottles prior to 6pm tonight.
While supplies last, we’re offering 6 pack bottles of their Victory Festbier for only $5.99! Limit 1 per customer so we can spread the love around. This easy drinking Märzen lager is perfect for this fake fall weather and whatever you have planned this weekend. Normal retail price was $11.50.
Wurstfest 2015 road trip is ON! Details and tickets for Saturday, Nov 7th are here and Saturday the 14th are here. It’s $60 including all taxes and fees, though you need to cover Wurstfest tickets and brewery tasting fees (TABC rules). On the 7th we’ll be visiting Middleton & New Braunfels Brewing Companies prior to heading to the festival, and on the 14th it’ll be Guadalupe & New Braunfels. This trip was a blast last year; please come with us!
WhichCraft Advent Calendar pre-sales are now available! For those that bought last year, you know how fun these boxes are. Pickup will begin in mid-November and we’re reviving the supremely awesome GOLDEN BOX concept. Full details of the program and how to pre-order are here.
Austin Beer Week kicks off this Friday and goes for 10 days. There are a TON of awesome events happening… see here for the whole calendar.
Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm
Wednesday, October 21st – TONIGHT!
The most epic Pumpkinator event of all time. Mary from Saint Arnold will be here pouring free samples of various things and we’re doing an insane cellar release of four years of Pumpkinator as well as tons of Bishops Barrel and Divine Reserve. See here for details.
Thursday, October 22nd
Jeremiah from Uinta will be back in the house dishing out free samples of Detour Double IPA, Hop Nosh, Punk’n and the outstanding black quad aged in bourbon barrels Labyrinth.
Friday, October 23rd
4th Tap Brewing in North Central Austin is the newest kid on the block, formally opening their doors just a few short weeks ago. Their first three beers in cans released last week, and we’re excited to host their founders John & Chris in the tasting bar to sample out all three.
Monday, October 26th
Adam from Circle Brewing will be celebrating Austin Beer Week in style with a huge beers & cheese pairing… for FREE! We’ll be sampling literally everything from Circle as well as cheese pairings Adam worked out with our friends at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop in Hyde Park. Absolutely free.
Tuesday, October 27th
Jason Hirsch from South Austin will be back at the tasting bar dishing out the new Evel Ale blonde ale in addition to the other year-round faves from the local brewery.
Monday, October 29th
Brandon Wubs from Upslope is back with their very popular Pumpkin Ale in 16oz cans in addition to the year round IPA, Imperial IPA (19.2 oz can!) and Brown ale.
Friday, October 30th
Blake Murrah from Southern Star is always a treat and we love hosting him at the tasting bar. This time around they are releasing their brand new IPA Honesty of Reason! We’ll also be sampling out Buried Hatched stout & Bombshell blonde as well as one other.
New Beers This Week
Alaskan Coffee Brown* – A collaboration with local coffee roaster Heritage Coffee in Juneau, the coffee is quite present in this nutty & roasty brown ale. English ales are typically malty-sweet, often with a rich, caramel or toffee-like character. 7% ABV/Juneau, AK/Ratebeer 85/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Thursday
Stone Double Bastard* – Stone’s even more aggressive cousin of Arrogant Bastard is Double Bastard, a gigantically hoppy & malty American strong ale. Caramel sweetness backed up by Stone’s stereotypically hop-forward finish. 11% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Thursday
Green Flash Segal Ranch Session IPA* – Segal Ranch Session IPA features Tomahawk, Centennial and Cascade hops that were hand-selected by Green Flash’s Brewmaster exclusively from Segal Ranch in Yakima, Washington. The verdant pungency and citrus aromatics from Tomahawk hops serve as the perfect base layer to allow the flavors of bright floral and pine sap from Centennial hops to emerge on the palate. 4.5% ABV/San Diego, CA/No ratings yet/Availability: decent/*Arriving Thursday
Sierra Nevada Narwhal* – Sierra’s ever popular imperial stout, Narwhal features incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come. 10.2% ABV/Chico, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Thursday
Breckenridge 471 Double IPA Bourbon Barrel Aged – Breckenridge’s special releases never disappoint, and this time around they took their 471 Double IPA and aged it in Buffalo Trace & Wild Turkey barrels. 9.2% ABV/Denver, CO/No ratings yet/Availability: very limited/*Arriving Thursday
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – Pumpkinator is brewed with a combination of pale two row, caramel and black malts, Cascade and Liberty hops for a background hop flavor and pumpkin for a rich mouthfeel. Molasses, brown sugar and spices make it feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies. WILL ONLY BE SOLD STARTING AT 6PM ON WEDNESDAY 10/21 UNTIL SOLD OUT. See details about our tasting tonight on the release of previous cellared years. 10% ABV/Houston, TX/Ratebeer 98/Availability: plenty but will go fast
Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery Belgian IPA – The Heavy Machinery series is back! This time with Belgian IPA. Belgian yeast’s fruity esters sit well with the tropical fruit notes from the hops ABW chose to use. You’d never guess this beer comes in at 9.5% given how easily it goes down. 9.5% ABV/Austin, TX/Ratebeer 92/Availability: plenty
Alpine Hoppy Birthday* – Green Flash partnered with Alpine Brewing within the past year, and now we all benefit from the partnership by Alpine’s extremely highly rated and sought after IPAs finally making it out of Southern California. Hoppy Birthday is Alpine’s anniversary session IPA with a blend of 6 hops. 5.25% ABV/Alpine, CA/Ratebeer 99/Availability: decent/*Arriving Thursday
Alpine Nelson* – A Golden Rye IPA featuring an outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 7% ABV/Alpine, CA/Ratebeer 100/Availability: decent/*Arriving Thursday
Founders Breakfast Stout – IT’S BACK! Jody’s favorite winter seasonal is simply the best nightcap you can hope for. Double chocolate, coffee, oatmeal stout. Just perfection. 8.3% ABV/Grand Rapids, MI/Ratebeer 100/Availability: plenty
Free Weekend Tastings: 6-8pm
John & Chris from 4th Tap in the house! See details above.
Austin Beerworks Belgian IPA
Founders Double Trouble
5 Stones Aloha Piña
Great Divide 20th Anniversary ale
Ska Nefarious Ten Pin