Fill Out Your WhichCraft March Madness Beer Bracket Now!

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 Sunday 3/19 we’ll begin posting and tweeting out the day’s matchups and asking for your vote using the hashtag #WhichCraftMadness. Each tweet and reply is a vote. You have until midnight to vote for each matchup.

  • We’ll post the matchups on our Facebook and Twitter pages, you can vote on whichever you prefer.

  • 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 awarded to correct selections later in the tournament. Fill out your bracket by Saturday!

  • The winner of the entire bracket wins a free t-shirt and a $25 WhichCraft Gift Card. 2nd prize wins a t-shirt and a bottle opener. 3rd prize is… you’re fired.

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

It’s every Austinite’s favorite time of year! South By Southwest has begun and WhichCraft has your back. It’s easy to #AvoidSXSW with a week of special tastings and events. Our two locations means it doesn’t matter if you live up north or down south. There’s always something going on to help you avoid the crowds. Hop to it tonight with a free Deep Ellum IPA tasting at our South Lamar store or stop into our Mueller location tomorrow for a St. Patty’s Day Pint Night. Keep your eyes glued to our Facebook and Twitter pages for all of the #AvoidSXSW fun. 

Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted

Thursday, March 16th – TONIGHT!

Today is a high holiday for craft beer nerds. IPA day comes but once a year so don’t let it pass you by. We will have the wonderful Lexi from Deep Ellum Brewing Company in the shop to serve up tasters of Easy Peasy Session IPA, Deep Ellum IPA and Dream Crusher.

Friday, March 17th

Them boys from Zilker Brewing are making their way south to host a tasting of Pale Ale, Marco IPA and Coffee Milk Stout.

Saturday, March 18th

12-2pm – Our good friend Mary from Saint Arnold Brewing will be joining us for an afternoon tasting of 5 O’Clock Pils, Pub Crawl Ginger Lemon Radler and one seasonal release.

3-5pm -Megan from Freetail Brewing will be behind the tasting bar to serve samples of Freetail Original, Soul Doubt IPA, Rye Wit, Black Currant Bexarliner and Local Coffee Stout.

6-8pm – How sweet it is! We have Josh from Meridian Hive Meadery guiding a free sampling of their Discovery, Haven, Broken Crown and Hujilla.

Wednesday, March 22nd

5-7pm – Hard to beat an original. Join the folks from Stone Brewing for a free tasting of their Tangerine Express, Pataskala Double Red IPA, Jindia Pale Ale and Enjoy by 4.20.17

Thursday, March 23rd

Myk O’Connor from Lakewood brewing will be joining us for the release of Goatman! Stop in for free tastings of Goatman, All Call Kolsch and Till & Toil Saison.

Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Friday, March 17th

5-8pm – This St. Patty’s day we’ll have a special Pint Night with Victory Beer! We’ll have the Donnybrook Dry Irish Stout on nitro with free glassware & free samples of some of their other awesome brews. Come hang and celebrate St. Patty’s with us.

Wednesday, March 22nd

7:00pm – WhichCraft Tap Room is hosting its Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Come in for this free event and put your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included!

Thursday, March 23rd

5-8pm – Come meet the brewer from 3 Nations at the Tap Room! We’ll have the new Mango SMaSH on tap, buy the beer & keep the glass! We’ll also be handing out samples of the GPA and 3 Nations Wit.

New Beers This Week

(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)

Back in Stock at WhichCraft SoLa: Mikkeller Ich Bin Raspberry, Jester King Petit Prince, Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Boulevard Rye on Rye on Rye, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Bear Republic Racer 5, Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout

Circle Envy and Blur now available in Cans!

Prairie Paradise – They  took a stout, gave it a hint of vanilla and a good deal of toasted coconut and created one season defying, genre bending brew. 13% ABV / Tulsa, OK / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Brazos Valley Willin’ Mosaic Pale Ale – 5.2% ABV / Brenham, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Knee Deep Stoutilla – Chocolate hazelnut stout. A full-bodied stout brewed with cacao nibs and natural flavor added. 6% ABV / Auburn, CA / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Hitachino Nest Commemorative 2017 – Hitachino Nestbeer Commemorative Ale is brewed in the tradition of a true Eisbock where the brew is concentrated by allowing the water to freeze {but not the alcohol}. 9% ABV / Naka, Japan / Beeradvocate 85 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Karbach Lemon Ginger Radler – Radler: German for “cyclists,” Texan for “damn refreshing!” Karbach’s Radler is a blend of lemon, ginger, and a golden beer that is sure to quench a Texas-sized thirst! Perfect for days by the pool, cooling off after yard work, or winding down after a long bike ride. 3.5% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Good

Blue Point Toasted Lager – World Beer Cup gold medal winning flagship brew is brewed with a blend of six specialty malts for a flavor as rich and unique as the town it’s from. Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor of malt and hops makes for easy drinking. 5.5% ABV / Patchogue, NY / Beeradvocate 80 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Circle Alibi – A truly beautiful blonde. Born of a sensual blending of the German Mai Bock style and a laid-back and easy drinking American Blonde Ale. The complex and delicate melding of rich, flavorful Munich malt and the lightest flowering of hops make this already attractive brew. 4.3% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good

Schilling Passport Cider – Pineapple passionfruit cider. 6.7% ABV / Seattle, WA / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Odell Loose Leaf – Crisp and refreshing like any respectable session ale, but a bit more hop-forward and flavorful than some. Perfect for going with the flow. 4.5% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Beeradvocate 83 / Availability: Decent

Green Flash Palate Wrecker – 6 lbs/bbl of Columbus and Centennial hops create this very bitter hop monster. 9.5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Brooklyn Summer – Light-bodied refreshing summer pale ale. 4.5% ABV / Brooklyn, NY / Beeradvocate 81 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Anderson Valley Ee Tah IPA – Bright golden yellow color and aromas of rich tropical fruit, passion fruit with a hint of citrus. Pale, pilsner, and midnight wheat give it a solid malt character while Chinook, Citra, and Amarillo hops impart flavors of ripe tropical fruit, peach and apricot leading to a clean hoppy finish. 7.5% ABV / Boonville, CA / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Anderson Valley G&T Gose – Reminiscent of a classic cocktail, this GT Gose showcases botanical flavors and aromas of lemon peel, juniper, lemongrass, and grains of paradise. With a juicy lemon-lime tartness and slightly peppery finish, we’ve given the gose style a unique spin that we’re sure you’ll enjoy. 4.2% ABV / Boonville, CA / Beeradvocate 87 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose – Briney Melon Gose boasts a thirst-quenching tartness that is perfectly balanced by subtle watermelon flavors and aromas. Gentle additions of sea salt create a refreshing harmony between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to clean, dry finish. 4.2% ABV / Boonville, CA / Ratebeer 91 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Jolly Pumpkin Clementina – Brewed with clementine, yuzu peel, lime peel, pink Himalayan salt, and coriander. 5.5% ABV / Dexter, MI / Ratebeer 98 / Availability: Limited

Sam Adams Fresh as Helles – Lager with orange blossoms & natural flavor added. 5.4% ABV / Boston, MA / Beeradvocate 83 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Lakewood Goatman –  This dark, unique brew is a melding of a West Coast Black IPA and a German Schwarzbier, encompassing all of the sticky, bitter bite you love, with a smooth, roasted malt body balancing it all out. 9.3% ABV / Garland, TX / Ratebeer 89 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only

Boulevard Show me Sour – Brewed in collaboration with Side Project Brewing in St. Louis, Show-Me Sour is a low ABV, dark Belgian-style table beer created by blending a whiskey barrel aged and fresh version of the same kettle soured beer. 4% ABV /Kansas City, MO / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only

Boulevard Scotch on Scotch – Scotch on Scotch is an Imperial Scotch Ale aged on Scotch barrel chips. A massive malt presence is created by layering caramel and amber malts with just a touch of smoked malt for additional complexity. The exposure to oak chips following primary fermentation allows Scotch on Scotch to coax rich woody, char and vanilla notes along with the essence of Scotch whisky into a hearty, warming beer, a liquid fireplace of sorts. 9.6% ABV / Kansas City, MO / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

Minotiere Cidre Fermier Bio Brut – This organic farmhouse-style cider has a crisp, fresh, apple bouquet, with mix of citrus peel and musty floral notes, and fruity aromas of apricot and citrus fruits. A brisk, refined finish that lingers on the palate. 5% ABV / Manerbe, France / Ratebeer 97 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

Minotiere Cidre Fermier Bio Doux – This cider is full-bodied and slightly sweet, with subtle apple character and a beautiful balance of acid, tannin, and sugar. It has a mix of citrus peel, fruity aromas of apricot and citrus fruit, and musty floral notes. 3% ABV / Manerbe, France / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only

Cidre de Thierache Clos de la Fontaine Hugo – At Rozoy-sur-Serre, in Vichery, a tiny hamlet in the heart of the Aisne valley, located between Champagne and Belgium remains the last cider house of Thiérache, the Clos de La Fontaine Hugo. 5% ABV / Rozoy-sur-Serre, France / Availability: Limited  / SoLa Only

New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Tap Room (Mueller)

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Wicked Weed Brettaberry – A tart farmhouse ale whose inspiration is drawn from freshly baked berry pie features a half-pound per gallon of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. The sweet acidity of the berries paired with the mild farmhouse funk of their house culture is rounded by the addition of full bodied Haw Creek honey. 5.5% ABV / Asheville, NC / Ratebeer 96

Jester King Das Wunderkind – Traditional, sour, low gravity saison aged in oak wine and whiskey barrels with naturally occurring wild yeast and bacteria from the Texas Hill Country. 4.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 97

Sixpoint Hi-Res Hi-Res. Zoom on, zoom in, hop out. This beer goes up to eleven. Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view? 10.5% ABV / Brooklyn, NY / Ratebeer 96

Alesmith Speedway Stout – Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. 12% ABV / San Diego, CA / Ratebeer 100

Weekend Specials

Real Ale Pinsetter 6 Packs for $6.99 – Pinsetter Amber Lager was created in the spirit of a uniquely American style, the California Common. Originally produced in an era without the benefits of modern refrigeration, a hybrid style of lager emerged that was fermented at temperatures typically reserved for ale yeasts. The end result was a medium-bodied beer with a lager-clean malt character and a subtle fruitiness derived from its time at these warmer fermentation temperatures. 5.4% ABV / Blanco, TX

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