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Free In-Store Tastings 6-8pm
Thursday, June 18th – TONIGHT!
New Cedar Creek rep Shannon will be in the house pouring free samples of some year-round favorites, Dankasaurus IPA and Lawn Ranger Cream Ale, plus their Fisticuffs Barley Wine seasonal.
Tuesday, June 23rd
Ballast Point has traditionally been known for their very hop-forward centered beers but recently have really branched out to make some interesting things. We’ll be tasting the brand new Grunion Pale Ale in addition to Even Keel, their session IPA, Longfin Lager & Piper Down, a very malt-forward scotch ale.
Wednesday, June 24th
International Man of Mystery Frank Mancuso will be back at the tasting bar pouring free samples of some summertime St Arnold favorites. Their Summer Pils is an easy drinking poolside beer. Icon Green is a hefeweizen dry hopped with amarillo hops. And Boiler Room is a tart Berliner Weisse – a sour wheat beer. Plus we’ll have one or two other goodies for sampling!
Thursday, June 25th
Cory Rossmeissl, the rep with the best head of hair out of any brewery rep in Austin, will be back at the tasting bar dishing out free samples of the three newest releases from our favorite not-for-profit brewery based in Marble Falls.
The Princeps Pacis is a traditional Belgian style Tripel with a bit of spice and sweetness. Their new Belgian quadrupel will be released just in advance of the tasting. And in a stylistic departure from most of their other beers, they recently released Verbum in Tenebris – a double chocolate milk stout with mint added. Cory will also be bringing small cheese samples that will pair with the beers.
New Beers This Week
Back in stock: Rogue Sriracha Stout, Oasis Meta Modern!, Independence Red Bud!
Odell Barrel Thief * – Barrel Thief is an Imperial IPA that was stolen from the brewhouse and stashed away in medium toast, new American oak barrels. The brew features a notorious tropical fruit hop character that tangles with hints of vanilla, dried fruit, and toasted nut from its time served in the barrel. 9.4% ABV/Fort Collins, CO/Beer Advocate 89/*Arriving Friday/Availability: very limited
Avery Insula Multos* – Strong sour beer aged in fresh Bourbon barrels for around 9 months and fermented with a small amount of cherries. Originally inspired by the flavors of the Manhattan cocktail. 9.7% ABV/Boulder, CO/Ratebeer 98/Availability: limited
Avery Fortuna* – Batch #28 in the Avery barrel-aged series, this one is a sour ale aged in tequila barrels with lime zest & salt. 8.1% ABV/Boulder, CO/Ratebeer 97/*Arriving Friday/Availability: limited
Avery Raspberry Sour* – Sour ale with raspberries added and then aged in oak barrels. Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale. 7.2% ABV/Boulder, CO/Ratebeer 99/*Arriving Friday/Availability: very limited
Stone Saison – Stone’s take on a saison using fresh ingredients from their farm in Southern California. They add lemon zest, lemon thyme and lavender for a refreshing but very dry summer seasonal. 6% ABV/Escondido, CA/Ratebeer 85/Availability: decent
Stevens Point Wee Heavy Scotch Ale – This Wee Heavy 120 Shilling Scotch Ale boasts a deep copper hue that gives way to a rich full mouthfeel with bold malt flavor and sweet notes of toffee and caramel. 6.5% ABV/Stevens Point, WI/No ratings yet/Availability: decent
Ducato Brett Peat Daydream – One of the most complex and interesting beers you’ll ever try. It’s a blend of three different beers: a peated barley wine, a rauch marzen (smoked beer) partially aged in scotch whisky barrels, and brettanomyces sour ale aged 6 months. What!?! 7% ABV/Italy/Ratebeer 92/Availability: decent
Hops & Grain Greenhouse #22* – Back again! This time the hops are Jarrylo, Centennial & Citra. 7.7% ABV/Austin, TX/Availability: plenty/*Arriving Friday
Martin House Cellarman’s Reserve IPA – Martin House’s rotating single hop series is back again, this time with Equinox hops. Only 2 row and munich malts are used to balance out the hops. 7% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: plenty
Martin House Bockslider – The official beer of the rock band the Toadies! That is not made up. The Toadies are from Fort Worth, and this is the 2nd collaboration beer with the band. A malty & caramel bock with very low hop profile. 5.6% ABV/Fort Worth, TX/No ratings yet/Availability: decent
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Martin House Cellarman’s Reserve IPA
Four Corners Heart O’Texas
Strangeland Entire Porter
Seattle Cider Citrus Cider
Hops & Grain Greenhouse Batch #22
Martin House Bockslider
Seattle Cider Basil Mint Cider