Almost 5 o’clock already… finding yourself lost in the first daydream of the week? Well don’t rush home to make your bed, we’ve happy hour going till 6 instead (like we do everyday)! If you’re the kind of person that’s always yearning for your Funday, don’t wait till Sunday. We’re always stocked up with the things to make your dreams come true.
And speaking of being stocked up, boy oh’ boy do we have some gems on draft! There are some special one offs from Weathered Souls- Peelin’ Myself Orange Milkshake IPA, Rum Barrel Aged Rainbow Sherbet Smoothie Sour, and the ever so delectable References You Don’t Understand Imperial Coffee Stout with Chocolate & Hazelnuts. For those malty beer drinkers, we’ve got the perfect options for you! Make sure you try the ever-so-wonderful Zilke Future You dark lager & the super sessionable Sidewalk Piper Scotch Ale from Brewtorium. To all the hop heads out there, you better get in to grab some of the last fresh hop beers- Crobsy by St. Elmo & fresh hopped Hi-C from Hi Sign. Don’t forget we do crowlers of everything to-go!
For wine news this week, I’d like to take the time and highlight Soto Vino. This winemaking duo is currently working out of the facilities of the Austin Winery by way of San Antonio, but have roots learning the trade at Perdenals & WIlliam Chris vineyards. Their first offering we have in store is 21 Sauvage. These hand harvested Mourvedre grapes from Salt Lick vineyards have gone through full carbonic maceration and finish fermentation in stainless till bottling time. Consider this your 100% Texan take on Beaujolais Nouveau. Chill a bottle down and feel its powers chill you out.
Get your calendars ready, on Friday the 17th we are having a Les Lunes wine tasting with our friends from David Mayfield Selections. Also, we have pending pint nights with Martin House and Independence Brewing coming up. Tune back in next week for dates, or be ever vigilant of our Instagram account.
For our Brewery of the month, we are happy to have the fine folks from Texas Beer Company filling our shelves. For JUST $8.99 a six pack we have their Pecos Amber, K9 Lager, and Hoppy Duck IPA.
New & Returning Beers & Ciders This Week
Texas Keeper Cider Noir – Cider Noir is made from 100% Northern Spy apples double fermented with extra dark belgian candi, pecans and orange peel. Belgian candi, made from beet and date sugar, is a classic component of Dubbel and Trippel Ales. Dark fruit and toasted bread notes from the candi combine with ripe pear from the Spy. A hint of pecan and orange round out this stout cider. 11.1% ABV
Founder’s Frootwood– They took a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale and hid it away in oak barrels that have held both bourbon and maple syrup. After a lengthy stint, it emerged a changed beer, blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness. The wood proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long. 8% ABV
St Bernardus Christmas Ale – This specialty beer is characterized by its deep dark colour, with a creamy, thick head and a full, almost velvety taste with a fruity nose. Brewed annually for the holiday season, the long winter nights are perfect moments to savour this ale with or without friends and to enjoy its unique, complex taste. 10%ABV
Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout – Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is brewed with milk sugar and milk chocolate. The rich and creamy brew reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk and our hometown “Aggie” roots. 8.5% ABV
Saint Arnold French Press– French Press is an imperial coffee porter brewed with Java Pura Coffee Roasters Espresso blend coffee. 9.4%ABV
Saint Arnold Christmas – A rich, copper colored, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer. 7.5% ABV
Champion Family Recipe – This Vienna Lager made with Vienna malt, Magnum, and Saaz hops is a partnership between Champion Brewing and Duke’s Mayonnaise to produce the perfect lager to pair with the south’s favorite sandwich – a mouthwatering, Duke’s-slathered BLT.
**No mayo was used in brewing this beer** 5.1%ABV
Eden Deep Cut Harvest Cider – PROFILE: Dry, hazy, full-bodied. APPLE VARIETIES: Golden Russet • Somerset Redstreak • Dabinett • Yarlington Mill • McIntosh • Empire. 6.2%ABV
Eggenberg Helle Weizen – Inspired by the delicate wheat beers of Bavaria, Eggenberg’s newest release is a full-bodied and open-fermented Hefeweizen brewed with both sunny days and snowy nights (on the slopes) in mind. Waves of banana and clove coat the palate as you’d expect any traditional Bavarian wheat beer to, but the hint of bubble gum that lingers behind is the first sign that just one sip of this beer won’t be enough.
Tasting Notes: Banana Cream, Clove, Bubble Gum, Raw Honey, White Pepper 5%ABV
Big Bad Baptist Naked Baptist – BID BAD DISCLAIMER: what you are about to drink is the naked depiction of Big Bad Baptist in the way our brewers intended it. Whiskey Barrel Aged deliciousness, unadulterated by coffee or cacao. Our brewers have been begging to bottle this beer for years. 2021, they get their wish. 13.1%ABV
Epic Big Bad Baptist Double Jam – Raspberry, Blackberry & Coffee together – like breakfast on a Sunday morning – in what we like to call the most important beer of the day. Enjoy at the crack of dawn or as an endcap to the perfect evening, we don’t judge! 13.1% ABV
Big Bad Baptist Double Barrel – Double Whiskey barrel stout. Aged with barrel aged coffee and cacao. 12.2%ABV
Big Bad Baptist Chocolate Mint – Enyoy-Mint, Refresh-mint, Chocolate-Mint! Big Bad Baptist Chocolate Mint is made with fresh mint & a copious amount of cacao nibs. Notes of mint live in harmony with silky chocolate & coffee flavor. “Get the sensation” of Refresh-Mint with every sip.12.9%ABV
Big Bad Baptist Black Forest Cake– Have you ever had a cake & drank it, too? Chocolate, ripe cherries, & fresh coconut are layered into this decadent beer. The Sammelsurium of ingredients coalesce into the liquid form of a classic German treat. Skip the dessert & reach for a bottle of Black Forest Cake.12.3%ABV
Epic Big Bad Baptist In The Rye – Pineapple Sour with Cherries, Lactose, and Cake Flavoring. 6.5%ABV
Fair State The Luxury or Restraint – 6%ABV American West Coast IPA
Panther Island Hazy Cat – Packed with notes of citrus, melon, strawberry and smells/tastes/is ridiculous amazing. Double dry hopped with Sabro, Huell Melon & El Dorado hops this cat is everything you want in a 7% New England IPA.
Spencer Trappist Holiday Ale – Mahogany in color, wholesome in body, lightly spiced, a heart-warming feast day ale from our table to yours.9%ABV
Ingenious Neapolitan Ice Cream Sundae Stout – Milk stout aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and strawberries. 8.3% ABV
903 Moosesicle Slushy – Cara Cara, Orange, Vanilla, and Marshmallow Berliner Weisse Style Ale!! Packed with more fruit than we’ve ever put into a beer!
Rootstock Belgian Cider – Fermented using a traditional Belgian beer yeast. Fresh peach and apple blossom aromas accompany a pleasant minerality and apple flavor that makes this cider one that is not to be missed 6.5%ABV
Rootstock Hopped Hard Cider – Hopped Hard Cider is a semi-dry cider made from estate grown Crispin apples and locally grown Cascade hops. This heavily aromatic cider exhibits a bouquet of fresh lemon and pine paired perfectly with the taste of fresh picked apples. With its balanced sweetness and acidity this unique cider is sure to please beer and cider drinkers alike. 6.9%ABV
NOLA Black Berry Squeeze – Wheat Ale with Blackberry 5.5ABV
Legal Draft Legal Holiday – A rich winter warmer made with roasted malts, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. 8% ABV
Bardos Mestizo Yellow – Gleaned with friends from a private, old orchard (with some more current plantings) on Occidental Road in Sebastopol, this cider was aged clean in stainless with no added yeast or sulphites. It is mainly older Jonathans with some recently planted Russets and other mid-varietal fall apples. Aged for only 6 weeks, the result is a very fruity, bubblegum-meet-fejoia nose and a dry mineral finish.
Harvested sporadically over the course of weeks throughout September, 2020. Bottled on November 20th, 2020, the day of ♀.
Firestone Walker XXV -This year’s winner, our 25th Anniversary Ale, is a blend of Parabola Autumn Edition, Tequila Barrel Merkin, Brandy Barrel Barley Wine, Stickee Monkee, and Whiskey Barrel Wheat Wine.
-The Final Blend-
Parabola Autumn Edition – Aged in Bourbon Barrels (41%)
Russian Imperial Stout
Tequila Barrel Merkin – Aged in Bourbon Barrels (28%)
Brandy Barrel Barley Wine – Aged in Brandy Barrels (13%)
Blonde Barley Wine
Stickee Monkee – Aged in Bourbon Barrels (10%)
Central Coastal Quad
Whiskey Barrel Wheat Wine – Aged in Tequila Barrels (8%)
Strong Golden Barley Wine
New Wines This Week
(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise To Go)
Chateau d’Oupia Les Hérétiques Pays D’Hérault – André Iché inherited an impressive 13th century castle and a large estate in the barren Minervois region. Iché, now in his mid sixties and never a member of his village coop, tended his very old vines and made his wines but sold everything in bulk to local négociants. Fifteen years ago, a Burgundian winemaker happened to be in Oupia, tasted Iché’s wines, and was so enthused that he convinced Iché to bottle and market his production. Since then, Iché has become an eternal twenty-year-old.
He has expanded his vineyard holdings and now also vinifies several cuvées of Minervois with the best production, the Cuvée des Barons and Nobilis, aged in new oak barrels. He has rebuilt a cellar, and is now contemplating buying and cleaning up some overgrown and steep terraces that have been abandoned since the late 19th century.
The Minervois Tradition is 60% Carignan (from vineyards up to 100 years old), 30% Syrah and 10% Grenache. It is aromatic, full and densely colored, with a long finish of dark fruits. The wine is elegant and balanced — it is both enjoyable to drink young and can age 5-7 years. Cuvée des Barons and Nobilis are 60% Syrah and 40% Carignan, from a selection of old vines in the best plots, and are aged in Bordeaux barriques for 20 months. They are slower to evolve than the cuvée Tradition, and exhibit more elegance and restraint, but similar dark berries and spicy aromas.
“Château d’Oupia has produced the ideal bistro wine. Dark, ruby-colored, the wine is wonderfully clean and pure, with an exuberant personality, and gobs of rich, peppery, red and black fruit…Bravo to proprietor André Iché!”
Zulal Areni Classic 2018 – Areni is Armenia’s leading red grape variety, capable of making energetic wines full of bright fruity flavors. Zulal, meaning ‘pure’ in Armenian, was created to express the purest characteristics of Armenia’s indigenous grape varieties grown in volcanic soils at high elevation. The 2018 Areni is a classic expression of the ancient Areni variety.
The 2018 Areni is an aromatic wine with notes of red cherries, plums and notes of pepper. On the palate it’s medium-bodied, with refreshing acidity and concentrated flavors of berries and spices. 13% ABV
New Draft Beers This Week
(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)
Saloon Door Kemah Suprema –Walser Alpine Lager owes its inspiration to the crisp mountain Lagers of the Swiss Appenzell. Rich golden in color with a delicately balanced profile of German Pilsner malt, two varieties of Munich malt, and Spelt. Hopped with choice Hersbrucker, Tettnanger & Hallertau Tradition – meadow herbs and subtle spicy floral elements marry fait notes of juniper and candied citrus. 4.8%ABV
Brewtorium Sidewalk Piper– Tradition meets legend in this malt-forward medium-bodied ale. Rich flavors of toffee and maple coalesce into a deep amber colored beer with a pleasant candied hazelnut finish. 5.1%ABV
Hi Sign Fresh Hop Hi-C–Bomb diggity Fresh Hopped Hi-C IPA. 6.9% ABV
Redhorn Hap Slappy IPA–Nearly every craft beer fan that we speak to says they judge a brewery by its IPA. Well, we don’t see why we should be held to any lesser of a standard! Order up a HapSlappy and you won’t be let down. Brewed dry, HapSlappy has a crisp malty finish and balanced by an extremely palatable 75 IBUs from a burst of late kettle hops. Utilizing the unique characteristics of northwest American hops, HapSlappy achieves a citrusy, piney, and earthy balance. We finish this beer with whole leaf hops after the boil in a pressurized hop back system to give HapSlappy IPA a nose and flavor unlike the rest. 7%ABV
Panther Island Fam Damily Cranberry Gose– Brewed with fresh cranberry puree. Tart, with a dry finish. 6%ABV
Weathered Souls Peelin’ Myself– Milkshake IPA w/ Banana, Pineapple, Tangerine, Lactose and Vanilla Beans. 7.6% ABV
Weathered Souls Rum Barrel Aged Rainbow Sherbert–This time we have a Caramel Apple Fruited Sour. Reminiscent of your favorite fair treat, the sweet, and tart flavors will transport you to the top of the Ferris wheel. 4.8% ABV
Weathered Souls References You Don’t Underdstand–This time we have a Caramel Apple Fruited Sour. Reminiscent of your favorite fair treat, the sweet, and tart flavors will transport you to the top of the Ferris wheel. 4.8% ABV
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