The Holiday Season is here and you’ve got about a million things on your to do list! WhichCraft has your back with a Community Beer Co. deal that’s a real no-brainer. This weekend only, WhichCraft Beer Store and WhichCraft Tap Room are offering six packs of Community Texas Helles for only $5.99! This crisp, Bavarian style lager crafted with all German malts is the perfect beer to stock up on before the family arrives. Supplies are limited so don’t wait, this deal wont last long.
The Austin Beer Guide Winter Issue Release Party is TONIGHT at the Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Company. Stop by and take part in one of the merriest beer events in Austin. The event begins at 6PM with awards ceremony beginning at 8PM. For those who want to get the party started a little sooner, WhichCraft Beer Store on South Lamar will be hosting a FREE Abita Brewing Company tasting beginning at 5PM. Its the perfect pre-game and its an easy walk to the ABGB. WhichCraft would like to thank all those who participated in the Austin Beer Guide Readers Poll. We believe that communication and collaboration is at the heart of this very special Austin beer community.
Looking for the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life? WhichCraft Beer Store and WhichCraft Tap Room are your one-stop shops to find everything you need this holiday season. Put our staff through their paces, to help you find that exciting new beer that’s sure to brighten up your Christmas morning. Beer fridge over flowing already? Take a look at our selection of branded glassware, t-shirts, patches, bottle openers and koozies. Gift wrapping available for all of our products, both fermented and non. Don’t feel like choosing? We have gift cards available in every denomination.
Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Thursday, December 15th – TONIGHT!
5-7pm – Hunter from Abita Brewing will be dropping in to guide a free tasting of their Harvest Orange Lager, Big Easy IPA and Wrought Iron IPA. It’s the perfect way to pre-game for the Austin Beer Guide Awards at ABGB!
Friday, December 16th
Shacksbury Craft Cider from Vergennes Vermont has hit the Texas market. Join us in welcoming them with a free tasting of their delicious Dry, and Semi-Dry cider.
Saturday, December 17th
12-2pm – Our good friends at Karbach Brewing are driving in to guide an amazing tasting of their Chery BBH, Yule Shoot Your Eye Out, Mother in Lager and their new Fun Series No. 14: A Roll in the Hay.
3-5pm – After a scheduling snafu, our Samuel Adams Winter Classics 12pk tasting is back on. Stop in on Saturday for free tasters of five different Sam Adams beers inspired by the winter season, as well as tasters of their ever popular Boston Lager. Samuel Adams Winter Classics 12pks are only $13.99 this weekend, only at WhichCraft SoLa.
6-8pm – How about a sweet finish to our day of tastings? The good people at Texas Keeper Cider will be stopping by to serve up free samples of No.1, Cider Weizen and their seasonal Cider Noir.
Wednesday, December 21st
Kerrie from Alamo Brewing Company will be behind the tasting bar to guide a free tasting of their Munich Dark Lager, Holiday IPA, Golden Ale and German Pale Ale.
Thursday, December 22nd
The indomitable Jeremiah from Uinta Brewing in Utah is joining us for an awesome Holiday tasting, including their Rise & Pine Dark Hoppy Ale, Barrel Aged Stout, Pit Stop Sour Apricot IPA and Sea Legs Baltic Porter. They’re in’ta great craft beer, what are Uinta?
Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller
Friday, December 16th
4-7pm – Megan from Freetail will be at the taproom to host a pint night! She’ll be giving out samples of Original Amber and Soul Doubt. We’ll also have the Rye Wit on draft, buy a pint and keep the glass!
Wednesday, December 21st
5:30-8pm – Nate from Real Ale Brewing Company will be in the taproom! We’ll have the Full Moon Rye IPA on special, $4 for a pint & the glass to take home! We’ll also have the 20th Anniversary Imperial Rye IPA on draft and giving out free samples of the Barrel Aged 20th Anniversary Imperial Rye IPA.
7:00pm – Which Craft 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.
New Beers This Week
(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)
Back in Stock at Both Locations: 2016 Community Barrel Aged Legion
Back in Stock at WhichCraft SoLa: Samuel Adams Winter Variety 12pk, Maui Coconut Porter, Community Snicker Doodle, Boulevard Chocolate Ale w/ Raspberry, Adelberts Tripel B, Clown Shoes The Good The Bad and the Unidragon, Prairie Pirate Noir, Prairie Noir, Prairie Christmas Bomb.
Real Ale Mysterium Verum Benedictum – Real Ale’s fourth wild ale is our first with a fruit component. Benedictum was inspired by the brown ales of Flanders. The primary fermentation was accomplished by their house ale yeast. The beer was then racked to barrels and inoculated with a mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria to finish the job. Toffee notes are balanced by fruitiness and a pronounced acidity. Tart cherries add a further layer of complexity to this very drinkable sour ale. 5.4% ABV / Blanco, TX / Ratebeer 98 / Availability: Very Limited / Limit 1 per customer / Mueller Only
Real Ale Sisyphus Four Year Vertical: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 – Measuring between 10 and 11% ABV, depending on the year, this barleywine was Real Ale’s first seasonal product. It is uncharacteristically smooth for this style of beer, as it is created with five different kinds of hops. It also displays a rich malt character, and the healthy portion of hops gives it a distinctive dry and balanced finish. 10-11% ABV / Blanco, TX / Ratebeer 92 / Availability: While Supplies Last / Mueller Only
Epic Oak & Orchard Syrah – Foeder then aged in red wine casks with blueberry, boysenberry, and black currants. Bright floral aroma with a flavor explosion of fruit complexity, jam, and puckering sourness finished with Brettanomyces funk. 8.5% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Availability: Limited / Mueller Only
Epic Oak & Orchard Pinot – a Pinot inspired sour that features blueberry, boysenberry, cranberry, strawberry and plum. The fruity bouquet pops with red berries, French Oak and light cellar notes from the Brettanomyces. The beer is crisp and puckering with the tartness of unripe fruit and a complex vinous finish. 8.2% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Availability: Limited / Mueller Only
Epic Big Bad Baptista – Big Bad Baptista is inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. The Cinnamon adds another layer of complexity and accentuates the earthy character of Mexican Coffee. 12.5% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Limited / Mueller Only
Epic Double Barrel big Bad Baptist – Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist is the cream of the crop with only the choicest barrels selected for the blend, barrel-aged single-origin coffee and artisanal micro-batch cacao nibs. 12.8% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Limited / Mueller Only
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No.16 – Bishop’s Barrel No. 16 is another foray into the world of blurring beer and wine. They aged their Sorachi Ace Dubbel in Bordeaux red wine barrels – predominantly Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon – for 11 months in the presence of brettanomyces. 7.9& ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Limited / Limit 1 per customer / Mueller Only
Saint Arnold White Noise – White Noise is a refreshing Belgian-style wit biere with a hop twist. It has lots of wheat, bitter orange peel and coriander with a signature Belgian yeast profile. This year, they dry hopped it with Amarillo hops to enhance the citrus/orange notes of the flavor profile. 5% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Good / Mueller Only
5 Stones Merry Christmas – Ale handcrafted with cinnamon, vanilla beans, nutmeg, and allspice. 7.9% ABV / Cibolo, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Ridgeway Querkus – To get a subtle smokiness they brew with Scottish peated whisky malt, English pale and roasted malts and boil only whole leaf goldings hops. Querkus is then patiently cold matured over pieces of old French oak barrels. The flavours from the toasted wood slowly seep into the beer; bottling only when we think it is right. 5.8% ABV / Stoke, England / Beeradvocate 82 / Availability: good / SoLa Only
Van Honsebrouck Kasteel 2014 Cuvee du Chateau – An unequalled beer, at the top of the Kasteel spectrum.The aroma and flavour of Cuvée are those of a Kasteel Donker, that aged 10 years in the cellars of the castle, noble and strong. 11% ABV / Emelgem, Belgium / Ratebeer 94 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Van Honsebrouck Barista Chocolate Quad – The name ‘Barista’ conjures thoughts of the fragrance of steaming coffee below a layer of expertly created froth. This may sounds rather far-fetched for a beer… However, the aromas and the flavours of caramel, cacao and roast malt match seamlessly with the ‘black gold’ and chocolate. This beer builds bridges with the world of hot beverages, with warming alcohol in the finish. 11% ABV / Emelgem, England / Ratebeer 93 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Karbach Fun Series No. 14 Roll in the Hay – This saison was aged for over 5 months in chardonnay barrels. The aging imparted some toasted oak character and a slight tartness from the wine. 7.5% ABV / Houston, TX / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only
Jester King Kollaborationsbier – Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination (or Kollaborationsbier for short) literally means “collaboration beer with Czech hops, wild yeast, and bacteria” in German. 4.2% ABV / Austin, TX / Beeradvocate 86 / Availability: Decent / SoLa Only
Avery Maharaja – The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. 10.2% ABV / Boulder, CO . Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Limited
Avery Raja IIPA – Brazenly bitter. Dashingly dry-hopped. Raja is an audacious addition to Avery’s lengthy lineage of intrepid IPA’s. Hops for all! All for hops! 8% ABV / Boulder, CO / Ratebeer 98 / Availability: Decent / Mueller Only
Buffalo Bayou Big Black Cowbell – An intensely hopped imperial stout. 10.8% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Decent
Rabbit Hole Brewing Rapture – A rich, toasted malt profile characterizes this English/American Fusion Brown Ale, with Pacific coast hops providing a balancing bitterness and subtle citrus character. A generous amount of Brown malt provides this beer with its signature toasted bread hook and ensures it stands apart from the normal. 6.4% ABV / Justin, TX / Ratebeer 84 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Rabbit Hole Brewing 10/6 English Pale Ale – English IPA features a prominent English hop character supported by a smooth, bready malt backbone. 6.5% ABV / Justin, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Rabbit Hole Brewing Mike Modano’s 561 Kolsch – a clean, crisp, yet deceptively complex brew which features a delicate balance between soft malt and a subtle fruity hoppiness. Crafted to commemorate Mike’s record career goals for US-born hockey players. 4.7% ABV / Justin, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Cycler’s DeRailleur Scotch Porter – Malt forward with gravity is the order for Scotch ales, and the porter style balances this with chocolate and roasted flavors. 8.5% ABV / Montgomery, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Cyclers Ryed Hard – Rather pale in color, having a sharp, complex, grainy flavor, and well…you guessed it..HOPS!! 6.6% ABV / Montgomery, TX / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Founder’s Azacca – Named for the Haitian god of agriculture, the Azacca hop boasts intense, tropical fruit notes. Azacca IPA includes a touch of caramel malt to provide a sweet backbone to the citrus, mango and orchard fruit notes. 7% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / Ratebeer 95 / Availability: Good
Sweetwater Squeeze Box – Slice open citrus heaven with this grapefruit laced IPA. Bright and crisp with five tropical hop additions and dosed with a shot of grapefruit, it’s a refreshing new squeeze. 6.1% ABV / Atlanta, GA / Ratebeer 84 / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Harpoon Vanilla Porter – A deep chocolate hue complements the roasted malty aroma, delicate vanilla sweetness, and smooth character of this robust porter. 5% ABV / Boston, MA / Availability: Good / SoLa Only
Lindemans Cassis – Lindemans Cassis is a lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation the lambic is aged in oak. Black currants are added creating a secondary fermentation and yielding an ale of exceptional flavor and complexity. 3.5% ABV / St Pieters Leeuw-Vlezenbeek, Belgium / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only
Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods: Barrel Aged Narwhal with Currants: They aged this rich, chocolate imperial stout in bourbon barrels with a mix of both red and black currants for a pop of sweet and tart flavor. The deep, roasty notes of the stout blend well with the berries and barrels to create complex flavors of cocoa and coconut with a mellow fruit undertone. 9.8% ABV / Chico, CA / Ratebeer 89 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Onl
Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods: Biere De Garde: Literally “beer for keeping,” Biere de Garde was originally a malt-forward beer brewed in the winter months and held for spring. Aged in tawny port barrels, their Biere de Garde offers bright notes of stone fruit balanced with mellow toffee flavors and a smooth, round mouthfeel. 10.2% ABV / CHico, CA / Ratebeer 95 / Availability: Limited / SoLa Only
New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Tap Room (Mueller)
Full Draft List Available on our Website
5 Stones Merry Christmas – Ale handcrafted with cinnamon, vanilla beans, nutmeg, and allspice. 7.9% ABV / Cibolo, TX
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout – The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla,carmel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. 14.2% ABV / Chicago, IL / Beeradvocate 100
Zilker Festbier – Not to be confused with its maltier sibling, the Marzen lager; this golden modern day Oktoberfest style lager is the preferred style for the Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany. It’s crisp yet malt forward mouthfeel is achieved using a 3-step mash process and a thorough fermentation and lagering schedule. 5.5% ABV / Austin, TX
Community Beer Company Texas Helles 6pks for only $5.99 – “Helles” is German for pale or light in color, but this beer is made for Texas! Texas Helles is a crisp, golden lager fashioned after the highly drinkable beers found in the boisterous beer halls of Bavaria. All-German malts create a slightly sweet front balanced by tangy Hallertau hops in the finish. The six-week lagering process ensures the smoothest, cleanest lager around; y’all take a sip … and try tellin’ us it ain’t! 5% ABV / Dallas, TX / Availability: At both WhichCraft locations while supplies last.
Samuel Adams Winter Variery 12pks for only $13.99 – Look forward to this seasonal Winter Variety Pack. This Winter marks the return of Old Fezziwig Ale and Chocolate Bock, two old favorites, as well as two new, soon-to-be classic beers: Hopflake White IPA, and Ginger Beer. Boston, MA / SoLa Only
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Free Shacksbury Cider Tasting at WhichCraft SoLa! Details Above.
Free Texas Keeper Cider Tasting at WhichCraft SoLa! Details Above.