Summertime, and the Drinkin’ Is Easy

Ugh, the summer doldrums, am I right? We know the feeling, and while we still have our usual lineup of delicious sampling events and pint nights, we don’t really have any big news this week. That’s not to say there isn’t something new, unique, and tasty sitting on the shelf or on tap. Far from it! Your new favorite beer is ready to be discovered, and your friendly neighborhood WhichCraft staff is ready to help you discover it.

Another reminder about an upcoming event we’re excited to present: on Tuesday, July 25, we’re having another Style Night with the Beer Museum. This time, we fight back against the summer heat by delving into Berliner Weisses. We’ll be offering two sessions, at 6:30 and 8:00, each an hour long, and each hosted by WhichCraft’s own (and Certified Cicerone) Lindsay Compton. Beers on the menu will be: Prairie Weisse, Live Oak Berliner Weisse, Austin Beerworks Einhorn, Mikkeller Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse Passionfruit, and Prof Fritz Briem 1809. Follow the link for the 6:30pm and 8pm sessions. Grab your tickets now!

And make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, July 22, when we welcome Pedernales Brewing back to the South Lamar location to unveil the home-brewed Robert Earl Keen Front Porch Amber and compare it with the actual beer from the brewery, brewed at the same time. This will be an interesting afternoon, tasting the similarities and differences between the two versions.

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

Thursday, July 13th
We welcome 4th Tap Brewing to the shop to taste their full lineup of tasty brews.

Friday, July 14th
Don’t miss Live Oak Brewing dropping by, as we sample their Hefeweizen, Gold, and Berliner Weisse.

Saturday, July 15th
12-2pm: It’s two for the price of one when Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak visit to sample the latter’s Original, and former’s Isla Estrana and Olas Especiales.

Thursday, July 20th
Dave with Austin Beerworks, our July Brewery of the Month, comes by to sample their full lineup. Try their beers and pick up a discounted six pack for $7.99.

Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room in Mueller

Friday, July 14th
5-8pm:  Don’t miss Idle Vine Brewery for a Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass of their Pilsner. We’ll also sample the rest of their lineup in cans.

Wednesday, July 19th
7:00pm:  Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night! Weekly free event that puts your useless knowledge to the test. Prizes and good times are included!

Thursday, July 20th
5-8pm:  We welcome in owner Grady and head brewer Dave with Thousand Oaks Brewing Co. They’ll talk about their brewery and we’ll tap their Rye Pilsner and Amber for a Buy the Beer, Keep the Glass.

New Beers This Week

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

Back in Stock: Real Ale Hans’ Pils, Real Ale Real Heavy, Full Sail Blood Orange, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Live Oak Hefeweizen

Community Passiflora – Harmonious tropical flavors from a distinct hop blend and copious amounts of passionfruit puree. Each component of fruit, hops, yeast, and malt work together to create a deliciously refreshing take on the White IPA. 6.5% ABV / Dallas, TX / Availability: Good

Locust Cider Honey Pear – Washington pears, apples, and natural wildflower honey creates a dry, sweet cider. 6% ABV / Woodinville, WA / Availability: Good

Independence Revolucion – While good on it’s own, this dry and subtly spicy saison was meant to be paired with tacos, the unofficial official food of Texas. 5.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Limited / SoLa now, Mueller Friday

Lagunitas Little Sumpin Extra!The big sister of the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale…Lots of wheat for a curious malt complexity and leaving it light in color, but huge in flavor and satisfaction. 8.5% ABV / Petaluma, CA / RateBeer 99 / Availability: Decent

Hops & Grain Greenhouse IPA (Calypso/Palisade) – They’ll be introducing two hops in their newest rotating IPA. Calypso is a more complex, fruit-forward hop with slight pear & apple notes. Palisade boasts notes of grass and other clean, earthy floral notes with hints of apricot. 7.6% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good

Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery Half IPA – Here’s a secret: This is really an American Pale Ale. But they call it Half IPA because they do what they want. Light hop additions during the boil and tons of dry hopping with Amarillo and Citra mean the bitterness is low, but the hop flavor and aroma are high. Made specifically for summertime in Austin, it’s great for sitting poolside or dockside. 5.6% ABV / Austin, TX / RateBeer 90 / Availability: Limited

New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Sierra Nevada/Duvel Hoppy Belgian Golden (Beer Camp Collab) – Belgium’s Duvel are the masters of the golden ale – a beer style they helped create – so it was a natural fit to combine the style with Sierra Nevada’s hop-forward fanaticism. The resulting beer is bright golden and brimming with hop flavor and a pop of bright lemon, and perfectly accented by the fruity and complex character of Duvel’s signature yeast. 8% ABV / Chico, CA / RateBeer 95

Lone Pint Zythophile Ella – Zythophile: a lover of beer and fermentation. This is Lone Pint’s series of SMaSH IPAs that show off various “underused” hops. This one features Ella and shows off tons of awesome floral notes and finishes super bright and grapefruit-y. 6.6% ABV / Magnolia, TX

Lone Pint Zythophile Vic Secret – American Two Row malted barley, Australian Vic Secret hops (sister to Topaz), and their house yeast. Appearance is hazy orange with a solid, white head. Nose is light bready malt with a complex mix of pine, lemon grass, pineapple, and guava. Tastes initially of light malt sweetness and grapefruit; this is then followed by an equally complex flavor profile with hints of lemon, guava, and basil. 6.6% ABV / Magnolia, TX

Lone Pint Yellow Rose – A SMaSH IPA using a caboodle (technical term for a large amount) of malt and Mosaic hops. Whole cone Mosaic is used for bittering, flavoring, and aroma in the kettle; it is also massively dry-hopped. Tasting notes: chalk-white head with a very clean malt backbone. The hops impart strong grapefruit, pineapple, and blueberry flavor and aroma. A strong beer that is extremely quaffable. 6.8% ABV / Magnolia, TX

Funkwerks Nelson Sauvin – This single-hopped Saison is named after the unique New Zealand hop that has a distinct white wine characteristic. The addition of Muscat grape juice plays into the fruity aromas from the hops and contribute to the crisp, dry finish. Notes of gooseberries, honeydew melon and a hint of spiciness. 7.5% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / RateBeer 93

Blue Owl Czech Czech – Just like Lederhosen, it’s traditional, yet fun. This sour Czech pilsner is their summer seasonal, and tastes lightly tart, crisp, and refreshing, with malt sweetness and a spicy hop profile. 4.9% ABV / Austin, TX

Collective Brewing Project Funky Thunder – Their Tropic Thunder (green tea saison) brewed with 100% Brettanomyces. Farmhouse saison with a complex, Belgian yeast character. Dry hopped with tropical green tea. Tropical notes from the green tea dance over the spice of the saison yeast. 5% ABV / Fort Worth, TX

Last Stand Blonde – A very light and refreshing blonde ale brewed with German pale malt, a touch of Munich malt and very lightly hopped with CZ Saaz hops. 5.8% ABV / Austin, TX

Monthly Specials

  • As July’s Brewery of the Month, all Austin Beerworks 6pks are on sale for $7.99 all month long.
  • Pick up Montucky Cold Snacks, on sale this week for $4.99/6pk.

Weekend Specials

  • Uinta’s Farmside Saison is on sale at both locations for $5.99/6pk.
  • Abita’s To-Gose is available at South Lamar for $6.99/6pk.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *