WhichCraft Carries On w/ To-Go Options and More

Well, this has certainly been a mentally and emotionally draining week. Besides every aspect of all of our lives being upended, we at WhichCraft had to reduce hours for most of our employees down to zero. We haven’t formally laid anyone off, as we love our staff and will (hopefully) continue to employ them (when) things get back to “normal,” whatever that means going forward. Our heads and hearts go out to those more acutely affected than we are: people who are already sick, or who are in the most crucial potential affected populations. We can get through this by being smart, keeping our distance, and supporting each other.

Our plan until May 1st based on Mayor Adler’s order to close all dine-in restaurants and bars is as follows:
• Packaged beer, wine, and cider to-go is ok
• Coffee to-go is ok, though no personal cups/mugs
• Crowlers to-go are ok (though no filling of glass growlers)
• Sandwiches to-go while we can still source ingredients, though this may be suspended based on supply chain issues
• No Tacodeli tacos for the foreseeable future
• 8am until 9pm operating hours all days of the week
• We’re asking customers to wait for prepared items (coffee, sandwiches, crowlers) outside, where they can keep a safe 6-foot distance between themselves and other customers & staff
• No more than FIVE customers in-store at any given time for the same reason as above
• We’re of course following all cleaning, sanitizing, hand-washing and cleanliness protocols laid out by the CDC and Austin Public Health. We’re even sanitizing your credit cards and pens for you! (CC only by the way… no cash)

The nature of our packaged beer assortment doesn’t easily allow for call-in or online orders, just based on the quantity of items we have in stock. So that’s why we’re still allowing customers inside to shop for beer but being smart about waiting outside when applicable.

WhichCraft management has offered to pay our employees fully through the end of this current week (Sun 3/22) for the shifts that they would have worked this week but couldn’t, inclusive both of hourly wages AND expected average historical tip amounts. BUT please know that any and all tips you provide (obviously) go directly to the employees, and any additional $$$ you tip this week we immensely appreciate and are extremely grateful for.

You’ve likely read every opinion on earth about this scenario so I don’t feel the need to add my thoughts. Just know that WhichCraft will continue to operate in this tough time and continue to be a resource for craft beer lovers in Austin.

See y’all soon–
Jody Reyes,
Founder & CEO, WhichCraft

New Beers This Week

Back In Stock: Lone Pint Jabberwocky IPA, 5 Stones Joyful Sol Kolsch, 5 Stones Braunfelsner Pils, 5 Stones Back From Bridge City.

Yokefellow Ilk – “ordinary pale beer” / Austin, TX / Availability: Good

TUPPS Evil Dankster IPA – Brewed with distilled Azacca and El Dorado Hop Oils.  7% ABV / McKinney, TX / Availability: Good

903 Coconut Macaroon  – Tasty Pastry Stout.  10.8% ABV / Sherman, TX / Availability: Great

Clown Shoes Haze Cake –  Haze Cake is our latest addition to the Space Cake family. Wheat joins the signature Space Cake malt bill of sweet notes and shockingly smooth flavor, adding a fuller mouthfeel and hazy appearance in this Hazy Double IPA. Multiple dry hoppings of Mosaic and Citra make this beer a powerfully aromatic and tropically engaging tale of laser-aided rescue. 9% ABV / Boston, MA / Availability: Good

Clown Shoes Hephaestus –  Collaboration with The Blacksmith’s espresso with the Good, the Bad, and the Unidragon from Clown Shoes. A coffee-infused Russian Imperial Stout.  12.5% ABV / Boston, MA / Availability: Good

Lone Pint Beer Keeper – Mead Braggot (Braggot is a form of mead made with both honey and barley malt. It typically uses 1/3 or more malt and may have as much as 50% malt.) 7.3% ABV / Magnolia, TX / Availability: Decent

Austin Beerworks Invisible Hand – ThisHazy IPA is bursting with tropical aromatics and juicy flavor. But no fruit was added. It’s just hops and yeast working together to create this beautiful hazy baby. Do not shake.  7% ABV/ Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

5 Stones Eleazar – IPA dry-hopped with Azacca and Cashmere. While not as “sexy” relative to name recognition as Citra, Galaxy, etc the combination of Azacca and Cashmere connect well to present a profile chock-full of fruit and citrus  6.8% ABV/ New Braunfels, TX / Availability: Good

5 Stones Galaxy Shepherd – IPA dry-hopped with Citra and Galaxy  6.8% ABV/ New Braunfels, TX / Availability: Good

New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

St. Elmo Carl Kolsch – Carl is our best friend. He should probably be your best friend too.  4.6% / Austin, TX 

Friends & Allies Hilltopper Bock – Rock out with your bock out. 5.5% ABV / Austin, TX

Hitmaker HIllcountry Haze –  Hazy IPA. 6.8% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Good

Offshoot DDH Relax –  Relax is the perfect name for this hazy IPA because it’s impossible not to when you’re drinking it. We use a combination of fruit-forward hops like Citra and Amarillo along with Centennial and Simcoe, to impart fruity, tropical and citrus notes, and London III yeast to give it that soft, round mouthfeel. DDH Relax is juiced up even more with the second addition of hops. This smooth IPA drinks like a breeze.  6.8 % ABV / Placentia, CA

Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb – Strawberry Rhubarb Sour is a gift for the senses. Strawberry is the yin to rhubarb’s yang—the sweet to the tart. This beautiful partnership creates a beer that glows ruby in the glass, bursts with strawberry aroma, and bites with every sip. Bright and effervescent, this sour is a fun and refreshing, lip-puckering treat perfect for every occasion, any time of the year. 6.4% ABV / Denver, CO

Southern Heights Tahitian Dreamin’ – This majestic beauty tasting like a tropical voyage to the end of a rainbow. Brewed with Citra, Centennial, Simcoe, and happiness. No reservations or tickets needed.  6.5% ABV/ Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

St. Arnold’s French Press – French Press is an imperial coffee porter brewed with Java Pura Coffee Roasters Espresso blend coffee. It pours dark brown/black color with a creamy and tan head. It has a bold chocolate and coffee flavor and aroma with a balanced roast bitterness and mild sweetness. It finishes with a nice balance of coffee and a slight chocolaty sweetness that doesn’t build and keeps you coming back for another sip.  9.4% ABV/ Houston, TX

Austin Beerworks Put It All On 29 – Hazy Black IPA.  7% ABV/ Austin, TX

This Week’s Specials

  • New Brewery of the Month Alert! Houston’s own SpindleTap Brewing Co.  Enjoy such crushable six-packs as the Hoptown Gusher IPA, Honey Hole ESB,  and the Boomtown Blonde — each just $6.99

Parking at WhichCraft Mueller. The garage behind us on McBee is free to use.

Scandalously Good Times — Lakewood’s Salted Caramel and BBT Temptress Stouts!

This Saturday (1/18) starting at 4 pm, things get sultry at our Taproom when Lakewood Brewing Co. graces us with two unique variants of the ever-popular Temptress Milk Stout. On tap, we’ll have their sinfully sweet Salted Caramel Temptress, as well as the mature, boozy Bourbon Barrel-aged Temptress. If these two stouts aren’t enough to knock your socks off, we are also sampling bottles of their Droid Rage imperial red ale and Cold Front winter IPA. Don’t forget: If you buy the beer we’ll let you keep the glass. 

Don’t forget about STOUT WEEK. From January 18th to the 25th WhichCraft will be your go-to spot for all things dark n tasty. We’re kicking things off with a Lakewood Salted Caramel and Bourbon Barrel Temptress pint night Saturday, January 18th, and will be releasing a special — secret — case of stout bottles from our cellar each day of the week (while supplies last). Stay tuned to our social media for each day’s unique release!

Brewery of the Month: 4th Tap Brewing Co!  Enjoy such crushable six-packs as the Kung Fu Robot IPA, +2 Vitality Blonde, and Can You Dig It? Amber — each just $6.99

 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room

Saturday, Jan 18th

4-7pm Lakewood stops by to sample both their Salted Caramel and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tempress stouts. We’ll also be pouring samples of their Droid Rage Imperial Red and Cold Front winter IPA. Bought the beer? Keep the glass.

New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Adelbert’s Darkness Come Alive, Oskar Blues Can-O-Bliss

Adelbert’s West Coaster Double IPA – Hoppy, piney West Coast Double IPA 6.8% ABV / Austin, TX/Availability: Good

Brooklyn Rosé De Ville – Limited release spritzy sour ale brewed with tart raspberries. 5.8% ABV / Brooklyn, NW /Availability: Good

Fantastic Haze Imperial IPA– Filled with five hop varieties (including Amarillo, Azacca, and Chinook) and loads of malt, oats, and wheat. Some may call that absurd. Sierra Nevada calls it absurdly fantastic! 9% ABV / Chico, CA / Availability: Decent

Odell Hammer Chain – Named after the spinning blades of our custom-built machine that pulverizes each whole-flower hop, Hammer Chain is brewed with meticulously sourced, vibrant American hop varieties. 8% ABV / Fort Collins, CO /Availability: Decent 

903 Mississippi Mud– Rich, Double-Imperial Stout 10.5% ABV / San Antonio, TX /Availability: Good

903 Cherry Chocolate Reserve Stout – Cherry Chocolate Reserve is packed with an awesome combo of flavors that can’t be beaten! A double dose of chocolate, wild cherry, and finished off with oak, can you say delicious?! 15% ABV / Sherman, TX/Availability: Decent (Friday)

Blue Owl Can’t Quit You Hazy IPA – This year’s Sour Hazy IPA is brewed using three different hops: Azacca, Citra, and El Dorado. 7.6% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

3 Nations Devout (Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout) –  Cinnamon forward, Mexican Hot chocolate-inspired imperial stout. 8.3% ABV / Carrollton, TX /Availability: Decent (Friday)

Vista Golden Grove – Golden wild ale aged in Texas wine barrels and refermented with blood orange and tangerine. 8% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

Thirsty Planet Silverback – Pale ale. Light caramel sweetness with a warming peppery hop finish. 6.2% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Decent

Deschutes Wowza – Embrace the impossible. Light finish, full-flavored, medium bitterness yet crushable, citrusy hazy pale ale will make you say… 4% ABV / Portland, OR / Availability: Good

New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Moontower Miel – Miel is a fruit-forward cyser, an uncommon pairing of a dry tart cider with a tannic coffee-rich honey mead leavened with a squeeze of lemon. Try it with your favorite harvest vegetables and smoked fish.  6.9% ABV / Austin, TX

Austin Beerworks Megaflora– Double New England Style IPA brewed with historic amounts of Sabro, El Dorado, Galaxy, Azacca, and Citra. 7.9% ABV / Austin, TX

ABGB Rocket 100 – ABGB’s interpretation of lagers brewed by German Immigrants to Texas before Prohibition. Prost! 6.3% ABV / Brooklyn, NY

2019 Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress – Hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, and roasted coffee intertwine for a boozy, dangerously smooth treat. 11% ABV / Garland, TX

This Week’s Specials

  • Brewery of the Month: Enjoy such crushable six-packs as the Kung Fu Robot IPA, +2 Vitality Blonde, and Can You Dig It? Amber — each just $6.99

  • WhichCraft Happy Hour: Mueller’s favorite afternoon activity, 4-6 pm. Check the big board for our latest specials.

Parking at WhichCraft Mueller. The garage behind us on McBee is free to use.