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.

Don’t Be a Dumb Dumb — Drink Whitestone’s Numb Numb TIPA!

numb numb juice at whichcraft

TONIGHT (12/5) Firestone Walker stops by to pour two not-for-the-faint-of-heart ales. First up, the Double Jack, a dangerously drinkable double IPA clocking in at a whopping 9.5% ABV. Second up is the one, the only, the MOLE MERKIN bourbon barrel-aged milk stout. Inspired by the traditional Mexican dish, this warm & fuzzy brew features notes of cinnamon and cocoa nibs, as well as the kick of Pyua chili. Lastly, we have the Bretta Tangerine, a Berliner Weisse style wheat beer fermented with tangerines (plus a brightly funky blend of Brettanomyces).  Trust us, you’re not gonna wanna miss this one.

Also, this Friday (12/6) the mad scientists behind Cedar Park’s staple brewing co., Whitestone stop by to pour frosty pints of their latest libation — Numb Numb Juice, an imperial hazy IPA made brewed collaboration with Flix Brewhouse.  With its funny name and serious ABV, this 10% IPA was made with “a big batch of pineapple and orange juice, and is loaded with 4 different hop varieties. Did you by the beer? Why don’t you go ahead and keep the glass — free of charge.

Lastly, Just like the indie-pop band FUN suggests, our Brewery of the Month deal is carrying on! Enjoy Six-Packs from Independence, including their Up & Down coffee blonde, Native Texas Pilsner, Power & Light Session IPA, and Red Bud Berliner Weisse — each just $6.99.


 Special Events at WhichCraft Tap Room

Thursday, Dec 5th

5-8pm Firestone Walker stops by to sample out the Double Jack Double IPA as well as the Mole Merkin milk stout. 

Friday, Dec 6th

5-8pm Whitestone Brewing Co. brings the juicy party to WhichCraft. Enjoy cold pints of their latest heavy hazy creation, Numb Numb juice IPA! We’ll also be pouring samples of their Melted Snowman Winter Warmer. See ya there!


New Beers This Week

Back in stock: Adelbert’s Darkness Comes Alive, Real Ale DDH AXIS IPA, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy

4th Tap Neopolitain Supernaut – 4th Tap’s legendary Supernaut imperial stout, now in a sweet, tri-flavored, Neopolitan variant.  12% ABV / Austin, TX/Availability: Good

Boulevard Plaid Habit – Born a double-mashed imperial brown ale, then matured for 13 months in freshly emptied 10-year Canadian rye whiskey barrels, this sturdy ale features checkered notes of rich vanilla, charred oak, warming whiskey and spicy rye. 12.5% ABV / Kansas City, MO /Availability: Good

Whitestone Melted Snowman – Winter Warmer brewed with Oats and German Caramel malt. Spiced with Cinnamon and Nutmeg in the fermenter.  7.5% ABV / Ceder Park, TX / Availability: Good

Saint Arnold 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 / Availability: Decent (one six-pack per person) 

Saint Arnold Bourbon Barrel French Press–  Bourbon barrel French Press, aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. 9.9% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Limited (one single per person) 

Oskar Blues Austiner Weisse  – Crushable Berliner Weisse brew with a touch of Austin weird. 3% ABV / Longmont, CO / Availability: Decent

Lagunitas Willettized Coffee Stout (2019) –  Feat. Willett Distillery Bourbon and Rye Barrel aging. It’s a chocolatey, coffee-y, smoky, Bourbon-y beast of a barrel-aged thing. Word.  12.4% ABV / Petaluma, CA / Availability: Good

Brewery Ommegang My Watch Has Ended – Season 8 might have sucked but this beer is pretty great! Imperial Brown Ale brewed with maple syrup and fenugreek.   8% ABV / Cooperstown, NY / Availability: Decent

Cigar City Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale – This Brown Ale is brewed with a heaping amount of Cubano-style espresso beans, vanilla, and cacao nibs. Rich coffee notes dominate this beer, while it finds balance with a smooth malty backbone. Pairs well with arroz con leche and, of course, a delicate shot of Cubano espresso. 5.5% ABV / Tampa, FL / Availability: Good

Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale (2019) – This seasonal beer is a limited edition brewed for the short days and long nights of winter. The full body resulting from fermentation in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ and the luxurious malt character, which will appeal to a broad range of drinkers, is balanced against whole-dried Fuggle and Golding hops with nuances and complexities that should be contemplated before an open fire. 6% ABV / Tadcaster, North Yorkshire England / Availability: Good

HopFusion Pom Wizard – Pomegranate and tangerine gose. 4.49% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Good

DESTIHL Wild Sour Series: Triple Berry – Sour ale with blackberry, blueberry, raspberry & lactose. 5.2% ABV / Normal, IL / Availability: Good (Friday)

DESTIHL PRIVYET – Privyet, which is Russian for ʻhiʼ or ʻheyʼ, is the base beer for DESTIHL’s award-winning, bourbon barrel-aged Dosvidanya®. Even though this beer isnʼt aged in oak barrels, it greets you with a color as dark as night, a thick, tan head & predominant characters of dark chocolate and roasted malts with abundant fruity esters. Generous hop additions balance the maltiness of this beer, along with a mouthfeel that is rich, creamy, full and smooth. Ypa! 11.4% ABV / Normal, IL / Availability: Good (Friday)

Southern Star Octobrist – Russian Imperial Stout. 10% ABV / Conroe, TX / Availability: Decent


New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Taproom

Full Draft List Available on our Website

Adelbert’s Darkness Comes Alive – Horchata Coffee Milk Porter featuring Cuvee Coffee cold brew. 6% ABV / Austin, TX

Hedgehog DDH Hoptimism –  Double Dry-Hopped version of Hoptimism. Soft and citrusy with Citra, Simcoe, and Ekuanot hops.  6.2% ABV /Austin, TX

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

St. Arnold Honey Agave Cider – Honey Agave Cider has a bright apple flavor and aroma along with big floral, melon, and citrus notes. The agave and Burleson’s honey combine to create a nice sweetness, complementing the tart apple flavor and delivering a balanced finish. 5.9% ABV / Houston, TX

ABGB Industry Pils – 2016 GABF GOLD (German-style Pilsener) 4.9% ABV / Austin, TX

St. Elmo Roxanne – Kettle Sour with Pink Guava. 6.3 % ABV/ Austin, TX


This Week’s Specials

  • Everyone welcome our new brewery of the month! Enjoy Six-Packs from Independence, including their Up & Down coffee blonde, Native Texas Pilsner, Power & Light Session IPA, and Red Bud Berliner Weisse — each just $6.99.
  • WhichCraft Happy Hour: Mueller’s favorite afternoon activity, 4-6pm. Check the big board for our latest specials.

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