Well, howdy y’all. Things are dropping in your inbox a touch later than normal… I’ve found myself somewhat reflective today, searching for the right words. It genuinely shocks me that August has begun and we’re barreling through it just as we have this whole year. Perhaps it’s because I, and possibly you, am still left in a state of shock from the juxtaposition of last year’s detour to this year’s new normal?
So, what’s that got to do with the store you ask? First off, we’ve rearranged the store to feel more open, airy, and welcoming. We want our service to be predicated on ease and graciousness. Everyone is welcome, and we all deserve good beer & wine. That’s the foundation for every interaction with every customer. Hopefully our new arrangement better helps to facilitate that.
As the world settles down from one in flux, so too has our team. We’re taking the month of August as an opportunity to dial in what we do best: bringing you the beverages you love. The goal is to elevate our service to an even higher standard as we move into the fall season. We are looking forward to bringing you more events, more beer, more wine, and more food options. It’ll be the WhichCraft you’ve come to love & enjoy, but even better!
Next Thursday and Friday we’ve got some friends stopping by the store! The fine folks from AquaBrew down in San Marcos will be in Thursday for a pint night. Then, on Friday, Austin’s own Blue Northern Seltzer will be in doing a package tasting of their portfolio. Also add Saturday, August 21st to your calendars for Owl’s Brew. It’s a Boozy Tea company from master tea sommeliers Jennie Ripps and Maria Littlefield. It’s fun. It’s new. Most importantly, it’s tasty. The rest of August is definitely going to satiate our thirst during this Texas summer heatwave.
New and Returning Beers This Week
Blue Owl Kokomo Royale Smoothie -Bursting with bright tropical fruits alongside rich spices of vanilla & allspice lend to a tropical cocktail flavor. The addition of fruit pectin gives this smoothie beer a thick body and the milk sugar a creamy mouthfeel. 8% ABV
Dutchess Ales G.B. Pale Ale -G.B. is a ‘hybrid’ pale ale made to suit both our English and West Coast sensibilities. Brewed with a variety of US and UK malts and hops. Ghost Beer also features a hybrid yeast that allows this bright, zesty pale ale to drink a bit like a refreshing Kölsch. 4.8% ABV
Dutchess Ales Ketzer Helles -Ketzer Lager is a Franconian inspired Helles Kellerbier. Reflecting the pure balance, nuance, and quality found in this traditional style, Ketzer is brewed with German Pilsner malt, just a kiss of Vienna and Light Munich and hopped with selected Perle, Hallertau Mittelfrüh, and Saphir hops. A gentle biscuit malt character and a noble floral, spicy hop aroma prevails with notes of wildflower honey, citrus zest, alpine herbs and a hint of peppercorn. To ensure a classic mouthfeel and expressive minerality, Ketzer is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. 4.8% ABV
Dutchess Ales Parallax -Inspired by the classic Cuban cocktail, refreshing blend of mint and lime. 6%ABV
Panther Island Sour Summageez -A delicious unfiltered American Wheat beer with hand picked Parker County peaches and a touch of locally sourced honey. 6% ABV
Equal Parts Saharan Dust -Inspired by the classic Cuban cocktail, refreshing blend of mint and lime. 6%ABV
Adelbert’s October Rust -Traditional German style Marzen featuring Munich malt and Saaz hops. 5.3% ABV
Great Divide Double Juicy IPA -Another orbit around the sun produced another otherworldly addition to our Tank Farm Series. This Double Juicy IPA is brewed with an otherworldly amount of Strata hops and complemented with additions of Azacca hops. The intrepid drinker will immediately discover huge notes of peach candy, mango and pineapple with hints of berry at the finish. This is truly an extraterrestrial sensory experience. 8% ABV
Owl’s Brew Boozy Tea Darjeeling Tea & Hibiscus -Organic Darjeeling and Hibiscus are fresh-brewed together for the base of this delicious blend. 4.8% ABV
Real Ale 25th Anniversary Golden Stout -Inspired by the classic Cuban cocktail, refreshing blend of mint and lime. 6%ABV
Toppling Goliath King Sue -This full-bodied, hazy double IPA is Citra-hopped with a juicy combination of mango, orange, and pineapple flavors finishing with a grapefruit aroma and ferocious bite. 7.8% ABV
Tupps Neon Shades Fruit Punch -Neon Shades Sour Ale Seasonal brewed with Raspberry, Papaya, Blackberry, Pineapple, Cherry and Guava purees. 5.1% ABV
Austin Beerworks Super Awesome -A super clean and easy to drink helles lager. Winner of the GABF Gold Medal in the Light Lager category. 4.5%ABV
Martin House The Last Girl Scout Two Pack -Whiskey Barrel-Aged thin mint stout. 12% ABV
Martin House Mega Fast Jellyfish -Imperial Pineapple Sour with Lactose. 10% ABV
Belching Beaver Buenos Tiempos -Mexican-style lager, 4.8% ABV
Blue Norther Wild Blackberry -Pleasant blush color thanks to the natural blackberry juice. It’s been called so fresh it’s “like drinking blackberry right off the vine!” 5% ABV
Independence Peach Emoji -Sour ale with peaches and black tea. 6.5% ABV
Bell’s Double Two Hearted -A double IPA. With two and a half times the amount of Centennial hops, Double Two Hearted® has intense pine and citrus notes, a resinous hop aroma and rich malt character. ABV 11%
Fairweather Cider Porron Zone -Spanish-style cider, funky and zippy! 6% ABV
New Wines This Week
(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)
Escandalo Semillón 2020 -Escandalo Old Vines Semillon showcases bright aromas of apples, jasmine, laurel, honey and toasted bread, that lead onto a soft and rounded palate, concluding with a long dry finish with a burst of fruit. Organic & Natural.
Escandalo began in 2013 as a project to highlight old, abandoned vineyards (60-200yo) around Colchagua, Itata, Maule, and beyond. Mauricio searches out these old plots & the work in the vineyards remains extremely traditional with no chemicals used in the vines (only organic treatments or plant and citrus extracts the farmers have used for generations) and all harvesting is done by hand.
In the cellar, everything is allowed to ferment spontaneously, and there is no fining or filtration, and only small additions of SO2 before bottling. These are honest wines with great purity and freshness, proving that these old vineyards and traditional methods are still the best way to show off the amazing viticultural history of Chile. 13.8% ABV
Prima Piuma Monferrato Rosso 2019 – A fantastic wine to pair with summer foods! The nose shows touches of pressed violets and cranberries. Well-structured and unique through the palate with ripe strawberries and silky cranberries. It’s a complex and fun wine without the complex price tag! 14% ABV
Xalera Negre 2019 – Xalera Vi Negre (Catalan for “red wine”) is composed of organically farmed Garnatxa, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, planted at 300-350m altitude on Terra Alta’s special panal soils (silty loam with high limestone content and layers of gypsum). The grapes are de-stemmed and given a brief temperature-controlled maceration, fermented in stainless steel, and bottled early in search for tension and freshness. It is easy-drinking, food-friendly, and fun, with light, juicy berry fruit, inflected with vegetal and herbal notes. 13.5% ABV
Bass Note Blackberry Sage Sangria – Blackberry and Sage-flavored sangria. 11% ABV
New Draft Beers This Week
(On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)
Live Oak Pre-War Pils– After the repeal of prohibition, World War I still loomed large in public consciousness. Consequently, these beers were commonly known as “pre-war” pilsners. This 1912 recipe, mashed with one-third corn grits in a cereal decoction mash is a fine example of american early 1900s brewing. 5% ABV
Family Business Westie Kolsch – Delicate in both mouthfeel and flavor, and brilliant in appearance. Subtle notes of white grape, fresh flowers, and pear coalesce with a crackery, cereal-like sweetness to create a clean summertime ale that’s as quaffable as they come. 4.7% ABV
Roughhouse Treeform IPA– Their IPA embraces its wild yeast character with a rustic mix of floral and spicy aromas complemented by a dry, grassy, and lightly hopped flavor. 6%ABV
Lakewood French Toast Temptress– “Y’all want some breakfast?” joked Wim Bens, Founder and President. This time of year calls for a decadent beer and French Toast Temptress checks all the boxes. This newest release is slightly sweeter than regular Temptress with extra vanilla and lots of Grade A maple syrup and a hint of cinnamon. It’s the best part of waking up! 9.1%
Parking at WhichCraft Mueller. The garage behind us on McBee is free to use.