WhichCraft Beer Store has always been committed to promoting the unique characteristics of craft beer. We make an effort to educate and inform our customers in a way that encourages their fascination, and motivates them to explore the vast world of craft beer. To that end, we have partnered with Aviary Wine & Kitchen and a number of businesses that promote craft products to bring you A Taste of Texas, beer and food pairing. During two sessions on Saturday, November 5th, participants will be guided through a curated tasting of Texas craft beers, paired side by side with local cheeses from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop and cured meats from Austin local butcher shops. The result will be an exploration into local flavors with a focus on Texas’ craft food culture. We invite you to be a part of this experience. Tickets for both the 2:30pm and 5:00pm Sessions can be found on Eventbrite.
Christmas is right around the corner and WhichCraft Beer Store is gearing up with pre-sales of our annual advent calendars. These customized cases are a great way to make the holidays even more festive by surprising you with a new beer every day leading up to Christmas! Full details on WhichCraft’s Advent Calendar pre-sale can be found on our Blog. These calendars are a huge hit every year, but only a limited number are available so place your orders now. Purchases can be made either in person or over the phone. A valid form of ID will be required to pick up your calendars. Cheers!
It’s that time of year again! Our favorite German-ish town to the south is throwing their annual sausage-and-polka-and-lederhosen-and-beer event…Wurstfest! WhichCraft Beer Store will once again be organizing a shuttle to and from the event, and we’ll be hitting a few breweries along the way. The trip was a HUGE success last year and we expect it to be even more fun this year. This shindig kicks off at 12:00PM on Saturday, November 12th, and tickets are $60 per person. More info and tickets can be found on our Eventbrite page.
We at WhichCraft Beer Store are looking forward to attending this years Austin Homebrew Festival, taking place on November 4th at Saengerrunde Hall. In many ways, home brewers drive the craft beer industry forward by innovating on existing styles of beer, as well as exploring new ones. The Austin Homebrewers Festival is an opportunity for home brewers around central Texas to meet, collaborate and most importantly… Drink! Tickets for the festival are on sale now and, as a supporter of WhichCraft, Austin Homebrew Festival is giving you the chance to save on admission. Just follow this link to the festival’s Eventbrite page to take advantage of this exclusive promotion. More information on AHF can be found on the their website.
Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Thursday October 20th – TONIGHT!
Niles from Twisted X Brewing will be in the house to pour free samples of their entire lineup of beers in their newly redesigned cans.
Friday, October 21st
We have Josh from Meridian Hive Meadery stopping by the shop to serve up free tasters of Rhapsody, Haven and Discover (all of them now in Cans), as well as their ever popular Meadowfoam.
Saturday, October 22nd
12-2pm – All the way from Cooperstown, New York, we will be hosting the gang from Ommegang for a special daytime tasting. Included in the lineup will be three beers from their Game of Thrones series, and their Great Beyond Double IPA.
6-8pm – Rahr & Sons will be behind the bar to serve up free samples of Ugly Pug, The Fort Worth, Pride of Texas and their GABF gold medal winning Oktoberfest.
Monday, October 24th
Hunter from Abita Brewing will be stopping by to guide a free tasting of Big Easy IPA, Peach Harvest Lager, Turbo Dog, Wrought Iron and possibly one more selection.
Wednesday, October 26th
WhichCraft Beer Store is kicking off Austin Craft Beer week with Cedar Creek Brewing and a free tasting of Dankosaurus IPA, Patio Pounder and Lawn Ranger.
Thursday, October 27th
Our friends from Artisanal Imports will be stopping by to guide us through a free tasting of, as of yet, undisclosed beers. Fans of traditional Belgian styles should not miss this!
New Beers This Week
Back in Stock: Schilling Grumpy Bear, Oskar Blues Death by Coconut, Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin, Southern Star Bombshell Blonde, Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug, Rahr & Sons Pride of Texas, Uinta Tangerine Hop Nosh, ToOl Black Maria, El Gobernado Sidra Natural, Hops & Grain Greenhouse.
Knee Deep Variety 6pk – Knee deep has been setting a standard for hop-forward west coast IPAs. Now, try six of their most celebrated labels in a convenient 12oz format. Breaking Bud, Simtra, Lupulin River, Hop-Trio, Hoptologist and Citra. Auburn, CA / Availability: Decent
Blue Owl Van Dayum! 4pk CANS- version of a sour red that pays homage to the traditional Flemish/Flanders style. Santé! Balanced red ale. Malty, with biscuit, caramel, and dark fruit character and a moderate sour finish. 6.1% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Limited
Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest – Rahr’s Oktoberfest Celebration Lager is a traditional Marssen style Oktobefest lager – dark amber in color, super smooth, medium body with a sweet malty finish. True to tradition, this is a classic Oktoberfest Lager. Gold Medal winner at Great American Beer Fest. 5.5% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Good
Wild Beer Bliss – a Wild interpretation of a classic style by adding a dash of funky Brettanomyces yeast plus roasted apricots and a hush-hush blend of spices. All of this makes for an extraordinary beer with an array of aromas that leap out of the glass followed by a spicy, fruity, tart and peppery palate and a long lingering finish. 6% ABV / Shepton Mallet, England / Availability: Decent
Guadalupe Gruene – A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character. 5.6% ABV / New Braunfels, TX / Availability: Good
Sierra Nevada Torpedo CANS – Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA; bold, assertive and full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops. 7.2% ABV / Chico, CA / Ratebeer 97 / Availability: Good
Sierra Nevada Northern Wet Hop – This Harvest Ale features “wet” or un-dried whole-cone hops from Yakima, WA that are plucked from the vine and delivered to our brewery within 24 hours of picking. 6.7% ABV / Chico, CA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent
Ommegang Valar Dohaeris – Brewed with pils, wheat and oats, flaked barley, and hopped with noble hops. It pours a beautiful copper-tinted hue with a full, fluffy white head. 9% ABV / Cooperstown, NY / Ratebeer 89 / Availability: Good
Founders Harvest – This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a large puffy white two-finger head. First sip of this beer rewards with a super juicy hop presence bursting with fresh orange and lemon citrus then continues to introduce toasted malt undertones. 7.6% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent
Real Ale Coffee Porter – A rich, robust porter with a dry finish. Brewed with organic hops, malted barley, and Ruta Maya Shade Grown organic coffee beans from Chiapas, Mexico. 5.6% ABV / Blanco, TX / Ratebeer 91 / Availability: Good
Real Ale ESB – Real Ale ESB pours a deep copper color and has an enticing aroma of fruit and caramel, with a subtle earthiness. 5.5% ABV / Blanco, TX / Availability: Good
Lagunitas Nighttime – NightTime is dark and deep and may take you to unexpected places. 7.9% ABV / Petaluma, CA / Ratebeer 98 / Availability: Good
Victory Dirtwolf – Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. 8.7% ABV / Downingtown, PA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Decent
5 Stones Rain on the Scarecrow – Farmhouse ale brewed with Amarillo hops and fermented with a blend of cultured saccharomyces and brettanomyces. 5.2% ABV / Cibolo, TX / Availability: Good
JK’s Scrumpy Orchard Gate Gold – Orchard Gate Gold is fermented naturally in small artisanal batches from a proprietary blend of organic apples grown at the Koan Family Orchards in Michigan. 6% ABV / Flushing, MI / Availability: Good
Sam Adams Winter Lager – Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice. The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. 5.6% ABV / Boston, MA / Beeradvocate 82 / Availability: Good
Deschutes Jubel Ale – A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. 6.7% ABV / Bend, OR / Ratebeer 94 / Availability: Good
Epic Big Bad Baptist – It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs. 12.7% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Limited
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale – A rich, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer. 7% ABV / Houston, TX / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Decent
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Free Meridian Hive Meadery Tasting! Details Above.
Free Rahr & Sons Brewing Tasting! Details Above.