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 may 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 are on sale now at the festival’s Eventbrite page, and more information can be found on the AHF website.
Last weekend’s Brazos Valley Mama Tried special was such a success that we’ve decided to extend it another week. From now through Sunday, Mama Tried IPA six packs are only $6.99. This IPA is so hoppy it’s downright criminal. Prepare to have your taste buds assaulted by Citra hops. Don’t tell our Mamas, Please! This deal is only available while supplies last so hurry in.
Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Thursday October 13th – TONIGHT!
All the way from Woodinville, Washington, Locust Cider will be in the shop to sample out their full array of ciders. Come introduce yourself to the newest cidery to distribute in Texas.
Friday, October 14th
Andy Gibson, a brewer for Wild Beer Company will be behind the bar to pour free samples of their full lineup of delicious, funky beers.
Saturday, October 15th
12-2pm – Our good friend Arjit from Flood Distributing will be stopping by to serve up free samples of of the delicious and crisp cider from EZ Orchard. If you haven’t tried these ciders yet, then you wont want to miss this.
6-8pm – We will be hosting our friends from Hi Hat Public House for a special Oktoberfest beer & food pairing. Hi Hat will be supplying their delicious homemade pretzels and we will be pairing them with Real Ale Oktoberfest, Seguin Oktoberfest, Shiner Oktoberfest and Sam Adams Octoberfest.
Tuesday, October 18th
Saint Arnold will be behind the bar to host a free tasting and help us release this year’s batch of Pumpkinator. We will have free tasters of the new Icon Red Altbier, Art Car IPA, 2012 Barley Wine, 2016 and 2015 Pumpkinator.
Wednesday, October 19th
Megan from Freetail Brewing will be here to serve up free tasters of their new Watermelon Bexarliner, Oktoberfest, Rye Wit and Freetail Original.
Thursday, October 20th
Twisted X will be in the house to pour free samples of their entire lineup of beers in their newly redesigned cans.
New Beers This Week
Back in Stock: Anderson Valley Holy Gose, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’, Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeeks, Anderson Valley Huge Arker, Gigantic Pipe Wrench Gin Barrel, Gigantic IPA, Clown Shoes Archdruid, Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood, Karbach Quintuple IPA,
Oskar Blues Death By Coconut – Intense fresh cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. This limited release specialty comes around once a year to satisfy that sweet tooth, so get ’em while you can before they disappear. 6.5% ABV / Lyons, CO / Beeradvocate 92 / Availability: Very Limited /
Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose – a tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with sea salt and coriander. However, unlike traditional versions of the style, this one features liberal additions of blood oranges during fermentation. This imparts tangy citrus notes that complement the champagne-like flavors, creating a complex and sessionable ale perfect for any occasion. 4.2% ABV / Boonville, CA / Ratebeer 89 / Availability: Good
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Stout – Aged for three months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character. 6.9% ABV / Boonville, CA / Ratebeer 96 / Availability: Decent
Gigantic Skrilla Hoppy Pale – Lay your dollar down on this refreshingly hoppy summer pale. Bask in the bright beautiful citrus from Citra, Crystal and Simcoe hops. 5.5% ABV / Portland, OR / Availability: Good
Gigantic Lustrous Saison – Lustrous is a golden, effervescent and refreshing farmhouse ale with a kiss of orange peel and dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops. Fermented with French saison yeast, the beer has bright citrus, with peppery and floral notes with a dry finish. 8% ABV / Portland, OR / Availability: Good
Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter – Beer with roasted pecans and partially bourbon barreled to create a decadent tribute to autumn. 7% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Good
Kukko Pilsner (Gluten Free) – gluten reduced beer. Introduced in its current form in 2001. Heavily hopped, golden yellow, barley malt with a rich and pure white foam. 4.5% ABV / Laitila, Finland / Availability: Good
Uinta Funk’n Patch – Part of Uinta’s new Wild ale program and feature that great barnyard funkiness from the Brett combined with sweet malts and pumpkin spices. A nice sour pumpkin ale. 8% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Availability: Limited
Uinta Pit Stop – Kettle soured apricot IPA. 4% ABV / Salt Lake City, UT / Ratebeer 91 / Availability: Decent
Founders PC Pils – Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics. 5.5% ABV / Grand Rapids, MI / Beeradvocate 85 / Availability: Good
Victory Winter Wheat – A wheat ale, combining German wheat and barley malts, oats, torrified wheat and whole flower Tettnang and Citra hops, this fruity and warming holiday brew delivers a refreshing finish, with spicy hints of banana, clove and citrus. 6.7% ABV / Downingtown, PA / Availability: Good
Sierra Nevada Narwhal – This malt-forward monster is bold – with notes of baker’s cocoa, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex, rich, and intense and will develop in the bottle for years to come. 10.2% ABV / Chico, CA / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Limited
Freetail Watermelon Bexarliner – Brewed to a higher gravity, refermented on sweet, fresh watermelons and finished with a dose of lime juice for good measure. 6.1% ABV / San Antonio, CA / Availability: Good
New Belgium Blue Paddle – Blue Paddle Pilsener-Lager, is a Czech style pilsner with a refreshing crispness from noble hops and a rich, malty finish. 4.8% ABV / Fort Collins, CO / Availability: Good
Texian Charlie Foxtrot – Charlie Foxtrot is an “Imperial” Berliner Weisse brewed to combat the Texas heat. This sour wheat beer is tart and dry with citrus and peachy notes from the sour fermentation. 7.5% ABV / Richmond, TX / Ratebeer 85 / Availability: Good
Texian The Invincible – Cloudy, citrusy, delicious! 8% ABV / Richmond, TX / Availability: good
Buffalo Bayou Pumpkin Spice Latte – Buffalo Bayou takes their Gingerbread Stout, mashes in pumpkins and then ages it on Amaya’s Coffee like they do for Buffalo Sunset. 9.5% ABV / Houston, TX / Availability: Good
Boulevard Snow & Tell – Snow & Tell is composed of base pale malt, crystal/caramel malt, amber malt and just a touch of Beechwood smoked malt from Germany. At just under 1% of the total malt bill, the smoked malt lends subtle complexity without overpowering the layers of caramel and toffee flavors contributed by the crystal malt. Hopped with Magnum, Chinook and Styrian Goldings, Snow & Tell sees brief aging on medium toasted oak chips at the end of fermentation. 6.3% ABV / Kansas City, MO / Beeradvocate 82 / Availability: Good
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad (Now in 4pks) – Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore. 11.8% ABV / Kansas City, MO / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Good
5 Stones Pompous Monkey – Hefeweizen brewed with Pomegranate and Toasted Coconut. 5.6% ABV / Cibolo, TX / Availability: Good
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Free Wild Beer Company Tasting! Details Above.
Free Beer & Food Oktoberfest Pairing with Hi Hat Public House! Details Above.