It has been one weeks since we opened the doors at WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop in the Mueller neighborhood, and the response has been unbelievable. Thank you to all those who have come out to support our new location and pick up some tasty beers/breakfast tacos. As the name suggests, the new shop features thirty rotating draft lines and an extensive selection of packaged craft beer. We are serving coffee as well, for those times when it’s too early for beer (yeah right!). Our coffee bar offers a variety of espresso drinks, pour over coffee and cold brew. Full details on this new location, including our address and hours of operation, can be found on our Blog. We’ll see you there!
Looking for a vote to really get excited about? The Austin Beer Guide 2016 Best of Readers’ Poll voting has begun! This is an opportunity for you to weigh in on some of the best beers and breweries that are coming up around Austin. There are a number of categories for you to make your opinion heard, including Best Brewery, Best New Beer and Austin’s 2016 Beer Personality of the Year. WhichCraft Beer Store is eligible in the category of Best Bottle Shop, and if you believe in our mission and our service then we would be grateful for your vote. The link to the voting page can be found here.
Christmas is right around the corner and WhichCraft Beer Store is ready to help put you in the holiday spirit with our Advent Beer 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 Calendars can be found on our Blog. These calendars are a huge hit every year, but only a limited number are available so come grab yours today. Purchases can be made either in person or over the phone. A valid form of ID will be required to pick up your calendars. All pick ups will take place at WhichCraft’s South Lamar location. Cheers!
Free Tastings at WhichCraft South Lamar – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Thursday, November 17th – TONIGHT!
Holly, from Real Ale Brewing Company will be joining us for a very special tasting and beer release. At the shop, we will be tasting the 19th & 20th Anniversary beer with bottles for sale. We will also have very limited edition 20th Anniversary Gift Packs that will be available for purchase via a raffle during the tasting. Gift Packs will include a bottle of 20th Anniversary Rye IPA and Barrel Aged 20th Anniversary Rye IPA.
Friday, November 18th
WhichCraft Beer Store will be hosting an exclusive tasting featuring Birrifico Del Ducato, the Italian brewery renown for its bright and inventive sour beers. We will be sampling their full assortment of delicious bottled sours.
Saturday, November 19th
12-3pm – The folks from Lakewood Brewing Company will be stopping by to pour some free samples of All Call Kolsch, Lakewood Lager and Thread Spinner Bourbon Barrel Barley wine. During the tasting, six packs of All Call Kolsch will be available for $7.99/each.
3-5pm – From right down the street, we’re hosting the folks from Uncle Billy’s Brew n’ Que for a special daytime tasting and BBQ pairing. We will be serving tasters of Lazy Day lager, Barton Springs Pale Ale and Green Room IPA alongside free samples of Uncle Billy’s delicious BBQ.
6-8pm – The good people from Sweet Water Brewing Company are joining us for a free tasting of their 420 IPA, Hash Session IPA and Festive Ale.
Monday, November 21st
Blue Owl Brewing’s own Tre will be behind the tasting bar to dish out free samples of Little Boss, Spirit Animal, Van Dayum! and Professor Black.
Wednesday, November 23rd
1-3pm – Our Good friend Mary from Saint Arnold will be stopping by to guide a free tasting of 5 O’Clock Pils, Santo, Saint Arnold Christmas Ale and Sailing Santa IPA.
Thursday, November 24th
WhichCraft Beer Store and WhichCraft Tap Room will be closed for Thanksgiving.
New Beers This Week
(All beer available at both WhichCraft locations unless otherwise noted)
Back in Stock: Hops & Grain Greenhouse (El Dorado, Mridian), 4th Tap Sun Eater, Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA, Knee Deep Variety 6pk, Jester King Figlet, Hitachino Espresso Stout, Hitachino Real Ginger, The Bruery Poterie. Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate, Real Ale Commissar.
Prairie Pirate Bomb – aged in rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping to add more body and smoothness to the already explosive and expressive flavors of Bomb! 14% ABV / Tulsa, OK / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Very Limited / Limit 2 Per Person
Lakewood Holiday Bonus – Holiday Bonus came to be. Brewed with stocking-stuffer flavors like chocolate and orange peel, this Robust Porter is both rewarding and festive. 6.6% ABV / Garland, TX / Ratebeer 92 / Availability: Limited
Elysian Space Dust Double IPA – The hopping is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo. 8.2% ABV / Seattle, WA / Ratebeer 96 / Availability: Decent
Collective Brewing Project The American – Sour Red Ale. 6.5% ABV / Fort Worth, TX / Availability: Limited
Buffalo Bayou Gingerbread Stout – Sweet, creamy, slightly roasty stout with big nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves on the nose. Surprisingly easy-going mouthfeel. 10% ABV / Houston, TX / Ratebeer 93 / Availability: Decent
Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer – The finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation. This beer is blended with pure organic raspberry fruit juice and a previously cellared brew creating an unparalleled fruit ale. 5.1% ABV / Tadcaster, England / Beeradvocate 86 / Availability: Good
Adelbert’s Vintage Monks 2016 – Vintage Monks is a blend of our Trappist inspired ales which have spent up to two years aging in oak wine barrels. Each barrel imparts unique flavors of red wine, tart fruits and lovely funk. The blended result is a wonderfully complex ale that is beautifully balanced. 9.1% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 90 / Availability: Limited
Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve – Rogue’s annual holiday offering, Santa’s Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops–including Chinook, and Centennial, and a mystery hop called Rudolph 6% ABV / Newport, OR / Ratebeer 86 / Availability: Decent
Real Ale 20th Anniversary Gift Pack – A commemorative gift box which includes one bottle of Real Ale 20th Anniversary Imperial Rye IPA, one bottle of Real Ale 20th Anniversary Imperial Rye IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels and a Real Ale 20th Anniversary IPA glass / Sales of these gift boxes will begin during the Real Ale tasting at 6pm on Thursday, November 17th (Tonight).
Breckenridge Christmas Ale – At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire. 7.4% ABV / Denver, CO / Availability: Good
Saint Bernardus Christmas – This specialty beer of 10% alc. vol. is characterized by its deep dark colour, with a creamy, thick head and a full, almost velvety taste with a fruity nose. It’s a seasonal ale, brewed annually for the holiday season. 10% ABV / Watou, Belgium / Ratebeer 99 / Availability: Good
Upslope Christmas – Celebrating the wintry nights and lights of the season, this lightly spiced English old ale is caramel colored and malty sweet. Second generation to the traditional Winter Warmer, allspice, orange peel and ginger round out the piney aroma of crushed juniper berries.8.2% ABV / Boulder, CO / Beeradvocate 84 / Availability: Good
New Beers on Draft at WhichCraft Tap Room (Mueller)
Uncle Billy’s Bedroll Hazelnut Brown – A brown British ale centered around light, caramel-centric malty notes. 7.1% ABV / Austin, TX
Pinthouse Pizza Electric Jellyfish – Brewed with some of the newest and most exciting hop varieties featuring Equinox, Calypso, Citra, and Galaxy hops, Electric Jellyfish enjoys a bright tropical citrus character along with notes of orange, lemon, lychee, and a floral backbone. The Jellyfish is a new school IPA focusing on the juicy hop flavor and aroma while keeping the bitterness balanced and refreshing. 6.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 96
Live Oak Primus – Primus (pronounced, “pre moose”), is a dark, rich German-style Weizen beer (beer made with wheat malt) fermented with a very particular strain of brewers’ yeast that gives this beer its unique spicy and fruity character. 8% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 95
Weekend Specials At WhichCraft Beer Store (South Lamar)
Odell Brombeere 4pks for only $7.99
Community Trinity Tripel 4pks for only $4.99
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Free Birrifico Del Ducato Tasting! Details Above.
Free Sweet Water Brewing Company Tasting! Details Above.