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.
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 this 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!
Free In-Store Tastings – All 6-8pm Except Where Noted
Thursday, November 3rd – TONIGHT!
The folks from New Belgium Brewing will be in the house to sample out their new Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, as well as their Accumulation White IPA and Lips of Faith Tart Lychee.
Friday, November 4th
Our main man Jeremiah from Uinta Brewing company will be behind the tasting bar to guide a free tasting of Punk’n, Pit Stop Sour Apricot IPA, Ready Set Gose and Tangerine Hop Nosh. Tangerine Hop Nosh 6pks on sale for $7.99 this weekend.
Saturday, November 5th
12-2pm – A very special tasting of the Goose Island Sour Sisters line. We will have free samples of Sofie, Matilda, Lolita, Halia, Gillian, Juliet and Madame Rose. As part of the event we will be offering 4pks of Sofie and Matilda for $9.99 each. More information on Goose Island’s Sour Sisters can be found on their website.
6-8pm – WhichCraft Beer Store will be hosting a free in-store tasting. Beers included in the tatsing lineup will be 5 Stones I’ll Be Your Basil Berry, Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, Dogfish Head Red & White, Community Mosaic IPA and Martin House Cellarman’s Reserve.
Tuesday, November 8th
Seth from Squatters Brewing will be visiting the shop to serve up free samples of Hop Rising and Hell’s Keep, as well as Wasatch Pumpkin and Apricot Hefeweizen.
Wednesday, November 9th
Sam from Shannon Brewing Company will be here to guide a free tasting of their Red Ale, IPA and Chocolate Porter.
Thursday, November 10th
Nick from Ballast Point Brewing will be behind the tasting bar to serve up free tasters of Grunion, Sculpin and Victory at Sea.
New Beers This Week
Back in Stock: Lone Pint Yellow Rose, 4th Tap Long Walk, Four Corners Local Buzz, Four Corners El Chingon, Four Corners Heart O’ Texas, Lakewood Thread Spinner, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noir, North Peak Hooligan, Ballast Point Indra Kunindra.
Jester King Figlet – brewed in collaboration with the world famous Franklin Barbecue. During the last few weeks of the stainless steel portion of the fermentation, smoked figs were added to the beer and allowed to referment. 6.2% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 93 / Availability: Limited
Jester King Commercial Suicide – English pub ale meets the French farmhouse tradition and American oak aging in this dry, drinkable farmhouse mild ale. Full-flavored, but brewed with enough restraint to be highly sessionable. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned. 3.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Availability: Limited
Clown Shoes The Good, The Bad and The Unidragon with Coffee – Russian imperial stout using smoked malts sourced from Texas-based Blackland Malt Co., but also incorporates cold-brewed coffee from Blacksmith Coffee in Houston. 14% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Availability: Limited
Clown Shoes Hammer of the Beast – a 12 percent ABV blend of Billionaire English barleywine (12 percent ABV), Blaecorn Unidragon Russian imperial stout (12.5 percent ABV) and Undead Party Crasher imperial stout (10 percent ABV) that was aged in rum barrels before being bottled. 12% ABV / Ipswich, MA / Availability: Limited
Stone Coffee Milk Stout – this beer is even on the palate, bringing on a hint of coffee with a highly drinkable yet quite modest backdrop of chocolate and roasty notes. 5% ABV / Escondido, CA / Ratebeer 93 / Availability: Good
Oasis Meta Modern 12pk – Citra and Mosaic cosmically coalesce in this juicy, transcendent beer thanks to a special technique called “hop-bursting”. Now available in twelve packs. 4.5% ABV / Austin, TX / Ratebeer 92 / Availability: Good
Green Flash Soul Style 12pk – Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops are layered, allowing bright tropical waves of flavorful citrus and floral notes to break gently on the palate. Now available in twelve packs. 6.5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Ratebeer 95 / Availability: Good
Alesmith Double Red IPA – This Imperial Red Ale has an intense hop aroma with well-balanced caramel malt sweetness. The intense American hoppiness builds on the substantial malt backbone to deliver a full-flavored beer with a ton of complexity. 8.5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Ratebeer 100 / Availability: Decent
Alaskan Winter – The tender new growth of spruce trees has been used for brewing in Alaska since the late 1700s when explorers sailed the coast of Alaska looking for the Northwest Passage. Alaskan Brewing revives this tradition, adding spruce tips to its Alaskan Winter Ale. 6.4% ABV / Juneau, AK / Beeradvocate 83 / Availability: Good
Anchor Our Special Ale 1.5L – The Ale’s recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons appears born anew. Now available in larger festive bottles. 5.5% ABV / San Francisco, CA / Ratebeer 90 / Availability: Good
Avery Old Jubilation – a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. 8.3% ABV / Boulder, CO / Ratebeer 95 / Availability: Decent
Anchor Christmas 2014 – This is the fortieth annual Christmas Ale from the Anchor brewers. 5.5% ABV / San Francisco, CA / Beeradvocate 85 / Availability: Limited
Deschutes Conflux Series No.2: Collage – Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing Company bring you another artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. This encore collaboration delivers notes of vanilla, caramel and molasses with roasted accents and complex malt character. Portland, OR / Availability: Decent
Ballast Point Cinnamon Raisin Commodore – Ale brewed with natural flavors & natural flavors added. 6.5% ABV / San Diego, CA / Ratebeer 91 / Availability: Good
Free Weekend Tastings, 6-8pm
Free Uinta Brewing Company Tasting! Details Above.
Free Tasting of:
5 Stones I’ll Be Your Basil Berry
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura
Dogfish Head Red & White
Community Mosaic IPA
Martin House Cellarman’s Reserve