A second location of WhichCraft Beer Store is opening at the end of this week. The new store, called the WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop, will have about 30 beers on tap in addition to the large selection of canned and bottled beers that has made the original shop a prime destination for craft beer lovers.
Announced in February this year, the Mueller location is opening at 1900 Simond Ave. Ste. 200, in a mixed-use development where Bribery Bakery and Italian restaurant L’Oca d’Oro are also located. Owner Jody Reyes had always wanted his bottle shop to include draft beers, but he waited to add them until his first shop had “proven the concept that we can have an extremely craft beer-only retail store,” he said in February.
Now with the tap wall, people are encouraged to stay awhile or fill a growler to take home.
“Yes, there will be seating,” Reyes wrote in a July blog post on the WhichCraft website. “We’ll be creating a coffee program to include espresso, pour overs, and cold brew. We’ll have light snacks and some prepackaged food, or we’ll allow you to bring in your own food. We envision an extension of the community feel you already receive at WhichCraft South Lamar: a place to explore new beers, pick out a few things to take home, participate in a free tasting event, and interact with our knowledgeable staff.”
Plus (perhaps best of all), visitors to the Mueller shop will probably get to see the lovable store mascot Bubba, Reyes’ dog who often accompanies him to the store. Reyes will be acting general manager of his new location, while the first store at 2110 S. Lamar Blvd. will remain in the hands of Tim Vela, the current general manager.
The store at Mueller is planning a tentative opening on Friday with the hours of 8 a.m. through midnight. For more information about WhichCraft, visit whichcraftbeerstore.com.