Archive for November, 2012


Rahr and Sons Winter Warmer

Welcome back from Thanksgiving, Pint Jockeys! How are you holding up after the long weekend? If you’re like us, your nose is already back to the grindstone and you’re looking for the perfect Texas craft brew to hold you over ‘til the next holiday. Well worry not, Pint Jockeys, because we’re here today to tell you about one of our favorite winter seasonals, Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer.

Winter Warmer is wonderfully robust, rich and full-bodied, created in the fine British tradition of holiday ales. Served best at 55 degrees, it is dark brown in color and has tasting notes of chocolate, roast and mild bitterness. Paired well with Stilton and blue cheeses, Winter Warmer is the perfect complement to a hearty holiday meal (although we’ve been known to drink one and call it “dinner” a time or two).

No matter how you drink Winter Warmer, drink it responsibly and quickly, this Rahr seasonal is only available through December. We’d love to hear where you tried your first Winter Warmer, so let us know in the comments below.

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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It’s back for a limited time!

Happy Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Pint Jockeys! We know everyone is busy preparing for the big day, so we’ll keep this short and sweet.

In case you haven’t heard, Saint Arnold’s Sailing Santa will make its brief return this week, just in time for your holiday feasts. A brew created several years ago as a combination of Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale, Sailing Santa is better than ever thanks to a few small tweaks. For this batch, the two brews were blended pre-fermentation and a touch of cinnamon was added to give it a fuller spice flavor. The result? Yet another Saint Arnold brew. And while it’s delicious by itself, it may taste even better when washing down hearty, holiday foods.

Sailing Santa, which will be available in 22 ounce bottles, can only be found at grocery and liquor stores, so don’t expect to enjoy a pint at your local watering hole. And, because it’s a limited edition brew, it won’t last long. We suggest picking up a few while you’re out Black Friday shopping or better yet, stock up in advance so you can avoid the crowds and enjoy the brew while watching some football. Pair with Thanksgiving leftovers and we’d say you’ve got yourself a near perfect Friday afternoon.

As always, please drink responsibly and have a happy Thanksgiving, Pint Jockeys!


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The Pint Jockeys highlight their favorites!

‘Tis the season…of the winter seasonal, that is! Every year around this time, many of our favorite craft breweries from all over the country release their limited-edition brews, specially concocted for the holiday months. And while each has its own unique personality, all winter seasonals have a few common traits.

For instance, American winter ales tend to be spicier and warmer. According to BYO.com (Brew Your Own), winter selections are often amber or darker in color and are brewed to be “stronger, richer and more full-bodied.” Typically, they are flavored with those spices which remind you of the holidays – you know, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and more. Tasty!

Some of our favorite seasonals include Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale (available now) and its upcoming Winter Stout, a creamy, full-bodied yet sweet stout with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors. Watch for that one to hit shelves in December. Of course Rahr & Sons’ Winter Warmer, which features flavors of chocolate and roasted malts, and Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, one of their most sought-after releases with its layers of pine and citrus hop aromas, are also perfect for a cold winter day. Last but not least, we’re thankful for the return of New Belgium’s Snow Day, with its serious load of Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade hops!

Have we forgotten any classics? Which are your favorite winter seasonals? Let us know in the comments or share your thoughts on Facebook. We’re always looking to try something new!

‘Til next time, we’ll be cozied up by a fire enjoying one (or all) of these picks.

Happy holidays, Pint Jockeys!

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It’s time for the November Pint Jockeys craft beer tasting!

Join the Pint Jockeys this Thursday, November 15 from 5 – 7 pm for a free tasting event highlighting new, rare and seasonal craft beers from the Del Papa Distributing portfolio.

The Beaumont and Victoria events will feature Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s new limited edition series, Bishop’s Barrel, and favorites from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Kona and more.

The Texas City tasting will welcome Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery to Texas by featuring several of its most popular beers. Stick around to hear from special guests Shane Welch, founder of Sixpoint, and Peter McNulty, operations manager.

As always, the events take place at each city’s Del Papa Distribution Center are free and open to the public ages 21 and older.

This month, Del Papa is also collecting non-perishable items for the GI Joe/GI Jane Project, shipping holiday packages to our troops serving overseas. Check out this link for a list of suggested items. Drop something off when you stop by for the tasting and we’ll get it packed up and shipped off! Can’t make it to the tasting? All Del Papa Distribution Centers (listed below) plus the Prosperity Bank at 1301 North Mechanic Street in El Campo, Texas, will be collecting donations through the end of November. Let’s out-give ourselves this year!

Del Papa Distribution Center
Hospitality Room
410 I-10 South
Beaumont, TX 77707

Del Papa Distribution Center
Hospitality Room
3907 E. Rio Grande
Victoria, TX 77807

Del Papa Distribution Center
Hospitality Room
1220 Gulf Freeway
Texas City, TX 77591

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

…Well, maybe not quite yet. Even though it’s the first week of November, 75 degrees outside, and we’re still rocking shorts, we’ve got the holidays on our mind. And with Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season in just 16 days (did we just send you into a panic?), we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

No, we’re not talking about gift-giving, caroling or family get-togethers – though all those are nice – we’re talking about the fantastic lineup of winter seasonals coming to stores, and hopefully in Christmas stockings, near you. Our Texas Tuesday seasonal pick of the week? Saint Arnold Christmas Ale.

Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale is rich and hearty, perfect for the holiday season. Featuring 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. Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is best consumed at 45° Fahrenheit and is recommended to pair with fruit cake, Christmas pudding and squash bisque. YUM!

Tell us, Pint Jockeys, which winter seasonals have you tried and loved lately? Can’t wait to hear your favorites!


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