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Hello and hearty Texas Tuesday to you, Pint Jockeys!

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We’ve got a lot to look forward to this week: Christmas is just six days away and the supposed end of the world (!!!) is three days away. But we might argue the most important event is just TWO days away. That’s right, we’re talking about the December Pint Jockeys tasting events. We hear you; we can’t believe a whole month’s gone by, either. We guess time flies when you’re drinking good beer.

Anyway, this Thursday’s lineup will feature all three Texas BIG BEER Brewery offerings, including Big Texas Blonde (a Belgian ale which we featured in our Texas Tuesday post last week), Renaissance Cowboy (a Scottish Ale which first debuted at the Texas Renaissance Festival) and Texas Crude (a robust porter).

All the tasting events will also serve Magic Hat #9 and Stella Artois, which was originally crafted as a holiday beer.

At the Texas City tasting, Texas BIG BEER founder and brewer John McKissack (also known as Johnny MAX) and brewer Robert Hebert (aka BOB the Brewer) will be on site to talk about the joys and challenges of starting and running a microbrewery. Plus, we’ll be pouring Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel #1.

In Beaumont, our bonus brew is Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra Pale IPA, which is bold, assertive and full of flavor.

Victoria tasting-goers will enjoy Angry Orchard, a crisp and refreshing cider which offers sweet apple notes and a subtle dryness at the finish for a balanced cider taste.

As always, the tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Catch us at the tasting location nearest you. We can’t wait to share a beer with you!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Del Papa Distribution Center
Hospitality Room
1220 I-45
Texas City, TX 77591

Del Papa Distribution Center
410 I-10 SOUTH
Beaumont, TX

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

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Pork Medallions with Apple and Woodchuck Hard Cider

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With the (semi) cold weather upon us, we here at Pint Jockeys headquarters are spending more time inside and cooking heartier meals. We’ve made a few we love, so we’ll be sharing them with you over the next few weeks as we bring back our Foodie Friday segment for the holidays.

Today’s feast? Pork medallions with apple. It’s moist, tasty and best of all, made with Granny Smith Woodchuck Hard Cider (although we think Woodchuck Winter would also work this time of year). It only calls for a few ingredients, and you probably have most of them in your pantry already.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 small pork tenderloin, about 8 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon clarified butter
  • 1 firm tart apple such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 bottle Granny Smith Woodchuck Hard Cider

What You’ll Do:

1) Cut tenderloin into 1-inch-thick slices. Put slices between butcher paper or aluminum foil and pound until about 1/4-inch thick. You should have about 6 slices.

2) Combine flour with ginger, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Dredge pork medallions in seasoned flour and shake off excess.

 

3) In a non-stick skillet large enough to hold all the medallions comfortably in one layer, heat clarified butter over medium heat. When fat is hot, add pork and cook about 3 minutes on each side.

4) Remove cutlets to a warm platter or serving plates. Add apples to the skillet. Cook a few minutes, turning to brown evenly. Add cider and raise heat to medium-high. As soon as the sauce thickens, pour over pork. Serves 2.

And there you have it…a quick and easy meal for two.

Did you know Woodchuck offers lots of recipes using their hard cider on their website? We may have to try the Walnut Wild Rice in soon. Let us know if you tried this pork recipe and what you thought! If you’ve made something else lately you just have to share, we’re all ears; post the recipe or link the comments below.

Have a great weekend, Pint Jockeys!

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Texas BIG BEER’s Big Texas Blonde

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Greetings, Pint Jockeys! We’re well on our way to another weekend, but first we’d like to introduce you to one of our latest (and newest) Texas craft beer favorites: Texas BIG BEER’s Big Texas Blonde.

The first release from microbrewery Texas BIG BEER, this Belgian Blonde Ale is brewed with lots of malt and hopped with just enough earthy Sterling hops to leave a slightly sweet, rich flavor. Even at a whopping 10.54% ABV, Big Texas Blonde is known as the brewery’s “light beer” because it is so drinkable for its size. It goes down smooth because of the American Ale yeast and the clean flavor of the malt and Belgian Candi Syrup.

Much to our approval, Big Texas Blonde (and all Texas BIG BEER brews) is available in 22 ounce bottles and on tap in 17 counties throughout Southeast Texas. So basically, you’ve got no excuse not to pick up a bottle or glass and enjoy a cold one.

And while we’re on the subject of BIG beers with BIG alcohol content, we want to take a quick moment to remind you to drink responsibly as you enjoy all the many holiday office parties, family get-togethers and festive celebrations coming up. Always designate a driver or call a cab, and remember that drunk driving is 100% preventable, Pint Jockeys!

Come back next week when we post the last tasting event lineup of the year and in the meantime, salud!

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Saint Arnold Winter Stout

winter stoutGood to see you, Pint Jockeys! You deserve a drink for making it through another Monday and we’ve got just the Texas Tuesday selection for you: the second and “stoutier” of Saint Arnold’s winter seasonals, Winter Stout.

This craft selection is “creamy, full bodied and sweet with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors and a well-balanced, soft ‘roastiness.’” The four different types of malted barley (including lots of specialty malts) give the black and ruby-colored brew a rich body and big mouth feel, while the two types of Pacific Northwest hops give it an “underlying bitterness that balances the rich body.”

Because it pairs nicely with winter favorites like desserts and roasted nuts, the brew will get you through those lingering (but maybe not-so-brutal) Southeast Texas winter days. And did you know? Available only between December and February, Saint Arnold brews less of this loosely filtered stout than of any other seasonal. We guess in this case, good things come in small batches.

Before we sign off to pop a top off our own Winter Stout, we’ll leave you with this line from our friends at Saint Arnold: “We refer to this beer as ‘Stouty Goodness.’ We often compare it to a chocolate milkshake, but it’s beer so it is even better.”

Well, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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