Archive for January, 2013

We’re ready for Mardi Gras! Galveston and Super Bowl Sunday

We here at Pint Jockeys headquarters are certainly loving 2013. In early January, we were treated to the first monthly Pint Jockeys tasting and Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest all in one week. And this weekend, we’ve got two HUGE beer-guzzling events to look forward to. Mardi Gras! Galveston starts this Friday, February 1 and (as if we even have to remind you) Super Bowl XLVII “kicks off” (see what we did there?) on Sunday, February 3. Like we said above: one weekend, two HUGE events. We’ve got our party pants on and are ready to roll.


Naturally, this year’s Mardi Gras! Galveston is bigger than ever with a whopping 24 parades, 20 balcony parties, five elegant masked balls and 38 concerts with headliners including Tonic and Lee Brice. You can catch us at the George P. Mitchell kickoff parade on Friday at 7:30. We’ve gotta get an up-close-and-personal look at those famous Budweiser Clydesdales who will be leading the parade.


No time to rest on Saturday (that’s what Monday is for!)—there are parades all day and Tonic is headlining the Main Stage on The Strand. Get a full schedule at www.mardigrasgalveston.com and while you’re online, be sure to send us your pics!

Don’t forget about the parades on Sunday. You’ll have time to enjoy them before heading to your Super Bowl party! We won’t tell you who we’re rooting for (why talk politics on a craft beer blog?) but we will say we’re excited for the food, friends and funny commercials.

No matter what you’re celebrating this weekend, we ask you to be safe and drink responsibly. If you’re heading to the island for Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities, there are tons of opportunities to catch safe rides home. The “Official Cab Stand of Mardi Gras! Galveston” will be located at the intersection of 23rd Street and Market Street. You can also call Yellow Cab Galveston at (409) 763-3333 or get to and from major Galveston-area hotels using free shuttles provided by Texas Department of Transportation and Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau in conjunction with Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc.

If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party, remember to be a good host – serve high-protein foods throughout the evening (pass the seven-layer dip!), provide non-alcoholic options for designated drivers and adults who prefer not to drink and intercept the keys if you think a friend has had too much. Let them stay over and make them pay for the breakfast taquitos in the morning. It’s a win-win.

Have fun this weekend, Pint Jockeys! Cheers!

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Southern Star Old Potentate

Happy Texas Tuesday, Pint Jockeys! We hope you had a great time at Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest this weekend and were able to try some new and rare craft brews. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, and have the photos to prove it.

From left to right: The stellar crowd at Beer Fest; serving up a Goose Island; radio announcer and beer blogger James Simpson and Mark Del Losso, brewmaster at Beerfoot Beach Bar, sampling Mark’s latest creation – yum!

From left to right: The stellar crowd at Beer Fest; serving up a Goose Island; radio announcer and beer blogger James Simpson and Mark Del Losso, brewmaster at Beerfoot Beach Bar, sampling Mark’s latest creation – yum!

After spending the weekend trying craft beers from all over the country, we’re happy to be back in the saddle enjoying a new selection brewed right here in the great state of Texas. Our northerly neighbors at Southern Star Brewery in Conroe have released a new winter seasonal, and we’ve gotta say, it’s a winner! Their new brew, Old Potentate, is a British Style Old Ale and only available in these chilly (ha, right) December and January months.

old potentateSouthern Star tells us Old Potentate is made with Thomas Fawcett and Sons Marris Otter malt as a base, while British and Belgian Crystal malts round out the malt bill. The dominant hop profile is that of East Kent Golding.

As expected, this beer summons the tastes and aromas of winter – caramel, fruitcake and nuttiness – with spices and an earthiness to round out the finish. Coming in at 7.2% ABV, Old Potentate is available in 12oz. 4-pack cans, 750 ML bottles and on draught.

Remember James Simpson, our beer buddy and radio host featured in the third photo, above? He even featured the latest Southern Star Brew on his Beer Page today, so give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Do you have any other Southern Star favorites? ‘Til next time, cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Get your craft beer fix twice this week

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Pint Jockeys, rejoice! There are not one but TWO huge opportunities this week for you to taste the latest and greatest in craft beer from across Texas and around the world.

The party kicks off this Thursday, January 17 at the first Pint Jockeys tasting of 2013. Visit all three Del Papa Distribution Centers to get a sneak taste of the not-yet-released Budweiser Black Crown. Visitors can also sample Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye and Saint Arnold Winter Stout.

The Texas City and Victoria tastings will also feature Saint Arnold Icon Red and Beaumont’s bonus beer is the city’s very own Cornel’s Maelstrom, a mild stout Schwartzbier, now available in 22 oz. bottles! Even better, Cornel’s Brewing Company Founder and Brewer Corey Nelson will actually be at the Beaumont tasting to hand deliver his Maelstrom straight to your glass.

Despite such an exciting lineup, you may want to pace yourself at our Thursday tasting events, because Friday and Saturday we’re making our way down to Galveston for Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest and we hope to see you there! With warm chili and over 100 craft beers from around the country, these are the events we live for.


Visitors will get a souvenir beer-tasting mug to fill with exclusive specialty and craft beers like Saint Arnold’s Bishops Barrel and Icon Red, Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer from Rahr and Sons and Black Crown from Budweiser, to name a few. You can find the full lineup here and tell us what you can’t wait to sample in the comments below.

We hope to see each of you outat our tasting events on Thursday and then again on Friday and Saturday at Chili Quest and Beer Fest. Please remember to drink responsibly, Pint Jockeys, and use the Yellow Cab Hail a Cab™ app to get home safely with just the push of a button.

‘Til Thursday, cheers!

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Ring in the new year with this Foodie Friday

Happy New Year, Pint Jockeys!

We can’t believe another year of good food and great beer has come and gone. We tried some fantastic brews in 2012 and resolved to get our hands even more tasty brands in 2013.

Because this is our first post of 2013, we must officially usher in the new year with you all. You do know it’s Southern tradition to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck, right? And while that’s all well and good, leave it to the Pint Jockeys to find a recipe that not only gains us fortune’s favor, but allows us to drink while doing it! Today we’re making a hearty (and lucky) Bock-infused black eyed pea chowder, courtesy of CraftBeer.com.


Courtesy of CraftBeer.com

Of course, since this recipe calls for a Bock, we’re going to use a Texas favorite – ZiegenBock – you’re welcome to use whatever you want. Grab a couple bottles and let’s get started!





What You’ll Need:

  • 1 pint of fresh black-eyed peas
  • 3 slices of smoked bacon, cut in strips
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 oz Bock beer
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 fresh jalapeño (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper

What You’ll Do:

  • In a medium stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, brown bacon strip until crispy and remove bacon onto a paper towel for later use.
  • Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, onions, red bell peppers, jalapeños (if using), a pinch of salt and some fresh cracked pepper.
  • Sauté until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add chopped garlic and sauté for another minute or so. Add smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder and stir to incorporate.
  • Add black-eyed peas, beer and chicken stock and bring just to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium low to low and let simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, or until the peas are tender.
  • Serve with cornbread or as a side dish for pork chops.

And there you have it – a Pint Jockeys spin on a New Year’s Day tradition (who cares if you’re making it a few days after January 1). Give it a try and let us know which Bock you prefer to use in this dish or if you changed anything up.

Until next time!

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