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This week we’re highlighting Karbach’s Karbachtoberfest

 

Karbach Karbachtoberfest can and draft

 

It’s that time of year again, when summer starts slipping away as the cooler air breezes in alongside crisp, fallen leaves…. Err. Oh wait – we live on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Let’s try that again, Pint Jockeys.

It’s that time of year again, when the heat just keeps getting hotter as summer seasonals roll off the shelves, and the fall seasonals we’ve longed for since last August take their place! Today we’re celebrating Texas Tuesday by highlighting one of those fall favorites: Karbach Brewing Co.’s Karbachtoberfest. The beer became available only yesterday, August 26th, and will start popping up at retailers, restaurants and bars near you anytime now!

Last year the beer was only available on draft, but this year you can also find the delicious nectar in six packs of cans. You’ll definitely want to make some room in your refrigerator for this one!

This authentic, Bavarian- style Marzen lager has a great rounded malt character produced by months spend in cold conditioning. With a clear amber pour and foamy, off-white head, this brew gives off an aroma full of toffee and caramel notes. You’ll also note hints of earth and grass entwined with its extremely malty smell. The flavor is all about the Vienna and Munich malts, but incorporates many toffee and caramel flavors with traces of pecan and hazelnut notes. You’re looking at a medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation here, with a lightly bittersweet finish.

While you may not be able to attend Oktoberfest this year, you can experience the world’s biggest beer fest wherever you are in the world with Karbachtoberfest.  The next best thing is this weekend’s Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival down on Galveston Island, where we’re sure we’ll be seeing you! With over 400 craft brews being featured, and some of the biggest names in the industry attending, why ever would you miss it?

The beer pairs well with pretzels and sausage, and we recommend that you drink it in your finest lederhosen for the full experience. Just playin’ with ya, Pint Jockeys. But seriously, do yourself a favor and check this great Texas-made Marzen lager out!

The seasons may change, but great Texas craft beer is here to stay! Cheers!

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Our Texas Tuesday pick of the week is Sixpoint Brewery’s Sweet Action

Sixpoint Sweet Action Pint Jockeys Texas Tuesday

It’s been said that sometimes the most complicated things in life are the most rewarding, and this certainly rings true of Sixpoint Brewery’s Sweet Action. Part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale, this beer is ALL delicious.

Brooklyn-based Sixpoint was founded in 2004 by Andrew Bronstein and Shane Welch who met as classmates at the University of Wisconsin. The boys in Brooklyn maintain a portfolio of craft beers available year round including Righteous Ale, Bengali Tiger, The Crisp, Resin and Brownstone, but none more beloved than Sweet Action, made in the original Sixpoint style that always stays loyal to what makes beer great – the marriage of barley and hops in a harmonious balance of sweet and bitter.

Available both on draft and in cans, this ale pours a cloudy, dirty orange color with a white head and fair retention and lacing. The aroma of the brew is subtle, starting with a bready, biscuity malt followed by fruity, floral and citrusy hops. Sweet Action’s body is light with a moderate level of carbonation and a smooth finish, making this a great beer to enjoy in the hot summertime.

While the taste is initially snappy and sweet, the creaminess quickly takes over your taste buds, arriving with a startling amount of crispness. The finish is both malty and bitter and some tasters pick up a bit of an apricot or honey taste along the way.

While it’s wonderful served ice cold, many say that the warmer it’s served the more floral notes you’ll be able to taste. You’ll experience a whole range of flavors with this beer, and the transitions between each are almost seamless.

For those Pint Jockeys who tried Sweet Action at last week’s tasting event, what did you think?

For those still waiting to try it, we highly recommend you do! Check out Sixpoint’s handy Beer Finder here, or download Sixpoint’s mobile app here to locate Sixpoint at bars, restaurants and stores closest to you. With the app, you can also explore flavor profiles of featured beers alongside information about the brewery and its company vision.

Here’s to great craft beer and to you, Pint Jockeys! Cheers!

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Tasting-goers to sample six popular selections

Get ready for a taste of Fall, Pint Jockeys! This Thursday, August 15th from 5-7 p.m. we’ll hold our August tasting events at the Del Papa distribution centers in Texas City, Beaumont and Victoria. All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

This month’s line-up features five different beers and one cider from big industry names including Stella Artois, Sixpoint Brewery, Southern Star Brewing Company, Rogue Ales and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.  Need a little more incentive to attend? Complimentary Stella Cidre taster glasses will be handed out to event-goers while supplies last.

Check out the descriptions below for each item on the line-up!

Stella Artois Cidre – This crisp, distinctive European premium cider is made with hand-picked apples. An excellent alternative to white wine, it is the perfect refreshment for special occasions.

Stella Artois Cidre

 

Sixpoint Sweet Action – Ah, love is bitter and sweet. This beer is signature Sixpoint – hard to define, but perhaps that’s why people love it so much. Part pale ale, part wheat and part cream ale – all Sweet Action.

Sixpoint Sweet Action

 

Southern Star Walloon – A Belgian-style Grisette, this hazy colored brew’s aroma is filled with hints of unripe banana, citrusy notes and orange zest. It’s taste is persimmon-like with some mango characteristics and a hint of banana. Walloon has a nice grain/wheat profile that tangles with the yeast to create a soft sweetness and medium mouthfeel.

Southern Star Walloon can

 

Rouge Hazlenut Brown – Rogue Ale’s Hazlenut Brown is a nutty twist on traditional European Brown ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, this brew has a rich, nutty flavor and smooth malty finish.

Rogue Hazlenut Brown

 

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest – A Saint Arnold classic, this full bodied, malty and slightly sweet beer is perfect for celebrating the autumn harvest. With its round malt flavor, it will have you pining away for the crisper, cooler temperatures that await in the coming months.

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

 

Saint Arnold Icon Gold – This “Biére de Saison” has a complex, spicy nose with notes of brown sugar and plums. The taste starts with big spicy malt and alcohol and then turns fruity and slightly sweet in the middle. It’s earthy, spicy finish makes the brew both highly complex and highly delicious.

Saint Arnold Icon Gold

 

Which are you most excited to try? See you soon, Pint Jockeys!

 

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Today’s Texas Tuesday pick is Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Bishop’s Barrel No. 4

BB4 Saint Arnold

We have MUCH to celebrate this Texas Tuesday, Pint Jockeys.

Mark your calendar, clean your palette and put on your party hat because Saint Arnold Brewing Company is scheduled to release a brand new beer next Monday, August 12th!

The latest in their barrel aged series of beers, Bishop’s Barrel Series No.4 – a.k.a “BB4” – is a Weizenbock aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs from Tejas Chocolate. Joining BB1-BB3, BB4 is the latest in this unique series of beers that have been barrel aged in barrels chosen to enhance and complement the characteristics of the underlying beers.  Aging times for this series can range from a few months to over a year, but are designed to be enjoyed soon after bottling due to the long amount of time they stew in the barrels.

The BB4 brew pours a dark brown color with a very light head with a bourbon, chocolate and banana nose and a taste reminiscent of the perfect banana split, topped with some chocolate ice cream and spiked with a little bourbon.

Like we said, Pint Jockeys, put on your party hat for this one.

While we tend to think “cold” when we think of frozen treats, the folks at Saint Arnold maintain that the warmer this beer gets the better it tastes, and recommend enjoying it between 55°F and 60°F.

Adding to the unique nature of this brew is the small amount of beer produced from the barrels.  Due to limited production, Bishop’s Barrel releases are only available at your favorite bars and restaurants… And thus, we think next Monday sounds like a great time to meet up with some fellow Pint Jockeys, and order yourselves some BB4’s.

Get em’ while they last, Pint Jockeys! Cheers!

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