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Pint Jockeys, we have some GOOOOD news for ya: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s award-winning lineup of pale ales and seasonal brands are available NOW in the Galveston, Beaumont and Victoria areas in six packs and on draught.

 

Check out our Facebook post series starting tomorrow detailing each of the four beers in the initial rollout: Union Jack IPA, Double Barrel Ale, Pivo Hoppy Pils and Easy Jack (a summer seasonal release) AND mark your calendars our May 15th tasting where all three DCs will be serving ‘em up for your tasting pleasure!

 

But first, a little more about the brewery: West-coast based Firestone Walker Brewing Company was founded by Adam Firestone and David Walker in 1996 on California’s Central Coast and has since won numerous awards for their iconic pale ales and vintage barrel-aged beers, including the Double Barrel Ale, a 2012 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner. Firestone Walker’s unique artisanal approach to brewing is evident in their Proprietor’s Reserve series, consisting of vintage and limited release beers that spend several months, even years, in the brewery’s bourbon, Firestone Union or wine barrels.

 

Co-founder David Walker has this to say about expanding his brewery’s reach into Southeast Texas: “The partnership between a brewery and wholesaler is extremely important in the Texas market, so we have chosen carefully. Del Papa Distributing is engaged and committed to high standards, beer culture and family enterprise, qualities my partner, Adam Firestone, and I value greatly. It’s good to be working with like minds and good to have our beers in Southeast Texas.”

 

We’ll cheers to that, Pint Jockeys! Let us know about your first Firestone Walker sighting in the comments below.

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Shock Top pretzel

By: Jeff Wheeler, Brand Development Manager, Del Papa Distributing

It’s the time of year you all have been waiting for… National Pretzel Day!! Just in case you had the same question we did, yes this is a real thing. And what better way to celebrate this national holiday than with a frothy mug of brew specifically created to celebrate the wonders of this yeasty golden baked good?

 
Introducing, Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat, a limited edition one-off brain child from Jill Vaughn the brewmaster at Shock Top. With 5.2% alcohol and a rich copper color, this wheat beer “experiment” exhibits full frontal flavors of orange peel, coriander and caramel malt while still highlighting the bready pretzel aroma and flavor. Let’s be real here, this beer taste like your drinking a pretzel, but it is executed in such a way that it makes you not want to put it down.

 
“As a brewmaster, having the freedom to experiment with quality ingredients means that I can create beers that are as unique as the fans that enjoy them,” said Jill Vaughn, Shock Top brewmaster. “Pretzels are everyone’s favorite beer snack, so we thought Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat would be a fun and approachable twist on unfiltered wheat beer for festival goers to enjoy … and just in time for National Pretzel Day.”

 
Keep a look out for events and festivals in your area serving up this tasty brew. Don’t’ forget, tomorrow is the big holiday so make sure to go grab a bag of your favorite pretzel brand and lift it high and proud as you sip down the golden goodness of Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat.

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Saint Arnold Brewing Co’s latest Divine Release arrives next Monday, April 28

Rejoice, Pint Jockeys! Saint Arnold’s Divine Release No. 14 is almost here. Can you believe we’re already at number 14 in the series?

No. 14 is a strong Belgian Golden Ale with loads of complexity and depth. According to Saint Arnold brewer Casey Motes, “the goal of this beer was to make a Belgian/American hybrid using West Coast American hops and rye to emulate the fruit and spices often found in Belgian beers.” Ultimately, the key to the recipe is the addition of the rye and the selection of just the perfect yeast.

Saint Arnold has this to say about what you can expect from this exciting new brew:

“The brew pours a bright golden color. The nose is a mixture of phenolics from the Belgian wit yeast and light citrus from the American hops with a touch of graininess. Rye adds sweetness and complexity to the pilsner and aromatic malts. The spice of the rye is somewhat subdued at lower temperatures but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Cascade and centennial hops were used for both flavor and aroma, adding floral and citrus notes to play off the strengths of the yeast.”

Can we get a hallelujah for that gorgeous description?

One final interesting tidbit about DR No.14 : Belgian candi sugar was added to the brew during fermentation to bump up the alcohol while helping the beer to avoid a too-sweet finish. This dry finish masks the 10% ABV nicely and adds to its overall drinkability.

You won’t have to wait long to get your hands on this one! Learn even more about DR No.14 here and be sure to let your fellow Pint Jockeys know where you find it and let us know what you think of it in the comments below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Cheers to a divine new release! We’ll see you next week with a new post on another terrific Texas-born pick.

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Johnny Appleseed bottle

By: Jeff Wheeler, Brand Development Manager, Del Papa Distributing

John Chapman also known as Johnny Appleseed, would be a proud man if alive today. With the masses swooning over Cider like never before, no time but now seems better to debut the one cider that will define an entire category… Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider. Sweet yet complex.. Bold yet refined..Strong yet subtle.. This is the quintessential American Style Cider to stock the beer fridge with throughout the warm sunny months ahead.
Picture this… you and your closest friends lounging by the pool under baby blue skies and crisp summer sunlight. You stroll over to the bar, grab a glass and fill it with ice. As the cubes crack and settle awaiting the refreshing nectar that is Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider, the glass cools around your once warm hand. You slowly pour the cider over the ice growing more and more thirsty as the glass consumes the contents of the bottle and the carbonation fizzes out around the top onto your fingers. Having not the patience nor discipline to wait any longer, you bring the glass to your lips and take a sip. Your mouth swirls with flavors of green apple, ginger and honey complemented by the seltzer-like carbonation that refreshes your palate with every sip. Each taste makes you crave another. You’ve just fallen in love… with a Cider… with Johnny Appleseed.
Cheers to life well lived… with a great apple cider!

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Tasting time is upon us once again and this month’s lineups are looking goooood.

Texas City is set for a visit by none other than Saint Arnold Brewing Co. founder Brock Wagner, who will be on0hand at the event to share long lineup, Boiler Room, their first summer seasonal release, Summer Pils, and their current Icon series release, Icon Blue. Favorites including Santo, Amber Ale and Elissa IPA are also on the roster. Read on for more info. on each selection:

Boiler Room Berliner Weisse – This is a light bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer. The sourness is created by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation giving the nose of the beer a light hop note and distinct funkiness. The sweet malt taste quickly goes into a tart body and finish while the sour and malt flavors stay well-balanced to the end of the tasting experience.

Saint Arnold Boiler Room bottle

Summer Pils – A true bohemian-style pilsner, Summer Pils is crisp, refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. It has a delicate, sweet malt taste complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor. This beer is brewed with a fine German malt and a copious amount of “noble” hops imported from the Czech Republic.

Saint Arnold Summer Pils

Icon Blue – This Brown Porter is a dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes. Icon Blue pours a dark brown color with ruby and garnet highlights, producing an off-white head. During the brewing process, the brewers used English malt hops and their own Saint Arnold yeast, also hailing from the U.K.

Saint Arnold Icon Blue

Santo – Saint Arnold considers Santo a “black Kölsch.” Brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malts, it is both light bodied and floral with a distinct malt flavor.

Saint Arnold Santo label

Amber Ale – A well balanced, full flavored amber ale with a rich, malty body and pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. Amber has a complex hop aroma, with floral and citrus hints and a light frutiness derived from a proprietary yeast strain.

Saint Arnold Amber Ale

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA – A traditional IPA, this beer is very hoppy with a properly balanced, malty body. Its huge hop additions in the kettle give it a wonderful bitterness and it is dry hopped in the fermenter to create its pleasant, hoppy nose. Elissa is named after the tall ship currently moored at the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston. Saint Arnold donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of this IPA to the Galveston Historical Foundation for preservation of this ship.

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA

 

Victoria and Beaumont, your tastings are celebrating all things SUMMER with a lineup of highly anticipated, recently released summer seasonals from some of your favorite brewers including Saint Arnold, Karbach, Sierra Nevada and Goose Island. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample Johnny Appleseed – the latest hard cider release from Anheuser-Busch. Start daydreaming about the following:

Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse – This is a light bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer. The sourness is created by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation giving the nose of the beer a light hop note and distinct funkiness. The sweet malt taste quickly goes into a tart body and finish while the sour and malt flavors stay well-balanced to the end of the tasting experience.

Saint Arnold Boiler Room bottle

Saint Arnold Summer Pils – A true bohemian-style pilsner, Summer Pils is crisp, refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. It has a delicate, sweet malt taste complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor. This beer is brewed with a fine German malt and a copious amount of “noble” hops imported from the Czech Republic.

Saint Arnold Summer Pils

Karbach Summer Love Street – This beer is brewed in the Kolsch-style with delicate, floral German hops. Love Street boasts a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core, without sacrificing character. This is the perfect beer to unwind with at a sunny summer music festival or other outdoor event.

Karbach Summer Love Street label

Sierra Nevada Summerfest – With a nod toward the original Czech tradition, Summerfest is brewed to feature the best of Bohemian nature. Crisp, golden, dry and incredibly drinkable, Summerfest has a delicate and complex malt flavor and spicy, floral hop character – making it the perfect warm weather beer.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest label

Goose Island The Illinois – Illinois is a 9.0% ABV 95 IBU Imperial IPA that pushes the limits of hop flavor and aroma. It pours a deep gold color with a complex citrus aroma. The taste is balanced with a clean bitterness and a medium to full body.

Goose Island The Illinois

Johnny Appleseed – This refreshing hard apple cider has a 5.5% ABV and is best enjoyed on the rocks to bring out the full, crisp apple taste. Crafted in Baldwinsville, New York, it is made with apple juice sourced from apples in the U.S. and fine orchards around the globe, as well as cider yeast and other natural ingredients. With the perfect balance of sweetness and intensity and a refreshing, crisp apple bite, Johnny Appleseed is unlike any other hard cider on the market today.

Johnny Appleseed

Hope to see ya’ll there, Pint Jockeys!  All tastings run from 5-7PM and are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Locations for all three tastings are posted below.

 

Del Papa Distribution Center – Texas City

1220 I-45

Texas City, TX  77591

 

Del Papa Distribution Center – Victoria

3907 E. Rio Grande

Victoria, TX 77807

 

Del Papa Distribution Center – Beaumont

410 I-10 South

Beaumont, TX 77707

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils

 

Can you believe that summer seasonals are already hitting shelves? We don’t know about you, but we feel like we were just finishing off the last of our supply of winter warmers when BAM – hello sunshine and hello even more delicious Texas craft beer. Bring it on!

Today we’re warming you up to the upcoming wave of summer releases with a profile of Saint Arnold Brewing Co.’s Summer Pils – a tried and true bohemian-style pilsner that first debuted in June of 1997.

Summer Pils was actually Saint Arnold’s first lager. While its recipe is one of their most simple, it’s also proven to be one of the hardest to create, going through over 20 test brews before its inaugural roll out. The key to its deliciousness is just the right German pils malt: Durst pils, which has a great nutty flavor that gives this delicate beer a highly complex flavor. Also important to the fantastic taste of this beer was combining the hops in just the right fashion to bring the spicy finishing flavor of the beer’s Czech Saaz to the correct balance.

While most of Saint Arnold’s recipes have not changed since introduced, Summer Pils is an exception. The brewers adjusted the original recipe nearly every year until 2003, when they settled on a three year plan to reach a final recipe in 2006. It was in that year that they hit the jackpot with the perfect recipe: light and refreshing with a crisp, clean bitterness.

Love Summer Pils’ funky cool tie-die packaging as much as we do? Legend has it that folks at Saint Arnold actually had a customer who started tie-dying Saint Arnold t-shirts for himself shortly after the brewery opened. They liked the look and asked if they could pay him to make some for them. His response? “Sure, dude.” The tie-dyed shirts proved to be popular and out of this came many other tie-dye themes, including the packaging for Summer Pils. The exact tie-dye on the label was scanned from a t-shirt that co-founder Kevin Bartol bought at the Kerville Folk Festival many years ago.

Have you picked up your Summer Pils yet? This beloved beer has the longest season of any Saint Arnold seasonals, a testament to the fact that no matter how hot it gets, us Texans love our summers. We hope you look forward to enjoying it in the months to come!

 

 

 

 

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Saint Arnold Boiler Room bottle

Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Boiler Room Berliner Weisse

Saint Arnold’s March 24th release – Boiler Room Berliner Weisse – is a BIG deal, Pint Jockeys. The brewery hasn’t added a new offering to its year-round lineup in almost two years since it rolled out its Endeavor double IPA and THIS is it. We can already tell you it was worth the wait.

Boiler Room was accidentally created when brewer Stephen Rawlings was in the midst of a brewing session for the brewery’s classic Lawnmower Ale. Half of the usual malt used for Lawnmower ended up on the floor instead of in the mill and thus, Rawlings was left with 10 gallons of a “spoiled” batch. He decided to save it and add a bottle of high-bacteria Belgian beer to the brew to see what would happen and voila – Boiler Room was born.

According to Saint Arnold, this is one difficult beer to make. Because of the bacteria introduced during brewing, the creation of Boiler Room requires the suspension of all brewing operations for a full 48 hours while the bacteria feed on the wort. This also requires the brewers to tweak their brewing system to ensure that these unique bacteria don’t spread to other batches of brewing beer.

Boiler Room is a light-bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer, deriving its tart flavor by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation. This sets it apart from Belgian-style sours which sour during fermentation and actually have active bacteria inside when packaged.

The nose of the beer has light hop notes and a distinct “funkiness” with a sweet, malty taste that quickly goes into a very tart body and finish. An excellent balance between the sour and malt flavors make this beer extremely refreshing, akin to a tart lemonade or limeade.

The folks at Saint Arnold recommend that you enjoy the beer straight or with raspberry or woodruff syrup to sweeten it up a bit, if that’s your thing. The beer contains no additives or preservatives and is never pasteurized, in order to maintain the freshest flavor possible. They recommend that Boiler Room be stored cold to avoid any degradation in flavor.

We recommend picking some of this deliciousness up and taking it straight to your fridge tonight. Check it out and let us know what you think – too complicated or just complex enough?

Cheers to another great beer from the great state of Texas, Pint Jockeys! See you next week.

 

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