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It’s that time again, Pint Jockeys – tasting time!

Come celebrate the holiday season at one of our three tasting events in Texas City, Beaumont or Victoria. This month’s lineup includes stouts and IPAs from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Redhook Brewery, and holiday favorite Stella Artois.

Representatives from Del Papa will be on-hand to educate attendees with a comparison of these styles. As always, all tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Be sure to share your experience using #pintjockeys.

Here are full details for each beer you’ll be sampling:

• Saint Arnold Winter Stout – A creamy, full bodied sweet stout with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors and a well-balanced soft roastiness. Saint Arnold Winter Stout is loosely filtered to preserve a rich mouthfeel which is particularly satisfying during the colder months.

• Goose Island Rambler IPA – This IPA has an herbal, woody, and citrus aroma. It incorporates spicy, resinous hop flavors with enough sweetness to balance the Mt. Hood hops with a medium bodied mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Spicy hop flavor lingers on the palate with a malty, dry finish.

• Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout – Narwhal Imperial Stout features an incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke. The beer offers and aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish and ages well in the bottle.

• Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA – First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops.

• Redhook Longhammer IPA – The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) give this India Pale Ale its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor. The medium body, crisp finish, and moderate alcohol and IBU levels makes this one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs.

• Stella Artois – All natural ingredients give Stella Artois a clean, crisp palate. The fresh, pale malt aromas offer a sweet herbal note and a lingering hoppy finish. Stella is made with traditional malted barley and the finest European hops to provide superior quality and its full characteristic flavor.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 18, 2014
5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE:

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

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

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Can you believe we’re already over a week into December, Pint Jockeys? Where does the time go?

We hear that Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is almost gone so we recommend stocking up, should you spot it on your next beer run. But fear not if you don’t see it! Saint Arnold’s Winter Stout is on its way to shelves near you starting tomorrow! Revisit our post about the “stoutier” of the brewery’s winter seasonals below and ENJOY! Cheers to great holiday brews!

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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SA Icon Red

A new Icon series release from Saint Arnold Brewing Company makes for a merry holiday season indeed!

This month we welcome Icon Red to local stores and establishments, just in time for all of your upcoming holiday festivities. Saint Arnold’s Icon series is comprised of special beers released for about three months at a time. Each is unique and often iconic of a particular beer style.

Icon Red is a “Sorachi Ace Dubbel” – a classic dubbel with a twist. According to the brewers, “This beer is led by a bold and complex Belgian yeast character with a strong malt backbone that delivers tones of dark fruits and raisins. Finishing off with an untraditional hopping of the Japanese hop Sorachi Ace rounds out the flavor and aroma of this beer with a creamy lemon character complementing the yeast and malt and creating a truly unique, enjoyable beer.”

Here are more stats from the brewers:

Original Gravity: 1.072

Final Gravity: 1.013

Alcohol: 7.9% ABV

Bitterness: 40 IBU

It’s not tough to imagine sipping this by the fireplace on a cold night or enjoying it with friends at a holiday dinner party is it? We hope you’ll try this great new “icon” and let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

Cheers to great beer and great times ahead this holiday season, Pint Jockeys!

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