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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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Texas City event to feature all-Saint Arnold lineup, while Victoria and Beaumont’s roster includes favorites from Karbach, Saint Arnold and Texas BIG Beer

What an evening we have planned for you this Thursday, Pint Jockeys! In Texas City, we’ll have an all-Saint Arnold tasting followed by a Saint Arnold pint night at Brews Brothers in Galveston and a #Shocktober takeover at T-Bone Toms in Kemah! Victoria’s #Shocktober takeover event will be at Drifters[AP1]  and the Beaumont #Shocktober event will be at Buffalo Wild Wings. Be sure and wear your ORANGE!

Check out the Texas City lineup, below:

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower – This beer is crisp and refreshing, with a sweet, malty body balanced by a complex citrus hop character. The brew is light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after even the most strenuous of activities, like mowing the lawn.

Saint Arnold 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 Amber – This is a well-balanced, full-flavored amber ale. It has a rich, malty body with a pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. Its light fruitiness, characteristic of ales, is derived from a proprietary yeast strain.

Saint Arnold Icon Gold – Icon Gold is part of Saint Arnold’s Icon Series, which consists of specialty brews only released for three months at a time. This is a Bière de Saison with a complex, spicy nose and notes of brown sugar and plum. Its taste starts with a big, spicy malt , moves to fruity in the middle and finishes with earthy, spicy flavors.

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale – This rich, hearty ale is perfect for the holiday season, with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. It pairs well with many of your favorite holiday eats including fruit cake, Christmas pudding and giant draft cup pint jockeyssquash bisque.

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.

Saint Arnold Endeavour – This double IPA is a deep amber color with a light, creamy head. The taste starts off with a creamy malt and the hop bitter starts low, building to a crescendo but always maintaining balance – even in its big finish. You’ll taste citrus and peach notes throughout.

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – Perfect for October, this imperial pumpkin stout is Saint Arnold’s answer to how a pumpkin beer ought to taste. This year’s version comes in at 10% ABV, and is crafted to make you feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies.

 

We have quite the lineup for you in Victoria and Beaumont as well! Get ready for:

Karbach Weekend Warrior – This American Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade hops, pouring a cloudy orange with a medium, frothy head. The aroma is heavy on the hops and pine scents and the flavor is packed with grapefruit, citrus and pine notes. The taste is smooth and the finish can’t be beat.

Karbach Krunkin’ Pumpkin – This seasonal beer has an outstanding flavor that’s neither too pumpkin nor spice-heavy. It pours a deep, dark brown with toast and spice aromas. Krunkin’ Pumpkin is extremely smooth with an extremely satisfying finish that will make you wish fall could last forever.

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – Perfect for October, this imperial pumpkin stout is Saint Arnold’s answer to how a pumpkin beer ought to taste. This year’s version comes in at 10% ABV, and is crafted to make you feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies.

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout – Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deep Atlantic Ocean. Featuring a deep malt flavor profile with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, this brew is a massive malt-monster. Tasters will enjoy its velvety smooth body and decadent finish.

Texas BIG Beer Beeriac IPA – This IPA is packed with hops. Full of citrusy and piney flavors, you’ll also notice a hint of caramel sweetness as it goes down. With a medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation, Beeriac is extremely drinkable for such a heavy IPA.

Southern Star ProAm – This year’s Southern Star Brewing Co. PromAm is an Irish-style Red Ale by 2010 competition winner Ed Condon of Houston, Texas. Southern Star just introduced this truly original ale, dominated by rye and caramel tastes with additional spice and distinct stone fruit flavors.

Shock Top Belgian White Ale – Shock Top shakes up traditional tastes with this spiced Belgian-style wheat ale, made with real orange, lemon, lime peels and a little coriander for an extra kick.

Which tasting are you attending, and which beer are you most excited to try? Sound off in the comments below!

We’ll see you Thursday – cheers!

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September tasting-goers to sample beers and ciders from top industry names

It’s that time again, Pint Jockeys… tasting time! We’re back for another monthly tasting event this Thursday, September 19th from 5-7 p.m. with a lineup that features the tastes of fall. Attendees at each of Del Papa’s distribution centers (addresses below) will sample a line-up of fall seasonal beers and ciders from Goose Island, Karbach Brewing Company, Shock Top, Cornel’s Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada and Woodchuck Hard Cider. Each selection is sure to have you excited for the changing of the seasons! All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

Read on to learn more about each drink on Thursday’s roster!

 

Goose Island Harvest Ale – This traditional American Extra Special Bitter or “ESB” incorporates fresh-picked cascade hops from Washington with rich, Midwestern malts. The ale pours a dark amber hue with caramel flavors, a toasty malt character and fruity, citrusy aromas.

Goose Island Harvest Ale

Karbach Karbachtoberfest – An authentic, Bavarian-style Marzen, this brew is created with mashed Vienna and Munich malts, then cold fermented and aged for six weeks to create its impressive rounded malt character. 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.

Karbach Karbachtoberfest can and draft

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat – This traditional Belgian-style wheat ale fully captures all the flavors of fall. The ale is brewed with ripe pumpkins and a variety of autumnal spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves to create a refreshingly smooth mouthfeel.

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat Ale

 

Cornel’s Pecan Pie – Reminisce about your grandmother’s famous pecan pie with this fantastic ale from Cornel’s Brewing Company. The brew is made using a Scottish 80 shillings-style recipe, and brewed with pecans and Karo syrup to achieve its truly unique flavor profile.

 Cornel's logo

Sierra Nevada Flipside – This Red IPA is the perfect beer for the final flash of summer. Featuring a ruby-red hue and loads of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors, this brew takes you from summer to fall almost seamlessly with just the right balance of sweet and earthy flavors. 

Sierra Nevada Filp Side

Woodchuck Special Reserve Pumpkin – The world’s first ever pumpkin hard cider, this one is a real treat. The cider is handcrafted using centuries-old cider-making techniques with fresh and crisp pumpkin at the finish. It is naturally gluten-free and pairs nicely with many distinguished holiday dishes including roasted duck, turkey, crème brulee and squash ravioli.

Woodchuck Special Reserve Pumpkin

 

We’ll see you Thursday, Pint Jockeys!

Locations:

Del Papa Distribution Center

Hospitality Room

410 I-10 South

Beaumont, TX 77707

 

Del Papa Distribution Center

Hospitality Room

1220 I-45

Texas City, TX  77591

 

Del Papa Distribution Center

Hospitality Room

3907 E. Rio Grande

Victoria, TX 77807

 

 

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Karbach Brewmaster Eric Warner joins Beaumont tasting, and Pedernales Brewing Co.’s brewmaster and founder make their way to Texas City.

The tastings take place this Thursday, July 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Del Papa’s three distribution centers in Beaumont, Texas City and Victoria. All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

Check out the lineups being featured at each location below!

 

BEAUMONT:

Karbach Brewmaster Eric Warner joins us to sample the following from Karbach’s core line-up:

Karbach Weisse Versa Wheat Ale – This hybrid wheat beer is a combination of Hefeweizen yeast and spices common to Belgian style white beers. The result is a complex but refreshing wheat beer with flavors and aromas of citrus peel, coriander, banana and wheat.

Karbach Love Street Summer Seasonal – A Kölsch style beer brewed with German hops including Tettnang, Spalt, Saphir and Hallertauer. The golden colored beer has a predominately grassy flavor with other notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon and coriander.

Karbach Sympathy for the Lager – This lager is prepared with extras steps and time, similar to many brewing processes in Czechoslovakia, to create a lager that is crisp and refreshing. Karbach utilizes a process called floatation, giving a delicate bitterness, before the beer is cold-aged for several weeks. The German hops give a floral, spicy aroma and the Vienna malts produce an amber color and malt sweetness.

Karbach Hopadillo IPA – Referred to asTexas Style IPA” by brewmaster Eric Warner, this unique ale combines American, German and English hops to give a big and bold hop aroma with citrus character and earthy spiciness.

Karbach Rodeo Clown Double IPA – Rodeo Clown doubles down with a malty richness and strong hop character, typical of a DIPA. The aromas are malty with citrus, spice and floral hop characteristics.

Karbach El Hopadillo Negro – An American black ale, with a smooth hop taste and a cool, dry finish. Flavors of citrus, pine and roasted malt lace the brew.

Karbach Hop Delusion – A West Coast Style Imperial IPA, Hop Delusion has an explosive aroma of citrus and tropical fruit thanks to loads of Chinook, Simcoe, Falconers Flight and Mosaic hops. A slight caramel malt sweetness holds this medium bodied brew together.

 

 

TEXAS CITY:

This month’s Texas City location hosts Pedernales Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Peter McFarlane and founder Lee Hereford as they serve up these five fantastic beers:

Pedernales Classic Hefe-Weizen – This classic unfiltered beer stays true to the Bavarian style with a strict yeast strain creating distinctive flavors of banana, apricot and clove. Light, cloudy and golden in color, this brew boasts a thick, frothy head and has received top marks at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.

Pedernales Lobo Lito – A full bodied, true Reinheitsgebot quality Pilsner beer made using Pilsner malt barley, Weihensteffan yeast, Saaz hops and Hill County well water. Its slightly lower alcohol content and thirst quenching, slightly hoppy finish make it the perfect summer-time beer.

Pedernales Lobo Lager – This pilsner beer starts with Texas Hill Country well water and Czech hops. Brilliantly crisp and clear with a dense foam, light golden color and subtle hop aroma. The flavor is a delicate balance of expertly malted barley and carefully selected hops.

Pedernales Lobo Negro – A true “Dunkel,” or dark brown lager, with a spicy maltiness that is neither sweet nor too roastily dry. The lager yeast is worked at low temperatures, imparting a clean roundness and balance.

Pedernales Classics India Pale Ale – The brilliantly clear, light copper color of this classic English beer denotes the specialized caramel malt used to give the ale a light toasted flavor. Classic NW American hops are used to balance the malty sweetness of the barley to provide a wonderful herbal aroma from this well balanced beer.

 

 

VICTORIA

Victoria event-goers will be treated to a little bit of everything ! Summer seasonals, a cider, and IPA and even a doughnut-inspired brew await.

Rahr & Sons Summertime Wheat – This refreshing, lightly hopped ale has unique banana and clove-like characteristics. It is unfiltered so the yeast character comes through with a light but full body that pours a hazy dark gold with a white, frothy head.

Pedernales Lobo Lito – A full bodied, true Reinheitsgebot quality Pilsner beer made using Pilsner malt barley, Weihensteffan yeast, Saaz hops and Hill County well water. Its slightly lower alcohol content and thirst quenching, slightly hoppy finish make it the perfect summer-time beer.

New Belgium Rolle Bolle – This summer seasonal ale is brewed with monk fruit and soursop and pours a brilliant blonde, with a fluffy, white head. Earthy and tropical tones construct the aroma and oats add a hint of creaminess to the dry and clean mouthfeel.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum – An intense and complex Imperial IPA, Hoptimum features intense hop flavors and aromas of grapefruit ring, pine, herbs and tropical fruit.

Angry Orchard Ginger – Featuring a unique blend of Nigerian ginger and apple flavors, this smooth and refreshing cider offers a sweet, yet slightly tart taste and goes down easy. This cider is gluten-free and Celiac safe.

Rouge Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale – Rouge Ales has partnered with Voodoo Doughnut to craft this collision of crazy flavors. This creation contains a dozen ingredients including chocolate, banana and peanut butter to match Voodoo’s famous “Memphis Mafia” doughnut.

 

Phew, that’s a lot of great craft beer! Which tasting event are you attending? See you there, 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.

beerfest

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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Hello and hearty Texas Tuesday to you, Pint Jockeys!

tx big beer logo

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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The Pint Jockeys highlight their favorites!

‘Tis the season…of the winter seasonal, that is! Every year around this time, many of our favorite craft breweries from all over the country release their limited-edition brews, specially concocted for the holiday months. And while each has its own unique personality, all winter seasonals have a few common traits.

For instance, American winter ales tend to be spicier and warmer. According to BYO.com (Brew Your Own), winter selections are often amber or darker in color and are brewed to be “stronger, richer and more full-bodied.” Typically, they are flavored with those spices which remind you of the holidays – you know, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and more. Tasty!

Some of our favorite seasonals include Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale (available now) and its upcoming Winter Stout, a creamy, full-bodied yet sweet stout with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors. Watch for that one to hit shelves in December. Of course Rahr & Sons’ Winter Warmer, which features flavors of chocolate and roasted malts, and Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, one of their most sought-after releases with its layers of pine and citrus hop aromas, are also perfect for a cold winter day. Last but not least, we’re thankful for the return of New Belgium’s Snow Day, with its serious load of Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade hops!

Have we forgotten any classics? Which are your favorite winter seasonals? Let us know in the comments or share your thoughts on Facebook. We’re always looking to try something new!

‘Til next time, we’ll be cozied up by a fire enjoying one (or all) of these picks.

Happy holidays, Pint Jockeys!

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