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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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Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Two words for you, Pint Jockeys: It’s Friday! Or, how about Party Time?  Maybe you’d prefer Boogie Down? No matter your celebratory exclamation of choice, you know what today means, beer lovers – it’s the weekend and time for another Foodie Friday post! So call us Old Faithful because we’re back once again with another quick and tasty meal to complement our favorite beer this week, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest.

As you already know, Summerfest goes well with pretty much anything, making your grilling options endless. And we know you don’t have all day, so we’ve done the research for you and present to you your next great grilling endeavor: Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken (and the crowd goes wild!).

Rated four and a half out of five stars on AllRecipes.com, this recipe couldn’t be easier or more satisfying. And with just five ingredients – mustard, honey, mayonnaise, steak sauce and chicken – you probably already have everything you need in your pantry. So go check and we’ll wait right here… Oh good, you’re back! See, we knew you had everything. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon steak sauce
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

What You’ll Do:

  1. Preheat the grill for medium heat.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix the mustard, honey, mayonnaise, and steak sauce. Set aside a small amount of the honey mustard sauce for basting, and dip the chicken into the remaining sauce to coat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken over indirect heat for 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until juices run clear. Baste occasionally with the reserved sauce during the last 10 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning!

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We told you it was easy! Best of all, it’s ready in 35 minutes, giving you more time for the things that really matter – beer and baseball (who’s ready to watch the Astros take on the White Sox this weekend?).

We wish we could take credit for some of the hilarious reviews found online for this meal, but we can’t, so we’ll share with you what witty reviewer Connie had to say on AllRecipes.com: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed’, ye shall make and enjoy this simple, tangy, delicious grilled chicken dish!” Connie and over 1,200 other grillers agree with us that this meal is one for the record books (…or recipe cards…or iPhone note. You get the picture.).

Never ones to leave you feeling incomplete, we’d like to offer you some side dish suggestions to make your weekend even tastier. Might you try some grilled zucchini? If you’re looking to indulge, twice baked mashed potatoes would be another great choice. And you can always serve your chicken over rice.

We know no matter what you pair your Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken with, you won’t go wrong. How could you when you’re washing it down with a Sierra Nevada Summerfest? So pop a top and drink up because it’s the weekend and that’s reason enough to celebrate!

‘Til next time, Pint Jockeys…

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest is back!

Raise your glass, Pint Jockeys; you’ve made it to Wednesday! And it’s all downhill from here with just two days until the weekend. In honor of such good news, we’ve picked a beer perfect for the summer nights ahead, so kick back and treat yourself to our pick-of-the-week, Sierra Nevada Summerfest. Heck, with a beer named after our favorite season, you know you can’t go wrong.

We know we’ve briefly mentioned Summerfest before, but decided it hadn’t gotten the attention it deserves and wanted to share some more details. Creamy and crisp, this summer seasonal is one your friends will be glad you brought to the weekend cookout, or in this case, midweek get-together. Light in body but big in taste, Summerfest is a longtime favorite for those who want a beer that goes down easy, yet maintains a big aroma with a tangy hop bite. It’s no surprise to us that the beer was named Winner of the European Light Lagers at the 1999 California State Fair.

It also goes great with summer fare– think hamburgers, hotdogs and other American classics. We also love it with grilled chicken.  If you care to get more daring with your pairings, please leave us a comment and let us know what you tried!Take your time while drinking Summerfest. Its smoothness comes from an extra-long lagering period, making it the perfect “hang out” beer for summer. Trust us, this brew was made for days floating the river, playing a pickup game with the boys or throwing a Frisbee on the beach.

All this talk has us ready for a cold one, so grab a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Summerfest for your buddies (or keep it all to yourself) and enjoy.

Cheers!

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale Replaces Alpine Spring

Hey Pint Jockeys! While we spent a few weeks saying goodbye to some of our favorite spring brews, today, we’re looking at the upside – more room for delicious summer seasonals!

For those of you who attended last week’s tasting event, you’re already familiar with Saint Arnold’s hoppy, yet sweet Summer Pils (replacing Spring Bock) and Seirra Nevada’s refreshing Summerfest (replacing Ruthless Rye,) but there are several other new offerings we haven’t yet explored, including Samuel Adams Summer Ale.

Over the past few months, Samuel Adams fans have greatly enjoyed the delicious Alpine Spring Lager, but it’s time for something a little different.  Summer Ale is an American wheat ale crafted from malted wheat, lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century.

The resulting brew has a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body.  The ale fermentation imparts an underlying note of tropical fruit, reminiscent of mangos and peaches. All of these flavors come together to create a clean-finishing beer perfect for warm summer days on the patio. Plus, the beer goes great with seafood, so it’s perfect for enjoying after a long, successful day of fishing along the Texas Coast.

What’s your favorite beer to enjoy during the summer months? Check back next week when we highlight another seasonal offering.

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It’s time for our favorite monthly happy hour – the Pint Jockeys tasting events in Beaumont, Victoria and NOW Texas City. If you didn’t catch last week’s blog, we’re moving the Galveston tasting event to Del Papa’s new Coastal Distribution Center on the mainland. The building is in the final stages of construction, so this month’s event will take place patio-side, adjacent to the Hospitality Room.

To help us celebrate the move, Islander by Choice will be on site all evening selling tickets to the upcoming Galveston Beach Revue! Make sure to stop by and grab tickets to the “Bands & Bombshells” event on May 18 featuring live music from the Gourds and John Evans band and brews from Southern Star Brewery happening!

As always, all of our free tasting events are open to those ages 21 and up and will take place from 5-7p.m.

New location, same great variety!  Here’s a taste of what you can expect this month:

  • Shock Top Lemon Shandy – Shock Top Lemon Shandy is a unique blend of refreshing and smooth wheat beer perfectly complemented by spices and natural lemonade flavor.  This recently released seasonal brew by Shock Top is available through the end of July.
  • Saint Arnold Summer Pils – Saint Arnold’s bohemian-style pilsner is crisp and refreshing with a delicate, sweet German malt taste complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor. The seasonal brew is available May through August and is perfect for a hot summer day.
  • Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock – The Pint Jockeys’ April Beer of the Month (BOTM) is the golden-colored Bucking Bock, a traditional German spring bock beer. The award-winning bock has a smooth malty character and is available through April.
  • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum – This whole-cone imperial IPA is aggressively hopped and carries layers of a bold aroma featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit culminating in a dry and lasting finish.
  • Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale Rogue Ales has collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Bacon Maple Ale! This unique artisan creation of various smoked malts contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.

In addition to the above selections, visitors to our Beaumont tasting will have the opportunity to enjoy Sierra Nevada Summerfest:

  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest – Summerfest is a refreshing, pilsner-style and is incredibly smooth.  The crisp, light ale will quench your thirst with its big aroma and tangy hob bite and is a perfect summertime treat.

And Victoria and Texas City event-goers can sample:

  • New Belgium Shift – The lightly-hopped pale lager is dedicated to the New Belgium employee-owners who work in shifts to brew world-class beers.  Enjoy this brew crafted from Target, Nelson Sauvin, Liberty and Cascade hops after a long day of work or play.

All of the spring and summer brews are sure to be delicious, but we have to give a special shout out to the April BOTM. Be sure to try the Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock and let us know what you think!

For exact locations, visit the event page on Facebook and don’t forget to RSVP while you’re there.

See you tomorrow!

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