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Texas Crude by Texas BIG BEER

Texas BIG BEER Texas Crude

We’ve heard great things about the friendly people out in Buna, Texas but we’re giving our highest praises to the creative couple, John and Tammy McKissack, co-founders of Texas BIG BEER Brewery.  These fine folks set up shop in the Southeast Texas Big Thicket with the belief that brewing great beer is a craft to be appreciated, enjoyed and savored – and boy do we appreciate, enjoy and savor the heck out of one of their finest creations, Texas Crude.

This American Porter style lager is extremely robust, with a roasty flavor that is surprisingly clean for such a dark beer. Dominant notes are dark chocolate and coffee, with hints of dark brown sugar, molasses, fig and raisin also in the mix.

Pour it into a mug and you’re looking at a beer as black as the barrels of oil pouring out of the East Texas Oil Field. But don’t be afraid of the dark– the beer is very drinkable with a light carbonation and consistently emerges as the favorite from BIG BEER’s lineup in their brewery taste tests.  It was even voted best Porter in the Rockies/Southwest at the United States Beer Tasting Championship’s™ 19th annual Winter Competition.

Texas Crude pairs well with smoked meats like barbeque and brisket, as well as buttery cheeses like Brie, Havarti and Gouda making it another great go-to Texas craft beer for backyard celebrations. Lucky for you and your refrigerator, it’s available year round in one of Texas BIG BEER’s 22-ounce bomber bottles (or kegs if you find yourself fully committed, which you very well might).

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below, Pint Jockeys! We’ll see you here next week with another Texas Tuesday pick!


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Cheers to our long-awaited friend!

We think it’s safe to say that few brewers create excitement around their beer releases quite like Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing company. Especially when it comes to the Divine Reserve series. As you already know, Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve 12, the latest in the brewer’s coveted series (and first in almost a year and a half!), began hitting stores and bars across Texas yesterday and is already flying off shelves.  Perhaps you’re even among the many daring fans who scoured local grocery and liquor stores in hopes of snatching up a bomber or six-pack from the first shipment.

Haven’t had any luck just yet? Worry not; according to Saint Arnold, it may be the end of the week before every store and bar gets their allotment of this divine booty, so be patient if you’re unable to find it immediately. Are you on social media? Peruse the #DR12 hashtag on Twitter to see where fellow fans have struck gold and where they’ve struck out in their search for the ale.

For those unfamiliar with the craft brew making Texans hysterical with excitement, DR12 is an Old Ale inspired by David Rogers’ victorious entry in the 2011 Big Batch Brew Bash, which YOU, my friend, must age. Saint Arnold recommends aging the beer in cold temperatures for at least a year (that is, if you can wait that long), allowing the alcohol to oxidize and create the sherry and spicy malt and hop flavors that will round out the beer. When you’re finally ready to drink up, let DR12 warm to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, for all of the flavors to emerge. And don’t forget to decant the beer as you pour. Got all that?  The results of your careful waiting should be a spicy, malty beginning that smoothes into a creamy middle and a warming finish.

Can’t wait that long? Word on the street is the brew, which boasts an ABV of 10%, is delicious enough as-is.  Ronnie Crocker calls the brew “smooth” and “deceptively sweet” adding it’s “not the least bit cloying, with no perfumey aftertaste.“

If you were able to snag a 6-pack or bomber, show off your find on our Facebook page! And if you’re like us and couldn’t wait a year to pop a top, let us know what you think of Divine Reserve 12 in the comments below!

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Stella Artois Also available in bomber bottles!

‘Tis the season to enjoy festive brews! We’ve already given you a pretty thorough run down of our favorite holiday offerings, but we’ve saved the original Christmas Beer for last. In honor of the holidays, today’s post will feature Stella Artois.

This brew originated in Leuven, Belgian as a seasonal ale celebrating Christmas. However, the delicious pale lager was so popular that it quickly became a year-round favorite. Brewed from the finest ingredients available, today the full-flavored, high-quality brew is enjoyed in more than 80 countries around the globe.

Although it is not technically a Christmas seasonal, Stella Artois continues to honor its roots. In fact, for the 2011 holiday season, the brewer put together “Under the Holiday Star,” a free holiday jazz album for visitors to download. Check it out here!

Whether you plan to serve the beer in a signature Chalice, new chalice can, 12 ounce bottle or our favorite – the bomber bottle, Stella Artois is perfect for any holiday celebration. Just turn up the jazz and enjoy the season with friends, family and delicious brew.



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A Pairing for your pork roast

The lights are strung and the halls are officially decked. Now, all you have to do is wrap up that pesky holiday shopping and prepare a feast fit for celebrating. We’ve already given you a few last-minute gift ideas, and now we’ll help you out in the kitchen with our Pint Jockey picks for holiday dishes and brews.

Our first recommended dish is meant for those expecting a full house. This Holiday Pork Roast feeds 16 hungry mouths and pairs perfectly with the hoppily delicious Santa’s Private Reserve from Rogue Brewery.

To make this tasty, herbed roast, you’ll need to pick up the following:

  • 1 boneless whole pork loin roast (5 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup apple jelly
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce, optional

Once you’ve round up your ingredients, you’ll only need 30 minutes of prep time and about 45 minutes to bake, giving you extra time to unwind with family and friends and enjoy the brew.

Here are the directions…

  • Place pork roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Combine the ginger, garlic, sage and salt; rub over meat. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour.
  • Combine jelly and pepper sauce; brush over roast. Arrange carrots and onions around roast. Pour 1/2 cup  water into pan. Bake 40-50 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 145°. Remove roast to a serving platter; let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Skim fat from pan drippings. Transfer drippings and vegetables to a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan. Add browning sauce if desired and remaining water; heat through. Slice roast; serve with gravy.

With the roast set, older guests will enjoy the meal with the Santa’s Private Reserve. The roasty flavor of this holiday offering crafted with Chinook, Centennial and a mystery hop called Rudolph, will draw out the herbs and spices of the tender roast.

With a meal in place to feed a small army, you can cross one more thing off your list. Not a fan of pork? All of you major procrastinators can check back next Friday for another holiday meal idea from the Pint Jockeys!

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Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Abbey Ales come in Bombers too!

Give your favorite host or beer lover a specialty brew for every season with a trio of Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Abbey Ales. This week’s picks for bomber-bottled beers are brewed in collaboration with the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California (located just north of Sierra Nevada’s home in Chico.) With a brew for the spring, summer and fall, you can put together the perfect gift set, or just pick up the winter ale, Quad, on the way to  your next holiday get together. 

Each unique brew in the Ovila series comes in a 750 ml cage-and-cork bottle featuring artwork inspired by the historic Santa Maria de Ovila monastery and is crafted to closely follow centuries of monastic brewing tradition. In addition, a portion of proceeds from the sale of these brews will go toward the restoration of the medieval Ovila chapter house building located on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux.

Here’s what you can expect from each of the Ales:

  • Ovila Abbey Dubbel, released in March 2011, offers the perfect spring-time ale. Clear and deep copper in color, this Abbey Dubbel has a complex and rich, malty sweetness with hints of caramelized sugar. The aroma is a heady and layered mix of fruit and spice with hints of clove, raisin, and black pepper from the use of abbey-style yeast.
  • Ovila Abbey Saison, the series’ summer farmhouse ale, is brewed in honor of the noble labor in which the monks engage. Hazy blonde in color, these rustic ales are designed to be complex and contemplative but also refreshing and drinkable after a day in the fields. With earthy and spicy aromas this Saison has notes of green grass, and a faint citrus tang. The body is light and layered with fruit and spice accents and a dry, peppery, and refreshing finish.
  • Ovila Abbey Quad, the most recent addition to the Ovila lineup is perfect for the cooler fall and winter seasons.  The silky ale is rich, mahogany brown in color with a velvety malt aroma, spiked with hints of dried cherry, fig, raisin and plum notes. A full and creamy body offers layers of flavor including a perfume-like wave of intense dark fruits and caramel-like maltiness. Rich and warming, this complex ale should be shared among friends in the true spirit of the season.

Regardless of the occasion, the delicious Ovila brews are perfect for celebrating and spending time with friends.  Try one or all three and let us know what you think!

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IPAs and a delicious American Brown Ale for Humpday

Having trouble bouncing back from the long holiday weekend? The Pint Jockeys are always here to give you a mid-week treat to get you to the weekend! With December only a day away, there’s no doubt you all have plenty of holiday get-togethers ahead of you. That’s why the Pint Jockeys are dedicating our Seasonal  Wednesday column to our favorite brews available in special 22-oz Bomber Bottles- perfect for sharing!

This week, we’re focusing on several of the Bear Republic Selections. Among our picks are three IPAs and a good ole’ American Brown Ale.

First up, the a few different varieties of the Indian Pale Ales…

Racer 5 is a hoppy, full-bodied American India Pale Ale brewed from American pale and crystal malts. The brew is heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial, giving it a unique flavor and golden color. ABV: 7.0%

A high-gravity rye IPA, Hop Rod Rye is brewed with 18% rye malt. The amber-colored brew has a floral hop aroma with subtle notes of caramel. The combination of the caramel with Hop Rod Rye’s slightly earthy and spicy rye character makes for one delicious IPA. ABV: 8.0%

If you enjoy lighter IPAs, XP is a great “go-to” brew. An American IPA, XP is short for Exception Pale Ale. This light golden pale ale balances the malt and hops for a smooth, drinkable beer that compliments any meal. ABV: 5.4%

And finally, an American Brown Ale to wrap things up…

Peter Brown Tribute Ale is malty American Brown Ale, brewed with molasses, brown sugar, and hopped with Cascade and Centennial. This brown ale is perfect for the crisp December weather. ABV: 6.3%

That should tide you over until Friday, when we’ll return with fun, holiday recipes. Be sure to try one or more of the varieties above and let us know what you think of each brew in the comment section below!

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