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Join the Beer of the Month club with Rahr & Sons Pecker Wrecker

BOTM’s Up, Pint Jockeys! We’re back with our regularly scheduled programming and present to you our July beer of the month: Rahr & Son’s Pecker Wrecker. We apologize for the delay, and guarantee this unforgettable seasonal is well worth the wait!

Available for a very limited time as part of the To Thee Series, Pecker Wrecker was originally released in 2005 as the first of Rahr & Sons’ seasonal brews, and has since created quite the (ahem) name for itself.   The unique logo, seen today on t-shirts, glasses and tap handles everywhere, was selected when the brewer called on beer lovers to submit logos using only a woodpecker and a red tow truck. So sure, some of the popularity may stem from Pecker Wrecker’s memorable logo and innuendo-laden name, but the main thing that gets hopheads talking is the unforgettable flavor.

This seasonal Bohemian-style, Imperial Rye pilsner (that’s a mouthful!) has a rich, amber color and is highly hopped at 7% ABV.  With a medium-to-full body and malty backbone, you’ll love this bock-like pilsner!  As hop characteristics explode in your mouth, you’ll be left wanting more. And you can feel justified in your cravings; Tastings.com gave Pecker Wrecker a 91 points rating, which qualifies the beer as “exceptional.”

It’s no surprise that Pecker Wrecker was re-released as part of the To Thee Series,  a group of brews meant to celebrate more than 160 years of Rahr Brewing history and traditions. These limited quantity selections are known to fly off the shelves, so be sure to pick some up this weekend!

Time to raise your glass (or 22 oz bottle) and cheers to another unforgettable brew!

Until next time, Pint Jockeys!

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Texas City and Victoria events to feature summer vacation selections; Beaumont to honor Saint Arnold

Today marks the official first day of summer, Pint Jockeys! And while we’ve been experiencing the brutal Texas summer heat since May, we’ll look for any reason to celebrate, and the official first day of summer is reason enough for us.

In honor of such a festive occasion, we’re here to tell you about our June tasting events, taking place in Victoria, Texas City and Beaumont tomorrow, Thursday, June 21.  As always, the tasting events are free and open to anyone 21 and older and will take place in each distribution center’s hospitality room from 5-7 p.m.

The tastings in Victoria and Texas City will feature a great lineup from brewers located in top travel destinations in the U.S. and abroad, including Costa Rica, Portland and Hawaii, just in time to plan your summer vacation.

Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to:

  • Kona Longboard Island Lager – Travel to Hawaii with Kona’s Longboard Island Lager, a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor.  A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.
  • Kona Wailua Wheat – The plunging cascade of clear water of Hawaii’s Wailua Falls is the inspiration for the Limited Release Wailua Wheat Ale.  This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrus flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit brewed into each batch.  Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime.
  • Redhook Longhammer IPA – Sample an IPA from Seattle. The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) gives the Redhook Longhammer 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.
  • Redhook Wit – Redhook’s twist on the Belgian style is the addition of fresh ginger, which adds a refreshing snappiness to this lighter-bodied wheat beer.  Redhook Wit is perfect for warm summer months of outdoor BBQ-ing, sitting by the pool, or just enjoying a rainy day inside watching old re-runs of Gilligan’s Island.
  • Widmer Citra Blonde – Citra hops lend their name to this Portland interpretation of a golden ale.  But that’s not all they bring to the party.  Their striking citrus aroma and thirst-quenching flavor are the perfect pairing for soft malt notes.  Together they create a beer that’s full in flavor and uniquely refreshing.
  • Magic Hat #9 Not quite a pale ale, this elixir is impossible to describe and is a brew “cloaked in secrecy.” The mysterious ale is dry, crisp and fruity, and there is nothing quite like it.  Cascade and Apollo hops with pale, crystal malts make the unique brew quite magical.
  • Imperial–
    Pint Jockeys’ June Beer of the Month, Imperial combines a balance of malt, grains and hops to create an extremely refreshing beer.  Heading to the beach just got a little easier; this Costa Rican brew can now be enjoyed in 12oz cans, so it’s also welcome in locations where our bottled favorites can’t go.

More interested in a staycation? Our Beaumont event will feature some of our Saint Arnolds favorites, including: Saint Arnold Summer Pils, Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower, Saint Arnold Weedwacker, Saint Arnold Santo, Saint Arnold Amber Ale, Saint Arnold Elissa and the Saint Arnold Endeavor. Plus,  Saint Arnold’s beer aficionado Lennie Ambrose will make a special appearance to sample selections, answer questions and talk brew with our fellow Pint Jockeys.

Check out our official Facebook event for  the full details and and RSVP while you’re there!  After you leave your tasting, be sure to come back here and let us know which beer was your favorite.

Hope to see you there!


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Escape the everyday with our BOTM – Imperial!

Hey Pint Jockeys!  Who’s ready for a summer vacation?

We know we are. And since we don’t have the time or resources to skip town for a tropical getaway this year, we decided we’d highlight Imperial as our June Beer of the Month. This delicious Costa Rican import may not be a craft brew, but it comes from a region that knows as much about beer as they do having a good time… which is a lot.

One of the most popular sayings in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida,” meaning “Pure life “ or “Good Life.” And locals don’t take it lightly. In fact, for them, it’s more than a saying; it’s the only way to live. They know how to enjoy life with good food and even better beer. For 80 years, Imperial has been the national beer of choice and it’s equally enjoyable in our Southeast Texas summer climate.

Imperial combines a balance of malt, grains and hops to create an extremely refreshing beer for enjoying beach side, pool side, river side… you see where we’re going with this. And now it’s offered in 12 oz cans, so it’s also welcome in locations where our bottled favorites can’t go.

We’re a bit late filling you in on this one, but you still have two weeks to grab a six pack of Imperial and join the BOTM’s Up club. So get to it and let us know what you think!


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Celebrate the long weekend with a Southern Star Seasonal

Happy Humpday friends! You’re officially halfway through the work week, which means it’s time to start making plans for the long weekend. While vacations are always nice, an extra day to relax and hang out at home can be equally enjoyable. All you need is good company, food and brew, which is what brings us to this week’s seasonal recommendation – Southern Star Walloon.

When trying to select our top pick for enjoying the first summer holiday, Walloon was the first thing to pop into our heads.  The Belgian-style grisette  made its debut about this time last year and we’re excited to welcome it back. Southern Star’s summer seasonal is brewed to be the lightest in their lineup, making it a great choice for drinking outdoors during the scorching Texas Summers.

The unique “Grisette” style was originally developed back in the 1800’s in the Belgian province of Hainaut. It’s a farmhouse style ale with added features of a Belgian wit and Belgian triplel. While it may be light, the brewer added clove and noble hops to ensure it’s not without flavor.

Walloon pairs well with a variety of cuisines, including thai, shellfish and chicken. When it comes to Memorial Day weekend, we always suggest something on the grill, so check back on Friday for our recommendation.

Need a brew to hold you over through the rest of the week? There’s always our BOTM, Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde!



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Time for Somersault and Elder Betty

Picking up where we left off last week, we’re continuing to say “goodbye” to our favorite spring brews and “hello” to a line of lighter options that offer the optimal mix of unique flavor and drinkability. Next up in the summer lineup are New Belgium’s Somersault and Magic Hat’s Elder Betty.

Starting with New Belgium Brewing Company, the tasty, lemony aroma of Dig Pale Ale made the transition into the warm summer months nice and sweet. Taking the refreshing factor a step further, the brewer now offers Somersault Ale, a blonde-colored, remarkably drinkable brew that’s still full of flavor.  Despite the ease of each gulp, the brew still maintains remarkable notes at play in the nose, flavor and mouthfeel. There is an opening brace of citrus aroma from Centennial hops, a soft apricot fruitiness tucked into the flavor, a fresh snap from a sliver of ginger root, finished with oats in a long cool mash.

Another golden beer to hit shelves during the summer months is Magic Hat’s Elder Betty. Taking the place of the ever popular Vinyl lager, Elder Betty is a Weiss-style ale with a bready malt flavor balanced by a touch of hops and complimented by the tart berry flavors of elderberry. Crafted for enjoying during the lazy summer months, it’s easy to drink a few but hard to stop at one. While we will miss the flavors (and weather) of the spring, we have to say, these summer ales offer an equally delicious alternative.

Now, for those of you who prefer a beer you can find year-round we have a recommendation for you as well. This month, we have to point you in the direction of Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde! If you haven’t heard, it’s the May Beer of the Month and it’s definitely worth a try. To learn more about this brew, check back next week when we dive into the full Southern Star portfolio in advance of the Beach Revue concert on May 18!

Until then, cheers!

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April’s Beer of the Month is Rahr & Sons’ Bucking Bock

Hey Pint Jockeys,

First off, let us apologize for the delay in announcing the April BOTM – it was not an easy decision.  After some thought and deliberation, we decided that the most appropriate beer for April is the German-style Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons.

We’ve already given you quite a bit of detail about the our April selection, but for those of you who missed the older post, Bucking Bock is golden in color and mildly hopped with an impressive ABV of 7.5%. The brew’s deliciously smooth, malty character makes it perfect for moderate temperatures, which is exactly why it’s only available through the end of this month.  We all know Texas says goodbye to spring and “moderate” temperatures well before May, so don’t miss your chance to pick up this delicious brew!

You have the rest of the month to enjoy Bucking Bock during cookouts and sunny afternoons. We’ve even offered a recipe to get you started. (See our blog about beer-brined grilled pork chops featuring Bucking Bock.)

If you’re still not convinced, try it for free before you buy. Bucking Bock is part of our April tasting lineup! The free events are set for April 19 and open to the public. The Victoria and Beaumont locations have not changed, however, the Galveston tasting will be held at the brand new Del Papa Distribution Center in Texas City this month. Come by and see the state-of-the-art hospitality room and enjoy a selection of great spring and summer beers.

Please check back next week when we unveil the rest of the lineup!

In the meantime, BOTM’s UP Pint Jockeys!

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Start the weekend early with our Pint Jockey Tasting Events!

Our March tasting event comes at the perfect time as we enter the last days of Spring Break and gear up for one of our favorite holidays – Saint Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re doing some “advance research” for your party on Saturday or just want to get a jump on the weekend, Thursday’s tasting event offers the perfect excuse to join some of your fellow beer-lovers and sample from a robust lineup of spring-time brews!

In addition to March BOTM Le Mort Vivant from Southern Star Brewery, the event will also feature the latest from Saint Arnold.  Attendees to our Galveston and Beaumont events will even find the added bonus of some impossible-to-find Divine Reserve 11.  Stop by and try it side-by-side with the Endeavour and let us know if the new brew does last year’s special justice.

Now, for more on the brew lineup available at all three events:

  • Saint Arnold Endeavour – Saint Arnold’s recently released double IPA – named after the space shuttle orbiter – first came out in the spring of 2011 as Divine Reserve No. 11.  Expect this interestingly developed brew to have a touch of citrus with an even balance of Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops.

  • Kona Koko Brown – Kona Brewing Company’s nut brown ale has a nutty, toffee flavor and aroma brewed with real toasted coconut giving it a smooth, roasty malt taste. The mahogany seasonal brew, available through spring, pairs well with Thai food and BBQ meats.
  • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye – Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the transition to spring.  This deep red ale with chocolate and caramel malts has a hint of bread crust and finishes fairly bitter and crisp.

  • Southern Star Le Mort Vivant – Brewed using a traditional French technique Bière de Garde, Le Mort Vivant (Living Dead) is a delicious seasonal brew of French, German, Belgian and American malts, French and Czech hops with a hint of sweet pear.
  • Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock – A traditional German spring bock beer, golden in color and mildly hopped. This award winning bock has a smooth malty character and is available through April.
  • Woodchuck Crisp – Woodchuck Crisp is a year-round session cider and is one of the driest ciders in the Woodchuck lineup. Dry and delicate in body, it finishes with a delicious crisp apple flavor.

As always, the events will take place at the Del Papa Distributing Hospitality Rooms in Victoria, Beaumont and Galveston from 5-7 p.m. To find more information and RSVP, check out the event on Facebook.

We hope to see you there! We’ll be back on Friday with more for Saint Patrick’s Day weekend!


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Beer-braised meatballs featuring our BOTM!

It may not be a widely celebrated holiday, but today is in fact National Meatball Day! In honor of the event, we’re grabbing some Le Mort Vivant and cooking up some beer-braised meatballs with sour cream dipping sauce. For those of you who can’t indulge today due to lent, be sure to tuck this delicious recipe away for future use!

As you can see in the ingredients below (courtesy of RachelRayShow.com,) you can use a stout or an amber ale for the recipe. As our beer of the month, we’re going with Le Mort Vivant. As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, the beer is multi-layered with subtle notes of caramel and fruit. It’s a darker amber ale, which puts it between the “tangy and sweet” and “creamy and bitter” varieties, creating a nice, unique flavor.

Now, here’s what you’ll need to get started:


  • 2 slices stale good quality white bread, crusts trimmed
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons drained prepared horseradish
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup amber ale (tangy and sweet) or stout beer (creamy and bitter) – We’d go with Le Mort Vivant
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • For the Sour Cream Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup minced chives
  • Salt and coarse ground black pepper

Then you…

Heat a cast-iron skillet or large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. In a bowl, soak the bread in the milk to soften.

In a large bowl, combine the beef and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Squeeze out the excess liquid from the bread and crumble it into the meat. Mix in the parsley, horseradish, garlic and egg. Roll the meat into 2 to 2 1/2-inch balls.

Add the olive oil to the hot pan, then add the meatballs and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the beer and stock; cover the pan with foil and cook for about 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.

In a small bowl, combine the first 3 dipping sauce ingredients; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the meatballs.

There ya have it – a quick and easy treat you can serve as an appetizer for your next get together or with vegetables or a salad as a main course.

Be sure to try it out and let us know what you think. We’ll be back next week with a Saint Patty’s ready recipe!

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Don’t miss tomorrow’s free Pint Jockey Tasting!

 Hey Pint Jockeys!

We’ve been so wrapped up in all of the Mardi Gras festivities here in Southeast Texas that we almost forgot about another very important date that’s right around the corner – Texas Independence Day! Luckily, the Pint Jockey’s February tasting event, scheduled for TOMORROW evening, is all about Texas and will give attendees the chance to find their favorite Texas-brewed beer just in time to for the big day on March 2!

As Texans, we love our state. Of course, one of the things we love most is our abundance of quality beer. Representing the Texas brewers during tomorrow’s tasting will be Rahr & Sons, Saint Arnold, Southern Star and Zeigenbock. We’ve included a brief description of all the beers below.

  • Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle – There’s a reason why we named this the February BOTM! This dark, seasonal Scottish ale has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness and a touch of hoppy bitterness.  Deep, dark brown in color, the brew is crafted from warrior hops, Vienna, crystal and chocolate malts creating a deeply malty, nutty and caramel flavor. 


  • Saint Arnold Spring Bock – Brewed to a high starting gravity and high alcohol content, this true German-style Bock celebrates the coming of spring. This big, deeply flavored lager has been aged to create a smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. A light addition of German hops balances the malt flavor. 
  • Saint Arnold Brown Ale – The full, malty body and deep copper brown ale was released in 1995 to commemorate the brewery’s one-year anniversary.  Brown Ale is brewed with five different types of malts and has hints of chocolate and a touch of sweetness creating the perfect balance.
  • Ziegenbock – This American-style amber lager has a beautiful dark amber color with notes of roasted grains in the aroma and a sweet smooth taste with a balanced hop finish.
  • Rahr & Sons Snowmaggedon – A tribute to the rebuild of Rahr & Sons brewery from the snowstorm in Fort Worth on Feb. 12, 2010.  This seasonal American, double imperial stout comes in at 10.00% ABV and pours a deep brown color with light brown hues.  Some slight roasted notes are present along with a bit of coffee and a touch of chocolate and malt taste.


  • Southern Star Bombshell Blonde – This American Blonde Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company is a rich, creamy, golden-colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish.  Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts.  

As this is our seasonal post, we’ll have to call special attention to our Beer of the Month, Iron Thistle and Saint Arnold’s Spring Bock. Both are delicious, but we encourage you to come on out and taste for yourself. If you haven’t attended a previous tasting, the events are open to attendees ages 21 and up and held at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Galveston, Beaumont and Victoria. For more information, click here.

Come get a jump-start on the last weekend of Mardi Gras and gear up for Texas Independence Day.  Two great reasons to join!

Bottom’s up fellow Pint Jockeys! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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It’s a fact that Super Bowl Sunday is now considered an American national holiday with an average audience of 111 million viewers.  Since Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day for U.S. food consumption after Thanksgiving Day, we’re dedicating this Foodie Friday to the American national holiday with fun facts and a perfect guacamole recipe.


Super Bowl Sunday Fun Facts





  • More than 1.25 billion chicken wings are consumed during Super Bowl Sunday.


  • Domino’s Pizza delivers 9 million pieces of pizza to hungry viewers.


  • It takes lots of spuds to make the 11.2 million pounds of potato chips that fans will be munching on in front of the television during the big game.


  • It’s not just potatoes that make great chips. Tortilla chips also get some respect at the Super Bowl snack table with 8.2 million pounds of them consumed by fans.


  • Hot diggity dog! That’s what fans said in 2009 when 55,200 hot dogs were consumed at the stadium in Tampa Bay when it hosted Super Bowl XLIII.


  • It’s not just the pizza delivery guys who will be ringing doorbells. It turns out that roughly 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery food from a restaurant instead of cooking up grub at home according to the National Restaurant Association.


  • Popcorn isn’t just for movie watching.  More than 3.8 million pounds of popcorn will be munched on by fans during the Super Bowl.


  • All that food needs to be washed down with something. Approximately 51.7 million cases of beer are sold to quench Super Bowl fans. 


  • Beer sales will increase by $17.9 million during Super Bowl week. 
  • Pretzels – the salty Super Bowl treat will be served up in enough homes and bars to equal 4.3 million pounds consumed by fans.



  • The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.


  • The Super Bowl is the second most watched sporting event in the world. The first is soccer’s Champions League Final.


  • Football fans are nuts for nuts. Whether it’s peanuts, cashews, pistachios or any other nuts, 2.5 million pounds of the salty snack will make its way to our snack tables.


  • Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular grilling day of winter with 62% of owners firing up the grill — even if it means they have to shovel a path to get to it.


  • Don’t worry if you feel a little sick after your gluttonous partying. Antacids sales are expected to increase 20% on the day after Super Bowl. So at least you can commiserate with others.


  • Six percent of Americans will call in sick on Monday following Super Bowl Sunday.


  • Approximately 54% of Americans will consume coffee the morning following Super Bowl Sunday.


  • And last but not least, guacamole has pushed avocado sales to 30 million pounds on two days a year: Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo. More than 8,000,000 pounds of guacamole is consumed in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday.  Holy guacamole!












Perfect Guacamole Recipe


Guacamole is a dip made from avocados that originated in Mexico by the Aztecs in the 16th century. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words – ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce). The trick to perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is too much of a give, the avocado may be too ripe. In this case, taste test first before using.




  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped


Peel and remove the seed from the avocados.  Mash the avocados in a bowl with a fork or masher.  Add serrano chiles, cilantro, lime or lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Keep the chopped tomato separate until ready to serve.  Just before serving, add the chopped tomato to the guacamole and mix.




For a very quick guacamole recipe, just take a 1/4 cup of salsa and mix it in with your mashed avocados.


To prevent the guacamole from browning, add either sour cream or keep the avocado seed in the center of the guacamole until just before serving.


Yield: Serves 2-4.


Enjoy with your favorite craft brew.



One Last Thing …


Remember to snap a pic of you and your friends enjoying your favorite craft beer this weekend for a chance to win balcony and after party tickets to Mardi Gras Galveston.  You’ll need those pics to enter the Brews and Beads contest starting on Monday with the Pint Jockeys!


Have a safe and fun Super Bowl weekend!



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