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A Texas Tuesday Amber Lager

 

Rahr & Sons Texas Red

 

Welcome back, Pint Jockeys! How did the long weekend treat you? As we say goodbye to summer and look forward to fall, let’s discuss one fantastic craft beer from the fine folks at Rahr & Sons that should definitely be on your radar – Rahr & Sons Texas Red.

According to Rahr & Sons, there aren’t any tall tales about how the brew got its name, but it doesn’t need any funny anecdotes to stand alone as one of the most well-balanced beers on their roster. With notes of caramel, light malt sweetness and spicy hops, this super-smooth, highly drinkable beer is a consistent Rahr & Sons favorite. It pours rich, amber hue and forms quite the impressive vanilla-white head.

As aroma goes, you’ll smell a nice malt forward nose balanced with a slight hop backend. The malt profile of the beer is upfront on the palate, but followed by sour and bitter tastes. Those subside to reveal caramel and cinnamon flavors to create a delicious finish.

The brewery swears that this brew is best enjoyed with your favorite pizza but also suggests pairing it with Cajun, Caribbean, Thai or Indian foods. Making tonight a classic beer and cheese night? Sip this alongside a nice slice of Monterrey Jack or Gruyere. Now that’s a versatile beer!

Go forth and check this fantastic Texas-made craft beer, Pint Jockeys. Even better, grab a few six packs and save some for your tailgate’s cooler this weekend. By the way, have we mentioned how excited we are for the start of football season? Ecstatic is the word.

Here’s to the delicious start of the fall season – cheers until next week!

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This week we’re highlighting Karbach’s Karbachtoberfest

 

Karbach Karbachtoberfest can and draft

 

It’s that time of year again, when summer starts slipping away as the cooler air breezes in alongside crisp, fallen leaves…. Err. Oh wait – we live on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Let’s try that again, Pint Jockeys.

It’s that time of year again, when the heat just keeps getting hotter as summer seasonals roll off the shelves, and the fall seasonals we’ve longed for since last August take their place! Today we’re celebrating Texas Tuesday by highlighting one of those fall favorites: Karbach Brewing Co.’s Karbachtoberfest. The beer became available only yesterday, August 26th, and will start popping up at retailers, restaurants and bars near you anytime now!

Last year the beer was only available on draft, but this year you can also find the delicious nectar in six packs of cans. You’ll definitely want to make some room in your refrigerator for this one!

This authentic, Bavarian- style Marzen lager has a great rounded malt character produced by months spend in cold conditioning. 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. The flavor is all about the Vienna and Munich malts, but incorporates many toffee and caramel flavors with traces of pecan and hazelnut notes. You’re looking at a medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation here, with a lightly bittersweet finish.

While you may not be able to attend Oktoberfest this year, you can experience the world’s biggest beer fest wherever you are in the world with Karbachtoberfest.  The next best thing is this weekend’s Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival down on Galveston Island, where we’re sure we’ll be seeing you! With over 400 craft brews being featured, and some of the biggest names in the industry attending, why ever would you miss it?

The beer pairs well with pretzels and sausage, and we recommend that you drink it in your finest lederhosen for the full experience. Just playin’ with ya, Pint Jockeys. But seriously, do yourself a favor and check this great Texas-made Marzen lager out!

The seasons may change, but great Texas craft beer is here to stay! Cheers!

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Tasting-goers to sample six popular selections

Get ready for a taste of Fall, Pint Jockeys! This Thursday, August 15th from 5-7 p.m. we’ll hold our August tasting events at the Del Papa distribution centers in Texas City, Beaumont and Victoria. All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

This month’s line-up features five different beers and one cider from big industry names including Stella Artois, Sixpoint Brewery, Southern Star Brewing Company, Rogue Ales and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.  Need a little more incentive to attend? Complimentary Stella Cidre taster glasses will be handed out to event-goers while supplies last.

Check out the descriptions below for each item on the line-up!

Stella Artois Cidre – This crisp, distinctive European premium cider is made with hand-picked apples. An excellent alternative to white wine, it is the perfect refreshment for special occasions.

Stella Artois Cidre

 

Sixpoint Sweet Action – Ah, love is bitter and sweet. This beer is signature Sixpoint – hard to define, but perhaps that’s why people love it so much. Part pale ale, part wheat and part cream ale – all Sweet Action.

Sixpoint Sweet Action

 

Southern Star Walloon – A Belgian-style Grisette, this hazy colored brew’s aroma is filled with hints of unripe banana, citrusy notes and orange zest. It’s taste is persimmon-like with some mango characteristics and a hint of banana. Walloon has a nice grain/wheat profile that tangles with the yeast to create a soft sweetness and medium mouthfeel.

Southern Star Walloon can

 

Rouge Hazlenut Brown – Rogue Ale’s Hazlenut Brown is a nutty twist on traditional European Brown ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, this brew has a rich, nutty flavor and smooth malty finish.

Rogue Hazlenut Brown

 

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest – A Saint Arnold classic, this full bodied, malty and slightly sweet beer is perfect for celebrating the autumn harvest. With its round malt flavor, it will have you pining away for the crisper, cooler temperatures that await in the coming months.

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

 

Saint Arnold Icon Gold – This “Biére de Saison” has a complex, spicy nose with notes of brown sugar and plums. The taste starts with big spicy malt and alcohol and then turns fruity and slightly sweet in the middle. It’s earthy, spicy finish makes the brew both highly complex and highly delicious.

Saint Arnold Icon Gold

 

Which are you most excited to try? See you soon, Pint Jockeys!

 

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Pedernales Brewing Company’s Classic Hefe-Weizen

You came, you saw, you tasted, Pint Jockeys! We had a great turnout at last Tuesday’s tasting events and loved hearing from you afterward on Facebook with your favorites. It seems that many of you chose Pedernales Brewing Pedernales Classic Hefe-WeizenCompany’s Classic Hefe-Weizen as your tasting brew of choice, which is why we’re pleased to feature it as our Texas Tuesday pick of the week.

While Pedernales’ brew comes to you from Fredericksburg, Texas, the Hefe-Weizen style itself is an unfiltered wheat beer that originated in South Germany. True to this Bavarian style, Pedernales Brewing Co. uses a very specific yeast strain to achieve the distinctive flavors of banana, apricot and clove – making it one of the most unique beers in the world. This brew is considered a “classic” Hefe-Weizen because of its unfiltered nature, resulting in a cloudy appearance.

This is a light, golden ale that boasts a thick, frothy head and just the right amount of floral hops to balance the fruity flavors. The folks at Pedernales recommend that you pair it with a Tuna salad (with apples and pecans) sautéed salmon or other grilled fish, as well as hot and spicy fishes.

While Classic Hefe-Weizen has only been manufactured by Pedernales for a short time (the craft brewery has only been distributing since 2012), brewmaster Peter MacFarlane has been using the recipe for decades. In fact, it’s so stellar that it’s already won him three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

If you were one of the lucky Texas City Pint Jockeys to sample Classic Hefe-Weizen last week, we’d love to hear your comments! And if you haven’t had the chance to experience it yet – there’s a six pack with your name on it at your local retailer. Go forth and taste!

We’ll see you back here next Tuesday, Pint Jockeys. Until then, cheers!

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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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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 summer and cheers to another Pint Jockeys craft beer tasting!

This June, Texas City and Victoria locations will dive in to core beer lineup from Houston’s Karbach Brewery Company. Special guest, Karbach Brewmaster Eric Warner, will join the fun at the Texas City tasting and lead the after party to a Karbach tap take-over and Pint Night at Beerfoot Beach Bar in Galveston. All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

TEXAS CITY and VICTORIA June tasting event will feature:

  •  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. WeisseCan2
  • 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. Love_Street_Tap_Sticker[3]
  • 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.SympathyCan
  • Karbach Hopadillo IPA – Referred to as “Texas 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. HopadilloCan
  • 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. RodeoCan
  • 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. hopnegro
  • Karbach Roshambo – A Belgian style IPA, with floral, fruity flavors combined with Belgian yeast and a spicy kick. Made with pale, munich crystal and chocolate malts, the beer pours a golden orange color and is well-carbonated.

roshambo

Beaumont will enjoy Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Rahr & Sons Texas Red, Saint Arnold Icon Green, Rogue Dad’s Little Helper, Southern Star Valkyrie and Stella Artois Cidre. Don’t fret Beaumont, you guys get to sample Karbach and visit with Brewmaster Eric Warner in July!

RSVP to Thursday’s tasting and get more details on the Pint Jockeys Facebook page.

When: June 20, 2013, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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