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“Laissez les bons temps rouler” with Saint Arnold Spring Bock

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Unfortunately, it’s almost time to hang up our beads and put away our jester hats – Mardi Gras! Galveston 2013 is coming to a close. But not before a fun and festive Fat Tuesday celebration down on the Island. At 6:30 tonight, come meet us as we watch the Krewe of Aquarius Parade revel alongside the Krewes of Gambrinus, Babalu, Thalasar, Baccus and Z Krewe!

As all good things must come to an end, tomorrow we’ll return to our normal lives, void of nightly parades, balcony parties and phenomenal live music. That’s ok, though, because Spring is on the horizon and that means we’ve got some exceptional seasonals and new brews to look forward to, like Saint Arnold Spring Bock.

Saint Arnold’s refers to Spring Bock as the “laziest” of its brews because it takes eight weeks to ferment and age.  It’s an authentic German-style Bock with a malty, slightly sweet taste. In line with German tradition, the beer is brewed to a high starting gravity, resulting in higher alcohol content – 6.4% ABV. Serve Spring Bock at about 40 degrees along with roasted chicken or grilled game for an enjoyable spring time cookout.

And speaking of Saint Arnold, next Monday the brewery releases its much-anticipated Bishop’s Barrel No. 2, a funky, old-age ale. We can’t wait!

Check back on Tuesday for a full post on this new release, and until next time, cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Southern Star Old Potentate

Happy Texas Tuesday, Pint Jockeys! We hope you had a great time at Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest this weekend and were able to try some new and rare craft brews. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, and have the photos to prove it.

From left to right: The stellar crowd at Beer Fest; serving up a Goose Island; radio announcer and beer blogger James Simpson and Mark Del Losso, brewmaster at Beerfoot Beach Bar, sampling Mark’s latest creation – yum!

From left to right: The stellar crowd at Beer Fest; serving up a Goose Island; radio announcer and beer blogger James Simpson and Mark Del Losso, brewmaster at Beerfoot Beach Bar, sampling Mark’s latest creation – yum!

After spending the weekend trying craft beers from all over the country, we’re happy to be back in the saddle enjoying a new selection brewed right here in the great state of Texas. Our northerly neighbors at Southern Star Brewery in Conroe have released a new winter seasonal, and we’ve gotta say, it’s a winner! Their new brew, Old Potentate, is a British Style Old Ale and only available in these chilly (ha, right) December and January months.

old potentateSouthern Star tells us Old Potentate is made with Thomas Fawcett and Sons Marris Otter malt as a base, while British and Belgian Crystal malts round out the malt bill. The dominant hop profile is that of East Kent Golding.

As expected, this beer summons the tastes and aromas of winter – caramel, fruitcake and nuttiness – with spices and an earthiness to round out the finish. Coming in at 7.2% ABV, Old Potentate is available in 12oz. 4-pack cans, 750 ML bottles and on draught.

Remember James Simpson, our beer buddy and radio host featured in the third photo, above? He even featured the latest Southern Star Brew on his Beer Page today, so give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Do you have any other Southern Star favorites? ‘Til next time, cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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A Texas-size Beer Event

T.G.I. Tuesday, Pint Jockeys!

Via GalvestonOktoberfest.com

We’re only two days into the week but the promise of this weekend’s big event has us chugging through. We can’t believe it’s that time of year again, but the Galveston Island Oktoberfest is BACK! The event kicks off Friday, October 26 and lasts through Saturday the 27th at First Lutheran Church.

Offering live entertainment, Wurst Abendessen, kids’ activities, the annual German Kuchen (cake) bake off and, of course, lots of beer, it’s no wonder the two-day festival welcomes over 15,000 people each year.

We hear the libation lineup includes German selections from Hofbräuhaus, Paulaner and Beck’s. Stateside brews, including Saint Arnold, ZiegenBock, Bud Light, Budweiser and Shock Top, will also be available.

Because we know you’re there to have a good time, we’ve partnered with Yellow Cab Galveston to bring you an awesome new free app, HAIL A CAB™. The app allows you to literally hail a cab with the push of a button. And here’s the coolest part – using GPS, your phone will automatically let the driver know where you are (even if you don’t know) AND you can track how long it will be before your cab arrives.

If you don’t have a smartphone (or, like some of us, don’t know how to use one), you can also hail a cab the old fashioned way at the on-site taxi station. No matter how you hail one, Yellow Cabs will be readily available throughout the weekend for you and your friends to use to get home safely.

Please drink responsibly and ‘til Friday, cheers Pint Jockeys!

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Bobby Flay’s Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Slide on into the weekend, Pint Jockeys, it’s Friday! And we bet a few of you are still recovering from last night’s tasting events and NBA Finals watching parties! Whether your team won or lost, you probably worked up an appetite from just watching LeBron James and Kevin Durant duke it out on the court, and we have the perfect something to hold you over until next season.

Knowing that your hands are probably tired from playing remote commander all night in order to prevent a certain someone from snatching it and changing it to Keeping Up With the Kardashians before you even had a chance to call “flagrant foul,” we’ve found a miniature version of America’s favorite food that fits easily between just two fingers. Y’all ready for this? Just in time for the weekend, here is grill master Bobby Flay’s Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise, courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.

Without further hoopla – get it, basketball, hoopla – we’ll jump right into this slam dunk recipe (sorry…we’re still pumped from last night).

You’ll be making both the sliders and the chipotle mayonnaise, so here’s what you’ll need for each:

Chipotle Mayonnaise:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sliders:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck, 80/20
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cheese slices, your choice (we suggest something with a little kick, like pepper jack)
  • Mini burger buns

Here’s what you’ll do:

Chipotle Mayonnaise:

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and puree. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Sliders:

Preheat grill over medium-high heat.

Form the meat into 2 to 3-ounce portions, packed tightly. Season with salt and pepper.

Place the sliders on the grill. Wait until they are nice and crusty on the first side, about 4 to 5 minutes and then flip and cook another 4 minutes. When the sliders are about done, top with desired cheese and close the grill, allowing the cheese to melt.

Place the slider on mini burger buns and top with chipotle mayonnaise and any other desired toppings.

With the season behind you, it may be time to invite some of your rivaling buddies over for a peace offering. Like your taste in teams, there’s no doubt they’ll all have different opinions on how to build the perfect burger. Some may prefer eclectic toppings, while at least one minimalist will stick to strictly ketchup. Want to know how to keep them all happy? Well, aside from having good beer on hand, consider setting up a burger bar where each can add the toppings of his choice. We suggest serving red onion slices, pickles or the usual condiments – ketchup, mustard and lettuce. Of course, you may join plain Paul over there and just stick with the basics, because with the chipotle mayonnaise, this burger is good enough on its own. Add a few French fries or pick up a potato salad from the store and you’ve got yourself a dinner of champions.

After you’ve wiped the mayonnaise off your shirt, come back here and let us know what you think!

And until next time, CHEERS 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!

Cheers!

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Don’t miss any of these delicious events!

While the Pint Jockeys absolutely love to cook, even we can recognize when a weekend is too jam-packed with delicious offerings to waste any time in the kitchen. And this weekend is the perfect example.

Start the weekend with dinner in the Galveston Strand before heading to Saengerfest Park for the Bands and Bombshells concert (brought to you by yours truly.) The event starts at 7p.m. which doesn’t give you much time to get home and whip up a tasty meal, so why not try one of the many delicious offerings the area has to offer? You’ve never had a better excuse!

After you get your fill on fine Galveston cuisine, cruise over to the event where you will enjoy several selections from Southern Star Brewery (yes, including Bombshell Blonde) while you dance to the music of the Gourds and John Evans Band!

Saturday is going to be pretty busy, so we recommend you get up early and eat a light breakfast – you’re going to need a lot of room to make it through the rest of the day. First, start the day at Galveston’s Pier 21 for the Yaga’s Wild Game and Barbeque Cook Off benefiting the Yaga’s Children Fund. The event will feature barbeque tastings from about 40 different teams and a free children’s activity area. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a Saint Arnold Elissa or Summer Pils as all proceeds of those sales will go to the Galveston Historic Foundation to fund the restoration of Elissa, the island’s own historic tall ship! We always enjoy a nice cold Saint Arnold Brew. When  it supports a good cause, it’s just that much better.

Ready for dinner? Pack up and head to Dickinson for the third annual Red, White and Bayou Crawfish Festival! This event is serving up thousands of pounds of crawfish all day long. In addition to hot, spicy crawfish, attendees will enjoy a children’s activity, brews, margaritas and live music from multiple bands, including headlining artist Stoney LaRue. The event is $3 in advance and $5 at the door, so do yourself a favor and purchase your tickets today.  For more information, click here.

Now, if you absolutely cannot make it down to the Galveston area this weekend, but want a taste of the action, we’re also including a wild game recipe courtesy of Galveston County Daily News and the Wild Game Gourmet below. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Pheasant Skewers
Ingredients:
2 pheasants
Marinade
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 clove garlic
3 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce OR plum sauce OR teriyaki sauce

Directions:
1. Puree all marinade ingredients in a blender and pour into a 1-gallon sealable plastic bag.
2. Cut breast and thigh meat from two pheasants into 1/4-inch thick strips and place in marinade for 2 to 24 hours.
3. Soak two dozen 6-inch bamboo skewers in water for half an hour.
4. Thread pheasant onto pre-soaked skewers and grill over medium high heat for one or two minutes per side.
5. Serve with two dipping sauces.

For the dipping sauces:
Dipping Sauce No. 1
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
juice of one lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Mix all ingredients together and serve with pheasant skewers.
Dipping Sauce No. 2
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 to 4 teaspoons hot sauce OR chili paste
Mix all ingredients together and serve with Pheasant Skewers.

SOURCE: “Wild Game Gourmet,  published by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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May Tasting Events to Feature Samuel Adams, Southern Star and Left Coast Brewing Company

As you probably know by now, the Pint Jockey like to mix things up from time to time, which is why the May tastings will be a little bit different than the events you’ve enjoyed in the past. Rather than highlighting several beers from a variety of brands, this month, we’ll take an up close look and get to know one brand and its different offerings at each location.

We’ll have Southern Star in Texas City, Left Coast Brewing in Beaumont and Samuel Adams in Victoria. So, no matter which tasting you plan to attend, there’s some really good stuff in store. Here’s a little bit more on each of the events:

  • In Texas City, the event is all about the bombshells! This tasting will feature an in-depth look at the Southern Star Brewing Company portfolio, makers of the ever popular Bombshell Blonde. Located in Conroe, Southern Star has been brewing delicious all canned craft beers since 2008. In addition to the brew, attendees will enjoy an extra treat with a sneak peek at the 2012 Galveston Island Beach Revue and “Bands and Bombshells” concert. There’ll be appearances by some of the 2011 Bathing Beauty contestants and the chance to purchase tickets. The concert, which will feature beverages from Southern Star Brewing Company and performances by the John Evans Band and The Gourds, is scheduled for May 18, 2012.
  • Over at the Beaumont Tasting, the Pint Jockeys will serve up samples of Left Coast Brewing Company, a recent addition to the Del Papa Distributing Company portfolio. Left Coast is an independent brewery located in San Clemente, California since 2004. A note to all of you hopheads out there – this brewery prides itself as being one of the pioneers of Double IPA style craft beer.
  • Last but not least, the Victoria event will offer samples of Samuel Adams’ offerings. The Sam Adam’s brewery, located in Boston, Massachusetts, debuted its first brew, the Samuel Adams Boston Lager in 1985 and has since won more awards around the globe than any brand in history. Pretty impressive stuff.

Just a friendly reminder- these events are always free and open to the public ages 21 years and older. Tastings start at 5 p.m. and go until 7 in the hospitality room of each of the Del Papa Distributing locations. For exact addresses, visit our Facebook event.

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, feel free to stop by the Del Papa Distribution Centers from 5-7pm for a special salute to veterans. The company is hosting a complimentary toast with patriotic-themed Budweiser bottles to raise awareness of the “Folds of Honor Foundation” and “Walk off a Hero” program benefitting the families of veterans and active military. It’s not craft brew, but it sure is a worthy cause.

Hope to see you soon!

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