Archive for the ‘New Belgium’ Category

Texas Tuesday

New Belgium Brewing’s Rolle Bolle

New Belgium Rolle Bolle

We’re rollin’ with Rolle Bolle this Texas Tuesday, Pint Jockeys, and we know after reading this you’ll want in on the action.

New Belgium Brewing has outdone itself with its Rolle Bolle brew – an incredibly drinkable summer seasonal with a name almost as whimsical as its taste. The first word that comes to mind when we think about Rolle Bolle is “delightful,” and boy, do we delight the heck in it. Brewed with monk fruit and soursop, this beer is light, refreshing and incredibly easy to sip, with earthy and tropical tones that carry the aroma. Pouring a pale sunshine yellow, with a fluffy white head, the taste follows accordingly with a hit of tartness backed by a citrus bite from Cascade and Centennial Hops to finish dry and clean.

“Born” in April, 2013, at New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, the young Rolle Bolle has already earned rave reviews from your fellow Pint Jockeys who tried it at July’s Texas City tasting. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of a taste, we suggest you pick up a six-pack tonight! It pairs especially well with Asian foods – think Thai and Vietnamese – or light fish with a big plate of greens.

Still looking for more incentive? The folks at New Belgium have put together this video about Rolle Bolle that we definitely think is worth checking out! Delightful indeed.



Cheers, Pint Jockeys! We’ll see you next week – same time, same place.



Read Full Post »

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!



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.




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 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!




Read Full Post »

Texas City, Beaumont and Victoria to enjoy selection of new brews and warm-weather favorites

Pint Jockeys logo

This Thursday marks the Third Thursday of April, Pint Jockeys, and you know what that means – it’s tasting time!

The April 18 Pint Jockeys craft beer tastings will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Del Papa’s distribution centers in Victoria, Texas City and Beaumont. All three tasting events will feature the below lineup of spring and summer seasonals, plus a few classics. All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 – The newest in Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve series, 13 is a Belgian Quadrupel. The aroma is distinctly Belgian with a hint of fruit, while its simple malt bill allows the caramel and chocolate malts to come through. Large amounts of Belgian Extra Dark Candi Syrup darken the color and impart dark, fruit-like flavors. Its aftertaste is slightly sweet and dry.


• Sixpoint Sweet Action – Part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale, Sweet Action is a simple representation of what makes beer great: the marriage of barley and hops. The barley malt will coat your tongue like honey while the hops brush your palate clean with every sip.

sixpoint sweet action

• Southern Star Bombshell Blonde – The American blonde ale has a rich, creamy golden color with flavors of yeasty bread coupled with a touch of hops. Now available in 16 oz. cans, this fan favorite is fermented at a cool temperature to give it a clean finish.

bombshell blodne

Rahr and Sons Bucking Bock – This award-winning beer is a traditional German Spring Bock, golden in color and mildly hopped. It has a smooth malty character at 7.5% ABV.
rahr bucking bock
Saint Arnold Summer Pils – Summer Pils is a true bohemian-style pilsner brewed with fine German malt and a copious quantity of noble hops imported from the Czech Republic. Its delicate, sweet malt taste is complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor.
summer pils
The bonus beer in Beaumont is Goose Island’s Pepe Nero. Texas City tasting-goers will enjoy New Belgium’s Dig, and the Victoria tasting will feature Samuel Adams’ Summer Ale.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Del Papa Distribution Centers
Hospitality Room
1220 I-45
Texas City, TX 77591


3907 E. Rio Grande
Victoria, TX 77807


410 I-10 South
Beaumont, TX 77707

See you there!


Read Full Post »

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!

Read Full Post »

Ruthless Rye, Dig and Vinyl are on their way out

Although yesterday marked the “official” first day of spring, some of our favorite spring brews are already on their way out this month.  Today, we’re dedicating our seasonal post to spring releases available through March 31, including Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat and New Belgium!

First up is Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye, which is brewed with rustic grains for their refined, sought-after flavors. The unique beer combines the peppery spice of rye with the lighter citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops, providing a nice medium between the darker winter beers and the more refreshing spring selections. Good in both cool and warmer weather, it’s perfect for “spring” in Southeast Texas.

If you’re a fan of pale ales, try New Belgium’s Dig. Brewed from Sorachi Ace hops and Nelson Sauvin, the beer provides a fresh spring zing with a notable lemon aroma and bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach. Rounding up the fine ingredients are Cascade and Centennial creating the crisp, clean flavor of a good Pale Ale.

You should also pick up some Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company. The amber lager is characterized by a sweet malt taste and a slight balancing hop touch. This beer is produced using a lager strain of yeast and is fermented at the low end of ale fermentation temperatures, allowing it to maintain the drinkability of a lighter lager. Pick up a six pack before they’re all gone!

While the first official day of spring wasn’t exactly a pleasant one for most of Southeast, Texas there’s good news. This weekend’s forecast shows all blue skies and sunshine, so pick up your choice of beer and prepare for a great weekend.

We’ll be back on Friday with a recipe for some Cajun fare.

Read Full Post »