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Pedernales Brewing Co. is teaming up with Robert Earl Keen to release a brand new beer

As many of you well know, Texas country music and Texas craft beer make for one unbeatable, unforgettable combo. Brace yourselves, Pint Jockeys, because one of your favorite country music legends is teaming up with one of your favorite breweries in the Lone Star State – and you won’t have to wait long to have your first taste of what’s to come!

Country music star Robert Earl Keen has teamed up with Fredericksburg’ very own Pedernales Brewing Co. to release his first beer, a Honey Pilsner. The brew uses honey from Fain’s Honey in Llano, Texas and is technically classified as a classic Pilsner. Throw in a little twist with hints of honey and there you have it – Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils. The beer is set to release in mid-October in 12 oz. cans and kegs at retail stores and bars near you!

The folks at Pedernales say that their partnership with Mr. Keen may not stop at the Honey Pils, noting that they have some plans brewing for another release under the Robert Earl Keen label – perhaps a Raspberry Hefeweizen – as soon as Spring of next year. We will, as always, keep you posted on any further updates!

Check out the image below of Mr. Keen himself brewing one of the first batches of his Honey Pils:

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Pedernales Oktoberfest

It’s not October yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting excited to see all of our favorite Oktoberfest beers on shelves and taps around town!

We’ve blogged about it before and it’s so good that we’ve got to revisit it. Pedernales Brewing Co.’s Lobo Oktoberfest is one of those beers that screams FALL and FOOTBALL and FESTIVALS – three of our favorite things.

Take a look back at last year’s post on this fantastic fall seasonal and look forward to seeing it out in the market soon. Even better – this year, Oktoberfest is available in longnecks at your favorite local stores. Let us know where you see it first!

Cheers to all the great Texas-born craft beers in-store this fall season (and hopefully cooler temperatures, right?). Enjoy your upcoming long weekend and we’ll see you back here next week, Pint Jockeys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good things are in store for you this Thursday, Pint Jockeys!

Pint Jockeys like beer

Summer is in full swing and our June tasting events are celebrating the season!

Texas City – you’ll be mingling with Pedernales Brewing Co. founder Lee Hereford while tasting five different selections from his portfolio.

Victoria and Beaumont – you’ll get to taste some special and limited releases that you DON’T want to miss.

All tastings are free and open to adults 21. Events take place this Thursday, June 19th from 5-7PM at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Beaumont, Victoria and Texas City (addresses at the bottom of this post).

Let’s cut to the chase shall we? Your full tasting lineups are below:

TEXAS CITY

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Classic 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 AND BEAUMONT

 

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Firestone Walker Easy Jack – Newly available on the Texas Gulf Coast, Easy Jack is a Session IPA, dry hopped with a globetrotting selection of new hop varieties from Europe, New Zealand and North America. The beer delivers massive hop aromas and Firestone Walker’s signature malt balance.

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Saint Arnold 20th Anniversary Ale – The Barleywine is a celebration in itself. It pours a deep burgundy-brown color with a tan, creamy head. The spicy nose is filled with malt and alcohol with citrus hop notes while toffee and caramel flavors mingle. The balance is just right, with the malt and hops “tingling” together in unison from start to finish. There’s a slight, lingering dry bitter that stays with you but still complements the sweetness from the all malt grain bill.

Saint Arnold Endeavour (in new 12 oz. bottle) – Endeavour brew pours a deep amber with a light, creamy head that is only the start to an extremely satisfying double IPA experience. The nose starts off with a touch of citrus, but then takes a turn into a flavor full of nectar and peaches. The hop bitter is quiet at the start, building to a much more impactful crescendo while maintaining a delicate balance even in its big finish.

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Rahr & Sons Texas Red – Texas Red is an amber lager with an extremely well-balanced flavor. The notes of caramel and its sound malt character are perfectly complemented with just a hint of hops. This beer is super-smooth and drinkable, making it the perfect refresher for the hot Texas summer days ahead.

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Woodchuck Cider Summer Limited Release – The sounds of the lapping lake-shores, the mountain views, and memories of fresh picked blueberries, now in a convenient six-pack. Exhibiting a slight tartness, this cider begins with a full, robust flavor followed by a rich summertime taste.

Rolling Rock

Rolling Rock (in 16 oz. can) – Brewed with a time-honored recipe and only the finest malted barley and hops, Rolling Rock is a classic American lager that’s well-known for its distinctive, full-bodied taste.
LOCATIONS

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

Victoria: Del Papa Distribution Center, Hospitality Room, 3907 E. Rio Grande, Victoria, TX 77807

Beaumont: Del Papa Distribution Center, Hospitality Room, 410 I-10 South, Beaumont, TX 77707

 

 

 

 

 

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Get ready, Pint Jockeys

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It’s the most wonderful time of the month – tasting time. This month, as always, we’re bringing you craft beer from some of the best names in the business and even a few special guests.

All tastings take place this Thursday, March 20th from 5-7PM at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Beaumont, Victoria and Texas City. Read on for more info.!

Beaumont

Beaumont, you’re in for a treat. Pedernales Brewing Co. founder Lee Hereford will be on-hand to share some of his brewery’s most beloved beers with tasters. Don’t miss the chance to meet Mr. Hereford and talk shop with him as you sip on Pedernales favorites!

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Here’s the lineup:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Classic 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.

Location: Del Papa Distribution Center, Hospitality Room, 410 I-10 South, Beaumont, TX 77707

Victoria

Victoria, you’ll be paid a special visit from Texas Big Beer Brewery founders John and Tammy McKissack. They’ll be on-hand to share some of their brewery’s best beers and talk all things craft beer with ya.

Texas Big Beer

Here’s your roster:

Big Texas Blonde – This Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a 10.54% ABV content pours an orangey-tan colored hue with a cloudy body. The aroma of this beer is full of bread, fruit and candy notes while the taste is equally complex and interesting with present flavors including dough, fruit, honey caramel and more.  

Working Stiff Ale – Brewed in the style of an Extra Special Bitter and named for the “premium ales” of the working class in the London pubs in the 1800’s, this beer pours a copper color with a frothy white head. Aromas from this medium-bodied brew include caramel malts and floral hops and the taste is founded on a solid backbone of malt and earthy hops. The finish is smooth with moderate bitterness.

Renaissance Cowboy – A “wee heavy” Scotch Ale, this brew pours a deep amber-brown with a light brown frothy head. The aroma is full of heavy malts with brown sugar, molasses and dark fruity notes. Flavors include much of the same, including sugary and fruity notes. The body is medium and thick with a sweet, malty base and sweet, smooth finish.

Texas Crude – This robust American Porter’s aroma is heavy on the vanilla with other hints of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste is smooth with sweet malt and toffee flavors and a medium body with light carbonation. Bitter hop tastes follow through to a dry yet satisfying finish.

Beeriac IPA – An American IPA with a thick, hazy amber and copper-colored body that leaves a thick, frothy head with substantial lacing when poured. Beeriac’s aroma is full of orangey, citrus notes mixed with light pine notes, caramel sweetness and tons of hops. The flavor profile includes citrus tastes followed by sweet caramel flavors with a medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Location: Del Papa Distribution Center, Hospitality Room, 3907 E. Rio Grande, Victoria, TX 77807

Texas City

Texas City, your tasting is all about variety this month, and what a mix do we have in store for you! Check it out:

Saint Arnold Icon Blue – This Brown Porter is a dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes. Icon Blue pours a dark brown color with ruby and garnet highlights, producing an off-white head. During the brewing process, the brewers used English malt hops and their own Saint Arnold yeast, also hailing from the U.K.

Karbach Summer Love Street – In the 1960s on Allen’s Landing in Houston sat Love Street, a hot spot of music and social impact. Love Street was not only a place, but a state of mind; a place to unwind and let the music refresh your soul. So too is this Kolsch-style beer, hopped delicately with floral German hops with a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core without sacrificing character.

Goose Island 312 – Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that’s immensely refreshing.

Goose Island The Illinois – Illinois is a 9.0% ABV 95 IBU Imperial IPA that pushes the limits of hop flavor and aroma. It pours a deep gold color with a complex citrus aroma. The taste is balanced with a clean bitterness and a medium to full body.

Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat – The latest addition to the Shock Top portfolio, this Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with honey, caramel malt and aged on bourbon cask staves for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment all year round.

Rolling Rock – This premium extra pale lager is crafted using a time-honored recipe with only the finest malted barley and blend of hops. A classic American lager, as well-known for its distinctive, full-bodied taste as it is for its craftsmanship, heritage and painted green bottle, Rolling Rock is full-flavored with a subtle bite and a light to medium body and color.

Location: Del Papa Distribution Center, Hospitality Room, 1220 I-45, Texas City, TX 77591

Thursday can’t get here soon enough – see you then, Pint Jockeys!

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Everything you need to know about our January Pint Jockeys tasting events – special guests and post-parties included

We’re kicking off the year with a bang, Pint Jockeys. This Thursday’s tasting events are sure to impress with stacked line-ups from three of your favorite Texas brewers plus special appearances from the brewers themselves at all three of our tasting locations. Plus, we’re keeping the party going at three different Pint Nights after the tastings. Read on for all the details.

 

Texas Big Beer

 

At our Texas City tasting, we’re welcoming Texas Big Beer Brewery Brewers and Founders John and Tammy McKissack, in from their brewery’s self-sufficient, eco-conscious homestead in Buna, Texas as they join us to sample six different Texas Big Beer Brewery favorites including the following:

Big Texas Blonde – This Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a 10.54% ABV content pours an orangey-tan colored hue with a cloudy body. The aroma of this beer is full of bread, fruit and candy notes while the taste is equally complex and interesting with present flavors including dough, fruit, honey caramel and more.  

Working Stiff Ale – Brewed in the style of an Extra Special Bitter and named for the “premium ales” of the working class in the London pubs in the 1800’s, this beer pours a copper color with a frothy white head. Aromas from this medium-bodied brew include caramel malts and floral hops and the taste is founded on a solid backbone of malt and earthy hops. The finish is smooth with moderate bitterness.

Beeriac IPA – An American IPA with a thick, hazy amber and copper-colored body that leaves a thick, frothy head with substantial lacing when poured. Beeriac’s aroma is full of orangey, citrus notes mixed with light pine notes, caramel sweetness and tons of hops. The flavor profile includes citrus tastes followed by sweet caramel flavors with a medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Renaissance Cowboy – A “wee heavy” Scotch Ale, this brew pours a deep amber-brown with a light brown frothy head. The aroma is full of heavy malts with brown sugar, molasses and dark fruity notes. Flavors include much of the same, including sugary and fruity notes. The body is medium and thick with a sweet, malty base and sweet, smooth finish.

Texas Crude – This American Porter’s aroma is heavy on the vanilla with other hints of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste is smooth with sweet malt and toffee flavors and a medium body with light carbonation. Bitter hop tastes follow through to a dry yet satisfying finish.

Czar of Texas – A Russian Imperial Stout, this ale pours an opaque brown-black with a heavy, cinnamon-brown head. The beer is extremely well balanced and in true Imperial Stout fashion, is packed with intensely malty, deeply roasted and fruity flavors. With the perfect level of intensity on the tongue, Czar packs both smoky and savory elements including baking chocolate, dried fruit and vanilla with a restrained sweetness that leads to a long and dry finish.

After the tasting, Texas City folks are invited to join us on the seawall at Beerfoot Beach Bar who is releasing their latest creation this Thursday. It’s an amber lager, and some of us Pint jockeys got to hang out with the Beerfoot Brew crew when they were making it. We can’t wait to try it. Special guests Johnny Max and Tammy “The Queen” McKissack will head there with us to tap their Big Texas Blonde and Czar of Texas and hand out Texas Big Beer Brewery glasses, while they last.

 

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Victoria – we have got some GREAT things in store for you. Tasting attendees will have the opportunity to meet Pedernales Brewing Co.  Founder and President Lee Hereford, in from the brewery’s home-base in Fredericksburg, Texas, as they sample five different Pedernales favorites. Here’s your line-up:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Classic 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.

Stay tuned for your post-tasting event details, Victoria. We’ll post them on Facebook as soon as they’re confirmed!

 

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Beaumont Pint Jockeys, you can also expect a great line-up and great special guests! Folks at your tasting event will have the opportunity to meet Southern Star Brewing Co. founder and brewer Dave Fougeron, in from the brewery’s home-base in Conroe, Texas and sample the following:

Bombshell Blonde – Brewed with American Pale and Vienna malts that combine to give this brew its distinctive smooth, creamy body. Just enough hops are added to this rich, golden-colored ale to perfectly balance its bready finish. Fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish.

Le Mort Vivant – This seasonal, French-style beir de garde is rustic, malty and complex. The ale displays subtle notes of baked apples and stewed pears in the nose and flavor. Hints of anise and delicate spice flavors accompany Saaz and Strisslespalt malts for a malty, satisfying finish.

Pro-Am 2013 Red Rye – This year’s Pro-Am is dominated by rye and caramel flavors. The color is a deep hazy copper/red and the aroma is spicy rye and complex malt with earthy hops coming in second.  Slight brandy like alcohol notes are detectable as the beer warms. Tastes of rye, caramel, spice and distinct stonefruit accompany a medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Pine Belt Pale Ale – This American Pale Ale pours a deep copper color with a substantial malt backbone accented with British crystal malts with aggressive hop bitterness and substantial American hop flavor and aroma. The yeast profile is neutral, incorporating Galena, CTZ and Horizon hops and California Ale yeast.

Valkyrie – This Double IPA pours a pungently hoppy deep copper ale, taking its influence from the hop loving city of San Diego California where the hop varieties of the Pacific Northwest reign supreme. With two hop additions, copious amounts of Simcoe and Centennial hops give an aroma of marmalade jam and tangerine zest masking the 9.5% ABV underneath. On the palate the beer is dry but contains enough malt character to balance the dominant flavors of ripe grapefruit and candied citrus, finishing with a slight spiciness from the Columbus hops. Clean and crisp, hoppy yet deceptively balanced.

Ancestor Rauchbier – A smoked Lager in the style popular in the Franconia Region of Germany around the city of Bamberg, this ale pours a copper hue with an aroma of subtle yet complex campfire smoke and embers. The finish is balanced with a full-body malt flavor and hop bitterness.

Buried Hatchet Stout – This stout is dark brown in color with monster smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced.

After the main event, join Mr. Fougeron, the rest of the Southern Star Brewing Co. crew and your fellow Pint Jockeys at Madison’s On Dowlen for an all-Southern Star Brewing Co. tap takeover.

Phew – that’s a lot of info. and a lot to look forward to, Pint Jockeys! We could use a cold one after that. We’ll see you this Thursday – CHEERS!

 

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 A guide to getting your German on in Galveston this weekend

Island Oktoberfest

Island Oktoberfest is just days away, Pint Jockeys! Beer, brats and big-time live entertainers are all on the roster for this weekend’s festivities. The FREE festival takes place in historic downtown Galveston on the grounds and streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie from 5PM-11PM on Friday, October 25th and 11AM-11PM on Saturday, October 26th. Read on party people!

DO remember the history of Galveston’s Island Oktoberfest, because it’s pretty cool. The festival was first celebrated in 1981 by members of First Lutheran Church who traced their roots back to German immigrants of the mid-1800s. What started simply as a fall activity for the congregation in the courtyard of their Parish Hall has grown into Galveston Island’s premier fall event, attracting over 15,000 festival-goers each year at the two day event.

DON’T miss out on live entertainment at the festival. Back for their 21st year at the festival, one of the most popular German bands in Texas, Alpenfest is set to Island Oktoberfest band 1  take the stage on Saturday from 11AM to 6PM. Audience participation is important to this “oompah band” who is known to regularly play the “Chicken Dance” and other songs that get the audience movin’ and groovin’ to the unique sounds of 13-foot Swiss alphorns, a tuned set of Austrian cowbells, a German xylophone, musical handIsland Oktoberfest band 2 saws and yodeling. AlpenMusikanten, a new German band at this year’s festival, is set to perform from 7PM to 11PM on Saturday night. Their motto is one we’re sure you can appreciate, Pint Jockeys: “Will Polka for beer… but will settle for a Schnapps, or wine, or a well-mixed vodka tonic.” Also on-hand to entertain you will be Midlife Crisis, playing hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Kevin Anthony, churning out Cajun and country tunes, Das 1st Lustig with more German jams, Kerry Christensen playing a mix of just about everything, and The Tuba Meisters, a Island Oktoberfest dancerstuba/euphonium quartet. Fanfare! The Lutheran Music Academy’s children’s choir and the Deer Park Folk Dance Group are also sure to impress.

DO make your way to the Texas Tent at the festival. Stocked with craft beer from your favorite Texas-based breweries, we’re sure this will be your first stop! Does it get much better than these big five names? Saint Arnold, Karbach, Pedernales, Southern Star and Rahr & Sons. We don’t think so. Del Papa Distributing will be serving em’ up nice and cold all weekend long.

Texas Tent beers at Island Oktoberfest

DON’T forget to stay hydrated and designate a driver. You know the drill, Pint Jockeys. Sip your craft brews responsibly, and be sure to drink lots of water between your Saint Arnold Amber Ale and Karbach Karbachtoberfest. Make sure you and your buds have designated a sober driver to and from the event, to be sure everyone has a FUN and SAFE Oktoberfest experience.

DO check out this video to get a sneak peek at exactly what to expect this weekend:

DON’T miss this event! Cheers to Island Oktoberfest and cheers to you, Pint Jockeys. We’ll see you there this weekend!

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Pedernales Lobo Oktoberfest label

 

Welcome to the first day of October, Pint Jockeys! Who’s as excited as we are for the promise of cooler weather, Halloween parties and all the football your heart desires? We are, and we’re (of course) also looking forward to attending Oktoberfest festivals and drinking fantastic seasonal beers.

One such seasonal we can’t get enough of is Fredericksburg-based Pedernales Brewing Company’s Lobo Oktoberfest, the brewery’s FIRST EVER seasonal beer.

This brew is medium-bodied with a big, malty taste and some slightly assertive hops.  This Amber Ale has an extremely smooth finish and is highly drinkable. So drinkable that you may want to stock up on it the first time you see it in-stores, as only a few dozen barrels were made. While Pedernales is currently in the midst of expanding their brewery and a larger release is expected next year, this one is definitely limited so heed our advice and pick some up today.

Check out the brewery’s Facebook page to stay on top of where it’s popping up around town at local tastings and pint nights.

We hope you’ll check Lobo Oktoberfest out and leave us your full review in the comments below, Pint Jockeys. As always, cheers to you and cheers to great Texas beer!

P.S. – We’ve got a mission for you. We’re shooting to get 1,000 fans on our Facebook page and need your help to reach our goal! Tell all your craft beer loving friends to “like” our page. Trust us, it’s worth it; there will be a prize in store for one lucky fan when we reach the mark.

 

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