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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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More on the brews of Beer Fest and our January Tasting

Congratulations! You’re halfway through a very exciting week for beer-lovers. This week, we have not one, but two great tasting events, boasting a total of 35 different brews.

Rather than detailing the full lineup, we’re going to give you a quick overview of events starting with TOMORROW’S Pint Jockey Tasting. As always, the event is free and will be held at the Del Papa Distributing offices in Victoria, Beaumont and Galveston from 5-7 p.m. This month’s tasting lineup will focus on the variety pack from Magic Hat, plus give visitors a taste of the latest from Southern Star – LeMort Vivant! RSVP here.

Can’t make it to one of the tastings? Visitors to the island’s Chiliquest and Beer Fest this Saturday will have  second chance to taste LeMort Vivant along with 29 other specialty ales.

This year’s new “Beer Fest” component of the Chiliquest event will take place under a Bier Garten tent in Saengerfest park. Once you’re in, you can purchase brews by the sample, flight or pint. Our suggestion is to start with a flight, pick your favorite and then go in for the full pint. But that’s just us.

Other notable offerings include selections from Rahr & Sons, Saint Arnolds (including the impossible-to-find Pumpkinator!) and Cornel Brewing. See a full list by visiting the official event page at http://www.yagaspresents.com/chiliquest/beerfest.html.

Be sure to check out the events and let us know your favorite brews in the comment section below!

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Saint Arnold, Rogue and Dixie Variations add festive touch to any October get together

Another season of costumes, oversized bags of candy and frightfully fun celebrations has officially arrived! That’s why we’re dedicating today’s seasonal brew blog to a few of our deliciously dark ,and slightly spooky, beers from some of the biggest names in craft brew!

In addition to creative packaging, our picks for Halloween-ready beers also offer rich flavors that compliment the fall season. Our favorites come from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Rogue Brewery and Dixie Brewing Company.

Of course, you should already know that Saint Arnold Brewing Company offers  two great beers for the Halloween season – Pumpkinator and Santo. Pumpkinator, which hit shelves in 22-ounce “bomber” bottles a few weeks ago is an extremely hard to find Imperial Pumpkin Stout, full of pumpkin pie spices and notes of nutmeg, caraway and vanilla. If you’re able to hunt down some of this brew you and your guests are sure to enjoy!

For those looking for something a little different, the brewery also recently released Santo, a black Kölsch with a surprisingly light body. The Santo label was designed by Houston’s Carlos Hernandez, a local artist known for his “Day of the Dead Rock Stars” art work, and features a skeleton adorned with a crown – the perfect complement to any Halloween décor.

Next up, Rogue Ales presents two more beverage options with Dead Guy Ale and Double Dead Guy Ale. The original Dead Guy Ale, which will be available in special 22-ounce Halloween bottles complete with glow-in-the-dark labels, is a German Maibock characterized by a deep honey color and rich, full flavor. Taking it a step further, Double Dead Guy Ale has a more complex combination of flavors including buttery peanut brittle, orange blossom tea, caramel, apricot and roasted grains. If that weren’t already a mouthful, the unique brew finishes off with a long, tangy grilled grapefruit and chocolate fade.

Last but not least, add a little black magic to your party with Dixie Brewing Company’s Blackened Voodoo. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, this lager is no stranger to a good party. Blackened Voodoo features a malty flavor paired with a touch of magical spirit and bewitching character.

Together, this lineup of offerings allows hosts to pick and choose from various styles, ranging from pumpkin variations to malty brews, and still add an extra festive touch to the beverage lineup. Just remember to drink responsibly and ensure everyone has a safe, spooky Halloween!

Now that your all set on your Halloween beverage lineup, check back on friday for some fun recipe ideas!

Cheers!

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Galveston Oktoberfest to Feature Selections from Saint Arnold Brewing Company!

The countdown to Galveston’s Oktoberfest continues, and today we’re highlighting the selection of Saint Arnold brews visitors can enjoy at this weekend’s big event. In addition to the tried-and-true Oktoberfest brew, Saint Arnold Brewing Company will also offer a taste of something new with SANTO – which hits stores TOMORROW! 

Originally scheduled for release in August, SANTO has been reworked and perfected just in time for the annual celebration. Although Saint Arnold Brewing Company founder and brewer, Brock Wagner set out to create a dark Mexican lager, perfect for pairing with a plate of enchiladas, the recent addition of “Munich Malt” might make it easier for attendees to enjoy the brew and still feel a bit festive.

While the “black Kölsch” may be dark in appearance, the beer maintains other characteristics of a true Kölsch. Crafted from special Kölsch yeast – an ale yeast that ferments at almost lager temperatures – Santo remains light bodied and floral despite its distinctive dark malt flavor. To give you the full scoop, Santo is brewed using pale two-row and pils malted barley, a dash of Munich malt and an addition of black malt along with Hallertau Hersbrucker hops, which are added to the brew kettle in four separate cycles in order to create its delicate flavor and aroma. The brew will be available year round, but this weekend is the perfect opportunity to give it a try while enjoying a great event!

If that doesn’t interest you, there’s always the award-winning, slightly sweet OKTOBERFEST seasonal ale. Originally released in 1997, this Saint Arnold’s signature is crafted from a mixture of three different types of Munich-style malts and two central European noble hops varieties. With a rich caramel flavor, it’s no wonder to us why this brew remains a popular choice for celebrating the fall season. 

Now, that covers what you can expect (from Saint Arnold) at Oktoberfest, but no conversation about the Houston brewery would be complete without at least a mention of the new wildly popular and extremely hard to find PUMPKINATOR. While the brew will not be a part of the Oktoberfest celebration, beer fans anxious to get their hands on a sample of the brew are invited to join the Pint Jockeys at their monthly tasting event, also TOMORROW, at the Del Papa Distributing Co distribution centers in Galveston, Beaumont and Victoria. We’ll have Pumpkinator, Santo and a host of Halloween-themed brews on tap!

Whether you make it out for tomorrow’s sampling or this weekend’s big celebration on the island, we look forward to seeing you there!

Have you had the opportunity to try Santo or Pumpkinator? Let us know what you think of the brews in the comments below! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another round up of Oktoberfest brews!

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