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Rahr OktoberfestHalloween is almost here! We know you’re gearing up for Friday’s festivities, and stocking your fridges with the best Oktoberfest brews of the season while you still can. If you haven’t experienced Rahr & Son’s Oktoberfest yet, may we suggest you do.

Released all the way back in August, this stuff is now down to limited availability. And there’s good reason why – it’s really, REALLY good.

Rahr’s Oktoberfest Celebration Lager is a traditional Marzen-syle Oktoberfest lager. Dark in color and super smooth, it is medium bodied with a sweet, malty finish. Brewed with Magnum hops and 2 Row, Vienna, Cara Munich III and Melanoidin malts, it pairs well with traditional German foods like Schnitzel, Pretzels and Spatzel. Serving up a cheese platter at your Halloween fest? The brewers say the beer pairs best with Mozzarella and Gouda. They also mention that it’s surprisingly delicious with spicy Mexican foods.

We hope you’ll give this one a whirl before Winter Warmer and more take its place on shelves. For full details on this stellar selection, check out http://rahrbrewing.com/all_beers/oktoberfest/.

Happy Halloween in advance, Pint Jockeys! Stay safe, designate a driver and we’ll catch you next week with another Texas-born craft beer pick of the week.

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Rahr Pride of Texas

When you call your beer the “Pride of Texas” it sure better be good.

Fortunately for Rahr & Sons, their Pride of Texas Pale Ale is GOOD, indeed. This beer – only available in cans – hits shelves soon and trust us, it’ll go fast.

An American pale ale, Pride is lightly hopped and easy to drink. It’s sure to be a hit at the remainder of your backyard barbeques, summer soirees and beach trips where glass is okay but cans are just more convenient. This is a bright-copper colored beer with a frothy head. The aroma is full of pine-resin hop notes and a little malt throughout. The taste is fairly bitter with a resiny, hoppy taste that is nicely balanced by the malt that really kicks in at the finish.

All in all, we think you’ll love it, Pint Jockeys. Like we said, it’ll pop up on shelves and at your favorite establishments soon so help a fellow craft-lover out and let ‘em know where you find it in the comments below!

As always, cheers! We’ll see you back on the blog next week with another Texas-born and brewed pick of the week.

 

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Have you heard the big news? One of our favorite Texas craft breweries, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., recently brought some BIG awards back to our great state from the U.S. Open Beer Championship!

They were named one of the top TEN craft breweries in the entire country (and this country has some great craft beer, as you well know) and also took home FOUR additional individual medals. Rahr won GOLD in the Strong Scottish Ale category for “Iron Thistle”, GOLD in the Dopple/Strong Bock category for “The Regulator”, BRONZE in the Marzen/Oktoberfest for their “Oktoberfest” and BRONZE in the Wood/Barrel aged dark beer category for their “Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer.” Those are some serious honors!

If you’ve been part of our Pint Jockeys community for a while you’ll know that we’re big fans of this Fort Worth-based brewery, but here’s a little background via the brewers themselves, if you’re not familiar yet:

“The story of Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. really starts when Fritz Rahr graduated from Texas Christian University. Fortunately for beer lovers in North Texas, Fritz not only fell in love with Fort Worth, but also fell in love with his future wife, Erin. Fortunately for us all, Erin gave Fritz the green light when he announced that he would like to carry on the Rahr family brewing tradition and open the Rahr & Sons Brewing Company right here in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fritz and Erin Rahr founded Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in the fall of 2004. In nine years, Rahr has exponentially grown its brewing capacity from 2,000 barrels a year to 20,000 barrels a year.

The Rahr family looks forward to more growth and even more awards for the brewery, but Fritz and Erin are most excited about continuing to brew great tasting beers that can be found throughout Texas and continuing to serve these great beers directly to you at a Wednesday or Saturday Tour & Tasting! Someday their sons will be brewing and serving up some of these award-winning, great tasting beers too…as long as you keep drinking them.”

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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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Pint Jockeys like beer

Check out the lineup for each of our three tasting events below

This Thursday’s tasting events feature great beers from some of your favorite breweries. Folks in Beaumont will enjoy six different selections from Texas Big Beer Brewery and have the exciting chance to meet Texas Big Beer Brewery founders and brewers “Johnny Max” and “The Queen” McKissack.

Here’s what’s on the roster in Beaumont:

  • 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 1800s, 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. The body is medium and thick with a sweet, malty base and sweet, smooth 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.
  • 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.
  • White Chocolate Porter – What’s better than beer and chocolate? This rich, dark ale pours almost black with a nice tan head. You’ll notice coffee on the nose, while white chocolate flavors come out gradually as you sip, followed by a pleasing, hoppy-bitter finish.

Attendees in Texas City can also expect a stellar lineup, featuring six different brews from some of the best in the business including seasonals from Karbach and Saint Arnold, a Scottish ale from Rahr & Sons, pale ales from Rogue Ales and Goose Island and Dixie Brewing Company’s classic Dixie Lager. Check it out:

  • Karbach Barn Burner Saison – This beer is sure to get you thinking about Spring with its effervescent golden color and hints of citrus and spice. The brew uses a unique yeast strain and fresh Texas-grown grapefruit to give it a refreshing and zesty character, without sacrificing depth of flavor.
  • Saint Arnold Spring Bock – An authentic, German-style Bock, celebrating the coming of spring, this robust, deeply flavored lager has been aged to create a smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. A light addition of German hops balances the malt flavor.
  • Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle – This dark, Scottish ale has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness balanced with a low, hoppy bitterness. Rahr’s first-ever National Grand Champion winner, this one is sure to make you want to break out your bagpipes and lederhosen in      celebration.
  • Rogue Ales 7 Hop IPA – With a slightly hazy, golden-orange body, this ale boasts a foamy head and plentiful lacing when poured. Tangerine and grapefruit rind aromas are met with notes of spruce, caramel and bready malts while flavors are heavy on the citrus with other tastes of spruce, pine resin and herbal hops in the mix. The ale is nicely balanced and leaves behind a lingering bitterness.
  • Dixie Brewing Company Dixie Lager – Brewed all-naturally today as it was first brewed in 1907, Dixie Lager uses lightly roasted two-row barley malts and rice. The result is a crisp and flavorful beer with a mild Cascade hop finish. A century of New Orleans’ brewing tradition lives today in every bottle and keg of Dixie Lager.
  • Goose Island Ten Hills APA – Ten Hills American Pale Ale takes its name from the original planting of ten “hills” of hops a couple of years ago when Elk Mountain Farms first formed a business relationship with Goose Island. Today, more than 200,000 hills of hops are grown for Goose Island annually. A limited release, this ale has an apricot and tangerine aroma, tasting of sweet honey and toast and finishing with an earthy, herbal hop character.

And get excited Victoria, because your tasting is jam packed with an all Saint Arnold lineup (featuring their newest Bishop’s Barrel release, BB6!) and special appearance by founder and brewer Brock Wagner. How could you miss this? Here are the six beers we’ll have on deck for you:

  • Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 6 – The latest in the brewery’s Bishop’s Barrel line, “BB6” is Saint Arnold’s Imperial Pumpkin Stout aged in rum barrels. The taste begins with sweet malt, chocolate and spices then comes a warming rum finish. Pumpkin creates a pleasant body to this beer which holds up to the onslaught of flavors. As it warms, all of the flavors become rounder and fuller.
  • Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower – This beer is crisp and refreshing, with a sweet, malty body balanced by a complex citrus hop character. The brew is light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after even the most strenuous of activities, like mowing the lawn.
  • Saint Arnold Santo – Saint Arnold considers Santo a “black Kölsch.” Brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malts, it is both light bodied and floral with a distinct malt flavor.
  • Saint Arnold Spring Bock – An authentic, German-style Bock, celebrating the coming of spring, this robust, deeply flavored lager has been aged to create a smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. A light addition of German hops balances the malt flavor.
  • Saint Arnold Elissa IPA – A traditional IPA, this beer is very hoppy with a properly balanced, malty body. Its huge hop additions in the kettle give it a wonderful bitterness and it is dry hopped in the fermenter to create its pleasant, hoppy nose.
  • Saint Arnold Endeavour – This double IPA is a deep amber color with a light, creamy head. The taste starts off with a creamy malt and the hop bitter starts low, building to a crescendo but always maintaining balance – even in its big finish. You’ll taste citrus and peach notes throughout.

There you have it, Pint Jockeys! We sincerely hope to see you at one of our three tasting locations this Thursday. All tastings run from 5-7PM and are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Locations for all three tastings are posted below. We’ll see you there!

Del Papa Distribution Center – Beaumont

Hospitality Room

410 I-10 South

Beaumont, TX 77707

Del Papa Distribution Center – Texas City

Hospitality Room

1220 I-45

Texas City, TX  77591

Del Papa Distribution Center – Victoria

Hospitality Room

3907 E. Rio Grande

Victoria, TX 77807

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Yaga's Chili Quest and Beer Fest

Who doesn’t love HOT chili and COLD beer? Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest returns to Galveston Historic Strand District for its fifth year on Saturday, January 18th featuring some of your favorite craft beers and over 80 chili cook-off teams, all benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston.

Here’s how the day will go down:

The Chili Cook-Off opens to the public at 11:00AM and Beer Fest opens to the public at 1:00PM with an estimated 100 craft and imported brews from around the world available for sampling including No Label, Ballast Point, Karbach, Saint Arnold, Rahr & Sons and Southern Star Brewing Company. You can definitely expect a couple of rare brews and a few surprises, Pint Jockeys!

Other Chili Quest events occurring throughout the day include a washer tournament, margarita making contest, jalapeño eating contest, 5k fun-run and a Strand merchant walk-about. An awards ceremony will conclude the event with the announcement of the best chili on Galveston Island.

Last year’s event drew over 6,000 chili and beer lovers, and this year is expected to be even larger. Count us in!

For more information on the event and tickets, check out www.yagaspresents.com/chiliquest or on their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yagaschiliquest/info. And, to leave you inspired, check out this video with highlights from last year’s event:

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Hey there, Pint Jockeys! Tasting week is finally here and today we’re posting the lineups at all three tastings. We’re also revealing details on a special guest scheduled to appear at our Beaumont event and letting you know how you can participate in our GI Joe/GI Jane donation drive for our armed forces overseas. Oh, and did we mention that we’re giving away FREE tickets to the upcoming Dickens on the Strand Festival at our Beaumont and Texas City tastings? We can assure you, this is not all too good to be true!

Let’s dive right into it with the big reveal: Rahr & Sons founder Fritz Rahr will be on-hand at this Thursday’s Beaumont tasting!

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Event-goers will sample a lineup of seven different beers from the Rahr & Sons Brewing Company portfolio and have the chance to meet and interact with Mr. Rahr. Each event-goer will also receive one free Friday night ticket to the upcoming Dickens on the Strand Festival (December 6-8) in Galveston, generously provided by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Tasters can join Fritz at Logon Café after the tasting to keep the fun going with a cask of Stormcloud IPA and Texas Red and Ugly Pug on draft. Here’s your tasting lineup, Beaumont:                                                        

Blonde – Rahr’s Blonde Lager was the first beer to come out of Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. It is a medium-bodied traditional Munich Helles-style pale lager that features a rounded maltiness without being too heavy. And like every proud Texan, it has a good head and is pleasant – but not overly sweet.

Texas Red – Texas Red has a well-balanced flavor. The notes of caramel and its sound malt character are perfectly balanced with just a bit of hops. This is a super-smooth, very drinkable beer.

La Grange – La Grange is a sturdy, complex farmhouse ale with a myriad of esters ranging from fruit-like aromas to earthy yeast tones. It is dry and refreshing, perfect for quenching your thirst after a long day.

Angry Goat – Angry Goat pours a cloudy, dark, ruddy brown hue that some describe as a murky tea color. Expect aromas of banana, clove, dark fruits and a hint of roasted grain. Tastes include a big wave of molasses and dark brown sugar, giving the brew a defining richness, while a pinch of cocoa adds a layer of sweet complexity. Tastes end on a spicy note with a touch of warming and comforting creaminess.

Stormcloud – During a fierce storm on his voyage across the ocean, William Rahr could be heard yelling from the tall-masted ship: “Roll on old sea! And when you are done, when the storm clouds have destroyed themselves, we will still be standing and drinking!” Rahr & Sons has created the ultimate ale for a voyage such as this: A German-Style IPA – a traditional India Pale Ale with German Influence.

Winter Warmer – This seasonal release is sure to melt even the coldest of hearts. Pouring a dark, almost opaque brown, this beer is packed with roasted malts and bold flavors. Tasters will pick up on a fair amount of English hops and scents of dark stone fruits and light smoke. With a pleasantly mild carbonation, this is one full-bodied brew you can sip on all night at your next holiday party.

Ugly Pug – Unlike most dark beers that are often described as “heavy” or “chewy”, Rahr’s Ugly Pug has a surprisingly light body. Sometimes referred to as “nirvana in a bottle”, it combines their three amazing flavors: coffee, hints of chocolate, and of course BEER!

Our Victoria and Beaumont tasters can expect a STACKED lineup as well. Attendees will sample six different beers from some of the biggest names in the business including Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Karbach Brewing Company, Stella Artois and Goose Island.

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As an added bonus, our Texas City tasting-goers will receive one free Friday night ticket to the upcoming Dickens on the Strand Festival in Galveston (December 6-8), generously provided by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Check out the deets on each brew below:

Saint Arnold Icon Red – Saint Arnold adds a Bohemian Pils to their “Icon” series with Icon Red. This beer starts with the distinctive Saaz hop nose, then a pleasant maltiness for such a light beer followed by a floral, spicy and earthy hop flavor that closes with a focused bitter finish.

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa – Sailing Santa was born when Saint Arnold fans requested that they blend half a pint of Elissa IPA with half a pint of Christmas Ale. Saint Arnold took note, and after a few slight tweaks introduced this seasonal ale. The result is a spiced beer that is great to drink alone or with your favorite holiday foods.

Saint Arnold Elissa – A traditional India Pale Ale, the Elissa IPA is very hoppy with a properly balanced malty body. Elissa has huge hop additions in the kettle that give it a wonderful bitterness and is then dry-hopped in the fermenter to create the pleasant floral, hoppy nose. Saint Arnold’s reverse osmosis water makes the bitter very soft with no harsh notes to it.

Karbach Yule Shoot Your Eye Out – This seasonal, “Winter Warmer” style beer is loaded with specialty malts, fresh ginger, cocoa nibs, orange peel and other holiday spices. Only brewed in limited quantities, you’ll want to put this at the very top of your wish list to Santa this year.

Stella Artois – Stella Artois is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the number one Belgian beer in the world and is present in over 80 countries. Defined as a bottom filtered, blonde pilsner, it is thirst quenching with a malty middle and crisp finish delivering a full flavor and a hint of bitterness. Stella Artois is best enjoyed served between 3 and 5 degree Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois Chalice.

Goose Island Sixth Day Festive Brown Ale – Malty, rich and warming, this festive Brown Ale from Goose Island is sure to keep you feeling cozy even on the coldest of winter days. It pours a dark mahogany brown with a tinted cream and smells like sweet toasty malt and a hint of molasses and sugar. This ale is full-bodied and dense with a clean finish packed with smoky malts.

Tastings take place Thursday, November 21st from 5-7PM at the following locations:

Beaumont

Del Papa Distribution Center

Hospitality Room

410 I-10 South

Beaumont, TX 77707

 

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

 

We encourage all attendees to join us in the spirit of Thanksgiving by making a donation to Del Papa’s GI Joe / GI Jane initiative – an annual program where Del Papa collects boxes stuffed with nonperishable goods and ships them to soldiers serving overseas who must be away from home over the holidays. Help us show your support for these young men and women by bringing one of the following items to your November tasting, where you can place them in a designated donation box:

Toiletries: soap, shaving cream, disposable razors, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes and dental floss

Drinks and snacks: coffee, Gatorade, tea, granola and protein bars, beef jerky, popcorn, peanuts, cookies, peanut butter, hard candy and gum, ramen soup and condiments, long grain rice

Clothing: winter caps, insoles, foot warmers, white socks and knee high stockings

Miscellaneous items: playing cards, DVDs, pens, notebooks, magazines, phone cards, small toys and games

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