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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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Celebrate Texas Independence Day early!

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Howdy, Pint Jockeys! In honor of the upcoming Texas Independence Day (March 2), this Texas Tuesday we’re highlighting the all-Texas lineup at this week’s tasting events.

On Thursday, February 21, craft beer lovers in Beaumont, Texas City and Victoria will be among the first to taste the much-anticipated second release in Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel series (read a little more about Bishop’s Barrel No. 2 and where to find it below)! Everyone will also enjoy Saint Arnold Spring Bock, Southern Star Pine Belt, Southern Star Old Potentate, Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle and ZiegenBock!

The bonus beer in Texas City is Cornel’s Maelstrom. Victoria tasting-goers will sample Lone Star Bock and Beaumonters will enjoy Texas BIG BEER Big Texas Blonde.

All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. We’ll see you at one of the three Del Papa Distribution Centers on Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m.!

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

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

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

bishops barrel 2And now, a quick bit about Saint Arnold’s newly-released Bishop’s Barrel No. 2: It’s an old ale, aged in Chardonnay barrels with cherries for 14 months. The nose is a combination of sour cherry, oaked chardonnay and a wild yeast character. The taste has cherry and light malt up front, chardonnay in the middle and finishes dry with a distinct tartness. The cherry throughout is a light note, never dominating.

“BB2” is only available in bars and restaurants, so pay an extra visit your favorite stomping grounds this week. We’ll be posting BB2 sightings on our Facebook page, and you can also search the hashtag #bb2 on Twitter.

‘Til Thursday, cheers!


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Don’t miss tomorrow’s free Pint Jockey Tasting!

 Hey Pint Jockeys!

We’ve been so wrapped up in all of the Mardi Gras festivities here in Southeast Texas that we almost forgot about another very important date that’s right around the corner – Texas Independence Day! Luckily, the Pint Jockey’s February tasting event, scheduled for TOMORROW evening, is all about Texas and will give attendees the chance to find their favorite Texas-brewed beer just in time to for the big day on March 2!

As Texans, we love our state. Of course, one of the things we love most is our abundance of quality beer. Representing the Texas brewers during tomorrow’s tasting will be Rahr & Sons, Saint Arnold, Southern Star and Zeigenbock. We’ve included a brief description of all the beers below.

  • Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle – There’s a reason why we named this the February BOTM! This dark, seasonal Scottish ale has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness and a touch of hoppy bitterness.  Deep, dark brown in color, the brew is crafted from warrior hops, Vienna, crystal and chocolate malts creating a deeply malty, nutty and caramel flavor. 


  • Saint Arnold Spring Bock – Brewed to a high starting gravity and high alcohol content, this true German-style Bock celebrates the coming of spring. This big, 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 Brown Ale – The full, malty body and deep copper brown ale was released in 1995 to commemorate the brewery’s one-year anniversary.  Brown Ale is brewed with five different types of malts and has hints of chocolate and a touch of sweetness creating the perfect balance.
  • Ziegenbock – This American-style amber lager has a beautiful dark amber color with notes of roasted grains in the aroma and a sweet smooth taste with a balanced hop finish.
  • Rahr & Sons Snowmaggedon – A tribute to the rebuild of Rahr & Sons brewery from the snowstorm in Fort Worth on Feb. 12, 2010.  This seasonal American, double imperial stout comes in at 10.00% ABV and pours a deep brown color with light brown hues.  Some slight roasted notes are present along with a bit of coffee and a touch of chocolate and malt taste.


  • Southern Star Bombshell Blonde – This American Blonde Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company is a rich, creamy, golden-colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish.  Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts.  

As this is our seasonal post, we’ll have to call special attention to our Beer of the Month, Iron Thistle and Saint Arnold’s Spring Bock. Both are delicious, but we encourage you to come on out and taste for yourself. If you haven’t attended a previous tasting, the events are open to attendees ages 21 and up and held at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Galveston, Beaumont and Victoria. For more information, click here.

Come get a jump-start on the last weekend of Mardi Gras and gear up for Texas Independence Day.  Two great reasons to join!

Bottom’s up fellow Pint Jockeys! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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With all of the Mardi Gras planning this weekend, we’re getting hungry for some Cajun grub so we’re dedicating this Foodie Friday to a shrimp and chicken etouffee recipe with one of our favorite ales – Saint Arnold Brown Ale.  This seafood dish brings out the nutty malt character in the beer and is a perfect brew for food pairings.

Saint Arnold Brown Ale is a full, malty body and deep copper brown ale.   This delicious brew is made with five different types of malts and has hints of chocolate and a touch of sweetness creating the perfect balance. Brown Ale was released in 1995 to commemorate the brewery’s one-year anniversary and is thankfully, a year-round brew at Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

If you’re in the Beaumont, Galveston or Victoria, Texas area next Thursday, sample this brew along with Saint Arnold Spring Bock, Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle, Rahr & Sons Snowmaggedon, Southern Star Bombshell Blonde and Ziegenbock at the Pint Jockeys free monthly tasting event.


Saint Arnold Brown Ale Shrimp and Chicken Etouffee for Mardi Gras


Photograph by Marcus Nilsson



2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 pound Andouille sausage, diced

4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken

Kosher salt

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 stalks celery, diced

1 large onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 cups chicken broth

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 bottle of Saint Arnold Brown Ale

Freshly ground black pepper

8 tbsps. unsalted butter

2 bay leaves





Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and Andouille sausage and cook, stirring until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Season the chicken with salt, then add to the pot in batches to brown, 5 minutes per side. Transfer to the plate with the Andouille sausage.


Make the roux:  Remove the pot from the heat and cool slightly. Return the pot to medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour, add butter and stir, scraping up the browned bits from the pan with a wooden spoon.


Continue to cook, stirring until the mixture turns a deep brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the bay leaves, celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, cayenne, and salt to taste. Cook, stirring until the vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 minutes.


Whisk in the broth. Return the chicken and Andouille sausage to the pot, add Saint Arnold Brown Ale, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through about 25 minutes. Stir in the shrimp.  Cook until the shrimp turn pink, 2 to 3 more minutes. Season with salt and black pepper and serve with rice.


Enjoy with Saint Arnold Brown Ale.


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Have you stuck to your New Year’s resolutions?  We’re helping you stick to this one with the Pint Jockeys BOTM club (Beer of the Month) by trying out a new craft beer every month.  This month’s feature is Rahr & Sons first National Grand Champion winner, Iron Thistle.  And if you’ve been hiding under a rock, we’ll even give you some background history on this Fort Worth, Texas brewery.


Rahr & Sons Brewing Company History


The Rahr & Sons Brewing Company was established in 2004 in a warehouse south of downtown Fort Worth by Frederick “Fritz” Rahr and his wife Erin. Fritz Rahr, a former railroad company worker, studied brewing in Germany and at the Siebel Institute.  The brewery began production in the summer of 2004 under its original head brewer Jason Courtney, the 2002 Great American Beer Festival Small Brew Pub Master of the Year.  Today, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company has more than doubled its brewing capacity and has won over fifteen nationally-recognized awards for their brews.  It’s a fact, Rahr & Sons brews are winning brews!


Iron Thistle



Iron Thistle Scotch Ale –This dark, Scottish ale from Rahr & Sons has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness balanced with a low, hoppy bitterness.  The color is a deep, dark brown.  The warrior hops and Vienna, crystal and chocolate malts give this brew a deeply malty, nutty and caramel tasting note.  Iron Thistle pairs nicely with grilled or steamed vegetables, brie and aged Gouda cheese.


Get this Scottish ale while you can because this seasonal brew is good through February.  Don’t forget to take a pic of you enjoying this brew for bonus points on a chance to win balcony and after party tickets to Mardi Gras in Galveston for the Brews and Beads contest from The Pint Jockeys!  Check our Facebook for more info.


And that’s this month’s feature of BOTM’s up!


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