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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!

Rahr & Sons logo

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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Rahr and Sons Ugly Pug is a Black Beauty

Feeling the heat Pint Jockeys? Welcome to your first Texas Tuesday of the official summer season!

There are plenty of leisurely ways to celebrate summer rolling in: longer days, lake trips, lounging by the pool and our personal favorite, lagers by the pint. Which brings us to our first summertime Texas Tuesday pick: Rahr and Son’s Ugly Pug.

Rahr and Sons Ugly Pug

Known as a “Schwarzbier” or black lager, Ugly Pug is a dark beer with a surprising light body. Though most Schwarzbiers are usually described as “heavy” or “chewy,” Rahr’s Ugly Pug is easy to drink even on the hottest of Texas summer days. Often referred to by its most fervent fans as “nirvana in a bottle” it combines three perennial favorite flavors: coffee, hints of chocolate and of course BEER!

Pick a park and pack a picnic basket with a few dimpled mugs, a six-pack of Ugly Pug, and your favorite fried chicken and you’re set for the perfect summer Saturday afternoon.  When you’re stocking your fridge for next week’s Fourth of July festivities, keep in mind this lager also pairs well with BBQ, roast beef, brats and cheeses like Muenster and Gouda. It’s sure to be a BIG hit with all your fellow revelers, whether hardcore black lager enthusiasts or Schwarzbier newbies.

Don’t take our word for it – Ugly Pug is the recipient of numerous awards including a Silver Medal at the 2009 US Open Beer Championship, the Bronze Medal at the 2009 North American Beer Awards and the Best of the Southwest/Rockies award at the 2006 United States Beer Tasting Championships.

We raise a pint to Rahr and Sons for creating this outstanding lager that’s anything but ugly. Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Beer and Cheese Pairings for Sunday Brunch

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and while breakfast in bed is always a great gesture, we suggest treating her to a little something different this year. Surprise her this year and replace the mimosas with your own beer and cheese tasting.

To ensure some variety, we suggest starting with a light, medium and darker brew. Here’s our top picks:

  • Rahr & Sons Summertime Wheat with Feta or Goat Cheese – Varieties of both Feta and Goat cheeses pair very nicely with wheat-style ales. Summertime Wheat is a refreshing, lightly hopped ale with unique banana and clove-like characteristics. It is unfiltered so the yeast character comes through with a light but full body. Given the full character of the brew, it will compliment even the more pungent variety of these cheeses. Plus, the leftover beer will also go great with a  variety of options if you’d like to save some for a mother’s day lunch. Choose grilled game, pork or even Mexican food for the main course and you should be set.
  • Saint Arnold Elissa with Parmegiano Reggiano

For the medium ale, we’re highlighting one of our favorite Indian Pale Ales. This Italian cheese is strong and sharp and might not do much on its own, but the rich, hoppy flavor of Elissa will create a nice balance. Plus, we think most Southeast Texas moms will appreciate the fact that a portion of proceeds from Elissa brews go toward the restoration of Galveston’s historic tall ship. Want a tip for the leftovers? Treat mom to some more adventurous cuisine! The brew goes well with Spicy Thai and indian. If you want to keep the meal closer to home, IPA also tastes great when served with seafood.

  • Southern Star Brewery Buried Hatchet Stout – Finish off the tasting with a dark, creamy American stout. The strong flavors of a sharp, aged cheddar are most apparent when paired with a chocolaty Texas stout, like Buried Hatchet. If your prefer a less heavy beer, Rahr& Sons Ugly Pug Black Lager is another great option. Both selections will also go great with whatever you plan to whip up for dessert.

That should be enough to get you started. We’ll let you get creative with the rest of the day’s plans.

How do all of our fellow Pint Jockeys plan to treat mom this weekend? Anything special planned?

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