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This month, we’re bringing you a great mix of old and new holiday classics

Where has the time gone? Can you believe we’re about to host our FINAL tasting of 2013? It’s been an awesome year – we’ve gotten to sample the gamut and hang out with the regulars and have met lots of new friends.

This Thursday, December 19th, all in attendance will sample a lineup of seasonal picks and year-round favorites from top brands including Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Southern Star Brewing, Shock Top and Magners. We’re positive that the roster will leave everyone feeling ready for a weekend of fun holiday celebrations ahead.

And now what you’ve been waiting for – the lineup:

Saint Arnold Winter Stout – A creamy, full bodied sweet stout with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors and a well- balanced soft roastiness, Saint Arnold Winter Stout is loosely filtered to preserve a rich mouthfeel which is particularly satisfying during the colder months.

Saint Arnold Winter Stout

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 Icon Red six pack

Southern Star Valkyrie – A pungently hoppy deep copper ale, this double IPA boasts Simcoe and Centennial hop additions that give it an aroma of marmalade jam and tangerine zest. On the palate this 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.

Southern Star Valkyrie

Shock Top Chocolate Wheat – Shock Top’s newest winter seasonal is a flavorful, unfiltered wheat beer brewed with a blend of chocolate, caramel and black malts then aged with vanilla and cocoa beans.

Shock Top Chocolate Wheat

Shock Top Belgian White – A light, unfiltered, spiced Belgian-style Wheat Ale beer, with a cloudy light golden color, aromas of citrus zest and coriander. Slightly fruity and sweet, finished with a balanced bitterness. As a special treat, try a Black and Tan with the Shock Top Chocolate Wheat!

Shock Top Belgian White

Magners Irish Cider – A premium, traditional brand of Irish cider, Magners takes a blend of seventeen varieties of fresh apples to create a most unique taste. Patiently matured in vats close to the orchards of the Tipperary countryside, Magners has a crisp, refreshing flavor and a natural authentic character. This is the perfect winter-time treat to leave you feeling cozy yet refreshed!

Magners Irish Cider

Hope to see you this Thursday, Pint Jockeys! We’ll be there with (jingle) bells on… and possibly antlers, tacky Christmas sweaters and Santa hats. Cheers!

Locations:

Del Papa Distribution Center

Hospitality Room

410 I-10 South

Beaumont, TX 77707

 

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

 

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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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What are you thankful for this year? As Thanksgiving approaches and you find yourself reflecting on all of life’s many gifts, allow us to suggest one more to add to your list: Saint Arnold Icon Red.

 

Saint Arnold Icon Red

 

Released only yesterday, November 11th, this Bohemian Pils joins the prestigious Saint Arnold Icon series, an exclusive series of beers only released for about three months at a time. Some will of these beers are iconic of a beer style (which was the original concept), while some demonstrate more creative interpretations or melding of beer styles, from recipes conceived and refined by Saint Arnold brewers.

When crafting this brew, the folks at Saint Arnold were inspired by hop buying trips to the Czech Republic. They aimed to create something similar to the unfiltered, unpasteurized pilsners common to the region, but with a higher emphasis on flavor and aromatic hops.

This beer starts with a distinctive Saaz hop nose, moving to a pleasant maltiness followed by a floral, spicy and earthy hop flavor that wraps up with a bitter finish. Made with only one malt (pils) and one hop (Saaz), this is a deceptively simple, light and refreshing beer. The Saaz hops speak to the beer’s simple and pure nature, dating back to the earliest days of brewing. In fact, they’re the only hop used in brewing that has never been hybridized.

Most of the maltiness in Icon Red comes from the “decoction mash” – a rare, traditional method used for heating the mash in which a portion of the mash is removed, boiled, and then mixed back in. All this boiling causes caramelization, which gives the beer its deep color and rich body.

This beer is best enjoyed at 40° to 55°F and is on shelves NOW! What are you waiting for, Pint Jockeys? Check it out today and let us know what you think. Share where you found it with other Pint Jockeys on our Facebook page.

Until we meet again, cheers to you and cheers to another “iconic” Saint Arnold beer!

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