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Tasting-goers to sample six popular selections

Get ready for a taste of Fall, Pint Jockeys! This Thursday, August 15th from 5-7 p.m. we’ll hold our August tasting events at the Del Papa distribution centers in Texas City, Beaumont and Victoria. All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

This month’s line-up features five different beers and one cider from big industry names including Stella Artois, Sixpoint Brewery, Southern Star Brewing Company, Rogue Ales and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.  Need a little more incentive to attend? Complimentary Stella Cidre taster glasses will be handed out to event-goers while supplies last.

Check out the descriptions below for each item on the line-up!

Stella Artois Cidre – This crisp, distinctive European premium cider is made with hand-picked apples. An excellent alternative to white wine, it is the perfect refreshment for special occasions.

Stella Artois Cidre

 

Sixpoint Sweet Action – Ah, love is bitter and sweet. This beer is signature Sixpoint – hard to define, but perhaps that’s why people love it so much. Part pale ale, part wheat and part cream ale – all Sweet Action.

Sixpoint Sweet Action

 

Southern Star Walloon – A Belgian-style Grisette, this hazy colored brew’s aroma is filled with hints of unripe banana, citrusy notes and orange zest. It’s taste is persimmon-like with some mango characteristics and a hint of banana. Walloon has a nice grain/wheat profile that tangles with the yeast to create a soft sweetness and medium mouthfeel.

Southern Star Walloon can

 

Rouge Hazlenut Brown – Rogue Ale’s Hazlenut Brown is a nutty twist on traditional European Brown ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, this brew has a rich, nutty flavor and smooth malty finish.

Rogue Hazlenut Brown

 

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest – A Saint Arnold classic, this full bodied, malty and slightly sweet beer is perfect for celebrating the autumn harvest. With its round malt flavor, it will have you pining away for the crisper, cooler temperatures that await in the coming months.

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

 

Saint Arnold Icon Gold – This “Biére de Saison” has a complex, spicy nose with notes of brown sugar and plums. The taste starts with big spicy malt and alcohol and then turns fruity and slightly sweet in the middle. It’s earthy, spicy finish makes the brew both highly complex and highly delicious.

Saint Arnold Icon Gold

 

Which are you most excited to try? See you soon, Pint Jockeys!

 

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Märzen (aka Oktoberfest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the last installment of our beer school series! We’re wrapping up our six-week course with a lesson featuring a lager style we can’t wait to drink each year, Märzen. You may know the style by the more popular name “Oktoberfest,” so we’ll use the two titles interchangeably throughout.

A “distinctly German” lager, a good Oktoberfest is all about the malt, according to About.com. The “base malt should be a good two row Pilsner, with up to 20% Vienna or Munich.” Hopping should be light, resulting in a brew that BeerAdvocate.com describes as “full-bodied, rich and toasty” and “typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.” It’s a versatile beer and pairs well with poultry, seafood, game and meaty Bavarian dishes.

The traditional name “Märzen” comes from “March,” the month in which the lager is brewed. The first Märzen was concocted in 1872 by a brewer pining for the popular Vienna-style beer served at Oktoberfest in years prior. The brewer’s recipe was so well-liked, Märzen became the unofficial beer style of Oktoberfest, even adopting the popular two-week festival’s name!

Just can’t find the time or money to get to Germany for the yearly festivities? Worry not. Cities all around the world host their own versions of the famous festival every year. Head to Galveston this October 26-27 for the island’s celebration, featuring a hefty German dinner and lots of libations. If you can’t wait that long to get your hands on Märzen, we suggest trying one of our favorites – Widmer Okto Festival Ale, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest or Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest – at your local watering hole.

There’s no homework this week (after all, it is the last day of school) except to enjoy the weekend with the craft brew of your choice.  If you didn’t already have a preferred style, we trust that during the previous six weeks, you’ve had the opportunity to read about and try your share of different varieties, and have since found a few new favorites!

Visit the blog next Tuesday when we’ll post our September 20 tasting information. You won’t wanna miss this one; it doubles as a graduation party, complete with Pint Jockeys pint glasses for completing our beer school course!

Have a great weekend and as always, cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

With only a month ‘til Oktoberfest celebrations begin sweeping the world (we’re looking forward to Galveston’s event in late October), we thought we’d spend this Texas Tuesday highlighting one of our favorite fall seasonals brewed right here in Texas– Saint Arnold Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest is “a full bodied, malty and slightly sweet beer celebrating the autumn harvest,” according to Saint Arnold. The red-amber colored ale boasts a hefty 6% ABV content that will keep you feeling warm on a crisp fall night. Drink at 40˚ Fahrenheit for optimum taste and serve with hearty fall favorites like roasted turkey or spicy sausage for a well-rounded meal.

As a bonus, we thought we’d share a little Oktoberfest trivia for your Texas Tuesday. The yearly celebration was originally created to honor the legendary wedding of Crown Prince Leopold and his wife, Therese. As the story goes, this type of beer was brewed especially for their two week-long wedding. The prince and princess had so much fun during their nuptials, they declared that beginning in September of the subsequent year, their marriage would be celebrated annually with a two week, beer-filled party. And thus, Oktoberfest was born.

So raise your glass and toast to Leopold and Therese. We hate to think what a world without Oktoberfest (the craft beer and the party) would look like.

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Get ready for a Divine Lineup!

Happy humpday, Pint jockeys! Not only are you half way through the week, you’re another day closer to the August tasting events. And therefore, another day closer to getting a taste of the sought-after Divine Reserve #12 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. That’s right, DR #12 will be featured at ALL THREE tasting events, so head out to the Del Papa Distributing Center near you and enjoy!

  • Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 12 – The public is invited to get a taste of the highly-coveted, limited-edition Divine Reserve #12. Inspired by David Rogers’ victorious entry in the 2011 Big Batch Brew Bash, this Old Ale features a spicy malt and hop flavor and a high alcohol content. While the brewer suggests aging the beer for one to five years, allowing it to reach its full flavorful potential, the Pint Jockeys couldn’t wait to offer a taste. Now, beer fans can fulfill the urge to try the beer and allow their own personal stash to sit on the shelf a bit longer.

All three locations will all get a taste of the recently brewed Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest Ale.

  • Saint Arnold Oktoberfest – A full bodied, malty and slightly sweet beer celebrating the autumn harvest.  This rich beer has a round malt flavor and an above average alcohol content perfect for a cool fall evening.

Looking for even more Saint Arnold? Well, if you live near Texas City, you’re in luck because we’re bringing a bit of the Houston brewery to you. In addition to DR12 and Oktoberfest, James Cunningham, Regional Manager for Saint Arnold, will be on hand serving up five of the brewery’s year round offerings. Join us and sample:

  • Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower – A true German-style Kölsch. It’s crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. Special Kölsch yeast (an ale yeast that ferments at lager temperatures) gives the beer its slightly fruity, clean flavor.
  • Saint Arnold Weedwacker – Weedwacker is Saint Arnold’s only unfiltered year-round beer. Fermented with Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast, it is light and refreshing but has a spicy clove note and banana esters. While it has a close relation to Lawnmower, it tastes completely different. Expect to see some yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
  • Saint Arnold Santo –Saint Arnold calls Santo a “black Kölsch,” which means it is brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malt. It is light bodied and floral with a distinct dark malt flavor. It is a dark yet refreshing beer which pairs perfectly with a plate of enchiladas.
  • Saint Arnold Elissa IPA – A traditional India Pale Ale, the Elissa IPA is very hoppy with a properly balanced malty body. The brew has a wonderful bitterness, and dry-hopping in the fermenter gives the brew a pleasant floral, hoppy nose.
  • Saint Arnold Endeavour – This double IPA has a deep amber color with a light, creamy head. The nose starts off with a touch of citrus then turns decidedly into peaches. The flavor is characterized as a creamy malt, resulting from the pale 2 row, caramel malts and Saint Arnold yeast. The hop bitter starts low then builds to a crescendo, but always maintains a balance even in its big finish.

If Texas City is too much of a hike, no need to worry. Event goers in Victoria and Beaumont will be treated to a varied lineup, stacked with delicious fall seasonals from Rahr & Sons, Shock Top and Sierra Nevada.

  • Sierra Nevada Tumbler – Resembling the changing (and tumbling) leaves of fall, the Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale is gracefully smooth.  Its warm character comes from malt roasting at the peak of its flavor.
  • Rahr and Sons Gravel Road – A tribute to the laidback country lifestyle, this German-Style Sticke Altbier has an amber hue and medium carbonation with great balance between strong malt and hops.
  • Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat – Traditional Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with ripe pumpkins and a variety of autumnal spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.  It’s the perfect way to spice up any fall celebration.

Now that you’ve read up on all the brews, we trust you’ll arrive informed and extra thirsty. Tastings are free and run 5-7p.m. For more information, please visit our Facebook page and RSVP for the event.

See you all there!

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This week: Ales vs. Lagers

 

 

 

 

 

With August in full swing, we’re starting to hear a lot of chatter about “back to school” season, and it’s inspired us to share a few of our very own lessons with you.  While we recognize that official school days are a thing of the past for many of you, we’ve decided to introduce a different kind of school. One that’s sure to turn you into the most well-educated guy or gal at the pub. Without further ado, welcome to Beer School, Pint Jockeys!

That’s right, for the next few weeks, Beer School is in session. On the blackboard this week? Understanding the difference between ales and lagers. This may seem elementary to most, but sometimes, it’s good to get back to basics.

According to Tastings.com, “the simple difference between a lager and an ale is that the yeast employed for fermentation of a lager works at a cooler temperature and sinks to the bottom of the fermentation vessel, while ale yeasts work at higher temperatures and rise to the top of the vessel. Hence lagers are ‘bottom fermented’ beers.” Additionally, lagers often take several months to brew, while ales can be brewed in as little as seven days. And, given its yeast content, lagers should be served at a much cooler temperature than ales.

There are many different types of lagers, many with which you’re probably familiar. Common lagers include amber lager (popular in the U.S.); bock; dark lager (or dunkel); doppelbock; esibock; “light” and reduced calorie lager; Munich helles; malt liquor; pale lager (“the standard in international beer”); pilsner; and Vienna-style lager. Among our favorite pale and Helles lagers are Rahr and Sons Blonde, Kona Longboard, and Rogue Irish Lager.

Although ales have been around for centuries, many consider it an “experimental” beer. Because of its shorter brewing cycle, brewers tend to throw in additional ingredients (called adjuncts) to their recipes. Ales also contain a higher count of hops, malt and roasted malts than lagers, giving the ale “a more prominent malty taste and bitterness,” according to BeerTutor.com. A few of our favorites? Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Magic Hat Elder Betty, and, just in time for fall, Shock Top’s Pumpkin Wheat (be sure to check back Friday when we’ll have a great recipe for you which may or may not include cooking with Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat).

Which brings us to your homework. Go out and sample both types of beer, making note of the differences. Come back here and let us know which you prefer – lager or ale — in the comments below. Doing homework has never been so fun!

‘Til Friday, class dismissed, Pint Jockeys!

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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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