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Don’t miss any of these delicious events!

While the Pint Jockeys absolutely love to cook, even we can recognize when a weekend is too jam-packed with delicious offerings to waste any time in the kitchen. And this weekend is the perfect example.

Start the weekend with dinner in the Galveston Strand before heading to Saengerfest Park for the Bands and Bombshells concert (brought to you by yours truly.) The event starts at 7p.m. which doesn’t give you much time to get home and whip up a tasty meal, so why not try one of the many delicious offerings the area has to offer? You’ve never had a better excuse!

After you get your fill on fine Galveston cuisine, cruise over to the event where you will enjoy several selections from Southern Star Brewery (yes, including Bombshell Blonde) while you dance to the music of the Gourds and John Evans Band!

Saturday is going to be pretty busy, so we recommend you get up early and eat a light breakfast – you’re going to need a lot of room to make it through the rest of the day. First, start the day at Galveston’s Pier 21 for the Yaga’s Wild Game and Barbeque Cook Off benefiting the Yaga’s Children Fund. The event will feature barbeque tastings from about 40 different teams and a free children’s activity area. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a Saint Arnold Elissa or Summer Pils as all proceeds of those sales will go to the Galveston Historic Foundation to fund the restoration of Elissa, the island’s own historic tall ship! We always enjoy a nice cold Saint Arnold Brew. When  it supports a good cause, it’s just that much better.

Ready for dinner? Pack up and head to Dickinson for the third annual Red, White and Bayou Crawfish Festival! This event is serving up thousands of pounds of crawfish all day long. In addition to hot, spicy crawfish, attendees will enjoy a children’s activity, brews, margaritas and live music from multiple bands, including headlining artist Stoney LaRue. The event is $3 in advance and $5 at the door, so do yourself a favor and purchase your tickets today.  For more information, click here.

Now, if you absolutely cannot make it down to the Galveston area this weekend, but want a taste of the action, we’re also including a wild game recipe courtesy of Galveston County Daily News and the Wild Game Gourmet below. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Pheasant Skewers
2 pheasants
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 clove garlic
3 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce OR plum sauce OR teriyaki sauce

1. Puree all marinade ingredients in a blender and pour into a 1-gallon sealable plastic bag.
2. Cut breast and thigh meat from two pheasants into 1/4-inch thick strips and place in marinade for 2 to 24 hours.
3. Soak two dozen 6-inch bamboo skewers in water for half an hour.
4. Thread pheasant onto pre-soaked skewers and grill over medium high heat for one or two minutes per side.
5. Serve with two dipping sauces.

For the dipping sauces:
Dipping Sauce No. 1
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
juice of one lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Mix all ingredients together and serve with pheasant skewers.
Dipping Sauce No. 2
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 to 4 teaspoons hot sauce OR chili paste
Mix all ingredients together and serve with Pheasant Skewers.

SOURCE: “Wild Game Gourmet,  published by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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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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Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, plans to release the fourth brew of its popular “Moveable Yeast” series: Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian on Thursday, February 9.  We thought we’d share the gist of the brewery’s press release in our Wednesday seasonal blog for the tasty details.


Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian

Bitter Belgian is an alternate version of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA made with Belgian Trappist yeast.  A limited supply of 60 barrels (approximately 20,000 12-ounce servings) of Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian will be released on tomorrow and will be available on tap at the brewery (for weekday tours only) as well as at select bars and restaurants throughout Texas.

According to Saint Arnold, the concept behind the Moveable Yeast series is to focus on the flavor contribution of yeast. This release was created by brewing a regular batch of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA, which debuted in 2004, and splitting the wort (unfermented beer) into two 60 barrel fermenters. One fermenter was pitched with the usual Saint Arnold yeast to make Saint Arnold Elissa IPA and the second fermenter was pitched with Belgian Trappist yeast to create Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian.

“I encourage everyone to start by appreciating the aroma, which is full of cloves with a grapefruit undercurrent,” said Saint Arnold founder/brewer Brock Wagner who has used these same tasting techniques as a judge at the Great American Beer Festival. “When you put it up to your mouth it is basically an explosion of flavor, full of malt, spice and hops. The notes from the Belgian Trappist yeast work very well with the big Cascade flavor.”

Wagner encourages craft beer enthusiasts to try Bitter Belgian side-by-side with Elissa IPA to get the full impact of the Belgian Trappist yeast (and so do we!)


Saint Arnold Moveable Yeast Series


Saint Arnold originally launched the Moveable Yeast series in the summer of 2010.  The brews in the Moveable Yeast series were greeted with rave reviews and strong demand as craft beer enthusiasts enjoyed learning about the significant role yeast plays in influencing the aroma and flavor of craft beer. The reception for the first beer in the series, Saint Arnold Weedwacker — a Lawnmower kölsch with Bavarian hefeweizen yeast — proved so popular that the brewery added it to its year-round lineup.




The second brew of the Moveable Yeast series was Altared Amber in November 2010.  Farmer Brown’s Ale was later added in February 2011. The series was then put on hiatus because of production demands at the brewery.  Bitter Belgian now completes the series.


Unfortunately, Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian will not be bottled. Look for the brew to start showing up on draft in select bars and restaurants throughout Texas at the end of next week.  Get it while you can because supplies will be limited!  If you’re one of the lucky ones to try Bitter Belgian this month, make sure to leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the brew.



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