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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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Texas City and Victoria events to feature summer vacation selections; Beaumont to honor Saint Arnold

Today marks the official first day of summer, Pint Jockeys! And while we’ve been experiencing the brutal Texas summer heat since May, we’ll look for any reason to celebrate, and the official first day of summer is reason enough for us.

In honor of such a festive occasion, we’re here to tell you about our June tasting events, taking place in Victoria, Texas City and Beaumont tomorrow, Thursday, June 21.  As always, the tasting events are free and open to anyone 21 and older and will take place in each distribution center’s hospitality room from 5-7 p.m.

The tastings in Victoria and Texas City will feature a great lineup from brewers located in top travel destinations in the U.S. and abroad, including Costa Rica, Portland and Hawaii, just in time to plan your summer vacation.

Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to:

  • Kona Longboard Island Lager – Travel to Hawaii with Kona’s Longboard Island Lager, a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor.  A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.
  • Kona Wailua Wheat – The plunging cascade of clear water of Hawaii’s Wailua Falls is the inspiration for the Limited Release Wailua Wheat Ale.  This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrus flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit brewed into each batch.  Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime.
  • Redhook Longhammer IPA – Sample an IPA from Seattle. The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) gives the Redhook Longhammer its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor.  The medium body, crisp finish, and moderate alcohol and IBU levels makes this one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs.
  • Redhook Wit – Redhook’s twist on the Belgian style is the addition of fresh ginger, which adds a refreshing snappiness to this lighter-bodied wheat beer.  Redhook Wit is perfect for warm summer months of outdoor BBQ-ing, sitting by the pool, or just enjoying a rainy day inside watching old re-runs of Gilligan’s Island.
  • Widmer Citra Blonde – Citra hops lend their name to this Portland interpretation of a golden ale.  But that’s not all they bring to the party.  Their striking citrus aroma and thirst-quenching flavor are the perfect pairing for soft malt notes.  Together they create a beer that’s full in flavor and uniquely refreshing.
  • Magic Hat #9 Not quite a pale ale, this elixir is impossible to describe and is a brew “cloaked in secrecy.” The mysterious ale is dry, crisp and fruity, and there is nothing quite like it.  Cascade and Apollo hops with pale, crystal malts make the unique brew quite magical.
  • Imperial–
    Pint Jockeys’ June Beer of the Month, Imperial combines a balance of malt, grains and hops to create an extremely refreshing beer.  Heading to the beach just got a little easier; this Costa Rican brew can now be enjoyed in 12oz cans, so it’s also welcome in locations where our bottled favorites can’t go.

More interested in a staycation? Our Beaumont event will feature some of our Saint Arnolds favorites, including: Saint Arnold Summer Pils, Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower, Saint Arnold Weedwacker, Saint Arnold Santo, Saint Arnold Amber Ale, Saint Arnold Elissa and the Saint Arnold Endeavor. Plus,  Saint Arnold’s beer aficionado Lennie Ambrose will make a special appearance to sample selections, answer questions and talk brew with our fellow Pint Jockeys.

Check out our official Facebook event for  the full details and and RSVP while you’re there!  After you leave your tasting, be sure to come back here and let us know which beer was your favorite.

Hope to see you there!

Cheers!

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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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