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Southern Star Black Crack

With a name like this, you’ve just got to know more!

Black Crack is a bourbon-barrel aged version of Southern Star’s Buried Hatchet stout. The beer pours an almost black color with a light brown head and an aroma of light chocolate, wood, coffee and sweet bourbon. Lively and almost candy-like, you’ll taste lots of roasted malts with a hint of bitterness up front, followed by vanilla and cocoa flavors. Dark tobacco, medium char and hints of the original Bourbon make this a real treat to sip.

You can taste the age in this beer (it’s aged for a year and a half in Bourbon barrels) and will find that while this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, it has enough hop bitterness to be balanced.

We have a feeling that this one will go quickly, so if you see it, get it! Help a fellow Pint Jockey out and tell them where you found it in the comments below.

Cheers to great beer made here in the Lone Star State! We’ll see you next week.

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Everything you need to know about our January Pint Jockeys tasting events – special guests and post-parties included

We’re kicking off the year with a bang, Pint Jockeys. This Thursday’s tasting events are sure to impress with stacked line-ups from three of your favorite Texas brewers plus special appearances from the brewers themselves at all three of our tasting locations. Plus, we’re keeping the party going at three different Pint Nights after the tastings. Read on for all the details.


Texas Big Beer


At our Texas City tasting, we’re welcoming Texas Big Beer Brewery Brewers and Founders John and Tammy McKissack, in from their brewery’s self-sufficient, eco-conscious homestead in Buna, Texas as they join us to sample six different Texas Big Beer Brewery favorites including the following:

Big Texas Blonde – This Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a 10.54% ABV content pours an orangey-tan colored hue with a cloudy body. The aroma of this beer is full of bread, fruit and candy notes while the taste is equally complex and interesting with present flavors including dough, fruit, honey caramel and more.  

Working Stiff Ale – Brewed in the style of an Extra Special Bitter and named for the “premium ales” of the working class in the London pubs in the 1800’s, this beer pours a copper color with a frothy white head. Aromas from this medium-bodied brew include caramel malts and floral hops and the taste is founded on a solid backbone of malt and earthy hops. The finish is smooth with moderate bitterness.

Beeriac IPA – An American IPA with a thick, hazy amber and copper-colored body that leaves a thick, frothy head with substantial lacing when poured. Beeriac’s aroma is full of orangey, citrus notes mixed with light pine notes, caramel sweetness and tons of hops. The flavor profile includes citrus tastes followed by sweet caramel flavors with a medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Renaissance Cowboy – A “wee heavy” Scotch Ale, this brew pours a deep amber-brown with a light brown frothy head. The aroma is full of heavy malts with brown sugar, molasses and dark fruity notes. Flavors include much of the same, including sugary and fruity notes. The body is medium and thick with a sweet, malty base and sweet, smooth finish.

Texas Crude – This American Porter’s aroma is heavy on the vanilla with other hints of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste is smooth with sweet malt and toffee flavors and a medium body with light carbonation. Bitter hop tastes follow through to a dry yet satisfying finish.

Czar of Texas – A Russian Imperial Stout, this ale pours an opaque brown-black with a heavy, cinnamon-brown head. The beer is extremely well balanced and in true Imperial Stout fashion, is packed with intensely malty, deeply roasted and fruity flavors. With the perfect level of intensity on the tongue, Czar packs both smoky and savory elements including baking chocolate, dried fruit and vanilla with a restrained sweetness that leads to a long and dry finish.

After the tasting, Texas City folks are invited to join us on the seawall at Beerfoot Beach Bar who is releasing their latest creation this Thursday. It’s an amber lager, and some of us Pint jockeys got to hang out with the Beerfoot Brew crew when they were making it. We can’t wait to try it. Special guests Johnny Max and Tammy “The Queen” McKissack will head there with us to tap their Big Texas Blonde and Czar of Texas and hand out Texas Big Beer Brewery glasses, while they last.


Pedernales logo


Victoria – we have got some GREAT things in store for you. Tasting attendees will have the opportunity to meet Pedernales Brewing Co.  Founder and President Lee Hereford, in from the brewery’s home-base in Fredericksburg, Texas, as they sample five different Pedernales favorites. Here’s your line-up:

Classic Hefe-Weizen – This classic unfiltered beer stays true to the Bavarian style with a strict yeast strain creating distinctive flavors of banana, apricot and clove. Light, cloudy and golden in color, this brew boasts a thick, frothy head and has received top marks at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.

Lobo Lito – A full bodied, true Reinheitsgebot quality Pilsner beer made using Pilsner malt barley, Weihensteffan yeast, Saaz hops and Hill County well water. Its slightly lower alcohol content and thirst quenching, slightly hoppy finish make it the perfect summer-time beer.

Lobo Lager – This pilsner beer starts with Texas Hill Country well water and Czech hops. Brilliantly crisp and clear with a dense foam, light golden color and subtle hop aroma. The flavor is a delicate balance of expertly malted barley and carefully selected hops.

Lobo Negro – A true “Dunkel,” or dark brown lager, with a spicy maltiness that is neither sweet nor too roastily dry. The lager yeast is worked at low temperatures, imparting a clean roundness and balance.

Classic India Pale Ale – The brilliantly clear, light copper color of this classic English beer denotes the specialized caramel malt used to give the ale a light toasted flavor. Classic NW American hops are used to balance the malty sweetness of the barley to provide a wonderful herbal aroma from this well balanced beer.

Stay tuned for your post-tasting event details, Victoria. We’ll post them on Facebook as soon as they’re confirmed!


Southern Star logo


Beaumont Pint Jockeys, you can also expect a great line-up and great special guests! Folks at your tasting event will have the opportunity to meet Southern Star Brewing Co. founder and brewer Dave Fougeron, in from the brewery’s home-base in Conroe, Texas and sample the following:

Bombshell Blonde – Brewed with American Pale and Vienna malts that combine to give this brew its distinctive smooth, creamy body. Just enough hops are added to this rich, golden-colored ale to perfectly balance its bready finish. Fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish.

Le Mort Vivant – This seasonal, French-style beir de garde is rustic, malty and complex. The ale displays subtle notes of baked apples and stewed pears in the nose and flavor. Hints of anise and delicate spice flavors accompany Saaz and Strisslespalt malts for a malty, satisfying finish.

Pro-Am 2013 Red Rye – This year’s Pro-Am is dominated by rye and caramel flavors. The color is a deep hazy copper/red and the aroma is spicy rye and complex malt with earthy hops coming in second.  Slight brandy like alcohol notes are detectable as the beer warms. Tastes of rye, caramel, spice and distinct stonefruit accompany a medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Pine Belt Pale Ale – This American Pale Ale pours a deep copper color with a substantial malt backbone accented with British crystal malts with aggressive hop bitterness and substantial American hop flavor and aroma. The yeast profile is neutral, incorporating Galena, CTZ and Horizon hops and California Ale yeast.

Valkyrie – This Double IPA pours a pungently hoppy deep copper ale, taking its influence from the hop loving city of San Diego California where the hop varieties of the Pacific Northwest reign supreme. With two hop additions, copious amounts of Simcoe and Centennial hops give an aroma of marmalade jam and tangerine zest masking the 9.5% ABV underneath. On the palate the 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. Clean and crisp, hoppy yet deceptively balanced.

Ancestor Rauchbier – A smoked Lager in the style popular in the Franconia Region of Germany around the city of Bamberg, this ale pours a copper hue with an aroma of subtle yet complex campfire smoke and embers. The finish is balanced with a full-body malt flavor and hop bitterness.

Buried Hatchet Stout – This stout is dark brown in color with monster smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced.

After the main event, join Mr. Fougeron, the rest of the Southern Star Brewing Co. crew and your fellow Pint Jockeys at Madison’s On Dowlen for an all-Southern Star Brewing Co. tap takeover.

Phew – that’s a lot of info. and a lot to look forward to, Pint Jockeys! We could use a cold one after that. We’ll see you this Thursday – CHEERS!


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Yaga's Chili Quest and Beer Fest

Who doesn’t love HOT chili and COLD beer? Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest returns to Galveston Historic Strand District for its fifth year on Saturday, January 18th featuring some of your favorite craft beers and over 80 chili cook-off teams, all benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston.

Here’s how the day will go down:

The Chili Cook-Off opens to the public at 11:00AM and Beer Fest opens to the public at 1:00PM with an estimated 100 craft and imported brews from around the world available for sampling including No Label, Ballast Point, Karbach, Saint Arnold, Rahr & Sons and Southern Star Brewing Company. You can definitely expect a couple of rare brews and a few surprises, Pint Jockeys!

Other Chili Quest events occurring throughout the day include a washer tournament, margarita making contest, jalapeño eating contest, 5k fun-run and a Strand merchant walk-about. An awards ceremony will conclude the event with the announcement of the best chili on Galveston Island.

Last year’s event drew over 6,000 chili and beer lovers, and this year is expected to be even larger. Count us in!

For more information on the event and tickets, check out www.yagaspresents.com/chiliquest or on their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yagaschiliquest/info. And, to leave you inspired, check out this video with highlights from last year’s event:

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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!


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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 A guide to getting your German on in Galveston this weekend

Island Oktoberfest

Island Oktoberfest is just days away, Pint Jockeys! Beer, brats and big-time live entertainers are all on the roster for this weekend’s festivities. The FREE festival takes place in historic downtown Galveston on the grounds and streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie from 5PM-11PM on Friday, October 25th and 11AM-11PM on Saturday, October 26th. Read on party people!

DO remember the history of Galveston’s Island Oktoberfest, because it’s pretty cool. The festival was first celebrated in 1981 by members of First Lutheran Church who traced their roots back to German immigrants of the mid-1800s. What started simply as a fall activity for the congregation in the courtyard of their Parish Hall has grown into Galveston Island’s premier fall event, attracting over 15,000 festival-goers each year at the two day event.

DON’T miss out on live entertainment at the festival. Back for their 21st year at the festival, one of the most popular German bands in Texas, Alpenfest is set to Island Oktoberfest band 1  take the stage on Saturday from 11AM to 6PM. Audience participation is important to this “oompah band” who is known to regularly play the “Chicken Dance” and other songs that get the audience movin’ and groovin’ to the unique sounds of 13-foot Swiss alphorns, a tuned set of Austrian cowbells, a German xylophone, musical handIsland Oktoberfest band 2 saws and yodeling. AlpenMusikanten, a new German band at this year’s festival, is set to perform from 7PM to 11PM on Saturday night. Their motto is one we’re sure you can appreciate, Pint Jockeys: “Will Polka for beer… but will settle for a Schnapps, or wine, or a well-mixed vodka tonic.” Also on-hand to entertain you will be Midlife Crisis, playing hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Kevin Anthony, churning out Cajun and country tunes, Das 1st Lustig with more German jams, Kerry Christensen playing a mix of just about everything, and The Tuba Meisters, a Island Oktoberfest dancerstuba/euphonium quartet. Fanfare! The Lutheran Music Academy’s children’s choir and the Deer Park Folk Dance Group are also sure to impress.

DO make your way to the Texas Tent at the festival. Stocked with craft beer from your favorite Texas-based breweries, we’re sure this will be your first stop! Does it get much better than these big five names? Saint Arnold, Karbach, Pedernales, Southern Star and Rahr & Sons. We don’t think so. Del Papa Distributing will be serving em’ up nice and cold all weekend long.

Texas Tent beers at Island Oktoberfest

DON’T forget to stay hydrated and designate a driver. You know the drill, Pint Jockeys. Sip your craft brews responsibly, and be sure to drink lots of water between your Saint Arnold Amber Ale and Karbach Karbachtoberfest. Make sure you and your buds have designated a sober driver to and from the event, to be sure everyone has a FUN and SAFE Oktoberfest experience.

DO check out this video to get a sneak peek at exactly what to expect this weekend:

DON’T miss this event! Cheers to Island Oktoberfest and cheers to you, Pint Jockeys. We’ll see you there this weekend!

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Texas City event to feature all-Saint Arnold lineup, while Victoria and Beaumont’s roster includes favorites from Karbach, Saint Arnold and Texas BIG Beer

What an evening we have planned for you this Thursday, Pint Jockeys! In Texas City, we’ll have an all-Saint Arnold tasting followed by a Saint Arnold pint night at Brews Brothers in Galveston and a #Shocktober takeover at T-Bone Toms in Kemah! Victoria’s #Shocktober takeover event will be at Drifters[AP1]  and the Beaumont #Shocktober event will be at Buffalo Wild Wings. Be sure and wear your ORANGE!

Check out the Texas City lineup, below:

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower – This beer is crisp and refreshing, with a sweet, malty body balanced by a complex citrus hop character. The brew is light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after even the most strenuous of activities, like mowing the lawn.

Saint Arnold Santo – Saint Arnold considers Santo a “black Kölsch.” Brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malts, it is both light bodied and floral with a distinct malt flavor.

Saint Arnold Amber – This is a well-balanced, full-flavored amber ale. It has a rich, malty body with a pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. Its light fruitiness, characteristic of ales, is derived from a proprietary yeast strain.

Saint Arnold Icon Gold – Icon Gold is part of Saint Arnold’s Icon Series, which consists of specialty brews only released for three months at a time. This is a Bière de Saison with a complex, spicy nose and notes of brown sugar and plum. Its taste starts with a big, spicy malt , moves to fruity in the middle and finishes with earthy, spicy flavors.

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale – This rich, hearty ale is perfect for the holiday season, with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. It pairs well with many of your favorite holiday eats including fruit cake, Christmas pudding and giant draft cup pint jockeyssquash bisque.

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA – A traditional IPA, this beer is very hoppy with a properly balanced, malty body. Its huge hop additions in the kettle give it a wonderful bitterness and it is dry hopped in the fermenter to create its pleasant, hoppy nose.

Saint Arnold Endeavour – This double IPA is a deep amber color with a light, creamy head. The taste starts off with a creamy malt and the hop bitter starts low, building to a crescendo but always maintaining balance – even in its big finish. You’ll taste citrus and peach notes throughout.

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – Perfect for October, this imperial pumpkin stout is Saint Arnold’s answer to how a pumpkin beer ought to taste. This year’s version comes in at 10% ABV, and is crafted to make you feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies.


We have quite the lineup for you in Victoria and Beaumont as well! Get ready for:

Karbach Weekend Warrior – This American Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade hops, pouring a cloudy orange with a medium, frothy head. The aroma is heavy on the hops and pine scents and the flavor is packed with grapefruit, citrus and pine notes. The taste is smooth and the finish can’t be beat.

Karbach Krunkin’ Pumpkin – This seasonal beer has an outstanding flavor that’s neither too pumpkin nor spice-heavy. It pours a deep, dark brown with toast and spice aromas. Krunkin’ Pumpkin is extremely smooth with an extremely satisfying finish that will make you wish fall could last forever.

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – Perfect for October, this imperial pumpkin stout is Saint Arnold’s answer to how a pumpkin beer ought to taste. This year’s version comes in at 10% ABV, and is crafted to make you feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies.

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout – Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deep Atlantic Ocean. Featuring a deep malt flavor profile with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, this brew is a massive malt-monster. Tasters will enjoy its velvety smooth body and decadent finish.

Texas BIG Beer Beeriac IPA – This IPA is packed with hops. Full of citrusy and piney flavors, you’ll also notice a hint of caramel sweetness as it goes down. With a medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation, Beeriac is extremely drinkable for such a heavy IPA.

Southern Star ProAm – This year’s Southern Star Brewing Co. PromAm is an Irish-style Red Ale by 2010 competition winner Ed Condon of Houston, Texas. Southern Star just introduced this truly original ale, dominated by rye and caramel tastes with additional spice and distinct stone fruit flavors.

Shock Top Belgian White Ale – Shock Top shakes up traditional tastes with this spiced Belgian-style wheat ale, made with real orange, lemon, lime peels and a little coriander for an extra kick.

Which tasting are you attending, and which beer are you most excited to try? Sound off in the comments below!

We’ll see you Thursday – cheers!

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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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