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The Pint Jockeys will celebrate American Craft Beer Week between May 13-19, 2013 with a series of events leading up to the fifth annual Galveston Island Beach Revue May 17-18.

We’ve got the best brews and big events scheduled for a week of celebration in Texas City and Galveston! Join us!


Pint Jockeys-Supported American Craft Beer Week Events:

  • Thursday, May 16, 5 – 7 p.m.:

Pint Jockeys Monthly Tasting Event will feature an all-Southern Star lineup at the Del Papa Distribution Center in Texas City. Free, open to adults 21+. (Hospitality Room, 1220 I-45, Texas City)

  • Friday, May 17, 5:45 p.m.:

Tom Schwenk Realtor Parade to the Pier starts at 45th and Seawall and ends at the gates to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, where the 2013 Bathing Beauties contestants will be introduced and the Pint Jockeys will enjoy an evening of live music and retro fun. (Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier)

  • Friday, May 17, 10 p.m.:

Pint Jockeys present a special “Beerfoot Brewery Series,” featuring an exclusive tasting of Southern Star’s custom-made “Pin-Up Pale Ale,” brewed at Beerfoot Beach Bar in honor of the Revue’s annual Bathing Beauties Contest. Free admission, open to adults 21+ and beverages are available for purchase. (Beerfoot Beach Bar)

  • Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.:

Bathing Beauties Contest (52nd and Seawall)

  • Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m.:

“Game Day at the Galvez” vintage baseball game. (Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd.)

  • Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.: 

Bands & Bombshells Concert sponsored by Pint Jockeys and Southern Star, featuring the Austin swing band “The Bellfuries,” and Galveston’s own Brandon McDermott Band. Enjoy a Southern Star Bombshell Blonde in the Beer Garden! (Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd.)


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Texas City, Beaumont and Victoria to enjoy selection of new brews and warm-weather favorites

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This Thursday marks the Third Thursday of April, Pint Jockeys, and you know what that means – it’s tasting time!

The April 18 Pint Jockeys craft beer tastings will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Del Papa’s distribution centers in Victoria, Texas City and Beaumont. All three tasting events will feature the below lineup of spring and summer seasonals, plus a few classics. All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 – The newest in Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve series, 13 is a Belgian Quadrupel. The aroma is distinctly Belgian with a hint of fruit, while its simple malt bill allows the caramel and chocolate malts to come through. Large amounts of Belgian Extra Dark Candi Syrup darken the color and impart dark, fruit-like flavors. Its aftertaste is slightly sweet and dry.


• Sixpoint Sweet Action – Part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale, Sweet Action is a simple representation of what makes beer great: the marriage of barley and hops. The barley malt will coat your tongue like honey while the hops brush your palate clean with every sip.

sixpoint sweet action

• Southern Star Bombshell Blonde – The American blonde ale has a rich, creamy golden color with flavors of yeasty bread coupled with a touch of hops. Now available in 16 oz. cans, this fan favorite is fermented at a cool temperature to give it a clean finish.

bombshell blodne

Rahr and Sons Bucking Bock – This award-winning beer is a traditional German Spring Bock, golden in color and mildly hopped. It has a smooth malty character at 7.5% ABV.
rahr bucking bock
Saint Arnold Summer Pils – Summer Pils is a true bohemian-style pilsner brewed with fine German malt and a copious quantity of noble hops imported from the Czech Republic. Its delicate, sweet malt taste is complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor.
summer pils
The bonus beer in Beaumont is Goose Island’s Pepe Nero. Texas City tasting-goers will enjoy New Belgium’s Dig, and the Victoria tasting will feature Samuel Adams’ Summer Ale.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Del Papa Distribution Centers
Hospitality Room
1220 I-45
Texas City, TX 77591


3907 E. Rio Grande
Victoria, TX 77807


410 I-10 South
Beaumont, TX 77707

See you there!


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Southern Star Bombshell Blonde

We don’t need any fancy introductions to lead us into this week’s Texas Tuesday post, but nevertheless… You know and love this craft brew (so do we) so give us a drumroll for Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde!

Featured many-a-time in our tasting events and picked as our May 2012 beer of the month, Bombshell Blonde is one of our go-to brews when we’re looking for something dependable yet a little thrilling.

The American blonde ale has a rich, creamy golden color with flavors of yeasty bread coupled with a touch of hops. The fan-favorite is fermented at a cool temperature to give it a clean finish. Bottled in standard 12 oz. 6-packs, 16 oz. singles and on tap, this brew has a milder ABV at 5.25%.

The Conroe-based brewery has been producing Bombshell Blonde since its founding in 2008, and we’ve been enjoying it just as long. Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Breaking it down: blonde ales vs. pale lagers





Welcome back to class, Pint Jockeys! Before we begin, we want to know if you did last week’s homework. If you DID do the homework, then you know that last week we learned the difference between ales and lagers, so be sure to tell us in the comments which type of beer you prefer, and why. Brownie points if you tell us where you sampled your brews.

Last week’s lesson was easy enough, right? Well this week we’re getting down to the nitty gritty and focusing on the similarities and differences between pale lagers and blonde ales. Grab some paper, a pen and a pint glass and let’s get started.

First, the pale lager. According to Tastings.com, this beer is “generally light to medium-bodied with a light to medium hop impression and a clean, crisp malt character.” Pale lagers are often brewed with rice or corn instead of malt (some say this substitution compromises flavor), so, when it comes to pale lagers, the higher the ABV, the better the taste and mouthfeel. Interestingly, the pale lager is the best selling beer made in America; macro and microbreweries crank out millions of barrels of this type of beer a year. Shift Pale Ale and Kona’s Longboard Island Lager are a few of our favorite craft brews because they’re crisp, citrusy and hoppy. Another reason we love a good pale lager? It’s perfect for cooking and grilling. (You know we can’t resist a good beer-infused recipe!)

Blonde ales (a type of pale ale) are similar in color to pale lagers, although the blonde ale is slightly hoppier and “usually an all-malt brew, well attenuated with a lightly malty palate,” according to BeerAdvocate.com. The American Blonde Ale has a “subdued fruitiness” and a “hop character of the noble variety or similar, leaving a light to medium bitterness.” We like it because it’s easy to drink, no muss no fuss. One of our favorite pale ales is also Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s most popular beer, called, fittingly enough, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde and Widmer Brothers’ Citra Blonder are also favorites. And, not to be outdone by the pale lager, the blonde ale is also suitable for grilling!

So what do you think? Do blondes have more fun or is the pale lager already a staple in your refrigerator? Guess you’ll have to sip and decide!

Your homework this week is as follows: With good company and at your leisure, sample two blonde ales and two pale lagers. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page letting us know which type of beer and which brand you prefer. Extra credit goes to anyone who tweets or Facebooks us a picture of you doing your homework (make friends with the bartender and ask him to snap a shot).

Until next week, cheers to you, Pint Jockeys!

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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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A Closer Look at the Southern Star Brewing Company Portfolio

The Galveston Beach Revue is happening next weekend and if the chance to see retro-style beauties strut their stuff in swimwear weren’t enough to get you to the Island, the Bands and Bombshells kick off concert on Friday night (May 18) should do the trick. In addition to performances by The Gourds and John Evans Band, the party will feature brews from the Southern Star Brewery and an appearance by a brewing representative.

In honor of the celebration, we’re taking a break from our summer seasonal focus and diving into the full Southern Star Brewing Company portfolio, which includes our May BOTM Bombshell Blonde, Buried Hatchet and Pine Belt Ale.

While the brewer’s three year round selections are all still brewed in a 10,000 square-foot warehouse located in Conroe, Texas, Southern Star has seen notable success and growth since it first began production of Pine Belt Ale back in 2008.

Pint Belt Ale is a deep copper-colored American Pale Ale. The flavor of the beer is characterized as having a substantial malt backbone, aggressive hop bitterness and notable American hop flavor (achieved by the mix of Galena, CTZ and Nugget hops). The Southern Star original has an ABV of 6.3% and is sold in 16 oz cans.

This next brew to join the lineup was Bombshell Blonde, the Pint Jockey’s Beer of the Month! The American blonde ale has a rich, creamy golden color with flavors of yeasty bread coupled with a touch of hops. The fan favorite is fermented at a cool temperature to give it a clean finish.  Bottled in standard 12 oz cans, this brew has a more mild ABV at 5.25%.

The darkest brew in the year round portfolio has to be Buried Hatchet Stout, a Strong American Stout style introduced in November 2008.  Jet-black in color, this 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. Falling into the “strong” category, Buried Hatchet has an ABV of 8.25%.

In addition to the year round lineup, Southern Star also recently introduced seasonal ales including Waloon (summer) and Le Mort Vivant (winter.) In 2009, Southern Star also introduced the annual Pro-AM Competition, which calls on home brewers to submit their favorite homebrew for the chance to have their entry scaled up and brewed through the Southern Star system.  The most recent call for entries ended yesterday, so we look forward to seeing the winning results!

If you’ve never enjoyed a Southern Star brew, there’s never been a better excuse to head to the coast and enjoy some beers and bombshells. If you aren’t able to make it to Galveston next weekend (May 18-19,) we strongly encourage you to visit the Southern Star Brewery in Conroe for a free tour. The brewery holds tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. Just be sure to dress appropriately as we enter the summer months. There’s no air conditioning!

What’s your favorite selection from Southern Star? Let us know in the comments below! Hope to see you next weekend.

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It’s time for our favorite monthly happy hour – the Pint Jockeys tasting events in Beaumont, Victoria and NOW Texas City. If you didn’t catch last week’s blog, we’re moving the Galveston tasting event to Del Papa’s new Coastal Distribution Center on the mainland. The building is in the final stages of construction, so this month’s event will take place patio-side, adjacent to the Hospitality Room.

To help us celebrate the move, Islander by Choice will be on site all evening selling tickets to the upcoming Galveston Beach Revue! Make sure to stop by and grab tickets to the “Bands & Bombshells” event on May 18 featuring live music from the Gourds and John Evans band and brews from Southern Star Brewery happening!

As always, all of our free tasting events are open to those ages 21 and up and will take place from 5-7p.m.

New location, same great variety!  Here’s a taste of what you can expect this month:

  • Shock Top Lemon Shandy – Shock Top Lemon Shandy is a unique blend of refreshing and smooth wheat beer perfectly complemented by spices and natural lemonade flavor.  This recently released seasonal brew by Shock Top is available through the end of July.
  • Saint Arnold Summer Pils – Saint Arnold’s bohemian-style pilsner is crisp and refreshing with a delicate, sweet German malt taste complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor. The seasonal brew is available May through August and is perfect for a hot summer day.
  • Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock – The Pint Jockeys’ April Beer of the Month (BOTM) is the golden-colored Bucking Bock, a traditional German spring bock beer. The award-winning bock has a smooth malty character and is available through April.
  • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum – This whole-cone imperial IPA is aggressively hopped and carries layers of a bold aroma featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit culminating in a dry and lasting finish.
  • Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale Rogue Ales has collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Bacon Maple Ale! This unique artisan creation of various smoked malts contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.

In addition to the above selections, visitors to our Beaumont tasting will have the opportunity to enjoy Sierra Nevada Summerfest:

  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest – Summerfest is a refreshing, pilsner-style and is incredibly smooth.  The crisp, light ale will quench your thirst with its big aroma and tangy hob bite and is a perfect summertime treat.

And Victoria and Texas City event-goers can sample:

  • New Belgium Shift – The lightly-hopped pale lager is dedicated to the New Belgium employee-owners who work in shifts to brew world-class beers.  Enjoy this brew crafted from Target, Nelson Sauvin, Liberty and Cascade hops after a long day of work or play.

All of the spring and summer brews are sure to be delicious, but we have to give a special shout out to the April BOTM. Be sure to try the Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock and let us know what you think!

For exact locations, visit the event page on Facebook and don’t forget to RSVP while you’re there.

See you tomorrow!

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Don’t miss tomorrow’s free Pint Jockey Tasting!

 Hey Pint Jockeys!

We’ve been so wrapped up in all of the Mardi Gras festivities here in Southeast Texas that we almost forgot about another very important date that’s right around the corner – Texas Independence Day! Luckily, the Pint Jockey’s February tasting event, scheduled for TOMORROW evening, is all about Texas and will give attendees the chance to find their favorite Texas-brewed beer just in time to for the big day on March 2!

As Texans, we love our state. Of course, one of the things we love most is our abundance of quality beer. Representing the Texas brewers during tomorrow’s tasting will be Rahr & Sons, Saint Arnold, Southern Star and Zeigenbock. We’ve included a brief description of all the beers below.

  • Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle – There’s a reason why we named this the February BOTM! This dark, seasonal Scottish ale has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness and a touch of hoppy bitterness.  Deep, dark brown in color, the brew is crafted from warrior hops, Vienna, crystal and chocolate malts creating a deeply malty, nutty and caramel flavor. 


  • Saint Arnold Spring Bock – Brewed to a high starting gravity and high alcohol content, this true German-style Bock celebrates the coming of spring. This big, deeply flavored lager has been aged to create a smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. A light addition of German hops balances the malt flavor. 
  • Saint Arnold Brown Ale – The full, malty body and deep copper brown ale was released in 1995 to commemorate the brewery’s one-year anniversary.  Brown Ale is brewed with five different types of malts and has hints of chocolate and a touch of sweetness creating the perfect balance.
  • Ziegenbock – This American-style amber lager has a beautiful dark amber color with notes of roasted grains in the aroma and a sweet smooth taste with a balanced hop finish.
  • Rahr & Sons Snowmaggedon – A tribute to the rebuild of Rahr & Sons brewery from the snowstorm in Fort Worth on Feb. 12, 2010.  This seasonal American, double imperial stout comes in at 10.00% ABV and pours a deep brown color with light brown hues.  Some slight roasted notes are present along with a bit of coffee and a touch of chocolate and malt taste.


  • Southern Star Bombshell Blonde – This American Blonde Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company is a rich, creamy, golden-colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish.  Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts.  

As this is our seasonal post, we’ll have to call special attention to our Beer of the Month, Iron Thistle and Saint Arnold’s Spring Bock. Both are delicious, but we encourage you to come on out and taste for yourself. If you haven’t attended a previous tasting, the events are open to attendees ages 21 and up and held at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Galveston, Beaumont and Victoria. For more information, click here.

Come get a jump-start on the last weekend of Mardi Gras and gear up for Texas Independence Day.  Two great reasons to join!

Bottom’s up fellow Pint Jockeys! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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With all of the Mardi Gras planning this weekend, we’re getting hungry for some Cajun grub so we’re dedicating this Foodie Friday to a shrimp and chicken etouffee recipe with one of our favorite ales – Saint Arnold Brown Ale.  This seafood dish brings out the nutty malt character in the beer and is a perfect brew for food pairings.

Saint Arnold Brown Ale is a full, malty body and deep copper brown ale.   This delicious brew is made with five different types of malts and has hints of chocolate and a touch of sweetness creating the perfect balance. Brown Ale was released in 1995 to commemorate the brewery’s one-year anniversary and is thankfully, a year-round brew at Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

If you’re in the Beaumont, Galveston or Victoria, Texas area next Thursday, sample this brew along with Saint Arnold Spring Bock, Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle, Rahr & Sons Snowmaggedon, Southern Star Bombshell Blonde and Ziegenbock at the Pint Jockeys free monthly tasting event.


Saint Arnold Brown Ale Shrimp and Chicken Etouffee for Mardi Gras


Photograph by Marcus Nilsson



2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 pound Andouille sausage, diced

4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken

Kosher salt

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 stalks celery, diced

1 large onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 cups chicken broth

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 bottle of Saint Arnold Brown Ale

Freshly ground black pepper

8 tbsps. unsalted butter

2 bay leaves





Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and Andouille sausage and cook, stirring until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Season the chicken with salt, then add to the pot in batches to brown, 5 minutes per side. Transfer to the plate with the Andouille sausage.


Make the roux:  Remove the pot from the heat and cool slightly. Return the pot to medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour, add butter and stir, scraping up the browned bits from the pan with a wooden spoon.


Continue to cook, stirring until the mixture turns a deep brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the bay leaves, celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, cayenne, and salt to taste. Cook, stirring until the vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 minutes.


Whisk in the broth. Return the chicken and Andouille sausage to the pot, add Saint Arnold Brown Ale, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through about 25 minutes. Stir in the shrimp.  Cook until the shrimp turn pink, 2 to 3 more minutes. Season with salt and black pepper and serve with rice.


Enjoy with Saint Arnold Brown Ale.


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