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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.

dr13

• 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.

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

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

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3907 E. Rio Grande
Victoria, TX 77807

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410 I-10 South
Beaumont, TX 77707

See you there!

 

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Cheers to our long-awaited friend!

We think it’s safe to say that few brewers create excitement around their beer releases quite like Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing company. Especially when it comes to the Divine Reserve series. As you already know, Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve 12, the latest in the brewer’s coveted series (and first in almost a year and a half!), began hitting stores and bars across Texas yesterday and is already flying off shelves.  Perhaps you’re even among the many daring fans who scoured local grocery and liquor stores in hopes of snatching up a bomber or six-pack from the first shipment.

Haven’t had any luck just yet? Worry not; according to Saint Arnold, it may be the end of the week before every store and bar gets their allotment of this divine booty, so be patient if you’re unable to find it immediately. Are you on social media? Peruse the #DR12 hashtag on Twitter to see where fellow fans have struck gold and where they’ve struck out in their search for the ale.

For those unfamiliar with the craft brew making Texans hysterical with excitement, DR12 is an Old Ale inspired by David Rogers’ victorious entry in the 2011 Big Batch Brew Bash, which YOU, my friend, must age. Saint Arnold recommends aging the beer in cold temperatures for at least a year (that is, if you can wait that long), allowing the alcohol to oxidize and create the sherry and spicy malt and hop flavors that will round out the beer. When you’re finally ready to drink up, let DR12 warm to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, for all of the flavors to emerge. And don’t forget to decant the beer as you pour. Got all that?  The results of your careful waiting should be a spicy, malty beginning that smoothes into a creamy middle and a warming finish.

Can’t wait that long? Word on the street is the brew, which boasts an ABV of 10%, is delicious enough as-is.  Ronnie Crocker calls the brew “smooth” and “deceptively sweet” adding it’s “not the least bit cloying, with no perfumey aftertaste.“

If you were able to snag a 6-pack or bomber, show off your find on our Facebook page! And if you’re like us and couldn’t wait a year to pop a top, let us know what you think of Divine Reserve 12 in the comments below!

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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ZiegenBock Amber

Another Wednesday, another craft brew recommendation handpicked for you, Pint Jockeys. Put on some country music and get ready to giddy up, because we’re returning to our Texas roots. Today, we’re focusing on a craft beer brewed with pride in the heart of Texas – ZiegenBock Amber.

ZiegenBock is a true beer of the South. This American-style amber lager offers notes of roasted grains in the aroma, a sweet, smooth taste and a hop finish. The select imported hops and specialty malts create a flavor worthy of the 2006 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal.

It’s no surprise that a beer with a taste big enough for the Lone Star State also puts on its own music festivals to celebrate all things, you guessed it, beer and Texan! So keep your ears peeled for the sweet sound of country music coming to a city near you this Fall.

Can’t wait ‘til the festivals and want a taste of the ice cold, Texas-brewed craft beer by the same name right now? Look no further than your refrigerator or favorite bar, because ZiegenBock is available in bottles and on tap.

Put your cowboy boots on, grab a few friends and let the Texan in you run wild, because no matter where you are or what you’re doing, the taste of Texas is just an arm’s reach away.

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The Pint Jockeys tastings are back with an impressive lineup and room for surprises

It’s only Wednesday, but with our Pint Jockeys tasting events happening tomorrow evening, Thursday will feel more like Friday than ever! And it’s a good thing too, because after a couple of weeks of rain, we’re ready to get out and enjoy some delicious brew!

For the July event, we’re featuring a few of our rich, sometimes sweet, brews and ciders. Including….

  • Woodchuck Fall Limited Release – Inspired by the Green Mountains that surround Woodchuck cidery, this special limited release features notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of American white oak. The results are a unique, not-too-sweet cider for all to enjoy.

 

  • Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel – Clear and deep copper in color, this Abbey Dubbel has a complex and rich malty sweetness with hints of caramelized sugar.  The aroma is a heady and layered mix of fruit and spice with hints of clove, raisin and black pepper from the use of an abbey-style yeast.

           

  • Magic Hat Elder Betey – A golden haze for a summer’s daze.  Elder Betty is a weiss-style ale with a bready malt flavor, balanced by a touch of hops and complemented by the tart berry flavors of elderberry.

 

  • Southern Star Walloon – This Belgian-style grisette is brewed to be the lightest in the Southern Star lineup.  It’s a farmhouse style ale with a Belgian witbier and Belgian tripel.  While it may be light, the added clove and noble hops ensure it’s not without flavor.

 

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Cans – This pale ale has a deep, amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character.  And now, Sierra Nevada’s most popular beer is available in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans!  Take your favorite beer anywhere without scarifying great taste, quality or craftsmanship.

Now, that’s a pretty strong lineup on its own, but don’t be surprised if you find a couple of surprises, too.

Want to join? By now you should know the drill but for those of you who are new to the site, here’s a few things you should know: The Pint Jockeys tastings are free, open to public ages 21 and older, held at the Del Papa Distributing Centers in Texas City, Beaumont and Victoria and take place from 5-7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Did we mention they’re free?!

Can’t think of a better reason to try some new craft brews with a few new friends. So, join us!  Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!
Cheers!

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This week: Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

Hiya, Pint Jockeys! You’ve made it to the weekend and now we have only one directive for you:  read this Foodie Friday post in its entirety, with a British accent and an empty stomach.  That’s right. The 2012 Olympics will commence in London in just two weeks and we’re feeling the English spirit! To prepare for the festivities, we’ll spend the next few weeks featuring our favorite British brews and fare. And we promise to make a (half-hearted) attempt to keep our use of those bloody British puns and phrases to a minimum.

What better way to kick off our British Invasion than with a British (and American) pub favorite – fish and chips! We’re using Alton Brown’s recipe, which includes a bottle of beer in the batter (say that ten times fast). He would argue (and we’d agree) that everything’s better with a splash of beer. So whether you’re using it to cook or drink (or maybe both), go ahead and grab your favorite – may we suggest Pint Jockeys’ July BOTM, Rahr & Sons Pecker Wrecker? – and get ready to deep-fry some jolly ol’ goodness.

What You’ll Need:

For the chips (fries):

  • 1 gallon safflower oil
  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • Kosher salt

 For the fish batter:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Dash Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 bottle beer, cold
  • 1 1/2 pounds firm-fleshed whitefish (tilapia, pollock, cod), cut into 1-ounce strips
  • Cornstarch, for dredging

What You’ll Do:

  • Heat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Heat the safflower oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven over high heat until it reaches 320 degrees.
  • Using a V-slicer with a wide blade, slice the potatoes with the skin on. Place in a large bowl with cold water.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. Whisk in the beer until the batter is completely smooth and free of any lumps. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Note: The batter can be made up to 1 hour ahead of time.
  • Drain potatoes thoroughly, removing any excess water. When oil reaches 320 degrees, submerge the potatoes in the oil. Working in small batches, fry for 2 to 3 minutes until they are pale and floppy. Remove from oil, drain, and cool to room temperature.
  • Increase the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees. Re-immerse fries and cook until crisp and golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain on roasting rack. Season with kosher salt while hot and hold in the oven.
  • Allow oil to return to 350 degrees. Lightly dredge fish strips in cornstarch. Working in small batches, dip the fish into batter and immerse into hot oil. When the batter is set, turn the pieces of fish over and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain the fish on the roasting rack.

Fish and chips is best served hot, so make sure you have a few brewskis on hand as soon as the fish is out of the fryer! Once complete, serve the dish with malt vinegar or tartar sauce.  Ketchup and/ or mayonnaise are also options if you would prefer to keep things American.

Now, plop down in front of the computer and read up on the 2012 Olympics roster because it’s always more fun to watch when you know the team. You and your buds can even make a game out of it – just find a few hometown Olympic hopefuls (we’re rooting for Texas’ own Jonathan Horton from the US Men’s Gymnastics team) and have your friends buy you a drink for every medal they win. Sound like a good enough reason to become a fan?

That’s all for now. We’ll be back next week with more Olympics-inspired recipes and games.

Cheerio, Pint Jockeys!

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Join the Beer of the Month club with Rahr & Sons Pecker Wrecker

BOTM’s Up, Pint Jockeys! We’re back with our regularly scheduled programming and present to you our July beer of the month: Rahr & Son’s Pecker Wrecker. We apologize for the delay, and guarantee this unforgettable seasonal is well worth the wait!

Available for a very limited time as part of the To Thee Series, Pecker Wrecker was originally released in 2005 as the first of Rahr & Sons’ seasonal brews, and has since created quite the (ahem) name for itself.   The unique logo, seen today on t-shirts, glasses and tap handles everywhere, was selected when the brewer called on beer lovers to submit logos using only a woodpecker and a red tow truck. So sure, some of the popularity may stem from Pecker Wrecker’s memorable logo and innuendo-laden name, but the main thing that gets hopheads talking is the unforgettable flavor.

This seasonal Bohemian-style, Imperial Rye pilsner (that’s a mouthful!) has a rich, amber color and is highly hopped at 7% ABV.  With a medium-to-full body and malty backbone, you’ll love this bock-like pilsner!  As hop characteristics explode in your mouth, you’ll be left wanting more. And you can feel justified in your cravings; Tastings.com gave Pecker Wrecker a 91 points rating, which qualifies the beer as “exceptional.”

It’s no surprise that Pecker Wrecker was re-released as part of the To Thee Series,  a group of brews meant to celebrate more than 160 years of Rahr Brewing history and traditions. These limited quantity selections are known to fly off the shelves, so be sure to pick some up this weekend!

Time to raise your glass (or 22 oz bottle) and cheers to another unforgettable brew!

Until next time, Pint Jockeys!

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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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