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It’s the most wonderful time of the month – tasting time. This month, as always, we’re bringing you craft beer from some of the best names in the business and even a few special guests.

All tastings take place this Thursday, March 20th from 5-7PM at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Beaumont, Victoria and Texas City. Read on for more info.!

Beaumont

Beaumont, you’re in for a treat. Pedernales Brewing Co. founder Lee Hereford will be on-hand to share some of his brewery’s most beloved beers with tasters. Don’t miss the chance to meet Mr. Hereford and talk shop with him as you sip on Pedernales favorites!

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Here’s the lineup:

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.

Location: Del Papa Distribution Center, Hospitality Room, 410 I-10 South, Beaumont, TX 77707

Victoria

Victoria, you’ll be paid a special visit from Texas Big Beer Brewery founders John and Tammy McKissack. They’ll be on-hand to share some of their brewery’s best beers and talk all things craft beer with ya.

Texas Big Beer

Here’s your roster:

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.

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 robust 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.

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.

Location: Del Papa Distribution Center, Hospitality Room, 3907 E. Rio Grande, Victoria, TX 77807

Texas City

Texas City, your tasting is all about variety this month, and what a mix do we have in store for you! Check it out:

Saint Arnold Icon Blue – This Brown Porter is a dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes. Icon Blue pours a dark brown color with ruby and garnet highlights, producing an off-white head. During the brewing process, the brewers used English malt hops and their own Saint Arnold yeast, also hailing from the U.K.

Karbach Summer Love Street – In the 1960s on Allen’s Landing in Houston sat Love Street, a hot spot of music and social impact. Love Street was not only a place, but a state of mind; a place to unwind and let the music refresh your soul. So too is this Kolsch-style beer, hopped delicately with floral German hops with a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core without sacrificing character.

Goose Island 312 – Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that’s immensely refreshing.

Goose Island The Illinois – Illinois is a 9.0% ABV 95 IBU Imperial IPA that pushes the limits of hop flavor and aroma. It pours a deep gold color with a complex citrus aroma. The taste is balanced with a clean bitterness and a medium to full body.

Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat – The latest addition to the Shock Top portfolio, this Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with honey, caramel malt and aged on bourbon cask staves for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment all year round.

Rolling Rock – This premium extra pale lager is crafted using a time-honored recipe with only the finest malted barley and blend of hops. A classic American lager, as well-known for its distinctive, full-bodied taste as it is for its craftsmanship, heritage and painted green bottle, Rolling Rock is full-flavored with a subtle bite and a light to medium body and color.

Location: Del Papa Distribution Center, Hospitality Room, 1220 I-45, Texas City, TX 77591

Thursday can’t get here soon enough – see you then, Pint Jockeys!

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Check out the lineup for each of our three tasting events below

This Thursday’s tasting events feature great beers from some of your favorite breweries. Folks in Beaumont will enjoy six different selections from Texas Big Beer Brewery and have the exciting chance to meet Texas Big Beer Brewery founders and brewers “Johnny Max” and “The Queen” McKissack.

Here’s what’s on the roster in Beaumont:

  • 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 1800s, 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.
  • 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. The body is medium and thick with a sweet, malty base and sweet, smooth finish.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • White Chocolate Porter – What’s better than beer and chocolate? This rich, dark ale pours almost black with a nice tan head. You’ll notice coffee on the nose, while white chocolate flavors come out gradually as you sip, followed by a pleasing, hoppy-bitter finish.

Attendees in Texas City can also expect a stellar lineup, featuring six different brews from some of the best in the business including seasonals from Karbach and Saint Arnold, a Scottish ale from Rahr & Sons, pale ales from Rogue Ales and Goose Island and Dixie Brewing Company’s classic Dixie Lager. Check it out:

  • Karbach Barn Burner Saison – This beer is sure to get you thinking about Spring with its effervescent golden color and hints of citrus and spice. The brew uses a unique yeast strain and fresh Texas-grown grapefruit to give it a refreshing and zesty character, without sacrificing depth of flavor.
  • Saint Arnold Spring Bock – An authentic, German-style Bock, celebrating the coming of spring, this robust, 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.
  • Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle – This dark, Scottish ale has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness balanced with a low, hoppy bitterness. Rahr’s first-ever National Grand Champion winner, this one is sure to make you want to break out your bagpipes and lederhosen in      celebration.
  • Rogue Ales 7 Hop IPA – With a slightly hazy, golden-orange body, this ale boasts a foamy head and plentiful lacing when poured. Tangerine and grapefruit rind aromas are met with notes of spruce, caramel and bready malts while flavors are heavy on the citrus with other tastes of spruce, pine resin and herbal hops in the mix. The ale is nicely balanced and leaves behind a lingering bitterness.
  • Dixie Brewing Company Dixie Lager – Brewed all-naturally today as it was first brewed in 1907, Dixie Lager uses lightly roasted two-row barley malts and rice. The result is a crisp and flavorful beer with a mild Cascade hop finish. A century of New Orleans’ brewing tradition lives today in every bottle and keg of Dixie Lager.
  • Goose Island Ten Hills APA – Ten Hills American Pale Ale takes its name from the original planting of ten “hills” of hops a couple of years ago when Elk Mountain Farms first formed a business relationship with Goose Island. Today, more than 200,000 hills of hops are grown for Goose Island annually. A limited release, this ale has an apricot and tangerine aroma, tasting of sweet honey and toast and finishing with an earthy, herbal hop character.

And get excited Victoria, because your tasting is jam packed with an all Saint Arnold lineup (featuring their newest Bishop’s Barrel release, BB6!) and special appearance by founder and brewer Brock Wagner. How could you miss this? Here are the six beers we’ll have on deck for you:

  • Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 6 – The latest in the brewery’s Bishop’s Barrel line, “BB6” is Saint Arnold’s Imperial Pumpkin Stout aged in rum barrels. The taste begins with sweet malt, chocolate and spices then comes a warming rum finish. Pumpkin creates a pleasant body to this beer which holds up to the onslaught of flavors. As it warms, all of the flavors become rounder and fuller.
  • 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 Spring Bock – An authentic, German-style Bock, celebrating the coming of spring, this robust, 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 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.

There you have it, Pint Jockeys! We sincerely hope to see you at one of our three tasting locations this Thursday. All tastings run from 5-7PM and are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Locations for all three tastings are posted below. We’ll see you there!

Del Papa Distribution Center – Beaumont

Hospitality Room

410 I-10 South

Beaumont, TX 77707

Del Papa Distribution Center – Texas City

Hospitality Room

1220 I-45

Texas City, TX  77591

Del Papa Distribution Center – Victoria

Hospitality Room

3907 E. Rio Grande

Victoria, TX 77807

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With the national day of love quickly approaching, we interrupt our traditional Texas Tuesday programming to bring you a few brew recommendations that are sure to impress your craft beer-loving sweetie on V-day. (And for the singles who’d rather call it “D-day” – we promise, these beers taste just as good with five of your closest friends at the local pub as they do on a date at a fancy restaurant. You have our word.)

Chocolate has long been a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. Sugary-sweet and usually packaged in some sort of heart-shaped box, it is a go-to for the fella or lady who’s not looking to mess with success by saying “I love you” with a gift that’s tried and true.

To this guy or gal, may we offer another an equally equitable formula: chocolate + beer.

Rogue Ales’ Chocolate Stout is sure to please, with mellow flavors of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate, all balanced perfectly with just the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish. This ebony-hued beer has a rich, creamy head, making for a picture-perfect presentation.

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Want to spice things up with even more chocolate intensity? Rogue Ales has you covered with their Double Chocolate Stout, flavored with even more imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate. No need to get nervous about making the right impression with this one – it won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships in 2010.

Rogue Double Chocolate Stout

The folks at Texas Big Beer Brewery are also helping you celebrate this special day with their White Chocolate Porter.

Texas BIG Beer Brewery white chocolate ale

This rich, dark ale pours almost black with a nice tan head. You’ll notice coffee on the nose, while white chocolate flavors come out gradually as you sip, followed by a pleasing, hoppy-bitter finish.  Serve some up for your sweetie and get ready for some compliments – this one is sure to be a favorite even past Valentine’s Day.

If you’re looking to keep things “light”, we suggest pairing Goose Island’s Gillian, a Belgian style farmhouse ale, with your lover’s feast.  Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of Goose Island’s brewery, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this brew is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet with a refreshingly effervescent body.

Goose Island Gillian

And finally, for those looking to mark the occasion with a most-refined ale, may we suggest Stella Artois.

Stella Artois

Stella Artois is one of the world’s best-selling beers and is enjoyed in more than 80 countries. Its full, characteristic flavor and high quality is assured through a superior brewing process and by using the finest ingredients available. When only the best of the best will do for your boo – this is your go-to.

Good luck with your Valentine’s Day planning, Pint Jockeys! Three cheers for three things that make our world go round – love, chocolate and craft beer.

We’ll see you back on the blog next week (after all this lovey-dovey stuff has passed) with another Texas Tuesday pick.

 

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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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Texas BIG Beer Czar of Texas

There’s a new king craft brew in town and it goes by the name of “Czar of Texas.”

This Queen’s Limited Release from the folks at Texas BIG Beer Brewery in Buna is out on shelves now and we recommend that you pick some up before it’s as good as gone because we’re telling ya – it lives up to its royal name.

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. The strong nose incorporates decadent notes of molasses, fig, spice, black tea, vanilla and wood, adding to the luxurious sensory experience for the drinker.

Looking for a beer to impress your fellow New Year’s Eve revelers tonight? This is it. Want to enjoy something new tomorrow as you kick off 2014? This is just the stuff to do it with.

Cheers to a great year full of great craft beer, Pint Jockeys! We’ll see you back next Tuesday with our first Texas Tuesday pick of 2014.

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Texas BIG Beer Beeriac IPAWelcome back for another installment of Texas Tuesday, Pint Jockeys.

With Halloween festivities just days away, we know you’re looking to check a few items off your party planning list:

  • killer costume
  • spooky décor
  • big bowl of candy
  • cooler full of Texas craft beer

If you’re looking to stock said cooler with an IPA in addition to all those pumpkin seasonals we know you love so much, look no further than Texas BIG Beer Brewery’s Beeriac IPA.

In stores now, Beeriac was first released as a “Pro-Am” in June and based on home-brewer Mike Heniff’s award-winning IPA. This one is packed with so many hops that Texas BIG Beer Brewery had to modify their equipment to accommodate all that hoppy goodness in order to make this much wider Fall release happen.

Pint Jockeys at our October tasting events in Victoria and Beaumont had a chance to sample this fantastic IPA with a thick, hazy amber and copper-colored body that leaves a thick and frothy white head and substantial lacing when poured. Its aroma is full of orangey, citrus notes mixed with light pine smells and some caramel sweetness and of course, the smell of LOTS of hops. The flavor profile is equally engaging, with citrus tastes accompanying a low amount of bitterness up front, followed by some sweet caramel tastes with a medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

One of our personal favorite styles to sip, India Pale Ale gets its name and unique character from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. The intense hop flavor in this beer was used to preserve it for the long journey and the aroma is traditionally VERY strong. IPAs pair especially well with spicy foods including chili, Sichuan cuisine and Thai cuisine.

For those who have already experienced this BIG beer, what did you think?

For those who haven’t tried it yet, we hope you will and report back here in the comments section with your review.

As always, cheers to Texas Tuesday and cheers to you, Pint Jockeys. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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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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