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Cornel’s Smokin’ Hot Blonde

Cornel's smoking hot blonde

We love a good Southeast Texas-brewed beer. Brews from both Texas BIG BEER and Cornel’s Gulf Coast Brewing Company consistently make the top of our “favorite local beers” lists (what’s at the top of your list?).

We suppose the taste of a Buna- or Beaumont-made brew just warms our taste buds with Southern comfort, which is why today we’re featuring a spicy selection from Cornel’s Gulf Coast Brewing Company in Beaumont. Cory Nelson’s Smokin’ Hot Blonde is our “Think Local, Drink Local” Texas Tuesday pick of the week.

The 2-Row base brew with 20% smoked grain, Hallertau and Willamette hops is fermented with Chico. Aged for about a week with roasted Poblano peppers (seriously, where else but Texas?), Smokin’ Hot Blonde has a natural kick of heat and a great roasted flavor on the backside. Even better, it’s got a medium, light body, making it the perfect brew to cool off with during these muggy Texas days.

Send Cory a message on the brewery’s Facebook page and set up a visit to his “micro-nano-brewery” off Highway 105. After you’ve tried Smokin’ Hot Blonde (and Maelstrom, too), come back here and let us know what you think!

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Hello and hearty Texas Tuesday to you, Pint Jockeys!

tx big beer logo

We’ve got a lot to look forward to this week: Christmas is just six days away and the supposed end of the world (!!!) is three days away. But we might argue the most important event is just TWO days away. That’s right, we’re talking about the December Pint Jockeys tasting events. We hear you; we can’t believe a whole month’s gone by, either. We guess time flies when you’re drinking good beer.

Anyway, this Thursday’s lineup will feature all three Texas BIG BEER Brewery offerings, including Big Texas Blonde (a Belgian ale which we featured in our Texas Tuesday post last week), Renaissance Cowboy (a Scottish Ale which first debuted at the Texas Renaissance Festival) and Texas Crude (a robust porter).

All the tasting events will also serve Magic Hat #9 and Stella Artois, which was originally crafted as a holiday beer.

At the Texas City tasting, Texas BIG BEER founder and brewer John McKissack (also known as Johnny MAX) and brewer Robert Hebert (aka BOB the Brewer) will be on site to talk about the joys and challenges of starting and running a microbrewery. Plus, we’ll be pouring Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel #1.

In Beaumont, our bonus brew is Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra Pale IPA, which is bold, assertive and full of flavor.

Victoria tasting-goers will enjoy Angry Orchard, a crisp and refreshing cider which offers sweet apple notes and a subtle dryness at the finish for a balanced cider taste.

As always, the tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Catch us at the tasting location nearest you. We can’t wait to share a beer with you!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Del Papa Distribution Center
410 I-10 SOUTH
Beaumont, TX

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

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A Beaumont Favorite

It’s Texas Tuesday, so it’s time to think local and drink local!

Today’s pick comes from Cornel’s Brewing Company from the great city of Beaumont, Texas. Try their mild stout Schwartzbier called Maelstrom, inspired by a Brazilian black lager and a crème brûlée. This tasty lager has a dark black color and medium body with a very slight hint of vanilla flavor that starts as bitter coffee and chocolate blending into a slightly sweeter finish. Give it a try; you won’t be disappointed.

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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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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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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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One more day til 22-oz bomber bliss!

Hello beer fans! As you probably already know, Saint Arnold Brewing Company will release its highly anticipated Pumpkinator brew tomorrow, so we thought we’d use our seasonal brew column to tell you what we’ve heard so far! We’ll also give you heads up on our next free tasting events, which will feature a delicious lineup of Halloween-themed brews – Pumpkinator included!

Anyway, back to tomorrow’s big release.  Some may not know this, but Pumpkinator is not a completely new brew – it was formerly released as Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 9 back in 2009. However, its return as Pumpkinator does mark a few firsts for Saint Arnold. Not only is it the first time Saint Arnold has re-released one of its Divine Reserve Recipes, it’s also the first seasonal release in 13 years. In addition, Saint Arnold will make Pumpkinator available in 22-ounce “bomber” bottles, yet another first for the company.

So, what makes Pumpkinator worthy of so many “firsts”? After reading the following description in the Saint Arnold announcement release, we’re left to believe a simple 12 ounce bottle just wouldn’t cut it:

“Black with ruby highlights, Saint Arnold Pumpkinator is full of pumpkin pie spices with notes of nutmeg, caraway and vanilla. In fact, some describe the beer’s taste as chocolate pumpkin pie. For this brew, serving at temperatures of 50 degrees or higher can considerably enhance the flavor profile. As it warms, the spices move forward in the taste and the chocolate moves to the finish. The pumpkin provides a pleasant undertone and a nice mouthfeel.”

It’s no surprise to us that quantities are expected to sell out very quickly. That being said, we suggest you get ready to go out there tomorrow and secure your supply for the Halloween season ASAP,

That brings us to our next point – The Pint Jockeys’ October Tasting Events. Due to the success of our previous tastings, we are now holding events in Galveston,Beaumont AND Victoria. This month, we’re highlighting our top picks of dark and slightly spooky brews for celebrating Halloween.  Here are all the details:

WHAT: The Pint Jockeys will host their October monthly tasting events next Thursday, October 20 at 5p.m.! This month, all tastings will feature the following Halloween-themed brews plus one special highlighted beer at every location. For More information and to RSVP, check out our Facebook page!

October Brands to be sampled:

  • Saint Arnold Santo – This long anticipated dark, kölsch style beer is expected to hit shelves on October 20.
  • Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – This limited release brew by Saint Arnold Brewing Company debuts October 13.  A full-bodied beer with a good dose of chocolate and roasted malts, pumpkin pie and other spices.
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale – a German Maibock characterized by a deep honey color and rich, full flavor.
  • Kona Pipeline Porter – A smooth and dark porter with a distinctive roasty aroma and earthy complexity from a diverse blend of premium malted barley. This celebration of malt unites with freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate onHawaii’sBigIsland resulting in a unique roasted aroma and flavor.
  • Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale – A special ale for the holiday season with a bold, hop flavor and candy sweet finish.

 WHEN & WHERE:    Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

In Beaumont: Del Papa Distribution Center, 410 I-10 SOUTH Beaumont, TX  

Regional brew highlight – Sierra Nevada Tumbler –This autumn brown ale features fresh-roasted malt used straight from the kiln to give it a gracefully smooth malt character.                                 

In Galveston: Del Papa Distribution Center Hospitality Room, 6702 Broadway Galveston, TX 77554

Regional Brew Highlight – New Belgium Brewing Hoptober Golden Ale – Five hops and four malts make Hoptober Golden Ale a veritable cornucopia of the earth. Pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats to create medium bodied ale with a creamy mouth feel.

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

Regional Beer Highlight- Samuel Adams Octoberfest – This ale masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee

There ya have it. All you need to know about Saint Arnold’s Pumpkinator, including where you can try it for free.  Be sure to tell us what you think of the brew in the comments below!

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