Posts Tagged ‘Craft Beer’

Rahr and Sons Ugly Pug is a Black Beauty

Feeling the heat Pint Jockeys? Welcome to your first Texas Tuesday of the official summer season!

There are plenty of leisurely ways to celebrate summer rolling in: longer days, lake trips, lounging by the pool and our personal favorite, lagers by the pint. Which brings us to our first summertime Texas Tuesday pick: Rahr and Son’s Ugly Pug.

Rahr and Sons Ugly Pug

Known as a “Schwarzbier” or black lager, Ugly Pug is a dark beer with a surprising light body. Though most Schwarzbiers are usually described as “heavy” or “chewy,” Rahr’s Ugly Pug is easy to drink even on the hottest of Texas summer days. Often referred to by its most fervent fans as “nirvana in a bottle” it combines three perennial favorite flavors: coffee, hints of chocolate and of course BEER!

Pick a park and pack a picnic basket with a few dimpled mugs, a six-pack of Ugly Pug, and your favorite fried chicken and you’re set for the perfect summer Saturday afternoon.  When you’re stocking your fridge for next week’s Fourth of July festivities, keep in mind this lager also pairs well with BBQ, roast beef, brats and cheeses like Muenster and Gouda. It’s sure to be a BIG hit with all your fellow revelers, whether hardcore black lager enthusiasts or Schwarzbier newbies.

Don’t take our word for it – Ugly Pug is the recipient of numerous awards including a Silver Medal at the 2009 US Open Beer Championship, the Bronze Medal at the 2009 North American Beer Awards and the Best of the Southwest/Rockies award at the 2006 United States Beer Tasting Championships.

We raise a pint to Rahr and Sons for creating this outstanding lager that’s anything but ugly. Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Cheers to summer and cheers to another Pint Jockeys craft beer tasting!

This June, Texas City and Victoria locations will dive in to core beer lineup from Houston’s Karbach Brewery Company. Special guest, Karbach Brewmaster Eric Warner, will join the fun at the Texas City tasting and lead the after party to a Karbach tap take-over and Pint Night at Beerfoot Beach Bar in Galveston. All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

TEXAS CITY and VICTORIA June tasting event will feature:

  •  Karbach Weisse Versa Wheat Ale – This hybrid wheat beer is a combination of Hefeweizen yeast and spices common to Belgian style white beers. The result is a complex but refreshing wheat beer with flavors and aromas of citrus peel, coriander, banana and wheat. WeisseCan2
  • Karbach Love Street Summer Seasonal – A Kölsch style beer brewed with German hops including Tettnang, Spalt, Saphir and Hallertauer. The golden colored beer has a predominately grassy flavor with other notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon and coriander. Love_Street_Tap_Sticker[3]
  • Karbach Sympathy for the Lager – This lager is prepared with extras steps and time, similar to many brewing processes in Czechoslovakia, to create a lager that is crisp and refreshing. Karbach utilizes a process called floatation, giving a delicate bitterness, before the beer is cold-aged for several weeks. The German hops give a floral, spicy aroma and the Vienna malts produce an amber color and malt sweetness.SympathyCan
  • Karbach Hopadillo IPA – Referred to as “Texas Style IPA” by brewmaster Eric Warner, this unique ale combines American, German and English hops to give a big and bold hop aroma with citrus character and earthy spiciness. HopadilloCan
  • Karbach Rodeo Clown Double IPA – Rodeo Clown doubles down with a malty richness and strong hop character, typical of a DIPA. The aromas are malty with citrus, spice and floral hop characteristics. RodeoCan
  • Karbach El Hopadillo Negro – An American black ale, with a smooth hop taste and a cool, dry finish. Flavors of citrus, pine and roasted malt lace the brew. hopnegro
  • Karbach Roshambo – A Belgian style IPA, with floral, fruity flavors combined with Belgian yeast and a spicy kick. Made with pale, munich crystal and chocolate malts, the beer pours a golden orange color and is well-carbonated.


Beaumont will enjoy Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Rahr & Sons Texas Red, Saint Arnold Icon Green, Rogue Dad’s Little Helper, Southern Star Valkyrie and Stella Artois Cidre. Don’t fret Beaumont, you guys get to sample Karbach and visit with Brewmaster Eric Warner in July!

RSVP to Thursday’s tasting and get more details on the Pint Jockeys Facebook page.

When: June 20, 2013, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Pint Jockeys Pick of the Week: Karbach Love Street Summer Seasonal 

Hello again, Pint Jockeys and Happy June! Let’s get right on to it, shall we? We have a Texas Tuesday Pick of the Week that is all about summertime: Karbach Love Street Summer Seasonal. From May through August, our Houston neighbors at Karbach Brewing Company roll out the Kölsch style beer that makes our mouth water in the groovy looking can. This summer brew hits the market as we are taking our last sips of the spring favorite, Barn Burner Saison. If you enjoyed the saison, we think you’ll have no problem kicking back with the kölsch.


If you’re prone to enjoy Love Street from tap, you’ll be pleased to find this beer has a clear, golden color with a clean, white head that cools you down at first sight. The brewery uses German hops (Tettnang, Spalt, Saphir, Hallertauer) for this very German beer that is true to its style. With a predominately grassy flavor, Love Street also has other notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon and coriander. It won’t overpower your palette and is well-carbonated. Dry, crisp and clean, Love Street is easy to like. We suggest throwing it in the cooler when you float the river on a hot day or have a cold one while grabbing dinner on an outdoor patio.

Thanks to Karbach for making killer brews and even cooler cans! We’re loving Love Street, and we hear the monthly tasting events at Del Papa distribution centers might feature a Karbach sampling very soon. Check back on the blog and on our Facebook page for more details!

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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.

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• 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.

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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.
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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.
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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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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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“Laissez les bons temps rouler” with Saint Arnold Spring Bock

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Unfortunately, it’s almost time to hang up our beads and put away our jester hats – Mardi Gras! Galveston 2013 is coming to a close. But not before a fun and festive Fat Tuesday celebration down on the Island. At 6:30 tonight, come meet us as we watch the Krewe of Aquarius Parade revel alongside the Krewes of Gambrinus, Babalu, Thalasar, Baccus and Z Krewe!

As all good things must come to an end, tomorrow we’ll return to our normal lives, void of nightly parades, balcony parties and phenomenal live music. That’s ok, though, because Spring is on the horizon and that means we’ve got some exceptional seasonals and new brews to look forward to, like Saint Arnold Spring Bock.

Saint Arnold’s refers to Spring Bock as the “laziest” of its brews because it takes eight weeks to ferment and age.  It’s an authentic German-style Bock with a malty, slightly sweet taste. In line with German tradition, the beer is brewed to a high starting gravity, resulting in higher alcohol content – 6.4% ABV. Serve Spring Bock at about 40 degrees along with roasted chicken or grilled game for an enjoyable spring time cookout.

And speaking of Saint Arnold, next Monday the brewery releases its much-anticipated Bishop’s Barrel No. 2, a funky, old-age ale. We can’t wait!

Check back on Tuesday for a full post on this new release, and until next time, cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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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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Southern Star Old Potentate

Happy Texas Tuesday, Pint Jockeys! We hope you had a great time at Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest this weekend and were able to try some new and rare craft brews. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, and have the photos to prove it.

From left to right: The stellar crowd at Beer Fest; serving up a Goose Island; radio announcer and beer blogger James Simpson and Mark Del Losso, brewmaster at Beerfoot Beach Bar, sampling Mark’s latest creation – yum!

From left to right: The stellar crowd at Beer Fest; serving up a Goose Island; radio announcer and beer blogger James Simpson and Mark Del Losso, brewmaster at Beerfoot Beach Bar, sampling Mark’s latest creation – yum!

After spending the weekend trying craft beers from all over the country, we’re happy to be back in the saddle enjoying a new selection brewed right here in the great state of Texas. Our northerly neighbors at Southern Star Brewery in Conroe have released a new winter seasonal, and we’ve gotta say, it’s a winner! Their new brew, Old Potentate, is a British Style Old Ale and only available in these chilly (ha, right) December and January months.

old potentateSouthern Star tells us Old Potentate is made with Thomas Fawcett and Sons Marris Otter malt as a base, while British and Belgian Crystal malts round out the malt bill. The dominant hop profile is that of East Kent Golding.

As expected, this beer summons the tastes and aromas of winter – caramel, fruitcake and nuttiness – with spices and an earthiness to round out the finish. Coming in at 7.2% ABV, Old Potentate is available in 12oz. 4-pack cans, 750 ML bottles and on draught.

Remember James Simpson, our beer buddy and radio host featured in the third photo, above? He even featured the latest Southern Star Brew on his Beer Page today, so give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Do you have any other Southern Star favorites? ‘Til next time, cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Hello and hearty Texas Tuesday to you, Pint Jockeys!

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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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Saint Arnold Winter Stout

winter stoutGood to see you, Pint Jockeys! You deserve a drink for making it through another Monday and we’ve got just the Texas Tuesday selection for you: the second and “stoutier” of Saint Arnold’s winter seasonals, Winter Stout.

This craft selection is “creamy, full bodied and sweet with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors and a well-balanced, soft ‘roastiness.’” The four different types of malted barley (including lots of specialty malts) give the black and ruby-colored brew a rich body and big mouth feel, while the two types of Pacific Northwest hops give it an “underlying bitterness that balances the rich body.”

Because it pairs nicely with winter favorites like desserts and roasted nuts, the brew will get you through those lingering (but maybe not-so-brutal) Southeast Texas winter days. And did you know? Available only between December and February, Saint Arnold brews less of this loosely filtered stout than of any other seasonal. We guess in this case, good things come in small batches.

Before we sign off to pop a top off our own Winter Stout, we’ll leave you with this line from our friends at Saint Arnold: “We refer to this beer as ‘Stouty Goodness.’ We often compare it to a chocolate milkshake, but it’s beer so it is even better.”

Well, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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