Posts Tagged ‘Pumpkinator’

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator to hit shelves October 15


We got some very exciting news in our inbox this morning, Pint Jockeys! According to their weekly e-newsletter, the fine folks at Saint Arnold will be releasing one of our favorites and past Texas Tuesday honoree –Pumpkinator – next Monday, October 15!

According to Saint Arnold, this year’s Pumpkinator has been fermenting for over two months and is “spicy, malty and rich.” Plus, it just gets better with age, so enjoy some now and hold on to few bottles for later. (We’ll be saving one or two bombers for the Spring when we’re craving something that just screams fall.)

Word on the street is many stores will receive their shipments on Monday, though some may arrive later in the week. So be patient and help out your fellow craft beer lover; follow the Pint Jockeys’ Facebook page and let us know where you got your hands Pumpkinator. Photos are always welcome too! And, for the latest news on this seasonal release, be sure to follow the #Pumpkinator hashtag on Twitter.

‘Til next time, Pint Jockeys!

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A Texas Tuesday Brew Worth Waiting For

We’re finally feeling the cool, fall weather in Southeast Texas and we couldn’t be happier, Pint Jockeys! In honor of the changing seasons, today’s Texas Tuesday post is all about a fall favorite we’ll have to wait another month to get our hands on– the Saint Arnold Pumpkinator.

According to our Saint Arnold friends, the Pumpkinator is “a big, black” beer “full of spice and flavor.” Some of you may remember it by its original name and release date – it was the Divine Reserve 9 brew in 2009. The imperial pumpkin stout was so popular it became a seasonal regular in the Saint Arnold lineup.

Here’s a fun fact for you Saint Arnold lovers: Pumpkinator is the most expensive beer for Saint Arnold to brew. And no wonder; it’s brewed with a “combination of pale two row, caramel and black malts, Cascade and Liberty hops for a background hop flavor, pumpkin for a rich mouthfeel, molasses and brown sugar, and spiced and dry-spiced.” That’s a whole lot of goodness in one 22-oz. bottle.

Pumpkinator is best enjoyed at 50°F or warmer. And while we’ve still got a month ‘til we can enjoy this Texas brew, that won’t stop us from talking—and dreaming—about the Pumpkinator now.

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Galveston Oktoberfest to Feature Selections from Saint Arnold Brewing Company!

The countdown to Galveston’s Oktoberfest continues, and today we’re highlighting the selection of Saint Arnold brews visitors can enjoy at this weekend’s big event. In addition to the tried-and-true Oktoberfest brew, Saint Arnold Brewing Company will also offer a taste of something new with SANTO – which hits stores TOMORROW! 

Originally scheduled for release in August, SANTO has been reworked and perfected just in time for the annual celebration. Although Saint Arnold Brewing Company founder and brewer, Brock Wagner set out to create a dark Mexican lager, perfect for pairing with a plate of enchiladas, the recent addition of “Munich Malt” might make it easier for attendees to enjoy the brew and still feel a bit festive.

While the “black Kölsch” may be dark in appearance, the beer maintains other characteristics of a true Kölsch. Crafted from special Kölsch yeast – an ale yeast that ferments at almost lager temperatures – Santo remains light bodied and floral despite its distinctive dark malt flavor. To give you the full scoop, Santo is brewed using pale two-row and pils malted barley, a dash of Munich malt and an addition of black malt along with Hallertau Hersbrucker hops, which are added to the brew kettle in four separate cycles in order to create its delicate flavor and aroma. The brew will be available year round, but this weekend is the perfect opportunity to give it a try while enjoying a great event!

If that doesn’t interest you, there’s always the award-winning, slightly sweet OKTOBERFEST seasonal ale. Originally released in 1997, this Saint Arnold’s signature is crafted from a mixture of three different types of Munich-style malts and two central European noble hops varieties. With a rich caramel flavor, it’s no wonder to us why this brew remains a popular choice for celebrating the fall season. 

Now, that covers what you can expect (from Saint Arnold) at Oktoberfest, but no conversation about the Houston brewery would be complete without at least a mention of the new wildly popular and extremely hard to find PUMPKINATOR. While the brew will not be a part of the Oktoberfest celebration, beer fans anxious to get their hands on a sample of the brew are invited to join the Pint Jockeys at their monthly tasting event, also TOMORROW, at the Del Papa Distributing Co distribution centers in Galveston, Beaumont and Victoria. We’ll have Pumpkinator, Santo and a host of Halloween-themed brews on tap!

Whether you make it out for tomorrow’s sampling or this weekend’s big celebration on the island, we look forward to seeing you there!

Have you had the opportunity to try Santo or Pumpkinator? Let us know what you think of the brews in the comments below! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another round up of Oktoberfest brews!

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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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