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Howdy, Pint Jockeys! In honor of the upcoming Texas Independence Day (March 2), this Texas Tuesday we’re highlighting the all-Texas lineup at this week’s tasting events.

On Thursday, February 21, craft beer lovers in Beaumont, Texas City and Victoria will be among the first to taste the much-anticipated second release in Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel series (read a little more about Bishop’s Barrel No. 2 and where to find it below)! Everyone will also enjoy Saint Arnold Spring Bock, Southern Star Pine Belt, Southern Star Old Potentate, Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle and ZiegenBock!

The bonus beer in Texas City is Cornel’s Maelstrom. Victoria tasting-goers will sample Lone Star Bock and Beaumonters will enjoy Texas BIG BEER Big Texas Blonde.

All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. We’ll see you at one of the three Del Papa Distribution Centers on Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m.!

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

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

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

bishops barrel 2And now, a quick bit about Saint Arnold’s newly-released Bishop’s Barrel No. 2: It’s an old ale, aged in Chardonnay barrels with cherries for 14 months. The nose is a combination of sour cherry, oaked chardonnay and a wild yeast character. The taste has cherry and light malt up front, chardonnay in the middle and finishes dry with a distinct tartness. The cherry throughout is a light note, never dominating.

“BB2” is only available in bars and restaurants, so pay an extra visit your favorite stomping grounds this week. We’ll be posting BB2 sightings on our Facebook page, and you can also search the hashtag #bb2 on Twitter.

‘Til Thursday, cheers!

 

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Rahr and Sons Winter Warmer

Welcome back from Thanksgiving, Pint Jockeys! How are you holding up after the long weekend? If you’re like us, your nose is already back to the grindstone and you’re looking for the perfect Texas craft brew to hold you over ‘til the next holiday. Well worry not, Pint Jockeys, because we’re here today to tell you about one of our favorite winter seasonals, Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer.

Winter Warmer is wonderfully robust, rich and full-bodied, created in the fine British tradition of holiday ales. Served best at 55 degrees, it is dark brown in color and has tasting notes of chocolate, roast and mild bitterness. Paired well with Stilton and blue cheeses, Winter Warmer is the perfect complement to a hearty holiday meal (although we’ve been known to drink one and call it “dinner” a time or two).

No matter how you drink Winter Warmer, drink it responsibly and quickly, this Rahr seasonal is only available through December. We’d love to hear where you tried your first Winter Warmer, so let us know in the comments below.

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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The Pint Jockeys highlight their favorites!

‘Tis the season…of the winter seasonal, that is! Every year around this time, many of our favorite craft breweries from all over the country release their limited-edition brews, specially concocted for the holiday months. And while each has its own unique personality, all winter seasonals have a few common traits.

For instance, American winter ales tend to be spicier and warmer. According to BYO.com (Brew Your Own), winter selections are often amber or darker in color and are brewed to be “stronger, richer and more full-bodied.” Typically, they are flavored with those spices which remind you of the holidays – you know, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and more. Tasty!

Some of our favorite seasonals include Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale (available now) and its upcoming Winter Stout, a creamy, full-bodied yet sweet stout with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors. Watch for that one to hit shelves in December. Of course Rahr & Sons’ Winter Warmer, which features flavors of chocolate and roasted malts, and Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, one of their most sought-after releases with its layers of pine and citrus hop aromas, are also perfect for a cold winter day. Last but not least, we’re thankful for the return of New Belgium’s Snow Day, with its serious load of Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade hops!

Have we forgotten any classics? Which are your favorite winter seasonals? Let us know in the comments or share your thoughts on Facebook. We’re always looking to try something new!

‘Til next time, we’ll be cozied up by a fire enjoying one (or all) of these picks.

Happy holidays, Pint Jockeys!

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Rahr & Sons Texas Red

 

Happy Tuesday, Texans!

This Texas Tuesday we say hello to another Rahr & Sons favorite – Texas Red.

Texas Red is an amber lager with a balanced flavor. Our friends at Rahr say “the beer’s notes of caramel and sound malt character are perfectly balanced with just a bit of hops.” And its smooth finish makes the Texas Red incredibly drinkable. What more could you ask for?

Many have suggested serving Texas Red with your favorite pizza, but we actually suggest using it in your pizza! If you’re not ready to toss the dough in your own kitchen, Red also pairs well with Cajun, Caribbean, Thai and Indian foods (so really, it pairs well with everything).

Let us know what dish you tried with your Texas Red in the comments below and, as always, cheers Pint Jockeys!

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Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year, when every craft brewery releases its version of the classic Oktoberfest. And clearly, we’re not complaining. As you know, we featured Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest as our Texas Tuesday pick a few weeks ago and today we’re featuring another one of our favorite Texan takes on this fall seasonal – Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest.

Rahr & Sons calls their Oktoberfest the “celebration lager,” and why shouldn’t they? Their brew’s got all the ingredients for a good German time. Their Oktoberfest is a “traditional Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager,” meaning it’s got a dark amber color with a “super smooth, medium body and a sweet malty finish.”

Pair with traditional German food or try it with spicy south of the border favorites for a nice Mexican kick. And don’t forget to yell “O’zapft is!” when you pop a top on Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest! After all, it literally translates to “the keg has been tapped” which means the festivities have just begun!

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Amber vs. Amber (Ale vs. Lager)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With only one day left in the week (TGI Thursday), it’s time for another beer school lesson. Did you already forget what we studied the past two weeks? As a reminder, we started by going over the general differences between ales and lagers, and last week we dug a little deeper with our study of pale ales versus pale lagers. So, it’s only appropriate that today we take class one step further by comparing amber ales and amber lagers.

According to the Beer Judge Certification Program (with a name like that, who wouldn’t consider them a trusted source?), amber ale is, fittingly, “amber to coppery brown in color” and usually clear, “although dry-hopped versions may be slightly hazy.” The malts may be sweet, often with a caramel flavor, and yet maintain a nice balance with the hops. Interestingly, BJCP says, this style of beer is known as “Red Ale” in other parts of the country, especially on the west coast, where the brew was first concocted. Some of our favorite amber ales include Fat Tire Amber Ale, Saint Arnold Amber Ale, Rogue American Amber Ale and Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale.

Amber lagers, BJCP says, are “a vaguely defined style of lager much favored by US lager brewers. They are darker in color, anywhere from amber to copper hued, and generally more fully flavored than a standard pale lager.” With more caramel malt flavor than in amber ales, amber lagers “are frequently hoppier than the true Vienna lager styles on which they are loosely based.” You’re surely familiar with one of our favorite amber lagers, ZiegenBock Amber (we’ve featured it on the blog before). Some other favorites include Rahr & Sons Texas Red, Magic Hat Spring Vinyl and Negra Modelo.

Another difference between amber lagers and ales? The Alcohol by Volume. The ABV in amber lagers is less (at 4% – 5%) than that in amber ales (4.5% – 6%). While there’s only a slight difference in ABV between the two, grab an ale if you’re looking for a little more kick.

Now, it’s time for a pop quiz! If you’ve been to a beer tasting before (one of Pint Jockeys’, perhaps?) or read any of our past blog posts, you’ve undoubtedly heard the terms “hoppy” and “malty.” Can you tell us what each of those flavors mean? *Cue Jeopardy music…* Don’t know? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you. Beers with a lot of malts have bready, sweet, floury, chocolate and coffee flavors. Hoppy beers are more bitter, often containing hints of grapefruit, resin and pine. And now you know.

Your homework assignment this week, should you choose to accept (and why wouldn’t you?): Grab a buddy and taste test each type of beer. Afterward, leave a brief description of what you taste in the comments below. Describe the color, aroma and flavor differences in an amber lager and amber ale, and share with us your overall impressions of each. For extra credit, let us know which brand you tried (and where).

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Rahr & Sons Gravel Road

It’s a fact: we Texans know a thing or two about wide open spaces. Whether you live in the big city, the suburbs or a beach town, there’s always something relaxing about taking a trip to the country, where wheat fields, cow pastures and gravel roads abound. So, what better way to enjoy the last of the lazy summer days than with a beer that pays tribute to the laidback country lifestyle, and the roads you must travel to get there: Rahr & Sons Gravel Road.

According to Rahr’s website, Gravel Road is a German-Style Sticke Altbier with an amber hue and medium carbonation. At 7.25% ABV, it also has a great balance between strong malt and hops.

Gravel Road is best served at 52˚ Fahrenheit and pairs well with hearty Texas favorites, including steak, burgers and roast beef and with classic Southern sides, like mac and cheese.

Only available while the weather’s hot, grab a six-pack of the brew while it’s still available!

Cheers Pint Jockeys!

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