Posts Tagged ‘Sierra Nevada’

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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Breaking it down: blonde ales vs. pale lagers





Welcome back to class, Pint Jockeys! Before we begin, we want to know if you did last week’s homework. If you DID do the homework, then you know that last week we learned the difference between ales and lagers, so be sure to tell us in the comments which type of beer you prefer, and why. Brownie points if you tell us where you sampled your brews.

Last week’s lesson was easy enough, right? Well this week we’re getting down to the nitty gritty and focusing on the similarities and differences between pale lagers and blonde ales. Grab some paper, a pen and a pint glass and let’s get started.

First, the pale lager. According to Tastings.com, this beer is “generally light to medium-bodied with a light to medium hop impression and a clean, crisp malt character.” Pale lagers are often brewed with rice or corn instead of malt (some say this substitution compromises flavor), so, when it comes to pale lagers, the higher the ABV, the better the taste and mouthfeel. Interestingly, the pale lager is the best selling beer made in America; macro and microbreweries crank out millions of barrels of this type of beer a year. Shift Pale Ale and Kona’s Longboard Island Lager are a few of our favorite craft brews because they’re crisp, citrusy and hoppy. Another reason we love a good pale lager? It’s perfect for cooking and grilling. (You know we can’t resist a good beer-infused recipe!)

Blonde ales (a type of pale ale) are similar in color to pale lagers, although the blonde ale is slightly hoppier and “usually an all-malt brew, well attenuated with a lightly malty palate,” according to BeerAdvocate.com. The American Blonde Ale has a “subdued fruitiness” and a “hop character of the noble variety or similar, leaving a light to medium bitterness.” We like it because it’s easy to drink, no muss no fuss. One of our favorite pale ales is also Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s most popular beer, called, fittingly enough, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde and Widmer Brothers’ Citra Blonder are also favorites. And, not to be outdone by the pale lager, the blonde ale is also suitable for grilling!

So what do you think? Do blondes have more fun or is the pale lager already a staple in your refrigerator? Guess you’ll have to sip and decide!

Your homework this week is as follows: With good company and at your leisure, sample two blonde ales and two pale lagers. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page letting us know which type of beer and which brand you prefer. Extra credit goes to anyone who tweets or Facebooks us a picture of you doing your homework (make friends with the bartender and ask him to snap a shot).

Until next week, cheers to you, Pint Jockeys!

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Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Two words for you, Pint Jockeys: It’s Friday! Or, how about Party Time?  Maybe you’d prefer Boogie Down? No matter your celebratory exclamation of choice, you know what today means, beer lovers – it’s the weekend and time for another Foodie Friday post! So call us Old Faithful because we’re back once again with another quick and tasty meal to complement our favorite beer this week, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest.

As you already know, Summerfest goes well with pretty much anything, making your grilling options endless. And we know you don’t have all day, so we’ve done the research for you and present to you your next great grilling endeavor: Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken (and the crowd goes wild!).

Rated four and a half out of five stars on AllRecipes.com, this recipe couldn’t be easier or more satisfying. And with just five ingredients – mustard, honey, mayonnaise, steak sauce and chicken – you probably already have everything you need in your pantry. So go check and we’ll wait right here… Oh good, you’re back! See, we knew you had everything. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon steak sauce
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

What You’ll Do:

  1. Preheat the grill for medium heat.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix the mustard, honey, mayonnaise, and steak sauce. Set aside a small amount of the honey mustard sauce for basting, and dip the chicken into the remaining sauce to coat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken over indirect heat for 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until juices run clear. Baste occasionally with the reserved sauce during the last 10 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning!


We told you it was easy! Best of all, it’s ready in 35 minutes, giving you more time for the things that really matter – beer and baseball (who’s ready to watch the Astros take on the White Sox this weekend?).

We wish we could take credit for some of the hilarious reviews found online for this meal, but we can’t, so we’ll share with you what witty reviewer Connie had to say on AllRecipes.com: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed’, ye shall make and enjoy this simple, tangy, delicious grilled chicken dish!” Connie and over 1,200 other grillers agree with us that this meal is one for the record books (…or recipe cards…or iPhone note. You get the picture.).

Never ones to leave you feeling incomplete, we’d like to offer you some side dish suggestions to make your weekend even tastier. Might you try some grilled zucchini? If you’re looking to indulge, twice baked mashed potatoes would be another great choice. And you can always serve your chicken over rice.

We know no matter what you pair your Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken with, you won’t go wrong. How could you when you’re washing it down with a Sierra Nevada Summerfest? So pop a top and drink up because it’s the weekend and that’s reason enough to celebrate!

‘Til next time, Pint Jockeys…

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest is back!

Raise your glass, Pint Jockeys; you’ve made it to Wednesday! And it’s all downhill from here with just two days until the weekend. In honor of such good news, we’ve picked a beer perfect for the summer nights ahead, so kick back and treat yourself to our pick-of-the-week, Sierra Nevada Summerfest. Heck, with a beer named after our favorite season, you know you can’t go wrong.

We know we’ve briefly mentioned Summerfest before, but decided it hadn’t gotten the attention it deserves and wanted to share some more details. Creamy and crisp, this summer seasonal is one your friends will be glad you brought to the weekend cookout, or in this case, midweek get-together. Light in body but big in taste, Summerfest is a longtime favorite for those who want a beer that goes down easy, yet maintains a big aroma with a tangy hop bite. It’s no surprise to us that the beer was named Winner of the European Light Lagers at the 1999 California State Fair.

It also goes great with summer fare– think hamburgers, hotdogs and other American classics. We also love it with grilled chicken.  If you care to get more daring with your pairings, please leave us a comment and let us know what you tried!Take your time while drinking Summerfest. Its smoothness comes from an extra-long lagering period, making it the perfect “hang out” beer for summer. Trust us, this brew was made for days floating the river, playing a pickup game with the boys or throwing a Frisbee on the beach.

All this talk has us ready for a cold one, so grab a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Summerfest for your buddies (or keep it all to yourself) and enjoy.


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Samuel Adams Summer Ale Replaces Alpine Spring

Hey Pint Jockeys! While we spent a few weeks saying goodbye to some of our favorite spring brews, today, we’re looking at the upside – more room for delicious summer seasonals!

For those of you who attended last week’s tasting event, you’re already familiar with Saint Arnold’s hoppy, yet sweet Summer Pils (replacing Spring Bock) and Seirra Nevada’s refreshing Summerfest (replacing Ruthless Rye,) but there are several other new offerings we haven’t yet explored, including Samuel Adams Summer Ale.

Over the past few months, Samuel Adams fans have greatly enjoyed the delicious Alpine Spring Lager, but it’s time for something a little different.  Summer Ale is an American wheat ale crafted from malted wheat, lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century.

The resulting brew has a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body.  The ale fermentation imparts an underlying note of tropical fruit, reminiscent of mangos and peaches. All of these flavors come together to create a clean-finishing beer perfect for warm summer days on the patio. Plus, the beer goes great with seafood, so it’s perfect for enjoying after a long, successful day of fishing along the Texas Coast.

What’s your favorite beer to enjoy during the summer months? Check back next week when we highlight another seasonal offering.

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This week’s blog on seasonal brews focuses on the upcoming holidays.  Although we don’t have much of a fall or winter in the South, these delicious brews will make anyone feel like warming up to the “chilly” weather.  And what better way to celebrate the season than with holiday brews?




Saint Arnold Christmas Ale – Saint Arnold Brewing Company debuted their first seasonal ale in November of 1995. This rich, hearty ale is perfect for the holiday season and features a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer. Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is best consumed at 45° Fahrenheit and is recommended to pair with fruit cake, Christmas pudding and squash bisque.










Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale – Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. The Chinook bittering hops and Cascade and Centennial finishing hops make this brew something worth celebrating.  Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or a quiet evening at home.






Redhook Winterhook – Redhook changes this recipe slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th consecutive brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this bold, dark, winter ale slightly naughty and very nice.




Feeling the holidays yet?  We’ll be featuring these seasonal brews at our tasting events this month so be sure to check Pint Jockeys’ Facebook page for details.  If you do or don’t make it out to the free tasting events, be sure to let us know how you like these holiday brews.


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