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Southern Star Brewing Company’s Walloon

A Texas Tuesday Grisette

Southern Star Walloon

Good to see you, Pint Jockeys! We know you’re gearing up for Independence Day festivities this Thursday, and that no doubt includes icing down the cooler and filling it with delicious Texas craft beer.

Southern Star Brewing Company’s Walloon, available for the summer season starting tomorrow, July 3rd, is exactly what you need in said cooler. Trust us.

Walloon is a “Grisette”; a style of beer developed in the 1800s in the Hainaut province of southern Belgium to slake the thirsts of coal and stone miners. Quite the rarity these days, this style is now scarcely produced by American brewers or Belgians alike. Thankfully, Southern Star had brought this beer out of Belgian inconspicuousness and into our Texas fridges.

It has a light, delicate body attributed to a subtle acidity from the yeast, followed by a rich, bready maltiness from a traditionally long boil. The hazy, glowing, persimmon brew quickly displays a frothy head with tight bubbles when poured, giving off a crackery aroma with a touch of banana and citrusy notes. Incredibly drinkable, Walloon is a perfect fit for sweltering Texas summers with its medium, zesty carbonation and persimmon-like taste. You’ll also notice a hint of mango and banana flavors and a softly sweet grain and wheat profile as you sip it down.

Mouth watering yet? We suggest pairing this deliciousness with some fresh Gulf Coast seafood for one seriously “summer” meal. Try steamed mussels, fried calamari or a nice pan-seared sea bass with orange butter sauce to create the perfect combination of flavors.

Cheers to Southern Star for bringing this gorgeous Grisette to our neck of the woods!

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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.

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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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The second fastest-growing brewery in Texas just keeps getting bigger! 

Houston-based Karbach Brewing Company has made a splash in the local craft beer scene in the past year and now the little-brewery-that-could is gaining media attention all over the country. Del Papa Distributing Company announced today that residents in Texas City, Beaumont and Victoria distribution areas will now be able to find the popular beers at their favorite bars and grocery, liquor and convenience stores.

If you’ve kicked back with a cold Karbach, you know brew master Eric Warner must be doing something right in the brew house. We love sipping on this beer, most recently the Love Street Summer Seasonal.  After recently being named the second fastest-growing brewery in the country by The New Yorker, Karbach is certainly a brewery to watch in the coming months.

Karbach’s core lineup, Sympathy for the Lager, Weisse Versa Wheat, Hopadillo IPA and Rodeo Clown DIPA, plus its summer seasonal, Love Street Summer Ale, are among the full lineup available in cans and on tap, now being distributed by Del Papa. Roshambo and El Hopadillo Negro will also be available in 22 oz. bottles and on draught. Del Papa will also distribute the brewery’s seasonal lineup, limited releases and F.U.N. series.

So if you grab a glass or pick up a six-pack, tell us what it is and what ya’ think. Until next time, cheers!

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Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 3

It’s that time again! As loyal Pint Jockeys know, every week we pick out a Texas beer that should be recognized by the craft beer community for just being so darn good. This week we were glad to get our hands on the coveted Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 3. The third installment in the small batch, barrel aged series of Saint Arnold beers, No. 3 is as original as its predecessors. No surprise, Saint Arnold Brewing Company is still brewing up a loyal following while honing their elite craft beer.

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The brewery tells us No. 3 is a Russian Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in oak bourbon barrels. The oak bourbon nicely complements this beer but be prepared for its taste (and the chocolate kick)  to stand out. It certainly isn’t overpowering and is remarkably easy to drink, but you’ll want to take your time with this sipping beer. In fact, no need to worry about your glass staying ice-cold; No. 3 improves in taste as it warms up. Black/brown in color with mild creaminess and carbonation, this beer gets two Pint Jockeys thumbs up!

If you’ve tried No. 1 and No.2, No.3 is still well worth your time. It is most similar to No. 1 (also an imperial stout) but with a longer aging time and a touch of creaminess. The brew is only available in bars and restaurants in Texas and Louisiana and only a limited amount still remains! Now go get your beer on and tell us what you think about this delectable brew from Saint Arnold. Cheers!

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Pedernales Classic IPA 

Hello again, Pint Jockeys. Last week, we had the pleasure of participating in another American Craft Beer Week and we’re certainly sad to see it go! We hope you enjoyed a week of craft-centric celebrations as much as we did. Although the festivities may have passed, we’re still doing what we do best; trying any craft beer we can get our hands on and sharing our findings with all you fine folks.

As we approach a big weekend for backyard barbeques and brewskis with friends, we wanted to highlight a craft beer that should make its way into ice buckets all over Southeast Texas. Our Texas Pick of the Week is Pedernales Classic IPA.

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In recent years, we’ve seen craft breweries across the nation brew up their own version of the classic IPA, a beer with a diverse and often disputed history. One thing is certain with any IPA: hops are the driving force of the brew. The rule stays true with the English style IPA from Pedernales. The Texas Hill Country brewery uses NW American hops in both the boil and through “dry hopping,” balancing out the malty sweetness of barley. The combination gives an herbal aroma and it pours a light copper color. A specialized caramel malt gives this beer a light toasted flavor  that is not too bitter or strong. Rather, this beer is balanced, clean, and dry. It’s a perfect addition to a plate of baby back ribs or smoked brisket!

Whatever is going on your grill for the grilling season, Pedernales Classic IPA is a good beer to have in the ice chest to share with friends and family. If you stopped by a Del Papa Distribution Center in Beaumont or Victoria for the Monthly Tasting Event in May, you’ve had a go at this India Pale Ale. Share your thoughts with us! Until next time, cheers!

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Pedernales Lobo Negro

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Happy American Craft Beer Week, fellow Pint Jockeys! As if we need a designated time to celebrate our favorite craft selections, this week we raise an extra-large glass to small breweries around the nation challenging the status quo on traditional beer making. You can find a full list of Pint Jockeys-sponsored Craft Beer Week events on our Facebook page, but first, take a moment to get to know our Texas Tuesday Pick of the Week: Pedernales Lobo Negro, a dark lager beer from the Texas Hill Country.

A true dark German beer, or “dunkel,” Lobo Negro is a balanced beaut. Decades before light Pilsner lager beers were even a reality for brewers due to the lack of technology allowing them malt that was light in color and dry enough to store properly, dark lagers ruled the scene. Lobo Negro pours a dark brown color with a spicy maltiness that is neither sweet nor too dry. The lager yeast is worked at low temperatures to impart a clean roundness and balance. If beef is what’s for dinner, Pedernales Lobo Negro would be an excellent pairing for those heavy, cowboy dishes.

Recently picked up by Del Papa Distributing Company, Lobo Negro and a selection of its Pedernales companions are now being distributed to the Victoria, Beaumont and Galveston/Texas City areas.

If you’re near Beaumont or Victoria, sample Logo Negro at the Pint Jockeys Monthly Tasting event on May 16. See the full lineup of beer offerings at this month’s tastings in Beaumont, Victoria and Texas City – plus a roundup of all the American Craft Beer Week events along the Texas Gulf Coast – on the Pint Jockeys Facebook page.

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As always, cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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Introducing Pedernales Brewing Company

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Good day to you all, Pint Jockeys. We’ve got some exciting news for you! Although if you follow our Facebook page, you may have already heard: Del Papa Distributing Company is now distributing selections from Pedernales Brewing Company in Victoria, Beaumont and the Galveston/Texas City area! We’re pretty excited about it and we’ll outline a few reasons why you should be too.

First off, Pedernales is based out of Fredericksburg, Texas, one of the best places to unwind with a cold one. Second, its president and CEO, Lee Hereford, spent many years in the wine business, meaning he knows a thing or two about a good libation.

The folks at Pedernales have been distributing craft brew for about a year – since April 2012. They’ve got five beers in their lineup, including Lobo Lito, their premium Texas Pilsner; Lobo Texas Lager; Lobo Negro; plus an English Style IPA and their Classic Hefe-Weizen. Each week during the month of May we’ll feature a different selection from the Pedernales lineup to feature as the Pint Jockeys Texas Tuesday pick of the week.

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Today we’re featuring their flagship beer, Lobo Texas Lager. They call it their “clean, refreshing” pilsner, made from a recipe dating back to the pre-prohibition days of 1910 (awesome). Using Hill Country well water and Czech hops (what else?), Lobo Lager is brilliantly crisp and clear with a dense head of foam, light golden color, and subtle hop aroma. Of course, it pairs well with our favorite food groups – TexMex and pizza.

Let us know if you’ve tried any of Pedernales’ brews yet, and if so, where you found them. And come back next week for another Texas Tuesday feature on one of their offerings! Until then, cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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