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It’s that time again, Pint Jockeys – tasting time!

Come celebrate the holiday season at one of our three tasting events in Texas City, Beaumont or Victoria. This month’s lineup includes stouts and IPAs from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Redhook Brewery, and holiday favorite Stella Artois.

Representatives from Del Papa will be on-hand to educate attendees with a comparison of these styles. As always, all tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Be sure to share your experience using #pintjockeys.

Here are full details for each beer you’ll be sampling:

• Saint Arnold Winter Stout – A creamy, full bodied sweet stout with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors and a well-balanced soft roastiness. Saint Arnold Winter Stout is loosely filtered to preserve a rich mouthfeel which is particularly satisfying during the colder months.

• Goose Island Rambler IPA – This IPA has an herbal, woody, and citrus aroma. It incorporates spicy, resinous hop flavors with enough sweetness to balance the Mt. Hood hops with a medium bodied mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Spicy hop flavor lingers on the palate with a malty, dry finish.

• Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout – Narwhal Imperial Stout features an incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke. The beer offers and aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish and ages well in the bottle.

• Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA – First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops.

• Redhook Longhammer IPA – The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) give this India Pale Ale its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor. The medium body, crisp finish, and moderate alcohol and IBU levels makes this one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs.

• Stella Artois – All natural ingredients give Stella Artois a clean, crisp palate. The fresh, pale malt aromas offer a sweet herbal note and a lingering hoppy finish. Stella is made with traditional malted barley and the finest European hops to provide superior quality and its full characteristic flavor.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 18, 2014
5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE:

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

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

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

Can you believe we’re already over a week into December, Pint Jockeys? Where does the time go?

We hear that Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is almost gone so we recommend stocking up, should you spot it on your next beer run. But fear not if you don’t see it! Saint Arnold’s Winter Stout is on its way to shelves near you starting tomorrow! Revisit our post about the “stoutier” of the brewery’s winter seasonals below and ENJOY! Cheers to great holiday brews!

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!

SA Icon Red

A new Icon series release from Saint Arnold Brewing Company makes for a merry holiday season indeed!

This month we welcome Icon Red to local stores and establishments, just in time for all of your upcoming holiday festivities. Saint Arnold’s Icon series is comprised of special beers released for about three months at a time. Each is unique and often iconic of a particular beer style.

Icon Red is a “Sorachi Ace Dubbel” – a classic dubbel with a twist. According to the brewers, “This beer is led by a bold and complex Belgian yeast character with a strong malt backbone that delivers tones of dark fruits and raisins. Finishing off with an untraditional hopping of the Japanese hop Sorachi Ace rounds out the flavor and aroma of this beer with a creamy lemon character complementing the yeast and malt and creating a truly unique, enjoyable beer.”

Here are more stats from the brewers:

Original Gravity: 1.072

Final Gravity: 1.013

Alcohol: 7.9% ABV

Bitterness: 40 IBU

It’s not tough to imagine sipping this by the fireplace on a cold night or enjoying it with friends at a holiday dinner party is it? We hope you’ll try this great new “icon” and let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

Cheers to great beer and great times ahead this holiday season, Pint Jockeys!

This Thursday, enjoy an all Saint Arnold lineup at all three tasting locations

This month, we’re bringing you seven different Saint Arnold Brewing Co. selections as the brewery approaches their 2nd year as the official beer sponsor of Galveston’s beloved Dickens on the Strand event.

Tasting-goers are also invited to share in the holiday spirit of giving by taking part in Del Papa’s holiday GI Joe/GI Jane drive. Each tasting location will accept donations of nonperishable goods — including games, reading materials, personal hygiene products and snack foods — for military personnel based overseas. All tastings run from 5 to 7 pm this Thursday, November 20th and are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.

Here’s the lineup, Pint Jockeys:

SA Sailing Santa

 

 

 

• Saint Arnold Sailing Santa – Sailing Santa was born when Saint Arnold fans requested that they blend half a pint of Elissa IPA with half a pint of Christmas Ale. Saint Arnold took note, and after a few slight tweaks introduced this seasonal ale. The result is a spiced beer that is great to drink alone or with your favorite holiday foods.

 

Saint arnold christmas ale

 

 

 

• Saint Arnold Christmas Ale – A rich, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with 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 Elissa IPA

 

 

 

• Saint Arnold Elissa – A traditional India Pale Ale, the Elissa IPA is very hoppy with a properly balanced malty body. Elissa has huge hop additions in the kettle that give it a wonderful bitterness and is then dry-hopped in the fermenter to create the pleasant floral, hoppy nose. Saint Arnold’s reverse osmosis water makes the bitter very soft with no harsh notes to it.

 

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• Saint Arnold Icon Gold – This golden slightly hazy beer has a nice creamy head with a lightly fruity aroma. The taste starts with a light hoppy bitter that carries through to the finish although never coming on too strong. The wheat malt provides a soft body that complements the hops while remaining light. The beer is highly refreshing with a nice hop finish that makes you want another sip.

 

Saint Arnold Endeavour

 

 

 

• Saint Arnold Endeavour – Endeavour brew pours a deep amber with a light, creamy head that is only the start to an extremely satisfying double IPA experience. The nose starts off with a touch of citrus, but then takes a turn into a flavor full of nectar and peaches. The hop bitter is quiet at the start, building to a much more impactful crescendo while maintaining a delicate balance even in its big finish.

 

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• Saint Arnold Ale Wagger – A beautiful, deep copper brown ale. It has a full, malty body with hints of chocolate, a touch of sweetness and a light hop flavor. A complex malt character is created by combining five different types of malts. It has a rich, creamy head with a fine lace. The light fruitiness, characteristic of ales, is derived from a proprietary yeast strain. A portion of sales of Ale Wagger are donated to support local rescue organizations to improve the lives of animals.

 

SA santo bottle

 

 

 

• Saint Arnold Santo – The brewers refer to Santo as a “black Kölsch.” Essentially it is brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malt. It is light bodied and floral yet with a distinct dark malt flavor. Santo is dark, yet refreshing.

 

And here are our three tasting locations:

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

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

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

 

 

SA Sailing SantaSaint Arnold’s beloved Sailing Santa is sailing into stores on November 17th!

The brewers are set to release about 12,000 bottles of this annual holiday beer, a 5.7% ABV beer that’s made from a blend of Saint Arnold’s Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale. These two favorites are blended in a fermentor along with delicious, aromatic spices, three different American hops and three different malts.

According to the brewery, “The genesis of this beer came from our customers on tours asking to blend the two beers with somebody coming up with the name Sailing Santa. We have now added spices to the beer, changing the mix slightly from year to year, to add to the holiday experience of enjoying a pint.”

Sailing Santa will be available in 22 ounce bottles at your favorite grocery and liquor stores and as we all know – good Saint Arnold brews go fast! This beer is getting lots of attention this season, with Paste Magazine even naming Santa one of “10 winter beers you have to drink right now.”

So pick some up before next weekend’s game and save a few back for future holiday celebrations.

With cooler weather moving in and great holiday beers soon to release, we’re certainly getting in the spirit around here! Check back next week as we bring you another Texas Tuesday pick of the week. Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

Rahr OktoberfestHalloween is almost here! We know you’re gearing up for Friday’s festivities, and stocking your fridges with the best Oktoberfest brews of the season while you still can. If you haven’t experienced Rahr & Son’s Oktoberfest yet, may we suggest you do.

Released all the way back in August, this stuff is now down to limited availability. And there’s good reason why – it’s really, REALLY good.

Rahr’s Oktoberfest Celebration Lager is a traditional Marzen-syle Oktoberfest lager. Dark in color and super smooth, it is medium bodied with a sweet, malty finish. Brewed with Magnum hops and 2 Row, Vienna, Cara Munich III and Melanoidin malts, it pairs well with traditional German foods like Schnitzel, Pretzels and Spatzel. Serving up a cheese platter at your Halloween fest? The brewers say the beer pairs best with Mozzarella and Gouda. They also mention that it’s surprisingly delicious with spicy Mexican foods.

We hope you’ll give this one a whirl before Winter Warmer and more take its place on shelves. For full details on this stellar selection, check out http://rahrbrewing.com/all_beers/oktoberfest/.

Happy Halloween in advance, Pint Jockeys! Stay safe, designate a driver and we’ll catch you next week with another Texas-born craft beer pick of the week.

Fresh Hop AleAccording to the brewers at Saint Arnold, when hops are harvested there is a 48 hour period in which they can be used fresh in the brewing process. This year, they had 420 lbs. of fresh Centennial hops air-shipped to them and quickly realized they would use them to make their first ever Session IPA – Fresh Hop Ale.

Fresh Hop Ale is “pure,” containing no additives or preservatives. It is not pasteurized in order to maintain the freshest flavor possible, and avoid losing any of the beer’s many subtle, delicate flavors that would not survive the heat of pasteurization.

This is a single-hop beer and comes in at 5.25% ABV and 69 IBUs. It’s a very drinkable beer that incorporates freshly harvested Centennial hops toward the end of the boil in addition to the typical hop additions you’d expect in a regular IPA. The fresh hops give it a unique, slightly softer bitter than the traditional dried hops would and it’s recommended that you drink the beer quickly to fully appreciate and experience these special hop flavors.

Fresh Hop Ale is now on tap at select establishments around town only. That’s right, folks – this stuff was made in such small quantities that nothing was bottled! So enjoy it while it lasts! When it’s gone, it’s gone until next year.

Have you seen it at any of your favorite bars yet? Let your fellow Pint Jockeys know where you see it pop up in the comments below and join us again next week for another Texas Tuesday pick. Until then, Pint Jockeys. Cheers!

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