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Ale Wagger

As far as we’re concerned, man’s best friends are dogs and beer. When we heard that Saint Arnold Brewing Co. was renaming one of its most beloved beers to serve the canine community we had to know more!

Here’s what happened to your beloved Amber Ale, Pint Jockeys.

It just got a new moniker and colorful packaging with images of pooches throughout as part of a partnership between Saint Arnold and the BARC animal shelter – a city-run organization that encourages citizens to spay, neuter and adopt pets. The brewery will donate $1 to the organization from each case of Ale Wagger sold.

Brown Ale itself was introduced 19 years ago and while it has won many awards and quite a following among Texas craft beer aficionados, the brewers decided it was time to do a bit of rebranding. According to this Houston Chronicle item, the brewery had been in discussions to change the name and color scheme for at least a decade. The timing and cause was right and bam – Ale Wagger was born.

Same great beer, different name, great cause. We’ll drink to that!

Have you spotted it anywhere, Pint Jockeys? Let us know!

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This month’s tasting events are all about the spice of life – variety! The lineup (identical for all three locations) offers a first taste of Montejo – Anheuser-Busch InBev’s first imported Mexican lager – plus four ales and a cider. We hope you’ll grab your friends and join us for a night of good drinks and good times.

Read on for full details on each selection:

Montejo – Brewed in Mexico and imported to the United States, Montejo is made using a time-honored recipe and storied Mexican brewing traditions. The result is a bright, smooth and full-flavored lager with a crisp finish. Anheuser-Busch’s introduction of Montejo marks the first time this regional beer has been available to drinkers outside of Mexico.

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Saint Arnold Icon Gold – Mandarina Wheat – 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.

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Karbach Karbachtoberfest – An authentic, Bavarian-style Marzen, this brew is created with mashed Vienna and Munich malts, then cold fermented and aged for six weeks to create its impressive rounded malt character. With a clear amber pour and foamy, off-white head, this brew gives off an aroma full of toffee and caramel notes. You’ll also note hints of earth and grass entwined with its extremely malty smell.

 

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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat – This traditional Belgian-style wheat ale fully captures all the flavors of fall. The ale is brewed with ripe pumpkins and a variety of autumnal spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves to create a refreshingly smooth mouthfeel.

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Woodchuck Hopsation – This hop-forward cider has the pine and citrus aromas of cascade hops. Woodchuck’s classic, crisp apple taste combines with the bitterness of hops to create a semi-dry style, perfect to enjoy year round.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn – The majestic deep golden color is the first hint that one must try this beer. Earthy aromas of barley and yeast ease the drinker into the centuries old art of German Brewing. Highly drinkable and once only available in the tents of the Munich Oktoberfest, one can now enjoy the tradition of Oktoberfest in their own home.

 

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All tastings run from 5-7PM and are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. See you this Thursday at one of the following tasting locations:

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

Saint Arnold Amber Ale with Cascade hops

Saint Arnold Brewing Company continues to celebrate 20 years in the brewing business with another specially-hopped release! Now on shelves is Amber Ale with Cascade hops, the second in this series of what will eventually be three total small dry hopped Amber Ale batches.

We hope you tried and loved the version with Liberty hops and are here to tell you that this new Cascade hopped version is just as delicious.

Available in 22 oz. bottles and limited casks, the ale incorporates Cascade as both a bittering and dry hop here, contributing a spicy citrus aroma commonly associated with American Pale Ales. The aroma of the beer strikes a pleasant balance with a caramel maltiness and light fruity flavors – both signatures of the classic Amber Ale.

During the brewing process, Cascade hops are added early on for bitterness to balance the malt sweetness, with more added in the middle of the brew to give a pleasant hop flavor. The beer’s light fruitiness is derived from the brewer’s proprietary yeast strain.

Want to know a cool fact? Saint Arnold Amber Ale dry hopped with Cascade is a throwback to the earliest days of the brewery when they dry hopped casks of Amber Ale with Cascade, one of the only cask ales you could find in Texas at the time. Oh, how much the Texas craft beer industry has grown since then.

Cheers to another great Saint Arnold release and cheers to you, Pint Jockeys. Thanks for spending some time with us today. We’ll see you back here next week with another Texas Tuesday feature.

Pedernales Oktoberfest

It’s not October yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting excited to see all of our favorite Oktoberfest beers on shelves and taps around town!

We’ve blogged about it before and it’s so good that we’ve got to revisit it. Pedernales Brewing Co.’s Lobo Oktoberfest is one of those beers that screams FALL and FOOTBALL and FESTIVALS – three of our favorite things.

Take a look back at last year’s post on this fantastic fall seasonal and look forward to seeing it out in the market soon. Even better – this year, Oktoberfest is available in longnecks at your favorite local stores. Let us know where you see it first!

Cheers to all the great Texas-born craft beers in-store this fall season (and hopefully cooler temperatures, right?). Enjoy your upcoming long weekend and we’ll see you back here next week, Pint Jockeys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who’s ready for Thursday already? We sure are! This month’s tasting events are not to be missed. Texas City – we’ve got an all-Karbach lineup for you PLUS a special appearance by Brewmaster Eric Warner. Victoria and Beaumont – your lineups offer a glimpse of all the goodness that’s to come in fall. Read on for the full rosters.

 

TEXAS CITY

Those looking to keep the fun going after the tasting can join Mr. Warner at Molly’s Pub immediately following the tasting (1600 W Main St, League City, TX 77573) where Karbach’s Hopadillo, Love Street, Weiss Vera and Rodeo Clown will be on tap. Weekend Warrior and Sympathy for the Lager will also be available in cans. Here’s your lineup:

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Weisse Versa Wheat – A Belgian white, Weisse Versa combines the fantastic flavors of a Bavarian hefeweizen with an abundance of Coriander and citrus peel spices to create a beer unlike any you’ve ever had. Natural clove, nutmeg and banana aromas are all produced by a special Bavarian wheat beer yeast used in the brewing process.

Sympathy for the Lager – Brewed with a blend of pale malts and generous amounts of German noble hops, Sympathy for the Lager captures the best of both worlds: the clean, refreshing character of a Lager and the huge taste that craft beer drinkers deserve.

Weekend Warrior – This impressively hopped pale ale pours a nice light amber with an impressive off-white head. The aroma is piney with hints of grapefruit, while the flavor is full of citrus and bready malt. The mouthfeel is sticky and the aftertaste is full of hop resin.

Rodeo Clown Double IPA – This Double IPA has a 9.5% ABV and coats the tounge in bitterness upon the first sip. It packs a punch with intense dry-hops and five different malts.

Hopadillo IPA – This “Texas-style” IPA clocks in at 70 IBU and is brewed with a combination of American, English and German hops. Copper in color with ruby highlights, the beer has a strong citrus aroma with hints of earthiness and spice from the added European hops. Dry and quenching, Hopadillo is dry-hopped for added aromatic intensity.

Hopadillo Negro Black IPA – This Black IPA pours a dark black with a light tan head. An aroma of dark roasted malts and earthy, citrusy hops finds you on the first sip, with a flavor profile full of malts and earthy, citrus hops. This beer has a medium body with a sweet and bitter finish.

 

VICTORIA

 

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest – A full bodied, malty, slightly sweet beer celebrating the Autumn harvest. This rich beer has a round malt flavor and an above average alcohol content perfect for a cool fall evening.

 

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier – For the special occasion of Oktoberfest, German brewer Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the beer festival itself.

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Ziegenbock – Only available in Texas, this American-style amber lager offers notes of roasted grains in the aroma and a sweet, smooth taste with a hop finish. The select imported hops and specialty malts create a taste worthy of a 2006 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal.

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Sam Adams OctoberFest – Sam Adams’ version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor with notes of caramel creating a brew that’s perfect for the season, or whatever you’re celebrating.

Sam Adams Porch Rocker – Tart & refreshing, this unique summer quencher is a twist on the Bavarian Radler, named for cyclists that originated this drink.  Traditionally a mixture of beer and lemonade,the brewers take the combined the crispness of a golden Helles lager with a blend of lemons to create a fresh squeezed tangy taste perfect for the long yet fleeting days of summer.

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Angry Orchard Green Apple – This cider has a bright, fresh apple aroma, with notes of honeydew melon and kiwi throughout. Green Apple boasts a tart blend of a lively apple flavor and a perfectly balanced sweetness with a 5% ABV.

 

BEAUMONT

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest – A full bodied, malty, slightly sweet beer celebrating the Autumn harvest. This rich beer has a round malt flavor and an above average alcohol content perfect for a cool fall evening.

Saint Arnold Dry Hop Amber – A twist on Saint Arnold’s flagship Amber Ale, this version is dry hopped with Liberty hops. Known for their soft, floral character, the brewers used Liberty hops in the finishing process to produce a slightly more intense aroma and flavor profile.

Saint Arnold Amber – A well balanced, full flavored, amber ale. It has a rich, malty body with a pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. This beer has a complex hop aroma, with a hint of floral and citrus comes from a combination of Cascades and Liberty hops.

 

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Firestone Walker Wookey Jack – A unique twist on the Cascadian Dark Ale style, Wookey Jack offers true hop aroma to rival most IPAs, with pungent citrus and herbal hop nuances, a hint of peppery rye and earthiness on the nose.  Big roasty malt flavors with balanced hop bitterness and spicy rye offer a full and complex texture with a refined bittered finish.  A truly different IPA for dark beer fans.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier – For the special occasion of Oktoberfest, German brewer Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the beer festival itself.

 

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Ziegenbock – Only available in Texas, this American-style amber lager offers notes of roasted grains in the aroma and a sweet, smooth taste with a hop finish. The select imported hops and specialty malts create a taste worthy of a 2006 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal.

All tastings run from 5-7PM and are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. See you Thursday at one of the following tasting locations. Can’t wait!

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

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

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

 

 

Pint Jockeys on tour

 

After more than three years of success, it’s time for Pint Jockeys to hit the road.  Don’t worry, Pint Jockeys isn’t going too far, we’re just stretching our hoppy legs and spreading our foam friendly message beyond the walls of Del Papa Distributing.  You can still visit us each month on the third Thursday for the traditional tasting you know and love, but now there will be even more opportunities to sip a new brew with Pint Jockeys On Tour at local community events.

Pint Jockeys on Tour hit the scene for the first time last month at the City of Beaumont’s Jazz on the Lake event held at the Downtown Event Centre.  A new concept implemented by the city, this free monthly jazz concert features well-known local jazz artists, food, great atmosphere, and of course, Pint Jockeys’ finest offerings.  The incredible success of the first concert made us proud to be part of such a quality event hosted by our city.

Our longstanding partnership with the City of Beaumont has afforded us additional opportunities to appear “on tour.”  Catch us this Friday, August 15 at the first Classic Movie Night in the historic Jefferson Theatre.  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be on the big screen and Pint Jockeys on Tour will be in the lobby talking up a stellar selection of brews.  The event was designed after the Alamo Drafthouse concept and attendees can purchase beer, wine and other concessions to enjoy inside the theatre.  Tickets are only $5 and the city has prepared an awesome listing of films to take place through February.  Pint Jockeys on Tour will appear at all Classic Movie Nights and Jazz at the Lake concerts, so checkout discoverbeaumont.com for dates and times.

We hope you’ll hop on tour with us. Stay tuned for upcoming events and tasting near you.

Cheers,

Jeff Wheeler

 

Rahr Pride of Texas

When you call your beer the “Pride of Texas” it sure better be good.

Fortunately for Rahr & Sons, their Pride of Texas Pale Ale is GOOD, indeed. This beer – only available in cans – hits shelves soon and trust us, it’ll go fast.

An American pale ale, Pride is lightly hopped and easy to drink. It’s sure to be a hit at the remainder of your backyard barbeques, summer soirees and beach trips where glass is okay but cans are just more convenient. This is a bright-copper colored beer with a frothy head. The aroma is full of pine-resin hop notes and a little malt throughout. The taste is fairly bitter with a resiny, hoppy taste that is nicely balanced by the malt that really kicks in at the finish.

All in all, we think you’ll love it, Pint Jockeys. Like we said, it’ll pop up on shelves and at your favorite establishments soon so help a fellow craft-lover out and let ‘em know where you find it in the comments below!

As always, cheers! We’ll see you back on the blog next week with another Texas-born and brewed pick of the week.

 

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