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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.

 

Saint Arnold BB7

It’s here, ya’ll! Saint Arnold’s latest addition to their beloved Bishop’s Barrel series is now available.

What can you expect? Well, great things.

BB7 is a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for over 11 months. The result of all this delicious, lazy lingering around in wooden barrels for almost a year is a beer that tastes like a mix of spice, bourbon and chocolate – a trifecta of goodness.

Saint Arnold’s house yeast adds a slight creaminess to the beer, while a roasted malt gives the stout a slightly sweeter, rounder character than some of its Bishop’s Barrel predecessors, namely BB1 and BB3. The bourbon notes are spot on and never overpowering and we really must note that for a beer coming in with an 11.3% ABV, it is extremely and surprisingly drinkable. Get more information on BB7 straight from the brewers here and be sure to keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter as we bring you the insider scoop on BB7’s availability on the Gulf Coast.

Cheers until next Tuesday, Pint Jockeys! Happy #BB7 hunting.

 

Saint Arnold Amber Ale with dry hops

Saint Arnold Brewing Company continues to celebrate 20 years in the brewing business as the beer that started it all gets hopped up! The brewery’s much beloved Amber Ale is being released in three very special, very limited releases – each containing a different variety of hops.

The first up is a version of Amber Ale dry hopped with Liberty Hops. While Liberty Hops are already used in the recipe as a finishing hop, dry hopping with this hop variety will produce a more pronounced hop flavor and softer, floral character in the ale. The hop aroma pairs well with the maltiness that comes from the pale and caramel malts in the beer, while a light frutiness results from the use of the brewery’s proprietary house yeast – a signature of many Saint Arnold beers.

Another unique feature? This good stuff will only be available in limited numbers of 22 oz. bomber bottles. Be on the lookout for it, Pint Jockeys, and let us know where you find it! Check back soon for more insider info. on the next two Amber Ale releases.

Cheers to classics re-imagined and cheers to YOU, Pint Jockeys! See ya next week.

Join us tomorrow for good beer and good times!

Pint Jockeys like beer

How’s your week going, Pint Jockeys? Whether you’ve been cruising through it or crawling through it, our monthly tasting events tomorrow are sure to offer some great R&R as you sip on six of the finest craft brews around.

You know the drill, Pint Jockeys – show up and drink up! All tastings run from 5-7PM and are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. All three locations – Victoria, Beaumont and Texas City – will enjoy the below lineup:

Saint Arnold Icon Green – This “Texas Common” holds a nice creamy head. The aroma is full of tropical fruit. The flavor starts with a pleasant combination of fruit and malt and then goes to a long, dry bitter with just a hint of malt hanging on all the way.

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Southern Star Red Cockaded – This beer is deep red with a generous dose of malted rye and English crystal malts, giving the malt profile a sticky caramel property and substantial earthiness. The beer also has massive late charges of Pacific Northwest hops, as well as being generously dry hopped, making this beer intensely hoppy, displaying citrus, pine and resin in both aroma and flavor.

Southern Star Red Cockaded

Sierra Nevada Big Foot Barleywine Style Ale – Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum – Hoptimum is a hurricane of whole-cone hop flavor. Hopped, dry hopped and torpedoed for incredible hop flavor and complexity, Hoptimum is the pinnacle of whole-cone hoppiness and the biggest Imperial IPA in Sierra Nevada’s arsenal. It features resinous hop varieties: Magnum, Chinook, Simcoe and a new experimental hop variety exclusive to Sierra Nevada. With intense hop flavors and aromas of grapefruit rind, pine, herbs and tropical fruit, Hoptimum is an aggressive drinking experience.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Mississippi Brewing Co. Mississippi Mud – Mississippi Mud is a delightfully refreshing Black & Tan style beer. It displays a significant hop aroma and the long lagering period adds a smoothness that makes it a perfect accompaniment to any meal or enjoyed alone.

Mississippi Mud

Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat – Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat is a unique, hand crafted brewed hybrid of Belgian wheat beer and sweet cider, with natural Honeycrisp flavor added to produce an innovative new brew that is crisp, refreshing and flavorful. This unfiltered brew is perfect on a sunny day.

Shock Top Apple Crisp

See you tomorrow 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

 

By Jeff Wheeler, Brand Development Manager, Del Papa Distributing

The Belgian White or Witbier style is a complex, refreshing brew popularized in recent years by multinational breweries such as Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. Belgian Wits are always spiced, generally with a variety of additives such as coriander and orange peel, unlike its German counterpart of the same name which contain no spices at all.  The term “white” refers to the unfiltered cloudy appearance the wheat imparts to the beer. Brewing with wheat also creates a more chewy liquid while still maintaining its drinkability and overall clean flavor profile.

This style was not always as readily available as it is today. Witbier as a whole fell out of popularity in Europe around the turn of the century. What used to be a flagship style produced across Belgium and the Netherlands by many local and regional breweries dwindled to zero after the last wit brewery, Tomlin, in the village of Hoegaarden shut its doors in 1957.  Just over 10 years later, in an attempt to preserve heritage and good beer, a milk man by the name of Pierre Celis boiled up a batch of Tomlins original recipe in his trusty copper kettle thereby rebirthing a much loved brew into the world for its encore debut. His initiative created what is now the brewery Hoegaarden.

What an encore it has been! Not only has Hoegaarden been enjoyed the world over, but due to its popularity, the American Style Belgian White was born. No better example of this exists than Shock Top Belgian White, a crisp, clean, unfiltered wheat ale thoughtfully brewed by Anheuser-Busch. When many of us look back to our first full-flavor beer experiences, I would assume they did not include Dogfish 120 minute IPA or Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, and if they did, there is a very good chance it was not the desired experience. The beginning of a beer love affair typically starts with a lighter option and proceeds to plummet down the rabbit hop hole. Shocktop Belgian White is one of those beers that can be guzzled on a hot summer day or sipped during a blustery fall afternoon. It is truly a quality liquid that begs respect from even the most seasoned beer drinkers among us.

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