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Johnny Appleseed bottle

By: Jeff Wheeler, Brand Development Manager, Del Papa Distributing

John Chapman also known as Johnny Appleseed, would be a proud man if alive today. With the masses swooning over Cider like never before, no time but now seems better to debut the one cider that will define an entire category… Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider. Sweet yet complex.. Bold yet refined..Strong yet subtle.. This is the quintessential American Style Cider to stock the beer fridge with throughout the warm sunny months ahead.
Picture this… you and your closest friends lounging by the pool under baby blue skies and crisp summer sunlight. You stroll over to the bar, grab a glass and fill it with ice. As the cubes crack and settle awaiting the refreshing nectar that is Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider, the glass cools around your once warm hand. You slowly pour the cider over the ice growing more and more thirsty as the glass consumes the contents of the bottle and the carbonation fizzes out around the top onto your fingers. Having not the patience nor discipline to wait any longer, you bring the glass to your lips and take a sip. Your mouth swirls with flavors of green apple, ginger and honey complemented by the seltzer-like carbonation that refreshes your palate with every sip. Each taste makes you crave another. You’ve just fallen in love… with a Cider… with Johnny Appleseed.
Cheers to life well lived… with a great apple cider!

Pint Jockeys like beer

Tasting time is upon us once again and this month’s lineups are looking goooood.

Texas City is set for a visit by none other than Saint Arnold Brewing Co. founder Brock Wagner, who will be on0hand at the event to share long lineup, Boiler Room, their first summer seasonal release, Summer Pils, and their current Icon series release, Icon Blue. Favorites including Santo, Amber Ale and Elissa IPA are also on the roster. Read on for more info. on each selection:

Boiler Room Berliner Weisse – This is a light bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer. The sourness is created by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation giving the nose of the beer a light hop note and distinct funkiness. The sweet malt taste quickly goes into a tart body and finish while the sour and malt flavors stay well-balanced to the end of the tasting experience.

Saint Arnold Boiler Room bottle

Summer Pils – A true bohemian-style pilsner, Summer Pils is crisp, refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. It has a delicate, sweet malt taste complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor. This beer is brewed with a fine German malt and a copious amount of “noble” hops imported from the Czech Republic.

Saint Arnold Summer Pils

Icon Blue – This Brown Porter is a dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes. Icon Blue pours a dark brown color with ruby and garnet highlights, producing an off-white head. During the brewing process, the brewers used English malt hops and their own Saint Arnold yeast, also hailing from the U.K.

Saint Arnold Icon Blue

Santo - Saint Arnold considers Santo a “black Kölsch.” Brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malts, it is both light bodied and floral with a distinct malt flavor.

Saint Arnold Santo label

Amber Ale – A well balanced, full flavored amber ale with a rich, malty body and pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. Amber has a complex hop aroma, with floral and citrus hints and a light frutiness derived from a proprietary yeast strain.

Saint Arnold Amber Ale

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA – A traditional IPA, this beer is very hoppy with a properly balanced, malty body. Its huge hop additions in the kettle give it a wonderful bitterness and it is dry hopped in the fermenter to create its pleasant, hoppy nose. Elissa is named after the tall ship currently moored at the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston. Saint Arnold donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of this IPA to the Galveston Historical Foundation for preservation of this ship.

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA

 

Victoria and Beaumont, your tastings are celebrating all things SUMMER with a lineup of highly anticipated, recently released summer seasonals from some of your favorite brewers including Saint Arnold, Karbach, Sierra Nevada and Goose Island. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample Johnny Appleseed – the latest hard cider release from Anheuser-Busch. Start daydreaming about the following:

Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse – This is a light bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer. The sourness is created by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation giving the nose of the beer a light hop note and distinct funkiness. The sweet malt taste quickly goes into a tart body and finish while the sour and malt flavors stay well-balanced to the end of the tasting experience.

Saint Arnold Boiler Room bottle

Saint Arnold Summer Pils – A true bohemian-style pilsner, Summer Pils is crisp, refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. It has a delicate, sweet malt taste complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor. This beer is brewed with a fine German malt and a copious amount of “noble” hops imported from the Czech Republic.

Saint Arnold Summer Pils

Karbach Summer Love Street – This beer is brewed in the Kolsch-style with delicate, floral German hops. Love Street boasts a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core, without sacrificing character. This is the perfect beer to unwind with at a sunny summer music festival or other outdoor event.

Karbach Summer Love Street label

Sierra Nevada Summerfest – With a nod toward the original Czech tradition, Summerfest is brewed to feature the best of Bohemian nature. Crisp, golden, dry and incredibly drinkable, Summerfest has a delicate and complex malt flavor and spicy, floral hop character – making it the perfect warm weather beer.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest label

Goose Island The Illinois – Illinois is a 9.0% ABV 95 IBU Imperial IPA that pushes the limits of hop flavor and aroma. It pours a deep gold color with a complex citrus aroma. The taste is balanced with a clean bitterness and a medium to full body.

Goose Island The Illinois

Johnny Appleseed – This refreshing hard apple cider has a 5.5% ABV and is best enjoyed on the rocks to bring out the full, crisp apple taste. Crafted in Baldwinsville, New York, it is made with apple juice sourced from apples in the U.S. and fine orchards around the globe, as well as cider yeast and other natural ingredients. With the perfect balance of sweetness and intensity and a refreshing, crisp apple bite, Johnny Appleseed is unlike any other hard cider on the market today.

Johnny Appleseed

Hope to see ya’ll there, Pint Jockeys!  All tastings run from 5-7PM and are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Locations for all three tastings are posted below.

 

Del Papa Distribution Center – Texas City

1220 I-45

Texas City, TX  77591

 

Del Papa Distribution Center – Victoria

3907 E. Rio Grande

Victoria, TX 77807

 

Del Papa Distribution Center – Beaumont

410 I-10 South

Beaumont, TX 77707

Saint Arnold Summer Pils

 

Can you believe that summer seasonals are already hitting shelves? We don’t know about you, but we feel like we were just finishing off the last of our supply of winter warmers when BAM – hello sunshine and hello even more delicious Texas craft beer. Bring it on!

Today we’re warming you up to the upcoming wave of summer releases with a profile of Saint Arnold Brewing Co.’s Summer Pils – a tried and true bohemian-style pilsner that first debuted in June of 1997.

Summer Pils was actually Saint Arnold’s first lager. While its recipe is one of their most simple, it’s also proven to be one of the hardest to create, going through over 20 test brews before its inaugural roll out. The key to its deliciousness is just the right German pils malt: Durst pils, which has a great nutty flavor that gives this delicate beer a highly complex flavor. Also important to the fantastic taste of this beer was combining the hops in just the right fashion to bring the spicy finishing flavor of the beer’s Czech Saaz to the correct balance.

While most of Saint Arnold’s recipes have not changed since introduced, Summer Pils is an exception. The brewers adjusted the original recipe nearly every year until 2003, when they settled on a three year plan to reach a final recipe in 2006. It was in that year that they hit the jackpot with the perfect recipe: light and refreshing with a crisp, clean bitterness.

Love Summer Pils’ funky cool tie-die packaging as much as we do? Legend has it that folks at Saint Arnold actually had a customer who started tie-dying Saint Arnold t-shirts for himself shortly after the brewery opened. They liked the look and asked if they could pay him to make some for them. His response? “Sure, dude.” The tie-dyed shirts proved to be popular and out of this came many other tie-dye themes, including the packaging for Summer Pils. The exact tie-dye on the label was scanned from a t-shirt that co-founder Kevin Bartol bought at the Kerville Folk Festival many years ago.

Have you picked up your Summer Pils yet? This beloved beer has the longest season of any Saint Arnold seasonals, a testament to the fact that no matter how hot it gets, us Texans love our summers. We hope you look forward to enjoying it in the months to come!

 

 

 

 

Texas Tuesday

 

Saint Arnold Boiler Room bottle

Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Boiler Room Berliner Weisse

Saint Arnold’s March 24th release – Boiler Room Berliner Weisse – is a BIG deal, Pint Jockeys. The brewery hasn’t added a new offering to its year-round lineup in almost two years since it rolled out its Endeavor double IPA and THIS is it. We can already tell you it was worth the wait.

Boiler Room was accidentally created when brewer Stephen Rawlings was in the midst of a brewing session for the brewery’s classic Lawnmower Ale. Half of the usual malt used for Lawnmower ended up on the floor instead of in the mill and thus, Rawlings was left with 10 gallons of a “spoiled” batch. He decided to save it and add a bottle of high-bacteria Belgian beer to the brew to see what would happen and voila – Boiler Room was born.

According to Saint Arnold, this is one difficult beer to make. Because of the bacteria introduced during brewing, the creation of Boiler Room requires the suspension of all brewing operations for a full 48 hours while the bacteria feed on the wort. This also requires the brewers to tweak their brewing system to ensure that these unique bacteria don’t spread to other batches of brewing beer.

Boiler Room is a light-bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer, deriving its tart flavor by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation. This sets it apart from Belgian-style sours which sour during fermentation and actually have active bacteria inside when packaged.

The nose of the beer has light hop notes and a distinct “funkiness” with a sweet, malty taste that quickly goes into a very tart body and finish. An excellent balance between the sour and malt flavors make this beer extremely refreshing, akin to a tart lemonade or limeade.

The folks at Saint Arnold recommend that you enjoy the beer straight or with raspberry or woodruff syrup to sweeten it up a bit, if that’s your thing. The beer contains no additives or preservatives and is never pasteurized, in order to maintain the freshest flavor possible. They recommend that Boiler Room be stored cold to avoid any degradation in flavor.

We recommend picking some of this deliciousness up and taking it straight to your fridge tonight. Check it out and let us know what you think – too complicated or just complex enough?

Cheers to another great beer from the great state of Texas, Pint Jockeys! See you next week.

 

Texas Tuesday

Karbach Bodacious label

Karbach Bodacious is bold and beautiful

The folks at Karbach sure know how to brew a gorgeous beer, don’t they?

Bodacious, a Double IPA, is described by the brewery as “sexy and smooth with legs for days” and oh, are they spot-on in that description.

This limited release has had plenty of beauty rest (you’re welcome for the bad joke) after aging in Merlot barrels for a full five months. The aging process allows its hop aroma to recede slightly, giving way to a rich, velvety malt backbone that mixes with oak flavors from the barrel. Upon swallowing, a delicate, lingering bitterness remains on the tongue.

Bodacious is on shelves now and ready for your tasting pleasure. Check out the full stats below, courtesy of the brewers themselves, and let us know if you think this brew is as hot as we do in the comments below!

OG:  21.5

IBU:  85

ABV:  10%

Malts:  Pale, medium Crystal, dark Crystal, Munich, Biscuit

Hops:  Amarillo, Citra, Chinook, East Kent Goldings, Simcoe, German Magnum and Sapphir

Availability:  Limited 22 oz. bottles

Get ready, Pint Jockeys

Pint Jockeys like beer

It’s the most wonderful time of the month – tasting time. This month, as always, we’re bringing you craft beer from some of the best names in the business and even a few special guests.

All tastings take place this Thursday, March 20th from 5-7PM at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Beaumont, Victoria and Texas City. Read on for more info.!

Beaumont

Beaumont, you’re in for a treat. Pedernales Brewing Co. founder Lee Hereford will be on-hand to share some of his brewery’s most beloved beers with tasters. Don’t miss the chance to meet Mr. Hereford and talk shop with him as you sip on Pedernales favorites!

Pedernales logo

Here’s the lineup:

Classic Hefe-Weizen – This classic unfiltered beer stays true to the Bavarian style with a strict yeast strain creating distinctive flavors of banana, apricot and clove. Light, cloudy and golden in color, this brew boasts a thick, frothy head and has received top marks at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.

Lobo Lito – A full bodied, true Reinheitsgebot quality Pilsner beer made using Pilsner malt barley, Weihensteffan yeast, Saaz hops and Hill County well water. Its slightly lower alcohol content and thirst quenching, slightly hoppy finish make it the perfect summer-time beer.

Lobo Lager – This pilsner beer starts with Texas Hill Country well water and Czech hops. Brilliantly crisp and clear with a dense foam, light golden color and subtle hop aroma. The flavor is a delicate balance of expertly malted barley and carefully selected hops.

Lobo Negro – A true “Dunkel,” or dark brown lager, with a spicy maltiness that is neither sweet nor too roastily dry. The lager yeast is worked at low temperatures, imparting a clean roundness and balance.

Classic India Pale Ale – The brilliantly clear, light copper color of this classic English beer denotes the specialized caramel malt used to give the ale a light toasted flavor. Classic NW American hops are used to balance the malty sweetness of the barley to provide a wonderful herbal aroma from this well balanced beer.

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

Victoria

Victoria, you’ll be paid a special visit from Texas Big Beer Brewery founders John and Tammy McKissack. They’ll be on-hand to share some of their brewery’s best beers and talk all things craft beer with ya.

Texas Big Beer

Here’s your roster:

Big Texas Blonde – This Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a 10.54% ABV content pours an orangey-tan colored hue with a cloudy body. The aroma of this beer is full of bread, fruit and candy notes while the taste is equally complex and interesting with present flavors including dough, fruit, honey caramel and more.  

Working Stiff Ale – Brewed in the style of an Extra Special Bitter and named for the “premium ales” of the working class in the London pubs in the 1800’s, this beer pours a copper color with a frothy white head. Aromas from this medium-bodied brew include caramel malts and floral hops and the taste is founded on a solid backbone of malt and earthy hops. The finish is smooth with moderate bitterness.

Renaissance Cowboy – A “wee heavy” Scotch Ale, this brew pours a deep amber-brown with a light brown frothy head. The aroma is full of heavy malts with brown sugar, molasses and dark fruity notes. Flavors include much of the same, including sugary and fruity notes. The body is medium and thick with a sweet, malty base and sweet, smooth finish.

Texas Crude – This robust American Porter’s aroma is heavy on the vanilla with other hints of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste is smooth with sweet malt and toffee flavors and a medium body with light carbonation. Bitter hop tastes follow through to a dry yet satisfying finish.

Beeriac IPA – An American IPA with a thick, hazy amber and copper-colored body that leaves a thick, frothy head with substantial lacing when poured. Beeriac’s aroma is full of orangey, citrus notes mixed with light pine notes, caramel sweetness and tons of hops. The flavor profile includes citrus tastes followed by sweet caramel flavors with a medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

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

Texas City

Texas City, your tasting is all about variety this month, and what a mix do we have in store for you! Check it out:

Saint Arnold Icon Blue – This Brown Porter is a dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes. Icon Blue pours a dark brown color with ruby and garnet highlights, producing an off-white head. During the brewing process, the brewers used English malt hops and their own Saint Arnold yeast, also hailing from the U.K.

Karbach Summer Love Street – In the 1960s on Allen’s Landing in Houston sat Love Street, a hot spot of music and social impact. Love Street was not only a place, but a state of mind; a place to unwind and let the music refresh your soul. So too is this Kolsch-style beer, hopped delicately with floral German hops with a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core without sacrificing character.

Goose Island 312 – Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that’s immensely refreshing.

Goose Island The Illinois – Illinois is a 9.0% ABV 95 IBU Imperial IPA that pushes the limits of hop flavor and aroma. It pours a deep gold color with a complex citrus aroma. The taste is balanced with a clean bitterness and a medium to full body.

Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat – The latest addition to the Shock Top portfolio, this Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with honey, caramel malt and aged on bourbon cask staves for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment all year round.

Rolling Rock – This premium extra pale lager is crafted using a time-honored recipe with only the finest malted barley and blend of hops. A classic American lager, as well-known for its distinctive, full-bodied taste as it is for its craftsmanship, heritage and painted green bottle, Rolling Rock is full-flavored with a subtle bite and a light to medium body and color.

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

Thursday can’t get here soon enough – see you then, Pint Jockeys!

Texas Tuesday

Saint Arnold Icon Blue

Saint Arnold Icon Blue joins the brewery’s famed Icon series

There’s a new Icon in town and boy, are we excited to welcome it.

Saint Arnold’s latest addition to their Icon series –which consists of special beers that the brewery releases for only about three months at a time – is a dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes. The brewers used English malt hops and their own Saint Arnold yeast, also hailing from the U.K.

Released just last week on March 3, 2014, Saint Arnold Icon Blue pours a dark brown color with ruby and garnet highlights, producing an off-white head. As you pour, you’ll pick up heavy chocolate aromas, with hints of nuttiness and lightly roasted coffee sprinkled in. According to the brewers, the Saint Arnold yeast “contributes mild esters, which are perfect for this style. Chocolate and roast are the primary flavors in this ale, with a distinct sweetness coming through as the beer warms up.”

The folks at Saint Arnold recommend that you serve Icon Blue at 45° to 55°F. See a full list of stats below, and be sure to check this one out while you can!

Cheers to another great Texas craft beer release!

 

Style: Brown Porter
Packaging Color:    Blue
Date Released: March 3, 2014
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.0132
Alcohol: 5.1% ABV
Bitterness: 27 IBU

 

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