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Pint Jockeys Offers Up Some New and Limited Releases This Month

Sampling from a variety of craft brewers from across the nation

This Thursday, the Pint Jockeys return for another monthly tasting event sampling a variety of brews from across the country, including Firestone Walker, Rogue, Woodchuck, Saint Arnold and Sierra Nevada.  If you haven’t joined us for a tasting yet, this would be a good time to start. If you’re a regular, you know you might just find a new favorite! As always, all tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Share your experience using #pintjockeys.

Woodchuck Gumption

Woodchuck Gumption – Gumption is handcrafted in Vermont using a blend of fresh juice from common eating apples and dry European bittersweet cider apples for a unique drinking experience. This cider has a sweet apple aroma with fresh apple upfront taste and dry finishing notes.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 15 – First brewed as DR5, DR15 has a rich malty body full of coffee and chocolate flavors and a spiciness derived from the combination hops and high alcohol. It was brewed with a variety of malts including 2 row pale, crystal, chocolate and roasted barley. It was hopped with Nugget, Willamette and Centennial. Saint Arnold yeast used to ferment it. It is unfiltered.

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Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter – Hop Hunter IPA harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Our custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle and makes for an incredible IPA experience.

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Firestone Walker Double Jack – Double Jack opens up with bright grapefruit and tangerine American hop aromas. Beautifully crafted undertones of stone fruit are revealed upon first sip, followed by the essence of blue basil and pine. A sturdy pale and crystal malt backbone brings balance to high hop intensity. Complex and aggressively hopped, and flawlessly balanced.

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Rogue Voodoo Donut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale – This pours a dark brown with a tan head and a light-to-medium body. Smells and tastes of salted caramel, chocolate and raspberry, not too sweet.

Hope to see you all at one of these Del Papa locations:

Third Thursdays:  5:00—7:00 pm

Beaumont: 410 I-10

Victoria: 3907 E. Rio Grande

Texas City: 1220 Gulf Freeway

With Spring Break here and Summer fast approaching, we’re excited about some of our favorite brews that have recently been released in cans! You can pretty much take them with you wherever you go, including the beach.

This Thursday, all three locations will sample these favorites:

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Saint Arnold Santo – Santo is best described as a black Kӧlsch. Essentially it is brewed using a Kӧlsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malt. It is light bodied and floral yet with a distinct dark malt flavor.

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Saint Arnold Lawnmower – A true German-style Kӧlsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp & refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character.

Love Street Can

Karbach Love Street – Brewed in the Kӧlsch style and hopped delicately with floral German hops, this beer boasts a clean malt profile that refreshes to the core, without sacrificing character.

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Firestone Walker Union Jack – An aggressively hoped West Coast-style IPA. Union Jack showcases exceptional dry hop character with stunning pineapple, citrus and piney aromas on the nose accompanied by honey-like malt aromatics. Double dry hopping brings bold grapefruit, tangerine and citrus flavors that are contrasted by pale malt sweetness to balance this intense brew.

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Firestone Walker Easy Jack – A different kind of Session IPA, one that is brewed and dry hopped with a globetrotting selection of new hop varieties from Europe, New Zealand and North America. This beer delivers massive hop aromas and a signature malt balance.

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Firestone Walker Pivo Pils – A classic German Pilsner with a hoppy Bohemian twist. Pils is a bright straw colored lager beer with playful carbonation topped with beautiful white foam lace. Delicate lightly toasted malt flavors underscore noble German hop character.

Hope to see you all at one of these locations:

Third Thursdays:  5:00—7:00 pm

Beaumont: 410 I-10

Victoria: 3907 E. Rio Grande

Texas City: 1220 Gulf Freeway

Pint Jockeys Takes a Trip Through Belgium
This month you’ll be able to compare the true Belgian imports along side those brewed here in the US in the Belgian-style. Belgium is one of the most respected brewing locales and their flavors are distinct. This Thursday, we will sample Belgian-style brews from Goose Island Beer Company and true Belgian imports Leffe and Hoegaarden. Also, for those of you in Texas City, Yaga’s will be here with tickets for Saturday’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest! As always, all tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. Join us and share your experience using #pintjockeys.

Here’s what we’ll be sampling:
Goose Island Sofie – This sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.

GI Sophie

Goose Island Matilda – Inspired by great Trappist ales, this complex Belgian Style Pale Ale is fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden sunrise color with dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish.

GI Matilda

Goose Island Pepe Nero – With an aroma of roasted chestnuts and a mysteriously dark, mahogany hue, Pepe Nero is a farmhouse ale brewed with black peppercorns. The roasty sweetness melds into a lingering, earthy, black pepper finish.

GI Pepe Nero

Goose Island Pere Jacques – Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars.

GI PereJacques

Leffe Blonde – Still brewed according to Leffe Brewery Fathers’ ancient recipe, Leffe uses the finest ingredients available. Spring water, malted barley, and corn come together to give Leffe its sunny golden color, while aromatic malts give the beer a distinct clove-like aroma and unique flavor.

Leffe

Hoegaarden – The original Belgian Witbier beer, brewed with Coriander and Curacao orange zest, Hoegaarden is naturally cloudy white fresh and light bodied with a spicy Belgium yeast aroma, fruity sweetness and citrus flavors and a soft, spicy dry finish.

Hoegaarden

WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE:

Del Papa Distribution Centers, Hospitality Rooms
410 I-10 South
Beaumont, TX 77707

3907 E. Rio Grande
Victoria, TX 77807

1220 Gulf Freeway
Texas City, TX 77591

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:

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• 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.

 

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• 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.

 

Saint Arnold Icon Godl

 

 

 

• 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.

 

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• 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

 

 

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