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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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
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