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Southern Star Black Crack

With a name like this, you’ve just got to know more!

Black Crack is a bourbon-barrel aged version of Southern Star’s Buried Hatchet stout. The beer pours an almost black color with a light brown head and an aroma of light chocolate, wood, coffee and sweet bourbon. Lively and almost candy-like, you’ll taste lots of roasted malts with a hint of bitterness up front, followed by vanilla and cocoa flavors. Dark tobacco, medium char and hints of the original Bourbon make this a real treat to sip.

You can taste the age in this beer (it’s aged for a year and a half in Bourbon barrels) and will find that while this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, it has enough hop bitterness to be balanced.

We have a feeling that this one will go quickly, so if you see it, get it! Help a fellow Pint Jockey out and tell them where you found it in the comments below.

Cheers to great beer made here in the Lone Star State! We’ll see you next week.

SA 20th Anniversary Ale

Pint Jockeys, let’s give a big CONGRATS to Saint Arnold Brewing Co. in celebration of their 20th anniversary!

Saint Arnold shipped its first keg of Amber Ale on June 9, 1994 and held its first Saturday tour two days later. The brewers persevered through the ‘90s when selling craft beer was challenging and growth was “painfully” slow. Now, 20 years later and through their relentless attention to quality and creativity, Saint Arnold is Texas’ oldest craft brewery and among the best craft breweries in the country.

We’re proud to be members of the “Saint Arnold Army” as they continue their mission to brew great beer and build community while creating an institution that Houston and the whole state of Texas are proud of.

So what are we toasting with? Their 20th Anniversary Ale, naturally!

For this anniversary, Saint Arnold wanted to brew a beer that was both celebratory in nature and “embodied the brewery.” Much discussion and thought went into what this beer would be. The brewers agreed that it should demonstrate their philosophy of balance, their love of malt, a generous but not “palate wrecking” amount of hops and of course, showcase their house yeast. The result: an elegant, complex barleywine.

The ale pours a deep burgundy-brown color with a tan, creamy head. The spicy nose is filled with malt and alcohol with citrus hop notes while toffee and caramel flavors mingle. The balance is just right, with the malt and hops “tingling” together in unison from start to finish. There’s a slight, lingering dry bitter that stays with you but still complements the sweetness from the all malt grain bill.

As you continue to drink and the beer warms, a soft dark chocolate note comes forward. The brewers recommend aging cold for best results and saving some for their 25th anniversary when it’s sure to be even more delicious than it is today.

Want to be in the middle of all the anniversary action? Join Saint Arnold this Saturday, June 7th at their 20th Anniversary Party! Full details and tickets are available here.

Cheers to one of our favorite Texas brewers! We congratulate you and look forward to drinking your beers for the next 20 years and beyond.

Saint Arnold Endeavour

Alright, Pint Jockeys, we all know it’s tough getting back to work after a long weekend. Perhaps we can make your possibly terrible Tuesday (the weather isn’t helping!) a little brighter with this news: Saint Arnold Endeavour Double IPA is now on shelves and available in 12 oz. four packs.

Here’s a little background on the beer’s name, straight from Saint Arnold: “The beer’s name, first suggested by a NASA astronaut, was selected by the craft beer community who voted to name it after the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which in turn was named after Captain James Cook’s ship that explored the Pacific. Captain Cook’s ship was a bark, similar to ELISSA, Texas’ tall ship moored in Galveston and the namesake of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA.”

This 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. Upon first taste, creamy malts come to the forefront, resulting from the pale two-row and caramel malts paired with Saint Arnold yeast. 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. While the most evident hop flavor is peaches, the brewers say that an “interesting manifestation of the Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops” arises.

Warm summer temps are no problem for this beer, which tastes even better when left outside the fridge for a while at about 45° or even a little warmer. It has original gravity of 1.078 degrees Plato, final gravity of 1.016 and 8.9 percent alcohol by volume.

Have you spotted the new 12 oz. four packs yet? Stay tuned and check us out on Facebook where we’ll be bringing you a list of where to find ‘em soon.

Cheers to a short week and summer-friendly beers, Pint Jockeys! See you back here next week for another Texas Tuesday feature.

Saint Arnold homefront IPA

Memorial Day is on its way and boy, are we in a patriotic spirit!

This year, Saint Arnold Brewing Co. is teaming up with Operation Homefront and Del Papa Distributing to give back to families of our nation’s service members and wounded warriors with their latest release, Homefront IPA. Del Papa will donate a portion of profits (up to $1,000) made from all cases of Homefront sold to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to deserving military families in need.

Homefront IPA is a hop-forward West Coast IPA that pours a golden amber with a thick, white head. It has a heavy citrus nose with a malty and sweet taste up front and a lighter body than might be expected. During the brewing process, Saint Arnold actually added sweet orange peel in the whirpool and then added fresh orange zest to the bright beer tank after filtration with oranges zested by volunteers during a “marathon zesting session” (we would have LOVED to be in on that one!).

Tasters have said that Homefront is remarkably easy to drink for an IPA, largely due to the orange notes that act as more of a “secret ingredient” than a dominant flavor. Quite the thirst quencher, this is the perfect beer for your enjoyment over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

We hope you’ll join us in raising a glass of Homefront IPA to our nation’s finest and their families this holiday weekend. Remember, drink responsibly and drink for a cause!

Cheers, Pint Jockeys! Have a FUN and SAFE Memorial Day!

Get ready for the good stuff, Pint Jockeys!

Pint Jockeys like beer

We hope you’re enjoying American Craft Beer Week! To celebrate, we’re bringing you a STACKED lineup at this month’s tastings complete with three brews from Firestone Walker (who we recently welcomed to Southeast Texas) as well as selections from Saint Arnold, Karbach and Goose Island.

All tastings are free and open to adults 21. Events take place this Thursday, May 15th from 5-7PM at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Beaumont, Victoria and Texas City (addresses at the bottom of this post).

Beaumont, Victoria and Texas City will all enjoy the same beers so everyone read on for what’s in store!

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale – A tribute to English pales traditionally fermented in a cask, Firestone Walker’s flagship brew highlights barrel-fermented batches from their patented Firestone Union blended with beer fermented in stainless steel. It opens with a biscuity toasted malt aroma and a hint of oak and vanilla as pale malts create a smooth malty middle with ribbons of caramel, English toffee and toasted oak.

FW DBA

Firestone Walker Pivo Pils – A refreshing, light-bodied and hop-driven Pils, Pivo pours 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 while Hallertau-grown Magnum hops deliver the lupulin foundation and generous amounts of Spalter Select hops bring floral, aromatic and spicy herbal notes. A twist on the traditional Pils, the brewers dry hop with German Saphir for a touch of bergamot zest and lemongrass.

FW Pivo Pils

Firestone Walker Union Jack –An aggressively hopped 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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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 14 –The brewer’s goal with DR14 was to make a Belgian/American hybrid using West Coast American hops and rye to emulate the fruit and spices often found in Belgian beers. The beer pours a bright golden color and the nose boasts a mixture of phenolics from the Belgian wit yeast and light citrus from the American hops with a touch of graininess. Rye adds sweetness and complexity to the pilsner and aromatic malts while Cascade and centennial hops enhance the flavor and aroma, adding floral and citrus notes to play off the strengths of the yeast.

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Karbach Hop Delusion – Loaded with Mosaic hops, this beer is an explosion of tropical fruit and resinous, dank aromas. Hop Delusion is medium orange in color and rather dark with a fine, bright white head and nose of delicious piney hops. The beer is full-bodied, sweet and hopped to the nines. Mixed in are hints of caramel and a bready maltiness that all blend together to create an almost candy-like taste that is somehow earthy and doughy at the same time.

Karbach Hop Delusion label

Goose Island The Ogden –The second beer in Goose Island’s Imperial Series, The Ogden is a dry-hopped Belgian-style Tripel named after Chicago’s first mayor, William B. Ogden (who also happened to own the city’s first brewery). The Ogden is aggressively hopped with a 9% ABV and 35 IBU. The hops rest comfortably with the Belgian yeast and malt to create a well-balanced beer with a citrusy and piney notes throughout/

Goose Island The Ogden

See you Thursday at one of the following tasting locations! We hope you have some sweet dreams of the delicious craft beer headed your way at tomorrow’s events.

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

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It’s BACK, Pint Jockeys! Starting today, May 12th, through Sunday, May 18th, we’ll be celebrating American Craft Beer Week – an annual week of events recognizing the tremendous growth and ever-advancing culture and community of our nation’s craft beer industry.

All your favorite brewers and establishments are taking this week to showcase the best of the best and we’ve got all the insider details on all the events going down on Texas’ Gulf Coast. Read on for the details on each event and block off some serious time this week for some serious craft beer celebration.
Beaumont – your ACBW events are as follows:
• Monday, May 12, 5 p.m.
Logon Café and Pub
“Beer Mixology Night” night with Saint Arnold, Southern Star and Pedernales

• Tuesday, May 13, 6 p.m.
Luke’s Ice House
“Hop your face off” flights, featuring Karbach’s Rodeo Clown, Hopadillo and Hop Delusion plus a custom cask of the brewery’s Equal Hopertunity IPA

• Wednesday, May 14, 6 p.m.
Madison’s on Dowlen
Saint Arnold Night featuring Icon Blue cask and celebrating the brewery’s 10 year anniversary

• Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Major League Grill
An evening featuring Firestone Walker

• Thursday, May 15, 5 – 7 p.m.
Del Papa Distributing, 410 I-10 South
Pint Jockeys’ monthly tasting event will feature Firestone Walkers’ Double Barrrel Ale, Pivo Pils and Union Jack, plus Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve No. 14, Karbach’s Hop Delusion and Goose Island’s The Ogden.

• Friday, May 16, 6 p.m.
WineStyles
Rogue night featuring stouts served in the new “Rogue Brewing-designed” stout glass

 

Victoria, mark your calendar with the following events:
• Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Shellfish, Port Lavaca
Pint night, $3 all-craft draft. Keep the glass.

• Thursday, May 15, 5 – 7 p.m.
Del Papa Distributing, 3907 E. Rio Grande
Pint Jockeys’ monthly tasting event will feature Firestone Walkers’ Double Barrrel Ale, Pivo Pils and Union Jack, plus Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve No. 14, Karbach’s Hop Delusion and Goose Island’s The Ogden.

• Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Greek’s 205 Bar, Victoria
Pint night featuring Saint Arnold and Firestone Walker. Keep the glass. Event follows Pint Jockeys’ tasting event.

 

And Texas City, consider your schedule full for this week:
• Monday, May 12, 5 p.m.
Gordon Street Tavern, Alvin
Karbach Hop Delusion cask promo will feature Hopadillo, El Hopadillo Negro, Weisse Versa, Love Street, Rodeo Clown, FUN 009 Clown Lounge
• Tuesday, May 13
T-Bone Tom’s, Kemah
Texas Tuesday event features Saint Arnold’s Summer Pilsner and Lawnmower; Karbach’s Hopadillo; and Southern Star Brewing Company’s Bombshell Blonde

• Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Center Court Pizza & Brew, Pearland
Center Court will release their custom Karbach Hop Delusion, made from a hand-picked selection of hops chosen by the restaurant’s general manager.

• Wednesday, May 14, 6 p.m.
Board Game Island, Galveston
Come play poker and sip on pints of Saint Arnold Summer Pils. You’ll have a chance to win a $30 tab and can keep your pint glass while they last.

• Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Center Court Pizza & Brew, League City
Texas Thursday event features Karbach’s Rodeo Clown, Hopadillo, El Hopadillo Negro, Weekend Warrior and Hell Fighter; Saint Arnold’s Santo and Amber; Rahr & Sons’ Storm Cloud; and Pedernales’ Lobo Lager

• Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Gordon Street Tavern, Alvin
Saint Arnold Tap Takeover featuring DR14, Elissa, Endeavour, Boiler Room with syrups and Icon Blue

• Thursday, May 15, 5 – 7 p.m.
Del Papa Distributing, 1220 I-45
Pint Jockeys’ monthly tasting event will feature Firestone Walkers’ Double Barrrel Ale, Pivo Pils and Union Jack, plus Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve No. 14, Karbach’s Hop Delusion and Goose Island’s The Ogden.

• Friday, May 16,, 5 – 7 p.m.
Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant, Galveston
Mario’s is serving up Saint Arnold Summer Pils and Goose Island 312 tonight. Keep the glass while they last!

There it is folks – your guide to ACBW 2014. Which events are you most excited about? Ready to try anything new? Leave us a comment below. We’ll see ya soon! CHEERS to the best week of the year!

 

Hop Delusion logo

 

May is here and so is Karbach Brewing Co.’s Imperial IPA, Hop Delusion. This highly anticipated rotating seasonal release is on shelves and taps NOW!

Loaded with Mosaic hops, this beer is an explosion of tropical fruit and resinous, dank aromas. Hop Delusion is medium orange in color and rather dark with a fine, bright white head and nose of delicious piney hops. The beer is full-bodied, sweet and hopped to the nines. Mixed in are hints of caramel and a bready maltiness that all blend together to create an almost candy-like taste that is somehow earthy and doughy at the same time.

Drinking Hop Delusion is a sticky, high ABV (9%) experience that you don’t want to miss! Check out the “Geek Stats” on the beer below, courtesy of Karbach Brewing Co., and a list of upcoming events where you can try it for yourself during American Craft Beer Week!

 

GEEK STATS

Released:  May/June

OG: 23.5 Plato (1.099)

IBU: 100+

ABV: 9%

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Medium Crystal

Hops: Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe, Magnum

Package:  22oz bottles, Draft

 

EVENTS

Monday 5/12 @ Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin: Enjoy Hop Delusion, Hopadillo, El Hopadillo Negro, Weisse Versa and Love Street on draft.

Tuesday 5/13 at Luke’s Icehouse in Beaumont: Come out to the “Hop Your Face Off” event! This event will feature the first Hop Delusion cask in Beaumont – don’t miss it! A flight of Karbach IPA’s including Hop Delusion, Hopadillo, El Hopadillo Negro and Rode Clown will also be available.

Wednesday 5/14 at Center Court Pizza in Pearland: Don’t miss this Karbach Brewery & Cask Night featuring a cask of Hop Delusion and a keg of Bodacious!

Saturday 5/14 at Brews Brothers in Galveston: Galveston folks, this is your chance to get in on a cask of Hop Delusion. Mark your calendars!

Alright, Pint Jockeys – who plans on trying Hop Delusion as soon as possible?! We hope you’ll let us know what you think in the comments below. See ya back here next week. As always – cheers!

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