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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!

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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.

SA Icon Green

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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Have you heard the big news? One of our favorite Texas craft breweries, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., recently brought some BIG awards back to our great state from the U.S. Open Beer Championship!

They were named one of the top TEN craft breweries in the entire country (and this country has some great craft beer, as you well know) and also took home FOUR additional individual medals. Rahr won GOLD in the Strong Scottish Ale category for “Iron Thistle”, GOLD in the Dopple/Strong Bock category for “The Regulator”, BRONZE in the Marzen/Oktoberfest for their “Oktoberfest” and BRONZE in the Wood/Barrel aged dark beer category for their “Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer.” Those are some serious honors!

If you’ve been part of our Pint Jockeys community for a while you’ll know that we’re big fans of this Fort Worth-based brewery, but here’s a little background via the brewers themselves, if you’re not familiar yet:

“The story of Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. really starts when Fritz Rahr graduated from Texas Christian University. Fortunately for beer lovers in North Texas, Fritz not only fell in love with Fort Worth, but also fell in love with his future wife, Erin. Fortunately for us all, Erin gave Fritz the green light when he announced that he would like to carry on the Rahr family brewing tradition and open the Rahr & Sons Brewing Company right here in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fritz and Erin Rahr founded Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in the fall of 2004. In nine years, Rahr has exponentially grown its brewing capacity from 2,000 barrels a year to 20,000 barrels a year.

The Rahr family looks forward to more growth and even more awards for the brewery, but Fritz and Erin are most excited about continuing to brew great tasting beers that can be found throughout Texas and continuing to serve these great beers directly to you at a Wednesday or Saturday Tour & Tasting! Someday their sons will be brewing and serving up some of these award-winning, great tasting beers too…as long as you keep drinking them.”

SA Icon Green

Saint Arnold’s Icon series is the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it, Pint Jockeys?

Their latest addition to this beloved series is the newest Icon Green – a “Texas Common” with a 6.7% ABC full of tropical fruit flavors, perfect for the summer season. This red amber kicks off with a substantially creamy head and an initially pleasant fruity and malty flavor. As you sip, the flavors go into a long, dry bitter with just a hint of malt holding on through the finish.

Inspired by San Francisco steam beers  – also known as “California Common” beers – Icon Green takes a hoppier twist to give a flavor that is ALL Texas, though fermented with the “San Francisco Lager” yeast at ale-like temperatures characteristic of the California Common style.

Only Mosaic hops are used in this beer. The brewers released this hop in 2012 and it has quickly become known for its complex and distinct tropical citrus aroma and flavor, which are in full-force in Icon Green.

We hope you’ll pick some Icon Green up tonight and see what all the buzz is about! You may even want to pick up a few packs while you’re at it – the Icon series beers go quick, as we’re sure you well know.

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Texas Tuesday feature. Cheers to you, Pint Jockeys! We’ll see you soon.

Good things are in store for you this Thursday, Pint Jockeys!

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Summer is in full swing and our June tasting events are celebrating the season!

Texas City – you’ll be mingling with Pedernales Brewing Co. founder Lee Hereford while tasting five different selections from his portfolio.

Victoria and Beaumont – you’ll get to taste some special and limited releases that you DON’T want to miss.

All tastings are free and open to adults 21. Events take place this Thursday, June 19th from 5-7PM at the Del Papa Distribution Centers in Beaumont, Victoria and Texas City (addresses at the bottom of this post).

Let’s cut to the chase shall we? Your full tasting lineups are below:

TEXAS CITY

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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.

 

VICTORIA AND BEAUMONT

 

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Firestone Walker Easy Jack – Newly available on the Texas Gulf Coast, Easy Jack is a Session IPA, dry hopped with a globetrotting selection of new hop varieties from Europe, New Zealand and North America. The beer delivers massive hop aromas and Firestone Walker’s signature malt balance.

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Saint Arnold 20th Anniversary Ale – The Barleywine is a celebration in itself. It 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.

Saint Arnold Endeavour (in new 12 oz. bottle) – 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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Rahr & Sons Texas Red – Texas Red is an amber lager with an extremely well-balanced flavor. The notes of caramel and its sound malt character are perfectly complemented with just a hint of hops. This beer is super-smooth and drinkable, making it the perfect refresher for the hot Texas summer days ahead.

Woodchuck

Woodchuck Cider Summer Limited Release – The sounds of the lapping lake-shores, the mountain views, and memories of fresh picked blueberries, now in a convenient six-pack. Exhibiting a slight tartness, this cider begins with a full, robust flavor followed by a rich summertime taste.

Rolling Rock

Rolling Rock (in 16 oz. can) – Brewed with a time-honored recipe and only the finest malted barley and hops, Rolling Rock is a classic American lager that’s well-known for its distinctive, full-bodied taste.
LOCATIONS

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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