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


Texas Tuesday

Saint Arnold Brown Ale

A look at an old favorite: Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Brown Ale

There’s something about a cold and dreary day that makes us want to don our coziest ten year old pajamas, cuddle up on the couch, indulge in a full season of a television series we’ve already watched twice on Netflix and of course, sip on a cold craft beer.

Sometimes, there’s just nothing like the comfort of the familiar. If you’re looking to re-visit an old stand-by this week, may we suggest Saint Arnold’s Brown Ale.

Originally released in June 1995 in celebration of the brewery’s one-year anniversary, Brown Ale sports a very light character and pleasant bitterness with a subtle hop flavor and aroma. 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 malt. When poured, the beer produces a rich, creamy head with a fine lace.

The brewery recommends pairing it with pecan crusted snapper, other light fish and venison.  Anything containing nuts is sure to pair well, with the nuts bringing out the nutty malt character in the beer to produce a most satisfying taste.

Almost ten years after its birth and more than five big time beer awards later, Brown Ale has cemented its place as a tried and true favorite in both the craft beer world and the palettes of many craft beer lovers. We hear it’s even the favorite beer of the wife of the brewery’s owner!

Cheers to the classics! We hope you stay warm and dry out there, Pint Jockeys. We’ll see ya next week!

Texas Tuesday

Karbach Clown Lounge is on shelves and waiting to find a home in your refrigerator tonight!

Karbach Clown Lounge

Karbach Brewing Company’s F.U.N. Series 009 Clown Lounge is no joke. This double IPA, aged in Bourbon barrels for around six months, was released February 17th and has surely made its way into a few of your craft beer collections, Pint Jockeys. Are we right?

This beer pours a cloudy amber with a small, frothy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is full of bourbon and vanilla notes on the nose, accompanied by a medium mouthfeel with a strong bitter hop and oak presence. Bourbon tastes follow through to a boozy, satisfying finish.

In true double IPA style, this beer is loaded with hops and is quite strong – but less sweet than many other varieties of beer.

Cheers to heaps of hops! Have you tried Clown Lounge yet? Are there any other bourbon barrel aged beers we should have on our radar? Tell us in the comments below!

We’ll be back next week with another Texas Tuesday pick. Catch ya then!

Pint Jockeys like beer

Check out the lineup for each of our three tasting events below

This Thursday’s tasting events feature great beers from some of your favorite breweries. Folks in Beaumont will enjoy six different selections from Texas Big Beer Brewery and have the exciting chance to meet Texas Big Beer Brewery founders and brewers “Johnny Max” and “The Queen” McKissack.

Here’s what’s on the roster in Beaumont:

  • 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 1800s, 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. The body is medium and thick with a sweet, malty base and sweet, smooth 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.
  • Texas Crude – This 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.
  • White Chocolate Porter – What’s better than beer and chocolate? This rich, dark ale pours almost black with a nice tan head. You’ll notice coffee on the nose, while white chocolate flavors come out gradually as you sip, followed by a pleasing, hoppy-bitter finish.

Attendees in Texas City can also expect a stellar lineup, featuring six different brews from some of the best in the business including seasonals from Karbach and Saint Arnold, a Scottish ale from Rahr & Sons, pale ales from Rogue Ales and Goose Island and Dixie Brewing Company’s classic Dixie Lager. Check it out:

  • Karbach Barn Burner Saison – This beer is sure to get you thinking about Spring with its effervescent golden color and hints of citrus and spice. The brew uses a unique yeast strain and fresh Texas-grown grapefruit to give it a refreshing and zesty character, without sacrificing depth of flavor.
  • Saint Arnold Spring Bock – An authentic, German-style Bock, celebrating the coming of spring, this robust, deeply flavored lager has been aged to create a smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. A light addition of German hops balances the malt flavor.
  • Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle – This dark, Scottish ale has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness balanced with a low, hoppy bitterness. Rahr’s first-ever National Grand Champion winner, this one is sure to make you want to break out your bagpipes and lederhosen in      celebration.
  • Rogue Ales 7 Hop IPA – With a slightly hazy, golden-orange body, this ale boasts a foamy head and plentiful lacing when poured. Tangerine and grapefruit rind aromas are met with notes of spruce, caramel and bready malts while flavors are heavy on the citrus with other tastes of spruce, pine resin and herbal hops in the mix. The ale is nicely balanced and leaves behind a lingering bitterness.
  • Dixie Brewing Company Dixie Lager – Brewed all-naturally today as it was first brewed in 1907, Dixie Lager uses lightly roasted two-row barley malts and rice. The result is a crisp and flavorful beer with a mild Cascade hop finish. A century of New Orleans’ brewing tradition lives today in every bottle and keg of Dixie Lager.
  • Goose Island Ten Hills APA – Ten Hills American Pale Ale takes its name from the original planting of ten “hills” of hops a couple of years ago when Elk Mountain Farms first formed a business relationship with Goose Island. Today, more than 200,000 hills of hops are grown for Goose Island annually. A limited release, this ale has an apricot and tangerine aroma, tasting of sweet honey and toast and finishing with an earthy, herbal hop character.

And get excited Victoria, because your tasting is jam packed with an all Saint Arnold lineup (featuring their newest Bishop’s Barrel release, BB6!) and special appearance by founder and brewer Brock Wagner. How could you miss this? Here are the six beers we’ll have on deck for you:

  • Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 6 – The latest in the brewery’s Bishop’s Barrel line, “BB6” is Saint Arnold’s Imperial Pumpkin Stout aged in rum barrels. The taste begins with sweet malt, chocolate and spices then comes a warming rum finish. Pumpkin creates a pleasant body to this beer which holds up to the onslaught of flavors. As it warms, all of the flavors become rounder and fuller.
  • Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower – This beer is crisp and refreshing, with a sweet, malty body balanced by a complex citrus hop character. The brew is light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after even the most strenuous of activities, like mowing the lawn.
  • Saint Arnold 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 Spring Bock – An authentic, German-style Bock, celebrating the coming of spring, this robust, deeply flavored lager has been aged to create a smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. A light addition of German hops balances the malt flavor.
  • 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.
  • Saint Arnold Endeavour – This double IPA is a deep amber color with a light, creamy head. The taste starts off with a creamy malt and the hop bitter starts low, building to a crescendo but always maintaining balance – even in its big finish. You’ll taste citrus and peach notes throughout.

There you have it, Pint Jockeys! We sincerely hope to see you at one of our three tasting locations this Thursday. 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. We’ll see you there!

Del Papa Distribution Center – Beaumont

Hospitality Room

410 I-10 South

Beaumont, TX 77707

Del Papa Distribution Center – Texas City

Hospitality Room

1220 I-45

Texas City, TX  77591

Del Papa Distribution Center – Victoria

Hospitality Room

3907 E. Rio Grande

Victoria, TX 77807

With the national day of love quickly approaching, we interrupt our traditional Texas Tuesday programming to bring you a few brew recommendations that are sure to impress your craft beer-loving sweetie on V-day. (And for the singles who’d rather call it “D-day” – we promise, these beers taste just as good with five of your closest friends at the local pub as they do on a date at a fancy restaurant. You have our word.)

Chocolate has long been a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. Sugary-sweet and usually packaged in some sort of heart-shaped box, it is a go-to for the fella or lady who’s not looking to mess with success by saying “I love you” with a gift that’s tried and true.

To this guy or gal, may we offer another an equally equitable formula: chocolate + beer.

Rogue Ales’ Chocolate Stout is sure to please, with mellow flavors of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate, all balanced perfectly with just the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish. This ebony-hued beer has a rich, creamy head, making for a picture-perfect presentation.

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Want to spice things up with even more chocolate intensity? Rogue Ales has you covered with their Double Chocolate Stout, flavored with even more imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate. No need to get nervous about making the right impression with this one – it won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships in 2010.

Rogue Double Chocolate Stout

The folks at Texas Big Beer Brewery are also helping you celebrate this special day with their White Chocolate Porter.

Texas BIG Beer Brewery white chocolate ale

This rich, dark ale pours almost black with a nice tan head. You’ll notice coffee on the nose, while white chocolate flavors come out gradually as you sip, followed by a pleasing, hoppy-bitter finish.  Serve some up for your sweetie and get ready for some compliments – this one is sure to be a favorite even past Valentine’s Day.

If you’re looking to keep things “light”, we suggest pairing Goose Island’s Gillian, a Belgian style farmhouse ale, with your lover’s feast.  Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of Goose Island’s brewery, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this brew is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet with a refreshingly effervescent body.

Goose Island Gillian

And finally, for those looking to mark the occasion with a most-refined ale, may we suggest Stella Artois.

Stella Artois

Stella Artois is one of the world’s best-selling beers and is enjoyed in more than 80 countries. Its full, characteristic flavor and high quality is assured through a superior brewing process and by using the finest ingredients available. When only the best of the best will do for your boo – this is your go-to.

Good luck with your Valentine’s Day planning, Pint Jockeys! Three cheers for three things that make our world go round – love, chocolate and craft beer.

We’ll see you back on the blog next week (after all this lovey-dovey stuff has passed) with another Texas Tuesday pick.



Karbach Barn Burner label


Happy Texas Tuesday, Pint Jockeys! Today we’re talking about an excellent seasonal, Belgian-style farmhouse ale from Karbach Brewing Co. that just hit shelves yesterday. Boy, are we excited to see it back.

Saisons, traditionally brewed by Belgians for farmhands working in the warm summer months, are usually light-bodied and brewed with fruit and spices. Barn Burner gets us thinking SPRING with its effervescent golden color and hints of citrus and spice. The beer uses a unique yeast strain and fresh Texas-grown grapefruit to give it a refreshing and zesty character, without sacrificing depth of flavor.

The Karbach website includes a little background on this beauty that’s too good not to share:

“The year was 1988, and Eric Warner had just completed his 2nd semester at brewing school in Munich.  Invited by some buddies to head to Belgium, Eric jumped at the opportunity.  They stopped in a small town and were invited to a party by some locals.  It ended up being a good, old-fashioned barnburner.  The night was hot, the music was loud, and the brew…Saison.  .”

We’ll cheers to that! Everyone stay warm and dry this week and we’ll see you back here next Tuesday.

Springing Forward

Today we’re looking forward to warmer, sunnier days ahead with Saint Arnold Brewing Co.’s Spring Bock

Saint Arnold Spring Bock

As we sit in the midst of the second “snowpocalypse” of the month down here in Southeast Texas, we fully admit that we are longing…nay, silently pleading…to the weather gods for the sunshine-filled, seventy five degree days of Spring. And while everyone loves a good winter warmer or Christmas ale, we bet we can all collectively agree that our taste buds are ready for us to change it up a bit. The solution to our winter woes? Saint Arnold Spring Bock, on shelves now.

This authentic, German-style Bock from the great folks at Saint Arnold is big, deeply flavored and aged slowly to create its smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. The brewers used five different types of specialty malts during the brewing process – all malted barley (no other grains or cereals such as corn or rice) and all imported from Belgium. They also used two central European noble hop varieties in this beer: Czech Saaz and Hallertauer.

The beer debuted in February of 1998 and that same year it won a silver medal in the Traditional Bock category at the World Beer Cup. Not bad for a first-time brew, eh?

Saint Arnold’s “laziest” beer, Spring Bock takes eight weeks to ferment and age. According to the brewers, “bocks were traditionally brewed in the spring to mark the end of the brewing season. Prior to the advent of refrigeration (can you imagine Texas without air conditioning?) the brewing stopped once the weather turned too warm. So brewers would use up the rest of the store of grains to make a bigger, higher alcohol beer, some of which could be stored over the summer.”

Contrary to a popularly-held belief, there is no truth to bock being what you get when you clean out the brewkettle or anything of the like. This brew is made from an original recipe and follows the German guidelines defining a traditional bock; it must be brewed to a high starting gravity and thus to a high alcohol content.

If you’re looking for a little respite from all this cold and cruddy weather, we suggest you pick up some Saint Arnold Spring Bock tonight and pretend you’re sipping it on a patio some place, somewhere in April. We’re firm believers that a little imagination can go a long way.

Cheers to brighter days ahead, Pint Jockeys! Stay warm and safe today and we’ll see you back on the blog next week.


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