Southern Star’s Red Cockaded
How goes it, Pint Jockeys? No complaints from our side of the computer. We’re just counting down the days ‘til the weekend when we can indulge in good food and great beer. (Check our Facebook page a little later in the week for a beer-infused ham recipe perfect for your Easter dinner…yum.) For now, though, let’s get down to business – it’s Texas Tuesday time!
Today’s featured beer is new to the Texas Tuesday lineup. It’s Southern Star Brewing Company’s spring seasonal, Red Cockaded, a West Coast Style Imperial Red Ale.
Southern Star notes the beer is a “deep red, with a generous dose of malted rye and English crystal malts, giving the malt profile a sticky caramel property and substantial earthiness.” And it’s quite hoppy. With “massive late charges of Pacific Northwest hops,” and because it is generously dry-hopped,” Red Cockaded has a citrus, pine and resin aroma and flavor.
And now, a little more about that name. Red Cockaded Ale is actually named after the Red Cockaded woodpeckers who happen to live near Southern Star’s Conroe brewery. To help raise awareness for these and other endangered species, Southern Star donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer to the Friends of Texas Wildlife.
Only available in March and April, you can find Red Cockaded in cans and on draught at retailers, bars and restaurants. Pick up a few extra packs or buy a round for your friends. After all, charitable drinking is the best kind of drinking.
‘Til next Tuesday, Pint Jockeys!
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Happy First Anniversary to Texas BIG BEER Brewery
Call it a birthday, anniversary or commemoration, but whatever you call it, know this: Texas brewers Tammy and John McKissack just celebrated something BIG – the first full year of Texas BIG BEER in business!
We first introduced you to Texas BIG BEER Brewery in October 2012, when Del Papa Distributing announced it’d be carrying Big Texas Blonde, Renaissance Cowboy and Texas Crude throughout its three distribution areas across 17 counties.
But the brewery’s story actually began earlier that year. In May 2012, the first batch of Big Texas Blonde, brewed in a small building deep in the Big Thicket of East Texas, hit area liquor store shelves. Soon after, the brewery debuted their beer on tap (and floated five kegs in the span of a few hours) at Madison’s on Dowlen in Beaumont.
In the last year, Texas BIG BEER has made appearances at several Texas festivals, held their grand opening to a crowd of over 300, introduced a few new brews to their lineup and expanded their distribution area across much of our great state. Along the way, they began brewery tours, garnered local and national media attention, picked up a coveted award – the Best Porter in the Rockies / Southwest at the United States Beer Tasting Championship for their Texas Crude – and most importantly, gained a loyal following all while developing, perfecting and growing their craft beer lineup.
All that makes for a story – and year – worth celebrating. And so, we tip our bottles back to you, Texas BIG BEER, for making the Lone Star State just a little tastier and a little more home-grown.
May your beer stay cold, malty and BIG, Pint Jockeys!
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Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale
Yeehaw and giddy up, y’all! Aren’t you proud to live in the Lone Star State? Not only does our great state produce some of the best gosh darn people on the planet (we’re looking at you, Pint Jockey) but it is also home to some of the best craft breweries in the world.
That’s why today, in honor of Texas Independence Day, we’re sharing a little more about Southern Star’s Pine Belt Pale Ale. Brewed in Conroe, Pine Belt is a deep copper-colored American Pale Ale. The flavor has a substantial malt backbone, aggressive hop bitterness and notable American hop flavor, achieved by the mix of Galena, CTZ and Nugget hops.
Available in 16 oz. 4-packs and on draught, Pine Belt is a year-round brew. If you weren’t able to try it at our last tasting event, you can certainly get your hands on this favorite now and throughout the year.
And while Texas celebrates its 177 birthday this Saturday, Southern Star Brewing Company will honor its own milestone this month. Next Saturday, March 9, the brewery will celebrate its 5th birthday, and every beer lover is invited! You can find out more details and purchase tickets here.
Until we meet again, raise a glass Texas and happy trails to you, Pint Jockeys!
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Celebrate Texas Independence Day early!
Howdy, Pint Jockeys! In honor of the upcoming Texas Independence Day (March 2), this Texas Tuesday we’re highlighting the all-Texas lineup at this week’s tasting events.
On Thursday, February 21, craft beer lovers in Beaumont, Texas City and Victoria will be among the first to taste the much-anticipated second release in Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel series (read a little more about Bishop’s Barrel No. 2 and where to find it below)! Everyone will also enjoy Saint Arnold Spring Bock, Southern Star Pine Belt, Southern Star Old Potentate, Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle and ZiegenBock!
The bonus beer in Texas City is Cornel’s Maelstrom. Victoria tasting-goers will sample Lone Star Bock and Beaumonters will enjoy Texas BIG BEER Big Texas Blonde.
All tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older. We’ll see you at one of the three Del Papa Distribution Centers on Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m.!
Del Papa Distribution Center * Hospitality Room * 1220 I-45 * Texas City, TX 77591
Del Papa Distribution Center * Hospitality Room * 3907 E. Rio Grande * Victoria, TX 77807
Del Papa Distribution Center * Hospitality Room * 410 I-10 South * Beaumont, TX 77707
And now, a quick bit about Saint Arnold’s newly-released Bishop’s Barrel No. 2: It’s an old ale, aged in Chardonnay barrels with cherries for 14 months. The nose is a combination of sour cherry, oaked chardonnay and a wild yeast character. The taste has cherry and light malt up front, chardonnay in the middle and finishes dry with a distinct tartness. The cherry throughout is a light note, never dominating.
“BB2” is only available in bars and restaurants, so pay an extra visit your favorite stomping grounds this week. We’ll be posting BB2 sightings on our Facebook page, and you can also search the hashtag #bb2 on Twitter.
‘Til Thursday, cheers!
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“Laissez les bons temps rouler” with Saint Arnold Spring Bock
Unfortunately, it’s almost time to hang up our beads and put away our jester hats – Mardi Gras! Galveston 2013 is coming to a close. But not before a fun and festive Fat Tuesday celebration down on the Island. At 6:30 tonight, come meet us as we watch the Krewe of Aquarius Parade revel alongside the Krewes of Gambrinus, Babalu, Thalasar, Baccus and Z Krewe!
As all good things must come to an end, tomorrow we’ll return to our normal lives, void of nightly parades, balcony parties and phenomenal live music. That’s ok, though, because Spring is on the horizon and that means we’ve got some exceptional seasonals and new brews to look forward to, like Saint Arnold Spring Bock.
Saint Arnold’s refers to Spring Bock as the “laziest” of its brews because it takes eight weeks to ferment and age. It’s an authentic German-style Bock with a malty, slightly sweet taste. In line with German tradition, the beer is brewed to a high starting gravity, resulting in higher alcohol content – 6.4% ABV. Serve Spring Bock at about 40 degrees along with roasted chicken or grilled game for an enjoyable spring time cookout.
And speaking of Saint Arnold, next Monday the brewery releases its much-anticipated Bishop’s Barrel No. 2, a funky, old-age ale. We can’t wait!
Check back on Tuesday for a full post on this new release, and until next time, cheers, Pint Jockeys!
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Southern Star Bombshell Blonde
We don’t need any fancy introductions to lead us into this week’s Texas Tuesday post, but nevertheless… You know and love this craft brew (so do we) so give us a drumroll for Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde!
Featured many-a-time in our tasting events and picked as our May 2012 beer of the month, Bombshell Blonde is one of our go-to brews when we’re looking for something dependable yet a little thrilling.
The American blonde ale has a rich, creamy golden color with flavors of yeasty bread coupled with a touch of hops. The fan-favorite is fermented at a cool temperature to give it a clean finish. Bottled in standard 12 oz. 6-packs, 16 oz. singles and on tap, this brew has a milder ABV at 5.25%.
The Conroe-based brewery has been producing Bombshell Blonde since its founding in 2008, and we’ve been enjoying it just as long. Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.
Cheers, Pint Jockeys!
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