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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.

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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.

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.

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