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Pint Jockeys host October beer tasting

By by bianca r. montes/bmontes@vicad.com - BMONTES@VICAD.COM
Oct. 16, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.

Javie Salinas, Del Papa Distribution salesman, pours a sample of Woodchuck Hard Cider's special reserve pumpkin for his wife, Laurie Salinas, at the Pint Jockeys' sampling event in September.

Javie Salinas, Del Papa Distribution salesman, pours a sample of Woodchuck Hard Cider's special reserve pumpkin for his wife, Laurie Salinas, at the Pint Jockeys' sampling event in September.

By Bianca R. Montes

From spicy seasonal aromas to Belgian white ales with an extra kick of flavor, the beer-guzzling Pint Jockeys are digging deep into their fall repertoire to introduce craft beers to the masses.

The free monthly tasting, which is designed to show off what is new and seasonal from the Del Papa Distributing portfolio, gives enthusiasts an opportunity to try it before they buy it.

Joby Stortz said during the September event that having attended the event has refined his craft beer palate and allowed him to experiment with beers he'd normally be afraid to buy.

Rodney Norrell, brand manager for craft and specialty beers at Del Papa Distributing, said during the tasting in September that there's not a lot of science that goes into the beers they choose for the event.

"We chose what's new and seasonal," he said in September.

The tasting events are designed to raise awareness for craft beers in a state where light beers tend to rule.

"We wanted to give people a chance to try new and interesting beers," Norrell said. "It just kind of felt like a logical thing to do."

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