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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.

Beer tasting

• WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Thursday

• WHERE: Del Papa Distribution Center Hospitality Room, 3907 E. Rio Grande Ave., Victoria

• COST: Free

Selection

•  Karbach Weekend Warrior - American pale ale with a medium, frothy head and aroma heavy on the hops and pine scents. Flavor notes include grapefruit, citrus and pine.

•  Karbach Krunkin' Pumpkin - Flavor has a moderate balance of pumpkin and spice. It pours a deep, dark brown with toast and spice aromas.

•  Saint Arnold Pumpkinator - This imperial pumpkin stout is Saint Arnold's answer to how a pumpkin beer ought to taste. This year's version comes in at 10 percent alcohol by volume.

•  Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout - Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deep Atlantic Ocean. Featuring a deep malt flavor profile with notes of espresso, baker's cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke. This brew is a massive malt-monster.

•  Texas BIG Beer Beeriac IPA - This Indian Pale Ale is packed with hops and full of citrus and piney flavors and a hint of caramel sweetness. Its medium carbonation makes it drinkable for such a heavy IPA.

•  Southern Star ProAm - This year's Southern Star Brewing Co. PromAm is an Irish-style Red Ale by 2010 competition winner Ed Condon, of Houston. Southern Star just introduced this truly original ale, dominated by rye and caramel tastes with additional spice and distinct stone fruit flavors.

•  Shock Top Belgian White Ale - Shock Top shakes up traditional tastes with this spiced Belgian-style wheat ale, made with real orange, lemon, lime peels and a little coriander for an extra kick.

Source: PintJockeys.com

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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