Del Papa Distributing and the Pint Jockeys are back for another year of tasting events and they have decided to start the 2014 year out big. Not necessary big in terms of size, but “big” in the sense of kicking the year off by inviting a Big brewery to the event. Here is some background information:
Event: Pint Jockeys/Del Papa Monthly Tasting
Location: Del Papa Distribution Center, 1220 I-45, Texas City
Date and Time: Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
January’s featured brewery is Texas Big Beer, a Buna, Texas brewery now in its second year of operation. Texas Big Beer owners/founders John and Tammy McKissack will be present, ready to talk big beer and serve up products from the Texas Big Beer portfolio such as:
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 1800’s, 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.
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.
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. Flavors include much of the same, including sugary and fruity notes. The body is medium and thick with a sweet, malty base and sweet, smooth finish.
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.
Czar of Texas – A Russian Imperial Stout, this ale pours an opaque brown-black with a heavy, cinnamon-brown head. The beer is extremely well balanced and in true Imperial Stout fashion, is packed with intensely malty, deeply roasted and fruity flavors. With the perfect level of intensity on the tongue, Czar packs both smoky and savory elements including baking chocolate, dried fruit and vanilla with a restrained sweetness that leads to a long and dry finish.
As always, the monthly tasting is FREE of charge to those 21 and older. Del Papa isn’t far from downtown Houston, so set aside some time and make your way to Del Papa Distributing this Thursday and start your 2014 year in a big way, courtesy of Texas Big Beer, Del Papa, and the Pint Jockeys.
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