Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pumkinator on the table at beer tasting

The labels on some of these products are as interesting as what’s inside the bottle. See, and taste for yourselves. The Pint Jockeys are headed to Del Papa Distributing to share seasonal and rare brews. The Oct. 18 event will feature favorites from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Rogue, Left Coast Brewing, Woodchuck and Rolling Rock, and introduce Shock Top fans to a bold new seasonal. Tastings are free and open to adults ages 21 and older.
 Loo for: The October tasting event will feature:

·         Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – Pumpkinator is a big, black beer full of spice and flavor. Originally released in 2009 as Divine Reserve No. 9, the imperial pumpkin stout soon became a Saint Arnold seasonal regular. Brewed at 10% ABV, Pumpkinator has a combination of pale two row, caramel and black malts; Cascade and Liberty hops for a background hop flavor; pumpkin for a rich mouthfeel; and molasses and brown sugar. One sip will remind you of mom’s homemade pumpkin pies.

·         Rogue Dead Guy Ale – A German Maibock characterized by a deep honey color and rich, full flavor. Dead Guy Ale is available in special 22-ounce and 64-ounce glow-in-the-dark bottles and is also available in six-packs and on draft.

·         Left Coast Voo Doo – Voo Doo is a full bodied, dark brew that is rich and malty with plenty of roasted barley character. This hearty stout is layered with flavors of roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee coming from the highest quality imported malts. Its creamy long lasting head completes the brew, tempting your taste buds to be spellbound.

·         Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat Ale – A bold new Shock Top seasonal, this wheat ale is brewed with midnight wheat, chocolate malt and chilies and delivers an indulgent flavor appropriate to celebrate the end of the world.
·         Woodchuck Special Release Pumpkin Cider -- Woodchuck has combined its signature hard cider taste with a refreshing pumpkin finish for their Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider. Limited to just two and half hours on the production line, this is a true connoisseur's cider.

·         Rolling Rock – This American-style Premium Lager is a light-bodied lager with a rich malt character. At 4.5% ABV, Rolling Rock has a distinctive taste and subtle hop character.
When can you try this out? 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Del Papa Distribution Center Hospitality Room, 410 I-10 South in Beaumont. Here’s the background: This past year a group of beer fans launched The Pint Jockeys blog and Facebook page to help raise awareness for craft beer in Southeast Texas. The Pint Jockeys invite fans to join them online and at the monthly tasting events to share craft-beer related news and opinions. For more information on Pint Jockeys, visit or

Sea plants in your pocket
Genesis Today’s GenEssentials comes in single servings to keep you going. You have to be careful with energy “shots,” so be careful of these carry-alongs that are popping up everywhere. You want one as natural as possible and even then, you may want to ask your doctor about them. This company has a Greens offering with nutritional support of “nutrient-rich green superfoods, land and sea plants, superfruits, vegetable powders, antioxidants and so much more.”
I’ve tried Genesis Today Pure Energy™ Organic Goji Energy Shot  that’s organic with a good berry flavor. Here’s what was in it that fueled me through a garage sale full of early-bird shoppers: “120 mg of natural caffeine (derived from guarana and tea leaf extract), goji, and B-vitamins which work together to naturally support your body's energy levels and your mood.*”  These are low in calories for the punch they pack. I like it in Acai, too. Learn more at:
Skinny Coffee Vanilla Latté™ and Skinny Coffee Creamy Cappuccino™ blends with pure green coffee bean extract sounds tempting, too.

I confess, when I was a kid and tried my first gazpacho, the thought of a cold vegetable soup made me uneasy. I didn’t like it. My mom’s club made this traditional Spanish dish with cream and it’s now a different story. Mom served me some in a cup, garnished with parsley and with cheese crackers, after a round of hot, outside work. I couldn’t stop having the thought “refreshing.” The flavor was so delicate. Some regions feature more or less tomato, make it white with fruit or green with avocado, thicker with bread or more tart with vinegar. I’m on board, and wouldn’t mind trying each variation Spain has to offer.

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