Variety is the spice of life they say. And that couldn't be truer when it comes to food and drink. I'll save the food for another day, because a recent experience of mine that inspired this post definitely centered on drink. The craft brew industry in Texas has exploded in the last decade, and what were once small microbreweries like St. Arnold, Real Ale, and Karbach have become household names among beer lovers. If you are a Victoria resident or visitor and enjoy sampling some high-quality brews, I very much suggest attending the Pint Jockeys Beer Tastings at the Del Papa Distribution Center, located at 3907 E. Rio Grande St. Held on the third Thursday of every month, they typically host a representative from one of the state's notable craft breweries that the company distributes. Oh, and did I mention that the tastings are completely FREE? This past tasting in February, Matt Lorfing of Houston's Karbach Brewing Co. stopped by to tell the crowd of about 50 tasters a bit of Karbach's history and more details on the beers being offered that day. These weren't your everyday light beers either, with such offerings as the Rodeo Clown Double IPA, Weekend Warrior Pale Ale, Weisse Versa Wheat Bavarian-style hefeweizen. If that gets your mouth watering a bit, then the Pint Jockeys Beer tastings are definitely for you.