Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing Company celebrates 20 years and is oldest craft brewery of all Texas Breweries
Saint Arnold Brewing Company was founded in 1994 in Houston, Texas by Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol. The two friends chose Houston because, other than living there, this was the largest city in the country that did not have a microbrewery at the time. They were committed to building this local business and believed they could educate Houston locals about alternatives to the then-popular, mass-produced light lagers that dominated the are. Now, twenty years later, Saint Arnold is Houston’s largest craft brewery with national awards and recognition for its distinctive portfolio of 17 different beers.
Brock Wagner has a long history with beer that actually starts before he was born. His great-great-great grandfather came from Alsace in the mid 1800’s and opened Wagner’s Beer Hall in San Francisco (it’s now the oldest existing bar in the city and has since been renamed The Saloon). Brock grew up in Cincinnati and Brussels, which were both big beer brewing towns, where he was exposed to many of the world’s best beer styles.
While in college at Rice University, he took up home brewing and hoped one day he would open a microbrewery. After graduating, Brock spent six years in investment banking working on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions projects, but in the mid 1990’s, decided it was time to follow his dream of brewing and teamed up with Kevin Bartol to establish Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company was named after the patron saint of beer brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz, which in English is Saint Arnold. Each of the large brewing vessels in the brewery is named after the lesser patron saints of brewing and many of the beer labels depict a modernized image of the Saint.
Saint Arnold was originally located on the far northwest side of Houston, a location that held for more than fifteen years before the brewery moved to its current larger facility in the Northside district of downtown Houston in 2010. Here, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoon, and pours a selection of Saint Arnold beers, all of which are inspired from Brock Wagner’s home brewing recipes. This new brewery location has the maximum capacity to brew over 100,000 barrels.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company currently brews over 20 craft beers many of which have earned medals at national beer competitions and beer festivals. Even more impressive is that Saint Arnold was recently ranked #48 on the Brewers Association list of Top Craft Breweries in the Country. Saint Arnold has won plenty of other national and international awards including Mid Size Brewery of the Year 2017.
Along with the brewery and beer tour, the Saint Arnold Brewing Company location also has a cathedral inspired restaurant and beer garden. Their restaurant menu offers a delicious selection of pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and shareable plates.
The Texas brewery has an extensive list of remarkable year round beers, seasonal beers, and occasionally offers single batch brews. Their beers can be found in bars, restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores and warehouse stores scattered throughout Texas and Louisiana. As one of the oldest breweries around, the goal of Saint Arnold Brewing Company is to brew world-class beers and deliver them to customers as fresh as possible, making them the best beers in Texas and Louisiana.
Some of the most popular year round beers are: the German-style Kölsch, Lawnmower; the Classic blonde ale with a crisp and refreshing twist, Headliner; the bright American Saison, Daydream; the Bohemian Pilsner-style, 5 O’Clock Pils; the Saint Arnold Amber Ale, named after exactly what it is; the Bavarian-style lager, Guten Tag; the crisp sessionable Pale Ale, Pub Crawl; the lower ABV American IPA, Citrodos IPA; the fruity light-bodied Berliner Weisse, Raspberry AF, and of course, so many more.
At the brewery, Saint Arnolds small crew is in charge of everything, from brewing the beer, to filtering the beer, bottling the beer, putting the beer in kegs, selling the beer, and of course, drinking the beer. The crew finds all of this to be a passion, rather than a job, and they feel this shows through their beers.
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