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Dear Saint Arnold’s Army:

Reminder: Santo Claus Pub Crawl

in the Rice Village this Saturday

For all the details, click here.

Belgian Pale Ale, the 1st Icon Release,

Coming December 10

It’s been about a month since we’ve come out with something new, and we didn’t want you to think we were resting on our laurels. Please welcome the Icon series of beers.

Here is what it is:

  • A beer series that we have been planning since at least 2006, and maybe earlier.
  • As originally conceived, these beers would be iconic of their styles. That concept has morphed greatly over the past six or seven years. Now Icon releases may, or may not, be iconic of their styles.
  • Each release will be available for about three months. You should not have to take off work to get these beers. But feel free to.
  • We may rerelease the same Icon again in the future. Or maybe we won’t.
  • We will be releasing Icon in four packs of 12 oz bottles. The four pack carriers will be color coordinated with the bottle labels, but the carriers will not have the beer style printed on them. The bottles will include the beer style on the label and a little description on the back of the bottle.
  • The four pack carriers are recyclable with us just like the six pack carriers. They count the same value as a six pack since the carriers cost us the same.
  • There will be four color combinations used in the Icon series packaging: Red/Black, Blue/Black, Gold/Black, Green/Black.
  • Icon will also be released on draft.
  • Most of the Icon releases will be from recipes conceived and refined by our brewers. Occasionally, a recipe inspired by a winning entry from the Big Batch Brew Bash will be released in this series.
  • Icon releases will probably be in the 4% to 8% ABV range.
  • Stronger special releases will be reserved for the Divine Reserve series.

Saint Arnold at
Reliant Stadium

You can find Lawnmower and Seasonal near Sections 108, 117, 126. Amber and Lawnmower can be found at the end zones on the third level. Amber can also be found near Sections 506 and 536 and at all four Barley and Hops on the Club level.

Current Seasonal:

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The first Icon will be a Belgian Pale Ale. Here is brewer Sam’s description:

"I was going for an approachable Belgian beer that people could drink more than one of. I wanted to use a simple malt bill with British crystal malts to provide a nice sweetness that doesn’t get muddled with the yeast character and the hops. To add an American element, Chinook hops were used for bittering, which adds a piney flavor. Saaz hops were added for aroma that blends well with the yeast. I selected a yeast that adds Belgian yeast character without going overboard with phenols. I wanted to make a beer that used ingredients from disparate brewing traditions that worked well together."

The Belgian Pale Ale will be packaged in the red/black labels and carriers.

"When and where can I find the Belgian Pale Ale?" you may now be asking. Here are the details:

Monday, December 10: It will be available in package and on draft in the Houston area only. While available at some grocery and liquor stores, initially it will not be available at two of our biggest retailers, Kroger and HEB, as we did not get the paperwork approved in time (our bad!) but hopefully it will be appearing in these stores about a week later. We’ll let you know when this happens.

Monday, December 17: Non-Houston markets will receive their first shipments of Belgian Pale Ale kegs but not bottles.

Late January 2013: It will be available in package and draft everywhere.

6th Annual Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown:

Call for Cooking Teams

Think you have a cooking team that can combine a Saint Arnold beer and all your secret ingredients and make something better than anybody else? Now is your chance. Put together a cooking team for the 6th Annual Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown on Sunday, January 27, 2013. This is a call for cooking teams only.

To get the details, please go to Team entry fee is $100. To register your team, follow this link. Team slots will fill up quickly. Probably today.


Ticket sales for the general public will be announced at a later date in a separate newsletter.

Meet the Brewers Night at Smashburger

in The Heights on Thursday, December 13

Starting at 6:30 PM, come to the Smashburger at 174 Yale St., bring your coupon, enjoy a tasty burger along with the carefully paired Saint Arnold beer. And then share your thoughts on the burger, the beer, or perhaps fluid mechanics, with a Saint Arnold brewer.

Annual Tapping of the Last Cask of Christmas Ale
at The Stag’s Head on Tuesday, December 18

This party began many years ago when we only made about four casks of Christmas Ale. Before that, Christmas Ale casks were made only for our employee Christmas Party.

The Stag’s Head event has turned into an annual tradition of a Christmas party with many of the brewing and homebrewing community showing up to enjoy Christmas Ale, tasty hors d’oeuvres and the fellowship that surrounds all that we do.

What: Last Christmas Ale Cask Tapping
Where: The Stag’s Head
Address: 2128 Portsmouth
Date: Tuesday, December 18
Time: 6:00 PM till ?

Other Fun Stuff

Mistletoe Madness in Market Square this Saturday evening!

Come watch our winning couple, Sean and Nena, get married along with a big party that we’re all invited to. Watch "Love Actually" in the park and much, much more. Click here for all of the details.

Grow a Donegal, Win an iPad

Just planting the seed that our Donegal Beard Growing Competition will commence on January 1 and finish at our St. Patrick’s Day Party. More details to come. Perhaps you’ve been inspired while watching the Abraham Lincoln movie.

Tour Price Going to $8 Starting January 1, 2013

Still the same fun and great value!

Sailing Santa Cask Tapping at BRC
Friday, December 7 at 5:00 PM

Saint Arnold Beer Dinner at Whole Foods Sugar Land
Saturday, December 8 at 5:00 PM
See menu and
get tickets here.

Divine Reserve 12 Tapping at Chili’s Pearland (Silverlake Village)
Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 PM

Speakeasy Night and Winter Wonder Wear Contest at Beaver’s
Monday, December 17 at 6:00 PM
Bishop’s Barrel 1, Divine Reserve 12 and Icon will be available.

Christmas Ale Cask Tapping at Baker St. in The Woodlands
Tuesday, December 18 at 5:00 PM

Sailing Santa Cask Tapping at Guru in Sugar Land
Wednesday, December 19 at 6:00 PM

Sailing Santa Cask Tapping at Cedar Creek
Thursday, December 20 at 6:00 PM

Launch Party at Boneyard
Thursday, December 27 at 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Now serving Santo:

8150 Washington Ave.

Thanks as always for all of your support. Remember to recycle your six pack carriers. And starting Monday, your four pack carriers too!


The Brew Crew
Aaron, Beth, Brett, Brock, Casey, Chris, Crispy, Claire, Daniel, David, Deb, Dennis, Donny, Felix, Frank, Frank, Gonzo, James, Jeremy, Joe, Josh, Josh, Justin, Kathy, Kelsey, Kendra, Kevin, Kim, Lauren, Lennie, Mark, Mary, Michael, Michael, Nicole, Nicole, Pedro, Phil, Ricardo, Robbie, Sam, Seth, Stephen and Vince

Tour HallTours Weekdays at 3 PM and
Saturdays between 11 AM and 2 PM




Saint Arnold Brewing Company | 2000 Lyons | Houston | TX | 77020

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