Big E and Beer

It seems that the Big E is the place for local and regional craft beer this year and hopefully for a long time to come. They started this year with a New England Craft Beer Pub pouring brews from Maine to Vermont to Connecticut and Rhode Island and all the in between. I liked that they had one of my favorite local brewery Westfield River Brewing from my hometown with their Octoberfest. I had to do another favorite stop at the Vermont building where they had four breweries pouring from that state. Our last stop would be at the Opa Opa Saloon where we would have a big surprise at finding Courtney our favorite bartender from there but gone about a year and a half ago and moved to North Carolina and made a return trip just to help out for the duration of the fair.


IPA pours hazy golden with two finger head and lots of sticky lacing. Nose is citrus more grapefruit with a small pine note. Taste is somewhat mouth puckering with a bitter back bite but the malts smooth it out a little. Served in plastic glass Vermont building at Big E 9/13/13.


Oatmeal Stout pours black with short head and lots of lacing. Nose is all dark rich malt with some earthy aromas. Taste is same as smell with big dark malt flavor don’t know about oatmeal. Served in plastic glass New England Craft Beer Pub at Big E 9/13/13.

Opa Opa

IPA. Pours light amber color with nice head and lots of sticky lacing. Nose of light malts and some citrus/pine notes in there. Taste of wheat malt that’s present at first, then hops kick in, with an even after bite. Nice hoppy bitter bite when cold, then gets smoother when it warms. Served in plastic glass Opa Opa Saloon at Big E 9/13/13.


Saint Arnold E-Mail Newsletter

Saint Arnold Army Newsletter

Dear Saint Arnold’s Army:


Shepherd Plaza Oktoberfest Pub Crawl
on Saturday, September 21


Our annual Oktoberfest Pub Crawl in the Shepherd Plaza neighborhood is coming up next Saturday, September 21. We’ll start this pub crawl at one location, then have an open house between four locations and finish at a final location. The prize for making all of the stops will be a Saint Arnold pint glass! As always, designated drivers are eligible and encouraged! Here is the plan:


2:00 – 3:00 PM: Mucky Duck. This is where we gather to begin and hand out the pub crawl tickets. You must make this stop during this period to get your ticket.


3:00 – 6:00 PM: Visit the following four establishments during this period:

  • Mugsy’s On Richmond
  • Hobbit Cafe
  • Mezzanine Lounge
  • McElroy’s Pub

6:00 PM: Finish at The Stag’s Head. As always, remember that we will be bringing a large but limited number of pint glasses.


We look forward to seeing you out there! Remember to tip your waitstaff well, and that it is bad form to be seen enjoying anything that doesn’t have a little saint in it!


While not an official stop on the crawl, Star Pizza is across the street with some tasty pizza!


First Ever Pub Night at Saint Arnold
Friday, September 13 – 5:00 – 10:00 PM

It’s Friday the 13th, and we’re getting weird at the brewery. For the first time ever, we will open our air conditioned tour hall strictly as a bar and let you choose what you want to purchase. There won’t be an entry fee that night so you will just be able to select beers by the individual glass or bottle.


We’ll have our regular beers on tap as well as BB2 Brett. On cask, we’ll have Elissa IPA, Icon Green and Endeavour. You can also get DR12, DR13, BB4 and even Pumpkinator 2012 by the bottle.


If you get hungry, Chef Ryan will be serving up two different burgers, jerk chicken wings, Frito pies, hand cut frites and pretzels!

See the full Pub Night menu and pricing on our News page.



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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5

There are still a few tickets left for our annual Oktoberfest parties at the brewery (though Saturday is almost sold out).

We’ll have a contest for the King and Queen of Oktoberfest to see who comes outfitted the best. We’ll have a special German dinner prepared by Chef Ryan. We’ll have all of our regular beers plus casks of Oktoberfest and Icon Gold being served from the beer engines all included in the price. We’ll have live music. And of course we’ll have our 2013 Oktoberfest mug.


Here are the details:


Dates: Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Saint Arnold Brewery
Admission:    $45 includes dinner, pretzel, beers, commemorative mug and music


Make your reservations for Friday night here or Saturday night here.


Thursday Night Concerts at Discovery Green


Thursday night concerts are returning to Discovery Green as the weather cools down a bit, so come out to enjoy the live music, tasty beverages and treats. On special nights, you can recycle your six pack (and four pack) carriers for double the points!


All concerts start at 6:30 PM. Here’s the lineup: 


September 19     Robert Ellis
September 26 Ray Wylie Hubbard * Double Points Night
October 3 Young Mammals
October 10 Del Castillo
October 17 Annika Chambers * Double Points Night

Get all the info on Discovery Green’s website.

Houston Homegrown Comedy Show with Saint Arnold

at Houston Improv

Wednesday, September 25 at 8:00 PM  

The Improv has put together a lineup of the some of the best local comics, and we’re going to be there to host the evening. There will be Saint Arnold beer specials, prizes and a lot of laughs. The night will be hosted by own very own marketing guy, Germ. Come laugh with him. (Or at him!)


Tickets are just $5. You can get them here or at the door.


3rd Annual Texas Craft Brewers Festival in Austin
Saturday, September 28 – 2:00 – 8:00 PM

If you’re in or around Austin, this is THE beer festival by and for Texas craft brewers and the Texas craft beer community. We’re going to be breaking out the big guns here, so make sure to get your tickets early – this is a festival that always sells out.

Get your tickets on the Texas Craft Brewers Festival website. 


Other Fun Stuff


Divine Reserve No. 13 Cask Tapping

at Center Court Pizza & Brew, Pearland

Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 PM


Sundown at The Grove

Wednesday, September 18 – 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Special food and beer pairings and our own Chef Ryan as guest DJ!


Divine Reserve Vertical Tasting at 3rd Floor

Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 PM

Featuring Divine Reserve 10, 11, 12, 13


Icon Gold Night at Cork Grinders, Baytown

Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 PM


Indiana Jones Feast at Alamo Drafthouse, Vintage Park

Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 PM
Four dishes inspired by Indiana Jones paired with Saint Arnold beers.

See the full menu and get your tickets here.


Generations Concert Series Kickoff at Cabo Bar, Clear Lake

Friday, September 20 at 7:00 PM


Saint Arnold Night at Capitol Bar, Midtown

Tuesday, September 24 starting at 7:30 PM

With Saint Arnold glassware and $2 off Saint Arnold beer!


Oktoberfest Cask Tapping at Fox and Hound, Willowbrook

Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 PM


Thanks for your continued support!




The Brew Crew

Aaron, Alex, Andrew, Bennette, Beth, Brett, Brock (2), Casey, Chelsea, Chris, Christian, Colin, Crispy, Daniel, David, Deb, Dennis, Donny, Felix, Frank (2), Gonzo, Halston, Jeremy, Joe, Josh (2), Justin, Kathy, Kelsey, Kendra, Kevin, Kim, Lauren, Lennie, Luke, Mark, Mary, Michael (4), Nicole (2), Phil, Ricardo, Robbie, Ryan, Schaefer, Seth, Stephen, Tyler 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

Dogfish E-Mail Newsletter


Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales Off-centered ales for off-centered people
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Dogfish brats now available throughout Northeast

When we started selling beer-infused brats this spring at our coastal Delaware brewery, visitors gobbled them up and asked for more.

Light bulb! Let’s get these brats in stores, we thought. And here we are.

Our four brats – Spicy Espresso, Greek Feta, Heirloom Italian and the classic Bratwurst – are now available at more than 50 Northeast retailers, including Kings Food Markets, Balducci’s, Food Bazaar and Murphys Markets.

They’re the perfect culinary counterpoint to our off-centered ales, but don’t take our word for it. Check out today’s New York Times, where food critic Florence Fabricant calls them “lusty” and “excellent.”

And if it’s our Hard-Tack Chowder and Hop-Pickles you’re looking for, get them online here!

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Off-centered ales on deck

Coming soon to taps and shelves near you …

Punkin Ale: A full-bodied brown ale with pumpkin and spice. Released Labor Day weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for Punkin, ‘cuz it goes quickly! 7% ABV

Bitches Brew: An analog companion to the Miles Davis masterpiece. Bitches Brew fuses three threads of imperial stout and one thread of honey beer with gesho root. 9% ABV

Olde School: A bone-crushing barleywine. A little aging brings out the flavors of the figs and dates that help ferment Olde School. 13-16% ABV

Tweason’ale: Gluten-free with gusto. The hints of molasses and pit-fruit in this sorghum-based beer are balanced by vibrant strawberry and honey notes. 6% ABV

Looking to find Dogfish brews in your neck of the woods? Head over to the Fish Finder, select your brew of choice, enter your ZIP code, and we’ll tell you where it has been delivered in the past 60 days.

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Meet the Dogfish team: Karla Jones

Karla is our newest Brewceptionist! Don’t worry, her partner in crime Big Mama is still on the job. This dynamic duo acts kind of like a conductor for our front desk, helping visitors and co-workers get where they need to be and see the people they need to see. If you’re ever looking for either of these ladies, just follow the laughter! OK, Karla, go!

Best thing about Dogfish?

The laid-back atmosphere. I also love watching the reaction of Dogfish lovers’ faces when they see the treehouse and walk into our tasting room.

Favorite Dogfish Head beer?

That’s easy: 120 min IPA.

What makes you off-centered?

Do you mean my continuous journey to find the source of our unraveling thread of reality? Or maybe it’s my love of paisley, ‘Ancient Aliens,’ ‘Doctor Who’ and stilettos with studs, buckles, grommets and/or chains.

If you could share a craft beer with anyone – past, present or future – who would it be?

Probably one of my great-great-great-great-grandmothers. Or Benjamin Franklin. 🙂

Wanna join the team? Plenty of career opportunities here.

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Piece of the month: 2013 Uber Handle

This is one badass tap handle. Behold, the shark!

Designed by animator Jim Mazza – this year’s seasonal artist – the handle measures just under 12 inches tall and 3.5 inches at the widest point.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

Get yours here.


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Ask Dogfish: Where does your gear come from?

Good question! The answer? It depends.

Just like with our beers, Dogfish Head doesn’t do boilerplate. We figure out what we want to do, then partner with the best people we can find to get the job done.

For example, when we’re working on our T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other stuff, we look for three things: organic cotton, recycled materials and a “Made in the USA” tag. One is good, two is better, all three is the dream.

We also work with Patagonia every year on a line of Dogfish-branded outdoor gear.

Why Patagonia? We believe in the company and its people. Like Dogfish’s off-centered ales, Patagonia’s gear is made with unconventional craftsmanship that makes it worth the investment.

Like what you hear? Have a look around our online store.

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Until next time …

Be social. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+. Cheers!

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Troegs E-Mail Newsletter


Troegs Tales Newsletter
In This Issue
The Brewery Grows!
LaGrave Sneak Peek
Dead Reckoning Porter

Scratch Beer Update
New Tröegs Merchandis
Tröegs Events

The Brewery Grows!
Our 12- and 22oz. bottle filler is fully functional and bottling has resumed. In addition, we have taken delivery of our cork and cage filler, which will allow us to fill both 750- and 375mL bottles and expand our limited releases in conjunction with our barrel-aging program. For our customers, this means more Splinter beers as well as a new series of 375mL bottle releases (see details below)!

Check out this video of our new 12- and 22-oz. bottle filler in action.


LaGrave Sneak Peek  
LaGrave, the first of our corked and caged bottle releases, is inspired by nature’s untamed beauty. Bottle conditioned and highly carbonated, this Triple Golden Ale is steeped in the tradition of strong ales originally brewed in Belgium. The unique Belgian yeast, which is fermented at a slightly higher temperature than normal, forms the bedrock of LaGrave’s complex flavors. Strong and alluring at 8% ABV, LaGrave boasts a sweet, fruity flavor with a well-rounded mouthfeel and semi-dry, lingering bitter finish. LaGrave will be available in 4-packs of 375mL bottles in our General Store as well as select retailers throughout Pennsylvania only. Tentative release date is mid-October.

With the arrival of our new cork and cage filler and the constant growth of our barrel-aging program, LaGrave will serve as the base beer for a variety of future Splinter Series releases. “LaGrave is a seed that will grow in many different directions,” says John Trogner. “We’re excited to see where it takes us!”


Dead Reckoning Porter Learn More
Our fall seasonal, Dead Reckoning Porter, is now available in 12-oz. bottles and 1/2-barrel kegs throughout our entire eight-state distribution footprint. “The outstanding taste and flavor of Dead Reckoning originates in the chocolate and roasted malts,” says John Trogner. “There is a nice hoppiness in the front of the beer, followed by a rich, smooth cocoa mouthfeel.” Since we still have plenty of time left in the grilling season, you can pair Dead Reckoning with a variety of BBQ and smoked meats as well as roasts and blackened fish. Dead Reckoning is also part of our Anthology #2 variety case, which also includes Tröegs Pale Ale, HopBack Amber, and DreamWeaver Wheat.

Scratch Beer Update Learn More
Fall is an insanely popular time of year for beer releases, and our brewers have been tirelessly brewing up a horde of new Scratch beers over the past few weeks for your imbibing pleasure.

After a soft release at August’s “Full Moon Firkin” event, Scratch #111 – HopCyclone Harvest Ale has hit our draft lines in the Tasting Room. The bold hop bill starts with Columbus and Crystal hops for bittering. We then further intensify the aroma by adding plenty of whole flower Mt. Hood hops to our hopback vessel. Finally, we apply a healthy dose of Galaxy and Motueka hops via our HopCyclone during dry-hopping to push this beer over the edge. The result is an aggressive IPA-style Harvest Ale with plenty of lip-smacking juicy hop goodness and a tinge of dry spiciness due to the addition of a small percentage of rye malt. Scratch #111 is also available in cases, six-packs, and single bottles through our General Store.

Next up is our annual Fest Lager to commemorate the German tradition of Oktoberfest. Although it boasts more of a hop presence than most Festbiers, Scratch #112 still maintains the classic malt character that you’ve come to expect from the style. Scratch #112 is currently available on draft in our Tasting Room as well as in cases, six-packs, and single bottles through our General Store.

Scratch #113 – IPA, another interpretation of a Session IPA, is now available in our Tasting Room. An exercise in minimalism, we brewed this session-strength IPA with just two hop varieties and one type of malted barley. Although we kept ingredients to a minimum, Scratch #113 packs maximum flavor and aroma. The one-two punch of Cascade and Centennial hops delivers a fresh citrus-forward aroma and clean, bitter grapefruit finish. Scratch #113 is available on draft only.

Finally, look for our annual Fresh Hop Ale in the next few weeks. As usual, we will release this enduring fan favorite on draft in the Tasting Room and in bottles through our General Store.

Be sure to check our Tasting Room draft list for updates. We’ll also be sure to keep everyone up to date through Facebook and Twitter.

New Tröegs Merchandise Learn More 
Stroll on over to our e-store for some brand new Tröegs merchandise including new apparel designs and some other sweet items. Fresh off the printing press, we have brand new Women’s HopBack Amber T-shirts. These soft tees are available in a unique earthy green with a colorful, artistic take on our classic HopBack logo. Perfect for autumn wear, we also have new Men’s DreamWeaver Wheat T-shirts in dark brown. These 50/50 poly/cotton blended shirts feature a unique weizen glass design with the classic DreamWeaver font. For Tröegs fans on the move, we have brand new custom messenger bags embellished with the classic Tröegs Brewery logo. Also, our Tröegs metal bar trays have been a big hit since we introduced them back in July. These decorative and functional trays are 13-in. in diameter and feature a colorful Tröegs logo. All of these items are also available right in our General Store at the brewery, so be sure to stop in and one of our friendly clerks will be happy to assist you!

Tröegs Events Learn More
From dinners and tastings to tap takeovers and festivals, our brewery reps are constantly out and about bringing our beer to the masses! Check out these great Tröegs events during the month of September.

Fri. 9/6 – Grand Opening @ Smoked, 1201 West Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA – 5:30 to 7:30pm
Thu. 9/12 – Tröegs Beer Dinner @ Ulysses American Gastropub, 1716 Marsh Rd, Wilmington, DE – 6pm
Thu. 9/12 – Scratch Beer Deck Party @ Brewhouse Grille, 2050 State Rd, Camp Hill, PA – 5 to 8pm
Sat. 9/13 & Sun. 9/14 – Wine & Beer Fest @ Heritage Vineyards, 480 Mullica Hill Rd, Mullica Hill, NJ
Thu. 9/19 – Full Moon Firkin @ Tröegs Brewery, 200 E. Hershey Park Dr, Hershey, PA – 11am
Thu. 9/19 – Tap Takeover @ Barcade, 1114 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA – 7pm – More than 15 Tröegs taps!
Thu. 9/19 – Tröegs Night @ Growler & Gill, 148 E. Rt. 59, Nanuet, NY – 5pm – Featuring Scratch #107 “Beet It” Saison!
Fri. 9/20 – Beer Fest @ Joe Canal’s, 1075 Mantua Pike, West Deptford, NJ – 6 to 10pm
Tue. 9/24 Scratch Beer Throwdown @ Al’s of Hampden, 2240 Millennium Way, Enola, PA – 7-9pm – 6 Scratch beers, giveaways, firkins and more!
Wed. 9/25 – Tap Tussle @ Penn Social, 801 E St NW, Washington, DC – 5 to 8pm – 6 taps and glass giveaway!
Fri. 9/27 – Tröegs Extravaganza @ Wooden Keg Liquors & Hempen Hill BBQ, Hagerstown, MD – Enjoy a Tröegs sampling from 4 to 6pm at Wooden Keg followed by a Tap Tussle at Hempen Hill from 6 to 9pm!
Fri. 9/27 – Tröegs Pint Night @ Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, 41 Virginia Place, Buffalo, NY – 5pm
Sat. 9/28
Cape Cod Brewfest @ Barnstable Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy, East Falmouth, MA – Two sessions (1-4pm and 5-8pm)
Mon. 9/30 – Tröegs Beer Dinner @ The Biltmore Cafe, 1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA – 5-course dinner paired with Tröegs beers including Scratch 109 (Tropical Stout)!

For a complete listing of Tröegs events, please click HERE.

Brew Tour

Tröegs Brewing Company
200 East Hershey Park Dr. Hershey, PA 17033 | 717.534.1297

Hell’s Beer

Holly shit is all I can say for my visit to Smith’s Billiards for their Stone triple threat night on Thursday that started at 6pm, along with bike night and free concert at Stearns Square, there were motorcycles packed in for a good two block radius. Smith’s was almost packed but I found some room and ordered a four sampler of the three Stone brews along with a had to try stout by Ballast Point called Sea Monster, all for of my 4oz samples were excellent and Josh that bartends this night would give me a 4oz sample of the Bruery sour stout called Tart of Darkness which was the most sour and tart brew I have had so far. I would finish up the evening there with a pint of Founders Red’s Rye PA and check out the concert and motorcycles on my way home.

Enjoy by 9.13.13 pours golden with good head and sliding lacing. Nose of citrus and floral aromas. Taste is hop mouth bite and bitterness. 4oz sample at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13 9.4%.
R&R Coconut IPA pours golden with good head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose of coconut and  floral aromas. Taste is all coconut with nice easy bitter mouth. 4oz sample at 7.7% at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13.
17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung pours golden with good head and sliding lacing. Nose is malt with pine/floral note to it. Taste is bitter with a malt back bone to it with nice after bite. 9.5% 4oz sample at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13.
Ballast Point
Sea Monster pours black with good head and sliding lacing. Nose of sweet rich dark malt. Taste is big on equallyroasted malt with deep chocolate/espresso flavors along with a hint of alcohol. very good at 10% 4oz sample at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13.
Red’s Rye P.A. pours red with good head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose of a slight sweet malt note. Taste is full of malt flavor along with a big hop bitterness mouth to it. 6.6% served in pint glass at Smith’s Billiards on 9/5/13.






Midweek out 9/4/13

This week with good stuff pouring at Smith’s Billiards I would check it out and find that Thai would be couching a couple of gentle men on their foot ball picks with their laptops in hand. Emmy would split her cup cake with me soon after the wait staff ate their evening meal which was excellent and I thanked her big time. Sierra Nevada beer camps two of them where pouring and I had not had the #94 yet but that would be my second pick and the first was Green Flash Surf’s up IPA. I also learned that tomorrow night they would be doing a three tap that over of Stone Brewing at 6pm and vowed to be back for that.

Green Flash

Surf’s up Symposium IPA pours hazy golden with good head and sliding lacing. Nose is citrus and floral aromas that are most strong. Taste is up front mouth biting and an overall back bitterness that’s Badassbeer! Gets smoother when warm. Served in stem glass 14oz 7% at Smith’s Billiards 9/4/13.

Sierra Nevada

Sleight of hand “Belgian-style Black IPA beer camp #94” pours black with good head and sliding lacing. Nose of sweet fruit and malt aroma along with a yeast presents. Taste is big on dark rich malt/porter flavors along with a hop bitterness and fruit back side. very good served in stem glass at 14oz 8.5% at Smith’s Billiards on 9/4/13.


This is Emmy!


Dual beer weekends

Last weekend and this one our visit to Wandering Star would find Chris and Shannon on vacation to England, but in their stead was Brett and Leah which was a nice change even though only shortly. Our lunch stop on 8/24 would be the Old Forge I love their wings and the rotating taps. Now this holiday weekend in New England would be uncertain with the down pours from thunder storms then sun. We would cut the weekend short and head out on Sunday with a suggestion from the badassbeerwife that we go to Bennington Vermont for lunch to Madison brewing where we haven’t been to in a while. Lunch was excellent they had my favorite a Rachel sandwich along with a great Hopback IPA to wash it down, I would finish up with old 76 their strong ale and leave with my first German style growler full of the IPA. With it still being late afternoon/early evening I wanted to check out McLadden’s Pub in Northampton which was great with their 105 tap but we would only have one!

Great Divide

Rumble IPA pours amber with great head that stays on the way down with loads of sticky lacing. Nose of pine and resin notes some citrus to it. Taste is big on up front mouth bitterness with a nice malt back bone and a lingering after mouth. Very friggin good served in English pint glass at Olde Forge 7.1% on 8/24/13.

Madison Brewing

Hopback IPA pours amber with good head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose is citrus grapefruit with a nice malt aroma also. Taste is big on malt and hop bitter mouth that’s great. Served in pint glass at brewery on 9/1/13.

Old 76 pours dark red with good head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose is all malt with a sweetness and a small fruit aroma. Taste is big and full of rich malt goodness and also like the smell has a fruit like plum flavor? Served in pint glass at brewery on 9/1/13.

Mad River

Steelhead Double IPA pours amber with good head and lots of lacing. Nose is semisweet of malt and a fruit aroma in there. Taste is big with an upfront mouth bite and an overall after bite as well which makes this a Badassbeer. served in snifter 8.6% 10oz at McLadden’s on 9/1/13.