Christmas Ale Pub Crawl Part II
Next Saturday, December 14 in Rice Village
This is Part II of our Rice Village Pub Crawl with six stops. We are utilizing our "open house" schedule for the first five stops. This means that we'll be signing tickets at all of the first five stops for four hours so people can split up between the establishments. You will get your ticket at whichever stop you decide to visit first. But, VERY IMPORTANT, we will only be handing out the tickets between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Thus, you still need to start between 2:00 and 3:00.
Then, at 6:00 PM, everybody will gather at the final stop, and that's where we will award the prizes. The prize for making all five stops will be a brand spanking new Pub Crawl pint glass. That's right - clear a fresh spot in your cupboard. We'll have a large but limited supply. As always, designated drivers are both eligible for the award and encouraged to attend! So here is the layout:
The first five locations:
- The Ginger Man
- Baker St. Pub & Grill
- Little Woodrow's
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- 55 Bar & Restaurant
And the final stop at 6:00 PM:
- Brian O' Neill's
Now, for our annual tips for maximum enjoyment:
- Precoating: Try to eat something before commencing the crawl.
- Pacing: Too many Christmas Ales at the first stop is a critical strategic mistake. This is known as "Sprinting Too Early" which is not advisable in this, a distance event. Can have negative repercussions later.
- Manners: Be patient with bar staff. Remember, 700 or so people will be descending upon a poor crew. They will be working as fast as they can. Also, it is considered very good manners to tip well everywhere you go. This creates good "beerma".
- Cash: Bring cash! This pleases the bar staff and the people standing behind you. Cash is fast. Credit cards are slow. They cannot run tabs for 700 people.
- Buddy System: Make sure that you are always in contact with a couple of people you know. One of you is bound to notice that the pack is starting to move on to the next stop. This prevents the disoriented feeling of looking around an empty bar and realizing that the only three people still in there are guzzling some inferior malted beverage and may be related to the missing link.
- Make New Friends: As everyone on this crawl will be intelligent and good looking, this is an excellent place to meet new people. Also, you will note that some people become better looking as the crawl wears on. If this occurs, be sure to consult your Buddy System partner.
- Designated Driver: Yes, we encourage this strongly. You never know when you might decide to run for president. And even the designated drivers on the crawl qualify for the prize. While pregnant wives are perfect for this role, it is known to be poor judgment for a husband to claim that this is the best part of her being pregnant. See "Mood Swings."
- Enjoy Saint Arnold Beers: It is in poor taste to be seen quaffing anything else. Ever. See "Curse of Saint Arnold."
7th Annual Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown™
Call for Cooking Teams
Think you have a cooking team that can combine Saint Arnold beer and all your secret ingredients to make something better than anybody else? Now is your chance. Put together a cooking team for our 7th Annual Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown™ at the Brewery on Sunday, January 26, 2014. This is a call for cooking teams only.
See our One Pot Showdown™ page for all the event details, and sign your team up via this link. Team slots will fill up quickly. Probably today.
The team fee is $100, and there are no refunds on the team fee. Please only signup if you know for sure your team can participate. If you register a team, please make sure you complete the signup and payment portion. If you do not complete the payment, your registration will not be completed and you will not be registered.
This year, when you signup a team there is an option for advance purchase of up to four tickets for your friends and family to attend the event. You DO NOT need tickets for you and your teammates to get in - that is covered in the team fee. If you want others to attend the event starting at 1:00, they will however need a ticket. This is the ONLY time we will offer early tickets for the teams, so please go ahead and purchase them now.
Ticket sales for the general public will be announced at a later date in a separate newsletter.
Movie Night at Saint Arnold: Bad Santa
Monday, December 23
Tired of all the good cheer and stupid stupid heads with their stupid Christmas cheer? Fight back and head to The Brewery on Monday, December 23 for a night of being bad. Really, really, bad. We've partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow for the third consecutive year for movie fun in our parking lot and, this time it's the Billy Bob Thornton "classic" Bad Santa. This event is 21 and up ONLY and remember, the movie is a hard R.
Please bring your own chair. There will be food from our kitchen available for purchase as well for CASH ONLY! The menu will be announced closer to the event.
Also, since December 23 happens to be Festivus, before the movie starts we'll have an Airing of Grievances Contest, so get your best insults ready. For a refresher on the rules of Festivus, check this out. Feel free to bring your own aluminum pole.
$15 admission includes the movie and two pints. Additional beers will be available for purchase. We'll open the taps at 6:00 and start the movie promptly at 7:00.
Get your tickets here.
Dickens on The Strand, Galveston
Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 8
We are excited to be a part of an Island tradition during the 40th Anniversary of Dickens on The Strand. Saint Arnold beers will be available all over the festival grounds (yes, you will be able to make merry with Christmas Ale, among others) so enjoy them while watching the parades and enjoying the festivities.
Get all the information and your tickets here.
Also, make sure to head out to our Afterparty at Brews Brothers on Saturday. Starting at 9:00 PM, they'll be featuring a Christmas Ale cask, Endeavour, Brown Ale, Elissa IPA, Icon Red and Sailing Santa.
This party began way back 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 the last cask of Christmas Ale, tasty hors d'oeuvres and the fellowship that surrounds all that we do.
Saint Arnold MS 150 Bike Team Sign Up
We are now opening up the team for 2014 to everyone.
This is for our BP MS 150: Houston to Austin team.
April 11-13, 2014
IMPORTANT DATE! Registration through the MS Society is as follows:
Thursday, October 10: General registration opens through the MS Society
IMPORTANT NOTE!!!! This year you will have to provide a password when you select our team when you signup with the MS Society. Use the password Santo when you signup. If you are getting friends or family to join you on the team this year who have not ridden with us before, PLEASE TELL THEM THAT HAVE TO REGISTER WITH US AND WITH OUR TEAM ON THE MS SOCIETY SITE! We have had problems in previous years with people signing up with us on one site but not on the other.
2014 Team benefits:
Tent in La Grange
Tent in Austin
Dinner in La Grange
Breakfast in La Grange
Lunch in Austin
Meetings at brewery
Beverages in La Grange & Austin
To sign up, follow the link below and fill out the registration information. There will be a place for you to complete your $120 team fee as well. In the form it will ask you the following information:
Jersey size (standard club jersey sizing; VOmax, there are men's and women's sizes listed)
ARE YOU A VEGETARIAN? (please answer)
Follow this link for registration and payment.
To be placed on our team, you must complete all of the requested information and complete payment through PayPal. You don't have to have a PayPal account to use it for signup.
YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE MS150 TO RIDE WITH US. We do not register for riders. All of our riders are expected to raise the minimum of $400 required by the MS150.
Tailgating to Start with the Regular Season
We will be tailgating in the platinum lot of the stadium before all of the home games again this season. To come by and enjoy this private party, you must be on our exclusive guest list. To get past the velvet rope, make sure to email email@example.com between Monday and Wednesday each game week. We do have a limit to how many beautiful people we can accommodate, so the earlier each week you email the better.
Other Big Fun in the City
Tap Takeover and Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest at Brasil
Saturday, December 7 - Beer Taps at 4:00, Contest at 5:00 PM
Featuring DR13 and Pumpkinator draft, Sailing Santa cask and BB5 bottles.
Prizes for sweater winners!
Sailing Santa Cask Tapping at Guru Burgers & Crepes, Sugar Land
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM
Saint Arnold Beer Dinner at Tibideaux's New Orleans Kitchen, Beaumont
Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 PM
$35 per person - call (409) 347-1256 for reservations.
GONZO247 Art Gallery + Our Own Executive Chef Ryan as Guest DJ
+ Tap Takeover at Liberty Station
Thursday, December 12 at 8:00 PM
Saint Arnold Night & Unofficial Chive Meetup at Exit 73 Bar & Grill
Friday, December 13 at 9:00 PM
Benefiting Toys for Tots. Wear a Saint Arnold shirt and get a special prize!
Duel Cask Night at Shamrock's Pub, Humble
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 PM
Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale casks - or get a blended Sailing Santa!
Tacky Christmas Sweater Party at Baker St. Pub & Grill, Sugar Land
Thursday, December 19 - 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Featuring Pumpkinator, BB4, BB5, DR13, Endeavour, Santo and Christmas Ale.
Saint Arnold Night & Unofficial Chive Meetup at Tewbeleaux's, The Woodlands
Friday, December 20 at 9:00 PM
Specials on Saint Arnold for everyone wearing a Saint Arnold or The Chive shirt!
Saint Arnold Happenings in North Texas
Holiday Beer Tastings at The Ginger Man
The good folks at The Ginger Man - both Fort Worth and Plano locations - are getting in the holiday spirit by hosting a Holiday Beer Tasting on Saturday, December 7. They'll be featuring their seasonal beers and pairing each one with small bites of food. On the Saint Arnold side of things, they'll be serving Bishop's Barrel No. 4 - our Weizenbock aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs.
Both events start at 3:00 PM. Reservations are required - give them a call to get your tickets.
Also this month, Christmas Ale will be the featured beer at The Ginger Man Plano on the evening of Monday, December 9. If that doesn't make it feel like Christmas, maybe the wintery weather outside will.
Sailing Santa Cask Tappings
This year we casked some of our Sailing Santa - a blend of Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA with spices. It's perfect for the holiday season. You can get in on the goodness at Jack Mac's Swill & Grill on Thursday, December 12 at 5:00 PM.
World of Beer Arlington will be tapping their cask conditioned Sailing Santa on Thursday, December 19 at 5:00 PM. You may as well wish yourself a Merry Christmas a few days early.
Other Fun Stuff
We Love Local at Whole Foods Park Line
Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8
Featuring $1 off Endeavour pints and growler fills all weekend.
Dallas Winter Warmer at Main Street Garden
Saturday, December 14 - 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Beer Festival featuring the big beers of the winter season including
stouts, porters, barley wines, barrel aged beers, and winter seasonals.
Get all the info and tickets here.
Christmas Ale Night at World of Beer Arlington
Monday, December 23 at 5:00 PM
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale Night at The Ginger Man
Monday, December 9 at 6:00 PM
Get in the holiday spirit with some of our über-yummy Christmas Ale at one of Austin's best beer bars!
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale Night at Zax
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 PM
Zax is one of the best casual dining/drinking establishments south of the river, and they will be serving up our Christmas Ale in a drinking vessel - as it should be.
LaBarbecue Grand Opening on the East Side
Saturday, December 14 - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
One of our favorite BBQ trailers has moved to the east side at E. 6th St. and Waller, and we will be sampling some of our fine beers to celebrate their new location.Come by and get one of John Lewis' famous beef ribs and a cold beer til 2:00 or whenever the meat and beer is gone!
Christmas in the Dog Park
at Dogboy's Dog Ranch, Pflugerville
Sunday, December 15 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Bring your dog and your family to enjoy the exclusive Dog Park and support the Austin Humane Society. And sample some tasty Saint Arnold beverages too of course!
Get all the info and RSVP here.
Saint Arnold Happenings in San Antonio
The Boucherie at South Texas Heritage Pork
Sunday, December 8 - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Local chefs John Russ and Pieter Sypesteyn are showcasing their Louisiana roots by throwing down Cajun style and cooking it up from nose to tail at South Texas Heritage Pork. The day kicks off with a traditional grit and grillades brunch, followed by an afternoon of demonstrations of classic recipes using the whole hog. The Sunday afternoon supper at 3:00 will feature the dishes the chefs have demonstrated throughout the day.
See all of the ticket options and purchase yours here.
Specialty Cheese Plates with Saint Arnold Beers
at Whole Foods Vineyard
Thursday, December 12 at 4:00 PM
Whole Foods Vineyard will be serving up specialty cheese plates offered with Pumpkinator, Icon Gold, Weizenbock and Christmas Ale. They'll start at 4:00 PM on Thursday, December 12 and continue until you drink all the beer. No growler fills of the specialty beers please.
Also at Whole Foods Vineyard this month, you can get $2 off your growler fill when you bring your Whole Foods growler on Tuesday, December 24 and/or Monday, December 30. We'll have a Christmas Ale on tap on the 24th and some other Saint Arnold goodness on the 30th.
You can also find me there on Sunday, December 29 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM sampling out some tasty Saint Arnold brews. Just in time for your New Year's Eve festivities.
Goodbye to Shiner Restaurant & Bar
Shiner Restaurant & Bar is closing, and we want to wish Randy and the whole team the best of luck in future endeavors. Of course, they're going out with a bang with a final beer dinner on Saturday, December 14 featuring Bishop's Barrel No. 4 paired with the third course.
The dinner is all booked up, but you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waiting list in case of cancellations. See the menu on their Facebook page.
Housemade Sailing Santa at Stella Public House
Monday, December 16 at 6:00 PM
Come out to Stella Public House to enjoy some housemade Sailing Santa - a blend of our Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA. If you've enjoyed a few bottles of Sailing Santa this holiday season, you'll definitely want to try it in its original form as well. There might even be some Saint Arnold glassware there for you too.
Fancy Lawnmower Now Available
at Saltgrass Steak House
Next time you're in the mood for a great steak and a great beer, you can get both at your nearest Saltgrass Steak House. They're now serving our Fancy Lawnmower in bottles - that's a nice pairing.
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