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Lawnmower 

A true German-style Kölsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. We use a special Kölsch yeast, an ale yeast that ferments at lager temperatures, to yield the slightly fruity, clean flavor of this beer. Lawnmower is a world class brew yet light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after strenuous activities, like mowing the lawn.

Saint Arnold Lawnmower is best consumed at 35-45° Fahrenheit.

Recommended pairings: Blackened fish, salads, and grilled veggies.

Original Gravity: 1.045 (11.4° Plato)
Bitterness: 18 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.9%


Lawnmower and Kölsch

Why is Lawnmower so refreshing?
What makes the Kölsch style unique?

Read More About Lawnmower and the Makings of a Classic Beer Style


 
  • Malty30%
  • Hoppy30%
  • Body20%
 
Awards
  • Gold Medal, Great American Beer Festival, German-Style Kölsch, 2010
  • Gold Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Kölsch, 2007
  • Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Kolsch, 2006
  • Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Kölsch, 2000
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
True to style, this beer is brewed with just pale malted barley and a dash of malted wheat. We import the world's best pils and wheat malts to create the light yet rich malt body.

Hops:
We use a single hop variety in this beer: Hallertauer Hersbrucker. Four separate additions to the brew kettle create the delicate flavor and aroma of this classic hop.

History and Trivia

Debuted September 2000.

We developed this beer because we wanted a slightly delicate beer in our portfolio, and one with a crisper, hoppier character than the Texas Wheat. We settled on Kölsch for the style.

When it came to naming the beer, we performed our typical expensive, highly sophisticated consumer research program. We made a sheet of paper with five potential beer names on it: Select, Blonde, Kölsch, Golden and Fancy Lawnmower Beer. We then went around to any parties or bars we were at and handed out these sheets to have people rate their perception of the quality of the beer with each name on a scale of 1 to 5. If we just averaged the totals, Golden would have won. People rated Fancy Lawnmower Beer either a 1 or a 5, but all anyone wanted to talk about, no matter what they rated it, when they handed their questionnaire in was Fancy Lawnmower Beer.

This beer has a distinctive floral hop aroma. This, combined with the power of suggestion leads many people to inform us that this beer tastes like grass. No it doesn't, silly. And stop smoking so much of it.

Research has also found this beer to be perfect for tailgating at Texans game. Especially on those crisp, fall days at the beginning of the football season in August. In Houston. In a paved parking lot.

 

Headliner

A refreshing twist on the classic blonde ale style. Select Northwest American hops provide a light citrus twist alongside a clean, crisp malt character to create a harmony of flavors. At 4.3% ABV, Headliner is the perfect beer to headline your night. Or your day. Your float, your tailgate, your BBQ... this beer will Headline Your Everything.

Bitterness: 19 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.3%

 
  • Malty30%
  • Hoppy20%
  • Body30%
 
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
Pilsner

Hops:
Hallertau Hersbrucker and Centennial

Yeast:
English Ale

History and Trivia

Debuted March 2020.

The art for Headliner was created by Houston artist and friend of Saint Arnold, Carlos Hernandez of Burning Bones Press. He's the man behind our Santo design, and we've worked with him several times over the years. As we settled in on a throwback feel for this beer, we knew Carlos was our guy.

 

Comeback Wit

A classic Belgian-style Witbier with a subtle aroma of coriander and orange peel and a distinct Belgian yeast character. The complexity of flavors in this medium-bodied ale make it crisp and refreshing.

Original Gravity: 1.049
Bitterness: 17 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.4%

 
  • Malty40%
  • Hoppy20%
  • Body40%
  • Yeast Character80%
 
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
Pilsner, White Wheat, Rolled Oats

Hops:
Sterling, Cascade, Hersbrucker

Yeast:
Wit

Spices:
Orange Peel, Coriander

History and Trivia

Debuted September 2020.

This beer is an homage to three animals featured in the Houston Zoo's Texas Wetlands exhibit - the bald eagle, American alligator, and whooping crane. All are animals that came back from near extinction, much like the witbier style itself. A portion of the sales from Comeback Wit will support our friends at the Houston Zoo.

 

Daydream

Daydream is a bright American saison with American hops and Belgian yeast. It has a floral and fruity aroma with quite a bit of citrus and tropical fruit notes. It has a slight breadiness from the malt, a spicy and fruity Belgian yeast character, and a nice citrus hop flavor. Its dry finish invites you in for another sip.

Original Gravity: 1.044 (10.9° Plato)
Bitterness: 24 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.2%

 
  • Malty30%
  • Hoppy30%
  • Body30%
 
Awards
  • None yet, but give it time!
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
50% Pilsner, 40% White Wheat, 10% Golden Naked Oats

Hops:
Centennial and Amarillo (Only whirlpool hops. No other hops additions.)

Yeast:
French Saison

History and Trivia

Debuted September 2018.

Theory of relativity. Gravity. Post-it Notes. All of these have something in common: they were discovered while their originator let their mind wander and dream. Now, we can add our newest year round beer to that list, thanks to the dreaming mind of our head brewer Eddie. Eddie's dream started with the flavor of a beer and led the brewing process. When he took his first sip, he immediately awoke. Eddie knew he had to make the beer of his dream come to life. The result is Daydream.

With this beer, we only add hops to the whirlpool. This allows us to get as much hop aroma as possible without extracting too much bitterness.

 

Santo 

Santo is a black Kölsch, which technically doesn’t exist as a style, but this is as close as we can come to describing it. Essentially it is brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malt. It is light bodied and floral yet with a distinct dark malt flavor. Our goal was to create a dark yet refreshing beer that would pair perfectly with a plate of enchiladas.

The label artwork is by Houston artist Carlos Hernandez who is known for his Day of the Dead Rock Star series of paintings and prints.

Original Gravity: 1.045 (11.4° Plato)
Bitterness: 18 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.7%

 
  • Malty40%
  • Hoppy30%
  • Body30%
 
Awards
  • Bronze Medal, World Beer Cup, American-Style Dark Lager, 2012
  • Silver Medal, World Beer Cup, American-Style Dark Lager, 2014
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
This beer is brewed with a combination of pale 2 row, pils and Munich malted barley along with a small amount of black malt. We import the world's best pils malt to create the light yet rich malt body.

Hops:
We use a single hop variety in this beer: Hallertauer Hersbrucker. Four separate additions to the brew kettle create the delicate flavor and aroma of this classic hop.

Yeast:
We use our traditional Kölsch yeast in this beer, fermented on the cooler side.

History and Trivia

Debuted October 2011.

This beer has been about five years in the making and started as a project to rename Brown Ale. We asked Texas artist Carlos Hernandez, known for his Day of the Dead Rock Star paintings, to do his interpretation of St. Arnold. It morphed into what is now the Santo label. We loved the artwork, but it also made us decide to come up with a new beer to match the artwork. This is backwards from how we normally work. Between many test brews, going down a couple different style paths, building the newery and moving equipment, the process ended up taking several years. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results though. It has become the favorite post-shift beer for our brew crew. What – you don’t have post-shift beers at your place of work?

 

Orange Show 

A blonde ale with real blood oranges. A strong citrus aroma comes from blood orange purée added during fermentation and the choice of citrusy hops. The combination of sweet, bitter and slightly tart flavors make it a balanced, light bodied beer.

Original Gravity: 1.050 (12.5° Plato)
Bitterness: 21 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.3%

 
  • Malty40%
  • Hoppy20%
  • Body30%
 
Awards
  • None yet, but give it time!
History and Trivia

Debuted March 2018.

Each batch of Orange Show uses 2,200 lb of real blood orange purée. That translates to about 1/2 lb per gallon.

A portion of the proceeds from this beer will be donated to the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to promote arts education in Houston.

 

Amber Ale 

A well balanced, full flavored, amber ale. It has a rich, malty body with a pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. A complex hop aroma, with a hint of floral and citrus comes from a combination of Cascades and Liberty hops. It has a rich, creamy head with a fine lace. The light fruitiness, characteristic of ales, is derived from a proprietary yeast strain.

Saint Arnold Amber Ale is best consumed at 50 - 55° Fahrenheit.

Recommended pairings: Hamburger, fried seafood, & hearty soups.

Original Gravity: 1.054 (13.7° Plato)
Bitterness: 32 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.2%

 
  • Malty50%
  • Hoppy50%
  • Body40%
 
Awards
  • Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Ordinary or Special Bitter, 2018
  • Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Ordinary or Special Bitter, 2017
  • Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Bitter, 2005
  • Bronze Medal, World Beer Cup, Special Best Bitter, 2004
  • Third Place - American-style Pale and Amber Ale, Real Ale Festival, 2000
  • Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Extra Special Bitter, 1999
  • Gold Medal, All American Brew Fest, Pale Ale, 1997
  • Silver Medal, World Beer Championships, Pale Ale, 1996
  • 1st Place - Colorado State Fair, American Pale Ale, 1995
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
We use only malted barley. No other grains or cereals such as corn or rice are used. Our 2-row pale malt comes from the Northern Plains (Minnesota and Wisconsin). Our specialty Caravienne malt is imported from Belgium.

Hops:
We use Pacific Northwest hop varieties. The addition of Cascades early in the brewing process gives the ale bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. More Cascades are added in the middle of the brew to give a pleasant hop flavor. We finish with Liberty hops, a "Noble" variety, which gives a round, soft hop aroma.

History and Trivia

Debuted June 1994.

Saint Arnold Amber Ale is our flagship product and our first official brew.

When asked how many test batches were brewed in creating the Amber recipe, Brock Wagner quickly replies, "Six."

We have heard rumors that we've changed the Amber Ale recipe. While we did tweak the recipe a little bit during the beer's first three months, it hasn't changed since then. Which means we're still brewing the same Amber Ale recipe we brewed at the end of 1994!

Saint Arnold Amber is the movie star of the bunch. If you look for it, you can spot the Amber tap handle in the movie Miss Congeniality. (The location is supposed to be a bar in San Francisco but it's actually the Dog and Duck Pub in Austin!) Also, in The Evening Star, you can spot Juliette Lewis' character's boyfriend in a Saint Arnold front-logo t-shirt. Later in the movie you can spot the characters drinking Amber Ale at the Pig Stand.

When our first production batch of Amber Ale was released, we discovered that we had inadvertently brewed an IPA. While quite tasty for an IPA, it wasn't what was intended and we noticed all the non-hopheads (the majority of people) at the opening party making funny faces. There were 17 people in Houston who loved it and they complained bitterly when we corrected the recipe.

 

Guten Tag

Guten Tag is a traditional Bavarian-style lager with a crisp and clean flavor. The malt provides a nice toasty and bready complexity through the use of decoction, while the hops are restrained to allow a soft and elegant finish.

Original Gravity: 1.058 (14.3° Plato)
Bitterness: 21 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.8%

 
  • Malty70%
  • Hoppy30%
  • Body40%
 
Awards
  • None yet, but give it time!
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
Munich

Hops:
Perle and Hersbrucker

Yeast:
Bavarian Lager Yeast

History and Trivia

Recipe debuted September 2017 as Icon Red - Märzen.

Debuted September 2019 as Guten Tag.

 

Pub Crawl

Way back in 1995, we wanted to come up with a fun event that was allowed under the then-current beer laws of Texas. Pre-announced promotions at specific locations were forbidden, but a pub crawl with only hints given as to where the stops would be was legal. It was then that the Saint Arnold Pub Crawl - part pub crawl, part scavenger hunt - was born. Our first one had 25 attendees and included a sit down dinner for the entire crew at the now-defunct Village Brewery in Rice Village.

The laws have since changed, but our Pub Crawls have continued. We now host them almost monthly around the Houston area and our other markets. To add to this tradition, we're debuting a beer that's hoppy, balanced and - at 4.7% ABV - perfect for enjoying throughout a Pub Crawl.

This crisp, sessionable Pale Ale is brewed with a combination of hops: Centennial hops at the beginning of the boil for bitterness, and Amarillo and Galaxy hops at the end for the bulk of the flavor and aroma. Two Row Pale and Maris Otter English Pale malts give the beer a slight color and tiny amount of sweetness. Golden naked oats malt lend a nutty, more full-bodied flavor, and the London III yeast accentuates the hop flavor and aroma.

Bitterness: 48 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.7%

 
  • Malty35%
  • Hoppy70%
  • Body30%
 
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
Two Row Pale, Maris Otter English Pale, Golden Naked Oats

Hops:
Centennial, Amarillo, Galaxy

Yeast:
London III

History and Trivia

Debuted January 2017.

 

Low Dose

Close your eyes and see: IPA Enlightened.

A flavorful low calorie session IPA using techniques we've learned from late hopping. Hopped with Bru-1, a new hop varietal with juicy pineapple and melon flavors, this beer will enlighten you.

Bitterness: 32 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.4%
Calories: 118 per 12 oz serving

 
  • Malty20%
  • Hoppy60%
  • Body20%
 
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
2-row, Golden Promise, Golden Naked Oats

Hops:
Bru-1, Citra Incognito, Citra, Simcoe

Yeast:
Kölsch

History and Trivia

Debuted August 2020.

Low Dose uses a unique hop product known as Incognito®, a 100%, all-natural hop product crafted to deliver highly concentrated flavor and aroma.

 

Citrodos IPA

Citrodos IPA is an American IPA with lower ABV and IBU than typical of the style. It has a glowing golden hue with off-white head that lingers through the glass. The aroma has pronounced citrus and tropical fruit notes. The hop flavor from the Citra and Centennial hops begins with orange and grapefruit character, with a honeydew finish balanced by a graham cracker malt sweetness. Citrodos IPA finishes clean and dry.

Bitterness: 32 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.9%

 
  • Malty30%
  • Hoppy70%
  • Body30%
 
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
Two Row, Vienna, Carared

Hops:
Citra and Centennial

Yeast:
Saint Arnold House

History and Trivia

Debuted January 2019.

 

Elissa IPA

A traditional India Pale Ale, the Elissa IPA is very hoppy with a properly balanced malty body. Elissa has huge hop additions in the kettle that give it a wonderful bitterness and is then dry-hopped in the fermenter to create the pleasant floral, hoppy nose. Our reverse osmosis water makes the bitter very soft with no harsh notes to it. The maltiness is derived from British Maris Otter malt. Its rich flavor stands up to the hops that would otherwise dominate this beer. The Elissa is an authentic version of an India Pale Ale (IPA) style.

Recommended pairings: Any style of seafood, Indian food, & spicy Thai.

Original Gravity: 1.061 (15.5° Plato)
Bitterness: 52 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.1%

 
  • Malty60%
  • Hoppy70%
  • Body50%
 
Awards
  • Silver Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter, 2010
  • Silver Medal, World Beer Cup, International IPA, 2008
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
Made with all British malt. The base malt is Maris Otter, augmented with some medium crystal malt.

Hops:
We use a single hop in this beer: Cascade. This is a distinctive American hop noted for it’s citrusy flavor. We make three hop additions in the kettle as well as a large dry-hopping in the fermenter. Our Elissa IPA is pure, with no additives or preservatives. In order to maintain the freshest flavor possible, we do not pasteurize our beer. Many of its subtle flavors are delicate and would not stand up to the heat of pasteurization. We recommend that this product be stored cold to avoid any degradation in flavor.

History and Trivia

Debuted March 2004.

We had wanted to brew an IPA for several years, but our water was too high in calcium carbonate which tends to impart a harsh bitter to such beers. It was not until we installed our reverse osmosis system that we could do so. Reverse osmosis takes the water coming into the brewery with about 300-500 ppm dissolved solids and strips it down to about 5 ppm. We then can add back only the minerals that we want. This way, we can recreate the brewing water of anyplace in the world. Actually the RO system improved all of our beers. And lets us brew a delicious, hoppy IPA!

This beer is named after ELISSA, a tall ship now moored in Galveston. Ships like ELISSA were used in transporting IPAs to India.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company donates a portion of the proceeds of this beer to the Galveston Historical District for preservation of this ship.

IPAs were first brewed in the late 1700s in England for transport to the British colony of India. The high level of hops combined with higher alcohol levels worked as preservatives to keep the beer good over the long voyage to India where conditions were not conducive to brewing.

A small portion of Elissa IPA is routinely drained from the fermenters, dry-hopped, cask-conditioned, and delivered to select local pubs and served from old-fashioned beer engines.

 

Art Car IPA

Art Car IPA is an American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest.

The nose is a blend of apricot and tropical fruit and mango. The taste starts with a big bitter blood orange that morphs into mangos and sweet tropical fruits. There is a lightly sweet malt body that allows the hops to shine while maintaining a nice complexity to the flavors.

Original Gravity: 1.063 (15.5° Plato)
Bitterness: 55 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.1%

 
  • Malty50%
  • Hoppy80%
  • Body45%
 
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
Made with 2-Row Pale, Cara 45 and Carafoam malts.

Hops:
The hops used during the boil - Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe - are reminiscent of the West Coast style and provide pine notes. A generous dry hopping of Amarillo, Simcoe and Mosaic brings out the tropical mango and citrus aromatics.

Yeast:
The use of a special yeast provides a more fruit forward aroma and flavor than the standard Chico yeast commonly used in IPAs.

History and Trivia

Debuted August 2015.

The Art Car IPA name was inspired by the fleet of hand painted Art Cars created by local artists for Saint Arnold. The label artwork was designed by renowned Houston graffiti artist GONZO247, who has painted four Saint Arnold Art Cars.

Seven of our brewers competed to have their recipe chosen for this beer. From there, we narrowed it to five recipes from two brewers.

We did three brews of the final recipe, each with a different yeast. Our final choice was a new yeast for us.

 

Juicy IPA

An IPA bursting with hop flavor and aroma. It has a soft bitterness followed by a refreshing juicy sweetness that doesn’t end cloying. Add the tropical aroma, and it’s a beer you’ll keep coming back to.

Bitterness: 44 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.1%

 
  • Malty30%
  • Hoppy60%
  • Body50%
 
Ingredients

Malted Barley:
2-row, Vienna, White Wheat

Hops:
El Dorado, Citra, Mosaic.

Yeast:
English Ale

History and Trivia

Debuted March 2020.

 

Raspberry AF

Raspberry AF is a fruited Berliner Weisse. It is a light bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer brewed with lots and lots of real raspberry. The flavor is an upfront, thirst quenching raspberry delight, followed by a tart and dry finish, making your palate thirst for more.

Original Gravity: 1.035 (8.9° Plato)
Bitterness: 7 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 3.6%

 
  • Raspberry100%
  • Raspberry100%
  • Raspberry100%
 
Ingredients

Malt:
This beer is brewed with wheat (60%), pilsner and Vienna malts. It is centrifuged but not filtered so expect some amount of haze in the beer.

Hops:
There is a small addition of Hallertau Hersbrucker hops added during the short boil of this beer.

Yeast:
Fermented with Kölsch yeast.

Raspberry:
3,000 lb of 100% real raspberry purée is used in each batch.

History and Trivia

Debuted March 2017.

 

Root Beer

Big, sweet, flavorful and old-fashioned!

Saint Arnold Root Beer is made with Imperial Cane Sugar (absolutely no high fructose corn syrup) and lots of yummy (but secret) flavorings. The cane sugar gives it a sweetness and mouthfeel that cannot be achieved through corn syrup. The flavors explode in your mouth. The only way to improve on our Root Beer is to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Calories: 140 (per 12 fl oz)
Sugars: 36 g

 
  • Delicious100%
 
History and Trivia

We noticed that we had a lot of families attending our tours with their children. As giving the kids beer, while legal in the state of Texas as long as they were with their parents, was frowned upon, we decided we needed an alternative. Root beer seemed like a fun idea.

And so the research began. Making root beer is much more of an immediate gratification process compared to beer. You heat up some water to dissolve the sugar, then you cool it down and add the root extracts. Most of the extracts are from real plants, but some, such as sassafrass, have pesky carcinogens in them and thus we opted to replace those with artificial flavors. We developed a good root beer base, but we wanted a great root beer so we started playing around with small amounts of other natural flavors. We finally found one that worked great and went with that. We could tell you what it is, but then we'd have to kill you. If we did tell you, you would immediately recognize it. Nobody has come up with it though without being prompted.

We use all cane sugar in our root beer which is stupidly expensive because of government controls on sugar pricing and imports. It creates a great mouthfeel to the root beer though and gives a much fuller sweetness than the thin sweet taste one gets with high fructose corn syrup.

We actually make no money on our root beer. We make it for fun and put no effort into selling it. Sales continue to climb on it even without our trying though. Oh well.

Strange fact: drinking root beer gives you very refreshing burps. It's the wintergreen.