Icon Blue - Coffee Porter: Now Available in Six Packs

For our next Icon, brewer Eddie knew he wanted to make a Coffee Porter. His test brewing process began with developing the beer, then seeking out the perfect coffee. The base beer was a lighter, chocolately porter, not overly roasty - the coffee would add that.

After the beer recipe was finalized, we needed to find the right coffee. For that, we went across town to visit our friends at Java Pura Coffee Roasters. They were happy to help (they must have figured they'd end up with some of the finished product - smart folks). With their help, we were able to find the coffee that would work best in the beer.

We ended up adding 45 lbs of their ground Espresso blend to the beer after fermentation. Adding ground coffee rather than brewed makes the finished beer fruitier and more aromatic. The fresh, raw coffee aroma we were seeking illustrates why using a high quality coffee is important.

The result of all this is Icon Blue, a medium bodied porter with a balance of chocolate, roast and coffee flavors. There is a mild sweetness that is balanced by both the coffee and the combination of Bravo and Willamette hops.

Beginning with this release, our Icon series will be available on draft and in six packs of 12 oz bottles. That's 50% more beer!

Learn more about Icon Blue - Coffee Porter.

Pub Nights at Saint Arnold

Here's our New Year's Resolution: We're going to host Pub Nights in our Beer Hall every Friday evening! Okay, there will be a few exceptions here and there, but we'll have exactly 47 Pub Nights this year. Essentially, our Beer Hall hours on Fridays will now be 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

The way Pub Nights run won't change. We'll continue to tap rare beers from our cellar and one-off concoctions from the minds of our brewers. Our kitchen will continue to serve up tasty treats. You showed up in droves to play Trivia last month, so we'll be bringing back Geeks Who Drink and other fun activities throughout the year.

Upcoming Pub Nights:
- Friday, February 12
- Friday, February 19 (Geeks Who Drink Trivia)
- Friday, February 26

Pub Crawl in The Heights
Saturday, February 13 - 2:00 - 6:00 PM

We're taking over White Oak on Saturday, February 13 for our annual Spring Bock Pub Crawl in The Heights, which is always one of our biggest Pub Crawls of the year.

We'll utilize our usual open house schedule for the first six stops - this means you can visit them in any order. You'll get your ticket at whichever stop you decide to visit first, and from there you'll visit the rest of the stops. We will be handing the tickets out between 2:00 and 3:00 PM only, so make sure you get out there by 3:00.

At 6:00, everybody will gather at the final stop, and that's where we will award the prizes. The prize for completing the Pub Crawl is a brand new Saint Arnold Pub Crawl pint glass. We'll have a large but limited supply. Designated drivers are always eligible for the award and encouraged to attend! Here's the layout:

Hit these spots between 2:00 and 6:00:
- Little Woodrow's
- BB's Cafe
- Jimmy's Ice House
- Fitzgerald's
- Public House Heights
- Christian's Tailgate

At 6:00, head to the final stop:
- Onion Creek

Saint Arnold Bratwursts are Back!

Our delicious beer brats are returning to a grocery store near you - just in time for your Big Game grilling session. These sausages are made with our beer - Amber Ale and Santo. Their recipes are the same as before, but now they've got fancy new labels! You should see them at HEB and Central Market stores throughout Texas the first week of February.

How do they taste? With Amber Ale, the rich, malty body and caramel character produces an all-around flavorful brat. The dark malt flavor of Santo results in a brat with a hint of roast. Both of them, as you might imagine, pair excellently with the beer they are made with. Oh, we recommend that for your party too.

These brats are a collaboration with Smithfield-Farmland, the largest pork supplier in the US. They are as passionate about producing high quality products are we are about brewing world class beers. These brats are made with high-quality USDA-inspected cuts of domestic pork and our beer - shipped fresh from Texas. They contain no MSG.

Upcoming Fun on Twitter and Periscope

Here at Saint Arnold, we love brewing beer. We also really enjoy talking about it and bringing you behind the scenes of the brewing process. With Twitter and Periscope, we can show you the belly of the beast.

On the first and third Thursday of each month, we'll be hosting an #AskASaint session on Twitter. With these, a member of our Brew Crew will take over our account to answer your questions. Beer will always be a topic, but you're welcome to ask anything really. Our next #AskASaint session will be on Thursday, February 4 with Aaron, Brewer and Wood Cellar Manager.

We've also been using Periscope to broadcast live video from different areas of the brewery. We'll broadcast every Wednesday, with other days sprinkled in here and there. With the Periscope app on your phone, you can watch our broadcasts and ask us questions while we are live. Let us know what you want to see!

We'll also be featuring photos of some rescue animals belonging to our employees and you, our lovely supporters. If you have a rescue animal you'd like featured on our social media, snap a nice photo of him/her with a bottle of Ale Wagger and/or wearing one of our collars. We'll make your pet famous! Email photos to jeremy_johnson@saintarnold.com.

Fly Fishing Film Tour at Saint Arnold
Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 PM

This event is for our fly fishing enthusiasts. Every year the Fly Fishing Film Tour, or F3T, travels around the country bringing world class fly fishing films to local angler communities. The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade. If you've been, you know what we're talking about.

Tickets are $30 and include your beer for the evening. The films will be screened in our front parking lot thanks to Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales and auction items benefits Southeast Texas Chapter of Heroes on the Water.

Doors open at 6:00 PM so please come early to enjoy a pre-event social gathering to meet and make new friends. There will also be vendors on hand to display equipment and answer questions. Film starts promptly at 7:00 PM. This is a BYOChair event.

Get your tickets here.

Valentine's Day Beer & Cheese Pairing
Sunday, February 14 - 3:00 - 5:00 PM

This event is now sold out.

Forget chocolates. Cheese is where it's at for Valentine's Day. And beer, of course. On Sunday, February 14, we'll be pairing our handcrafted beers with Texas made cheeses selected and brought by the Houston Dairymaids. It's an afternoon at the brewery perfect for couples and groups alike.

We'll have a few of the cheesemakers on hand to discuss the cheeses, and we'll be talking about the beers. Reservations are $25 per person.

Ride Safe with Uber + Saint Arnold

We always look forward to the holidays and all of the special events and parties that accompany the season. This is why we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Uber on a safe rides initiative. We are grateful for all of the support our customers give us throughout the year and thought this was a great way to show our appreciation.

Saint Arnold is partnering with Uber to promote responsible choices and safe rides this holiday season. Use promo code SAINTARNOLD to sign up for Uber and your first ride will be free (up to $20 off).

Sign up today.

For every first ride taken with this code, Uber will donate $1 to Neighborhood Centers, a local organization that supports community engagement and economic development in low-income communities throughout the Houston area. Also, whenever you take an Uber ride from Saint Arnold’s brewery for the next two months, we’ll donate another $1 to Neighborhood Centers and you’ll be automatically entered to win free Uber rides.

Learn more here.

Ride with the Saint Arnold Bike Team

Our Bike Team is now full. See y'all in La Grange!

If you were on our team last year or rode for another team, you have to have raised your required $400 for the MS Society to be on the Saint Arnold team for the 2016 ride. All of your questions will hopefully be answered on this email, please read through everything and reply if you have any other questions.

This is for our BP MS150: Houston to Austin team.
April 16-17

IMPORTANT DATE! Registration through the MS Society is as follows:

Thursday, October 15: 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 Bishop 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! Every year we have problems with this, please help us out.

2016 Team benefits:
Team jersey
Tent in La Grange
Tent in Austin
Dinner in La Grange
Breakfast in La Grange
Lunch in Austin
Luggage transportation
Team t-shirt
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:
Phone #
Jersey size (standard club jersey sizing; VOmax, there are men's and women's sizes listed)
T-shirt size
ARE YOU A VEGETARIAN? (please answer)
Payment Information

Please note, receiving this email does not mean you are automatically on the team. 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. Please don't wait too long!

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.

Other Big Fun in the City

Saint Arnold Package at Magnolia Hotel - Houston
The perfect spot to begin and end your Saint Arnold's experience. Special package includes two complimentary Saturday tour passes (which gets you two souvenir glasses and four 8 oz samples), a bucket of Saint Arnold beers upon arrival and complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the brewery.
Book via this link.

Mario Kart Tournaments at Axelrad Beer Garden
Every Sunday at 7:00 PM
Free to play tourneys with Saint Arnold prizes,
plus $3 Fancy Lawnmower drafts and $25 Saint Arnold can buckets.

Chili Throwdown at Onion Creek
Saturday, February 20 at 11:00 AM

Saint Arnold Happenings in North Texas

Saint Arnold at The G-Man

Saint Arnold Brewery Night at Plano Location
Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 PM
Featuring specialty keg tapping.

Saint Arnold Brewery Night at Uptown Location
Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 PM
Featuring specialty cask tapping.

Saint Arnold Brewery Night at Lakewood Location
Tuesday, February 23 at 6:00 PM
Featuring Art Car IPA cask tapping.

Chili Cook Off at Fort Worth Location
Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 PM

Other Fun Stuff

Vegan Beer Dinner at Eloise, El Paso
Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 PM

Tap Takeover at Papa Dio's, El Paso
Wednesday, February 10 at 5:00 PM

Saint Arnold Beer Dinner at Common Ground, El Paso
Thursday, February 11 at 5:00 PM

Tap Takeover at Whole Foods, Uptown
Friday, February 12 at 5:00 PM
Featuring specialty keg.

Colorfest at The Bearded Lady, Fort Worth
Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00 PM

Boiler Room with Syrups at Flying Saucer, Addison
Thursday, February 18 at 5:00 PM

Sweetness Rally at The Bearded Monk, Denton
February 19 at 6:00 PM

Boiler Room and Icon Blue at Braindead Brewing
Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 PM

Divine Reserve No. 13 Cask Tapping at Kool Keg, Arlington
Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 PM

Saint Arnold Happenings in San Antonio

Art Car IPA Cask Tappings

Claude Hopper's
Tuesday, February 9 at 8:00 PM

Big Hops, Bitters
Friday, February 12 at 7:00 PM

Other Fun Stuff

Barrel Aged Beer Week at Flying Saucer
Monday, February 8 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Featuring Bishop's Barrel No. 8, our Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout!

Spring Bock Night at The Brass Tap
Wednesday, February 10 - 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Santo Night at Ember Woodfire Grill
Wednesday, February 17 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Saint Arnold Night at Hills and Dales Ice House
Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 PM

Santo Night at Box 903
Monday, February 22 at 8:00 PM

Saint Arnold Night at the Broadway 50 50
Friday, February 26 - 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Featuring Art Car IPA and Fancy Lawnmower cans!