Saint Arnold Cheers: Fall 2020

At Saint Arnold we’re passionate about beer for many reasons, but one of the top reasons is the way it can bring people together. We view beer not only as a delicious beverage, but also a means to build community – whether that means sharing a pint at your local spot with friends or enjoying a refreshing beer after riding with our MS150 team.

Saint Arnold Cheers is our way to act on this belief by supporting organizations throughout the Houston community and Texas that represent a wide range of interests and people. Rather than go back through time, we thought it’d be fitting to give you an update on what Saint Arnold Cheers is focusing on right now.

This fall presented the opportunity to brew three beers whose proceeds will benefit organizations in our immediate neighborhood and beyond.

Have a heart for animals and the Houston Zoo? Yeah, us too. For over a decade, the Houston Zoo has been one of our favorite community partners. When they opened their new Texas Wetlands exhibit last year, we brewed a beer to commemorate the occasion: Comeback Wit. This week, we released it as our latest year round beer. We’re proud to dedicate a portion of the sales from Comeback Wit to support our friends at the Houston Zoo.

We partnered with another Texas brewery, Weathered Souls, and over 1,100 breweries from all 50 states and 21 countries to donate 100% of the proceeds of Black is Beautiful, a 10% ABV Imperial Stout, to organizations committed to bringing awareness to the injustices people of color face daily. At Saint Arnold, we feel it’s important to keep the funds within our neighborhood. Proceeds from our Black is Beautiful beer releases will be donated to The Center for Urban Transformation, a newly established organization in the Fifth Ward providing community members a better continuum of services, bridging gaps, driving innovative cross-sector programming, and expanding resident capacity to lead change. Pick up some today and help us support this great organization! We’re also releasing variants that include coffee and chocolate.

Finally on the beer front, looking east to our neighbors in Southeast Texas and western Louisiana, we’ve partnered with Urban South Brewery on an effort to raise funds for the Urban South Coastal Harmony Fund, managed by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Funds will be directed rapidly to organizations on the ground doing hurricane relief work in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana as well as the long-term work of rebuilding our coast and fighting climate change. As part of this effort, we’ll be brewing a new Double IPA recipe for sale from the Beer Garden & Restaurant starting October 28.

Every Saturday through October 3, we’re hosting The Houston Chapter of the League of Women Voters at our Beer Garden & Restaurant for a series of voter registration drives. Whether you vote for the same party every time or write in Saint Arnold for president, The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that believes in the power of every person to create a more perfect democracy. Together we support the desire, right, and knowledge for all to participate and be heard. So bring someone by that isn’t registered to vote and drink a beer to celebrate afterward. We believe your voice is important, and so should you.

With the increased levels of virtual learning going on, a need has been exposed for technology in households across Houston. On Sunday, September 13, we partnered with Dogan Elementary to host a Chromebook Drive. We were able to collect five Chromebooks and cash donations as well. We know your contributions will make a big change in the education of children in our city.

We hope that our passion for community speaks as loudly as our passion for beer. We count on your participation in these efforts to make them successful and appreciate your willingness to partner with us in supporting these efforts – those forthcoming and those we’ve done over our 26 years in business. You deserve a beer.

Published September 22, 2020