Our Year Round Beers
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?
- 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
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.
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.
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.
H-Town Pils represents the evolution of lager and pilsner brewing at Saint Arnold and is a beer that represents the character of Houston - balanced, complex, and welcoming.
H-Town Pils is a classic Bohemian-style pilsner. This beer exemplifies what we as brewers look for in one of our favorite styles: malt and hop flavor working together in harmony and creating balance from beginning to end. It is Our Ideal Lager for Our Ideal City.
Original Gravity: 1.053
Bitterness: 29 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.2%
Sterling and Saaz
Debuted January 2021.
With H-Town Pils, we wanted to develop a beer focused on our deep connection with and appreciation for the Houston community. Thus, we needed our can art to be very Houston. After several iterations, we settled on a colorful background pattern inspired by local art and symbolizing the diversity of Houston. The star icon is a symbol seen on the city seal and atop the San Jacinto Monument. Inside the portal, a low Texas sun sets over a stylized skyline. Home sweet Houston.
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%
Hallertau Hersbrucker and Centennial
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.
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%
Pilsner, White Wheat, Rolled Oats
Sterling, Cascade, Hersbrucker
Orange Peel, Coriander
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.
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%
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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%
Two Row Pale, Maris Otter English Pale, Golden Naked Oats
Centennial, Amarillo, Galaxy
Debuted January 2017.
Harmony is an easy-drinking hazy pale ale. With a focus on citrus and tropical fruit notes, candied orange and pineapple aromas lead to cantaloupe and honeydew melon flavors. Balanced by a soft mouthfeel and light body, this blissfully hoppy beer showcases hops, malt, and yeast in harmony.
Bitterness: 30 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.0%
2-row, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat, Carafoam
Citra and Mosaic
Debuted August 2021.
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%
- Silver Medal, Great American Beer Festival, Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter, 2010
- Silver Medal, World Beer Cup, International IPA, 2008
Made with all British malt. The base malt is Maris Otter, augmented with some medium crystal malt.
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.
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%
Made with 2-Row Pale, Cara 45 and Carafoam malts.
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.
The use of a special yeast provides a more fruit forward aroma and flavor than the standard Chico yeast commonly used in IPAs.
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.
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%
2-row, Vienna, White Wheat
El Dorado, Citra, Mosaic.
Debuted March 2020.
All In On Hops! Our newest year round release, Double Down, is our latest take on a double IPA. It is neither of the West Coast or East Coast, but features elements of both approaches to IPA.
For this beer, our focus was to create big tropical and melon notes while integrating bitterness rather than it being a focal point. To accomplish this, we used late kettle hop additions and Incognito, an all-natural hop product that delivers highly concentrated flavor and aroma. The hop bill includes Pahto, Citra, Citra Incognito, Mosaic, Mosaic Incognito, and Galaxy. The result is aces.
Bitterness: 71 IBU
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.2%
2-row, Maris Otter, White Wheat, Cane Sugar
Pahto, Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy
Debuted March 2021.
For this brew, we use Citra and Mosaic Incognito to boost the hop aroma.
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
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.