Saint Arnold Brewing Company - Saint Arnolds Amber Ale
- ABV: 5.5%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 30
- Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
Saint Arnold was acclaimed bishop of Metz, France, in 612 and spent his holy life warning peasants about the dangers of drinking water. Beer was safe, and "from man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." The people revered Arnold. Go Figure. In 627, Saint Arnold retired to a monastery near Remiremont, France, where he died on August 16, 640.
In 641, the citizens of Metz requested that Saint Arnold's body be exhumed and ceremoniously carried to Metz for reburial in their Church of the Holy Apostles. During this voyage a miracle came to pass in the town of Champignuelles. The tired porters and followers stopped for a rest and walked into a tavern for a drink of their favorite beverage. Regretfully, there was only one mug of beer to be shared, but that mug never ran dry and all of the thirsty pilgrims were satisfied.
Just as Saint Arnold is recognized by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of Brewers, Brock Wagner should be recognized as the Patron Saint of Texas Brewers.
The owner of Saint Arnolds, Brock has a long history with beer. In fact, it starts before he was born. His great-great-great grandfather came from Alsace in the mid-1800's and opened Wagner's Beer Hall in San Francisco (now the oldest existing bar in the city, renamed The Saloon). Brock grew up in Cincinnati and Brussels, both big brewing towns, where he was exposed to many of the beer styles of the world. Then in college at Rice University, fate (and a friend) introduced him to homebrewing. This love of beer and brewing was what eventually led him to the inevitable: opening a microbrewery.
Brock develops the recipes for the Saint Arnold beers based on his own homebrewing experience coupled with a desire to create world-class beers for local tastes. His preference is for beers with rich malty, creamy flavors and no shortage of hops. Several of Brock’s beers have won awards, including two gold medals at the 1995 Colorado State Fair and a Silver Medal at the 1996 World Beer Championships.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (713) 686-9494 or check out their web site at www.saintarnold.com.
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