This beer is already in the lead for best beer name of 2017. Saint Arnold Raspberry AF hits shelves this month.
The Houston, Texas based brewery touts a half a million raspberries in each batch, which surely made that brewhouse smell Raspberry AF. The base beer is Boiler Room Berliner Weisse, that has gotten friendly with 3,000 pounds of the fresh fruit. That’s a half mil raspberries, or 255,000 cupcakes, or 2,132 raspberry pies, depending on the exchange rate, and strength of the yen.
“It is important to me that we use only real raspberries as opposed to a fruit extract even though the raspberries are several times more expensive. The result is an amazingly refreshing yet bright and fruity beer. And the color is 100% from the raspberries!” – Brock Wagner, Founder – Saint Arnold
Saint Arnold Raspberry AF started when eight different wine barrels were filled with different fruit. The barrel with raspberries, or RAF, was the clear winner.
Texas and Louisiana will have 12 ounce cans in hand sometime after St. Patrick’s Day 2017.
3.6% ABV, 7 IBUs
On Monday, January 16th, Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 17 will hit shelves.
A Baltic porter has been chosen for this 17th edition of Divine Reserve – a style that dates back to the 18th century (at least.) Baltic porters are much more robust then your average porter, as well as higher in alcohol by volume is higher.
The Saint Arnold brewing team used Munich malt, plus chocolate wheat and brown malt in order to give this beer a roasty flavor that isn’t overly cloying.
This was all achieved using a combination of Munich malt as the base malt with Chocolate Wheat and Brown malt to give the color and roast and flaked oats to round out the body. A healthy amount of Perle hops creates a balancing bitterness that is disguised by the body of the beer. The Old Bavarian lager yeast used in this beer is the same yeast used in Saint Arnold 5 O’ Clock Pils, Spring Bock and Summer Pils, and is the first lager brew for the Divine Reserve series.
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 17 is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft at select locations in Texas and Louisiana.
Style: Baltic Porter
Malts: Chocolate Wheat, Munich, Borwn
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa returns for the 2016 season on November 14th.
Sailing Santa is a blend of the brewery’s Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA, with spices added to the brew. Saint Arnold brews Christmas Ale, then Elissa IPA and blend together in the fermenter. They then add spices at the end. Additionally, last year’s edition added Snap hops for an additional spice.
…The result is a pleasantly hoppy strong dark ale with spices. The genesis of this beer came from our customers on tours asking to blend the two beers with somebody coming up with the name Sailing Santa.
Last year we added Snap hops, which is actually a blend of hops, spices and botanicals. We can tell you that the new hop, added at the end of fermentation, adds a ginger snap aroma and a complexity that makes Sailing Santa taste like the holidays.
Saint Arnold was able to acquire Snap hops again this year, making an edition similar to last year’s beer. Saint Arnold Sailing Santa is available in 22oz bottles and draft starting November 14th for a limited time.
Style: IPA (w/ Spices)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Latest Return: 11/14/16
Saint Arnold 5′ O Clock Pils debuts in cans this month. The Houston, Texas based brewery believes some the greatest beers are born out of the simplest recipes.
Saint Arnold 5 O’clock Pils is indeed simple, at least in recipe. This new release is created with just Saaz noble hops, and pilsner malt. Part of the mash is for this beer is decocted, meaning some mash was removed, boiled and added back to the mash. This method allows the malt flavor to really shine in the finished beer.
The final, unfiltered beer has a light maltiness, a big refreshing bitter and wonderful, delicate hop flavor and aroma. This is the beer we enjoy every year in the Czech Republic when doing our Saaz hop selection. Only, we’ve added even more hops. It is a beer that can be enjoyed everyday of the year. You will never tire of it.
Saint Arnold 5 O’clock Pils debuts on April 11th in 12oz ounce cans, year-round.
Availability: 12oz Cans. Year-Round
Release: April, 2016
5.2% ABV, 40 IBUs
St. Arnold Divine Reserve #16 makes a very special debut on 2016’s Leap Day.
#16 is know as Adambier, a historic style popular in Dortmund, Germany. Adambier is malt-forward, with a hint of hops. St. Arnold Brewing Operations manager ran point on this recipe.
DR16 is a full bodied beer with layers of complexity. There is a deep, rich maltiness that is balanced by the artful use of smoked malt. While the smoke character is present, it is more subdued than you would find in a rauchbier. There is a subtle Noble hop aroma and a slight caramel character that becomes more prominent as the beer warms up. The Kölsch yeast adds a light fruitiness.
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #16 will be available in 12 ounce and 22 ounce bottles, as well as draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 22oz Bottles, Draft. One-off release
Saint Arnold Art Car IPA has officially joined the Houston, Texas based brewery’s canned lineup today.
Crafted using Pacific Northwest hops, Saint Arnold Art Car IPA boasts a fruity nose, and juicy citrus flavor.
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 there being a nice complexity to the flavors.
Saint Arnold Art Car IPA is the first beer released by the brewery that is exclusively available in 12 ounce cans and draft. The brewery launched cans earlier this year with Lawnmower, Santo, and more.
Availability: 12oz cans, Draft
Release: October, 2015 (Cans)
7.1% ABV. 55 IBUs
Saint Arnold Art Car IPA is inspired by the fleet of hand painted artists created by local artists for the brewery. Label art by Houston graffiti artist, GONZO247. Car images below via Saint Arnold.
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator returns this October 19th, 2015.
St Arnold Pumpkinator started out as part of their Divine Reserve Series as Devine Reserve No.9. It was so well recieved when it was released back in 2009 that they decided to brew this Imperial Stout/Pumpkin Ale again as a seasonal. The Imperial Stout base has lots of pumpkin added to it and was dry spiced.
It is brewed with a combination of pale two row, caramel and black malts, Cascade and Liberty hops for a background hop flavor, pumpkin for a rich mouthfeel, molasses, brown sugar, spices and dry-spiced to make it feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies. It is the most expensive beer we have brewed.
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator is a 22 ounce bottle offering, in very limited quantities.
Check out Brewer Dennis Rhee, St. Arnold’s Most Interesting Man in the World, talking about brewing Pumpkinator: