A great seasonal is about get a little better, thanks to some time spent in oak. Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator is coming this fall.
The brewery’s seasonal, single batch, pumpkin beer has a cult following among their fan base. It got its start as the ninth release the brewery’s Divine Reserve Series. The brewing team’s pumpkin beer approach is an imperial pumpkin stout, brewed with black and caramel malts, plus pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar, and spices. This “pie in a bottle” offering is the most expensive beer Saint Arnold has brewed.
In 2017, the Houston, Texas brewery is kicking the seasonal up a notch, with Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator.
As Bishop of Metz, Saint Arnold spent his life warning of the dangers of drinking water and extolling the virtues of beer. During his funeral, his pallbearers stopped to quench their thirst, but they only had one mug to share among them. Then a miracle happened. The mug never ran dry, and all the mourners we satisfied.
Saint Arnold has begun teasing the release of this barrel-aged offering, but no debut date has been set.
Ed note: Bottle size has been changed to 12oz, instead of 22oz as previously reported.
Saint Arnold Icon Gold is joining the Houston, Texas brewery’s lineup this summer – a Belgian-style IPA.
A Belgian IPA is a first for the oldest craft brewery in the Lone Star State. The yeast is the star Belgian beers, and Saint Arnold knows this. The brewery chose Bastogne Trappist yeast for Icon Gold Belgian IPA, fermented at 66 degrees for the first few days, allowing it to rise to 72 degrees over time. Playing with temperature is all about manipulating the yeast phenolics you’ll notice with every sip.
“Beers in the Icon Gold portfolio are more focused on yeast strains. It’s the first time we have brewed this beer style, and we’re very happy with the result,” -Aaron Inkrott, brewing operations manager
Saint Arnold Icon Gold is brewed with Centennial and Cascade hops, then dry-hopped with Citra.
Icon Gold is available in limited quantities this summer in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Belgian-Style IPA
Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Honey Malt
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Summer, 2017
6.8% ABV, 43 IBUs
Saint Arnold unveiled the latest Bishop’s Barrel release today -No. 17.
The Bishop’s Barrel releases are some of the most coveted by the brewery. Each release is barrel aged, each base beer partnered with the unique barrel characteristics. Each release focus on the symbiotic relationship with barrel and beer.
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 17 is a an adambier, a historic malt-forward beer hailing from Dormund, Germany. Brewery fans originally saw this beer as Divine Reserve Release 16. The big bodied adambier was brewed with a touch of smoked malt.
For the past 11 months, the beer has been aging in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels.
…The smoke from the base beer is subtle, and as it warms up, it becomes more in balance with the rest of the flavors. The wood character blends well with the smoked malt. At first sip, the honey and chocolate are well balanced, with the whiskey finishing it off. The smoke provides just enough to balance the sweetness…
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 17 is available starting March 27th, in 12 ounce bottles.
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