Saint Arnold is the place to be in Houston
Saint Arnold is the oldest craft brewery in Houston having been around since early 90s. The founder used to brew beer in his dorm room whilst at University and has a passion for the original and not mass-produced beers. A craft brewery has 3 requirements; must brew less than 6m barrels p.a. (they do about 30,000), a person ( I think the brewer) must own at least 75% of the company and they can’t use corn or rice as an ingredient to thin the beer and so make it go further. Saint Arnold say that the current commercial fad of very cold beer is designed so that you can’t taste the beer, because when it warms up a bit there is no taste!
Originally got onto this place via the Endeavour’s blog see Blog roll below. The brewery was having a competition to name their next beer and it was a vote between ‘Eleven’ and ‘Endeavour’; Endeavour after the space shuttle ‘Endeavour which had been named after Capt Cook’s ship the Endeavour. The Endeavour on which I had done a recent sailing trip was encouraging votes for Endeavour of course! Anyway ‘”Endeavour’ won and the beer will be available post-Christmas. The brewery produces seasonal beers one of which is Christmas Ale a most impressive drop and I will try to bring a few bottles back. I have put a link to the Saint Arnold web site in the blog roll below.