Saint Arnold Brewing Company

saint-arnold-1Ever wondered what Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory would be like for adults? If so, you need to head to Downtown Houston and check out the Saint Arnold Brewery.

Tours of the facility started years ago and with the passing of time the call for more helped grow the brewery into what it is today. The demand for Saint Arnold beer and its fanatic community grew hand in hand with the expansion of the facility, and the more that people attended the tours, the more they fell in love with the place. There is a loyalty and even an adoration for the Saint Arnold brand that we can’t say we have ever seen for any other beer.

When we arrived to enjoy the half-hour of open taps before our scheduled tour, the entire hall was already packed!  With traditional Houston hospitality, dozens of people flowed to and from the taps, beer glasses in hand, mingling and socializing with whoever was in close proximity, even total strangers. They were simply having a beer and playing tic-tac-toe or card games. It was like a giant living room with some fantastic beer where everyone could hang out.

Our tour finally started, and it wasn’t what one might experience just any ol’ day. You get a short and sweet walkthrough of the brewing process. From the main drinking hall to the giant tanks named after different “Saints,” the experience is rather informational. You also get a nice memento in the form of a branded drinking glass, along with four tokens you can exchange to fill said glass with the Saint Arnold brew of your choice. The coolest part had to be that the founder, Brock Wagner, was our tour guide for the journey through the brewery.

Overall, the combination of beer, Brock’s quirky sense of humor and a fun learning experience left us all with a big grin. As Brock Wagner stated at the beginning of our tour, “Saint Arnold is all about community. It is something we have strived to create and maintain since the very beginning.”

So cheers to Saint Arnold, a gem of Houston culture and a perfect representation of the community that H-town is. We raise a glass in your honor.saint-arnold-2 saint-arnold-3 saint-arnold-4 saint-arnold-5 saint-arnold-6 saint-arnold-7 saint-arnold-8

Insider’s Guide
• Lunch is served at the brewery on weekdays from 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
• Bring 10 empty beer carriers and tour the brewery for free!
• You can bring or buy a St. Arnold’s glass and get more beer during the tasting.

Address
2000 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020

Hours
Monday -Friday, Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Taps open 3 p.m. to 4:14 p.m.
Saturday tours at Noon, 1 p.m. & 2.p.m.

Admission
$8 for 15 years old and older.

Parking
Parking lot at the northwest corner of the brewery as well as street parking.

Family Friendly
Children are welcome but all minors under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.