Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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41 Beers
8,709 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 10
Visits: 109
Avg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, Texas, 77020
United States
phone: (713) 686-9494

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @saintarnold

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Reviews: 10 | Visits: 109
Photo of cyclistdan
4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I love this place. Very friendly staff and atmosphere every time. Saturday tour on a nice day will be packed so get there early and bring food.

Pub nights! I've only been once and it was their first. They were a bit overwhelmed with the turn out but it was worth the trip. I hear things are running smoothly now. Expect to find some rare or one off variants of their beers on occasion.

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Photo of Radome
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited Saint Arnold during an American Homebrewer's Association Rally on Feb 23, 2014. The brewery is clean, modern and well-kept with an industrial but still welcoming feel. The tasting area is big and open but a little Spartan.

There were approximately a dozen taps in the tasting area, along with 4 beer engines (not used on the day I was there) and some bottled limited releases. The employees I had contact with were all polite and enthusiastic. The founder, Brock Wagner, gave a personal tour and recounting of the history of the brewing company. He was laid back, funny and very gracious.

AHA members entered and drank for free during this event, so of course I thought it was inexpensive! Based on the prices I saw for the tour and beer, I'd say it is reasonable for anyone to visit.

The beers I had were tasty, especially the Bishop's Barrel 5, which was a Wee Heavy aged in bourbon barrels. It was available in bottles, but only for drinking on site, not for taking home. That beer was incredible and I plan to watch out for any Saint Arnold barrel aged beers in the future--they are worth seeking out if #5 is any indication.

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Photo of rwf08
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It gets really crowded now that they moved the brewery. Selection is mostly the same from what you get at the store. It's near my house so I check it out now and then.

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Photo of Tenor
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

$7 includes a souvenir glass and 4 samples from the bar plus unlimited root beer!

This also includes a tour of the brewery (if you have close toed shoes).

My favorite part is definitely the set-up. Long tables with benches make it feel like an old European beer hall. You are welcome to bring food or buy their food (which seems on the pricey side.)

The brewery is in an old brick school building where Houston ISD used to run their food services. The brick also adds a great feel.

Saint Arnold's is in the heart of Houston and is a great landmark!

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Photo of champ103
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Saint Arnold continues to add new features to the brewery experience. About 6 months ago, they started doing lunches during the weekday. It is a set lunch that rotates everyday served from 11:00 to about 1:30. Usually a salad and an entree. Once you order your lunch at the front register, your number will be called out on the loud speaker when it is ready, and pick it up at the back counter by the taps.

On my most recent visit they had a chopped salad and Pork Tenderloin with this amazeballs fig and onion Balsamic Relish, served with grilled carrots and English peas. A really good rustic, and flavorful dish. Other days it could be anything from chicken fried steak to Belgian Mussels. All excellent.

The regular tour times are still the same, and now during Saturday tours they will have small snacks for purchase. Like Pretzels, Brats, etc.

Of coarse they can not sell beer to go yet, but now you can buy pints at the brewery. There are at least three casks, and they will have Divine Reserves and Bishops Barrel on offer. They still do the regular tour tasting, with the glass and tokens. Though being able to buy a cask Amber, which paired perfectly with the Pork Tenderloin for lunch is awesome. It is also nice being able to buy a cask/BB/DR, if you don't want to do tokens at all during the tour hours. Outside of those, the selection is pretty much their standard fair.

I really like how Saint Arnold continues to try things and make the brewery experience fun and different than just a warehouse vibe that the other breweries do in Houston. The Harry Potter/German beer hall area is a great relaxed vibe, and an excellent lunch on a weekday.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

When visiting a friend in Houston we went to St Arnold. It has a very nice space inside. Long tables. Pay for a glass and get four tasters. Each is about 8oz which is great, and you keep the glass which is a small bonus. You can also bring food in as we did. We brought in some stuff from the food truck parked outside. Beer is mostly good. They have a couple very nice beers like Endeavor and fancy lawnmower. No table service so I couldn't speak for that but the bar service was very good and quick since lines form fast and are constant especially on a Saturday. Selection is pretty good with about six regular beers on tap as well as a seasonal and some special offerings.
Overall, a great place in Houston worth checking out and returning too.

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Photo of BlueMoon10
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

My wife and I toured the brewery on Labor Day. I was excited to tour the brewery while on vacation. Unfortunately, when we got there because it was at lunch time in order to sample the beer we had to buy lunch. Not sure if that was because of the holiday or not but the lunch was $19.00 per person. That included lunch which was nachos, chili dog, and then all the flagship beer that you wanted while eating. I guess its not too bad of a deal but it wasn't ideal for us because we only could stay there for about 30 minutes due to our flight home. They were offering tours for $7or $8 later in the day but we didn't have the option of staying for that. When we asked if we could just pay to sample the beer the girl at the counter acted like we were crazy for asking and was rather rude even when we explained our situation. Aside from that the brewery was nice and even though we were rushed we had a good time. I had tried all of there flagship beers before except for the Elissa IPA and the Santo. I really liked the Santo. They also had Octoberfest on tap as their seasonal. I also tried the Icon Green, but you had to pay $6 for a pint of it because it is one of their special offerings and wasn't offered along with their regular beers.

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Photo of jgould
3.81/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

While their new facility is a wonder to behold (walking around the production floor with rows of 240BBL fermenters is inspiring), I will say that I miss their old facility where the tour took place on the production floor rather than a hall. Don't get me wrong, it's a great hall, but I enjoyed walking around and seeing the fermenters and other brewing equipment whenever I wanted.... I might just be selfish though.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The vibe was really cool here and the tap room is fun, but their beer selection isn't great. They didn't have food the day I was there so nothing special.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

While this tour was very detailed and the drinking hall was cool; the limited beer selection killed it for me. Everything offered I could've gotten at the local publix. Some of the rare beers hidden throughout Houston at the time were not even offered.

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, TX
90 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.