Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, Texas, 77020
United States

(713) 686-9494 | map

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MichaelSneed from Texas

5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Haven't been here in years, but it was the best place to pop in on a Saturday afternoon to start a great evening of drinking. The OG of good Houston beer, as far as I'm concerned.

Sep 10, 2020
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Karibourgeois from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really cool brewing with a large beer hall that has the feel of a German festhall. Selection was good as was food service. Nice place for a quick lunch and a beer while visiting Houston.

Feb 28, 2019
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champ103 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This is my updated review for the brand new restaurant and beer garden. Which officially opened this week on 7/23/2018.

The brand new building is just past the original brew house on Lyons. They will still use the original for the regular Saturday open house/tour that has been going on for about 10 years now. Though the restaurant and beer garden are just stunning. With regular hours everyday. A huge outdoor area that is partly covered. There are large fans, and it is very open so air moves through easily. For as hot as it has been lately, it really is not as stifling hot as you would expect. Though this will be one of the more popular spots when the weather is nice, and the downtown view can't be beat. Inside is almost like a cathedral. With high arching ceilings and wood beams. Nooks that all have individually commissioned art work. A small bar towards the back that is all wood. For as big as the inside it, the noise level didn't get overbearing. Just a stunning build out.

A large food menu that is amazing. The Reuben might be one of my favorites in Houston now. With house baked bread, and house cured corned beef. Legit pizzas, and there are bigger, more upscale entrees that I am really looking forward to trying. The burger is good, but didn't find it as amazing as it looked. Again, an awesome house baked bun, but the burger itself was a little over cooked (with two thinner patties, so it is probably a little harder to cook that correctly). Though all in all, the menu is fantastic.

Of coarse they have the 12 year round offerings available (I can drink Pub Crawl and 5 O'clock all day), two cask engines, a few BB and DR's on tap, and 4 tap room only beers. One was a spot on, supper clean West Coast style IPA that I really enjoyed called Citra-Odoos, another I had was the Palmer. Kind of an Arnold Palmer with alcohol, a 3.6 % ABV Berliner Weisse with lemon peal and black tea. I am not usually a fan of these kind of beer cocktails, but this was really good.

Service and kitchen times are spot on. It seemed everyone in the building was being taken care of. The entire build out is impressive on its own, and probably the best true brewpub in the city now. This will be an institution in Houston, and I will always be a fan as they continue to do things the right way without shortcuts.

Jul 24, 2018
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DoubleABaird from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The godfathers of the modern Houston beer culture. This is a destination that any fan of beer MUST visit. It is a great brewery with a great atmosphere, and just visiting this place is an experience.

There are numerous parking lots in the immediate area and some street parking. The brewery has a nice brick outside, that to me just screams brewery...but that's just me. Once you walk thru the large front door, you make your way upstairs to the beer hall area where all of the beer, food, and seating is located.

The beer hall is amazing, both in size and atmosphere. The wood in the hall makes it feel warm and inviting. It's $10 for four (4) beers and a small glass, but if you bring them a Saint Arnold glass, they will fill that up instead.

The beer hall has two bars, one on either side, and they typically serve the same beers on each side, with some exceptions. The beer is amazing, as you would expect from Saint Arnold. They had all of their year-round offerings as well as seasonal and cask items. I particularly liked that they offered flavored syrups with the "Boiler Room", which is very traditional.

The food was good. It was definitely the best food I've had at a brewery, whether it was from a food truck, or the brewery itself. I can't remember exactly what I had, but I do remember it being incredibly good.

The only downsides of this place are the large amounts of people on the weekends, which can make finding a seat near impossible, so many people bring lawn chairs or sit on the floor. The brewery hall is clean so it's not awful and people seem to be having too much fun to care. The amount of people also makes the tours a little less personal, and from what others have said, much shorter.

From what others have told me, it is best to do a tour during the week when the amount of visitors is considerably less.

Overall, this is a great experience, but just be prepared for long lines and limited seating if you are visiting on the weekend.

Dec 07, 2017
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htown_engineer from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The brewery is in a weird location in Houston, but it's been here forever and if you ask any local, myself included they all know where and how to get to Saint Arnold's. If you are in town any other day of the week except Saturday (which is the worst, you can't find parking and can barely walk to the beer line), go. During the week they're open for lunch until 4:30, but I personally recommend and love Friday's, they open normal time until 10PM and they aren't too busy. You'll always find a place to sit with tons of elbow room, the beer lines are short and food comes pretty quick, not to mention that on Friday's they bring out some of their barrel aged beer or other special reserves that you won't find any other day of the week.

One final note, if you go on a Saturday you pay like $15 and you get a glass and three tokens, if you go during the week, you can by one beer or open a tab and buy as many as you want.

The beer hall itself, is spacious with typical long wooden tables you share similar to German beer halls. It's clean, air conditioned (which only really totally matters when picking out a beer hall in Houston during the summer) and has some awesome murals depicting the beloved Saint Arnold. The staff on the other hand are great, they're all friendly and helpful when you're undecided on what beer to try next or you just want to linger by the beer line to chat.

The food is ok, not great but not bad either, but they're getting there, the restaurant part of the brewery is relatively new, I think less than a year, eventually they'll work out all the kinks and have some amazing menu items. As for lunch, I've only been once, its menu has more of a selection than the "pub fare" for Friday nights. So if you're looking for a full meal rather than stuff to snack on, head there at lunch, they have a bigger selection and daily specials.

Overall it's a cool place to spend an afternoon or Friday night!

Aug 14, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Large facility in the middle of an area that's kind of a residential neighborhood and kind of an industrial park. Houston is weird. Weird and swampy. I visited in mid-March and the humidity was already almost stifling. The summers must be unbearable.

The brewery is set up as a tourist spot, similar to places like New Glarus and Harpoon, only without the charm afforded by those two's geographic location. The brewery is woody and spacious, with tall ceilings, but the vibe is (intentionally) closer to a church or a festhall than to a warehouse. The gritty, industrial workman feel, so prominent in large midwestern breweries, is nowhere to be found here.

My friend and I arrived around 4:30 on a Friday, and were told that we had better hurry up since the brewery closed at five. Huh.

Late for the tour, we grabbed pints at one of the two bars. The selection was broad, even by the standards of a large-ish craft brewery. They had all of their regular options along with a dozen or so rare and taphouse-only brews. I got a porter of some kind, which I don't really remember.

The crowd was sweaty and friendly, comprised mostly of locals. The seating arrangements were straight beer hall, with long wooden tables that could each accommodate a few dozen people. There was no music, nor any loudness at all, but the place would do a wonderful job hosting festivals and parties. My friend and I were worn out from a conference, and we enjoyed the opportunity to chat with one another, and swap a couple of quick stories with the locals.

Overall, a pleasant brewery experience, though not nearly the most memorable. I've only had a handful of Saint Arnolds beers, and I found them all to be pretty good but not great.

You'll probably never travel to Houston just to see the brewery. But if you're in the area, and you plan on drinking before 5 PM, it's a very nice stop.

Aug 04, 2016
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped by during Houston beer safari. Great Munich like beer hall. Common shared tables. Good people and very good service.
Food was diverse, interesting and delicious. Had the Crawfish roll sandwich and fries. Fabulous. Beer selection was very good overall...but apparently a recent rare beer celebration had left some just amazing Bishop's Barrel and Divine Inspiration beers available...and on cask! Throw in some BB bottles...and it was just a world class stop. Highly recommended!

Jun 18, 2016
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Checked in on my girl's birthday, got a free glass for the occasion! Got two classic beer packages, 10 bucks a piece, comes with four 8 oz pours of the normal selection. Endeavour costs 2 tokens. Beer on tap is noticeably more fresh and amazing then what I'm used to purchasing bottles. Most professional environment perhaps out of every brewery I've seen, which this makes two now lol. Food is on point, fresh as the dranks which is saying something. Fries and chicken sandwich on point dawg so real. I have enjoyed Art Car, Elissa, Weedwacker, Summer Pils, 5 o'clock Pils, Coffee Porter and more here, more to come soon. Friendly knowledgable staff made the tour just awesome, with plenty of room for questions, make sure to grab a beer before you go in for it. Nothing is really bad whatsoever at the brewery. They even have vegetarian options. Chill music too.

Apr 14, 2016
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Resiferi from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A Houston mainstay, St. Arnolds has been around for a good while, and it shows in all the best ways.

The main taproom is a wonderful German bierhall inspired experience, with long solid tables buffeted with good quality benches, usually full of people enjoying the beer, food, and eachother's company. One of the best places in Houston for tabletop gaming as well, with more than enough room and ample refreshments as well.

The tapwall itself showcases St. Arnolds wide array of styles, with practically all of their current beers on offer. When I went around 3 or so months back, they had most of their recent seasonal brews on tap, along with the usual commercially available beers, and an interesting cask ale style beer hand pulled from a few available barrels.

Alongside this tapwall is a small counter for ordering food, with a relatively limited but good quality menu available. They have the requisite giant pretzel, along with burgers, brats, and some mexican inspired dishes such as a barbacoa taco. The pretzel was delicious, as was my gf's burger, while the tacos were a little bland and lacking. It's not bad for a taproom's cafe, but compared to offerings over at Karbach it pales a little bit.

The tour was interesting as well, with a few well informed tour guides covering the history of the brewery, showcasing the brewing tanks, and taking the crowd down to the holding tank floor. It has sadly been hemmed back a little in recent years due to their expansion and higher utilization of the tank floor, but it's still an interesting experience.

It's a destination you can't miss if you're in the area, if for nothing more than checking out Texas's oldest craft brewery and enjoying some old world ambiance. A great experience in the Houston area for sure.

Mar 30, 2016
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Bryan12345 from Texas

5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I must admit, this place is where I fell in love with beer, so my opinion may be a little biased. Comfortable spot, friendly folks, and lots of beer. You are sure to find something you like.

Mar 18, 2016
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Ford from Texas

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have a great time every time I end up here.

The lunch is generally always superb. They usually have something unique on tap or some of their more rare bottles available.

The events they throw here are always really well done. Saint Arnold and Karbach are well ahead of the others in town in regards to how nice their taproom and environment are.

Dec 09, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Mar 18, 2015
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rwf08 from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Mar 09, 2015
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cyclistdan from Texas

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Mar 28, 2014
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Tenor from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Mar 27, 2014
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Radome from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Feb 25, 2014
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dexterk1 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Jan 21, 2014
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SavvyStudent from Texas

3/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Jan 08, 2014
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jgould from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Oct 10, 2013
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Volsdawg10 from Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Sep 05, 2013
Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, TX
Brewery rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 9160 ratings