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Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, Texas, 77020
United States

(713) 686-9494 | map

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 132
Photo of SavvyStudent
3/5  rDev -26.7%
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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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of jgould
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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 dexterk1
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Volsdawg10
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Tenor
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 mynie
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Radome
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 Resiferi
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | 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 BillRoth
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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. Nothing is really bad whatsoever. Chill music.

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Photo of htown_engineer
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

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Photo of Ford
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of cyclistdan
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
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 bryanlindsey12345
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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