Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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9,467 Ratings
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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, Texas, 77020
United States

(713) 686-9494 | map
saintarnold.com

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53
Reviews:
2,672
Ratings:
9,467
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.29/5
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
142
pDev:
10.96%
 
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3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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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!

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Photo of mynie
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.16/5  rDev -3%
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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3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Radome
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.

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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, TX
Brewery rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 9,467 ratings
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