The Brewer’s Association wrapped up another successful edition of the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this weekend and one of its greatest winners was Houston, Texas- based Saint Arnold Brewing. The good guys and gals at Saint Arnold, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, walked away with three medals for their brewing efforts and won the prestigious Midsize Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year award.
Saint Arnold founder Brock Wagner couldn’t be happier with the recognition for his company and team.
“We have had an incredible year with new releases and increased sales,” said Brock Wagner, Owner and Founder of Saint Arnold. “Taking home the Midsize Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year award is an extremely gratifying moment for our entire brew crew.”
Saint Arnold won a Gold Medal for Pumpkinator, an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Originally released as part of the Saint Arnold Divine Reserve series in 2009, Pumpkinator debuted under its present title in the fall of 2011. It’s a spicy, roasty beer with plenty of that delicious pumpkin aroma and taste that help make this beer a winner with fans long before its recognition at the Great American Beer Festival. The GABF medal was the first for this beer. Other medal winners were Saint Arnold Amber and Weedwacker, which both took home Bronze medals. It was the third GABF medal for Amber Ale and the fourth for Weedwacker.
As anyone who follows my writing over the years is already aware, I have written quite frequently and most admirably of Saint Arnold Brewing. What I love about Saint Arnold Brewing goes far beyond its commitment to product quality. The Houston- based operation is a business with tremendous respect in the local area. Community driven and marked by the utmost level of integrity, Saint Arnold and its staff are committed to excellence in ways that go far beyond brewing beer.
Receiving so much recognition at the nation’s top craft beer competition is satisfying on multiple levels. I know the staff at Saint Arnold Brewing are ever- grateful for the critical acclaim and I, too, as a beer writer am thankful as well. I am happy to reside so close to such a first- class operation and grateful to Brock Wagner and crew for brewing so many delicious beers and for maintaining such a high degree of honor, ethics, and virtue during Saint Arnold’s more than two decades of existence. In an era when negative stories make headline news and otherwise good people become targeted and victimized, it’s refreshing and satisfying when good things happen to good people. Saint Arnold Brewing is operated the way I wish more companies operated and I congratulate Brock and his team for their much- deserved victories over the past year at the Great American Beer Festival and beyond.
Cheers to Saint Arnold Brewing for its commitment to excellence and community and here’s to many more awards in the coming years!