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Refreshingly sour German-style wheat beer will join Saint Arnold’s year-round lineup this week

Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse, the first beer to join Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s year-round lineup in more than two years, started with a brewing mishap. The brewers’ efforts to make lemonade out of lemons resulted in a slightly tart, relatively low alcohol beer (3.5% ABV) that will be released on draft on Wednesday, March 19th, followed by 22-ounce bottles on Monday, March 24th.

In the initial steps of brewing a batch of Lawnmower, nobody had noticed that half of the malt ended up on the floor rather than in the mill. The result was 136 barrels of half strength wort, and brewer Stephen Rawlings had two choices: dump it all or pull 10 gallons off and see if he could make something out of it. He put the 10 gallons into a carboy, topped it off with a bottle of funky Belgian beer known to have lots of bacteria in it, and stuck it in the boiler room to sour for a couple of days. Then he boiled it, let it ferment normally and the happy result is what is now being called Boiler Room Berliner Weisse.

blog st arnold“This is the most complicated beer we have ever made, yet it is very light and delicate,” said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner. “The result is an incredibly refreshing beer with the light sweetness of the malt balanced with the tartness from the sour wort. While intended to be enjoyed as is, I can also imagine it mixed with syrups or in a beer cocktail.”

Brewing this beer is challenging for a couple of reasons. First, while typically the Saint Arnold brewers are fanatical about keeping bacteria from ever entering the brewing process, with this beer it is intentionally not only being added but encouraged to flourish. Second, the brewing of this beer requires the wort to be held in the brewkettle for 48 hours during which no other brewing can occur, basically shutting down production. Rawlings says the brewers, “hacked the brewing system,” so they could isolate the lactobacillus bacteria without contaminating other beers.

blog st arnold IIIn a tip of the cap to the Berliner Weisse style, which was wildly popular in Germany during the 19th century, the beer features label art inspired by the Steampunk movement – a mashup of the 1800s with modern technology.

Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse is the first new beer in the brewery’s year-round lineup since the introduction of Saint Arnold Endeavour in February 2012. Rawlings was also the mastermind behind Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 13, Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 4 and Saint Arnold Weizenbock – all small batch brews.

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About Saint Arnold Brewing Company 

Saint Arnold Brewing’s 17 brews are made and sold by the company’s staff of 56 dedicated employees. Ranked 45th on the Brewers Association list of top craft breweries, Saint Arnold was listed by USA Today as one of the “10 great places to see what’s brewing in beer,” and Smart Meetings magazine named it among the “Top 5 breweries to host an event.” Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue and its brewery tour and tasting is offered every weekday at 3:00 P.M. and Saturdays starting at 11 A.M. For more information on Saint Arnold’s seven year-round and five seasonal beers as well as root beer, log on to www.saintarnold.com. 

Possible ‘Supernatural’ Events Rattle Nerves at Saint Arnold Brewery

Unexplained sights and sounds at Houston brewery raise questions 

Saint Arnold Brewing

Saint Arnold Brewing

It isn’t unusual for people to describe the Saint Arnold brewery as one of their favorite haunts, but is the Houston brewery haunted? According to local legend, in 1912 the entire neighborhood surrounding the area now occupied by the historic brick building that houses the brewery was burned to the ground in a fire started by vagrants trying to keep warm behind a tavern. Paranormal experts have been investigating whether more than just flavorful beer is lurking inside the oldest craft brewery in Texas.

In 2009, Saint Arnold moved into its current facility – a brick building on the northern edge of downtown Houston built in 1914 that had previously housed the Houston Independent School District’s frozen food operations. Staffers who once worked at the HISD facility reported unexplained and spooky sights and sounds, and Saint Arnold’s brewery staff have reported the same.

“This building was really creepy when we bought it,” said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner.

One Saint Arnold employee’s young daughter was the first to notice something strange about the facility. On two different occasions, she claimed to see “kids” running around the brewery when there weren’t any others there. As described by Brewer Dennis Rhee to CultureMap Houston in the story, “A Ghost Story Brews at Saint Arnold’s”:

Saint Arnold Brewing

Saint Arnold Brewing

Philip Dagger, our packaging manager, and his 2- or 3-year-old daughter Sydney were in the brewery’s beer hall one night. Dagger was sitting at one of the tables while Sydney was playing near one of the corners of the hall. All of a sudden she points to an area near the windows that separates the beer hall from the brewhouse and shouts, “Hey Daddy! Kids!” Dagger looks over to where she is pointing but sees no one. Still, Sydney is insistent that there are children in that corner and continues to say, “Kids!”

In the CultureMap report, Rhee also recounted another strange experience when he was alone in the brewery one night:

I was cleaning out the lauter tun (one of the brewing vessels) late one night (probably around 2 or 3 a.m.) towards the end of a 12-plus hour shift. While squeegeeing and hosing out the spent grain, I started hearing some noises that sounded a lot like children’s laughter. I paused for a moment, thinking that the noises might have been caused by the echoing of my movement in the lauter tun. The laughter was still there. Since I was the only person in the brewery at the time, I poked my head out of the manway to see who was out there. No one. I was a little spooked, so I quickly finished my tasks, locked up, and got the hell out of the brewery.

There have been other reports of singing and mysterious shadows appearing at night.

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