Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston Marks 30 Years With a Big Bash

Houston’s craft beer mainstay Saint Arnold Brewing Company, located at 2000 Lyons, is celebrating 30 years of business with a massive celebration featuring beer (of course), music, food, shopping and more on June 8. Doors open at 11 a.m., with entertainment from 2 to 10 p.m. The kitchen and taps will be open throughout the event. 

Tickets are available via the Saint Arnold website, with the general admission price of $15 covering the concert as well as access to the beer garden. VIP tickets cost $100 and include everything from the general admission tickets as well as access to the beer hall (and its air-conditioning!), a commemorative 30th-anniversary glass, a buffet and a selection of four draft beers.   

Brock Wagner, founder and owner of Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Brock Wagner, founder and owner of Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

“We’re looking forward to a really fun celebration,” says Brock Wagner, founder and owner of Saint Arnold. “We have a special beer — a barrel-aged grand cru. It’s going to be a blending of several different barrels of beer that have been aging from a year to a couple of years. And, we’ve got a great music act that our Chief Marketing Officer [Lennie Ambrose] has helped put together with all Houston artists.”

Kam Franklin. Photo courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

For the music lineup, Saint Arnold has partnered with local label Splice Records and Kam Franklin of The Suffers to bring together some of the city’s most notable talents, including Franklin herself, rappers Fat Tony and Devin the Dude, singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, and Splice acts DJ Shanté, Bayou City Funk and Blue Heron Yacht Club. The evening will conclude with Franklin, Fat Tony, Ellis, Devin the Dude and BCF partnering up to perform as The Houston Super Group

Of course, no Saint Arnold event is complete without plenty of beer! Ahead of its one-millionth barrel — which will be produced this summer — the anniversary will highlight some of the most popular brews out of over 100 recipes. Alongside the grand cru, visitors can taste the Amber Ale that launched the brewery 30 years ago, Summer Pils, Lawnmower (a “take on the classic German-style Kölsch,” according to the website), Art Car IPA and Grand Prize, an American-style lager and the newest year-round brew in Saint Arnold’s roster. 

Rounding out the day and evening’s festivities will be the Shop Local Market, featuring opportunities to buy directly from Houston-area small businesses. It all ties in with Saint Arnold’s mission to build up the city it calls home — and Wagner hopes to keep calling Houston home for another 30 years! 

“The way I view it is breweries have always been a part of the community. That’s a big driver for us,” he says. “In fact, our mission statement is, ‘Building community through our passion for beer.’ We love supporting the community, being a part of organizations and doing things that we love.”

Wagner first became interested in brewing while attending Rice University. He learned the basics of homebrewing from his dorm’s RA, and since then has collected 14 World Beer Cup Awards, 29 Great American Beer Festival medals and twice won the GABF’s Brewery of the Year award, in 2017 and 2023.

Wagner says he has no plans to ever stop learning, exploring and growing his knowledge of brewing. “I might be sitting in my rocking chair in a nursing home but dadgummit, I’ll be having a good time!”

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