Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Tweaks its Flagship Beer, Creates Altared Amber
Second brew in the “Movable Yeast” series showcases effects of yeast on the flavor of beer
HOUSTON, November 29, 2010 – Saint Arnold Brewing Company (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today detailed plans for Saint Arnold Altared Amber, a re-yeasted version of its flagship brew, Saint Arnold Amber Ale. It is the second quarterly release in Saint Arnold’s “Movable Yeast” series. Saint Arnold Altared Amber features the brewery’s Amber Ale wort pitched with Belgian Trappist yeast.
A limited supply of 60 barrels (approximately 20,000 12-ounce servings) of Saint Arnold Altared Amber will be available only on tap beginning December 1, 2010. Craft beer fans will be able to find it in select bars and restaurants in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, College Station, Galveston and Brenham. Supplies should last a week or two.
The Movable Yeast series celebrates brewing’s most underappreciated ingredient. Yeast converts sugars from malt into alcohol, produces CO2 for carbonation and produces esters and other flavor and aroma compounds. The hope is that craft beer fans can taste Amber Ale and Altared Amber side-by-side to discover firsthand how different the flavor contributions of the Belgian Trappist yeast are from the house Saint Arnold yeast used in Amber Ale.
The Movable Yeast series got off to a great start with the August introduction of Saint Arnold Weedwacker, which was enthusiastically received by Texas craft beer fans.
“We are having fun with this experiment,” said Saint Arnold Brewing’s founder and brewer Brock Wagner, who notes that matching the brewery’s Amber Ale wort with Belgian Trappist yeast creates a hybrid style – Belgian American Amber Ale. “It was great to see people tasting and talking about the yeast when we released Weedwacker. People really got it and loved it. Belgian Trappist yeast has clove and spice phenolics with a hint of banana and we think the spice works well with the caramel malt and hops of the Amber Ale.”
The Movable Yeast series will continue in mid-February 2011, when Saint Arnold plans to release Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian, which is Saint Arnold Elissa IPA wort pitched with Belgiat Trappist yeast.
About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing's ten brews are made and sold by the company’s staff of 27 dedicated employees. The brewery was listed by USA Today as one of the “10 great places to see what’s brewing in beer.” It 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 five year-round and five seasonal beers as well as root beer, log on to www.saintarnold.com.