Saint Arnold Brewing Focuses on Giving Back for American Craft Beer Week
Book drive for neighborhood school celebrates the power of community
HOUSTON, May 17, 2010 – Opening the doors of a craft brewery may be an unusual way to collect book donations for an elementary school library, but during American Craft Beer Week, it seems like the perfect match. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Texas’ oldest craft brewery, will open its doors Tuesday evening May 18th for a book drive to benefit nearby Crawford Elementary School.
American Craft Beer Week is taking place across the country May 17-23. Organized by the Brewers Association, American Craft Beer Week celebrates small and independent craft brewers and highlights all that America loves about craft beer. It highlights the valuable role that small and independent craft brewers play through community citizenry and economic contributions – including the estimated 100,000 craft brewing jobs in America.
“I think of every week as American Craft Beer Week, but I appreciate the focus that this week brings to everything we do all year,” said Brock Wagner, founder and brewer of Saint Arnold Brewing. “The book drive is a perfect marriage of great beer and community.”
Saint Arnold Brewing enjoys an uncommon connection with its community. In fact, Saint Arnold’s move to its expanded downtown brewery may not have been possible without the financial investment of craft beer lovers – approximately 80 of whom are now part owners. Saint Arnold’s Army of craft beer enthusiasts is periodically mobilized for activities such as picking up trash at Buffalo Bayou and riding the MS-150. In 2009, the Saint Arnold MS 150 team was recognized with the Million Dollar Team Award.
Saint Arnold will open the doors to those who donate at least two new or gently used books appropriate for children between the ages of five and 10. As a thank you and to celebrate American Craft Beer Week, donors can sample some of Saint Arnold’s tasty beers and root beer. The book drive for Crawford Elementary School will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18th at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Avenue in Houston. Bilingual editions are especially appreciated.
Saint Arnold Brewing’s ten brews are made and sold by the company’s staff of 24 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.
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