Brewery's first Porter honors style's 18th century roots, delivers distinctive sweetness

icon_blue_brown_porter_bottle.jpgHOUSTON, March 6, 2014 – Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is rolling out Saint Arnold Icon Blue, a Brown Porter, throughout Texas and Louisiana. Saint Arnold Icon is a line of rotating beers that complement the brewery's year-round and seasonal offerings. Starting this week, it will begin showing up in 4-packs of 12 ounce bottles and on tap in pubs and restaurants as supplies of Icon Red are depleted.

Saint Arnold Icon Blue is the first porter released by the brewery. The style originated in London in the 18th century and is named for the transportation workers among whom the style was popular. Brown Porter can be distinguished from other Porters by its flavors, which tend to be softer and sweeter with more caramel notes.

"In honor of the style's roots, we used English malt and hops along with our Saint Arnold yeast that comes from a brewery in England," said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner. "Saint Arnold Icon Blue is a sessionable dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes and a distinct sweetness coming through as the beer warms up."

Specifications for Saint Arnold Icon Blue:

  • Original Gravity: 1.052
  • Final Gravity: 1.0132
  • Alcohol: 5.1% ABV
  • Bitterness: 27. IBU


A new Saint Arnold Icon beer is released every three months or so, depending on how quickly supplies are exhausted. This beer is referred to as Saint Arnold Icon Blue because of its striking metallic blue and black label.

Meanwhile, Saint Arnold also announced plans to sell bottles of Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6 during Pub Night at the brewery this Friday, March 7th for on premise consumption. Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6 is an imperial pumpkin stout that spent nine months aging in oak barrels that previously were used by Appleton Estate to age its rums for 21 to 30 years. The Saint Arnold Tour Hall will open Friday at 5 p.m.

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About Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing's 16 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