Brock Wagner

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    June 4, 2014

    Saint Arnold Celebrates 20 Years of Beers This Weekend

    On June 9, 1994, Saint Arnold Brewing Company shipped the first keg of Amber Ale it ever produced for retail sale. It was brewed with a mission that brewer and co-founder Brock Wagner stands by even today, 20 years later: "Brew and sell the best beer in Texas and create an institution Houston and Te ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat/Drink This Weekend: Cheese, Australian Wine & Saint Arnold Beer

    Le Sagre Series: "I Formaggi Freschi" @ Italian Cultural Community Center Friday, 7-10 p.m. 1101 Milford Learn about Italian food and cheese tonight at the first Italian Sagra, a cheese festival, hosted by the Italian Cultural Community Center. Enjoy a small-bites buffet and wine pairings with a mu ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Brewmasters' Panel Gives Inside Look into Houston's Colorful Craft Brew Scene

    "With wine you've got a very narrow palette of colors to work, with but beer can be anything from Monet to Van Gogh to Salvador Dali to Pollock. We can do incredible things, paint with so many different colors" proclaimed Rassul Zarinfar, founder of Buffalo Brewing Co. "There's no 's' is in St. Ar ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Saint Arnold's Brock Wagner Named a Legend of Houston Restaurants

    While many of Houston's finest in the culinary realm received awards at Sunday's 17th My Table Magazine Houston Culinary Awards in honor of their contributions to the Houston dining and restaurant scene, the most prestigious award -- The Legends of Houston Restaurants -- was bestowed upon the founde ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tracy Vaught, Owner of Backstreet Cafe and Hugo's

    What she does: Tracy Vaught is the owner of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and a partner at Prego and Trevisio. ""I do all the planning, train managers, set all the standards for the restaurants, design menus," says Vaught. "Investments and charitable giving. I am the one who has political involvement ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 28, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Indian cuisine.

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    March 22, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Saint Arnold for Lunch, Goro & Gun for Dinner

    A happy Friday morning comes with some happy news from around the city. First is the announcement that Goro & Gun -- the hotly awaited downtown ramen shop on Main Street -- will officially be open for business today at 4 p.m. Goro & Gun is only serving dinner for now, but lunch looks to be in its fu ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 7, 2013

    Sitting Pretty

    Houston's 10 Best Patios

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Chef Ryan Savoie to Head Up New Lunch Program Launching at Saint Arnold Brewery

    Houston's oldest microbrewery once hosted a tour only once a week, back in the days when the Saint Arnold Brewery was still located in a warehouse that lacked both air conditioning and space for its growing crowd of fans. Four years ago, the brewery moved into a big new facility at 2000 Lyons that o ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Ellen Schwartz, Culinary Instructor & Private Chef

    Who she is: Ellen Schwartz, better known as Chef Ellen, has been in the kitchen for as long as she can remember. A native Houstonian, she and her family have a long history in the food industry. Her father and grandfather -- a butcher -- owned the Riverside Market grocery stores since the 40's. She ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Brock Wagner, Godfather of Craft Beer in Houston and Founder of Saint Arnold Brewery, the Oldest Microbrewery in Texas

    Eating...Our Words has embarked on a project to profile 100 Houston culinarians of all fields, practices, careers and backgrounds. This isn't a Best of Houston list, it's not a 100 Favorites list and it's not in any particular order. Instead, the Eating...Our Words 100 is a way to introduce our read ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Saint Arnold Releases Divine Reserve No. 12 Today

    Home brewer David Rogers is the man responsible for Saint Arnold's latest Divine Reserve batch -- that's because Rogers's entry into the 16th Annual Big Batch Brew Bash won him the chance to have his recipe featured as the most recent Divine Reserve to be released by Houston's oldest craft brewery, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Old Habits Die Hard: 6 Texas Beers to Try

    Texans are a stubborn bunch. Proud and headstrong, we hold our beliefs as closely as just about anyone. Sometimes we do it out of tradition, and other times simply out of habit. What other excuse do we have for still executing the mentally handicapped and eating at Saltgrass Steak House? Old habits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Take Your Pick of Avocado, Snails and Beer

    Fed up with Cinco de Mayo? Just want to do something different from the rest of the crowd this weekend? Then head out to the 6th annual Polish Festival this weekend. The two-day festival will take place at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church (1731 Blalock Drive) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Baylor Bears Win Saint Arnold's 5th Annual One Pot Showdown

    For a university that -- ostensibly, at least -- doesn't encourage drinking, Baylor turned out a hell of a One Pot Showdown team at yesterday's 5th annual competition held at the Saint Arnold brewery. The Bears Gone Drinking team, made up of Baylor alumni in a green-and-gold tent, won the competitio ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Owling at the Saint Arnold Brewery

    You haven't lived until you've owled atop a beer tank.​Yes, owling is the new planking. Or, if you're to believe the movement's Facebook page, it's the "evolution of planking." (Side note: Are Internet trends moving at light speed these days, or am I already a geriatric at 30?) Personally, I' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Collaborative dinners take center stage. (Note: There are women involved, too.)​Justin Basye, Peter Jahnke and their bunch of wild young hearts chefs were the talk of the week, as their new pop-up dinner series was announced this past Monday. Les Sauvages (translation: the savages, or the wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    AB InBev Trademarking Our Area Code for Crappy Beer

    Filling a stein with Budweiser is tantamount to filling a Riedel glass with Boone's Farm, just FYI.​Anheuser-Busch is counting on civic pride to make its next product a smash seller: beer named after America's various beer-drinking cities, based on their area codes. To that end, AB has alread ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    The Weekend in Slideshows

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt​It was a busy weekend for food events, from the 17th anniversary party at Saint Arnold to the cattle call for Pilot Light tickets at Revival Market, but we managed to capture most of it. The line for those Pilot Light tickets started forming at 2 p.m. on Saturday a ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Legislative Victory for Texas Beer

    kMatherlyCheers indeed. Local breweries celebrate a win in the House of Representatives.Just as we were bemoaning the huge, wet bite the IRS took out of our savings account, along comes an example of tax dollars being put to good use. On April 21 the office of State Representative Jessica Farrar (D, ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Proposed Beer Legislation Seeks To Loosen the Reins on Texas Brewers

    logocheif.comFreetail for retail sale? Supporters of HB 660 hope so.​Hey, I love Texas as much as the next girl, but when it comes to laws the Lone Star State has a reputation for being a bit outdated. And when it comes to alcohol laws, we're downright hard-core. The regulations are particula ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Saint Arnold's 4th Annual One Pot Showdown

    Photos by GroovehouseThe One Pot Wenches and their stewed collard greens.​Sometimes taking a risk pays off. At least it did yesterday, when the One Pot Wenches won second place at Saint Arnold's 4th Annual One Pot Showdown with a very unusual ingredient: collard greens. "We had people giving ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Altared Amber: Saint Arnold's Second "Moveable Yeast" Brew Hits Taps Today

    Altared Amber on the left, regular Amber Ale on the right.​It tastes like someone decorated Amber Ale for Christmas, the strong scent of cloves mixing with that signature caramel sweetness: This is Altared Amber, the second in local brewery Saint Arnold's "Moveable Yeast" series, in which the ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    The Back 9: A Vertical Tasting of All Previous Saint Arnold Divine Reserve Beers

    Brock Wagner carefully uncaps the first bottle of DR 1, being careful not to disturb the sediment on the bottom.​Robb Walsh last did a vertical tasting of all the Saint Arnold Divine Reserve (DR) brews back in 2008, and three more DRs have been released in the ensuing years: DR 7, a Weizenbock ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    We're Buzzed About Houston Beer Week

    foshydog​From October 11 to 17, local taprooms, eateries, breweries and beer aficionados will join forces to pay homage to all the creative combinations of hops, malt, yeast and water - better known as beer. The first ever Houston Beer Week will be eight days of beer magic taking place in Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Brew Blog: "Moveable Yeast" Series

    We here at Brew Blog try to be educational. The ultimate goal, of course, is to welcome casual beer drinkers into the more complex but infinitely more satisfying world of craft beer. So we were flat out exuberant when we heard about a new project from hometown St. Arnold Brewing Co. that founder ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    A Sweet Showdown

    Photos by Marco TorresClick here for a slideshow​The third annual Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown took place at the brewery's brand-new location on Sunday afternoon, a day which closely resembled last year's Showdown in cold weather and cheerful competitiveness but not in food. While many of las ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Still Suspended: St. Arnold's Saturday Brewery Tours

    ‚ÄčIt came as a bit of a shock after a successful grand opening party last Wednesday night to find out that Saint Arnold's much-anticipated Saturday afternoon brewery tour -- a regular weekly event and the first at their new facility -- had been cancelled late last week. As with most snafus whe ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Saint Arnold's Celebrates Their 15th Anniversary With the First Annual Beer Olympics

    Photos by Jeff BalkeSunday's bracing heat and thick humidity didn't stop the hundreds of beer lovers who turned out to help local microbrewery Saint Arnold celebrate its 15th anniversary while feasting on barbecue and watching the spectacle that was the first annual Beer Olympics. Emcee Lennie Ambr ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009
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    November 25, 2008

    Recession Thanksgiving Tip: Drink Beer Instead of Wine

    Airline travel is down, grocery stores are giving away free turkeys to get customers in the door, and everybody is looking for ways to economize this Thanksgiving. But before you decide to save money by buying a jug of Riunite instead of an expensive wine, consider serving your guests American craft ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    Tailgating: Breakfast Beer

    Students of Texas beer culture might assume that the Texans fans who show up three or four hours before the game to tailgate would prefer Bud Light to craft beers and imports. And while it is undeniably true that a hell of a lot of Bud, Miller and other mainstream brews are consumed in the Reliant p ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 16, 2008
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    October 16, 2008

    Texas Wants Beer!

    Our state is the top beer market in the country, so why are we falling behind in the microbrewery movement?

  • News

    December 21, 2006

    Beer Time in Austin

    Houston's microbrewer starts lobbying

  • Calendar

    May 18, 2006
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    December 1, 2005

    Free Booze

    Never pay for a drink in this town again

  • Dining

    February 15, 2001

    Holy Water

    Saint Arnold's finds a little divine guidance in the form of Father Andrei Davydov

  • Dining

    June 29, 2000

    Expect the Wurst


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    November 26, 1998