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Touring the New Saint Arnold Brewery

We went on a local binge and grabbed a bunch of cheeses and bread from the Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Eastside before heading over the new Saint Arnold Brewery. Having been before, we knew that you had to bring some food if you're going to spend any time at all at the brewery. And what better to complement St. Arny's beer then some local cheeses?

The new brewery is humongous compared to the old one, but that just means more beer, right? The tour is kinda the same though. You listen to one of the employees talking about beer for around 20 minutes with a beer in his hand, then you get to drink.

The day we went, they were giving away a glass with the four beer tokens. The glass was kinda small, so we decided the best thing to do was buy the biggest glass they had at the concession stand with all the cool shirts. We bought the boot for a pricey $28. It was worth it because we got the second-to-last one they made, and of course, because you get more beer that way.

There were a couple hundred people at the brewery, and it was really like a huge party. Everybody was really happy and festive, drinking beer and playing games. A couple of people dropped their beer glasses on the floor, shattering on the polished concrete and echoing through out the whole beer hall, setting off a roar from the crowd. Nothing brings a bunch of strangers together like beer.

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