Houston Now Has a World-Class Beer Garden Destination At Saint Arnold

BY JOSH ARMENDARIZ

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Five years after Texas changed the law to allow breweries to sell beer on site, Saint Arnold Brewing Company has opened a massive beer garden and restaurant directly next to the brewery at 2000 Lyons.

Founder Brock Wagner has been planning this for much longer than five years. Rumor has it that he had a Lego model of the beer garden in his office in the “oldery”—the original brewery that was located in a warehouse with no air-conditioning in the northwest part of the city. It wouldn’t have been Wagner’s first vision to become a reality; after all, Saint Arnold is Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery. We were invited to check out the new facility and its offerings.

The Saint Arnold vibe is immediately recognizable on the walk up to the beer garden. Visitors are greeted by a rotating selection of art cars—some of which belong to Saint Arnold and others on loan from the Art Car Museum, a local non-profit that Saint Arnold works with closely. One of Saint Arnold’s year-round beers, Art Car IPA, is even named in honor of the non-profit. Another community-themed beer, Orange Show — a blonde ale with blood oranges — is named after the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

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