Saint Arnold Lawnmower

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

After more than 25 years of brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, located in Houston, is Texas’ oldest craft brewery. Their goal has been to brew world-class beers that are delivered fresh as possible to customers in Texas and surrounding states.

The brewery staff is small, but they are dedicated to making full-flavored beers that are crafted for true beer lovers. It’s a passion, not a job, and they believe it comes through in the beers we make.

Over the years they’ve created several year-round beers that are well-supported, as well as much-anticipated seasonals and limited-edition series.

Founded by beermakers, Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, their first keg of beer was shipped in June of 1994. They chose Houston as their headquarters because it was the largest city in the country that did not have a microbrewery. Brock was a longtime homebrewer and had considered opening a brewery as far back as college, although that was quickly dismissed as a silly idea. Seven years after graduating, Brock revisited the idea, enlisted Kevin’s help and the brewery was off and running.

Featured Beer: Lawnmower

A true German-style Kölsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. We use a special Kölsch yeast, an ale yeast that ferments at lager temperatures, to yield the slightly fruity, clean flavor of this beer. Lawnmower is a world class brew yet light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after strenuous activities, like mowing the lawn.

Brewed since August 2000, many Texans laud Lawnmower’s role in their craft beer journey as a gateway beer. The gateway beer is an eye-opening experience we’ve all had – the realization that beer can be as complex and enjoyable as any beverage out there. It’s been a beer that St. Arnold customers and employees haven’t put down, and it remains an essential and favorite part of their lineup.

The Kölsch style and Lawnmower also marry the appeal of ale and lager. It boasts slight fruitiness from the Kölsch yeast, but also a clean finish. It has great floral aroma and bitterness from a noble hop varietal, but never crosses over into being overbearing. Its moderate alcohol content makes it an ideal partner for drinking multiple servings under the Texas sun.  ABV: 4.9%, 1BU: 18

Food Pairings:
Blackened fish, chicken, salads, and grilled veggies.

Blackened Chicken

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried leaf thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried leaf oregano
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 6 Tbs butter

In a bowl stir together the paprika, salt, garlic, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, thyme and oregano. Place the chicken in a large zip top bag and add the seasoning. Add two tablespoons of oil and shake the bag until the chicken is well-coated. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

In a cast iron skillet, add the remaining oil. Over high heat, sear the chicken on both sides to brown and add the butter to the pan. Cover and turn heat to low. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a serving platter and spoon melted butter over the top.

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