Saint Arnold Brewery, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, has been thrilling its fans for almost twenty years with its lineup of award winning craft beers. The brewery ranks among the top 50 craft breweries nationwide when measured by total barrels of production and could easily continue as strictly a brewery and nothing more. But the creative talent at St. Arnold Brewery is never content to rest on its laurels- they are constantly looking for new products, services, and other means to satisfy customers and expand appeal. The latest venture is a foray into food and it officially began just this past week when St. Arnold Brewery served up its first meal to the public.
A Meal with Your Beer?
St. Arnold owner/founder Brock Wagner expressed his interest in selling food a short time ago and to facilitate the new branch of the business, he began searching for the right personnel. His efforts landed St. Arnold a new executive chef by the name of Ryan Savoie, a man with an impressive resume that includes stints at The Grove and Alto restaurants in Houston. Savoie joined the St. Arnold team in February, hired a staff of his own, and transformed part of the back section of the St. Arnold Brewery, in back of the main bar, into a kitchen.
One thing is certain about the food service at St. Arnold Brewery: It is nothing like the food typically associated with a brewery, tavern, or similar establishment. When Brock Wagner went searching for a chef, he wanted exactly that- someone with the skill and creative talent that comes with the title executive chef. Savoie has been offering lunches at St. Arnold Brewery for only a week now, but the quality of the meals has already wowed customers who cannot believe what St. Arnold is serving up for a midday meal. To give you an idea, take a look at the menu of food served from March 26 through March 29, 2013:
Tuesday, March 26
Wedge salad with bacon, radish, onion, herbs, and blue cheese
Stewed chicken and dumplings with roasted corn and carrots
Wednesday, March 27
Tomato and cucumber salad with balsamic, parsley, and mint
Horseradish roast beef with harvest beans and roasted turnips
Thursday, March 28
White bean salad with watermelon
Pulled pork sandwich with potato salad and bread & butter pickles
Friday, March 29
Hummus and Tabouli with crispy flatbread
Vegetable curry with basmati rice and saag paneer
Most who dine will agree that this is not your typical pub fare and the quality easily compares to that of some of the very best restaurants in Houston. The plan is to serve a different two- course meal each day so that customers can enjoy a wide variety of quality foods. The weekly menu is posted at www.saintarnold.com/lunch so that guests can select a day with food best suited to their individual tastes.
For now, St. Arnold Brewery is serving only lunches and the food is available between 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. Guests arrive at the door and pay a flat rate of $17.55 plus tax, which adds up to $19. They can then select a beverage and wait for their number to be called to pick up their lunch. Beverages are included in the price with the exception of iced tea which adds 92 cents plus tax ($1 total) to the total cost. Dessert is also extra and sells for $4.62 plus tax ($5 total) but the remainder of the food and drink are included in the base price of $19.
Time to do Lunch
Anything Saint Arnold Brewing creates is bound to be top notch and the addition of this lunch service is right in- line with the quality Houston residents have grown to expect from this, the oldest craft brewing operation in the state. Plan a weekday visit to Saint Arnold Brewery for an amazing lunch that easily bests most of the lunches served in the Houston area for a comparable price. It’s a great midday dining experience from a world- class brewing operation.
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