Birthday wishes are in order this weekend, and a lot of great happenings to celebrate Saint Arnold Brewing Co’s 23rd anniversary this Saturday.
For the past couple of months, two of our local breweries have been brewing something special, along with a couple more H-Town breweries. Brash Brewing, Eureka Heights Brewing, B52 Brewing, Southern Star Brewing and Lone Pint Brewing have all been brewing a Saint Arnold collaboration beer – each picking a Saint Arnold recipe and putting their individual spin on it.
“Ben Fullelove with Brash Brewing is the one that got all of this started,” Eureka Heights’ co-owner and head brewer Casey Motes said. “He talked to Brock about a way to honor the grandfather Houston brewery, all while celebrating the craft. We’ve always wanted to do a collaboration, and it’s a goal for us this year to continue doing them.”
Motes is a former Saint Arnold brew master. In fact, he’s the man behind the Art Car IPA recipe – a well-rounded IPA, and a top IPA favorite of mine. Naturally, Motes and Eureka jumped on this recipe to collaborate on – though, Motes said he was hopeful to snag Lawnmower, a favorite of his, but let Southern Star have some fun with that one.
For Eureka Heights’ anniversary/collaboration beer, they’ve brewed their version of Art Car IPA called Chop Shop. This brew is very similar in recipe, with minor tweaks to which hops they used, how they added them and, of course, their brewing setup.
“The main changes to this recipe is the hops we used,” Motes said. “For Chop Shop we also did a triple dry hop, it’s much hazier than a lot of our beers. And our equipment setup is of course different. Even if we brewed the exact same recipe for Art Car here at Eureka, it would still come out different with our equipment versus Saint Arnold’s.”
Eureka’s brand is written all over this beer – with Citra hop flavors standing out in Chop Shop, something that can also be found in their popular Citra IPA.
The art behind Chop Shop is by local artist ACK! – who can be seen on the side of the old Heights Post Office on 11th Street and around town.
“We met ACK! at a graffiti market we had here at the brewery,” Motes said. “When this project came up we were really excited to work with ACK! and he’s such a great guy. He did a great job on the art for Chop Shop.”
Eureka’s Chop Shop, Brash’s Knutsen’s Farm, and all of the five collab beers can be tasted at release parties happening all this week. Eureka and all the others will be at Cottonwood this Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. for you to get a taste, and Eureka will be there with commemorative glasses for the first 100 guests.
Stop by Saint Arnold’s anniversary party at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the brewery – 2000 Lyons Ave.