HOUSTON, March 5, 2009 – To the delight of craft beer lovers throughout Texas, beers brewed by Saint Arnold Brewing Company (www.saintarnold.com) have started showing up in more stores, restaurants and bars in recent weeks. The expanded distribution throughout Texas is the result of Saint Arnold changing distributors after its longtime distributor Glazer’s decided to sell its beer distribution business in the many markets in Texas.
“We were excited about the opportunities our new distributors would provide in the major markets, but where we have seen the greatest gains has been in the smaller markets where we are now with the dominant local distributor,” said Brock Wagner, founder of Saint Arnold Brewing. Visiting these small towns and seeing our beers on draft at the local bars is a great feeling. It turns out that we have many fans in these communities but our beer just wasn’t available .”
He has fielded a number of calls since the change in distributors from passersby who saw trucks emblazoned with “The King of Beer’s” logo in his loading dock. “Our new distributors also happen to work with a certain large brewery in St. Louis, so there aren’t many cities or towns in Texas they don’t reach,” Wagner said. “We have had to explain to a few people that Saint Arnold remains a completely independent company with no ties to any breweries in St. Louis. Our distributors are independent companies as well. They just happen to sell Bud too.”
While Saint Arnold has new distributors in Houston (Silver Eagle Distributors, Del Papa Distributing and Wismer Distributing Co.) and Dallas/Fort Worth (Ben E. Keith Company), it is in the previously underserved communities below where craft beer fans won’t have to work so hard to find beers brewed by the oldest craft brewery in Texas:
- Beaumont (Del Papa Distributing)
- Brenham (Mike Hopkins Distributing Company)
- Corpus Christie (L&F Distributors)
- Fredericksburg-Kerrville (Ben E. Keith Company)
- Laredo (L&F Distributors)
- San Antonio (Silver Eagle Distributors)
Saint Arnold brews five year round beers, including Saint Arnold Amber, Saint Arnold Brown Ale, Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower Ale, Saint Arnold Elissa IPA and Saint Arnold Texas Wheat. The brewery’s five seasonal beers include Saint Arnold Spring Bock (now available in stores, restaurants and bars throughout Texas), Saint Arnold Summer Pils (coming in April), Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Saint Arnold Christmas Ale and Saint Arnold Winter Stout. Additionally, the brewery periodically creates a highly regarded limited edition series of big beer styles under the Saint Arnold Divine Reserve brand.
About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing's ten brews are made and sold by the company’s staff of 22 dedicated employees. The brewery was listed by USA Today as one of the “10 great places to see what’s brewing in beer.” It is located at 2522 Fairway Park Drive and its brewery tour and tasting is offered every Saturday at 1:00 P.M. For more information on Saint Arnold's five year-round and five seasonal beers as well as root beer, log on to www.saintarnold.com.
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