St. Arnold's Brewery Company
St. Arnold's is a large micro-brewery located in Houston, TX. They started pretty small time at a place just off of 290 and Ella, but moved to a much larger facility just off of I-10 north of downtown. One of my favorite activities was to get a picnic together and head out to St. Arnold's for a tour of the facilities, free beer and live music. The old place had a certain ambiance - if you call melting in a warehouse with no A/C ambiance, but the beer was cold and that made up for a lot.
The new location is really, really nice. They have a big operation now. The also have a beer drinking/dining hall that can accommodate a lot of people comfortably (and A/C). The tour used to be 5 bucks and you got three free beers. Not sure how it works now with changes to the alcohol laws (now breweries can sell small amounts to the public directly). Also, they have afternoon fixed price lunches now with a fancy chef, which sadly I have been unable to try.
St. Arnold's offers a nice variety of different beers: Lawnmower (a light, almost fruity Kolsch, that goes down great on a hot day), Amber Ale (well balanced, full flavored ale), Brown Ale (malty, chocolatey with a little sweetness), Elissa IPA (a very good IPA that has a well balanced hoppiness to it), and then some seasonal ales (Summer Pilsner, Spring Bock, Oktoberfest, Winter Stout, Pumpkinator and Christmas Ale).
I just can't pass up a six pack of St. Arnold's when I see one at the store. My favorites are the Brown ALe, the Summer Pilsner, the Sprin Bock and the Oktoberfest. I really like to pour a Winter Stout in my homemade chili in the winter time. The owner is also a super cool guy who works tirelessly for his company and the beer community. Go drink some great St. Arnold's beer and if you are ever in Houston, try to take a tour of their facilities.