The new brewery is the 95-year-old Houston ISD food distribution warehouse on Lyons.Î¾ The four-story warehouse is being adapted into a place that can turn out about four times the amount of beer than previously.Î¾ Saint Arnold founder Brock Wagner says they're three to five more weeks away from the first beer produced from the new facility.
"We had 15 years in the old location.Î¾ We grew, we kinda got to our maximum capacity there.Î¾ Invested a whole lot of money, but we plan on being here, you know, for the rest of my life, certainly.Î¾ You know, we have two focuses here: one is brewing great beer.Î¾ The other part was creating this institution that Houston would be proud of, and what I find is that when you're passionate about something, you work harder at it.Î¾ It gives dividends down the road you wouldn't normally expect."
The new brewery will continue featuring Saturday afternoon tours, which draw almost 600 people a week.Î¾ Wagner says hardcore fans of Saint Arnold's shouldn't worry that their craft beer is growing too fast.
"I've had some concern about that.Î¾ I mean, we suddenly have this building on the side of I-10 that everybody can see.Î¾ I wondered if somebody's gonna drive by and think suddenly we're a big brewery, when in fact we're still the same company.Î¾ Our soul hasn't changed.Î¾ We're still just 24 people.Î¾ You know, it is a concern.Î¾ We don't want it to look like an industrial brewery because we're not."
Ed: "Is this all new equipment you have here, or some will be moved from the old location?"
"Yeah, everything that's on the floor right now is new equipment.Î¾ But we're going to be moving most of our old equipment from the old brewery over here."Î¾
Wagner says he's had ideas for other beers that he's been wanting to try, and the new facility has the capacity needed to experiment and develop new types.Î¾ Ed Mayberry, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.