Houston: Craft Brew City

Houston: Craft Brew City

By Anjelica Guevara

During Beer Week in Houston, Texas, a quick google search will render over fifty events taking place in honor of beer. This might come as a surprise to some, who are unaware of the colorful and decorated past of Houston’s breweries and the love Houstonians have for their beer. In 1837, Houston emerged as a brand new city, and although it had not built up much yet, it already had a saloon.

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Scroll down to watch the movie, Houston: Craft Brew City, or to listen to excerpts from an interview with Saint Arnold Brewing Company founder Brock Wagner, who talks about how he got involved in brewing beer, the company, and what it means to Houston beer lovers.

Click the arrows below to listen to excerpts from Anjelica Guevara’s  interview with Brock Wagner on November 1, 2012 at his office at the Saint Arnold Brewery.

Wagner discusses his interest in brewing and wanting to open his own company. He explains what he learned during investment banking that helped him open the brewery.

Wagner talks about eating at Hungry’s Neighborhood Cafe and Bistro during his college days at Rice and remembers the cooler of beer from all around the world, which was not available in many places in Houston at the time. Wagner’s home brewing grew out of a desire to recreate these flavors.

Wagner discusses the shift in beer palates generationally as a factor contributing to the craft brew boom.

Wagner talks about his love of Houston’s diversity and how he chooses the types beer to brew. He goes in depth on the creation of Santo.

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