Houston’s First Craft Brewery Celebrates Milestone Birthday

Houston’s First Craft Brewery Celebrates Milestone Birthday

Houston craft beer fans had a lot to celebrate this weekend as Saint Arnold Brewing Co. marked its 25th anniversary.

Saint Arnold was the first independently-owned brewery in Houston, and founder Brock Wagner is considered among the pioneers of the Texas craft beer community—a state with notoriously tough beer laws.

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“I thought, ‘Lots of beer drinkers. No microbreweries. This is going to be easy.’ I was wrong,” he told KHOU-TV in Houston.

Wagner is recognized as a driving force for advocating for craft brewers in Texas as well as across the country; he’s served on the board of directors for both the Texas Craft Brewers Guild as well as Brewers Association during his career in beer.

A lot has changed in the 25 years since Saint Arnold opened. There are now more than 280 breweries in Texas. Wagner takes KHOU’s Brandi Smith for a walk down memory lane in the great video at the top of the page.

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