HOUSTON – Next week, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the 2017 Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year, will release their newest year-round beer, Orange Show. The blonde ale made with real blood oranges is named after the famed folk art monument in Houston’s East End neighborhood and will be available in 12 oz cans and on draft across Texas and Louisiana.
Orange Show is a blonde ale made with 2,220 pounds of real blood orange purée per batch, or roughly a half-pound of purée per gallon. A strong citrus aroma comes from the purée added during fermentation and the Centennial and Citra hops. The combination of sweet and slightly tart flavors make it a balanced, light bodied beer.
The Orange Show Monument is a 3,000 square-foot structure designed by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker. He built it as a tribute to his favorite fruit and it is viewed as one of the most important folk art environments in the country. In 2015, Saint Arnold debuted the popular Art Car IPA, named after the famous parade organized by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, so paying homage to the Orange Show Monument for the newest year-round beer was a ‘no-brainer’ for Texas’ oldest craft brewery located in Houston.
“The Orange Show is a Houston institution and one of the things that makes Houston really cool,” said Lennie Ambrose, Chief Marketing Officer for Saint Arnold Brewing Co. “We’ve had a partnership with the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art for decades, so naming a beer after a Houston landmark just made sense.”
“The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art couldn’t be happier to have partnered with Saint Arnold on the release of Orange Show,” said Lynette Wallace, Executive Director for the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. “Both institutions strive to support Houston’s artistic community and encourage Houstonians to express their individual creativity, and in doing so have greatly added to the rich fabric of our city. From Saint Arnold’s support of the diverse artistic performances that take place at The Orange Show and Smither Park, to their longstanding sponsorship of the annual Houston Art Car Parade, the organization is thrilled to continue our relationship and can’t wait for the city to enjoy this refreshing new brew!”
“Orange Show marries our passion for beer with our mission to build community,” said Brock Wagner, Founder and Brewer for Saint Arnold. “A portion of the proceeds from this beer will be donated to the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to promote arts education in Houston.”
Orange Show brings the brewery’s year round offerings to a total of 12 beers. It will be available in stores and bars across Texas and Louisiana beginning next week.
Orange Show Blood Orange Blonde Ale Specifications: Original Gravity: 1.050 Final Gravity: 1.0100 Alcohol: 5.3% ABV Bitterness: 23 IBU