Karbach and Saint Arnold’s Brewery Tours
More and more craft breweries are popping up in Texas and in the Houston area. We are privileged to have two of the best: Karbach and Saint Arnolds. According to my UnTappd stats (and if you don’t know what UnTappd is, you should!) these are the top two breweries that I have sampled – 19 from Saint Arnold and 15 from Karbach (when Firestone Walker comes to Texas, they may shoot to first!).
The New Yorker’s “Mapping the Rise of Craft Beer” has Karbach as the 2nd fastest growing brewery in the nation (over 8,000 barrels in 2012), with Saint Arnold’s the 44th largest (just over 49,000 barrels in 2012).
Below are some notes and pictures on “touring” each of these two fine breweries. Karbach is closer and they serve more darker beers which my wife and I enjoy, so we’ll continue to visit them more frequently…but not in the hot Texas summer; the A/C at Saint Arnold’s is a requirement during those months!
|Location||2032 Karbach Street|
Houston, TX 77092
near US 290 at loop 610
|2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
just north of downtown and I-10
|Bierhall||Outdoor picnic tables.|
Food by food trucks or bring your own.
Food by food trucks (Bernie's Burger Bus was their when we went) or bring your own.
|Wait||Minimal line on Friday 5-7 "tour" when we have gone.||Long line on Saturday near opening (11:30), but moves well. No line around 1:00pm (on Saturday they stop admissions at 2:00)|
Special beers are two tokens (or one special colored token)
Special beers are two tokens.
More darker beers available.
|Did not see any specials, except that BB3 and Divine 13 were available for purchase in bottles.
Had Endeavor IPA on draft (two tokens).
Only dark was Santo.
They also offer a point system if you bring in packaging from packs of their beers, which will give you discounts.
|Hours||Mondays 5PM-7PM (Tour at 6), Fridays from 5PM-7PM (Tour at 6), Saturdays from Noon-3PM (Tours at 1PM and 2:15PM)|
For latest schedule go here.
Also has lunch and beers.
For lastest schedule, go here.