Saint Arnold Brewing Co. is growing in more ways then one.
The Houston, Texas-based brewery has announced that 2014 was the fourth consecutive year that its production has grown by more than 8,000 barrels from the year before, and while it took 16 years to produce 30,000 barrels for the first time, it has only taken four years to increase production by another 35,000 barrels. In addition, the rebranded Saint Arnold Ale Wagger was the brewery’s fastest growing release, “posting a 32 percent increase in production for the year and a 90 percent increase since the beer was renamed and aligned with animal welfare causes.”
“We celebrated our 20th anniversary year by releasing 10 new beers, hosting some epic parties and raising over $250,000 for community organizations,” said Brock Wagner, Saint Arnold founder and brewer, in a press release. “We have several new beers in the pipeline for 2015 and are currently busy putting together our canning line – it’s like playing with an erector set for grown-ups. We are focused on continuing to foster the community of craft beer where Saint Arnold is sold.”
In addition to record production numbers, Saint Arnold will also beginning canning some of its releases, with Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower kölsch (4.9 percent ABV) and Santo black kölsch (4.7 percent ABV) scheduled to be introduced by the end of February and Saint Arnold Summer Pils (4.9 percent ABV) following sometime in April. The brewery is now installing a canning line manufactured by CFT Packaging USA that is capable of packaging up to 160 cans per minute.
“We have been pushed by our customers to offer our beers in cans,” said Wagner. “We plan to package our top sellers, and possibly add a can-only beer before the end of 2015.”