St. Arnold’s Brewery: Pairing beers with gourmet lunch

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HOUSTON, TX – The great Greek philosopher Plato once wrote, ‘He is a wise man who invented beer.’ 5000 years in the making and you wonder what could possibly make such a fine beverage any better.

Then you make the acquaintance of Chef Ryan Savoie and the good folks at St. Arnold’s Brewery.

“I think I’ve got a pretty good knowledge of beer and what it takes and what goes into it, as well as food,” Chef Savoie explains.

If you’ve been in town a while, it’s a good bet you know all about St. Arnold’s brewery. But chew on this: the little craft brewery north of downtown is taking things up a notch.

“It’s kind of a cool, different way for people to experience and kind of get what we’re all about here,’ says St. Arnold’s Jeremy Johnson. ‘See the brewery and see the people that work here and hopefully leave wanting to come back.”

Starting this year, St. Arnold’s is opening its doors for lunch, offering up a daily chef’s special complete with suggested beer pairings and a little something in the way of dessert. And while the menu changes daily, the concept of the beer-sommelier doesn’t.

“Try to take the attributes of the beer and place them with the food that will complement it,” Chef Savoie says.

‘There’s some things that go together kind of typically but there are a lot of things that you might not think go together,’ Johnson says, ‘and then you try it and it works.”

It’s everything from burgers to the gourmet. And as always, make sure you drink responsibly. To quote Ernest Hemingway, ‘always do sober what you said you would do drunk; that will teach you to keep your mouth shut.’