HOUSTON, TX – The Brewers Association says craft beer is any beer made in small batches by independent producers using traditional ingredients. But Brock Wagner, found & brewer at St. Arnold Brewing Company, says there’s more to it than that. “It’s a mindset. It’s about making great beer. It’s using the highest quality ingredients, not using adjuncts like rice or corn,” Wagner explains. “Viewing it as an art as opposed to ‘How do I ship the most beer I possibly can?'”
Wagner opened St. Arnold’s here in Houston in 1994. It was the first craft brewery in the state. “When I opened the brewery, I thought that I was creating a brewery that hopefully would be around 100 years. About 3 or 4 years in, I wasn’t so sure,” he explains. “The market was not developing… we were still having to explain what this beer was that we brewed. ”
For a complete guide to Houston’s craft beer scene, check out this month’s Houstonia.