Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is rolling out Saint Arnold Icon Blue, a brown porter, throughout Texas and Louisiana. Saint Arnold Icon is a line of rotating beers that complement the brewery’s year-round and seasonal offerings. Starting this week, it will begin showing up in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on tap in pubs and restaurants as supplies of Icon Red are depleted.
Saint Arnold Icon Blue is the first porter released by the brewery. The style originated in London in the 18th century and is named for the transportation workers among whom the style was popular. Brown porter can be distinguished from other porters by its flavors, which tend to be softer and sweeter with more caramel notes.
“In honor of the style’s roots, we used English malt and hops along with our Saint Arnold yeast that comes from a brewery in England,” said Saint Arnold Founder and Brewer Brock Wagner. “Saint Arnold Icon Blue is a sessionable dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes and a distinct sweetness coming through as the beer warms up.”
Specifications for Saint Arnold Icon Blue:
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.0132
Alcohol: 5.1 percent ABV
Bitterness: 27 IBU