Saint Arnold Brewing Co. believes the lowly potato deserves some love and attention. Today, on National French Fry Day, July 13, Saint Arnold removed everything else from its menu for a special French fry-athon, expected to attract hundreds of french fry devotees.
Saint Arnold Executive Chef Ryan Savoie prepares more than 18 tons of hand cut fries each year. His painstaking process involves cutting half-pound russet potatoes (about one serving per potato), washing them several times in room temperature water, blanching at 250 degrees until golden brown, then completely cooling and drying each fry before a final cook at 360 degrees when ready to serve. After a shake of salt and pepper, the result is the best french fry in Houston.
Of course, Saint Arnold isn’t only known for having Houston’s best french fries; it also creates flavorful craft beer that has been judged among the best in America and the world. In fact, each of Saint Arnold’s 13 year-round beers has won a medal at either the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) or the World Beer Cup. The brewery’s most highly decorated beer, Saint Arnold Summer Pils is currently available in stores and on tap.
Which begs the question, which Saint Arnold beer would pair best with fries? It all depends on which condiment you like to enjoy with your fries. If you are someone who enjoys the good old fashion ketchup an ale, such as Saint Arnold’s Amber Ale, would do well to compliment the tanginess of the Ketchup. However, if you are someone with a more adventurous pallet and savors horseradish sauce with their starchy snack an IPA like Saint Arnold’s Elissa IPA would pair well with the sharpness of the sauce. At the end of the day the choice is yours and yours alone. Let us know in the comments below what beer you fancy while enjoying the classic American side dish.