Saint Arnold’s Newest Release Pays Homage to World Class Brewer
Saint Arnold Brewing Company has released the latest edition of its ICON series lineup. Icon Gold is a Belgian-style Wit that is described as, ‘gentle’ and ‘subtle’, and according to brewer Stephen Rawlings, “getting the herbal, citrus and spicy notes from the coriander and orange peel dialed in took some time,[and] the result is a nice balance with no one piece standing out or overwhelming the others.”
This latest release pays homage to one of the early Texas brewing pioneers. Pierre Celis is credited as resurrecting the Witbier style. According to release information, “He was a world class brewer who established and sold the brewery now known as Hoegaarden in Belgium before relocating to Austin and establishing the Celis Brewery.”
Here’s more from that release: Saint Arnold Icon Gold – Belgian-Style Wit builds on Pierre Celis’ ideas. It provides the familiar aromatics of coriander and orange peel to add spice and tantalize the nose, but it has a strong malt backbone due to the addition of oats to the wheat and pilsner malt bill.
“Pierre Celis is one of the first people I visited when I decided to open a brewery,” said Brock Wagner. “Saint Arnold Icon Gold is a tribute to Celis and his pioneering of craft brewing in Texas. It is a refreshing beer that is a perfect match for the warm weather along the Gulf Coast, even though our
weather doesn’t bear much resemblance to Belgium’s.”
Saint Arnold Icon Gold will start arriving in pubs, restaurants and retail stores today, as supplies of Icon
Green – Amarillo Hefe run out. The Saint Arnold Icon Series is a line of rotating beers that complement
the brewery’s year-round and seasonal offerings. Saint Arnold Icon Gold – Belgian-Style Wit will be
available on tap and in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles through October 2015.
Original Gravity: 1.049
Final Gravity: 1.009
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Bitterness: 17 IBUs
Saint Arnold Icon
Saint Arnold Icon Gold features a striking metallic gold and black label with an image of the brewery’s
namesake, St. Arnold of Metz, the patron saint of brewers. The next beer in the Saint Arnold Icon Series
will be an American Roggenbier, which is scheduled for release in the October/November timeframe.
Learn more about the Saint Arnold Icon Series at http://www.saintarnold.com/beers/icon.html.
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About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing’s 16 brews are made and sold by the company’s staff of 74 dedicated employees. Ranked 46th
on the Brewers Association list of top craft breweries, Saint Arnold was listed by USA Today as one of the “10 great
places to see what’s brewing in beer,” and Smart Meetings magazine named it among the “Top 5 breweries to host
an event.” Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue and its brewery tour and tasting is offered every weekday
at 3:00 P.M. and Saturdays starting at 11 A.M. For more information on Saint Arnold’s eight year-round and five
seasonal beers as well as root beer, log on to www.saintarnold.com.