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Houston, it’s your weekly beer update!

Time for the weekly rundown/update for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Mason Park and Vintage Park.

Houston, it’s your weekly beer update!

It’s time for the weekly beer rundown/update for the Houston Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.

Before we begin, a few notes:

Remember to buy/fill your growler for the weekend - we offer beer TO-GO!  Rare bottle beer? Buy a 6 pack to take home and age. Already have a growler? Pick up a Growler Coozie for only $10 and a Pint Glass Coozie for only $3.

Here are our new and rotating beers available at both locations:

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Brewed by:  Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV
Availability: Fall
Notes:  A full bodied, malty, slightly sweet beer celebrating the Autumn harvest. This rich beer has a round malt flavor and an above average alcohol content perfect for a cool fall evening.
Malt: Three different blended Munich-style malts
Hops: Czech, Saaz and Tettnanger.
Original Gravity: 1.061 (15.5° Plato)
Color: Red-Amber
Bitterness: 24 IBU

Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company
Brewed by:  Boston Beer Company
Massachusetts, United States
Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV
Availability: Fall
Notes:  In 1810, Munich celebrated the wedding of their Crown Prince with a special beer.  After 16 days the party ended, but the tradition continues. Sam Adams version of the classic Oktoberfest lager blends 5 roasted malts for a rich, hearty flavor while Bavarian Noble hops add a touch of bitterness.
Malt: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Munich-10, Moravian, and Caramel 60
Hops: Tettnang, Tettnanger, Hallertau Mittelfrueh
Original Gravity: Not available
Color: Deep red amber, SRM: 20
Bitterness: 16 IBU

Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 4 - Limited Quantity
Style: Bourbon Barrel Weizenbock with Cocoa Nibs
Date Brewed: August 14, 2012
Date Racked: September 16, 2012
Date Bottled: July 26, 2013
Beer style in bbl: Weizenbock
Type of Barrel: Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels
Original Gravity:1.073
Final Gravity:1.013
Alcohol:7.9% ABV prior to barreling
9.9% ABV after barreling
Description: Pours a dark brown color with a very light head. The nose is bourbon, chocolate and banana. The taste starts with bourbon and a rich maltiness. Chocolate and a light banana flavor emerges, reminiscent of a banana split made with chocolate ice cream. We brewed the base weizenbock again and blended 10% fresh beer in with the barrel aged beer as much of the weizen yeast character had greatly diminished in the barrels. The warmer this beer gets the better it tastes. We recommend enjoying between 55°F and 60°F.

Here are a few beers that are only available at Mason Park:

(512) Tripel - (512) Brewing Company
Brewed by:  (512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV
Availability: Fall/Seasonal
Notes:  A repeat of the 3rd Anniversary release.  Brewed in the spirit of the abbey ales of Belgium, (512) Tripel pours a deep golden with a dense, creamy white head. The authentic Belgian yeast strain produces a complex, spicy palate that balances ripe fruity esters with bready malts and firm but subtle hops.
Malt:  Not available
Hops:  Not available
Original Gravity: Not available
Color:  Not available
Bitterness:  Not available

Buffalo Bayou White Christmas - Buffalo Bayou
Brewed by:  Buffalo Bayou
Texas, United States
Style | ABV
Belgian Wit/Spiced |  5.8% ABV
Notes: Traditional Belgian Wit spiced with Christmas spices -  This was a collaboration with Apogee Brewing.
Malt:  2 row Wheat
Hops:  Not available
Original Gravity: 14° Plato
Color:  Straw
Bitterness:  15 IBU

Bishop's Barrel 3 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Brewed by:  Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV
Availability: Limited
Notes:  Pours a black color with a very light head that dissipates quickly. The nose is all bourbon and chocolate. The taste starts with a mix of spice with the bourbon and chocolate emerging and lingering through the finish. Saint Arnold house yeast adds a slight creaminess. The light carbonation keeps the beer from becoming cloying, almost giving it a perception of lightness. A pleasant sipping beer with the bourbon both present but not overpowering as you work your way through the glass. Oddly easy to drink for a beer this strong.
Malt: Not available
Hops: Not available
Original Gravity: 1.084
Color: Very Dark/Black
Bitterness: 49 IBU

Here are some beers available exclusively at Vintage Park:

Saint Arnold Weizenbock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Brewed by:  Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.90% ABV
Availability: Limited (brewed once)
Notes:  Saint Arnold Weizenbock is a traditional weizenbock with a big malty sweetness, banana and clove esters from the hefeweizen yeast and a chocolate malt flavor from the black malts. While a big beer, it is also well balanced and drinkable. This beer, developed by brewer Stephen Rawlings, was used in Bishop’s Barrel No. 4.
Malt: Malted wheat and Vienna, black malted barley and wheat malt.
Hops: Hallertauer Hersbrucker
Original Gravity: 1.073 (11.4° Plato)
Color: Dark brown, almost black
Bitterness: 21 IBU

Texas Thunder Stout - Fort Bend Brewing Co.
Fort Bend Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.60% ABV
Availability: Year-round.
Notes:  This robust Stout is pure deep and rich as Texas Thunder heard across our great state. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, toffee and roasted coffee generated by our imported roasted barley, meet earthy English hop flavor in a beautifully balanced and surprisingly drinkable brew. The dry finish keeps you coming back for more.
Malt: British Pale, Biscuit, Chocolate, Black, Light and Dark Crystal
Hops: U.K Target, Fuggles
Yeast: English Ale
ABV: 6.6%
IBUs: 23
SRM: 50

Here are some upcoming beer events

Samuel Adams will be hosting a stein hoisting contest at both locations this fall - Think you can hoist a full liter stein longer than anyone else? Sam Adams stein hoisting competition returns for another season as they search high and low for two national champions to send to the Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. They will log your time and see how you stack up against your fellow beer lovers across the country. The man and woman with the longest hoist time will travel to Germany next year to celebrate.
Vintage Park - September 10 at 7:00pm
Mason Park - TBD

On Friday September 6, Saint Arnold Brewing Company will present a Badass Movie, Badass Beer pairing when we tap a cask of Icon Gold in conjunction with the release of RIDDICK. Tapping begins at 6:30 PM.

On Thursday September 19, we are hosting a INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK FEAST. For a look at the menu and beer pairings (courtesy of Saint Arnold), click here.

On Wednesday, September 25, we will host a Divine 3 Ways event. This will be the serving of Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve #13 in three forms - 8oz cask pour, 8oz draft pour and 12oz bottle. Guests can take their unopened bottle home. Tickets will go on sale for this event soon. There will be a limited number available and the event will take place in the beer garden at Vintage Park at 7:30 PM. Pints of Divine Reserve # 13 will be available for single purchase as well.


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