December 18-Fancy Lawnmower-St. Arnulf of Metz


imageSaint Arnold

Sampling a second beer from the Craft Beer of the Month gift package I received yesterday.

Tonight it is a Texas Beer from Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. The name of the beer is Fancy Lawnmower which is Kolsch and this brew is excellent. Fancy Lawnmower has won two gold medals 2007 and 2010 at Great American Beer Festival and I see why.

Fancy Lawnmower contains 4.9% ABV and has IBU rating of 20. This beer is crisp and refreshing and makes for a perfect summer beer that I enjoyed in December.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company was founded in 1994 and was Houston’s first microbrewery. The founders did some researched and found out that the largest city in 1994 without a microbrewery was Houston. Saint Arnold is recognized as a top 50 brewery today.

FYI Saint Arnold is named for the patron saint of beer brewing St. Arnulf of Metz. I did some research on St. Arnulf here is what I found on one website.

“Don’t drink the water, drink beer” warned Saint Arnulf of Metz (b. 580 AD, d. 640), concerned about the dangers of drinking impure water. He believed that the polluted water caused illness, while the boiled and processed water used for beer was a safer alternative. According to legend he ended a plague when he submerged his crucifix into a brew kettle and persuaded people to drink only beer from that “blessed” kettle. He is reported to have said “From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world”.

Link below tells you more about patron saints of beer.

http://www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/patron_saints.shtml

http://www.saintarnold.com

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