Known for their legendary craft beers, Saint Arnold Brewing Company is Texas’ oldest craft brewery. A rich part of Houston history, the brewery’s building is a 1914 brick warehouse re-purposed into a party-popular beer hall with rows of picnic tables, a view of brewing tanks and a wood-paneled bar offering beer on tap. Long attracting a large following for tours and special events, Saint Arnold started serving weekday lunches two years ago.
On a recent lunch visit, I ordered the quarter-pound Bishop’s Burger, and my server suggested I pair this with their most popular beer, Saint Arnold Amber Ale. The fruity flavor of the beer was a nice contrast to the salty, spiced taste of the burger. I was looking forward to a tasty and relaxing meal.
While the beer was a nice midday diversion, the burger presentation was less than impressive. A simple, yet nicely encrusted patty with evenly melted cheese, was flanked by lifeless and wilted greens, resting on a slightly grilled bakery bun. Biting into the burger, the overall flavor was lacking, except the noticeable amount of salt mixed into the meat. The bun was soft and sweet which created some relief from the aforementioned salt. The burger was served with hand-cut fries that were served cold.
The burger and beer pairing for lunch is a good value at $15, but the lack of taste made my meal a less than enjoyable one While I can understand the option for serving a weekday lunch, I suggest that Saint Arnold stick with what they know best. Admittedly, I was entertained with people watching of those who were enjoying a beer for lunch.
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!
Lunch Served 11a.m. - 2p.m. Mon. - Fri., 2000 Lyons Ave.., 713-686-9494 $-$$