While the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet, RBQ to those in the know, was preparing for the yearly “Beer and Brass” at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, it was logical that among the diligent refinement of the music, both artistically and technically, was the discussion of what’s one of the happiest beverages on earth.
Of course we’re joking (no offense to kombucha zealots out there). But we’re really talking about beer.
Read on to learn about the players’ favorite frosty suds from Houston’s favorite local brewery — Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
George Chase: “My favorite is the Boiler Room – it just pushes my buttons (but not my valves, unfortunately). Such a wonderful, interesting flavor!”
About Boiler Room: Boiler Room is a light bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer. The sourness is created by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation (unlike Belgian-style sours which sour during fermentation and have active bacteria in them when packaged). The nose of the beer has a light Hersbrucker hop note and a distinct funkiness. The taste is sweet malt quickly going into a tart body and finish.
Jason Adams: “Saint Arnold’s Brown Ale. I love that sweet stuff!”
About Brown Ale: A beautiful, deep copper brown ale. It has a full, malty body with hints of chocolate, a touch of sweetness and a light hop flavor. A complex malt character is created by combining five different types of malts. It has a rich, creamy head with a fine lace. The light fruitiness, characteristic of ales, is derived from a proprietary yeast strain.
About Fancy Lawnmower: A true German-style Kölsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor.
Thomas Hulten: “Saint Arnold’s Amber Ale — especially when it’s on sale :)”
About Amber Ale: A well balanced, full flavored, amber ale. It has a rich, malty body with a pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. A complex hop aroma, with a hint of floral and citrus comes from a combination of Cascades and Liberty hops. It has a rich, creamy head with a fine lace. The light fruitiness, characteristic of ales, is derived from a proprietary yeast strain.