Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, plans to release the fourth brew of its popular “Moveable Yeast” series: Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian on Thursday, February 9. We thought we’d share the gist of the brewery’s press release in our Wednesday seasonal blog for the tasty details.
Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian
Bitter Belgian is an alternate version of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA made with Belgian Trappist yeast. A limited supply of 60 barrels (approximately 20,000 12-ounce servings) of Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian will be released on tomorrow and will be available on tap at the brewery (for weekday tours only) as well as at select bars and restaurants throughout Texas.
According to Saint Arnold, the concept behind the Moveable Yeast series is to focus on the flavor contribution of yeast. This release was created by brewing a regular batch of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA, which debuted in 2004, and splitting the wort (unfermented beer) into two 60 barrel fermenters. One fermenter was pitched with the usual Saint Arnold yeast to make Saint Arnold Elissa IPA and the second fermenter was pitched with Belgian Trappist yeast to create Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian.
“I encourage everyone to start by appreciating the aroma, which is full of cloves with a grapefruit undercurrent,” said Saint Arnold founder/brewer Brock Wagner who has used these same tasting techniques as a judge at the Great American Beer Festival. “When you put it up to your mouth it is basically an explosion of flavor, full of malt, spice and hops. The notes from the Belgian Trappist yeast work very well with the big Cascade flavor.”
Wagner encourages craft beer enthusiasts to try Bitter Belgian side-by-side with Elissa IPA to get the full impact of the Belgian Trappist yeast (and so do we!)
Saint Arnold Moveable Yeast Series
Saint Arnold originally launched the Moveable Yeast series in the summer of 2010. The brews in the Moveable Yeast series were greeted with rave reviews and strong demand as craft beer enthusiasts enjoyed learning about the significant role yeast plays in influencing the aroma and flavor of craft beer. The reception for the first beer in the series, Saint Arnold Weedwacker — a Lawnmower kölsch with Bavarian hefeweizen yeast — proved so popular that the brewery added it to its year-round lineup.
The second brew of the Moveable Yeast series was Altared Amber in November 2010. Farmer Brown’s Ale was later added in February 2011. The series was then put on hiatus because of production demands at the brewery. Bitter Belgian now completes the series.
Unfortunately, Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian will not be bottled. Look for the brew to start showing up on draft in select bars and restaurants throughout Texas at the end of next week. Get it while you can because supplies will be limited! If you’re one of the lucky ones to try Bitter Belgian this month, make sure to leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the brew.