Celebrate 2016’s Extra Day with Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 16
(Houston, TX) – What will you do with your extra day of 2016? For many craft beer fans in Texas and Louisiana, Leap Day 2016 will be devoted to hunting for a special brew. Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today announced plans to release the latest edition of the brewery’s Divine Reserve Series – an Adambier described as a smoky German barleywine – next Monday. Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 16 will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles, in 22-ounce bottles and on tap in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and other select markets in Texas and Louisiana.
“Leap Day is a lot like the beers of the Divine Reserve Series – it doesn’t come around very often, so when it does you should take advantage of it,” said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner.
Although the Adambier style was added to the Great American Beer Festival as recently as 2013, it actually is a beer style that was popular in Dortmund, Germany about 200 years ago. It fell out of favor when German beer drinkers began gravitating toward Pilsners and Munich-style lagers. The style is making a bit of a comeback from obscurity as craft brewers explore beer styles that have disappeared.
Consistent with the style, Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 16 is a full bodied beer. The use of Rauchmalt contributes a smoked wood aroma. Best enjoyed at 50 degrees to 55 degrees, a subtle Noble hop aroma and a slight caramel character become more prominent as the beer warms up, and the smoked malt adds a layer of complexity. Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 16’s moderately-high bitterness is balanced nicely by its residual malty sweetness. This is a beer that will age nicely for those who enjoy cellaring Divine Reserves.
Introduced in 2005, the Saint Arnold Divine Reserve Series was among the first single batch releases. Considered unusual at the time, limited and rare beer releases have become a staple of the craft brewing industry. Saint Arnold identifies the batches by the number on the neck label. While each beer in the series is brewed with a different recipe, the common thread is all Divine Reserves are big beers.
Releases of Saint Arnold Divine Reserve have been a phenomenon that generates considerable excitement. The craft beer community uses social media to help each other to locate where Divine Reserve has been spotted. Saint Arnold encourages those seeking the beer to post using the hashtag #DR16 and to check the comments on the brewery’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/saintarnold.
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 16:
- Original Gravity: 1.100
- Final Gravity: 1.025
- Alcohol Content: 10% ABV
- Bitterness: 44 IBUs
More information on the Saint Arnold Divine Reserve series is available at http://saintarnold.com/beers/divine.html.
About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing’s 19 brews are made and sold by the company’s staff of 80 dedicated employees. Ranked 46th on the Brewers Association list of top craft breweries, Saint Arnold was listed by Thrillist among the best breweries in America for eating, and Smart Meetings magazine named it among the top breweries to host an event. Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue and its brewery tour and tasting is offered every weekday at 3:00 P.M. and Saturdays starting at 11 A.M.