Saint Arnold Ale Wagger Initiative Donates $12k to BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions
(Houston, TX) – Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is thanking the craft beer community for its support of its Ale Wagger initiative. This past weekend, Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner presented a check for $12,000 to Adrianna Fitzpatrick, Marketing & Outreach Supervisor at BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions. The funds were raised through the sale of Saint Arnold Ale Wagger, an award-winning brown ale. One dollar from each case of Saint Arnold Ale Wagger is earmarked to support local animal welfare organizations.
Saint Arnold launched the Ale Wagger initiative in September 2014 to raise funds for animal welfare organizations, encourage responsible pet ownership and urge the craft beer community to adopt homeless animals. Since the launch, the brewery has partnered with more than a dozen organizations throughout Texas, Louisiana and Florida. In the coming months, brewery officials will present donations representing a portion of proceeds from the sale of Ale Wagger in each market.
This initial donation will support the City of Houston’s BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions spay/neuter initiatives.
“Our love for our own animals combined with the problem Houston has with stray and unwanted dogs and cats led us to create the Ale Wagger initiative,” said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner. “The Saint Arnold community support is what makes this donation possible. We are excited to be part of the answer here and in all communities where our beer is sold. My family’s three rescue dogs and four rescue cats also endorse these efforts.”
The Saint Arnold Ale Wagger initiative is just the latest example of the brewery’s philanthropic spirit. Over the past three years, the Saint Arnold team in the BP MS150 raised more than $1 million for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Brewery’s annual Feast of Saint Arnold raised more than $60,000 last year for Texas Children’s Hospital’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. Additionally, Saint Arnold has donated more than $85,000 to the Galveston Historical Foundation from the sale of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA, which supports the upkeep and repair of the beer’s namesake, the tall ship ELISSA.
Saint Arnold Ale Wagger, formerly known as Saint Arnold Brown Ale, is a deep copper brown ale. Recognized among the best brown ales in the world, it has a full, malty body with hints of chocolate, a touch of sweetness and a light hop flavor. Some of the awards have included a Bronze Medal in the English-Style Brown Ale category at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival, a Silver medal in the American Brown Ale category at the 1996 World Beer Cup, and Silver Medals in the Brown Ale category at the World Beer Championships in 1998 and 1996.
About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing’s eight year-round beers, seven seasonals and three special series – Divine Reserve, Icon and Bishop’s Barrel – are made and sold by the company’s staff of 80 dedicated employees. Saint Arnold beers have won 21 medals at the Great American Beer Festival. The brewery on the north side of downtown Houston 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 beer hall open at 11 A.M. Monday through Saturday.