Saint Arnold Channels Bavarian Spirit With Icon Red – Märzen
(Houston, TX) – This week Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Texas’ oldest craft brewery, releases the newest in their Icon Series, Icon Red – Märzen, a tribute to the Bavarian festival beer.
The Märzen (which is the German word for the month of March) style of beer dates back to approximately the 16th century. It was often the last beer brewed in March, while the weather conditions were ideal, and would last until September when it was time to celebrate the fall season and a royal wedding anniversary at a quaint beer-centered festival in the Bavarian region.
When Founder and Brewer Brock Wagner years ago sampled a 100% Munich Malt Oktoberfest beer, he set out to brew a similar recipe and use the same mashing and brewing methods that would’ve been used at the original Oktoberfest.
“This is a version of Märzen style beer that I have always wanted to do,” said Wagner. “Our goal was to create depth and complexity in this beer which has a very simple recipe.”
Icon Red – Märzen is brewed with 100% Munich malt, which comes from the region of the world-famous annual beer festival. The malt provides a biscuit-like quality as well as caramelization due to the decoction mash process. Brewers used a Bavarian lager yeast, which is the same yeast strain used in other Saint Arnold beers such as 5 O’ Clock Pils, Spring Bock, and Summer Pils. The Perle and Hersbrucker hops used are both grown outside of Munich in the Hallertauer region and give the beer a floral aroma. With all German ingredients, this Märzen is a traditional lager with a pleasant, light toffee maltiness, and the perfect companion for fall beer festivities.
Icon Red beers in the series are typically Saint Arnold brewers takes on classical beer styles. Beers in the Saint Arnold Icon series have limited release availability, typically three months, and will be available in six-pack bottles and on draft in Texas and Louisiana. More information on the Icon Series is available here: http://www.saintarnold.com/icon/. Upcoming beers in the Icon series include a Milk Stout with Hugo Ortega’s Chocolate with an estimated release in December.
Icon Red – Märzen Specifications:
Original Gravity: 1.0575
Final Gravity: 1.0144
About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing’s 11 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.