After 15 years in operation, St. Arnold Brewing Co. of Houston Texas bid farewell to its original brewery at its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 3.
The company is relocating from its current 30,000-square-foot space into a redeveloped 90,000-square-foot warehouse located near downtown Houston. Construction crews are completing a $6 million, year-long renovation of the historic building.
St. Arnold’s offices will move first and brewing operations will follow in November.
The new brewhouse, which will feature beer-making equipment imported from a defunct brewery in a Bavarian monastery, will increase the company’s brewing capacity by 60 percent to 40,000 barrels a year. The facility also offers the ability to grow production to 100,000 barrels per year.
Saint Arnold’s brewery attracts about 50,000 visitors a year, but with a new location close to downtown, St. Arnold’s founder Brock Wagner expects to attract twice as many in future.