What follows is the January 22nd edition of my weekly column, The Drink, written for DIG Magazine.
Saint Arnold is Texas’ oldest craft brewery, and will celebrate its 20th year of operation in 2014. This Houston brewery began distributing to Louisiana a few years ago with its mainstays, like Fancy Lawnmower, Santo, the seasonal Christmas Ale and several others. They’ve since expanded with a few newer offerings, visiting different styles along the way.
Endeavour is one of the few beers that Saint Arnold distributes in 22-ounce bombers. This is an aggressively-hopped double IPA that is not for the faint of heart (or palate). What started out as the 11th offering in their single batch Divine Reserve series has become one of the most popular, and is now brewed year-round.
Endeavour pours a deep amber color with a creamy off-white head. The clarity is brilliant, and you can see right through it in the glass. The aroma is full of citrus and pine, from the Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus hops, with a touch of caramel sweetness. Endeavour is a big beer, with a huge malt backbone that stands up to the generous hopping. Even so, the balance between the sweet malt and aggressive bitterness is well done. At 8.9 percent ABV, Endeavour is a sipper for sure.
Look for bottles of Saint Arnold Endeavour at most bottle shops and specialty grocers in Baton Rouge. Or find it on tap at The Chimes, Chimes East and Pelican House.