Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Art Car IPA
The phenomenon of the art car has intrigued me for some time. Have you ever seen these things? Cars covered from bumper to bumper with colorful paint jobs and anything from mosaic tile to plastic figurines. Sure, some look like a hoarder hoarked on a hooptie, but there are certainly some examples that truly are mobile art. The layers of detail and creativity are impressive, and it’s that creative spirit that inspired Saint Arnold’s Art Car IPA.
According to Saint Arnold, the idea for the beer began in 2015 when the brewery had a fleet of art cars hand painted by Houston artists. Afterward, they held an internal competition among seven of their brewers, and the winning recipe became what we now know as Art Car IPA. Since then, Saint Arnold even began hosting events where fans of Art Car converge and decorate actual art cars.
What I enjoy about Art Car is it’s a close relative to the classic West Coast IPA, a style that has waned over the years but remains one of my favorites. For a long time hophead, that piney, citrus-forward taste just hits the spot. Labeled as an American IPA, Art Car sits at 7.1% ABV and 55 IBUs. The sticky pine notes come from Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe hops in the boil, and the citrus nose is a result of dry-hopping with Amarillo, Simcoe and Mosaic.
Saint Arnold is based in Houston and hailed as Texas’ oldest craft brewery, and you can read more about Saint Arnold as an OG of Craft Beer. Art Car IPA is a year-round offering that can be picked up pretty easily throughout Texas and Louisiana at most places craft beer is sold.