Austin Homebrewer Wins World's Biggest Single-Style Brewing Competition

Will Have Recipe Brewed as Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 7

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today announced that Kerry Martin, a member of the Austin Zealots homebrew club, won the 13th Annual Big Batch Brew Bash over the weekend. The contest is the biggest single-style brewing competition in the world.

Judges evaluated a total of 66 examples of the Weizenbock style and selected Martin's Weizenbock as the best. The Weizenbock style is a strong Bavarian wheat beer, featuring many of the same characteristics of the Weizen style but with greater intensity of malt flavor, fuller body and a higher alcohol level.

As the winning homebrewer Martin will have his recipe brewed as Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 7. Divine Reserve is a series of single batch beers from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, each brewed with a completely different recipe. These releases typically sell out in 24 hours at most stores. It is also critically acclaimed; Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 4, a Strong Scotch Ale, recently won a Gold Medal at this year's World Beer Cup.

"It is hard to describe how satisfying it is to go into the grocery store and see a bottle of your beer made with your recipe on the shelf for the first time -- it's something few people ever experience," said Brock Wagner, founder and CEO of Saint Arnold Brewing who started homebrewing in his Rice University dorm room. "We will also be entering this beer in the Pro/Am category at the Great American Beer Festival this year, which would make Kerry eligible for one of the highest honors in brewing."

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 6, an American Barleywine, is currently aging in one of the brewery's fermenters. This recipe was developed by a Saint Arnold brewer and is expected to hit stores in June.

About Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing's ten brews are made and sold by the company's staff of 21 dedicated employees. The brewery was listed by USA Today as one of the "10 great places to see what's brewing in beer." It is located at 2522 Fairway Park Drive and its brewery tour and tasting is offered every Saturday at 1:00 P.M. For more information on Saint Arnold's five year-round and five seasonal beers as well as root beer, log on to

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