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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:15 pm

One of the rites of passage as a beer drinker (and not only beer) is the pub crawl. Decided among a group, a route of close by bars that you stop in and have at least one beer and then move on.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston is one of my favorite breweries. Most of their beers I find solid representations of style and class within their respective categories. And Saint Arnold has many year-round and many seasonal choices.

One such year-round beer (circling back to my opening statement) is their Pub Crawl Pale Ale that celebrates that long enjoyed tradition. And they are not simply honoring the activity, they conducted pub crawls starting back in 1995.

Back then, the medieval alcohol laws in Texas did not allow them to announce the actual locations on the crawl - only hints. Today, the law has changed and they continue to conduct pub crawls in the Houston area. The largest one attracted 5,000 attendees.

The Pub Crawl Pale Ale is what it says it is right on the can - Bright & Sessionable. A truly crisp pale ale that hits my palate right on target with the characteristics I enjoy from a pale ale.

On the can, the iconic Saint Arnold mascot has a list of six bars that he presumably visited on a pub crawl. At first glance, I thought it might be some of the original six bars from the brewery's first pub crawl in 1995, but instead, it is a list of six famous fictional bars.

Paddy's Pub (Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Moe's Tavern (The Simpsons), The Winchester (Shaun of the Dead), Mos Eisley Cantina (Star Wars), Rick's Cafe (Casablanca) and of course, Cheers.

Beer Advocate gave Saint Arnold Pub Crawl Pale Ale a 3.91 (Very Good) rating and I give it my personal two thumbs up.

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