Aaron Inkrott is a brewer for Saint Arnold Brewing in Houston, Texas. He told us a little about his path to professional brewing, why you should use a funnel, and which Houston breweries you should check out.
What’s special about your brewery?
Not only are we passionate about making a consistent, high quality product, but equally so giving back to our community who’s supported us for so long. Developing community through craft beer.
How did you get started brewing professionally?
Volunteering at breweries while obsessively home brewing.
I recently tried Saint Arnold’s Boiler Room. Did you make that? How did you make it so awesome?
That was developed by our Operations Manager, Stephen Rawlings. It was his baby, I just helped raise it and help grow the bacteria that makes it so delicious.
What is your favorite part of the brew day?
Too many to count! But working with fellow brewers who are just as passionate as I is very fulfilling.
What was the biggest mess you’ve made making a beer?
Trying to fill barrels with fruit puree without a funnel. We use a funnel now.
What’s your favorite beer festival?
Oktoberfest in Munich
Have you shared, or are you willing to share, a homebrew clone recipe for any of your beers?
Willing to share.
What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve added to a beer?
Probably cascara…the fruit around a coffee bean.
What was your happiest moment as a brewer?
Seeing BB12 released after 21 months of barrel aging, and how much everyone enjoyed it.
Who do you admire in the brewing industry?
So many…Brock Wagner, Vinnie Cilurzo, Tomme Arthur, Jason Perkins, Dan Carey, John Palmer. I could go on.
What breweries should I check out if I visit Houston?
Other than us, check out Eureka Heights, Brash, 8th Wonder, Southern Star, Galveston Island.
What beer should be served at your funeral?
Orval and Five O’Clock Pils