21 July 2016
From Saint Arnold:
HOUSTON, July 21, 2016 – Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today announced the 2016 Feast of Saint Arnold raised a total of $106,000 for Texas Children's Hospital Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center. The funds will support research into IBD, a group of autoimmune disorders including Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, which together affect approximately 1.6 million Americans. A portion of funds also cover the costs of Texas Children's Camp Survived It All for gastrointestinal (GI) patients who otherwise would not be able to afford going.
Representatives of Texas Children's IBD Center included Pediatric Hepatologist Benjamin L. Shneider, M.D., chief of Texas Children's Hospital's Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Service, and James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D, Director of Texas Children's Microbiome Center.
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The first of its kind in the Southwest, Texas Children's IBD Center offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of IBD in pediatric patients. According to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, there may be as many as 80,000 children in the U.S. with IBD.
It is a cause that Brock Wagner, Founder/Brewer of Saint Arnold Brewing Co. takes seriously. He serves as president of the Houston Leadership Board of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and has personally made a 10-year $250,000 commitment to fund research in the Texas Children's IBD Center.
"We are involved in a lot of community activities, but the Feast of Saint Arnold is special – celebrating the tradition of great beer and food and giving back to our community – we are already looking forward to 2017," said Wagner.
First held in 2011, the Feast of Saint Arnold honors the Houston brewery's namesake, Saint Arnold of Metz (582-640), who is the patron saint of brewers. The feast featured four courses created through a collaboration between Saint Arnold Executive Chef Ryan Savoie and Brenner's Executive Chef Jason Cole. The night also featured special beers, including Saint Arnold Pumpkinator aged in Bourbon Barrels, cask conditioned Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 13 and "Dubbelganger," which is Saint Arnold Icon Red - Sorachi Ace Dubbel with Brettanomyces.
Saint Arnold acknowledges the support of Feast of Saint Arnold Platinum Underwriters Silver Eagle Distributors and Chuck & Marcy Taylor. Gold Underwriters are Frost Bank, Shaklee Distributors and the Bottle Shop. Silver Underwriters include Action Box, Del Papa Distributors, Friends of Martha, Martin Frost Hill, MicroStar Logistics and MRZ Parmet Chapman / Middleton Raines + Zapata.
Those who wish to support IBD research can donate to Texas Children's IBD Center by clicking https://secure2.convio.net/tchos/site/Donation2?df_id=2063&mfc_pref=T&2063.donation=form1.