Saint Arnold’s Christmas ‘blend': Sailing Santa

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa

Saint Arnold Brewing releases a second beer for the fall season today. Saint Arnold Sailing Santa is a blend of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA and Saint Arnold Christmas Ale. It is sold in 22-ounce bottles.

This is the first time Saint Arnold has released Sailing Santa, which was invented by craft beer lovers a few months after the introduction of Elissa IPA in 2004. In the years that followed, the community adopted the name, “Sailing Santa,” for the concoction when ordering draft pints at bars and restaurants.

“Normally we aren’t big fans of blending beers, but this one works,” said Saint Arnold founder Brock Wagner. “The hoppiness of Elissa IPA with the big malt and slightly higher alcohol of Christmas Ale makes a nice winter beer.”

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa will be an annual seasonal release that precedes Thanksgiving. It is the second new seasonal from Saint Arnold in just over a month, following Saint Arnold Pumpkinator.

Saint Arnold produced a single 240-barrel batch, which equates to approximately 3,600 cases of twelve 22-ounce bombers. Saint Arnold Sailing Santa will not be shipped in kegs, but can be prepared on-site wherever Saint Arnold Elissa IPA and Saint Arnold Christmas Ale are on tap.

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