Saint Arnold Driving Santa By Chris



Driving Santa

Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

Houston, TX (North of Downtown)

IPA/Christmas Ale



Packaging: DIY


So I can’t remember the first place I saw the idea for Driving Santa for sure, but I know that one of our pint glass giveaway winners, @skatercraig on IG, shared a recipe with us where he mixed half of a can of Saint Arnold’s Art Car IPA and half of a bottle of Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale together. His idea was trying to create the next Saint Arnold Sailing Santa, which is a combo of Saint Arnold’s Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale! While I love the ingenuity of trying to make Houston’s next best craft beer, we fell short.
Driving Santa is no Sailing Santa. It’s hoppier than Sailing Santa, but it’s not as flavorful. How foolish of me to think I could create a beer that could rival Sailing Santa. However, Saint Arnold, we know you are reading this… make this combo happen! It has all the potential in the world to be great, and something tells me y’all’d do a better job than I did!

The only comparison to Saint Arnold’s Driving Santa is to Saint Arnold’s Sailing Santa… duh!

Honestly, both Art Car IPA and Christmas Ale are better individually than they are combined. However, they’re good together; just not nearly as good as Sailing Santa, and that’s why I gave this Frankenstein beer a 3 star rating.

Driving Santa has a golden/bronze-ish color body with no head or lacing to speak of and a crisp/dry mouth feel.

I expected Driving Santa to be a hoppier Sailing Santa and sadly, it was not that simple. It was good, drinkable, and worth trying on your own!


The artwork on Driving Santa is (imaginarily) great! It showcases reindeer pulling an old, busted red Civic wrapped in graffiti and Christmas lights with Saint Arnold steering the car and probably wearing sunglasses and a classic Christmas paper background.

You can find Driving Santa unofficially where ever you can find both Saint Arnold Christmas Ale and Art Car IPA; basically, everywhere in the state of Texas.

Driving Santa is good. I recommend you try to make your own concoction and give me the recipe! Have you tried to make your own Driving Santa or any other Frankenstein beers? Let us know below and help us get creative! If it’s good, we may just give you a shout out in the review. Beers to you, Houston.


Chris loves Beer, Whiskey, Cigars, Music, Sports and Houston! He's worked in the oil industry since 2011. He's an Army veteran and most importantly a husband and father. His favorite beers are hop-forward and unique.

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