Saint Arnold Brewing Company Founder to Speak at November Event
In the past few years, the nation has seen a rise in craft breweries, and that growing popularity has helped one Houstonian’s business boom. Join the Bauer College Alumni Association (BCAA) for a discussion with craft beer pioneer and Saint Arnold Brewing Company founder Brock L. Wagner on Nov. 20 at 7 a.m.
BCAA hosts networking breakfast events for alumni to network and hear from Houston’s top professionals at the Houston City Club. The cost is $35.
Brock L. Wagner
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Brock Wagner has a long history with beer. In fact, it starts before he was born. His great-great-great grandfather came from Alsace in the mid-1800’s and opened Wagner’s Beer Hall in San Francisco (now the oldest existing bar in the city, renamed The Saloon.) Wagner grew up in Cincinnati and Brussels, both big brewing towns, where he was exposed to many of the beer styles of the world. Then in college at Rice University, fate (and a friend) introduced him to home brewing. This love of beer and brewing is what eventually led him to the inevitable: opening a craft brewery.
Today, Saint Arnold Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in Texas, brewing a range of year-round and seasonal beers, from session beers to big, hoppy, not-so-sessionable beers. In 1996, Wagner also revived the old tradition of cask ales, a style of beer not seen distributed in Texas since probably prior to Prohibition. The brewery has won 18 GABF medals and 11 World Beer Cup awards. In 2010, the brewery expanded by renovating a 100 year old building by downtown Houston where it installed a 120 bbl brewhouse with a 100,000 bbl capacity. Saint Arnold sells its beers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana.
Prior to starting the brewery, Wagner spent six years in investment banking working on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions projects totaling more than $4 billion (a figure that now sounds quaint). Wagner graduated from Rice University in 1987 with a BA in Economics and Managerial Studies.
By Amanda Sebesta