Meet the Brew Crew

Brock Wagner

Founder/Brewer

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.) Brock 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 homebrewing. This love of beer and brewing was what eventually led him to the inevitable: opening a microbrewery.

Brock develops the recipes for the Saint Arnold beers based on his own homebrewing experience coupled with a desire to create world class beers for local tastes. His preference is for beers with rich malty, creamy flavors and no shortage of hops. Brock also revived the old tradition of cask ales, a style of beer not seen distributed in Texas since probably prior to Prohibition. Several of the Saint Arnold beers have won awards, including from the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the Real Ale Festival, the Colorado State Fair and the World Beer Championships.

Prior to starting the brewery, Brock spent six years in investment banking working on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions projects totaling more than $4 billion. Brock graduated from Rice University in 1987 with a BA in Economics. 

Frank Mancuso

Central Texas Sales

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company in January 1998.

Interview Process: Frank used to be the volunteer that picked up donated kegs from the brewery to deliver to KPFT events. He was known to be one of our biggest promoters around town. When our sales position in Austin became available, he seemed the perfect fit. He loves live music and Saint Arnold beer, so when he's out selling, he is never sure if he is working or playing.

Justin Earnest

Engineering & Maintenance Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company in June 2006.

Interview Process: After talking about all the normal interview stuff, Justin pulled out the pictures of his Miata. After seeing that he could fit a small block Chevy engine into a Miata, we figured that he would be able to fix anything at the brewery that we might be able to throw at him. And we started throwing things at him right away!

Lennie Ambrose

Chief Marketing Officer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2007

Interview Process: First Lennie emailed from Beaumont during ad breaks in the evening news where he was the sports anchor. He really wanted to work at a microbrewery. Then Lennie came to pub crawls and events at the brewery to make it seem like he really wanted to work at a microbrewery. But it was when Brock saw Lennie at the GABF handing out koozies with his phone number on them to other breweries that Brock realized how badly Lennie wanted to work at a microbrewery.

Phil Dagger

Packaging Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2007

Interview Process: First we discovered that his real name was Melvin Finkelstein but he changed it for his career in movies. He still survived our rigorous interviewing regimen. Plus he had a good plug from a devoted volunteer.

Daniel Gonzalez

Packaging Maintenance

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company February 2008

Interview Process: Daniel quietly showed up one day. We attempted to interview him, but he didn’t say anything. He seemed happy working, but still didn’t say anything. We are still trying to get him to say something. Can you get him to say something?

Donny Kilbourn

COO/CFO

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2009

Interview Process: Donny took the path of persistence. We decided that his number crunching background probably wasn’t right for the bottle crunching packaging line. But then we came up with a job with a title that we didn’t understand, and Donny was the perfect fit. Does that mean he’s smarter than us, or that we don’t understand him?

Josh Day

Packaging Supervisor

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2010

Interview Process: After seeing how he operated as a volunteer at our MS150 tent, we knew he could hold up under the pressure of the bottling line.

Kelsey Lamb

Director of National Accounts

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2011

Interview Method: Kelsey was working in the lions’ den in Washington, DC for the National Beer Wholesalers Association when he sent us his resume. But it was his poem “Ode to the Saint” that won us over. We had to save him from the dark forces of the district.

Aaron Inkrott

Brewmaster

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company August 2011

Interview Method: Aaron was a homebrewer and liked public speaking. So we brought him in to rotate through tour guide position. But this was just his secret way to get next in line for a brewer position. And it worked.

Jeremy Johnson

Branding & Design Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2011

Interview Method: Simply put, best resume ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xphv-7tt5ag

Joe Sullivan

Warehouse Supervisor

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company December 2011

Interview Process: Joe came to us on a temporary basis to help with the bottling line but got transferred away. A few months later while trying to think whom we should hire for a full time bottling position, a Bob Marley song came on. It was a sign that Joe was our man.

Michael Stein

IT

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2013

Interview Process: We hired Michael either for his perpetual smile or for his awesome head of hair. Some of us could really use a little of that hair, Michael.

Andrew Weigel

Hospitality Procurement & Quality Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2013

Interview Process: He cooked at Hotel Icon. We have a beer named Icon. We asked him about wine. He told us he only cared about beer. Perfect answer to our trick question!

Colin Klingemann

Brewing Operations Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company June 2013

Interview Process: We either hired Colin because he was an impressive engineer and homebrewer fresh out of college who had interned at another brewery or because Donny was lonely as the only other Aggie here.

Jared Wilson

Logistics Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2013

Interview Process: Jared began here as an eager volunteer, using his volunteering as an extended interview. His former experience at a small chocolate company came in handy. Because we like chocolate.

Nathan Vowell

Marketing

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2013

Interview Process: Nathan was a longtime volunteer as well as a roommate of one of our other team members. Subtly he expanded his hours until one day we noticed he was working full-time. Time to put his photo on the webpage!

Joe Knickerbocker

Banquet Operations Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2014

Interview Process: We hired Joe either because he is a great cook or because we like saying Knickerbocker. Or both. Knickerbocker.

Andrew McCoughan

Kegging Operator

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company February 2014

Interview Process: Andrew's (now) wife gave him a leg up on working here. She convinced us to print special "Marry me" bottle caps that we placed on Summer Pils bottles. Andrew being the perceptive fellow he is, got the hint. Here's how it turned out. Now he's both a husband and member of the Brew Crew.

Ben Edaburn

South Texas Region Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2014

Interview Process: We’re not sure if we hired Ben because of his stellar record at Kendra’s alma mater or because of his impressive baritone. Or perhaps both. He may be moonlighting as Don Giovanni.

Drew Russey

Laboratory Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company August 2014

Interview Process: We had deep involved conversations with Drew about the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptive evolution. These fascinating discussions led us to offer Drew the job. Although we had no idea what we were talking about. You can just call him Dr. Drew.

Ben Coffman

National Accounts Manager - Off Premise

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company December 2014

Interview Process: A boy and his dog. That’s what did it. In this case, the dog was Reveille. During college, Ben walked Reveille, fed Reveille, picked up after Reveille, showered with Reveille and slept with Reveille. And it never got weird. We wonder, did he ever give Reveille a Saint Arnold?

Ryan Skillman

Director of Finance and Accounting

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company December 2014

Interview Process: Ryan loves craft beer. He mused about his quests for whales, those elusive beers. And even better, he promised to bring them in and share them with us. Highly effective interviewing technique!

Carlos DeLeon

Warehouse Shift Lead

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2015

Interview Process: Carlos wanted to work at Saint Arnold. He really wanted to work here. Sometimes, that’s what it takes! Along with a sunny disposition and good recommendations.

Matthew Schmidt

Facilities Maintenance

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2015

Interview Process: Matthew liked bending pipe. He liked wiring. He liked HVAC systems. He liked painting. He liked cleaning broken glass from parking lots. (We may have embellished some of these “likes”.) And he liked beer. Specifically, Saint Arnold beer.

Sebastian Becerril

Box Truck Driver

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2015

Interview Process: Sebastian is a craft beer lover. He can work on a car which is like working on a bottling line (although hopefully the bottling line is less greasy – but not always). He always carries a hammock. Packaging beer can be stressful. And you never know when you’ll find two trees positioned just right.

Matt Ludlow

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2016

Interview Process: Having already recruited for our basketball team, we decided to begin work on our baseball team with Matt. It was also convenient that he had spent the past 12 years working for a beer distributor and a national craft brewery.

Chelsea Schneider

Accountant

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2016

Interview Process: Chelsea told us some dad jokes, all of which she thought were very funny! And then she fixed all of our hair. Which is saying something since a lot of us didn’t give her much to work with!

Ashlyn Calamaco

Southeast Texas Market Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2016

Interview Process: Ashlyn has great credentials as a craft beer lover having served many a customer as they were working towards their plates in Houston and at a craft beer distributor in Denver. She has climbed through the three tier system and is now happily selling craft beer from its source!

Zachary Valocchi

Logistics Specialist

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2016

Interview Process: Zach liked fighting fires but has found that shipping beer is much safer. He also enjoys having a beer after both of those activities.

Eric Dalcour

Packaging Co-Lead

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2017

Interview Process: Eric began his time here as a temp but proved that he could do three things at once. His temporary label quickly disappeared!

Andrew Heard

Brewing Maintenance Lead

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2017

Interview Process: Andrew liked to fix pumps and motors. Andrew liked to homebrew. We have lots of pumps and motors. We like to brew. And he leads the brewing team in Semper Paratus at the beginning of each shift.

Jake Wharton

Director of Human Resources 

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2017

Interview Process: Jake asked us if he grow his hair long. Sure! Could he grow a beard? Sure! Could he wear a King Buffalo concert t-shirt? Sure! Could we tell him a dirty joke? He almost got us.

Roy Moore

National Accounts Manager - On Premise

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2018

Interview Process: We first met Roy in La Grange. Not the Chicken Ranch one. He also wears a lot of purple and gold while playing disc golf about town.

Cal Abadin

Louisiana Sales Rep

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2018

Interview Process: He loves New Orleans. We love New Orleans. He loves baseball. We love baseball. And yes, he is named after a famous baseball player. We’ll see if you can figure out which one.

Jared Gossett

Sous Chef

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2018

Interview Process: Loves the Astros, Texans and Rockets. Check. Loves Star Wars, except the Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks. Check. Hired as a Beer Garden OG line cook, Jared has worked his way up to sous chef. Check.

Ryan Darcy

Head Chef of Banquets & Events

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2018

Interview Process: While his love and knowledge of horror movies is impressive, that doesn’t come close to his cooking skills. But he does have a degree in acting/directing in case he decides to moonlight as a masked chainsaw axe murderer.

Michael Audirsch

Beer Garden Assistant General Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2018

Interview Process: Mike admired our newly built Beer Garden and decided he could have an excellent time turning it into a disc golf course. Bonus points for a hole in one through the front door into the fountain. (That’s a joke. Please don’t try that.)

Daan Hekma

Co-CEO

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2018

Interview Process: Daan has the longest interview process, beginning in 1983 when he was a freshman at Rice with Brock. Which also means he has photos of Brock from 1983. Which may or may not have played into his hire. He made sure your refrigerator was running in between those years. (Better catch it!)

Austin Hopson

Senior Brand Ambassador

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2018

Interview Process: Austin has gone from Beer Garden to Warehouse to Marketing in a short period of time. When not espousing the wonders of Saint Arnold to the world he might be at home secretly laying down some trashy rap tracks. We are still waiting to hear any of them though.

Tito Poireth

Beer Garden Executive Sous Chef

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company October 2018

Interview Process: Tito loves to eat delicious food and drink delicious beer. What more could you wish for from the man who is going to cook for you at the Beer Garden? But don’t take him on at Mega Man.

Michael Alexander

First Shift Packaging Supervisor

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2018

Interview Process: Big Mike came to us originally in 2012 but took a sabbatical at Golden Corral. He decided that the endless buffet isn’t actually endless. We are excited to have him back.

Jaz Miller

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist/HR

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company December 2018

Interview Process: Unbeknownst to Jaz, we were interviewing her for 10 months while she cheerfully brought us food and drink at the Beer Garden. She can also write your name in fancy script and is an award-winning mixologist.

Marisa Lofland

Procurement Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company December 2018

Interview Process: Marisa was stalking us on the website after growing tired of stocking drilling rigs on the Gulf of Mexico with all their supplies. When she isn’t squeezing pennies out of vendors, she’s at home being a pinball wizard.

Ron Blakey

Director of Hospitality

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2019

Interview Process: Ron came to us from fine dining in Houston and New Orleans (his accent will make you think of delicious food). If you ask him about autographed baseballs, make sure you have a full glass of beer first.

Brandon Speich

Shipping & Receiving

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company June 2019

Interview Process: It may have been his love of dogs and our love of dogs at the Beer Garden that originally attracted him to join our team. Now he has moved to our warehouse team which is awesome but, alas, no dogs allowed.

Chuck Hardy

Production Planning Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2019

Interview Process: We were all surprised when Chuck came to his interview since we thought he already worked here. He convinced his roommate to leave the country to open up the position that Chuck then smoothly insinuated himself into.

Bryan Jenschke

Central Texas Regional Sales Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2019

Interview Process: Bryan was already in the local craft brew business when he joined our team. Having conquered Houston, he is now out to conquer San Antonio.

Oscar Peregrina

Lead Shift Brewer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company December 2019

Interview Process: After deciding making chicken feed was for the birds, Oscar turned to crafting delicious beers in Puebla for many years. He interviewed with us in English, French, and Spanish. We understood beer, bière, and cerveza. Done.

Nathaniel Rebeck

Lead Shift Brewer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company August 2020

Interview Process: While his doctorate thesis was Polymer Synthesis toward Fuel Cell Membrane Materials, it was probably all of the “short tours” of the Coors brewery while at Colorado School of Mines that most affected the direction of his career.

Aidan Keith

AM Packaging

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2020

Interview Process: Following his uncles, Aidan started at the Beer Garden only to be tantalized by the beer surrounding him since he was too young to try it. Now of age, he has moved to our packaging team, especially enjoying the Tarnation runs. He swears that Airsoft after work is the key to a good attitude even when the packaging lines are having bad attitudes.

Trevor Istre

Senior Accountant

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2020

Interview Process: It may have been his love for the Astros that made him want to move to Houston, but it was his Cajun cooking that made us decide we needed to bring him from Lafayette.

Michael Devine

Brewer II

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2021

Interview Process: It may have been his dedication to working his way up through the craft brewing industry. Or it may have been that after years of our correcting people’s misspelling of “Divine” in Divine Reserve, we loved the irony of having a team member named Devine.

Erica Storch

Catering Sales Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2021

Interview Process: It could be we were persuaded by her connection to Rice, albeit the Rice Ballroom. Or it could be that she had been secretly persuading us for a job while on Saint Arnold Pub Crawls. Either way, it worked!

Jacob Baker

Brewery Sales Rep

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2021

Interview Process: While in Florida, Jacob served our beer during our brief stint of distributing Saint Arnold there. What really impressed us though is his WWE Smackdown Belt. Perhaps this is his inspiration to use piledrivers and chokeslams to get taps at accounts.

Jill Root

Brewery Sales Rep

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2021

Interview Process: It may have been her lyrical cover letter. Or perhaps her work delivering clean drinking water to remote communities in Peru. After all, St. Arnold warned about avoiding unsafe water. Except his solution was beer. Now it’s Jill’s solution too.

Will Kremer

Brewer II

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company August 2021

Interview Process: He loves beer, was already working in brewery production AND, while Saint Arnold has many musicians on the team, we were missing a cellist. No longer!

Lauren Meyer

Beer Garden Assistant General Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2021

Interview Process: Lauren spent many years at BJ’s where we were secretly-not-secretly brewing their beers for them. We haven’t been brewing for BJ’s for many years. Lauren missed our beers and we missed her. Problem solved.

Ranger Luckey

Brewer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2021

Interview Process: Having tired of the diamond business, Ranger took his homebrewing hobby and went professional. When not busy brewing beer, he can be found bicycling around town or reading his X-Men comic books.

David Porter

DFW Brewery Sales Rep

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2022

Interview Process: David proved that persistence is an effective route to success. David loves craft beer. He started by loving drinking it. Then by loving distributing it. Now by loving selling it for us! And he is always prepared – exactly what you would expect from an Eagle Scout.

Sean King

Shipping & Receiving

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2022

Interview Process: We played poker with Sean – if he won, he got the job. We didn’t know he could count cards, deal from the bottom of the deck, and had an ace up his sleeve at the time. Also, his girlfriend’s grandfather’s daughter’s son works at the Beer Garden and vouched for him.

Madi Stults

Lab Tech

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2022

Interview Process: Madi was tired of digesting recycled plastic and making it into polyurethane foam. She much preferred the idea of digesting beer foam which, it turns out, is much tastier as well. Other fun facts: Madi plays the drums, has a dog that outweighs some of our team members and can officiate your marriage – the Saint Arnold robes will make her even more official!

Adriana Richey

Digital Content Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2022

Interview Process: We knew Adriana had wooed her listeners on her radio show “Contigo Siempre” in Mexico City. She wowed her audiences doing acrobatics on the silks. She won us over by comparing her personality to beer styles. And she had the most colorful excuse ever for having to reschedule her interview at the last minute.

Cody Welch

Lead Shift Brewer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2022

Interview Process: Cody had wanted to work at Saint Arnold but instead moved to North Carolina for a brewing position. After every year flying a big Texas flag for Texas Independence Day, cooking a brisket and singing songs by Texas artists and about Texas, his coworkers there knew he wanted to come back and work here too. Oh, and those former coworkers still remember the Alamo.

Claudia Cantu

Houston Sales

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2022

Interview Process: If your family is from Germany, you pretty much are guaranteed to love beer! Claudia began serving our beer, then distributing our beer and is now at the source. She also has an artistic side in pottery so perhaps next she will make us some beer mugs.

Ricardo Orozco

Accounting

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2022
(Redo! Originally hired September 2011)

Interview Process: Having done logistics for us for 8 years and a day, Ricardo was overworked and exhausted and needed a break. He found a nice beach in the Dominican Republic where he spent two and a half years sipping his Presidentes and piña coladas under a palm tree. But really, how long can you do that? Now he’s back running numbers for us in a different department. Taking bets on how long until he finds a new beach.

Isaac Kuhn

Brewer II

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company October 2022

Interview Process: Isaac's first real work was a chicken shit job. He spent his teens working summers at his family’s farm and egg business. Knowing that wasn’t what he wanted to do, he pursued a career in engineering but a burgeoning love of craft beer led him to homebrewing. We all know how this story ends. Cheers!

Edgar Garcia

Packaging Co-Lead

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2022

Interview Process: A coworker here recommended we speak with Edgar who was ready to move from the hardware store business to something more exciting. And excitement has been delivered! Edgar enjoys an active lifestyle which includes camping, hiking, bicycling and packaging beer.

Blake Bourque

Brewer II

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2023

Interview Process: Blake liked to cook – after all, what is brewing really? – and began with a career in restaurant kitchens. His passion was beer which led to brewing in Colorado until he saw a video extolling how f***ing good Commitment is. He packed his bags and headed for Saint Arnold. A hunter who wastes not, he is rumored to make the best alligator squirrel gumbo you’ve ever had.

Matthew Graham

DFW Regional Sales Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2023

Interview Process: Teeing off on his craft beer odyssey, Matthew's journey swung into action with a Fancy Lawnmower Beer at the Ginger Man (RIP) many rounds ago. Navigating the treacherous fairways of entrepreneurship, he ventured into the jewelry business, then, like the perfect reading of a green, the beer import business. Alas, the global pandemic proved a bunker too deep, but not to be deterred he blasted right into his position here at Saint Arnold. And he’s a high school golf coach to state champions.

Riley Lopez-Rogina

Packaging Co-Lead

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2023

Interview Process: There was a magical day when both Saint Arnold Amber Ale and Riley were introduced to this world. It was destiny that Riley ended up here. After keeping the packaging lines humming, Riley seeks the solace of backpacking to remote locations to listen to the symphony of silence.

Patrick Paparelli Jr.

Maintenance

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2023

Interview Process: Broken cabinet door? No problem. He’s a Bob Vila acolyte. Kitchen fire? He was on the VFD for 22 years. Flying saucer sighting? No comment, although he did spend several years in the Bermuda Triangle.

Jeremy Jackson

Second Shift Packaging Supervisor

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2023

Interview Process: Jeremy loves baseball. He loves watching baseball. He grew up playing baseball, eventually playing in the minor leagues for the – wait for it – Brewers organization. Clearly destiny. So we all know how the seed was planted for what to do after baseball. Before joining our team, Jeremy worked at a slightly larger brewery just a little to the east of us on I-10.

Meagan Lim

Brewer I

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2023

Interview Process: We asked everyone in the interview room who traveled the furthest. Meagan won! She abandoned her swimming career for craft brew, first working in a craft beer shop before entering the world brewing. She also had a strong recommendation from the Scout Master.

Charlie Hamberg

San Antonio Sales

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2023

Interview Process: As a level 13 Tiefling Rogue and master of deception, her silver-tongued words can weave intricate tales or manipulate emotions to suit their needs. Her Tiefling lineage grants her an innate knack for casting spells of darkness and illusion, casting a veil of mystique that can shroud her intentions and mislead even the most astute observers. With a +4 Dexterity modifier, her movements are a mesmerizing display of fluidity and precision. We think this will all translate well into her job.

St. Arnold of Metz

Patron Saint of Brewers

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company c. 582 AD

In 641, the citizens of Metz requested that Saint Arnold's body be exhumed and ceremoniously carried to Metz for reburial in their Church of the Holy Apostles. During this voyage a miracle came to pass in the town of Champignuelles. The tired porters and followers stopped for a rest and walked into a tavern for a drink of their favorite beverage. Regretfully, there was only one mug of beer to be shared, but that mug never ran dry and all of the thirsty pilgrims were satisfied.

Saint Arnold is recognized by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of Brewers. Read more about him.

 

Kevin Bartol

Founder Emeritus

 

The Volunteers

Saint Arnold proselytizers, truly worthy of sainthood...