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Brock Wagner

Founder

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

Marketing & Events Director

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 Team

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

CFO & Operations

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 Team

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.

Chris Benso

Shipping & Receiving Supervisor

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company October 2010

Interview Method: If you studied radio and television but liked homebrewing, which should you pursue? Easy: follow the beer. So he did.

Kelsey Lamb

Greater Houston Area Sales Manager

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

Brewer/Wood Cellar Manager

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.

Ricardo Orozco

Logistics Analyst

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2011

Interview Method: We asked Ricardo if Donny had three cases of Divine Reserve and six cases more of Amber Ale than Justin did, and Justin had the same amount of Elissa and Amber Ale, but James had equal amounts of Amber Ale and Divine Reserve, but three times as much Divine as Donnie, how many cases of Elissa does Justin have?

Jeremy Johnson

Marketing Team

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2011

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

Joe Sullivan

Shipping & Receiving

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

Marketing Team

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.

Ryan Savoie

Executive Chef

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company February 2013

Interview Process: Ryan is another example of the long interview process. His first interview was for a bottling line position in 2002. But instead of bottling with us, he went on to have an illustrious career of cooking great food for the likes of Claire Smith and Robert Del Grande. So when our chef position opened up, Ryan was a perfect fit. Plus he looks more like a brewer than a chef.

Andrew Weigel

Sous Chef

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!

Josh Nelson

Brewery Rentals & Events

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2013

Interview Process: Josh joined us as a volunteer. We were impressed by his work and attitude. So we were excited when he told us he wanted to leave Lobsterfest and Endless Shrimp to join our kitchen crew. He then took over while Beth was on maternity leave and refused to leave the office when she came back. Now he does brewery events.

Michael Gomez

Packaging Team

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2013

Interview Process: How would you like to be hired and then be informed, “From now on, you will be known as Gomez.” That’s what happens when you are the 4th Michael at a company. Fortunately he was good with that.

Alex Privet

Houston Sales

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2013

Interview Process: Alex tried being a prison guard but that wasn’t serious enough. So he started selling our beer at Spec’s but that still wasn’t serious enough work. Finally he decided to get really serious and work for us. Really, this is serious work.

Chelsea Cragin

National Accounts Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2013

Interview Process: Sure, sitting in a cubicle doing banking sounds like the most fun thing in the world to most of us, but not to Chelsea. For some crazy reason, she thought talking about craft beer, drinking craft beer and driving an art car sounded like more fun. Who are we to judge? And now our basketball team has a point guard.

Colin Klingemann

Brewer

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.

Halston McMullan

Louisiana Sales

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company June 2013

Interview Process: Halston was known to hang out at beer festivals and geek out with the best of them, but what she is really known for here is our entry into the information age. We interviewed her over Skype. Hint: don’t sit in a swivel chair if Skyping.

Jared Wilson

Logistics & Shipping

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company June 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.

Joel Truitt

Brewer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2013

Interview Process: Joel started as a cheerful volunteer, making a name for himself by happily taking initiative on the nastiest jobs. Everybody was happy to let him do so. He moved onto cheerfully making sure everything enters and exits the building correctly down at the loading docks. Now he's a brewer. Slow down, Joel!

Nathan Vowell

Marketing Team

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!

Matthew Keller

Party Host

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company December 2013

Interview Process: We would write something about him, but really you just need to meet him. You’ll know what we’re talking about when you do. P.S. He makes some mean kimchi pickled vegetables on the side.

Eddie Gutierrez

Brewer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2014

Interview Process: Eddie was an engineer in the oil field at a company with some fancy French name, but his real issue was that the volume of beer he was homebrewing was bumping up against the legal limit. Thus he needed to either go professional or be an outlaw. He’s legit now.

E'Mandi Morris

Packaging Team

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company January 2014

Interview Process: E’Mandi had been packaging legal drugs. No, he’s not from Colorado or Washington. He worked for Walgreens. But the lure of Saint Arnold and the smell of beer called him to our bottling crew.

Joe Knickerbocker

Chef de Partie, Special Events & Catering

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

Packaging Team

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

Houston Sales

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.

Allison Moorman

Houston Sales

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2014

Interview Process: Allison acted like she was interested in the rare beers we were serving at an event when she was really trying to make an impression so as to get hired. It worked. And it turns out she was interested in the rare beers.

Brenton Leadingham

Brewer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2014

Interview Process: Brenton is a homebrewer and had been around lots of flowing liquids in his previous work, although it was pools not beer.

Salvador Parada

Packaging Team

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2014

Interview Process: Salvador may be studying science and engineering, but his real qualification was managing a toy store for many years. This has helped him relate to all of his coworkers.

Drew Russey

Lab 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.

Bryan Hale

Packaging Team

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2014

Interview Process: Sometimes it’s the little things. Sure he loved our beers. Sure he could drive a forklift. Sure he rocks the dreads (RIP Bryan's dreads). But when we spied his phone screensaver, he was in: the Saint Arnold icon.

Ben Coffman

Houston Sales

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

Analyst

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!

Betsey Wolff

Front Office Manager & Accounts Payable

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company February 2015

Interview Process: We wear shorts and jeans. On the way out the door, we grab a t-shirt. Maybe a work shirt. We call that fashion. And then there’s Betsey. We’re sure her interview was impressive but really we were so awed by the coordination of her outfits that we don’t remember what she said. Always fabulous!

Andrew Shafer

Brewer

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company March 2015

Interview Process: Andrew spent many hours dreaming of his next homebrew while being a nuclear engineer in the Navy. He brewed his Radioactive Rye, Geiger Gose and Plutonium Pils. How were they? All reports were glowing.

Connor Toups

Packaging Team

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2015

Interview Process: Connor came in and really lit us up. He had already done lighting for Stages and the Alley Theater. Lighting is a positive when packaging too! It also helped that he was already a huge Saint Arnold fan.

Jessie Smith

Laboratory

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company July 2015

Interview Process: Jessie was a lab rat fresh out of college in Buffalo, NY. She was particularly interested in yeast. She had never been to Houston. We sent her the Allen Brothers poster showing the idyllic hills and ocean. She bought it. She also hula hoops.

Carlos DeLeon

Shipping & Receiving

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

Building 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

Packaging Team

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.

Lisa Rimkus

Front of House Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company September 2015

Interview Process: Lisa has expanded our horizons from just looking at basketball players to the world of volleyball. In volleyball you set and serve. These skills translate perfectly to the world of hospitality. Also she has the world’s coolest middle name.

Emily Spickler

San Antonio Sales

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company November 2015

Interview Process: Emily seemed to know more about our company than we knew ourselves. It was creepy. Then we understood: she graduated from the CIA. She keeps telling us it was to learn to be a better baker. We are so confused.

Matt Ludlow

Director of Sales

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.

Robby Christie

Cook

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2016

Interview Process: Robby used the “I know someone” approach to find his way into our brewery kitchen. He is also distinctive for the hair to his butt (to, not on) and that 30% of his body has been inked. We have not nor will we verify that calculation.

Dave Foong

Accounting Manager

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company April 2016

Interview Process: Dave had spent the past few years building community at a church. And we assume processing the donation plate. We haven’t figured out how his experience in the Singapore army will translate here, but he assures us he has long been a member of the Saint Arnold Army.

Eugene Upton

Shipping & Receiving

Joined Saint Arnold Brewing Company May 2016

Interview Process: We’d seen Eugene here so much we assumed he’d worked here for years. When we discovered he didn’t, we fixed the glitch.

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

 

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