Beer Man On A Mission
"We get involved in things that we care about, and then we try to rationalize some sort of business purpose," Brock Wagner says of Saint Arnold Brewing Company's support of community causes.
But for the annual Feast of Saint Arnold, the beneficiary is especially personal: Several years ago, Wagner's daughter was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, which led to his understanding of how little was known about the disease — and how many people suffer from it.
The proceeds from the event will bolster research efforts for Texas Children's Hospital's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and in programs like Camp Survived It All, a summer camp for juvenile gastrointestinal patients.
"I'm known for having gallows humor," laughs Wagner, who tells CultureMap that the irony of a gut-busting beer dinner benefiting GI research isn't lost on him. "But we are sensitive to people's appetites. We won't play up the shock value at the actual feast."
The menu features dishes from Scott Castell, the executive chef at Landry's who has been involved since the Feast's inception, as well as Saint Arnold's in-house executive chef Ryan Savoie, and includes four courses plus hors d'oeuvres and dessert, all accompanied by regular beers and special edition suds from Texas' oldest craft brewery, including DR12, DR13 and a Barrel Aged Brett Old Ale with Cherries.
There are still a handful of seats available for the Feast of Saint Arnold, which takes place on July 14 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in The Great Hall at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Tickets are $100 per person and all inclusive.