Steve Wagner

What’s your current position at your brewery?

I’m the president and co-founder of Stone Brewing.

What’s new at Stone Brewing and what’s next on the horizon?

Well, now that Richmond and Berlin are old news, how about True Craft [a company established to invest in craft breweries], a restaurant and brewery in Napa, and a hotel in Escondido?

How long have you served on the BA board of directors?

Since February 2015.

What’s it like to serve on the board?

In some ways it is similar to any situation where I’m serving alongside intelligent, committed people—I’m out of my league!

What challenges and satisfactions have you met during your board service?

It’s a challenging time for our industry and the BA board—a lot of changes in both, with many more to come. Trying to help navigate the way forward for our members is the biggest current challenge, and the travel from San Diego has been a little tough with meetings in Maine, Florida, Washington D.C., and New York. One thing that has been really satisfying is the opportunity to get to know the BA staff better. I have really come to appreciate what a fine team we have working every day on behalf of craft brewers.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery and the BA board?

Anything with my wife and sons: surfing, camping, playing music, and watching them play soccer and water polo. Solo, I like to read novels and The New Yorker.


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