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Brewing notable with Mexican roots donates $1 million to UC Davis beer program

The $1 million donation to UC Davis’ beer brewing program will be used for new brewing and lab equipment.
The $1 million donation to UC Davis’ beer brewing program will be used for new brewing and lab equipment. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

A native of Mexico who made a fortune in beer in this country has donated $1 million to the brewing science program at UC Davis.

“As an immigrant from Mexico, I have enjoyed the many opportunities I found in this country,” Carlos Alvarez said in a university news release, “and I’m very happy that success in the beer business enables me to help in UC Davis’ efforts to educate future craft brewers.”

Alvarez, a biochemical engineering graduate of the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, is the founder and owner of Gambrinus Co. of San Antonio, Texas.

His company has three breweries: Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, BridgePort Brewing Co. in Portland, Ore., and the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, home of Shiner Bock beer.

Alvarez was export manager of Grupo Modelo, leading the launch of Corona beer in the United States, the release states. He founded his company in 1986 and became importer for Corona and Modelo for two decades.

Alvarez has contributed to educational institutions around the country, including the Oregon State University brewing program.

The $1 million given to UC Davis will be used for new brewing and lab equipment.

Beer education began at UC Davis in 1959, when Lucky Lager of San Francisco donated a small brewery and began a teaching program with the Master Brewers Association. In 2011, the brewing science program moved into facilities in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

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