Carlos Alvarez is Chairman and CEO of The Gambrinus Company which he founded in 1986 after emigrating with his family from their native Mexico. The Gambrinus Company, based in San Antonio, is a leading craft brewer in the United States, that owns and operates three independent craft breweries in the U.S.: Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas; BridgePort Brewing in Portland, Oregon; and Trumer Brewery in Berkeley, California. Carlos Alvarez established Gambrinus after working with Grupo Modelo in Mexico as Export Manager and was instrumental in the launch of Corona Extra into the United States.
Gambrinus officially became U.S. importer for Corona and other Modelo brands in 1986 and was responsible for distribution, sales and marketing for the next 20 years until 2006. Corona grew over the years to become the number-one imported beer in the U.S. in 1997. Carlos Alvarez is a member of the Chancellor’s Circle for the University of Texas system. He serves on the Boards of Davidson College, Davidson, NC; the World Affairs Council of America, Washington, DC; and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, for which he previously served as Chairman. He is a graduate of the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, with a degree in biochemical engineering.