6 Local Brewers You Should Know

By Megan Giller  |  June 17, 2014
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We’re changing Austin’s nickname from River City to Craft Beer County. Why? The number of microbreweries is exploding. Beyond the beers themselves, here are six of the most important people creating them.

  • Amos Lowe, ABGB

    Long before Lowe brewed beer for a living, he threw “brew night” parties once a week with 15 or so of his closest friends (including people like Live Oak’s Brian Peters). The mechanical engineer eventually quit his day job to work as a brewer at Uncle Billy’s, and just recently opened his own place with a few coworkers: South Austin’s newest hot spot, the ABGB. When he’s not making beer, Lowe likes to hang out at Barton Springs with his wife and play pedal steel guitar in his band, Little Mikey and the Soda Jerks.

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    Ty Wolosin, Whip In

    That tender goat you ate last week at Lenoir came from Wolosin, who owns Windy Hill Organics and was one of our 2014 30 Under 30 honorees. He also doubles as the assistant brewer at South Austin’s Whip In, where he manages glamorous tasks like cleaning, prepping and brewing. Though the entire group creates the recipes for the microbrewery’s beers, Wolosin wrote the base recipes for award-winning brews like Bitterama and Sita’s Revenge. Look out for two more from him coming soon: the Smoked Serrano Double IPA and TNT (turmeric and thyme) saison.

  • Nate Seale, (512) Brewing

    You can’t get more Austin than head brewer Nate Seale. He says he had his “big epiphany” about beer while drinking a Guinness Extra Stout at dawn at Pedernales Falls. Later on he helped the city’s beloved Alamo Drafthouse develop its strong ties to craft beer and beer-related events. Seale started with (512) in 2008 as the company’s first employee, and he’s the force behind famous beers like the Pecan Porter. So what does he think about besides beer? He says in his free time he likes to read about “obscure stuff” like linguistics and geography (he’s been studying atlases since the second grade).

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    Josh Hare, Hops & Grain Brewing

    The owner and head brewer of East Austin’s popular sustainable microbrewery says he can chug a beer faster than anybody he knows. That’s hardly his claim to fame, though, since draft H&G brews are practically a given at any drinking hole worth its salt in this town. Beyond competing in triathalons and creating great drinks like Alteration and the One They Call Zoe, Hare makes Brew Biscuits for dogs with the spent grain. (Watch us — and our pups — eat them.)

  • Brannon Radicke, Independence Brewing

    Pitmaster isn’t the only food-related job in town that requires waking up at the crack of dawn and working long hours. The head brewer says that he’s never been so happy to do manual labor, so much so that he brews more when he gets home, even while caring for two kids under five. Radicke has been with Independence since 2012 and moved into the head brewer role in 2013. You know those awesome White Rabbit and Hop Brownie beers? Yeah, that was him.

  • Scott Hovey, Adelbert’s

    The founder and brewmaster of Adelbert’s may have worked in the semiconductor industry for more than 25 years, but he’s always been a home brewer. He says the tides turned for him when he sampled aged Belgian beers at his first Craft Brewer’s Conference, and in 2011 he used that passion to open a brewery named after his brother, which specializes in handcrafted Belgian-style ales. But there’s no beer belly on this dude: In his free time, Hovey competes in marathons.