Jake joined our team in December 2017 and has been a shining ray of light sense! He's also a sound engineer so be on the lookout for him at your favorite shows around town. Oh, and he's in a band too!
Josh Hare is the Founder & President at Hops & Grain Brewing in Austin, TX. He fell in love with artfully crafted beer and the fantastic community that supports it when he was living in Boulder, CO in the early 2000’s. He moved to Austin in 2005 to pursue a career in triathlon and the running specialty retail industry and eventually helped to open the city’s most successful running retail store. After searching for beer sponsors all over the state with no success, Hare decided to open his own brewery, focused on the highest quality products and marketing them to an active city loyal to locally produced goods. Since 2011 he has been overseeing the day to day operations of the brewery from recipe & product development to quality management. Since day 1, the mission at Hops & Grain has been to enhance the human experience through the medium that inspires them the most, the artful and deliberate expression of thoughtfully crafted beer.
A cold River Beer with a side of Noah's Mill Bourbon
Before I was hired at Hops & Grain, I was a bartender for a restaurant that had a very nice beer and scotch selection. Every Saturday I worked with another bartender who is extremely knowledgeable about these things. Exploring new beers quickly became my favorite part of this job. I loved helping my costumers find new styles to enjoy. My co-worker eventually left to work at Hops & Grain. Any time I saw him after that, I was even more relentless with the questions. Finally, another position opened up and I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Turns out he gave me good information all along, and I got the job. My favorite thing about my job is every time some one tells me they don't like IPAs and they end up drinking three Mosaics in a row. It just warms my heart.
One of my favorite combos is a simple one, to just enjoy a shift beer with my coworkers!
I originally hail from New Orleans and came to Austin 8 years ago to help a friend remodel her house and immediately fell in love with the city. I moved here inside of a month and started working for a local restaurant. Their extensive tap wall helped further my initial exploration of craft beer and planted the first seeds of interest for working in this amazing industry. Fast forward to the present and you simply find me as a burgeoning beekeeper that feels lucky to work for a most excellent brewery. My down time often finds me attempting to melt my face off with the heaviest of metal or kicking back in my robe with a good book.
A stacked shrimp po-boy, and a tall Green House IPA that will surely quell the infernal fires that burn within. Ave!
Peder was an amazing friend & co-worker to all of us whom we lost too young. His memory lives on with 'Oh Hey!' and 'Rascal!' being shouted throughout the brewery.
Forever loved & remembered #RIP
Just a few things to know about me are that I love good beer, my dog (Rupert), and the Dallas Cowboys. Before joining the Hops and Grain family I sold beer and beer accessories at Spec's while teaching psychology at Texas Lutheran University.
As mentioned above I love good beer, and my favorite beer, hands down, is A Pale Mosaic. It pairs well with hours upon hours of YouTube research confirming the fact that Dez DID in fact catch that ball.
A daily dose of tacos, beer, friends, family, love, and smiles make my world go round. I worked for a vodka distillery for nearly seven years before I found my true passion in the beer industry. Cellar by day, centrifuge by night, and in the tap room from time to time serving fresh cold beer. Days I'm away from the brewery, I'm either playing bass with friends in "The Instrument", riding my new bicycle around the city, or spending the day being lazy at home with Archer - man's best friend and sweetest pit bull you'll ever meet. Who could ask for a better life?
River Beer. It pairs well with another River Beer and Hulk Hogan's theme song, "I Am A Real American".