Josh Hare
Peder Pederson

Josh Hare

Founder & CEO

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

Jonathan Flores aka “Flo”

Brewery Manager

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".

Carlos J.R. Garcia

Events Coordinator

Carlos joined the Hops & Grain gang in March 2019, on the ground floor of our San Marcos, TX location.

He enjoys working on many projects within and outside of Hops & Grain. He is often behind the bar or behind the scenes at both Hops & Grain brewery taprooms. Will work for compliments.


River Beer and a shot of Evan Williams.

Alex Bentz

Brewer, Cellar Operator

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 Haze County IIPA that will surely quell the infernal fires that burn within. Ave!

Jake Moon


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!

Andrew McNamera


Andrew is a bartender and barista at Hops and Grain Brewing in Austin, TX. He moved to Austin in 2016 to retire to a life of working part time service industry jobs for the rest of his days. After cycling all around Austin to find sponsors who would support his drinking habits, with no success, he decided to get a brewery job himself, focused on drinking the highest quality products. Since he came here at 37 months ago, he has been touring Austin for the best food and booze and has been dedicated to having fun and meaningful interactions with everyone he crosses.


Haze County and a river floaty

Peder Pederson

Cellaring Team

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