Despite having founded of one of the most popular and award-winning craft breweries in Austin, a region with dozens of production breweries and brewpubs, Hops & Grain owner Josh Hare wakes up every morning knowing he's not a professionally trained brewer.
"It's an uphill battle for anyone that wasn't classically trained to be a brewer, but for me I got into this to make a product for community that brings people together," says Josh who moved to East Austin in 2005 when he fell in love with the neighborhood. Since he opened Hops & Grain, Josh has made sustainability and community involvement a priority. Josh struck up a friendship with Hermanos de East Austin founder Jose Velasquez and the brewery has been host to multiple fundraisers for the non-profit. Hops & Grain is also committed to sustainable brewing practices, supporting local, community growers and producers and even donating one percent of the annual revenue to local environmental non-profits.
For those afraid to embark on a dream, Josh recommends embracing your inexperience because, "Chances are you'll find something you really, really love."