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Arianna Auber, Liquid Austin writer for the Austin American-Statesman, got her start writing about beer (and other alcoholic beverages) after realizing most of it wasn't mass-produced swill, like weekends in college had led her to believe. Now, she has a love affair with sour beers and stouts, and she can't wait to see what the homebrewers of today make in their bigger production breweries of tomorrow. Photo credit: Tyler Malone

Arianna Auber, Liquid Austin writer for the Austin American-Statesman, got her start writing about beer (and other alcoholic beverages) after realizing most of it wasn't mass-produced swill, like weekends in college had led her to believe. Now, she has a love affair with sour beers and stouts, and she can't wait to see what the homebrewers of today make in their bigger production breweries of tomorrowPhoto credit: Tyler Malone

  Founder of Hops & Grain, Josh Hare, can teach a thing or two about beer. Not only because he possesses a degree from Abilene Christian University in education and science, but because his true passion lies in all that is beer. The proud owner of a gold medal in the Brewers Association Beer Cup, as well as the youngest member of the Brewer’s Association, Market Development Committee, Hare will be the first to say he can chug a beer faster than anyone he knows.

 

Founder of Hops & Grain, Josh Hare, can teach a thing or two about beer. Not only because he possesses a degree from Abilene Christian University in education and science, but because his true passion lies in all that is beer. The proud owner of a gold medal in the Brewers Association Beer Cup, as well as the youngest member of the Brewer’s Association, Market Development Committee, Hare will be the first to say he can chug a beer faster than anyone he knows.

Rus Hall started brewing beer professionally in Portland Oregon back in 1992.  He moved to Austin Texas in 1998 and got a job at Live Oak brewing a couple years later. From there he went to Lovejoys where he brewed for 7 years. In 2008 he moved back home to Alaska and recently returned to Austin in 2014. He's been with South Austin Brewery since. He really loves working with these guys.  When it comes to beer, SAB is pretty traditional. They're not reinventing the wheel here but they make damn good beers! 

Jason Watkins started home brewing after a deployment to the middle east with the Army and the subsequent year long beer fast. After college he moved to Austin eventually landing a job washing kegs and moving beer at Live Oak. As fan of traditional German and Czech lagers, Live Oak was a perfect fit. In the years since he has become the Lead Cellarman for Live Oak where he tastes great beer every day and gets paid for it in actual money from a legitimate paycheck. 

Jason Watkins started home brewing after a deployment to the middle east with the Army and the subsequent year long beer fast. After college he moved to Austin eventually landing a job washing kegs and moving beer at Live Oak. As fan of traditional German and Czech lagers, Live Oak was a perfect fit. In the years since he has become the Lead Cellarman for Live Oak where he tastes great beer every day and gets paid for it in actual money from a legitimate paycheck.