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About The Craft Beer Austin Crew

Rich and Irina Plakas at Austin Beerworks Anniversary May 2017 - Photo By Tyler Malone -The Second Shooter
Rich and Irina Plakas at Austin Beerworks Anniversary May 2017 - Photo By Tyler Malone -The Second Shooter

As a long time craft beer enthusiast, I founded Craft Beer Austin in September 2012 to promote the burgeoning Austin beer scene.

Our mission is to centralize Austin area Craft Beer News & Events to make it easier for you to find out what's going on, what's on tap and what's on the shelves!

The Austin Craft Beer Industry has grown a lot since 2012 and Craft Beer Austin has grown with it.

With the increase in events and news, my wife Irina Plakas joined me in promoting
events and handling most of the blogs daily needs. Within a short period of time, she became the CraftBeerAustin.com editor.

She does most of the hard work behind-the-scenes, while I shake hands, smile & have beers with brewers 😉 I still solely handle the Social Media and make sure the website doesn't crash.

In October of 2014, Irina recruited Andrew Schwab who is the master of our TABC Updates, Texas Brewery Listing & Map, and spotter of Faux Craft Beer.

Pam Catoe joined us in 2015. Pam has been writing the weekly event summaries, partnering with Andrew on Texas Brewery Profiles and created the Women of Austin Craft Beer series.

Our most recent recruits are David Siegel and Aleida Taddei.

We love what we do and we love meeting up with y'all at the many events drinking great craft beer and enjoying great company!

Cheers!

Rich Plakas

Our Awesome Team

Rich Plakas
Founder/Chief Troublemaker

Andrew Schwab
TABC Master/Contributor

David Siegel
Contributor

Irina Plakas
Editor/Contributor

Pam Catoe
Weekly Events/Contributor

Aleida Taddei
Contributor

Picture of Craft Beer Austin team

Irina & Pam

Adelbert's Pam, Andrew & Irina

Pam, Irina & Aleida

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