My brother bought me my first homebrew kit when I was studying Radio, Television, & Film at the University of North Texas. The first brews were barely drinkable but thankfully my roommates were thirsty and kept encouraging me to brew more. When it came time to graduate in 2007, I had no desire to pursue a career in RTVF but was fortunate enough to be able to use my filmmaking skills to land a temporary gig shooting a video for Saint Arnold Brewing. That project led to a job on their kegging line, which led to a position as a cellarman and then ultimately a brewer where I had the pleasure of working under and alongside some of Texas’s best brewing veterans.
I left Saint Arnold in 2010 and founded Armadillo Ale Works with plans of opening in my hometown, Denton, TX. Though it seemed the cards were forever stacked against me, failure was never an option and I did whatever it took for the nine years it took to make Armadillo Ale Works a reality. During that time, I brewed our small-batch sodas, contract brewed our beer out of two other breweries, and slowly built the Armadillo brand. We opened the brewery in 2018 and we employ the most hardworking and awesome people I know. Although my official title is CEO, I do a little bit of everything including bookkeeping, brewing, management, maintenance, HR, inventory, marketing, sales, scrubbing floors, unclogging toilets, shipping & receiving, and R&D. I frequently forget to eat lunch and in my free time I sleep (sometimes).