Certified Cicerone®, General Manager
Stephen was introduced to craft beer while bartending his way through college at a local draught house. His interest only intensified as he and his wife moved across the country, learning about different styles, visiting local and regional breweries, and honing his homebrew skills. In 2011 he landed back home in Texas, where his hobby evolved into a successful career in management in the Houston craft beer scene. In 2013 Stephen achieved the level of Certified Cicerone, and since then has continued to follow his desire to learn more, and to spread to gospel of craft beer. In the years since moving back to Texas, he has worked closely with many professionals in the craft beer world, and has worked hard within the community as well; installing and maintaining draft lines, designing craft beer menus, creating pairings for multi-course dinners, organizing and hosting beer festivals, and creating craft beer-focused server training manuals. Now Stephen calls Uncle Billy’s home, where he strives to learn more about the brewing process and integrate into the local craft beer culture.
A Central Texas native, Trevor Nearburg’s start in International Finance took him around the globe before a passion for homebrewing and a desire for a better quality of life led him back to his Austin roots. In 2012 he became very involved in the Austin beer industry and began volunteering at Hops and Grain. He then started in Real Ale’s packaging hall and moved up to brewer soon after. He came to Uncle Billy’s in 2014 and started the distribution program that Uncle Billy’s is known for today. Trevor keeps the tap room exciting by crafting new brews across all genres, offering something for everyone, while keeping the fan favorites and distributed flagship beers on tap.
Rafael holds a degree in electronics and worked for several years as an electronics technician before becoming a key bartender at Uncle Billy’s. Over the last 5 years he has built up a regular and growing clientele that keep coming back for his phenomenal service. While he has homebrewed for almost 10 years, it wasn’t until recently that he began working with the brewing staff at Uncle Billy's to come up with unique, experimental brews that were not only fun in concept but executed well enough to earn him a spot on the brewing team.
Gino was a professional musician in Houston for more than 30 years and has been a homebrewer for 10 years. Two years ago he moved to within walking distance to Uncle Billy’s and offered his help in the brewery in exchange for the opportunity to learn more about brewing professionally. Fortunately for us, the brewery he was training for never opened and we were able to keep him for ourselves. Over the last two years he has performed every job in the brewery and continues to do just about everything including brewing most all of our beer.