A Central Texas native, Trevor Nearburg’s start in International Finance took him around the globe before a passion for home brewing and a desire for a better quality of life led him back to his Austin roots. As Uncle Billy’s Head Brewer, Trevor now spends his days perfecting new brew recipes that complement the Uncle Billy’s lifestyle, fueled by a mix of live music and good eats.
After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Affairs, Trevor started his career in International Tax at the prestigious KPMG audit, tax and advisory services firm in New York, NY. Although the salary was good, the lifestyle was unfulfilling. Thanks to an experience working in the slums of India during his final years in school, he had come to realize that he valued quality of life over monetary success and was eager to exit the rat race in pursuit of discovering his true passion.
Trevor returned home to Austin with his brother, Ross, who had just graduated with a Master’s degree from Dartmouth. During his time in New York, Trevor developed a fondness for craft beer, while Ross had developed an interest in homebrewing while at Dartmouth. Together, the brothers’ homebrewing hobby soon evolved into a full blown passion. During a trip to Denver to tour craft breweries, Trevor realized he was ready to turn his passion into a career. The brothers upgraded their homebrewing setup and Trevor began volunteering at Hops and Grain Brewing on the weekends. In just one month, Trevor left his job in Commercial Asset Valuation with The Kucera Companies, Ross left his job as a Chemical Engineer for Baker Hughes, and they both went to work in the packaging hall at Real Ale Brewing Company.
Trevor moved up through all positions in the packaging hall and quickly landed a position as Assistant Brewer, while Ross moved up into management. A friend at Real Ale introduced Trevor to Uncle Billy’s owner, Rick Engel, and it soon became apparent that Trevor embodies the Uncle Billy’s spirit. A natural fit at an establishment known for its mouthwatering barbeque and live music, Trevor is excited to craft new brews across all genres—offering something for everyone who walks through the doors. Trevor is also eager to distribute Uncle Billy’s award winning recipes, including Hell N Keller and Bottle Rocket, and plans to steadily keep the fan favorites on tap alongside his new creations.