About The Craft Beer Austin Team

Pam and David at the 2018 Texas Craft Brewers Festival - Photo by Jason Youngblood
Pam and David at the 2018 Texas Craft Brewers Festival - Photo by Jason Youngblood

The mission of Craft Beer Austin is to centralize Austin and Central Texas 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!  In addition, the news and articles presented on this blog are intended to inform and act as an outlet for the many Central Texans who actively participate and care about Craft Beer and the Craft Beer community.

Craft Beer Austin was founded in September 2012 by Rich Plakas to promote the burgeoning Austin beer scene.  He was quickly joined by his wife Irina, as the chief editor, to help the rapidly growing site.

In January of 2020, Pam Catoe and her husband David took over Craft Beer Austin with a vision to continue the mission started by Rich and Irina and continue to grow and evolve the site as the industry continues to grow and evolve.

In October of 2014, Andrew Schwab joined the team.   Andrew is one of the most well respected and knowledgeable craft beer personalities in Central Texas.   He focuses on TABC Updates, Texas Brewery Listings & Maps, key trends and topics of interest, as well as much of the site photography.

Dani Schwab helps identify and share the most notable Central Texas events and activities that are occurring every day in the industry.

The team is excited to continue the important mission of making sure you are informed about everything Craft Beer in Central Texas.


Pam Catoe and David Kulczar

Meet the Team

Pam Catoe
Owner / Chief Contributor

Andrew Schwab
TABC Master / Contributor

Melanie Ross

David Kulczar
Owner / Contributor

Dani Schwab


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