Joseph “Mr. Joe” Mohrfeld Brewmaster
I am the Brewmaster here at Pinthouse Pizza. Our focus is on beers that are flavorful, complex, and innovative while also being very drinkable (i.e. our highly drinkable 10.5% Fully Adrift Double IPA or the 6.5% Electric Jellyfish IPA). It is through a respect for the craft – both an understanding of the science and the embracement of culture and art – that we construct our beers here at Pinthouse Pizza. We love to brew beer that we like to drink... we loosely adhere to traditional styles when it applies... but our main focus is always innovation, collaboration and the progression of American craft beer. Although our approach is typically hop forward, we brew beers across many different styles and have been recognized for beers across these many styles at various competitions. Cheers!
Jacob “Leisure Wolf” Passey Director of Brewing
Hello, I’m Jacob! I’m lucky to have been a part of Pinthouse since the opening of our original pub on Burnet Road. I think that the craft movement that has blossomed in the U.S. is a resurgence of American manufacturing, innovation, as well as promoting community and it’s something that we can all be proud of! Over the years I’ve seen a lot of things change and a tremendous amount of growth at Pinthouse. One thing that has not changed is our continued commitment to quality and innovation in the brewery. This growth has also afforded us the ability to hire some truly passionate and well experienced brewers that continuously push the evolution of our beers and maintain the high quality that we strive for. From beloved beers that have been put out to pasture to the fortunate mistakes that have led to some of most requested and unrepeatable recipes, I’ve genuinely enjoyed every beer that we have made (some more than others). I love good beer, and feel that promoting positive vibes and working with people that you truly enjoy spending time with is a very special thing. Whether you are a beer enthusiast or just coming in for some pizza, thank you for supporting us!
Kirkland "Workland" Wheeler Head Brewer, Pinthouse Brewing
I joined the Pinthouse team in 2012, at the recommendation of a friend. Around that time I knew I enjoyed beer, but I didn't have any concept of just how much or that I would ever end up brewing it. I've worked in nearly every position within the company, but it was during my time bartending that the brewery became a serious interest and an potential opportunity for me. After Joe and Jacob asked repeatedly when I was going to apply, I finally went for it. A few years of grinding, and a great many pints later, I became the Head Brewer at Pinthouse Pizza South Lamar. I'm now excited and proud to be in a position to facilitate the flow of tasty beverages at our brand new Pinthouse Brewing location.
Tom "Tomcat" Fischer Director of Brewing Innovation, Pinthouse Brewing
Beer for me certainly straddles the line between occupation and obsession. Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in the mid-2000s where love my from craft beer really started to take shape. After a few years of pure hobbyist obsession it was decided to move to greener pastures in Portland, Oregon. I spent 7 years with Breakside Brewing, starting as a bartending and eventually growing into the role of Head R&D Brewer. After visiting Austin in 2016, I was immediately drawn into Pinthouse's commitment to quality, passion for the craft and energy I felt from every team member. In 2018, Pinthouse welcomed me into the family where I now hope to continue to build on the legacy of Pinthouse. After serving as the Head Brewer of Pinthouse Pizza Burnet, I'm very stoked to start the next chapter as the of Director of Innovation at our new Pinthouse Brewing facility.
Matt Zelek Head Brewer, Pinthouse Pizza Burnet
I officially joined the Pinthouse team in 2018, but my connection to Pinthouse goes back to when I first turned 21 and the Burnet location had just opened. Each beer I tasted was equally wonderful yet different; a true inspiration. This is what brought me to home brewing, which quickly became my obsession. After attending a recipe design class that our Master Brewer, Joe, was speaking at, I knew that brewing was my true passion in life and I would someday brew at Pinthouse. With my new goal solidified, and as a recent UT grad, I attended Brewlab in Sunderland, England where I received my diploma in British Brewing Technology. I spent the next 4 years brewing at different breweries trying to find my way to Pinthouse. On my journey I interned at Angel City, spent a 2.5 year stint at Firestone Walker, and was apart of Lone Pine Brewing Company being the 5th fastest growing brewery in the United States. After working continuously toward the same goal of being part of the Pinthouse team, I finally got the call to be on the Round Rock team. Now, as Head Brewer of Pinthouse Burnet, I feel as if I’ve won the lottery being able to continue the Pinthouse legacy.
Rafael Arsuaga Head Brewer, Pinthouse Pizza Lamar
I didn't discover craft beer until my junior year in college at The Ohio State University. After graduation, I spent 4 years abroad in Spain and out of sheer ignorance thought I could make my own craft beer, having zero concept of how difficult it can be. After a few jobs at small facilities in Spain I returned back to Cleveland and found work at JAFB Wooster Brewery, and later at Fatheads Brewing. On a vacation to Austin, I biked into the Burnet location, after a few pints and some colorful conversation, I inquired as to the future of the company A few months later, as luck would have it, after being in contact with Pinthouse they discussed with me plans to open up the Lamar location, I took the job, and we've had a love affair ever since.
Trevor “Huggy Bear” Kelly Head Brewer, Pinthouse Pizza Round Rock
In 2003, I left the cultural hub that is northeast Kansas and moved to Arizona. It was there that I discovered craft beer and instantly loved Colorado, Oregon, and California IPAs. This love carried over into home brewing, where I started experimenting and making hoppy beer. Pinthouse Pizza opened its doors and I found what I had been longing for since moving to Austin in 2011: a brewpub that offered hop-forward beer focused on aroma and flavor. After two years of haunting Pinthouse… Joe, Jacob, and the Pinthouse crew gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and the chance to marry a passion with an occupation. My mission is to brew delicious, exciting, hoppy beer to share with the world.