our crew

Get to know the big country team

We are a small team of big personalities making small batch beer with big flavor. We are the ONLY certified organic brewery in the state of Texas, and we're dang proud of it. Are we trendy? No. Are we traditional? Meh. Are we true to our heart and our art? Absolutely!

Dan Wheeler

Head Brewer / IT Guru / 
Connoisseur of Fine Whiskey

Dan turned his beer-making passion from a 15-year hobby into a career extending over a decade. He has brewed with multiple Central Texas area breweries and has a wealth of knowledge on many styles. In addition to his work in the brewery, Dan has acted in various capacities with local and national brewing industry associations, most recently as Texas Region President of the Master Brewers Association of America (MBAA).

He holds an impressive collection of scotch and cigars, and was an avid follower of Formula 1 even before Drive to Survive. As Head Brewer, Dan is responsible for recipe development, product innovation, production oversight, and whatever else we can throw at him.

George Garcia

Multi-talented Musician

George Garcia wears many hats—predominantly Stetsons. He writes and produces music, DJs weddings with his wife, and is a member of several Austin-area bands.

As Taproom Manager and Sales Rep, George is responsible for putting glasses, and cans, in hands. He provides leadership for our beloved beertenders and is the face of the brewery to the growing list of local establishments where you can find Big Country beer. He takes pride in providing Austin and the surrounding areas with delicious products and a hell of a good time!

Austin Crouch

Head Chef / King of the Wing

Austin was raised in Coppell, Texas, a small suburb of Dallas, but has lived in Austin long enough to call it home. Aspiring-musician turned chef, Austin spent much of his time growing up in the kitchen watching his mother cook. Her influence inspired his love for bold flavors and graceful presentation. Austin has spent several years building and honing his expertise and has worked under a number of strong chefs whose credentials range from New York to Napa.

Ryan Shramek


Ryan is an Austin native and longtime lover of craft beer and brewing. He was introduced to the art as a young man by his uncle Mike, a homebrewer of 40 years. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas and brings 15+ years of experience in production and operations management, most recently as Manager of Packaging and Supply Chain at Alamo Beer Co. in San Antonio, TX. Ryan’s focus in the role of Operations Director is to find efficiency gains throughout the production process, elevate quality standards, and act as “coach” to make sure everyone on the Big Country team has the knowledge, skills, and resources to make world-class beer and seltzer.

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(512) 910-4099


2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Austin, TX 78660


Wed-Thurs 4pm-10pM
FRI-Sun 12pM-8pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day

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