Jonathan Barrows Bio

In the summer of 2008 I visited New Orleans for the first time. I went to a bar the first night and decided to get the cheapest beer on the menu, something I had never heard of, Abita Amber. I was amazed at the aromas and flavors I was getting from a beer. That beer changed my life and started me down a path that has brought me to Steam Theory.

After drinking nothing but Abita Amber during that trip, I returned home and started doing a little research on craft beer. I started visiting Flying Saucer every Thursday night to explore different beer styles. I would make notes on what I was smelling, tasting, and my overall rating of the beer. I will never forget the day the server brought me my first IPA. Actually, she skipped the IPA and went straight to the top and handed me an Imperial IPA, Stone Ruination. It was terrible. My palate was definitely not ready for something as intense as that. Over time I found my love for hops.

When I bought my first house in 2009 I found a surprise in the attic that the previous owners had left behind. They left an entire brewing kit. A few carboys, buckets, kettle, spoons, and even some three year old malt extract. When I pulled this out of the attic the first thought I had was “Now I HAVE to brew some beer”. I spent a few months watching videos, reading books, and preparing myself for my first brew. Like most people’s first brew it wasn’t that great...but it wasn’t that bad. I did more research and started improving my skills and techniques. After a few brews were under my belt I joined the North Texas Homebrewers Association and started listening to The Brewing Network to learn even more about beer and brewing. I learned so much from the two and my brews were improving quickly. Before long I was winning medals in brewing competitions.

About that time is when I realized that after being in the Tech Industry and corporate world for nearly fifteen years, that it was not the place for me. Beer and food brought people together, not one's and zero's. I volunteered at Peticolas Brewing Company for a while where I learned that a production brewery was not in my future, but a brewpub was. I wanted a place that people could sit down to have a conversation with a friend or stranger, a place where people could explore the flavors of beer and food.

While in the North Texas Homebrewers Association I met Chuck Homola and the two of us hit it off. We started homebrewing together and found that we both had a passion to open a brewpub at some point. The two of us traveled around the US visiting breweries and brewpubs to test out the food, beer, and atmosphere to see what makes a place great. After a while we decided to work towards the common goal and to open a brewpub together. After years of research, planning, and exploring our options, we finally landed on what will be the best brewpub in North Texas.