Our Story

5x5 Brewing Co. is the brainchild of brothers, Matt Mazur, George Rice and a longtime friend, Matt Bowling.

zero-lucks-group The 5x5 Brewing Co. StoryDispleased with the available variety of beers in the Rio Grande Valley in the early 1990s, Mazur and Bowling played with the idea of starting a beer-centric publication. They hoped to help educate local RGV beer and develop a demand for more new and exciting beers, but it never launched.

With a strong interest in beers, Bowling began a 15-year journey into the home brewing scene. With a few well-received competitions, he was able to hone his craft and develop the incredible recipes that are used today at 5x5 Brewing Co.

Matt and George approached their childhood friend Sean Downey to bring his professional background in Marketing and Business Administration to the table and with the tireless hard work, from the three Co-Founders 5x5 Brewing Co. was able to get the momentum to go from a 20-year-old idea of writing about beer, to create the beer that our fans love and crave.

George Rice (U.S. Army) and Sean Downey (U.S. Marine Corps) proudly served in our military, and it is with the love for their brothers in arms and an unquenchable love for beer that 5x5 Brewing Co. has adopted its military theme, including its name, which was a term used by radio operators to describe when signal and clarity was at its best.

They have also partnered with other veterans Alex Gelman (U.S. Navy), Jorge Gonzalez (U.S. Marine Corps), Ray Franklin (U.S. Army), and most recently Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa as co-owners. 

The company has a veteran preference hiring policy and most recently, they announced a Brewing Apprenticeship Program with South Texas College and with a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Esteban Phillips (U.S. Army) is their lead brewer and brings even more dedication and passion to the business of creating quality craft beers.

5x5 Brewing Co. – Battle Born, Texas Made!

George Rice
George RiceDirector of Operationsgeorge.rice@5x5brewing.com
Alex Gelman
Alex GelmanCo-Owneralex@5x5brewing.com
Chuy Hinojosa
Chuy HinojosaCo-Owner
Esteban Phillips
Esteban PhillipsProduction Manager/Lead Breweresteban@5x5brewing.com
Sarah Tijerina
Sarah TijerinaTaproom Server
Matt Mazur
Matt MazurFinance Managermatt.mazur@5x5brewing.com
Ray Franklin
Ray FranklinCo-Ownerray@5x5brewing.com
Cody Mazur
Cody MazurGeneral Managercody.mazur@5x5brewing.com
Daniel Freed
Daniel FreedBrewerdaniel@5x5brewing.com
Sean Downey
Sean DowneyBrand Managersean.downey@5x5brewing.com
Jorge Gonzalez
Jorge GonzalezCo-Ownerjorge@5x5brewing.com
Dusty Salas
Dusty SalasSalessales@5x5brewing.com
Joe Rivas
Joe RivasCellarmandaniel@5x5brewing.com