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Esteban Phillips

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I am a valley native that graduated from high school in 2006, then went on to study at UTPA, and later at Texas State University. I was burned out from school and was trying to figure out my next step. It was at this point I would have the most fun I have ever had in my life but would never want to do again. I joined the army. 

I enlisted in the Army in 2010 and would soon be part of your local grid square removal service as Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) operations and fire direction specialist, 13 Papa for short. If you have no idea what an MLRS is, go ahead and YouTube it right now, I’ll wait. It was an awesome job for anyone who is slightly a pyromaniac, it was rewarding to be part of a great team and be a part of that brotherhood. After my time in the Army I moved back to the valley it was at this point I took my wife’s advice and got at this brewing thing full force.

My professional brewing carrier started when I earned my Certificate in Brewing Sciences from South College in Knoxville, Tennessee. During my time in Knoxville I had volunteered to do cellar work at Black Horse Pub and Brewery, and at Fanatics brewing Company. 

After that, I had started working at Rahr and Son’s Brewing Company as a cellar person and brewer. During my time at Rahr and Sons, I obtained a huge amount of knowledge and experience. While I was there I was a team member that won a fair share of awards most noticeable a Global American Beer Festival Silver Medal. 

My wife and I wanted to move back home to the Valley,  so off of a hunch, I reached out to 5x5 Brewing Co. where I was greeted right away. Being a veteran I sensed a great deal of comradery, could relate to their mission statement and was happy to join this awesome team of craft beer vets.

During my down time, I like to spend quality time with my amazing wife and beautiful little girl. I enjoy spending time outside with my two golden retrievers, watching baseball, football, and barbequing with close friends and family.

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