Co-founder of Austin Beerworks wins national industry award

Adam DeBower, co-founder and director of Operations at Austin Beerworks
Adam DeBower, the co-founder and director of operations of Austin Beerworks in North Austin, was given the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award by the Brewers Association on June 30. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

Adam DeBower, the co-founder and director of operations of Austin Beerworks in North Austin, was given the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award by the Brewers Association on June 30. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

Following his work lobbying the state of Texas to permit the state’s breweries to sell beer to go, Adam DeBower, Austin Beerworks’ co-founder and director of operations, has been recognized with a national industry award.

The Brewers Association, a nationwide nonprofit trade association for independent craft brewers, on June 30 announced DeBower received its 2020 F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award. The award is given to individuals or companies to recognize “contributions and efforts in championing the small brewing industry,” according to the Brewers Association.


DeBower in 2017 founded CraftPAC, a political action committee focused on advocating for brewers’ rights in Texas, and currently serves as the chair of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild Legislative Committee.

In 2019, DeBower and other Texas brewers successfully lobbied the 86th Texas Legislature to allow all breweries, regardless of license type, to sell beer to go at their breweries. Previously, only breweries licensed as brewpubs were permitted to sell beer to go from their facilities. Texas was the last state to legalize the practice.

“It’s an incredible honor,” DeBower told the Brewers Association while accepting the award. “I’m extraordinarily proud of our industry, and I’m extraordinarily proud of our state guild.”
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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